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Kathryn Foltz

Oct. 31, 1923-Aug. 29, 2009

Kathryn M. Foltz, 85, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, August 29, 2009 at her home, surrounded by her loving family and under care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Kathryn M. Dohmen was born to Frank and Rosa (Korth) Dohmen on Oct. 31, 1923 in Leigh, Neb. She attended St. Bernard's Catholic School in St. Bernard, Neb. She married Clem Foltz on Feb. 14, 1946 in Leigh.

In 1950, Clem and Kathryn moved to Callaway, where they farmed and became members of Assumption Catholic Church. In 1959, they began Foltz Trucking. They later sold both the farming and trucking operations to their sons. In 1990, they moved into Detroit Lakes and became members at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Kathryn volunteered for a number of years at St. Mary's Nursing Home. She enjoyed being a member of the Resurrection Choir. She was also a member of Christian Mothers and faithful church parishioner, going to Mass and praying the rosary every day. She cherished spending time with her big family, her trips to Nebraska to visit her family and her annual mother-daughter trips.

Kathryn will be remembered and missed by her five daughters, Donna (Bill) Martin and Jane Lunde, both of Detroit Lakes, Rosemary (Bud) Janousek of Edina, Minn., Sharon (Jack) Luftman of St. Louis Park, Minn., and Theresa (Tim) Thunder of Buffalo Point, Manitoba, Canada; eight sons, Jim Foltz of Minneapolis, David (Carol) Foltz, Tom (Bev) Foltz and Frank (fiancé Barb) Foltz, all of Detroit Lakes, Roger (Jane) Foltz of Callaway, Monsignor Mike Foltz of Moorhead, Allan (Kristi) Foltz of Callaway and Ken (Helen) Foltz of Detroit Lakes; as well as 40 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and son-in-law; Fran Esser of Redfield, S.D.

Preceding Kathryn in death were her parents; husband Clem (2006); one daughter, Laura Esser; a granddaughter, Amanda Foltz; three brothers, Bernard, Harold and Victor; and one sister, Florine Herink.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, with a parish vigil at 7 p.m. It will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes.

Interment will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Callaway.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to: Holy Rosary School, Hospice of the Red River Valley or to the Education of Seminarians: Diocese of Crookston, Minn.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Kathryn may be shared online at