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Loralie Foldesi, 70

Loralie Foldesi, 70, of Flaxville, Montana, died June 22, 2011 at Williston, ND.
      Memorial Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Badger, MN, with Pastor LeRoy Petersen, officiating.
      Following the service, friends and family are invited to join Loralie’s children at Durgen Park in Badger for cookies and conversation.
      Loralie Frances Nelson was born December 6, 1940 near Drayton, ND to William and Hazel (Bellamy) Nelson. She lost both of her parents at a very young age and she was raised by her aunt and uncle at Greenbush, MN. She graduated from Greenbush High School in 1958.
      Loralie married Robert Foldesi in Glasgow, Montana on November 1, 1958. In 1960, they moved back to Badger, MN. The next year they went back to Montana and made their home in Flaxville where they raised their three daughters.
      She was the secretary at the Farmers Union for many years working side by side with Robert. When Robert changed jobs to become a truck driver, Loralie when to work at the Flaxville School as the secretary. She worked there until the school closed. She worked various other jobs until she was diagnosed with lung cancer in April, 2009 and was unable to work outside the home. To keep herself busy, she worked from home doing the books for the City of Flaxville and for the Zion Lutheran Church at Flaxville.
      Loralie was very creative and was a talented artist and craftsman. When her girls were young, she sewed their clothing and also took on sewing projects for friends. She and Robert teamed up to create many items that they sold at craft shows and gave away as gifts.
      Loralie is survived by her three daughters, Suzan and David Mills of Mandan, ND, Lynn Foldesi and fiancé Ron Woessner of Williston, ND, and Lori Foldesi of Williston, ND, her special daughter, Sharon Leach of Bismarck, ND, and her “grandchildren”, Brandon Leach of Williston, ND, and Nikki Leach and Sara Leach, both of Bismarck, ND. She is also survived by her sister Dorothy and husband Lyle Steinert, of Aitkin, MN; brother, William and wife Lilly Mae Nelson of Plentywood, MT, brothers-in-law, Raymond and wife Eileen Wittak of Flaxville, MT; and John Froshaug of Longmont, CO.  Loralie was blessed with the love and kindness of many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Also surviving Loralie is her Chihuahua, Cookie, who she adopted from the Humane Society and was her constant and faithful companion.
      She was preceded in death by her parents; her aunt and uncle, Anna and Axel Nelson; her husband, Robert; and sisters, Faye Anderson, Evelyn Bergquist and Ann Avolio.
      Loralie was killed in a motor vehicle accident on June 22, 2011. Cremation took place.
      Local arrangements are with Gieseke Funeral Chapel of Greenbush.

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