Mildred D. Fossen
March 29, 1931 ~ January 26, 2013
Mildred Fossen, age 81, of rural Lawler, IA passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at her residence. Mildred Doris Martinek was born on March 27, 1931 to Louis and Bessie (Pecinovsky) Martinek in Cresco, IA. She attended country school and graduated from Ridgeway High School. Mildred then attended and graduated from Luther College in Decorah; earning her teaching degree. She taught country school and then taught 5th grade at Ridgeway School until her retirement in 1971. Mildred was united in marriage to Harold “Buggs” Fossen on September 5, 1964 at Jerico Lutheran Church. The couple farmed all of their married life east of Jerico. She was a member of Jerico Lutheran Curch and the Protivin Chapter #85 W.F.L.A. Mildred enjoyed fishing, hunting, farming, and visiting with family and friends. She was the shuttle for nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was a good source for all of the area and family history. She is survived by her nieces and nephews; Rose Njus of Lawler, Doris (Frankie) Kizer of Bradford, TN, Bob (Lori) Martinek of Cresco, Marvin (Michelle) Martinek of Cresco, Carol (Dan) Hrubes of Ankeny, Mike (Ramona) Martinek of Cresco, Betty (Todd) Nash of Belmond, Ron (Beth) Martinek of Rockwell, Susan Martinek of Chicago, IL, Curtis (Kirsten) Martinek of Ames, Wyman (Melissa) Martinek of Madrid, Dave Martinek of Cresco, Janet (Dave) Staloch of Rochester, MN; sister-in-law, JoAnne Martinek of Cresco and several great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harold “Buggs” Fossen and three brothers, Clarence, Arthur, and Edward Martinek. Cemetery: Burial will be in the church cemetery with Bob, Marvin, Mike, Ron, Curtis, Wyman, and Dave Martinek serving as casket bearers. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be at the church from 10:00 am to the time of the service on Thursday only. Funeral services will be on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 11:00 am at Jerico Lutheran Church in Jerico with Pastor Daniel Larson officiating.