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BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen

Jerry Rasmussen 13 Oct 06 - 10:35 AM
alanabit 13 Oct 06 - 10:45 AM
katlaughing 13 Oct 06 - 10:46 AM
JennyO 13 Oct 06 - 10:47 AM
jeffp 13 Oct 06 - 10:49 AM
Wesley S 13 Oct 06 - 10:54 AM
wysiwyg 13 Oct 06 - 11:04 AM
GUEST,Big Jim From Jackson 13 Oct 06 - 11:19 AM
Elmer Fudd 13 Oct 06 - 11:30 AM
RoyH (Burl) 13 Oct 06 - 11:33 AM
Stilly River Sage 13 Oct 06 - 11:49 AM
Ernest 13 Oct 06 - 11:50 AM
SussexCarole 13 Oct 06 - 11:53 AM
Big Mick 13 Oct 06 - 11:54 AM
GUEST,Janie 13 Oct 06 - 11:57 AM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 13 Oct 06 - 11:58 AM
GUEST,KT 13 Oct 06 - 12:05 PM
Leadfingers 13 Oct 06 - 12:08 PM
Rapparee 13 Oct 06 - 12:17 PM
George Papavgeris 13 Oct 06 - 12:29 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 13 Oct 06 - 12:36 PM
Big Mick 13 Oct 06 - 12:38 PM
open mike 13 Oct 06 - 12:41 PM
gnu 13 Oct 06 - 12:44 PM
SINSULL 13 Oct 06 - 12:45 PM
Mooh 13 Oct 06 - 12:49 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 13 Oct 06 - 02:04 PM
Cool Beans 13 Oct 06 - 02:07 PM
Maryrrf 13 Oct 06 - 02:07 PM
Mooh 13 Oct 06 - 02:18 PM
Clinton Hammond 13 Oct 06 - 02:37 PM
Amergin 13 Oct 06 - 02:46 PM
Raptor 13 Oct 06 - 03:59 PM
Liz the Squeak 13 Oct 06 - 04:25 PM
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Subject: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 10:35 AM

I just wanted to let folks know that I'll be away from the Cat for several days. One of my sisters called to say that my Mother passed away at 8:30 this morning. We were blessed to celebrate her 99th birthday on June 5th, so we have many wonderful memories of the last time we were with her. Of the many things I am indebted to my Mother for, music is certainly one. She loved to sing around the house, and her love of hymns and gospel songs has been passed on to my sisters and me, and to the next generation.

For those of you who have expressed your love and concern these last few weeks, I am deeply appreciative. You know that when we get back, the Cat will be one of the first places that I come to. There are friends to keep the coffee brewing at the Kitchen Table thread, and I'll need a cup when I get back.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: alanabit
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 10:45 AM

You knew it was going to happen one day, but there is never a good time for your mother to die. I'll be thinking of you. May her memory be with you forever.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 10:46 AM

Oh, Jerry. I offer you my condolences and sorrow. I remember your posting about her birthday and was so impressed, though not surprised judging by her son, by what a remarkable woman she was. Keep your memories near for they can be a comfort, even when the passing is expected.

In sympathy,

Kat


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: JennyO
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 10:47 AM

Oh Jerry, we knew this time would come, and you can be proud that you were a great son to her right to the end. We are all thinking of you. Come back when you can. We'll keep the coffee brewing at the kitchen table.

I hope there's a good bingo game going up there that she can join in ;-)

Jenny


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: jeffp
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 10:49 AM

My most sincere sympathies, Jerry. She raised a good son.

Jeff


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Wesley S
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 10:54 AM

My condolences too. That's always a tough loss.Via Con Dios.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 11:04 AM

Bless her, Jerry.

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: GUEST,Big Jim From Jackson
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 11:19 AM

You have my deepest sympathy, Jerry. Having lost my mother in recent years, I know how tough it is to recognize the simple fact that her physical presance, always a comfort, is no longer there. But the memories of her will carry you through the sadness of her passing. Sing some of her favorite songs as you return home. Each is a little piece of her that she has left behind for you to keep in your heart.

Jim


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 11:30 AM

Thinking of you and your family at this time. Your mother's sojourn on earth is preserved in you and your sons, and in your stories and songs. Esther is a beautiful name. A queen of her people is a perfect image.

Elmer


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 11:33 AM

So sorry to hear this Jerry. Heartfelt sympathies from Elaine and me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 11:49 AM

I'm sorry to read this, but am glad to be able to say that there will be numerous familiar objects and occasions to trigger memories and stories, times when she will come alive again for you. I hope you'll share some of those with us when you're ready.

Stilly River Sage


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Ernest
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 11:50 AM

My condolences too, Jerry. Apart from everything we don`t know raising a son like you made her a grand woman!
Best
Ernest


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: SussexCarole
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 11:53 AM

Such sad news. Our thoughts are with you Jerry & Ruth

Carole & Andrew


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Big Mick
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 11:54 AM

I can't wait for the song. Esther raised a lovely human being, who is able to capture profound thoughts and express them in beautiful ways. I have said before that I can tell much about a person by their children. Esther, bless your heart, you must have been a remarkable woman. I read your son's words, and I am always in respectful awe of his gentle spirit, his understanding of the human condition, and his respect for those around him. It is no wonder he is universally respected. Good job, Mom. You will be rewarded richly for the way you trod the path. Don't forget to keep touching your son's soul, and inspiring him to tell the stories in word and song.

God be good to her.

Mick


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: GUEST,Janie
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 11:57 AM

I'm very sorry, Jerry. Blessings.

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 11:58 AM

I'm so sorry Jerry. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Ron


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: GUEST,KT
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 12:05 PM

Jerry, my condolences, too, for your loss. Your mother is with you, and will remain, in so many ways. As you walk through these next few days, I know you will be blessed abundantly. I'll look forward to a hot cup around the table when you return. In the meantime, know that we're all thinking of you. Sending lots of love to you, Ruth and your family.
KT


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Leadfingers
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 12:08 PM

My condolences too Jerry !


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Rapparee
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 12:17 PM

Jerry, I got a sneaking suspicion that she's up there singing her heart out and she'd want you and yours to do the same. Raise a joyful sound, just as she did, and know that all of our thoughts are with you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 12:29 PM

Jerry, heartfelt condolences. As KT says - she's with you, and always will be, where it matters.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 12:36 PM

Thanks, all... I'm doing all the mundane stuff you need to do when this happens, and it's a blessing. One thing that my Mother was looking forward to was seeing her Mother, who died when Mom was 13.
You know there's a party going on, right now.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Big Mick
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 12:38 PM

A party well earned!!!

Mick


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: open mike
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 12:41 PM

reunions are one of the good things that comes out of one's passing.
To be re-united with loved ones who are living and share our memories
of those gone beyond is a good thing. May you treasure your memories
and hold her in your heart. reunions above and below!


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: gnu
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 12:44 PM

Thoughts and prayers.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: SINSULL
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 12:45 PM

I am sorry you have lost her, Jerry. Celebrate her 99 years.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Mooh
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 12:49 PM

Our hopes and prayers for you and yours now Jerry. It's a tough time but eventually the hurt goes away and leaves only fond memories. Take care.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 02:04 PM

Thanks, Open (May I call you Open?)

There is much to be celebrated, these days. A couple of months ago, that intrepid (but charmingly inept) big game hunter, Elmer Fudd encouraged me to start writing down family memoirs, as it was clear that My mother didn't have long to live. That encouragement was a beautifully timed blessing. Last year, I did a Family Album Of Songs for my Mother for her birthday. It was a combination of family photos, rembrances and lyrics to songs that I've written about my childhood (and my Mother's, too.) That led to a workshop of the same title that I did at NOMAD last year. This time around, the emphasis has shifted a little, but I've been writing a book that is memories, photographs and songs, with the "memories" greatly expanded. I've written over 50 pages now, and shared them with my Mother, my sisters, other family members and several other Catter friends, through the Kitchen Table thread. It's something that I'd strongly encourage people to do. Much of what I've written is drawn from writings and letters from the early 80's, when I spent a lot of time talking with my Mother and Father about their early life. I have a couple of cherished letters from my Mother remembering the years when she was growing up on the farm, and scattered letters from Uncles and former neighbors of my Father talking about his youth.

These last two months, I've been sending off the pages as I write them, and even though Mom couldn't see well enough to read them, she has a dear angel of a friend who would read to her every night. It was something that my Mother really looked forward to, and she had many conversations with my sisters about those letters. Last week, I sent her a copy of the recent CD that I produced on my own, which had three songs that grew out of memories of the early days of our family. The day before she died, her friend put on the CD, which had just arrived, and my Mother had a wonderful time listening to it.

Yesterday, my oldest sister, who has been incapacitated almost completely for the last several months was finally well enough to have her husband take her out to the assisted living complex where my Mother lived. How beautiful that my sister and Mother had a chance for one last visit. The next day, she was gone.

Savor the moment.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Cool Beans
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 02:07 PM

My condolences, Jerry, to you and your family.
Marty


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Maryrrf
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 02:07 PM

So sorry to hear this, Jerry. My condolences.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Mooh
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 02:18 PM

Spent last (Thanksgiving) weekend with family and one of our jobs was to go through my mother's stuff and decide what to keep and what to donate. She had some great music which I rescued, and box after box of books. These sorts of things remind us of who she really was, how she thought, what she believed, what she dreamed, who she loved. Opening these memories was both heart-wrenching and heart-warming.

It is so hard at the time of loss to put everything in place, but the opportunity to do so later helps mend and heal.

Jerry, savour the moment indeed! I'm glad you know to do that.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 02:37 PM

"We were blessed to celebrate her 99th birthday"

Wow... that's one hell of a good run!


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Amergin
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 02:46 PM

Maybe, Jerry, she was waiting for that visit from your sister.

I am glad that you have so any fond memories to treasure and to pass down...whisper her name and she'll not be far away.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Raptor
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 03:59 PM

Jerry I'm sorry man.
I'm losing my mother as we speak to a nasty cancer of the throat!

Raptor


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 04:25 PM

Thoughts and sympathies from Plaistow too. Sounds like Someone was prodding you and your sister, glad you had the chance.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Sorcha
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 04:32 PM

Jerry, I'm so sorry. Never ready to lose yer mum.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: kendall
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 04:50 PM

Sad news indeed my friend. All I can say is, knowing you, I'd say "She done good."


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Amos
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 05:26 PM

Condolences, amigo. This will take some passing and some time to catch up. Go safely, with an open heart, and come back soon.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Pompy
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 05:35 PM

Sorry to hear about your loss Jerry. My thoughts are with you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: InOBU
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 05:48 PM

Oh Jerry dear friend, holding thee and thine dearly in the light.
Thine as ever
lor


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: billybob
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 06:06 PM

Lighting a candle.
God bless you and your family Jerry.
We have never met, but, reading your posts about your family I know you are blessed and have so many more wonderful memories of your mother to share.Your in our thoughts.
Wendy and Billy


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: karen k
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 06:38 PM

Jerry and Ruth,
My condolences for the loss of your mother Esther. Wish I could have known her. How wonderful that you have been able to share your music and your writing with her recently. I'm sure that that helped her greatly get through her last months with a smile on her face and in her heart. She raised a wonderful son.

Hope to see you both soon.

Much love,
karen


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: GUEST, Ebbie
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 06:56 PM

Jerry, as an habitue of your Kitchen Table, I've followed the course of this adventure. Another page of your life has turned and been left behind and although in some ways you will be the poorer for it in other ways you'll find in its completion lovely things that will always remain with you. I feel both sad and joyful for you and your mum.

(Raptor, I am so sorry. Take care of yourself.)

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 06:58 PM

Jerry,
So sorry to hear about your mother. Sending a hug to you and Ruth, even though it's only a virtual one.
Tami


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Bobert
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 08:16 PM

Real sorry to read this, Jerry... Parents are hard to loose...

Prayers from this end...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 08:22 PM

Much love,
Allison


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Alice
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 10:09 PM

My sympathy to you and your family, Jerry. Take care. alice


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 14 Oct 06 - 12:57 AM

Dear Jerry -

My deepest condolences. You are a generous spirit. Losing a parent at any age is a sad occasion. What's so important is that you were on such good terms. That's the way to leave this earth; with the love of your family.

All my best,

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Oct 06 - 01:00 AM

I always hate to come back and find something like this.......Jerry, my best thoughts and heartfelt condolences to you and your entire family. I think Clinton's comment above spoke, in his own inimitable way, volumes: "Wow... that's one hell of a good run!"..........and though it is always hard at the end, it certainly was a good run.

My Mom died at 43 and my Dad a few years later at 53. When I was 22 I had only a couple of cousins left so I am always a bit envious of those who have their parents around for a long time. I'm happy for you that you have been getting the tales down for the future......May the memories everflow and overflow.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 14 Oct 06 - 03:58 AM

"Poppa's goin' to wake me up early in the morning
While the dew's on the meadow and the stars still shine
You gotta get up early if you want to get going
'Fore the sun is coming up on Caroline"

It's four o'clock in the morning here, and an hour earlier on Caroline St, in Wisconsin where I was born and grew up (as much as anyone grows up in their teens. The dew is on the meadow up here in Derby, and the stars are shining brightly. We're on our way now on a journey none want to take, but I feel peaceful. All will be well again.

Thanks for all the well-wishes, thoughts and prayers..

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Obit: Esther Rasmussen
From: GUEST,Partridge
Date: 14 Oct 06 - 06:11 AM

Love unites us all no matter where we are.

much love to you Jerry,

Pat xxx


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