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Further visitation will be held on Thursday, July 11th one hour prior to Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, MN.

Rita JoAnne Fasching, age 56, of Redwood Falls, Minnesota and formerly of Winsted passed away on July 4, 2019 after a very courageous 4 month battle with cancer.
Rita was born on February 13, 1963, the 7th of 15 children to Joseph and Anne Fasching. Rita graduated from Holy Trinity High School in Winsted. She attended St. Cloud State University and graduated with a degree in Special Education.
Rita had a love for teaching and helping others, especially those who were less fortunate. She started her teaching career in Buffalo, MN. In 1990 Rita moved to Redwood Falls and became a Special Education teacher in the Redwood Falls School District. She would spend the next 30 years of her life making a tremendous impact on the lives of the students she taught, the teachers she worked with, and the entire Redwood Falls community.
Rita immersed herself into the school and the Redwood Falls community. She helped to coordinate the Special Olympics program. She coached 7th grade volleyball for 7 years. She was active in her church. Rita, having grown up on the family farm, had an incredible love for animals. Besides taking in stray animals, she volunteered at the Redwood Valley Animal Shelter. Rita also worked at REM – South Central Services, helping those with disabilities. She helped out with the Big Buddies program, always willing to lend a hand and offering a kind smile.
Rita’s passions were her family, her students, and her pets. She always thought of others before she thought of herself. She made sure that if people needed something, she was there to provide it. Rita was a very thoughtful and giving person. Her parents who she loved dearly, and her many brothers and sisters were so important to her. Rita made a point to organize family gatherings to bring our big family together. She was a big supporter of Saint John’s football and drove her Dad and Mom to all of the home games. Rita adored her students and cared for them like they were her own. She was known to give gifts and buy treats for her students. If you had four legs and were furry, you always found a friend in Rita. She loved her pets and encouraged her family to love them too.
Rita is survived by her mother Anne Fasching and her 14 brothers and sisters. Jim Fasching, Douglas (Vicki) Fasching, Karen (Charlie) Kubesh, Gary (Cindy) Fasching, Sharon (Tony) Vanderlinde, Mary (Brad) Schmidt, Joel (JoEllen) Fasching, Dean (Kate) Fasching, Laura (Paul) Volness, Teresa (Wade) Jagodzinski, Barb Fasching, Gerald (Sara) Fasching, Joleen Fasching, LuAnn (Harold) Blanchette. She is also survived by 32 nieces and nephews. Rita is a great aunt to 9 great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by numerous students, co – workers and friends.
Rita was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Fasching, sister in law Karen Fasching, her Very Special Companion Jerry Domek, and her pets, her dog Howie, and her special cat “The Gray Beast”.
A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Rita Fasching will be held on Thursday, July 11th, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, Minnesota. Father Tony Stubeda and Father Tony Hesse will be the Concelebrants. Lavon Kielkucki will be the organist for the Mass and Sandy Otto will be the vocalist.
Inurnment Holy Trinity Cemetery.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 10th from 4-8 P.M. AT THE CHURCH. A Rosary will be recited at 5:30 P.M. and Parish Prayers 7:30 P.M. Further visitation will be held on Thursday morning, July 11th one hour prior to Mass.
Honorary Urn Bearers will be Joseph Kubesh and Luke Jagodzinski.
Urn Bearer will be LuAnn Blanchette.
In lieu of flowers, please give to the Special Olympics or the Redwood Area Animal Shelter.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

8 Guestbook Entries

  1. Dan and Cindy Entinger

    We are so sorry to hear about Rita passing away. She had a remarkable life. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Tammy Leach Domanico

    My condolences to Rita’s family.
    So sorry for your loss!

  3. Nancy Grejtak

    Sorry to hear of Rita’s passing. I worked with her at RVHS.

  4. Cathy Morris

    To Rita’s family; The Redwood Area Special Olympics sends our condolences to you. Rita was a volleyball coach that everyone respected and loved. She was instrumental in starting Life Skill classes and obtaining grant money to allow the athletes access to the community center. She is leaving a huge hole in the hearts of all. May she rest in peace.
    Athletes, Unified Partners, Coaches, families and group home staff.

  5. Laurie Sturgeon

    I am a co-worker of Rita’s from the Redwood Valley School District. My family and myself send our sympathies and pray for peace for the family.

  6. Jane Burns

    I worked with Rita in Buffalo. Already then I knew she was going to be a great SPED teacher. Both students and staff admired and loved her. The obit is a great tribute to her. She no doubt will be missed by many.

  7. Mary Mochinski Streich

    I remember Rita very well from grade school. Truly genuine and kind-hearted and it always showed in her eyes. The photo brings me right back to how she looked in grade school. The tribute was beautifully written. My sympathies to all of you.

  8. Randy & Ellen Picka

    Rita will truly be missed by all. She worked miracles with her students and truly had a passion for her work.


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