November 29, 2022 at 3:05 p.m.
Medard J. Forster, Jr., 84, of Apache Junction, Arizona, and formerly of Albany, passed away peacefully Nov. 15, 2022, at Abrazo Central Campus hospital in Phoenix from complications of a stroke.
He was a loving husband, father of two, grandfather to six and a great-grandfather of 14.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony, north of Albany, with the Rev. Julius Beckermann, O.S.B., officiating. Inurnment will be at Seven Dolors Cemetery in Albany following the luncheon. Visitation will be 8:30-11 a.m., Dec. 3, at the church in St. Anthony.
Jr. was born June 3, 1938, at his family farm in Albany Township, Stearns County, to Medard, Sr., and Theresa (Poxleitner) Forster. On Sept. 4, 1962, he married Mary Ann Feldewerd. They raised two sons, James and Timothy. For 50 years, Jr. owned and operated Forster Excavating. He loved to hunt, fish, camp, snowmobile, buy two of everything (just in case), bowl, trap shoot and hang out with friends at the coffee shop or at Stump Jumper Shack. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus, Pioneer Club, Sno-Flyers Club and Albany Sportsman Club. Even without sight, his memory was crisp, and he loved sharing stories with friends and family and loved the special hugs from his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was known for his quick wit, his willingness to help others, his infectious smile and his kind and compassionate spirit.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; sons James (Sandra) Forster of Apache Junction, and Timothy (Donna) Forster of Albany; grandchildren Chad Hustad of New Hope, Sheena (Ben) Meillier and their children, Kensley and Harper, of Becker, Mike (Samantha) Rittenour and their children, Kolton and Aubree, of Princeton, Katie (Darren) Schneider and their children, Elaina, Jake and Bryson, of Foley, Jimmy (Becky) Stueve and their children, Jaden, Hailey and Everlee, of Albany, and Jon (Ashley) Stueve and their children, Kendall, Kenzie, Kaydence and Kaiya, of Albany; and brothers and sisters Werner (Rosie) Forster of Upsala, Mary (Tony) Reber of Albany, Raymond (Mary Lou) Forster of Albany, Frank (Kathy) Forster of Albany, Anna (Duane) Heitzman of Albany, and Bobby (Yvonne) Forster of Albany.
Jr. was preceded in death by his parents, Medard, Sr., and Theresa Forster.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose