October 08, 2015
- 2:00 PM
October 07, 2015
- 8:00 PM
October 07, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
John Francis Fornes, 77, died peacefully at Rosewood Nursing Home on Monday, October 5th, 2015.
John was born on April 5, 1938, in Fargo, ND to John A. and Margaret (Kelly) Fornes. He graduated from Casselton High School in 1956.
John worked on the Dalrymple farm in Casselton, ND, where his dad was a foreman and his mom cooked for all the hired men until his father’s death. He then entered the United States Army. After his time in the military, he went to work for the United States Post Office compiling 38 years of government service until his retirement in 1998. John was united in marriage to Mary Monilaws on July 8th, 1967. Together they made their home in Fargo where they raised their three children. During their early married years, John was also the trumpet player in the Hal Kinney Band, which was one of his true passions. He entered Rosewood Nursing Home in 2014 where his wife remained his constant companion.
John loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them more than anything. When his children were growing up, he spent many hours on the baseball and softball fields coaching them well into their teenage years. His love of sport and baseball, in particular, were synonymous with him. If anyone knew John, his beloved Dodgers were a constant source of conversation. He could talk baseball for hours with anyone. But most of all, his most precious moments were those spent with his grandchildren in their school, sports and religious activities.
John is survived by his loving wife, Mary; daughters, Ann (Jeff) Van Wie Duluth, GA; Susan (Mitchell) Hanson Fargo; son, Tim, Fargo. He has four beautiful grandchildren; Mackenzie and Madison Hanson Fargo; Andrew and Lauren Van Wie Duluth, GA. He is also survived by his aunt, Catherine Libbrecht, Battle Lake, MN; brothers-in-law Kenneth Monilaws, Keith (Sharon) Monilaws Absaraka, ND; Arlo (Donna) Monilaws Bradenton, FL; nieces and nephews and many wonderful cousins that were like siblings to him.
John was preceeded in death by his parents John and Margaret; infant sister, Margaret Ann; brother-in-law Robert (Kate) Monilaws.
We would also like to express a special thank you to all the staff at Rosewood Nursing Home for the compassion and love they showed him and ImaHealthcare physicians and staff for their wonderful care and support.
Visitation:Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 from 6-8pm with prayer service to follow at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. Visitation will also take place one hour before the funeral at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
Funeral:Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 2:00pm at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo.
Burial:St. Leo’s Cemetery, Casselton, ND.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the American Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice.