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Dawn Maureen Fortin

August 5, 1939 ~ August 17, 2020 (age 81)


Dawn Maureen Fortin of Cambridge, died on Monday, August 17, 2020 at Gracepoint Crossing Nursing Home in Cambridge at the age of 81.

            Dawn was born on August 5th, 1939 to Clarence and Amy Wason in Crookston, Mn.  She went to grade school at Baker Elementary in St. Paul and graduated from Murray High School in St. Paul in 1957.

            Dawn was married twice. She married her 1st husband Raymond E. Foster and they had 3 children. Dawn was also married to Darwin Fortin from Aberdeen, South Dakota.

            Dawn had worked many of years at Brown & Bigelow in the Midway area, St. Paul. Dawn also worked at Washington County Jail from where she retired in 2000.

            Dawn, enjoyed a broad range of interests which included traveling, volunteering at the Emily Food Shelf, volunteering to organize a low impact exercise class for the residents of Emily, volunteering at local blood drives and helping anyone with anything they needed.

            Those who knew and loved Dawn knew that her greatest passion in life was her family and friends. Dawn took so much pride in spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Dawn loved spending winters in Texas, especially time spent there with her brother Vergil and wife Pam. Dawn also had a great love for visiting Mexico.

            Dawn was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Wason and Amy Nelson

            Dawn is survived by her children; sons Jeff Foster of Cambridge, Mn; Brian Foster of Emily, Mn; and daughter Wendi (Larry) Bigelbach of Harris, Mn; brother Vergil Wason of Forest Lake, Mn;  6 Grandchildren--Chasidy Foster (James), Jackie (Darold) Pedersen, Hope (Chris) Tanko, April Bigelbach (Matt), Derick (Taylor) Braatz and Tabby Foster;  8 Greatgrandchildren—Dalayna, Deegan, Lilly, Logan, Emory, Ellie, Hendrick and Louie;  very special nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

            The family of Dawn wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Gracepoint Crossings Memory Care Unit especially Nicole Kriel RN, Bella RN, Lindsay Larson Social Worker, Preston CNA, Courtney CNA and Daneille RN from 2nd floor and Pastor Chuck. Also Allina Hospice staff, Mary Shoeneck Social Worker and special CNA Jill. Also, to all that have been there for Dawn that were not mentioned above.

            Celebration of Life will be held Saturday August 29, 2020 at the home of Wendi and Larry Bigelbach, 1232 Anchor Court, Harris, MN from 1-4 PM and Sunday August 30, 2020 at the Log Cabin Bar in Emily, MN from 12-3PM

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Celebration of Life
August 29, 2020

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Bigelbach Residence
1232 Anchor Court
Harris, MN 55032

Celebration of Life
August 30, 2020

12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Log Cabin Bar
40012 MN-6
Emily, MN 56447

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