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Gretchen Folsom

DETROIT LAKES — Gretchen A. Folsom, 97, a resident of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes.

Gretchen was born on April 25, 1915, in Wahkon, Minn., the daughter of Frank and Ella (Heitman) Morneau. She grew up and attended school in Ogilvie, graduating from Ogilvie High School.

On Oct. 25, 1937, she married Robert Earl Folsom in Foreston, Minn. She was a housewife and mother to her four children. She also worked as a nurse’s aide. Gretchen and Dan Fiala were married Sept. 5, 1998, at St. Mary’s Parish in Milaca, Minn.

She was a member of the V. F.W. Auxiliary, FireFlies, friend of Crosier. She enjoyed baking, clogging and dancing.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and husbands, Robert Sr. and Dan.

Survivors include her children, Father Paul Folsom, of Battle Lake, Cathy (Dave) Ross, of Brainerd, Robert (Rannae) Folsom Jr., of New Brighton, and Margie (Pat) Stoy, of Detroit Lakes; nine grandchildren, Nicole, Tony, Mark, Rob, Amy, Katie, Heather, Dan, and Sean; and 10 great-grandchildren, Jasmyne, Connor, Riley, Ashton, Sara, Robbie, Ryan, Ella, Henry, and Adyson. Also surviving are extended family and friends.

Memorials are preferred to Crosier Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 500, Onamia, MN 56359.

Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, with prayers at 5 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Battle Lake, Minn., and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Mass of Christian Burial: 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Battle Lake, Minn.

Clergy: Father LeRoy Schik.

Burial: Assumption Cemetery, St. Cloud, Minn.

Funeral home: Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls.