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In Memory of Kathleen Gosnell


February 26, 1945 - July 8, 2020

Kathleen (Foelske) Gosnell, age 75, of Colfax, passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 a Mayo Clinic Health System in Barron. 

She was born to Carl Foelske and Lucille (Krause) Foelske on February, 26, 1945.  In August, 1974 she married James Gosnell in Winona, MN.  Her only child, Bart was born in July of 1975.

Kathee was a paraprofessional for the Prairie Farm School district from 1983 until she retired in 2013.  She was loved by many school kids for her tough-but-fair recess and classroom style and her unequaled ability to read a story aloud.  She coordinated the summer city-league baseball for many years as well as other extracirricular activities: Great Books and Odyssey of the Mind. 

Kathee published several resource books through Teacher Created Materials.  She wrote several novels and many short stories that are unpublished.  

Kathee loved playing cards and board games, cooking, hosting friends, bird watching, gardening, pets and listening to little kids. 

She is survived by her son, Bart (Ann) Gosnell; brother, Mike (Nancy) Foelske and their children, Maria, Mike, Jr. and Scott; sister, Janet (Jack) Woodall and their children, Trent and Tim; nephew, Lance Mehiz; niece, Kim Rakowski; sister-in-law, Pat Foelske and children, Sarah Hoffman and Aaron Felske.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James; brother, Jim Foelske and sister-in-law, Karen; brother, John Foelske (Pat); and one nephew, Luke Foelske.  

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, July 19, 2020 from 12:00 until 2:00 p.m. at the Prairie Farm Elementary school playground.  Burial will be at a later date. 

Arrangements are being handled by Rausch and Steel Funeral Home in Barron. 


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