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Jane Johnson Rasmussen, 77, was born November 23, 1944 to Richard G. and Nadeen LeSueur Johnson at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. She was a 4th generation Mesan for 77 years and was always proud of her Johnson/LeSueur ancestry. Education was very important to Jane. She graduated from Mesa High School in 1963, received her BAE from ASU, and her Masters Degree at U of A. Jane was blessed with six decades of love with John William Rasmussen, also an Arizona native. They married in 1965 and the Rasmussen adventures began! Jane treasured her calling as the mother of their four children: Erik, Kristen (Scott Dawson), Richard (Chrissy) and Kent (Becky). She was a wonderful loving Mom and their home was the ultimate gathering place with lots of fun activities and the good food Jane made. As the children grew older, Jane returned to teaching for Mesa Public Schools for many years.
The frosting on Jane’s cake of life came in the form of her 13 “most adorable” grandchildren. She has always been, and will continue to be, their biggest fan. She cheered them on and supported them at all their events. She made them each feel as though they were her favorite. Jane loved to travel and explore. She and John enjoyed many cruises and adventures together and completed two dedicated “road trip” summers to tour the entire United States. She loved to be with her family which often included trips to the snow, water and sand dunes. She was always on the go! One of Jane’s favorite past times was relaxing in the sun in Arizona or at Newport or Mission Beach. She was a true Zonie beach babe. She also enjoyed snow and water skiing and later her daily gym routine. Jane was an avid reader and always had a stack of books around. She loved genealogy and family history and received so much joy in learning about her ancestors and their history. She served an LDS mission at the Church History Center helping others do their genealogy. She enjoyed her many church callings through the years, especially being a Relief Society President. Jane lived and loved to serve. She was always looking for ways to help others and carry out celestial promptings by doing kind things for anyone in need. Even as her health began to fail, she remained the ultimate hostess and thoughtful person she had always been. She was especially known for her personalized cards for all occasions that were filled with expressions of love and kindness.
Visitation will be at Bunkers Family Garden Chapel at 33 N. Centennial Way Mesa, AZ 85201 on Monday, March 7th from 6 to 8pm.
An additional visitation will also take place at 10:00 am Tuesday, March 8th, with the funeral following at 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 2549 N. 32nd Street Mesa, AZ 85213.
In lieu of flowers, Jane would love for you to take your grandchildren bowling, plan a special getaway with your sweetheart, attend a play or concert, or act on a prompting to serve someone.