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James Octor Fossland

May 11, 1932November 17, 2020
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James Fossland, age 88, of New Hope, Minnesota passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. James was born May 11, 1932.

He is survived by wife of 63 years Mary Kay, children Jeff Fossland (Teresa), Lisa Tombaugh (Scott), Sara Butterfield, Tony Fossland. 13 Grandchildren, 13 Great-Grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Octor and Magdalen (Mandy) Fossland, brother Richard, sister Gloria.

James retired from Honeywell/Alliant Tech Systems in April of 1991, he loved to fish, watch old westerns, and be with his forever bride, Mary Kay. He was a life time member with the Crystal Knights of Columbus. You could find him tinkering in his workshop and was a man of many talents. His sense of humor was infectious, and the love for his family has always shown through.

Please join us for a Celebration of James' Life on Monday, November 30th from 4-6pm at Kapala-Glodek-Malone Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday December 1st, 11:00am at the Church of St. Raphael, in Crystal, MN. James will be interred at Gethsemane Cemetery, in New Hope, MN.

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  • He is survived by wife of 63 years Mary Kay, children Jeff Fossland (Teresa), Lisa Tombaugh (Scott), Sara Butterfield, Tony Fossland. 13 Grandchildren, 13 Great Grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.
    He is preceded in death by his parents, Octor and Magdalen (Mandy) Fossland, brother Richard, sister Gloria

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1 December

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am

Church of St. Raphael

7301 Bass Lake Road
Crystal, Minnesota

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Susan Ste. Marie

November 27, 2020

I remember Jim as a fun loving guy. He loved to dance especially at weddings.
My mother always loved to hear his stories. She will miss his visits.
He will be missed.

Martin Fossland

November 27, 2020

I always thought of my uncle Jim as a funny and caring man. Although our side of the family traveled near and far uncle Jim was always a welcome face and a source of laughter and confidence. The years and miles spread us apart but our memories always kept us close in our hearts. When I learned uncle Jim was sick and battling cancer. I flew to Minneapolis to visit him. He never lost a step in his heart and sense of humor, and he welcomed me into his and aunt Mary Kay’s home. I never felt like his younger brothers son, he always made all of us feel like family. He did that for everyone he met. He helped me reconnect with a side of the family I had not seen in fifty years. Selflessly giving of himself not having anyone feel sorry for him. He was all about enjoying life and instilling that in everyone around him. Uncle Jim always thought of others, not to say he was a total pushover because he showed us by his example to stand up for what you believe in. His was, and is, a great man to me in my heart as we celebrate his graduation from this life. He has left an indelible mark on all of us, and through us he will live forever as a true Viking! An inspirational and loving person we should all try to emulate! God has blessed everyone who met and knew him with the gift of his presence then and now. Marti

david johnson

November 24, 2020

Dear Fossland Family,

Sending you are Love and Prayers at this time. Your Family has many special memories in my heart and that of Saint Raphael Catholic School as Jim and Mary Kay trusted in us to help their children be the best that they could be.

Sarah and Tony were in my science and Physical Education classes and I have such fond memories of them as they were both so kind and loving to me when I first starting my teaching vocation over 43 years ago. Their memories are still alive in our school today Sarah had such good hand writing and Tony loved sports especially floor hockey in Physical Education classes.

Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers until Easter Sunday.
Love, Mrj

Meredith Borst

November 24, 2020

The first time I met Jim I was only about 8 or so, and he pulled his dentures out. Scared the crap out of me. I was always intimidated by him till I was older, and then realized he was a big teddy bear. He was our neighbor almost my whole life, and we always knew we could go to their house anytime we needed them. They were the best neighbors and family I could have ever grown up by, besides my own. Love you and miss you!! This is not goodbye, I will see you again.

Jene & Barry Nelson

November 23, 2020

So terribly sorry for your loss. Condolences to your family and may your memories be with you always.

Death takes the body.
God takes the soul.
Our mind holds the memories.
Our heart keeps the love.
Our faith lets us know we will meet again.

Tina Walsh

November 21, 2020

He was such a father figure to me. One of my favorite memories was when Sara and I took our first trip on a plan and he had to stay back with our nervous moms. He always had a way about him that just always made me feel special. Forever missed, but never forgotten. Love you Dad Jim. Hugs and prayers for all the family.
Tina and Bill

Michelle Christopher

November 20, 2020

Mary Kay and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I feel blessed that I was able to meet Jim and hear some of his amazing stories! He truly did have a special love for every one of you! My heart goes out to all of you and I pray for comfort during this sad, difficult time.

Michelle Christopher

Jene & Barry Nelson

November 20, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Condolences to you all.
“Death takes the body.
God takes the soul.
Our mind holds the memories.
Our heart keeps the love.
Our faith lets us know we will meet again.”

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Biography

James was born May 11, 1932 to Octor and Magdalen (Mandy) Fossland in Minneapolis, MN. He was the oldest of 3 children, Richard (Dick) and Gloria his younger siblings. He was a 1950 graduate of Roosevelt High School and joined the United States Navy that same year. In 1954 upon his return home from the Navy he started working at Honeywell and also attended Dunwoody Institute. He met Mary Kay Eisenzimmer in 1956 and they were married on June 29, 1957. They bought their first home in NE Minneapolis. In Mid 1961 they adopted the first of 4 children, Jeffrey Paul , followed by Lisa Mary in 1962, Sara JoEllen in 1966 and Anthony Jude in 1970. Jim and Mary Kay raised their family in New Hope, MN where they continue to reside. In May of 1981 their first grandchild was born, Daniel Raymond Fossland. Almost 10 years later the 2nd grandchild came and others quickly followed. Dustin, Eric, Evan, Kyle, Ben, Alex, Megan, Brooke, Teddy, Jenna, Blake and Brandon brought the grandchildren to 13. He retired from Honeywell in 1991, and then began as a check sorter for Firstar Bank until they were taken over by USBank and he retired once again. He loved to fish, read and watch Western's, head up to his son's farm, tinker with many different projects Mary Kay or the kids would bring to him as he was a man of many talents. He was a devout Catholic and remained close to his church and was involved in many church activities which included, Usher, Eucharistic Minister, Festival worker, Funeral Usher and was a life long member of the Fr. William Blum Council of the Knights of Columbus. Over the years his grand kids gave Jim and Mary Kay great grandchildren as well. 13 to be exact, Skylar, Katelyn, Tristen, Brayden, Will, Madison, Mia, Bennett, Marjorie, Carter, Maverick, Maisley and Malcolm. He cherished his forever bride Mary Kay, and would always remind her she was the most loved and beautiful woman in the room. Celebrating 63 years of Marriage in June 2020. His love for life and family will remain steadfast and strong. He will be missed by many, loved beyond words can say.

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