Virgil A. Fasching, 78

Virgil A. “Virg” Fasching, age 78, of Excelsior, formerly of Winsted, passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, surrounded by family, following a courageous and prolonged battle with cancer.

His funeral service will take place Monday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church (23290 Hwy. 7), Excelsior, with the Rev. Dave Schroeder officiating.

There was visitation Sunday, Dec. 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, and visitation will continue one hour prior to the service Monday.

Virgil’s grandchildren will be his casket bearers: Tim Sund, Jenna Weber, Nathan Weber, Sarah Sperbeck, Anna Sperbeck, and Hunter Bailey.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. www.johnsonfh.com.

Virgil was born June 1, 1938, in Winsted, the son of Albert and Celestine (Dols) Fasching. He was baptized and confirmed at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

He graduated with the class of 1956 from Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Winsted.

Virgil was united in marriage to Carolyn L. Zuehl April 2, 1960, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. The couple raised their family and resided in Tonka Bay.

Virgil worked for Northern States Power (Xcel Energy) for 34 years, retiring in 1997.

He impacted the lives of many people. Virgil was known for being very generous with his time, and always ready and willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed assistance. A Mr. Fix-It, he was able to repair almost anything.

Virgil spent endless hours working around his home and making his yard and garden beautiful, adding thousands of Christmas lights for all who passed by their home during the holidays. He also enjoyed hunting whenever he had the chance.

Virgil was active in his community, volunteering at Bethesda thrift store in Hopkins, as a Mayer Lutheran High School Booster, and delivering Meals on Wheels.

He was a faithful and very active member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Excelsior, where he served on the trustees and as an usher for many years, as well as driving bus and enjoying fellowship with the Men’s Club.

Virgil enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Some of his favorite times were spent at the cabin and travelling with Carolyn to various destinations throughout the US.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Celestine Fasching; father-in-law and mother-in-law Gustav and Lillian Zuehl; and sisters and brothers-in-law Lucille (John) Fleischaker, Geraldine (Harold) Mueller, Marion Zdrazil, and Virgil Fiecke.

Virgil is survived by his loving family: wife Carolyn; daughters Linda (Lee) Bailey of Lisle, IL, Bonnie (Keith) Sperbeck of Chaska, and Diane (Mat) Weber of Victoria; grandchildren Tim (Cassie) Sund, Jenna Weber, Nathan Weber, Sarah Sperbeck, Anna Sperbeck, and Hunter Bailey; and great-grandchildren Samantha Sund, and Mollie Sund.

He is further survived by brothers and sisters-in-law Melvin (Jean) Fasching of Glencoe, LeRoy Fasching of Brainerd, Harold (Doris) Fasching of Hutchinson, Louis Fasching of Braham, and Marcel (Bonnie) Fasching of Glencoe; sisters and brothers-in-law Alberta Fiecke of Cold Spring, Elaine (Arnold) Marshall of Winsted, and Glen Zdrazil of Annandale; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Leonard (Joan) Zuehl of New Hope, Elaine (Vernon) Briesemeister of Waconia, Mary Ann (John) Teubert of Lester Prairie, and Marilyn Engel of Jefferson, WI; nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.

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