Young Banker dies
from brain cancer


February 8, 2001
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana




Paul Charles Forstrom

 

Swan Song
Paul Charles Forstrom

 

Paul Charles Forstrom, age 41, of Hutchinson, MN made his journey home to God on Friday, January 26, 2001 at the Fairview Southdale Hospital Cancer Center in Edina, MN. His death followed a 13 year struggle with brain cancer.

Paul was born on Oct. 8, 1959 in Willmar, MN. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clara City, MN where he served as a communion assistant, acolyte and usher. He graduated from Clara City High School in 1977, where he was active in football and drama. He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN from 1977 to 1983 and also studied in Washington, D.C., Europe and the Middle East. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in four majors: history, religion, psychology and political science.

In July of 1983, Paul was married (1983-1997) to Beatrice Luknic at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar, MN. After graduation Paul was employed as a sales associate for FSMC (First State Marketing Corp.) based in Lake Lillian, MN. Paul traveled the U.S. selling FSMC's high volume check clearing services. In 1988, he became President of FSMC and held that position until Sept. 30, 2000. Paul was instrumental in FSMC's growth and success. Paul was an equal partner, director and officer with his brothers in Forstrom Bancorporation Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries of Citizens State Bank of Clara City, Maynard, and Granite Falls; Security State Bank of Howard Lake; and First Valley Bank of Seeley Lake, MT. Paul was also a partner with his brothers in Citizens State Insurance Agency of Clara City and the Forstrom Brothers Investment Corp., with its primary holding in six hotel/restaurant properties in the Twin Cities metro area.

Paul was a faithful member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior, MN for 14 years. He served on the church council for several terms and served as the Council Liaison to the Stewardship, Finance, Long Range Planning & Communications/Public Relations Committees. He was one of the ambassadors who traveled to Jimeta, Nigeria to help establish a mission partnership with the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, a sponsor of children in Project Education India and active as a communion assistant and usher.

Paul was one of the original first six patients of the Fairview-University Brain Tumor Center established in 1999. He spoke at the inaugural fund-raising event and is featured in a documentary used by the Center for promotional purposes. The mission of the Center is for the research of brain tumors and the care and support of brain tumor patients, family members and health care professionals in the Upper Midwest. According to the physicians' network associated with the Brain Tumor Center, Paul was the longest surviving brain cancer patient known. Through his positive attitude and deep faith, Paul was and will continue to be an inspiration for those journeying with cancer and for many others.

On June 24, 2000, Paul was married to Kathryn Bessandes at his home in Hutchinson, MN. Paul enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father and brothers. He also enjoyed traveling, sailing, reading and working outdoors. Knowing his disease was terminal, he treasured the precious times spent with his wife and children, family and friends.

Paul is survived by his wife Kathryn; three children, Lauren, Nichole and Zachary; two step-children, Samuel and Jae Carter, all of Hutchinson, MN; parents, C.R. and Norma Forstrom of Spicer, MN and Venice, FL; three brothers, Philip (Marsha) of Clara City, Perry of Spicer, and John of Independence, MN; and three nieces, Alison, Amanda and Ashley Forstrom of Clara City, MN. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and several aunts and uncles.

A memorial service was held Saturday, February 3, with visitation prior to the service, all at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, in Excelsior, MN. Memorials are requested to the Fairview-University Brain Tumor Center.

Arrangements under the direction of Huber Funeral Homes in Excelsior, MN.

 

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