Chad A. Vaith, 50, of Racine, MN, died Friday, October 28, 2022 at home surrounded by his loving family, following a short illness with metastatic esophageal cancer.
Chad Aaron Vaith was born on April 18, 1972 in Rochester, MN to Curt and Beth (Wiedemann) Vaith. He grew up in Stewartville, where he attended and graduated from Stewartville HS in 1990. He attended Red Wing Vocational Technical College and earned an associate’s degree in building maintenance. Chad was a heavy equipment operator with a specialty in rink maintenance for 15 years with the City of Rochester Parks and Recreation Department. Chad was married on March 20, 2008 on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, to Anna C. Gunderson. After their marriage, the couple resided in Racine, MN, where they continued to settle. In 2015, Chad was involved in a serious car accident which left him partially disabled and unable to continue his career. Anna has worked for 24 years as a neuro and psychiatric pharmacist at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Chad was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville. Chad, his brother and sister were born into a racing family whose father – Curt, was a well known stock car racer from the SE MN area. All 3 grew up racing karts and Chad and Tony ended up building and racing stock cars alongside their dad, sometimes competing in races featuring the 2 brothers and Curt. Chad loved the outdoors and nature and was an avid hiker. Chad was a member of the MN State Park and Trails Passport Club after visiting all MN state parks and hiking club trails in 2021. He also enjoyed snowmobiling, swimming, running, and biking. Chad loved spending time with his family, friends and pets.
Chad is survived by his wife Anna; his parents – Curt and Beth Vaith of Lake Havasu City, AZ; 1 sister and 1 brother – Heather Vaith (Derek Fitzgerald) of Rochester, MN and Tony Vaith of Kasson, MN; 3 nieces and 1 nephew – Haley (Ricardo) Gonzalez, Skylyn Vaith (Jasko Hamzic), Camryn Vaith and Aaron Vaith (Kaitlin Koester). He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents – Lawrence and Madelyn Wiedemann and his paternal grandparents – Alan and Elaine Vaith.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at Zion Lutheran Church with Reverend Tim Bowman officiating. A visiting time for family and friends will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday morning at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville. Chad’s Family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or to a memorial bench in Florence Lake Park, one of Chad’s favorite places growing up as a young boy and teenager in Stewartville. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray FH in Stewartville. Condolences and remembrances from Chad are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com