September 9, 1919 - September 11, 2015


Irene “Dolly” Elizabeth Foster, age 96, Sauk Rapids, MN died Friday, September 11, 2015 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, Sauk Rapids, MN.

Funeral services will be Monday, September 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Messiah Lutheran Church, Sartell, MN. Visitation will be Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery, Browns Valley, MN.

Irene was born September 9, 1919 in Sisseton, SD to Joseph and Ina (Ruckdaschel) Roth. She worked in the Roberts County Extension Service after high school, where she met Ted Foster. They married on September 7, 1941 in Sisseton, SD. Shortly thereafter they moved to a farm near Browns Valley, MN which was home for 52 years, until she moved to Sartell, MN in 1993. Irene was a 4-H leader for several years in Browns Valley, MN, attended Zion Lutheran Church and was a member of the local chapter of the Jolly Homemakers Club and later the Messiah Lutheran Church, Sartell, MN.

Irene loved to read and gave all her children a love for reading, music, gardening and flowers, she had an avid green thumb and everything she planted flourished. She loved people and was very socially active, singing in choirs, weddings and funerals.

Survivors include daughter, Pat (Art) Braun of St. Cloud, MN; sons, Gary (Anne) Foster of Bozeman, MT; Terry (Mary Jane) Foster of Waverly, SD; 12 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Ted in 1974; three daughters, Judy Pederson, Pam Westbrock, Carol Bruns, one grandson, Luke Foster, one great granddaughter, Heather Kolb, and three brothers.