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Gloria Jean (Fogard) Lehn, age 68 of St. Michael, MN, peacefully passed away on January 13, 2024. She was born on June 30, 1955, in Minneapolis, MN, to James and Velda (Koppie) Fogard.

A graduate of Irondale High School in 1973, Gloria entered the auto industry where she dedicated many years of service. Her career included positions at Boyer Ford, Wilkins Pontiac, Realty World, and concluded her career after 20+ years at Hoglund Bus Company as a sales coordinator.

Gloria met the love of her life, Gary, at Blainbrook Bowling Alley. The two were joined in marriage on June 4, 1983, at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Blaine, MN. Together they raised 3 children and shared a life filled with joy and companionship.

Family was at the heart of Gloria’s world. Her favorite role was being Mom/Grandma and Wife. She cherished spending time with her grandchildren, imparting the joy of playing cribbage and other card games. Known for her culinary skills, Gloria was a fantastic cook and baker, with her cookies and pancakes becoming legendary. Her vibrant spirit and positive energy made her a beacon of light to those around her. As a gracious hostess, she loved to open her home to entertain friends and family. Her unwavering faith was a cornerstone of her life, and she was a devoted member of St. Michael Catholic Church.

Gloria embraced various hobbies with passion. She enjoyed playing cards and was a member of a card club. Bowling was not just a sport but a shared activity with Gary, participating in leagues together. Gardening brought her solace, and she devoted time to planting flowers and tending her gardens. Her creative spirit led her to take painting & ceramic classes during her free moments.

Gloria is preceded in death by her parents, James and Velda Fogard, and her brother, Daniel Fogard.

She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Gary; children Crystal (Erik) Sayen, Jacqueline Lehn, and Anthony (girlfriend, Jenna) Lehn; grandchildren Jaleena, Wyatt, Jazlyn, Samara, and William; siblings Jessie (Bob) Gerda, Vicki (Dave) Seekon, Connie (Steve) Hadden, and Billie Jo Fogard (Karl); along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, February 9, 2024 at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior at St. Michael Catholic Church – St. Michael, MN. The service will be livestreamed via the link:

Private inurnment will follow.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Jane Guinetti

    My most heart felt condolences for your loss of an extraordinary woman. I worked with Gloria at Hoglund and there was never a dull moment. She was a delight to be around. Her sense of humor was infectious and I loved the stories she told about her grandchildren whom she adored. Rest in peace Gloria. I will miss your laughter. Love, Jane.

  2. Billie Jo Fogard

    Miss you already sister, thank you Jesus for the extra 14 months with Gloria. It took a Fogard (very long) goodbye to say farewell to her, and she/we made the most of it, camping, parties, movies, visiting and playing cards. Best Sister, Godmother, Aunt, Great Auntie ever…Love you forever, Billie

  3. Nathaniel Nino

    We are praying for your family! May the Lord be with you all!

  4. Vicki Lynn Fogard Seekon

    Mom was 22 Dad 23 when you were born Gloria. I thought you would outlive us all. But our hearts are broken now. The trip to Texas was wonderful. We loved your conversations of Jesus. You are healthy and in his hands now. Lots of company up there worshipping with you. Sorry to Gary and your children and grandchildren. You did a good job witnessing before you left. God Bless the Lehns.

  5. Connie

    Gloria signed my year book as follows;
    Connie, you are my sis, and I love you a lot but I just assume to flush you down the pot!
    How can you not love that wit?
    She always had a fun side and a serious side.
    She was a great big sister.

    She was established in her faith with Jesus.❤️
    The older she got the more profound understanding she received from the King of Glory.❤️

    He gave her the comfort and courage under that big old oak tree.❤️
    My soul rejoices that you are in the arms of our Lord Savior.❤️

    I pray with you Gloria for Grace from our Lord for your loved ones here to follow your example of walking out their faith to meet you in Heaven with Jesus Christ. ❤️

    Heaven is a continuation of this world.❤️

    We will see you soon.❤️

    your little sis❤️

  6. Jessica V Gerda

    We give all glory and praise to our Lord Jesus for the extra time the Lord allowed Gloria to witness to all of us. He answered her prayer of allowing her another year. Thankyou for using Gloria to prove your love for us and allowing Gloria to be a messenger for you Lord. Thankyou Lord for giving her the faith she needed for this past year. Praying for your grace and mercy for the family and all of us to go on with life without our sister in Christ!

  7. David (Vicki) Seekon

    Gloria was a joy to be around, always making us laugh with her witty jokes and bright smile. She loved Gary and her family with all her heart and was fiercely loyal to them. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, who left a mark on everyone she met. We will miss her dearly, but we know she is in a better place with Jesus now. Gloria, we love you and we all will see you again someday…keeping Psalm 138:8 in our hearts.


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