Abel Richard Folkestad

May 22, 2017April 21, 2021

In Loving Memory of Abel Richard Folkestad

Our precious little treasure, Abel Richard Folkestad (Bubbas), went to be with the Lord, in His paradise, on April 21, 2021. Born at St. John's hospital in Maplewood on May 22, 2017 to his loving Mama and Dadda Dianne and Cody Folkestad.

In his three years of life, Abel has touched many lives. He had a laugh that will melt your heart, and a smile that no one can ever resist. He had a way of breaking through even the toughest of shells. His little hugs could brighten anyone's day. He was the sweetest and most wonderful ray of sunshine. A special boy with the heart of an angel, that's who he was. Abel was God's most precious gift to us and he has changed our lives forever. He is our little hero.

Abel is loved deeply and survived by his parents, Dianne & Cody Folkestad; his maternal grandmother, Celia Pacunayen; his paternal grandmother, Kelly Buechler ; his paternal great grandparents, Colleen & Richard Folkestad; his aunts and uncles, Ashley & Zachary Morgan, Virginia & Dakota Richert, Emmanuel Arzobal, and Amanda Docken; his godmother, Carrie Tuttle; his godfather, Mike Plucinak, and other precious family and friends that love him very much.

Funeral service will be held at 11am, Friday, April 30, 2021, at Woodbury Lutheran Church, with Pastor Tom Pfotenhauer officiating.

The family would like to thank the amazing doctors and staff in Children's Hospital for their exceptional service and care. The family also appreciates all the prayers and never ending support and concerns extended during this time.

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Barbara Juergens

April 30, 2021

My sincere sympathies to all of sweet Abels family. I worked with Grandma Celia! God bless you all ! I lost my 3year old niece to cancer. You will always have his sweet memories with you! Always loved and never forgotten! May you have peace and know he was truly loved and will always be in your hearts.🙏🙏❤️❤️

Bessie De Gracia

April 30, 2021

The service was simple but profound. We watched the live stream and replayed it 2x after that on the big screen. I didn’t have the chance to meet sweet Abel personally, but I felt like I’ve somehow known him bcoz of the pictures posted regularly by Dianne in social media, thank you Cess for sharing him to us. Somehow, I’ve seen him grow up thru these pictures. His sweet and beautiful smile and the sound of his laughter plays in my mind over and over again.

Emmanuel Arzobal

April 30, 2021

Abel was my sister's first son, and my first nephew. Even though, I never had the honor of meeting him in person. Nonetheless I loved him, and was very excited to meet him as soon as I had the chance. I wanted to teach him a lot of things, as my sister had told me time and again that he reminded her of me. I remember seeing him many times through the screen on my phone on video call. Even though I might have been a stranger to him, he always gave me a smiling face as well as a great laugh. I wish I could have done more for him, and cherished the time I had to see him. Though it breaks my heart that he won't come back, I hope he's happy there in heaven. I love you Abel.

Cody Folkestad

April 28, 2021

I don't know where to begin... For the last 4 years of my life including growing inside momma, you have been our everything. I remember when i would rub lotion on mommma's tummy you would instantly shift to wherever my hand was. I remember talking to you asking if your ready to come out and play as the days drew closer and closer until you were finally born. I remember the panic and shock of the whole process ready to have a heart attack because of every little thing from the amount of blood to the heart rate monitor attatched to your head or to the shots after where i broke a chairs arm by gripping it too hard. You were and always will be perfect. I had all ready become so overly protective wanting to make sure you were okay and felt no pain. I always told you how I would protect you from anything and I'm sorry I failed you. I love you more than you will ever know and I don't know how were going to survive this but we will if it means we get to be together again someday in heaven. I selfishly prayed, begged, and pleaded that god would bring you back to us I had so much hope when you took those extra breaths as you grabbed my hand and when your heart started beating again that I and many others believed our selfish prayer request that god would bring you back to us. I say selfish because I need to believe that you were and still are happier in heaven and that god is holding you kissing you and showing you all the love I no longer have the privilege of doing. I love you son, Even know I didn't get the miracle of you coming back to us. You were the miracle for 4 other lives and family's sparing them the pain we feel giving them life. You are and will always be my Hero. You made me and momma do everything possible to be the best versions of ourselves we could be. I now pray that you are singing the alphabet counting your cars everything you loved to do while getting to know my dad, your grandpa TJ until the day we get to be together again in heaven. Love, Dad.

Jazmin Williamson

April 28, 2021

Abel's personality filled our household when we met him and the affection he showed our roommate has left an imprint on us we will never forget. He loved his alphabet and was an incredibly smart boy and we speak of him fondly everyday.

We are sending our love to your family during this difficult time.

Mai Vang

April 28, 2021

Dianne and Cody, we will always love and remember your sweet little boy. He was so smart and intelligent. He loved his alphabets and numbers and he could entertain himself for hours. But we especially loved his bright smile and loud and giggly voice. It brought great joy to my family when he was around us. He will be missed dearly by all of us.

Mai , Vue, Joe, Sam, Grace, Max and Cassidy.

Angel Southard

April 28, 2021

Just want to start off and say how beautiful this boy is and will always be I really dont know what to say but iam going to try I love this family and I cant explain or even try to understand but I can say with a hard heart I trust u god be Diane's Nd Cody's strength right now lord send one of ur best Angel's to carry them thru amen. When I first meet abel he was so quiet and just a little mini me to diane they favor each other so much he played and played with these magnets alphabet letters for a long time such focus this baby boy had and I also remember how much of a good eater he was ..look i love u abel angel misses u till I see u agian in heaven my sweet baby boy love u diane

Jing Pacunayen-Santos

April 28, 2021

We will always remember your sweet singing voice, laughter and your loving kisses to your mom. We may have never met in person but we love you very very much, Abel.

Sending our tight hugs and love for Dianne, Cody, Auntie Cel, Gem, Dakota, and Emmanuel.

From your sisters and family in the Philippines...

Dianne Folkestad

April 27, 2021

Abel was the most affectionate boy. He was always filled with love. He would sit on anyone's lap even if they were complete strangers. Anyone he met couldn't help but love him. He's the best person that I know and I will never be the same without him. I miss you every second of everyday bubbas I love you so so so much.