Thomas J. Fasching, age 81, of Cologne, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008, at The Colony in Eden Prairie.
He was born April 29, 1927, in Perham, Minn., the son of Adelbert and Marcella (Hauck) Fasching.
Thomas was united in marriage to Marietta E. Fiecke April 26, 1952, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.
A loving husband, dad, and grandpa, Thomas worked on the railroad for over 40 years as a depot agent.
He was very active at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, holding many positions throughout the years.
Thomas was a huge fan of Dodge cars.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marietta; parents Adelbert and Marcella Fasching; sister-in-law Mary Ann Fasching; father-in-law and mother-in-law John and Clara Fiecke; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Clinton Koch, Lawrence Fiecke, Virgil Fiecke, Raymond Hoffmann and Marvin Fiecke, and Rosella and Lambert Hertzog.
Thomas is survived by his loving family: children and spouses Bill and Jane Fasching of Hamburg, Ann Fasching of Burnsville, Joan and Bill Kocourek of Lester Prairie, Karen and Fred Tipka of Mantorville, Mark Fasching of Lester Prairie, Jane and Dean Werner of Norwood Young America, Mary Fasching and special friend Mark Reamer of Burnsville, John Fasching of Cologne, Sharon and Jamie Good of Glencoe, and Barbara Fasching and special friend Brian Meissner of Shakopee; and grandchildren Mike Fasching and friend Kristin Henning, Brian and Megan Fasching, Cole Fasching, Erica Fasching, Jasmine Fasching, Jenna Tipka, Daniel Tipka, Tim Werner and fiancée Katie Meyer, Jill Werner, Katie Fasching, Jesse Fasching, and Samantha, Brooke, and Isabelle Good.
He is further survived by brothers and sisters-in-law Ardner Fasching of Hopkins, Cloud and Betty Fasching of Crystal, and Bob and Mona Fasching of Maple Grove; sisters-in-law Sidora Koch of Winsted, Alvina Fiecke of Winsted, Alberta Fiecke of Cold Spring, Annella Fiecke of Winsted, and Shirley Fiecke of Winsted; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
A memorial Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, Aug. 15 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Cologne with Father Martin Shallbetter as celebrant of the Mass. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Visitation was Thursday, Aug. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, with vigil prayers at 7 p.m., and continued Friday for one hour prior to the Mass at the church.
Memorials will be given to Catholic Charities and the Brain Tumor Assn. for research.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; online condolences available at www.johnsonfh.com.