Born in Greenwood, Wisconsin on March 20th, 1939

Departed on January 1st, 2020 and resided in Thornton, Colorado

    On Wednesday, January 1, 2020,  Ethel Solmonson, born as Ethel Rasmussen and formerly known as Ethel Jeitz, loving mother to two children, passed away at the age of 80.  She died peacefully and unexpectedly in her own home.


    Ethel was born in Greenwood, Wisconsin on March 20th, 1939 to Julia and Walter Rasmussen.  Ethel spent her young years with four siblings growing up above her parents’ cheese factory, grocery store and bar.  She was raised frugally and humbly.  She was raised to work hard and be honest.  During high school she was crowned as home coming queen.  She graduated from Greenwood High School in 1957.  After high school she attended beauty school and quickly discovered she would like to pursue other options.  She left and headed for the Twin Cities to work for the airlines.  In 1968 and 1970 she adopted two girls.


    After spending some time at home with her children she began working for the State of Minnesota.  She worked there for 24 years and retired at the age of 59.  Shortly after she moved to Phoenix, Arizona to enjoy the sunshine and friends.  Although she enjoyed her time there she missed family and moved to Colorado.


    Ethel was filled with life in her younger years and was always the life of the party.

    She loved to waltz and would dress up and go dancing frequently.  She was known for telling jokes and got her quick wit from her mother.  Ethel was an incredibly helpful grandmother and she made a mean cut out Christmas cookie that will be hard to replicate.  As she aged she really appreciated the simple things in life including quietness, gardening and being in her own home.  She also rekindled a love for reading.


    Ethel will always be remembered by her children, for providing unconditional love and sacrifice.


    Ethel was proceeded in death by her parents Julia and Walter.  She is survived by two children, Kerri Schommer and Kathryn Olivo, her siblings Shirley Denk, Roy Rasmussen, Gary Rasmussen and Patti Netterlund, grandchildren, Taylor Olivo, Christian Olivo, Luke Schommer and Ben Schommer and great grandchild Sophie and many fantastic in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


    Services will be held at on January 18, 2020 at United Church Christ-Immanuel W6974 Century Rd. Greenwood, WI 54437 at 1PM.  A celebration will continue after at Parkway Pines address is N10005 State Highway 73 Greenwood, Wisconsin 54437.  Food and drinks will be served.

    Guestbook Entries

    David Boe

    Sad that you’re gone Cousin Shirly.

    January 3rd, 2020 at 2:13pm
    Mary Westphalen

    I will never forget you. You were so fun to be with.
    Miss you gal!

    January 3rd, 2020 at 3:23pm
    Laurie Knox

    Prayers to you and your family. You can tell how much she was loved and how happy she was in your slide show. 

    January 3rd, 2020 at 3:27pm
    Shane Rasmussen

    I will miss you greatly my crazy little aunty !!  Love You

    January 3rd, 2020 at 3:48pm
    Sue Birhanzel

    Ethel was a beautiful lady. Had the pleasure of meeting her many years ago. We became Facebook friends after finding each other. God Bless her family. 

    January 3rd, 2020 at 5:59pm
    Lori Larson

    You will be sadly missed. We always had a lot of fun when you came home. Love ya Etz!

    January 3rd, 2020 at 10:58pm
    Sandy Toburen

    Awe sorry to hear of Etzs passing. I remember her and my mom Eileen laughing for hours when they got together! Prayers and thoughts to you all!! 

    January 4th, 2020 at 6:48am
    Jim and Donna Boe

    Will miss you Etz

    January 4th, 2020 at 9:28am
    Rochelle Skorlinski

    So sorry to read this. Etz was such a great lady, she and my Mom (Eileen Krapf) shared so good times and laughs together!! Sending prayers to Kerri and Kathy and the entire family.

    January 4th, 2020 at 12:43pm
    Nancy J Pewterbaugh

    Hard to believe she is no longer with us…she will be missed in our HTC neighborhood.  

    January 4th, 2020 at 2:34pm
    Nancy Skeels

    Ethel, will always have a warm spot in my heart.  When our neighborhood was young, the women’s group decided to start a charitable activity.  Judi Frost and I started the Reading Literacy Project to give elementary children
    brand new books to keep every year.  I guess it is no surprise that Ethel was the first donator!  Our love for and our thoughts of Ethel will be part of Heritage Todd Creek.  Nancy Skeels

    January 4th, 2020 at 8:56pm

    We had many wonderful conversations, times, and visits with Ethel, Kerri, and Kathy over many years. Our memories of those times will be forever etched into our hearts!


    January 6th, 2020 at 10:39pm
    Bonnie Rasmussen

    Love is forever and you live in the hearts and minds of your beautiful family.  (Your cousin in Shoreview, MN)

    January 7th, 2020 at 2:16pm

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