Florence M. Rasset, age 90, of Montrose, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Sunrise Cottages in Buffalo.
She was born June 11, 1922, in Buffalo Township, Wright County, to Herman N. and Rose (Rancour) Otten.
Florence attended Buffalo High School, graduating May 25, 1941. She then attended one year of teacher’s training and began her teaching career.
Florence married Floyd Rasset June 7, 1943, in Seattle, WA at Chapel in the Pines, where Floyd was stationed at Fort Lawton. After Floyd was discharged from the US Army in September 1943, they returned to Minnesota, where they built, owned, and operated Floyd’s Garage, Floyd’s Radiator Repair, and The Twister One Stop while raising eight children.
Floyd passed away in September of 1976. Florence went on to finish raising her youngest children by herself, and worked at Carlson Company, Ebenezer Covenant Home, and Wal-Mart.
A longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, Florence was a devoted Catholic and her faith was everything to her. She truly loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed doing the family history, current events scrapbooks, and photo albums of her family.
She was involved in many faith-centered things, including teaching at St. Mary’s school, teaching CCD, and serving as a communion distributor to the home bound.
Florence is survived by eight children, Sandy (John) Stalgaitis of McAdoo, PA, Jenny (Melvin) Bayerl of Winsted, Gary (Robyn) Rasset of Mayer, Terry (Denise) Rasset of Buffalo, Randy Rasset of Montrose, Danny Rasset of Clearwater, Cheri (Tiny) Wiegert of Lester Prairie, and Jodi (Larry) Smith of Maple Lake; 24 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.
She is further survived by a sister, Caroline Salonek of Buffalo; brothers Vernon (Liz) Otten of Buffalo, and Donald Otten of Hillman; and brothers and sisters-in-law Elaine Otten of Buffalo, Jay (Marie) Rasset, and Dale (Sandy) Rasset, all Montrose, MN.
In addition to her husband, Floyd, Florence was preceded in death by her parents; two infant children; a brother, Francis; and a sister, Gladys.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, March 7 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, with interment at Kreidler Cemetery in Montrose.
Visitation was Wednesday, March 6 from 4 to 8 p .m., with a prayer service and rosary at 7 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.