Marjorie Elizabeth (Hollstein) Rasta of Dedham on the morning of March 11, 2020 in
Needham at the age of 91, surrounded by her loving daughters. Former spouse of the
late Vinson T. Rasta. Dear mother of Alison R. Dodge and husband Brian D. of Norfolk,
Hilary R. White and husband Joe of Needham, and Carolyn T. Rasta and husband
Jeffrey C. Blom of Hull. She is also survived by 8 precious grandchildren; Erica, Evan,
Zuzu, Sierra, Emily, Chloe, Holly and Cal, many nieces, nephews, cousins here and in
Canada and friends, all of whom brought love and joy to her life. Daughter of the late
Robert Ellerbrock Hollstein and Beulah Irene (Roberts). Devoted big sister of Barbara
G. Chapman and husband Rev. Robert B. of Chelmsford, Grace B. Paltrineri and
husband Henry A. of Marlboro, and the late Robert E. Hollstein Jr. and wife Shirley F.
(Lakey) of Holbrook. Born in Moose River Nova Scotia Canada, she arrived in the
United States as a young child. She cherished her birth heritage with fond memories of
return trips Down East to visit family in Moose River. She grew up in Jamaica Plain and
later moved to Holbrook where she met two lifelong friends at church school. She
graduated from Sumner High School and then earned her degree in nursing from
Deaconess Nursing school in 1949. She began training at the Blood Bank then pursued
a career at the New England Deaconess Hospital. She was a devoted registered nurse,
and her medical background was a solid resource for family and friends. She paused
her nursing career to raise her three daughters with her former spouse Vinson T. Rasta.
Upon retirement she moved to Middleboro where she shared time with close friends and
family, including visits from her eight grandchildren who turned her house upside down.
She also volunteered with hospice and a vision support group, and participated in
church activities at the First Congregational Church. In recent years she lived at
Traditions of Dedham where she made some very dear friends and appreciated
performances and concerts. Throughout her life, she enjoyed opera performances,
sewing, cross stitch, reading, and birds both indoors and out. Should friends desire,
memorial contributions may be made to Beacon Hospice an Amedisys Company, 529
Main Street, Charlestown MA 02129. A private graveside gathering and burial will be
held on Thursday March 19th 11:00am at Needham Cemetery Association, 121 Parish
Road, Needham MA with a memorial service to be held at a later date. She will forever
be remembered as beautiful and brave.