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James M. Rasmussen
Issue Date: January 31, 2019
James M. Rasmussen, 82, of New Hartford, passed away Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, surrounded by his wife and daughters at Siegenthaler Center.
Born July 23, 1936 in Menominee, Mi., to the late Milton and Dorothy Enstrom Rasmussen, he graduated from Menominee High School in 1954 and earned a degree in Electrical Engineering at Michigan Tech, followed by a Master's Degree from Syracuse University. He married Dolores Meyers on June 20, 1959 at Lourdes Church in Marinette and they raised five daughters.
He worked as an electrical engineer with General Electric in Utica for 37 years until its closing and then transferred to Lockheed Martin until retiring. After retirement, he worked as a consultant with Research Associates of Syracuse until December 2018.
A member of the GE Elfun society, he was an active member of St. Thomas Church in New Hartford. He enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, relaxing on the water in his sailboats and woodworking, completing many personalized projects that will be treasured and was known to be able to fix anything for his family. His true joy was his family and he loved being with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and participating, watching, and encouraging them in their activities.
He is survived by his wife, Dolores Rasmussen; five daughters, Suzanne O'Neill and her husband Dennis, Kathie (Frank) Canarelli and Cynthia (Robert) Stuhlman, all of Sauquoit, Deborah (Paul) Chapman of Marcy and Karen (Alfred) Solan of Milford, N.H.; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Raymond (Lily) Meyers and many nieces and nephews.
His parents preceded him in death.
A funeral was held at St. Thomas Church in New Hartford on Monday with a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Family and friends joined for a Celebration of Life after the Mass in the Parish Center. Contributions be made to Hospice and Palliative Care or St. Thomas Church in his memory. Friedel, Williams and Edmunds Funeral Home of New Hartford assisted the family with arrangements.