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Carol Joy Fougner
(April 14, 1939 - December 29, 2012)

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Carol Joy Fougner

Carol Joy Fougner, 74, a long-time resident of rural Amery, died Saturday afternoon, December 29, 2012, at Northridge Hospital in Northridge, California. Carol Joy Odberg was born in Apple River Township on April 14, 1939, the 9th of 11 children born to Harold and Pearl Odberg. Along with her brothers and sisters, Carol worked very hard helping her family on their farm. She was baptized into the Christian faith on September 15, 1941, and was confirmed on December 6, 1953. She graduated from Milltown High School in 1957. On June 14, 1958, Carol married Norman Lee Fougner at the North Valley Lutheran Church in rural Centuria, Wisconsin. Three children were born from this union, Bryan Lee, Bradley Dean, and Barbara Ann. Carol also adopted a daughter, Crystalynn Renee, in 2001. Carol loved children and was very active in the lives of her children and grandchildren, as well as the children in the surrounding community. She taught Sunday school at Balsam Lutheran Church for over 45 years, including many years as the Sunday school superintendent. Carol was also involved with handicapped and mentally disabled children. She worked at the Polk County Special Education School and the Adult Development Center for 41 years until the school closed in 2007 and she continued her work with special needs as a home therapist through NorthernBridges and Polk County Human Services. Carol was very active in Special Olympics and coached both track and field and bowling and assisted with basketball, bringing athletes all the way to first place – gold medal standing at the national level. Carol is survived by two sons, Bryan Lee (Lori) Fougner and Bradley Dean (Susan) Fougner, and two daughters, Barbara Ann (Duane) Friese and Crystalynn Renee Fougner. Carol’s grandchildren include Karole LeeAnna "Karlee" Friese, Ethan Lee Fougner, Kristina Marie Friese, Gabriela Rae Fougner, Caressa Jean Fougner, and Christopher John Otis. She is also survived by her ex-husband Norman Lee Fougner and sisters Edith Mangelson and JoAnn Landry. Visitation will be at the Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery on Friday, January 4th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm and 1 hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at Balsam Lutheran Church in rural Amery. Interment will be at Shiloh Cemetery. Flowers can be sent through Amery Florist, and donations can be made as a memorial to Balsam Lutheran Church or to Special Olympics in the name of Carol Fougner.

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