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Obituary ~ Joseph Matthew "Joe" FIRSCHING
May 02, 1925 ~ October 17, 2014

The Globe Gazette
Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
October 19, 2014

MASON CITY, Iowa - Joseph "Joe" Firsching, 89, of Mason City died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at Nora Springs Care Center, Nora Springs, Iowa.

Online condolences may be left at www.fullertonfh.com.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 302 Fifth St. S.E., Mason City. Innichement will follow at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m., one hour before the ceremony Wednesday at the church.

Fullerton Funeral Home, 123 Second St. S.E., Mason City, 641-423-8676, www.Fullertonfh.com

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The Globe Gazette
Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
October 21, 2014

MASON CITY, IOWA - Joseph “Joe” Matthew Firsching, 89, of Mason City, passed away peacefully, Friday, October 17, 2014, with his family by his side.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 302 Fifth St. S.E., Mason City, with visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Rodney Allers will be officiating. Inurnment will follow at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery. Those planning on expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Joseph Firsching Memorial fund. Online condolences may be left at www.fullertonfh.com .

Joe was born on May 2, 1925, the son of George and Theresa (Biederer) Firsching in Stacyville, Iowa. He attended a one room school house in rural Mitchell County. On May 25, 1949, he married the love of his life, Helen Elizabeth Heinzerling, at Visitation Catholic Church in Stacyville.

Joe spent a lifetime in agriculture, working for 23 years at Decker Farms south of Mason City. In 1975 they moved to Taopi, Minnesota and farmed there until his retirement in 1985.

Joe and Helen returned to Mason City where Joe continued farming on a part time basis until his passing. He worked for Darrell Nielson, Chuck Grove, and the Furleigh Farms, all of Clear Lake. Joe was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1960.

He was an avid reader and loved camping, fishing and playing cards with friends. Joe also enjoyed spending winters in Arizona.

Those left to honor his memory are his children, John (Sandi) Firsching of Webster City, Dennis (Sue) Firsching of Mason City, Mary (Leon) Thomas of Mason City, and Jean Oimoen of Rockford; nine grandchildren; Jeffrey Firsching, William (Jodene) Firsching, Chad (Kelly) Firsching, Matthew (Jackie) Firsching, Dylan (Annie) Thomas, Derek (Sara) Thomas, Alyssa Thomas, Robin (Will) Esclusa and Michael Oimoen; nine great-grandchildren, Isaac and Luke Firsching, Russell Firsching, Dylan Firsching, Cole Thomas, Weston Thomas, Kaitlyn Lester, Eric Pals and Victor Esclusa; two sisters, Gertrude Retterath of Austin, Minnesota, and Teresa Ungaro of San Pedro, California; sisters-in-law, Betty Vaage and Barbara Alice Heinzerling, both of Mason City, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Helen; brothers Lawrance, John, George; and sisters Rose Rauen, Margaret Schmitt, Alma Retterath, and Laura Firsching

Fullerton Funeral Home, 123 Second St. S.E., Mason City, IA 50401, 641-423-8676; www.Fullertonfh.com

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2017

 

 

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