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Edwin Foertsch

March 31, 1936 — May 23, 2024

Baxter

Edwin Theordore Foertsch 88, of Baxter, MN formally of Hackensack, St. Michael and Minneapolis passed away May 23, 2024.

He was preceded in death by his parents Emma (Duwenhoegger) and Henry Foertsch, parents-in-law Raymond and Betty Kommers, and sister-in-law Barbara Kommers. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Annette (Kommers), brother-in-law Thomas Kommers and sister-in-law Cindy Kommers, his children Mark (Stacey) Foertsch, Lorrie (Pat) Kopp, Becky Becker, David (Erica) Foertsch, Lisa (Mike) Eichenauer and Carolyn (Anthony) Helm; his grandchildren Angie (Chris) Sonnee, Daniel Schoeller, Jeremiah (Stephanie) Foertsch, Jen (Jimmy) Brigham, Ben (Angela) Foertsch, Christine Doll, Aaron Foertsch, Anna Becker, Matthew (Olivia) Becker, Emily Eichenauer, Nick Foertsch, Ryan Eichenauer, Jenna Foertsch and 10 great-grandchildren.

 Ed was born in the family farmhouse in Mantador, ND.   He didn’t speak English until he went to school. When Ed was young, the family moved to Minneapolis. Ed met Annie when they were second and their friendship remained strong for many years. Ed served in the Navy on the submarine USS Bluegill in 1955/56 as a Torpedoman’s Mate Petty Officer 3rd class and married Annie when he returned. They lived in Minneapolis while raising their children.  

He was employed as a union plumber (Local 15 Plumbing and Pipe Fitters) for many years then found employment at Dayton’s downtown until he retired.

In 1969, Ed and Annie found their happy place on Four Point Lake in Hackensack. Ed built their cabin with the help of family and friends enjoying many summers nights fishing before selling their home in St Michael and retiring to Hackensack.  Two years ago, Ed and Annie moved to Edgewood Assisted living facility in Baxter.  

Ed’s other love was Maui.   He spent many weeks on the island with Annie and sometimes his children/grandchildren. He loved the food, music and culture.

A service of remembrance will be planned for a later date at St Vincents in Osseo. Memorials preferred to Maui Strong Relief Fund or The American Cancer Society (no flowers please).

Arrangements are entrusted to Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Baxter.

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