Mechanic 03

Ralph Gosselin

September 17, 1936 ~ October 3, 2019 (age 83)

Ralph Edward Gosselin was born on September 17, 1936 in St. Paul, Minnesota to the late Robert Felix and Hildegard (Leonhardt) Gosselin.  Ralph graduated from the Cretin-Derham Hall High School with the class of 1954.  He worked on a farm and then the Minnesota Mining Company for a short time. 

On September 9, 1960 Ralph was united in marriage with Claire Eileen Karcher at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Together Ralph and Claire made their home in St. Paul as their marriage was blessed with 2 daughters: Pamela and Deborah.  Ralph was employed with AT&T for 23 years in St. Paul and in 1967 transferring to Wadena, Minnesota.  They made their home and farmed near Leaf Lake, retiring and selling the farm in 1994. Ralph was a skilled mechanic as he fixed the farm machinery or automobiles when necessary.

Ralph and Claire got in their car and took a tour of the United States.  Driving down to Florida and went west through the southern states, ending up in Montana and called that “home” for a short time.  Returning back to Henning, Ralph enjoyed purchasing homes, fixing them up and moving on to the next house.  He was a very skilled carpenter as he made all the furniture in their home and also loved fishing on the area lakes. 

Preceding Ralph in death were his parents: Robert and Hildegard; siblings: Rita, James, Delores and Dorothy.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Claire Gosselin; daughters: Pamela Johnson and Deborah (Greg) Schatz; 4 grandchildren: Andrew (Lindsey), Peter (Ali), Isaac and Micah; 3 great-grandchildren: Landon, Nora and Amelia; brother, Robert (Mary Ellen); many other relatives and a host of friends.

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