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Obituary for Sylvia Rasmussen Hirt

April 6, 1932 – April 19, 2023

Sylvia Rasmussen Hirt, age 91, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at The Woods of Caledonia. She was born in Racine on April 6, 1932, the daughter of the late Anthony and Nunzia “Nancy” (Nee: Crisci) Meister.

Sylvia Rasmussen Hirt
Sylvia Rasmussen Hirt

Sylvia graduated from Horlick High School “Class of 1950.” On Feb. 14, 1953, at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, she was united in marriage to James W. Rasmussen, and they were blessed with four sons, Steven, Jeffrey, James, and Daniel. They were married for 49 years before Jim passed away on Feb. 20, 2002.

Sylvia was employed by the Racine Medical Clinic for many years as a receptionist, as well as at St. Luke’s Hospital Emergency Room, Prudential Insurance, North Bay Dental, and Kringleville Bakery. On Oct. 21, 2006, at St. John’s Chapel at DeKoven Center, she was united in marriage to Anthony P. Hirt. Sylvia was a longtime member of St. Rita’s Catholic Church and most recently a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Through the years she enjoyed sewing, playing cribbage and bridge, gardening, golfing, and traveling (bus trips out east, and spending winters in Arizona). Above all, she treasured the time spent with her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her husband, Tony; sons, Jeff (fiancée Kendra) of Vancouver, Wash., Jamie (Lisa) of Racine, and Dan (Lisa) of L’Anse, Mich.; nine grandchildren, Lorrie (Chris) Brown, Michael, Haley, Lynzie, Ryan, Jared, M.J. (Keshia), Lucas, and Katie Rasmussen; nine great-grandchildren, Carson and Logan Brown, Jenna, Jack James, Mila, Mischa, Braxton, and Finlee; step-granddaughter, Nichole Elcano; sister, Angeline (Joseph) Uvelli; sisters-in-law, Fay and Rose Rasmussen, Janet Maisto, Joanne, and (Sister) Theresa Hirt; brother-in-law, Jim (Alice) Hirt; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, Sylvia was preceded in death by her son, Steven; great-granddaughter, Stevie; nephews, Eldon Maisto and Michael Uvelli, niece, Susan Kaplan, and siblings, Lillian (Arthur) Dimeo, Betty (Richard) Schiesmann, Constance Beckett; Rose (Richard) Kaplan, and Joseph Maisto.


A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at noon on Friday, April 28, 2023, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1100 Erie St., with Fr. Jose Mario Nieto officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery on Highway 32. Relatives and friends may meet prior to the Mass from 11 a.m. to noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Our Harmony Club have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Our Harmony Club, and the staffs of The Woods of Caledonia and the ADRC, especially Ruth and Taylor, for their loving and compassionate care.

Sylvia Rasmussen Hirt – Life Panel® courtesy of Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home

Obituary and photo courtesy of Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home.

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