RASMO 'ROCKY' CASINI
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Rasmo 'Rocky' L. Casini, 78, of Muscatine, passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at Unity Point Hospital - Muscatine.
Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at St. Mathias Church. A time of food and fellowship will follow the mass at Gannon Hall. Private burial will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Muscatine County Conservation. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com
Rocky was born on November 10, 1938, in Fornaci di Barga, Italy, the son of Mario Casini and Ada Da Prato Casini. His family came to the United States after World War II, arriving at Ellis Island in July 1948. He lived in Chicago until 1958. He married Kathleen 'Kitty' A. Maher on September 3, 1966, in Muscatine.
He was a sergeant in the US Army and served as a military police officer.
Rocky received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from St. Ambrose University in Davenport in 1967, a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling and Guidance from Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, Missouri in 1970 and a Specialist Degree in Educational Administration from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1996. A lifelong and devoted educator, Rocky was a teacher at Muscatine High School from 1967 to 1986 and later served as Dean of Students (1986-1993) and Associate Principal (1993-1995) at MHS. He later served as Principal of both Hayes Catholic Elementary School (1995-1996) and West Liberty Middle School (1996-2002) and as an Adjunct Instructor at Muscatine Community College (2000-2017).
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Kitty Casini of Muscatine; one son, Jason M. Casini and his wife, Karina, of Des Moines; one daughter, Susan Morford and her husband, John, of Muscatine; four grandchildren, Gabrielle, Max, and Isabella Casini, and Joseph Morford; one brother, Victor Casini and wife, Joanne, of Itaska, Illinois; many nieces and nephews; and countless friends and former students.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister and brother-in-law, Lucy and Sergio Cheloni; and one brother and sister-in-law, Lucien and Grace Casini.
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I met Rocky when he was a summer time supervisor at GPC quality control labs. He was always a great supervisor, firm but fun when it was called for. He encouraged everyone to get more education! Sorry for your loss.
I had the good fortune to be one of Mr. Cassini's students at MHS in 1978. I was one of the quiet kids at the back of the class, but he never failed to reach out to all of us with his love of science. Like several other... more
Just read all the comments and you will get a sense of who Rocky was and what he meant to, literally, everyone he met. I don't think I could summarize his passion for the many students' lives he touched. Never, not once,... more
Rocky loved the Lord, his family, his country and food. He was very down to earth and could talk to anyone about most anything. He was my principal, but more so, my friend. We spent many hours talking about Chicago, wher... more
Good Bye Uncle Rocky from One of your Munchkin's If it wasn't for You. Introducing my Parents My Brother or I Would not have been. You were a Great Friend for my father to grow up with . And a Great Role Model for me
Mr. Casini was a friend of both of my parents, both teachers in the district. When I became his student I sort of knew him from both sides. He inspired me to become a science teacher and as a matter of fact, what I learn... more