F. Elliott "Fos" Fosmo, 86, of Wabasha, died Thursday, June 26, 2014, at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Wabasha.
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He was born July 28, 1927, in Red Wing, and grew up in Ellsworth, Wis., the son of Dr. Ferdinand and Marjorie (Elliott) Fosmo. He graduated from Ellsworth High School and attended River Falls State Teachers College. He served in the U. S. Navy in active service from 1945-1947 and in the Naval Reserve until his discharge in 1952. He married Virginia Wussler Sept. 20, 1948, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth. The couple moved to Wabasha in 1953 where he was employed by Northern States Power Company. He worked for NSP for 32 years as a lineman and later as a district representative, retiring in 1985.
Fos was a member of St. Felix Catholic Church in Wabasha, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Wabasha American Legion Post #50 and the Burkhardt-Roemer VFW Post #4086. He served on the Utilities Commission of the City of Wabasha for many years and he was a longtime member of the Wabasha Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a member of the Coffee Mill Golf and Country Club and its senior golf league. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, trapping and in his earlier years raising mink.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Fosmo, Wabasha; his children and their spouses, Mary Lyn Vach, Hinsdale, Ill.; Rita and John Arens, Kellogg; Mary Ann Marsolek, Lake Villa, Ill.; Nancy and Dr. Tim Morgan, Breckenridge, Colo.; Linda and Dr. Stephen Kopecky, Rochester; Mike and Julie Fosmo, Wabasha; and Jeff and Kathy Fosmo, Kellogg; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Joan Fosmo, Ellsworth, Wis.; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, June 30, at 11 a.m. at St. Felix Catholic Church, with his grandson, the Rev. Father Patrick Arens, officiating. Concelebrating will be the Rev. Monsignor Thomas Cook. Interment will be in St. Felix Cemetery.
Casket bearers will be his grandchildren.
Military rites will be accorded by the Wabasha American Legion and VFW Posts.
Family and friends may call at the Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha Sunday, June 29, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. which will be followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. They may also call at the church on Monday one hour before the service.
Memorials are preferred to St. Felix Catholic Church or to the St. Ann's Unit of St. Elizabeth's Health Care Center in Wabasha.
The Abbott Funeral Home of Wabasha is in charge of arrangements. abbottfh.com
Abbott Funeral Home
236 W 2Nd St Wabasha, MN 55981
Published in The Post-Bulletin on June 27, 2014