Daria C. Forster

FAIRMONT – A Celebration of Life memorial service for Daria C. Forster, 80, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 11a.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.

Daria passed away Thursday afternoon, June 12, 2014, at her home in Fairmont after a three-week journey with cancer. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at Lakeview Funeral Home, Fairmont, with a rosary service at 7 p.m. Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is in charge of arrangements.

Daria Catherine Forster was born Jan. 9, 1934, in Clements, Minn., to Andrew and Mathilda (Heiling) Steffl. She attended District 106 Country School, St. Michael’s Catholic School of Morgan, Minn., and graduated from Morgan Public High School in 1952. She then attended the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. On June 2, 1956, Daria was united in marriage to Willard Forster at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Morgan, Minn. They had 58 wonderful years together raising a large family of eight sons and one daughter. They began their wedded life in Eden Prairie, Minn. and eventually moved to Shakopee, Minn. Daria had many jobs in her lifetime. She worked for Interlaken Country Club in Edina, Animal Fare in Chaska, Little 6 Bingo in Prior Lake, General Electric in Eden Prairie, and Dave Brown Realty in Shakopee, but her greatest joy was that of a homemaker, mother and wife. She loved her children dearly and gave them wings of encouragement to fly. Daria retired in 1998. In March of 2002, the Forsters moved to Fairmont, Minn. Daria was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church, where she was active in the Ladies Circle. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary. Daria had a passion for music and art. She especially enjoyed painting portraits and had an art show at the Fairmont Opera House. She also loved using her talent to give back to her community. She painted character education murals to hang in the Fairmont Elementary School hallways. Family card games, in which she usually won, was a favorite pastime.

Survivors include husband, Willard of Fairmont, Minn.; sons, Douglas of Stillwater, Minn., Perry (Dawn) of Shakopee, Minn., Craig (Joice) of Fairmont, Minn., Jay of Monticello, Minn., Steven (Denise) of Savage, Minn., Mark (Kristin) of Bloomington, Minn., Ryan (Carrie) of Rosemount, Minn.; 12 grandchildren, Tony Forster (Maggie), Megan Sandhurst (Brent), Cassie Forster-Broten (Luke), Katie and Tom Forster, Michael Forster, Robin Forster, Emily and Luke Forster, Peighton, Lacey and Brecken Forster; brother, Leonard (Jan) of Searles, Minn.; two sisters-in-laws, Shirley Romberg of Mankato, Minn., and Carmen Ulmen of Madelia, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, Ronald Forster; daughter, Lynette Forster; her parents, Andrew and Mathilda Steffl; father and mother-in-law, Theodore and Alice Forster; brother, David Steffl; brothers-in-laws, Aaron Romberg and Kenneth Ulmen; sister-in-law, Mary Steffl; nephew, Richard Steffl; and niece, Therese Schleppenbach.

Let not your heart be troubled, I go to prepare a place for you-that where I am, there you may be also. I pray that God will give you eyes to see beyond the clouds of Earth into the glory of Heaven and the peace that comes from knowing that the one you love is there in His arms.