Charlotte Rose's Story
Charlotte Rose (Fasnacht) Di Pasquale passed away peacefully at home on February 10, 2017 in Oak Park, CA after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Visitation and Rosary at Mankato Mortuary, 1001 N Riverfront Dr., Mankato, MN from 3:00-6:00 PM on Sunday, February 19. Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM on Monday, February 20 at All Saints Church, Madison Lake, MN with Rosary and Visitation beginning at 9:00 AM. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Madison Lake.
Charlotte was born March 13, 1926 in Mankato, MN and grew up in Madison Lake. She and her sisters learned from their parents both the joys of fruitful labor and open-hearted kindness that welcomed everyone in need. They formed a singing trio—the Terry Sisters, named for their mother Theresa—and performed professionally around the upper Midwest region.
After graduating from Mankato Commercial College and working as an executive secretary in Mankato and at Riker Laboratories in Hollywood, CA, Charlotte joined the Lay Mission-Helpers of Los Angeles and went to Tanganyika (now Tanzania) where she ran a Catholic bookstore, taught English, and captured a collection of stunning photographs recording the people, fishing boats, buildings, animals, and landscapes of East Africa. In Africa, she met Pasquale Di Pasquale, Jr.; they were married August 12, 1961 in Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Mankato, MN.
In the years that followed, Charlotte served as a devoted wife, mother, homemaker, and active volunteer in the many places the family lived as Pat pursued his career as an English Professor and College President. After Pat's death in 2004, she lived with her daughter Catherine and her family.
Charlotte is preceded in death by her parents Paul and Theresa (Klaseus) Fasnacht and by her husband Pasquale Di Pasquale, Jr. She is survived by her sisters Edith Dauk of Mankato, MN and Sylvia Schneider of Portland, OR, and by three daughters, three sons-in-law, and five grandchildren: Theresa Di Pasquale, Lee Keene, and Dominic Keene of Walla Walla, WA; Catherine Conroy, Timothy Conroy, Joseph Conroy, and John Conroy of Oak Park, CA; and Maria Di Pasquale, Arnold Phifer, Lucrezia Phifer, and Elena Phifer of Granger, IN.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Charlotte make a contribution in her name to the Lay Mission-Helpers (www.laymissionhelpers.org; attn: Janice England, 3435 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1940, Los Angeles, CA 90010) or to the charitable organization of their choice.
Published on February 17, 2017