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Carol L. Foss

Posted By Ballard Sunder Funeral Home On September 3, 2019 @ 2:34 pm In 2019,Obituaries | 12 Comments

Carol L. Foss, age 77, of Edina, MN, passed away peacefully, with her beloved family at her side, on Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019, at Methodist Hospital, St Louis Park, MN. Two weeks prior, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer.

A Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, September 7, at 3 pm, with a time of gathering starting at 1:30 pm, at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation, 4565 Pleasant Street SE, Prior Lake, MN. Pastors Rich and Jody Phenow will preside. Additional services will be held at Salem Lutheran Church in Cummings, ND on Saturday, September 21. Carol will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Gardens, in Fargo, ND.

On August 28, 1942, in Halstad, MN, Carol Lea was born to Alvin and Muriel (Wright) Foss. She was the middle sibling to Charlotte, Warren, Dwight and Gail. Carol grew up on the family farm in Cummings, where there were always chores to be done. Nothing made her cry more, when Carol had to tend to the chickens; watering, feeding and gathering the eggs (she disliked this job!) The Foss family also had a pony. Carol’s brothers learned how to jump on the back of the pony and when she tried…Carol always got kicked off! She was confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church. Carol attended Climax High School, in Climax, MN, where she participated in the Prom Committee her junior year. Carol graduated in 1960.

Carol furthered her education at North Dakota State University, studying Home Economics. She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. Due to unknown reasons, Carol suspended her education, one semester shy of graduating.

Throughout Carol’s career, she was dedicated and very hardworking. It wasn’t uncommon for Carol to have multiple jobs at once. She spent over 30 years in the dry-cleaning business. Carol first started her career at North Port Clothier, until Carol met her husband, Jerome “Jerry” Reed. In 1974, they brought Camelot Cleaners and it became the family business, until they divorced. Carol then moved to the Twin Cities area and helped manage Fingerman Family Dry Cleaners. She retired from the dry-cleaning business and worked for over 20 years in the accounts payable department at Super Valu. This career in the grocery business started back with Hornbacher Grocery in Fargo, in Carol’s earlier years. In addition to working at Super Valu, she also worked as a switch board operator for Methodist Hospital, for over 20 years.

Carol loved being a mother to Michael and Marti. She was also proud of being a grandma. Carol was very hands on and relished hearing the way they called her ‘grandma.’ The grandchildren were Carol’s world and always wanted to be with them. She was a Minnesota sports fan and as a family, they especially enjoyed going to the Twins game and watching them on TV. Besides family, Carol also enjoyed playing cards, putting together puzzles and polka dancing. She definitely had a sweet tooth for nut breads, dark chocolate, Heath candy bars, fruit cake and angel food cake, along with a cup of black coffee or a cold Coke. In Carol’s free time, she enjoyed watching the Hallmark Channel and listening to county music.

As a family, attending the Minnesota State Fair was always a tradition. It is ironic, on September 1, 2017 (during the state fair), Carol’s son, Michael passed, and on the last day of the 2019 state fair, she passed.

Left to carry on the legacy of Carol will be her beloved daughter, Marti (Scott) Reed-Stone; daughter-in-law, Shannon Reed; grandchildren, Jonathon Reed, Michael Reed, Trevor Reed, Tyler Reed, Jacob Stone and Madison Stone; siblings, Dwight Foss, Gail Behnke; sister-in-law, Joan Foss; aunts, Joanne Rude, Bernice Rude; other relatives and friends.

There to welcome Carol home in heaven is her beloved son, Michael Reed; parents, Alvin and Muriel; siblings, Charlotte Foss, Warren Foss and sister-in-law, Nellie Foss.

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Condolence from Faith Martyn-Hoffman on September 3rd, 2019 8:12 pm

I will always remember the good times with Carol, working overnight at the Switchboard, playing Words with Friends with her, and her wonderful “good morning” text every day. I already miss her terribly. She will always remain in my heart. Love you Carol.

Condolence from JACKIE LINEBAGER on September 3rd, 2019 9:21 pm

Carol will be missed. I worked with her over 9 years. I will miss her bringing snacks and goodies to work. She loved her family. Especially her grand children. Love you Carol

Condolence from Tina H on September 5th, 2019 6:26 pm

Words can not express how sadden I am to hear the loss of Carol. I really enjoyed working with her at Methodist. She would always come in with a smile and say Hi to me, she was a very nice caring person. she will be missed. you have my deepest sympathy.

Condolence from Kevin Carlson on September 5th, 2019 7:54 pm

So sorry Marti and family! She was a very nice lady and friend to all of us. She will be missed

Condolence from Iylene Raihill on September 6th, 2019 8:13 am

I worked with Carol for 5 years at the Methodist switchboard. We shared many stories about our families. What I will remember most about Carol is her dedication to her family and to her job. I will always remember her sitting in her favorite spot in the switchboard. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Condolence from Sara Jensen on September 7th, 2019 11:56 am

Marti and family,
I was so sorry to hear this news from Kari. We have fond memories of Easter weekend and were so happy for you all when Carol got to return to Minnesota. No words can bring you true comfort so please just know we are thinking about you all. God’s peace surround you in the coming days.
Sara, Erik, Anker and Asta Jensen,
Omaha, NE

Condolence from Loretta Storbakken on September 7th, 2019 12:12 pm

My heart is sad for you and for all that loved your mom! She was one of the sweetest women there is and I have some very awesome memories with her. Unfortunately, I read your post wrong and missed today, but know my thoughts and prayers are with you all! Marti, you are so much like your mother and was so very impressed when I met the adult gal I had last knew at Madison’s age. Big hugs and lots of love for you all!

Condolence from Juliet Ehlers on September 7th, 2019 2:39 pm

I worked with Carol at Methodist Hospital. We always shared the food we brought to snack on and to eat at meal times. She was generous in that regard. After losing contact with her when I left the hospital, I often thought of her very fondly. I was truly saddened when I heard that her son died one month after my son went to be with our Lord. We would often share stories about our children and grandchildren. My heart hurts as I found out she has left us, R.I.P. Carol and say “hi” to Mark for me.

Condolence from Juliet Ehlers on September 7th, 2019 4:19 pm

I worked with Carol at Methodist. We would share snacks and our food for meals. She was a very generous person. We would share stories about our children and grandchildren. My heart goes out to her family, and I know she will be missed. R.I.P. Carol!

Condolence from DonnaBurley on September 8th, 2019 1:52 pm

Our thought and prayer to Carol family may she Rest In Peace.

Condolence from Sandra Ihnken on September 12th, 2019 10:17 am

So sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. Sending prayers for the family. Walt and Sandy Ihnken

Condolence from Roger Holland on September 22nd, 2019 5:46 pm

My condolences to Carol’s family.
Carol and I were classmates, and graduated together in 1960 from Climax High School.

Always a friend, and a great person.

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