Rasmo 'Rocky' L. Casini
November 10, 1938 - September 10, 2017
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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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Tue, September 12, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM


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Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home
1931 Houser Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761


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Wed, September 13, 2017
11:00 AM


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St. Mathias Church
215 West Eighth Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761


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NORMA TORRES ACEVEDO
Jan 21, 2018

My condolences to all his family! Mr. Casini was an amazing counselor and role model. My fondest memory is after I got into some trouble one summer and prior to having to appear in court, he spoke to the judge on my beha... more

Jan 21, 2018
My condolences to all his family! Mr. Casini was an amazing counselor and role model. My fondest memory is after I got into some trouble one summer and prior to having to appear in court, he spoke to the judge on my behalf. I can still remember him tell the judge, "In all my years of teaching and counseling, I have never met a student like Norma." "Norma isn't one to follow tradition or carry a chip on her shoulder. She breaks the mold and follows her heart." "She marches to the beat of her own drum and they separates her from all the rest." "Norma strives to be unique and she has spunk." "She has heart and spirit." Had it not been for Mr.Casini, I don't think I would be here now. For that I am truly grateful. Thank you Mr. Casini!! You will be greatly missed and forever remembered!!

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Cheryl Mann
Dec 3, 2017

So sorry to hear of Mr. Casini's passing. He was the very best teacher I have ever had. I moved to Muscatine halfway through sophomore year and he was the absolute best part of my new home. Not only did he fuel my pas... more

Dec 3, 2017
So sorry to hear of Mr. Casini's passing. He was the very best teacher I have ever had. I moved to Muscatine halfway through sophomore year and he was the absolute best part of my new home. Not only did he fuel my passion for science, he helped me learn a song in Italian and was also my first boss with the Iowa Youth Corps. He was a powerful example of loving encouragement in all he did.

Cheryl Mann
Becky Ernst
Sep 24, 2017

I just wanted to tell the family that I loved Mr. Casini. I was blessed to have him as my biology teacher my sophomore and senior years as well as my supervisor during the summer with Youth Conservation Corp. I speak abo... more

Sep 24, 2017
I just wanted to tell the family that I loved Mr. Casini. I was blessed to have him as my biology teacher my sophomore and senior years as well as my supervisor during the summer with Youth Conservation Corp. I speak about him often to young people. He was a great teacher. If he was behind the desk , he was speaking as the teacher if he was in front of the desk he was a man of faith , who loved his wife and 2 children and he would share his personal views. I am so glad I got to see him thru the years.... He will be missed. Becky Ernst

Becky Ernst
Jeni McKee
Sep 24, 2017

My condolences to this sweet family. I wasn't a great student but I will always remember how Mr. Casini's patience and encouragement made me feel like I mattered. It was known not to ever call him Rasmo but outside of cl... more

Sep 24, 2017
My condolences to this sweet family. I wasn't a great student but I will always remember how Mr. Casini's patience and encouragement made me feel like I mattered. It was known not to ever call him Rasmo but outside of class it was that name that was fondly shared among friends to describe one of the best teachers ever. God bless. Jeni Kautz-McKee

Jeni McKee
Rosemary Stych Hollatz
Sep 18, 2017

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.

Susan McRoy
Sep 16, 2017

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

Sep 16, 2017
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 others here, I went on to have a career in science education myself and thank him greatly for that. I also thank the strong women in his life - never once did he suggest that gender might hinder anyone's ability or success.

Susan McRoy
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