Evelyn I. Folstrom

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.


  1. Jenny victorino

    Sorry to hear about the loss of mother, grandmother and great grandma. she will be missed and you all have Evelyn in your hearts Evelyn was sweet, kind, good friend to talk with. Always glad to see us. I saw this yesterday’s. Because some one we love is in Heaven, we have a little Heaven in our home. Evelyn was a grandma to us too , made us feel special. Love rob and jenny victorino

  2. Kathleen Steiber

    Becky, Tom and Family, So sorry to hear of Aunt Ev’s passing, but hope knowing she is now with the Lord will bring peace to your hearts. You were so blessed to have had her for so very long. She was a remarkable woman and such a testament to the Christian faith. She must have earned many many pairs of angle wings during here time here on Earth.
    I know how hard it is to lose ones Mother. My thoughts and prayers have been with you for some time. I had wanted to get up to see her/ you for sometime but there again it did not happen. Hopefully, we can stop by on a trip to Lisa’s one of these days soon.
    We probably will not be able to make her funeral, but know that my heart and prayers will be. She was such a gift to all who knew her!
    With All My Love! Take Care!
    Kathy Steiber

  3. My husband and I are truly sorry for your tremendous loss and would like to express our condolences to the entire family. We cannot imagine the great pain and sorrow you are experiencing during this very difficult time. It is our sincere hope you find comfort in knowing that God has promised to “swallow up death forever” (Isaiah 25:8), and that he will resurrect our dear loved ones who have passed away. (John 5:28). May your many great memories help you find peace and comfort as you go through the coming days.