Ruth I. Rauen — Roseville
AUSTIN — Ruth Ilene Fodness Forthun Rauen, 97, of Roseville, formerly of Austin, died peacefully on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at the Rose of Sharon Manor in Roseville.
She was born Jan. 21, 1914, in Moscow Township, Minn., to Jacob and Sella (Christopherson) Fodness. She attended country school in Moscow Township. She married Elmer Forthun in 1935, and later married Fred "Fritz" Rauen in 1950. She was a former Hormel employee, homemaker and member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. She lived at the Twin Towers in Austin for over 30 years.
Surviving are her sister, Annette Bond; her son, Sheldon (Beverly) Forthun, Shoreview; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Diane) Forthun, Rosemount, Joel (Barbara) Forthun, Cottage Grove, and Brenda (Tom) Richards, Plymouth; seven great-grandchildren, Alicia, Robert, Emily, Daniel, Sarah, Samuel and Lukas; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Sella Fodness; 12 siblings; and husbands, Elmer Forthun and Fred "Fritz" Rauen.
Funeral Services will be held at St. Olaf Lutheran Church on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at 1:30 p.m., with the Rev. Ron Barnett officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday for one hour before the service beginning at 12:30 p.m. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin.
Casket bearers will be Robert Richards, Daniel Richards, Samuel Forthun and Lukas Forthun.
Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin is in charge of arrangements.