Uta Gisela Lotte Rasmussen, was born February 17, 1943, in German occupied Metz, France. She was the eldest of three children born to Liesel (nee-Rech) and Wilfried Wohlgemuth.
Uta grew up a tomboy always bringing home half drowned cats and abandoned puppies, begging her mother to keep them. She did. Uta never fit in to the German ideal of Kinder Kirche und Kiiche (children, church, and kitchen) failing miserably in knitting, sewing, and cooking classes. What Uta wanted to be when she grew up was to join the circus and be a lion tamer. Lion-taming schools would not accept girls so she did the next best thing. She decided to train horses, and in exchange for mucking out stalls, the owner of the local Equestrian school let her train there at a reduced rate. She was almost finished with her training when the owner of the school died and her heirs sold the school, thus ending her time there. At a local festival in her small village of Osthofen, Uta met a young American Air Force Sergeant whom she married, giving birth to her first daughter, Juliet in Landstiihl, Germany. She moved to the United States with her husband in 1963. Uta learned English from American comic book, never losing her German accent. She learned to drive in a 57 Chevy in the New Mexico desert, dodging cactus and mailboxes. Her first son, Jim, was born there. Her husband moved the family to Michigan where she had grown up. They lived in Lansing with his mother and father, where her second daughter, Brigitta was born. The family moved to Stephenson in the late 1960's. In this small town, Uta put down roots and had two more sons: Shauwn and Gary. And in this rural town Uta had to learn to sew, knit, garden and preserve food. When her German mother came to the United States for her eldest grandchild's graduation, she couldn't believe her Uta had sewn the curtains hanging in her dining room. Uta worked in nursing homes, did private home health care, dairy farming and was presently employed at Schlaud's adult assisted living home. She was primarily known for her long running business "The Wreath Factory". Her family and friends loved her and will miss her. "Ich liebe Dich, Mutti. Seid Brau (I love you mom, be good). Lovingly written by daughter, Juliet.
Uta is survived by her children: Juliet Higgins of Seattle, Wash., James Higgins of Nashville, Tenn., Brigitta Higgins of Mt. Prospect, Ill., Shauwn LaLonde of Marinette, Wis. and Gary Rasmussen of Stephenson, Mich.; four grandchildren: Kody, Xavior, Dregan and Darken LaLonde; sister, Heike Guaoagnoli of Osthofen, Germany; brother, Wolfram Wohlgemuth of Osthofen, Germany; nephews: Michael Guadagnoli of Maryland and Andre Guadagnoli of Germany; brother-in-law, Frederich Guadagnoli of Aurora, Colo.
Friends may call at ANDERSON DIEHM FUNERAL HOME, Stephenson, Mich. on Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 5 p.m. until time of Funeral Service at 6 p.m. Pastor Archie Roberts officiating.
Burial will follow in Central Baptist Cemetery.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.andersondiehm.com.