Evelyn I. Folstrom
- Funeral Date: 3/02/17
- Funeral Time: 11 AM
- Date of Birth: 11/10/06
- Date of Death: 2/22/17
- Funeral Location: Cornerstone Community Church
Evelyn Irene (St. John) Folstrom stepped into her Lord’s Presence February 22, 2017 at Northfield Care Center in Northfield, Minnesota.
She was born on November 10, 1906 near Heron Lake, Minnesota to parents Lloyd and Elizabeth (Pennington) St. John.
After receiving her teaching certificate from St. Cloud Teacher’s College, Evelyn taught country schools near Nowthen, Lakeville and Welch, Minnesota. In September, 1942, she married George Folstrom in Salinas, California. After George’s discharge from the Army, they settled on a farm near Welch, Minnesota. After a few years, their daughter, Becky was born.
In 1954, George felt called to pastoral ministry, and the family sold the farm so he could begin training. During this time, Evelyn worked a variety of jobs to supplement the family income. Evelyn and George pastored several churches including Holcombe, Wisconsin, and Highmore, Sisseton and Waubay, South Dakota. Evelyn was the consummate hostess and pastor’s wife. She loved children and taught piano lessons to all who wanted to learn. After retirement from church ministry Evelyn and George moved to Delano, Minnesota where they led Bible Studies and enjoyed extending hospitality to many.
After George’s death in1999, she moved to Northfield in 2001 and continued showing hospitality as long as possible. Her life-long love for the Lord led her to present the Gospel to all she met. In her final hours, Evelyn made a clear presentation of the Gospel to those who cared for her.
Her family and friends will miss her deeply.
She is survived by her daughter, Becky (Tom) Franklin, Grandsons Todd (Patty) Franklin; Tim (Amy) Franklin. Great-Grandchildren, Allyson, Breanna, Tim, Amber, Bryce, Crystal, Audrey, Megan, Karissa, Jodi, Heidi, Janessa & Kiersten. Sister-in-law, Cele Winkler and many nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, George, her parents Lloyd & Elizabeth St. John, siblings Frances Johnson, Ben St. John, Glen St. John, Vera Alexander, Anne Brown and Lloyd (Babe) St. John and several nieces and nephews.
A service celebrating Evelyn’s life will be held Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Cornerstone Community Church, Northfield, Minnesota where she was a member. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at Corinthian Cemetery in Farmington, Minnesota.
The family wishes to express appreciation to the staff of the Northfield Home Care for their many years of service. Thank you to those who faithfully delivered Meals on Wheels and to the Northfield Care Center and St. Croix Hospice for their care.