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JoAnn Colleen Rasmussen 1949-1972


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 5/3/2014 at 18:07:51

Dolliver Woman Dies in Crash
A 22-year-old Dolliver girl and a man from Cylinder were killed in the crash of a light airplane Wednesday [March 8, 1972] night just northwest of the Sioux Falls Municipal Airport.

The victims were identified as Bruce J. Berkland, Cylinder, and Jo Ann Rasmussen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mervin Rasmussen of Dolliver. Both were 22. Miss Rasmussen was employed at Fairmont. She was a 1968 graduate of Lincoln Central High School.

The aircraft apparently was on a final approach to the airport authorities said.

The Minnehaha County sheriff’s office said the plane was en route from Fairmont, Minn., to Sioux Falls.

The accident caused a power loss to much of the northern part of the city.

Funeral arrangements for Miss Rasmussen are pending at the Reese-Henry Funeral home in Estherville. (March 9, 1972)

Plane Victim Services Set For Saturday
Funeral services for JoAnn Colleen Rasmussen, 22, of Fairmont, formerly of Dolliver, will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ceylon. Miss Rasmussen was killed Wednesday evening in a plane crash at the Sioux Falls airport. The pilot of the plane, Bruce Berkland of Cylinder, also was killed.

Miss Rasmussen was born March 16, 1949, at Estherville, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mervan Rasmussen of rural Dolliver.

She graduated from Lincoln Central school in 1968, worked for Control Data in Minneapolis for a years, for Minnesota Mining in Fairmont for a time, and was employed at Railway Motors of Fairmont at the time of her death.

She was a member of Dolliver Lutheran church.

Surviving are her parents; a twin sister, Mrs. Timothy (Joy) Allen of South Sioux City, Neb.; another sister, Judy Lynn at home, and three brothers, Kim, Scott and Jon, all at home; her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Rasmussen, Dolliver, and maternal grandparents, G.E. Hoppus, Inglelwood, Calif., and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Walders.

The Rev. Sanford Sill will officiate at the funeral service and burial will be in Dolliver cemetery.

Friends may call at Reese-Henry Funeral Home in Estherville until 9 p.m. today. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, March 10, 1972)


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