Shirly A. Fosness, 85
Fairmont Funeral services for Shirly A. Fosness, 85, of Fairmont, were held on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at the United Methodist Church in Fairmont. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont.
Shirly passed away on Friday afternoon, Nov. 21, 2014, at the Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont.
Shirly Ann Currie was born on Oct. 6, 1929 to Clarence and Anna (Dray) Currie, the youngest of five children, in Blue Earth. She was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist Church. Shirly attended District 58 country school near Blue Earth and graduated from Frost High School in Frost. She went on to Normal Teaching School in Blue Earth and taught in country schools, one school east of Elmore and two schools near Pilot Grove.
Shirly married Eldo J. Fosness on Dec.10, 1948 in the Methodist Church in Blue Earth. They were blessed with three children, Edward Sherman, Steven Eldon and Sharon Elizabeth. They moved to Fairmont in 1952 and Shirly was noted as the “first Tupperware dealer in Martin County.” She also kept busy as a Cub Scout Den-Mother, Sunday School Teacher and Chairperson of the Funeral Committee at the Methodist Church, 4-H Leader in Fraser Township, American Legion Auxiliary and the Martin County Extension Club.
Shirly continued her teaching career as a substitute teacher in Fairmont, Granada, Huntley and Ceylon schools. She started visiting homes for pre-school students as the Minnesota South-Central Head Start Director for 23 years and worked with the student’s families.
Shirly and Eldo started Fosness Monuments in 1960 and she started Fosness Creations in 1987, sewing pot-holders, wall hangings and quilts. She entered the Lakeview Methodist Healthcare Center in 2009 and moved her sewing machine with her; continuing to sew her quilts for her therapy. Shirly sewed several hundred book bags for the Methodist Missions and miscellaneous items for Veterans’ Homes.
She is survived by her sons, Edward (Judy) Fosness, of Bertha, Steven (Kathy) Fosness, of Fairmont; 10 grandchildren, Kristina Deppa, Elizabeth (Fidelis) Akonu, Karina Schmitz, Andrea (Joshua) Laven, John Fosness, Suzanna (Benjamin) Feiro, Steven (Simbre) Fosness, Eldo Luke (Danielle) Fosness, Ginny Fosness; 24 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Carroll (Lenna) Bresee, of Ottumwa, Iowa, Bernie (Gwen) Bresee, of Oskaloosa, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Currie of Mankato, Lois Bresee of Oskaloosa, Iowa; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldo Jerome Fosness; infant son; daughter, Sharon Elizabeth Fosness; grandson, Jacob Fosness; parents, Anna and Clarence Currie; parents-in-law, Lilly and Bige Bresee; brothers, Donald and Bill Currie; sisters, Florence (Morton) Hanson and Bessie (Larry) Tait.