Fay was born Nov. 24, 1928, in Caledonia, to Leonard and Christina (Wilwert) Gengler. She graduated from Loretto High School, Caledonia in 1946 and she babysat from 1942 to 1977. She attended LaCrosse State College from 1964 to 1966, and she also attended Wilder Rehabilitation Center in St. Paul in 1968. Fay was born legally blind and she went totally blind in 1977, but she lived a very independent life.
She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, St. Mary’s Parish and its Council of Catholic Women, St. Elizabeth’s Society and the National Federation for the Blind. Fay sponsored the annual Halloween Party at the Caledonia nursing home for over 35 years.
She is survived by her sisters, Marilyn (Glenn) Check, Rochester, Minn. and Nancy (Clement) Jansen, Maple Grove, Minn.; her sister-in-law, Darlene Rommes, Caledonia and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Ramon Gengler; a nephew, Izzie Gengler; a great nephew, Matthew Gengler and two great nieces, Collette and Ann Gengler.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Caledonia. Father Matt Fasnacht will officiate and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Caledonia. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, at Holy Family Hall next to the church, where a CDA rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will also be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday morning before the service at the church. Memorials may be given to St. Mary’s School or The Communications Center of the Blind in St. Paul.
The family would like to thank Caledonia Care & Rehab, Fay’s home health caretakers and the many friends and neighbors that helped Fay through the years.
McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia is assisting the family with arrangements and online condolences may be given at mccormickfuneralhome.net