Elizabeth “Betty” R. Rasmussen, R.N., of Irvington and Pt. Pleasant passed away at Sunrise Assisted Living in Madison on Thursday, November 17, 2016. She was 80.
Born in Jersey City to the late Edward and Catherine Lynch, Betty attended and graduated from St. Aloysius Grammar and High School in Jersey City. She then studied at Holy Name Nursing School in Teaneck where she received her R.N. certification. Later in her life, she graduated from Jersey City State University with a BS in Nursing.
Betty was a long-time nurse at Irvington General Hospital, in the city where she and her husband, Eric and two sons lived. Nursing wasn’t just Betty’s career, it was her calling. Over the course of her 35 plus-year career at Irvington General, she was the nursing head of several different departments. She was often called on to lead new departments as they opened, including the ICU and Oncology Departments. Betty was dedicated to both her family and profession- she often worked the night shift to care for her patients and still be home to care for her family during the day. She retired in the mid ’90’s.
The Rasmussen family loved to spend summers “down the shore” in Pt. Pleasant, and did so for many years. Betty enjoyed spending time with her friends- her family fondly remembering the card games that would rotate between several friends’ homes. She and her husband were enthusiastic travelers, taking several trips to the Caribbean and Florida, as well as an Alaskan cruise. They also traveled to Vermont and Lake Tahoe to indulge in another one of their hobbies, skiing. Betty was also an avid reader.
She was the beloved wife of the late Eric N. Rasmussen; loving mother of Michael Rasmussen and his wife Karen of Chatham and Eric Rasmussen and his wife Loretta of Pt. Pleasant; cherished sister of Marie “Joy” Walsh and the late Catherine Mannino; and the devoted “Nanny” to Amanda, Sara, Matthew and Tori. She is also survived by 8 nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Monday, November 21, 2016 at Corpus Christi Church, 234 Southern Blvd, Chatham, followed by interment at Hollywood Memorial Park, Union. A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 20, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Chatham.
Those who wish may contribute in Betty’s memory to Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey, 175 South St., Morristown, NJ, 07960.
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