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Obituary for Laurel Skala

Laurel Skala, age 57, of Fosston, MN, passed away on Sunday, April 9th, at Essentia Hospital in Fargo, ND. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 15th, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at Ebro Corner with the Rev. Gene Lilienthal officiating. Interment will be in Cross Lake Cemetery, rural Fosston. Visitation will he held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 6:00 p.m. prayer service on Friday, April 14th, at the Carlin Funeral Home in Fosston. There will also be reviewal for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com. Memorials are preferred to Cross Lake Cemetery and Our Savior’s Lutheran Ladies Aide.

Laurel Elaine Heide was born on August 25, 1959 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to parents Albert and Carol Sannes Heide. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

She was married to Larry Skala on November 29, 1975 at Cross Lake Church, rural Fosston. They were blessed with three children, Jennifer, Jamie, and Joshua. They made their home on the Iron Range until 1984 when they moved back to Fosston. While there she furthered her education at the Bemidji Area Vocational Institute and received her legal secretary degree.

She began employment with the City of Fosston in 1988 as an Administrative Assistant. From there she went to positions of Utility Billing Clerk, Deputy City Clerk and Assistant City Administrator. She served on many boards and committees through her career and was proud to have been a part of Fosston’s growth and success.

She loved spending time with friends and family and especially her grandchildren whom she adored. She also enjoyed spending time at the cabin, four-wheeling, pontooning, watching nature, and bonfires.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Larry of Fosston; her three children, Jennifer (Brady) Burnside of Detroit Lakes, MN, Jamie (David) Swenson of Glyndon, MN, and Joshua (Heather) Skala of Fosston; grandchildren, Lily and Sophie Burnside, and Kaylee, Rylan, and Kinsey Swenson, and Emerson Skala; her parents, Al and Carol Heide of Fosston; brothers, Alan of Owatonna, MN, Roger of Chicago, IL, Neil (Val) of Lengby, and Steve of Savage, MN; sisters-in-law, Sheryll (John) Skala Olness of Superior, WI and Jeannie (Wayne) Skala Kinney of Fosston; brother-in-law, LeRoy (Helen) Sander of Fosston; aunt and uncle, Marvel and Delores Heide of Fosston, and uncle, Everett Schulz of Clearbrook, MN. She also leaves behind her very best friend of 36 years, Peggy Hanson of Fosston.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Knute and Cora Swenson Sannes Schacher, William “Bill” Schacher, Albert and Mathilda Johnson Heide; granddaughter, Camryn Laurel Skala; infant sister, Eileen Gail Heide; and aunt, Martha Heide Schulz.

Active Pallbearers: Chris Mowers, Brian Boxrucker, Michael Olness, Wyndle Kinney, Reed Sander and Garrett Sander.

Honorary Pallbearers: Ethan Tyson, Jude Heide, Jeremy Friesen, and Derek Friesen.


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