Carla A. Rasmussen

RASMUSSEN, Carla A., Jul 13, 1959 – Apr 2, 2009, of Omaha. Passed away peacefully at Bergen Mercy Hospital oncology ward (thank you to the wonderful staff for their cheerfulness and compassion). Carla is preceded in death by her father Donald and survived by her husband of 7 years, Michael Starkey; mother Irene; brothers Dean, David, John and Chris, sister Evelyn as well as 7 nieces, 4 nephews and her beloved dogs Jacque and Champ. Carla was born and raised in Sioux City, IA and from all accounts was a precocious little ragamuffin who terrorized her brothers. After graduating from East High in 1977 she left for I.S.U. for a B.Sci., Fisheries and Wildlife Biology. Carla then moved to Omaha, NE in 1983 and attended Metro Community College for an Assoc. Degree in Applied Computer Science. During this time and up to 1996 she was a Programmer for A.I.S. 1996-1999 Carla attained a Degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Engineering, both from UNO/L. Carla did the bulk of her professional work with M.U.D. 1999-05 as an Engineer and O.P.P.D. 05-09 as the Environmental Coordinator and had just gotten a promotion to Environmental Affairs Administrator. Lastly Carla was a licensed Professional Civil Engineer. Carla has always been passionate about animals and the defense of their rights and was a volunteer for the C.B. Humane Society after adopting Jacque from there in 2001. She also started her own animal rescue in 2004 called No Pets Left Behind. Carla worked selflessly and tirelessly as an advocate for homeless animals and believed she was a dog in another life. A Visitation will be held at 12pm Wednesday at the West Center Chapel, followed by A Celebration of Life at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to No Pets Left Behind or Town and Country Humane Society.


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