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Gale A Forster

Gale A Forster

Gale A. Forster, age 64 of Durand, died Sunday, January 14, 2024, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN.

Gale was born March 26, 1959, in Durand WI.  He was the son of Richard and Rosina (Bauer) Forster and grew up on the family farm in the Township of Lima, rural Durand, where he lived his entire life.  Gale graduated from Durand High School in 1977.  Gale farmed with his father and brother for many years.  For the past 22 years, Gale has worked at Marron Foods in Durand.

Gale enjoyed spending time with family and friends, hunting and playing pool.

Gale is survived by his four sisters and one brother; Marilynn (Gene) Lokken of Altoona; Richarda Forster & Corita Forster, both of Durand; Brenda Forster of Staunton, VA; one brother Marvin Forster of Red Wing, MN; one nephew, Chris (Amy) Lokken, of Eau Claire; one niece, LeeAnn (Keith) Hyland, one great niece, Addison Hyland and one great nephew, Max Hyland of River Falls; a special friend, Kate Sweeney of Hudson and numerous cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Joseph.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials to the American Heart Association or the American Kidney Foundation.

Memorial mass will be held at 11:30 AM Wednesday January 24, 2024, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima, rural Durand with Rev. John Zweber officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Durand in serving the family.


  1. Corita

    Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.

    Addresses for donations:

    American Heart Association
    PO Box 840692
    Dallas, TX 75284-0692

    American Kidney Fund
    11921 Rockville, Pike, Suite 300
    Rockville, MD 20852

  2. Robert Forster

    So sad to hear of Gale's passing. I was glad to see him at our reunion this past summer and at other times in the recent past. Mariantonia also sat with him and enjoyed her conversation with him this summer. Gale was always great to talk with and I trust that God has welcomed him.

  3. Maria and Bob Forster

    Please accept our warmest condolences. Our hearts are saddened to learn the passing of Gale, wishing you strenght and comfort, may loving memories of Gale help you find peace.Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  4. David Poeschel

    So sorry to hear about Gale's passing. We went to grade school at Lima as well as high school in Durand. We lived about 2 miles apart growing up and I hopped on my bicycle a couple times to visit him. May he rest in peace.

  5. Ron Zeilinger

    I hope the memories will remain to comfort you all, and your faith carry you through the grief to the assurance of his place in heaven.

  6. Colleen & Tom Garnevicus

    Gale was a great cousin, always cheerful and kind and funny. We will miss him. Our sympathy and prayers to his brother and sisters.


    our thoughts are with you

  8. Amy Forster Layne

    My condolences to the family. I have so many fond memories of cousin Gale! At times he was like an older brother, so sweet and patient with a nosy little girl who followed him around observing the wonders of the farm. From him I learned how to shoot a BB gun, trap a gopher and test an electric fence with a blade of foxtail. I loved how he pushed me in the old rope swing in that huge tree down by the granary. It was like flying!

  9. John and Patty

    Our Heartfelt Sympathy goes out to you and your family. Gale was a wonderful person, a honor to have know him.

  10. June Anderson

    So sorry for the family's loss..hugs! He waa such a nice man! His smile was contagious..so very sad to hear

  11. Rick and Carol Richardson

    Sympathy to the family. Gale was a good neighbor.

  12. Nancy Bauer

    Think of all of Gale’s family and friends during this difficult time.

  13. Robert and Rebecca Boyce

    He will be greatly missed

  14. Laurie and ScottThomson

    Gale was a great friend and co-worker for many years. He will be greatly missed.
    Condolences to his family during this difficult time

  15. Dennis and Arlene Forster

    So sorry to hear of Gale"s passing. Because of Dennis memory issues. It is difficult to attend functions. Gale's family will be in my prayers.

  16. Cynthia Sky

    Thank you for being my friend and celebrated my birthdays. Thank you for being a great supervisor at work. That makes a workplace a better world for everybody.

  17. Pat Hovland

    Gale was such a kind and loving soul. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to his family

  18. Kenneth Abramowitz

    Gale was truly a very special person, who will be missed by everyone that had the honor to call him their friend.

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