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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Pat Fostvedt-Oxendale

Pat Fostvedt-Oxendale

Monday, August 9th, 1954 - Friday, July 17th, 2020
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Patricia Ann Fostvedt-Oxendale, age 65, passed away on July 17th at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Pat was born August 9th 1954 in Canton, South Dakota moving with her family to Vermillion in 1965 where she attended Vermillion public schools, until her graduation in 1972. After high school, Pat entered the workforce through the DECA program where she learned to become a dental assistant. She continued her education at the University of South Dakota to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. Work in the public schools of South Dakota continued until she went on to become a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader completing training at Texas Women’s University in Denton, TX. As a Teacher Leader she worked tirelessly with struggling beginning readers, training teachers and providing ongoing professional development for Northwest Area Education Agency.

Pat was married to Jim Oxendale in Vermillion, SD September 21,1996. They resided in Ida Grove, Iowa and worked in the Iowa education system. While Pat and Jim had no children their fur family of Irish Wolfhounds surrounded them over the years. Pat loved travel and broadened Jim’s experience visiting France, Italy, Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Hungary, New Zealand and Canada. Perhaps her favorite place was Churchill, MB Canada where she viewed polar bears, beluga whales and the northern lights.

Her sister Kris precedes Pat in passing. Her husband Jim of Ida Grove survives her as well as her parents Louie and Nila Fostvedt of Vermillion, sisters Juli (Chris) Frey and Diane (Dale) Rudy of Denver, brothers Kim (Heidi) Fostvedt of Omaha and Kolly (Michelle) Fostvedt of Vermillion as well as many nieces and nephews.
Because of the current health conditions, private services will be held, and all are welcome at the Bluffview Cemetery at 11:00 am on Friday for prayers and burial. Masks are recommended.
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    VERMILLION, SD 57069
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    11:00 AM Friday, all are welcome.
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Posted at 10:39am
Sending condolences to all of the Fostvedt (& related) families... I remember "Patti" because she was a great friend of my older sister Linda. Now they are both gone... maybe they will meet up in the ever-after. I'm sure you have a lot of precious of mine was being chased out of the bedroom Linda & I shared when she had her girlfriends over (haha), & I remember Pat's wedding. Will say a prayer for you & your loved ones.

Mark Monson

Posted at 05:38pm
My wife and I have a special place in our hearts for Pat. Our favorite memory is the Wedding in Vermillion and Jim so nervous he was shaking. Mark and Judy Monson

Juli Frey

Posted at 07:17pm
To my sister;
Too many good times to mention them all, so I'll mention just a few of the best:
Best memory growing up, when you made me go to Sioux Falls with you for a Willie Nelson concert and half way there you told me we didn't have tickets. Who would have known that we could knock on Willie's hotel door and get invited in to have a drink with him before the show and get free tickets from him. That memory is treasured forever.

You never gave up and that showed when you came to Colorado to climb a 14er with us. You and Jim came out in your Miata. We told you the road would be a tough one to the camping site and yet you said no problem, we can drive to the parking spot and then hop into your car. If looks could kill, it was the look on Jim's face driving that sports car down a gravel road, Jim was so mad at us when the rocks were flying.

Getting to travel with you across Europe back in the 90's when we met our Norway relatives for the first time, that was very special. And then again with dad just a few years ago. Thanks for the good company

To the best Ragbrai driver and support one could ask for, funny how we didn't appreciate all that you did supporting us until other riders started coming by and offering to pay you for your services. Thanks for not jumping ship and leaving us stuck out there in Iowa.

It's hard to say good bye, cause it's way too soon.
Pat, thanks for sharing your secrets with me and asking me to be there when you knew the end was near.

I miss your calls and e-mails, miss my big sister who always looked out for me and confided in me, who always wanted to know what Christopher was up too and where his travels were taking him.

Rest peacefully Pat and don't worry about Jim. Just as I had asked him when you guys got married, to take care of my sister, (actually I'm pretty sure I didn't ask, rather I told him), we will take care of Jim as you have asked of me.

We love you,

John and Susan Alexander

Posted at 10:54pm
Provincial Texans, we were on our first trip to Europe in 2014 and had the extraordinary good luck to meet Jim and Pat, who were taking the same guided trip we were. They were much more experienced travelers than we and gave us guidance on what not to say and where not to go and how to treat our frozen feet in weather they thought mild and we thought arctic. They were nightly dinner companions, often staying to talk into the night. They were the best of company and the most welcoming travel companions we've ever had before or since.
We stayed in touch with the many travels of Jim and Pat since our trip together through letters and emails. We have told ourselves that if we travel again, no matter where, no matter how weird or remote--rim of a volcano, tributary of the Amazon, barge on the Ganges, it would be no surprise to run into Jim and Pat. Pat would be smiling; Jim would be taking her picture, with a pyramid, or a pygmy headhunter, or a magma flow in the background.
We will miss Pat, but we are blessed by her memory.

Gene Lindblom

Posted at 04:40pm
I am so sorry yo hear of Pat's passing. We met Pat years ago when we were looking for bean help.... she'd called us the next few years, bringing a crew she recruited. She referred to it as her traveling money. I'm glad I was able to catch up with her that day when she came into the center with you and Louie for lunch.

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