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It is with heavy hearts that we announce Caroline Ruth (Kern) Foster, our loving wife, mother, and grandmother passed away on January 12, 2021. The daughter of the late Theodore Kern Sr. and Anna (Beller) Kern. She shared 67 wonderful years of marriage with William L. Foster.


Caroline enjoyed sewing, was a fantastic baker and loved tending to her beautiful garden. Her weekly card games with her sisters were treasured times. Caroline loved her family and grandchildren most of all and was shown in everything she did. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.


She had two wonderful children, Rodney William (Karen) Foster and Sherri Jean (Wendell Ruder) Foster. The grandchildren were the bright light in her eyes, Lake, Skye, Lainey and Teaghan. Her siblings were the late Ricky Kern, Theodore (late Karen) Kern, Jr., Marilyn (late Boogie) Major, Jerry (Sandy) Kern, late Fred (Donna) Kern, Kathy (Tom) York, late Gregory (Judy) Kern and Renee (Gary) Hecht. Caroline was blessed with many nieces, nephews and cousins.


A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 15, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Josh Parsons officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 12:00 Noon until the time of service.


In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. John Lutheran Church.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Foster family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.



Condolence Messages

  1. Pete and Sallie McKnight

    06 February 2021 6 months ago

    So saddened to belatedly learn of Carolyn’s move to heaven. We know this is a very difficult time and share some of your grief. Please know we pray for your comfort and commit you to or savior for daily strength.

  2. Karen Apel (Ware)

    24 January 2021 6 months ago

    Sherri, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. I remember spending fun times with you and your family on Swede Road. I pray peace and comfort for you and your family. She will be missed!

  3. smithg58@gmail.com

    16 January 2021 6 months ago

    Jen and I send our condolences Sherri to you , Wendell and tor family. We only met her once but she was a real nice lady. Our caring thoughts. Gail and Jen Smith

  4. Elisabeth Braaten

    15 January 2021 6 months ago

    My thoughts go to my Foster “family” who have lost their beloved Caroline ❤️. She took care of me and was my wonderful Foster “mom” during my stay in Midland from 1979 – 1983. She will always have a special place in my heart ❤️. RIP Foster mom Caroline

  5. Renee-Kern Hecht

    15 January 2021 6 months ago

    Your Love and memories will carried on to many generations. The road you pave for me is going to be a hard one to travel with you. Never Good bye, just
    See you soon sissy

  6. Elisabeth Braaten

    15 January 2021 6 months ago

    Today my thoughts go to my lovely Foster «family” who took so good care of me during my stay in Midland from 1979 – 1983. I will never forget my wonderful Foster “mom” Caroline. She will be kept in my heart forever ❤️. RIP FOSTER “MOM” CAROLINE

  7. Bruce Harner

    15 January 2021 6 months ago

    Bill: I am just now reading the obit and don’t know what to type at the moment. More later.

  8. gerhard L Nyhus

    15 January 2021 7 months ago

    It was a joy to meet Caroline a few years ago . One cousin i didn’t not knew I had.
    Told about some my cousin I did ‘ know I had
    Pease to the family
    Love you All

  9. Patti Kloha

    14 January 2021 7 months ago

    She was the best! I looked forward to her and William coming into Kroger. She was always teasing and kind. She always made me feel special. I’m so sorry for your loss. She was a kind, loving, and special woman.

  10. Elaine Brubaker

    14 January 2021 7 months ago

    I am sorry to hear about Caroline’s death. She was a nice person and a good neighbor.

  11. Lori and Terry Woirol

    13 January 2021 7 months ago

    We were shocked to hear of Caroline’s passing! We just always loved her bubbly and upbeat personality and she did hesitate to show love to all. She always got a kick out of Terry and him saying “pot licker! She said her dad always said it and she hadn’t heard anyone say it until Terry came along. She would message me on Facebook and always asked how “potlicker” was. It always cracked me up and him too. She will be greatly missed but she is in heaven with mom and dad now. Maybe they can play cards. Lol. Love to all of you!

  12. Sherri Jean Foster-Hohman

    13 January 2021 7 months ago

    With all my love Mom

  13. Wendell Ruder

    13 January 2021 7 months ago

    Caroline Foster with her bright smile and her infectious bubbly personality you couldn’t help to Love Her . You may be gone But You Will Never Ever Be Forgotten.

  14. Daryl (Red) and Donna Thurston

    13 January 2021 7 months ago

    We are so sad to lose this special, crazy , wonderful cousin. And so very blessed to always be welcomed with a huge hug, laughter, and the best family a person could ask for. Oh, the memories. You take a piece of our heart with you.

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