Janice Foss, 75
Nov. 7, 1942-Dec. 20, 2017
Janice A. Foss, 75, of Sartell, Minnesota, (formerly of Foley, Minnesota) died Dec. 20.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23 in the God’s Greater Glory Parish, Glendorado, Minnesota, with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. Interment will be in Oak Knoll Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers are her grandsons: Ryan Foss, Joshua Garcia, Derrek Helmin, Josh Urbanski, Nick Foss, Alex Foss, Mitchell Foss and Jack Jaros.
Jan was born on Nov. 7, 1942, to Lawrence and Marie (Zimmer) Loehlein in St. Cloud. She grew up and attended school in Princeton. She graduated from Princeton High School in 1960. Foss worked at the University of Minnesota as a secretary in the dean’s office for several years in the early 1960s. Together with her husband Joe, they ran a dairy farm until they retired from farming in 1994. Later, she worked at Cub Foods in St. Cloud until she retired in 2005.
On Jan. 30, 1965, she married Merlin “Joe” Foss. She was blessed with five children, Janelle, Joel, Justin, Jerod and Jennifer; and two step-children, Randy and Kathy. She devoted her life to her children as a loving mom, 4-H leader and Sunday school teacher. She was always present and enthusiastically supported her children’s efforts in school, athletics and other activities.
Foss was a passionate member and leader at Glendorado Lutheran Church where she served on the council for many years, taught Sunday school and was involved in many facets of the church’s mission.
Foss enjoyed quilting, playing cards and board games, attending plays, seeing movies and watching sports of all kinds. Her grandchildren were the joy of her life and she attended as many of their events as possible.
Survivors include the following: her children, Janelle Foss of Maple Grove, Joel (Pam) Foss and Justin (Lisa) Foss, all of Foley, Jennifer (Joel) Jaros of Hermantown, Randy (Vicki) Foss of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Kathy (Mike) Garcia of Crookston; 14 grandchildren; nine (soon to be 10) great-grandchildren; and four (soon to be five) great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Marilyn (Harold) Christensen; in-laws, Kathy Loehlein, Warren “Bud” (Marlene) Foss, Mavis Holter and Debbie Kessler; and numerous nieces and nephews; other loving relatives; and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin “Joe” Foss; her son, Jerod; grandson, Joe; parents, Lawrence and Marie Loehlein; and brother, Lloyd Loehlein.
A special thank you to the Quiet Oaks Hospice House for their loving compassion, care and comfort in her final days. Memorials preferred to Quiet Oaks Hospice House, St. Cloud.