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Earl E. Fosselman, 79, of Sumner. formerly of Waterloo, died Jan. 24, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids.

Earl was born on March 17, 1925, in Waterloo, the son of Joseph and Marie (Melaven) Fosselman. He spent his childhood in Waterloo and graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1943. On Oct. 8, 1943, Earl entered the United States Army where he was part of the 357th Regiment of the 90th Infantry Division. He was honorably discharged on April 27, 1946. Earl then became a student at Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls and graduated in 1949. After graduation, he entered the University of Iowa College of Law. On Jan. 19, 1951, he was united in marriage to Doris M. Tonne at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waterloo.

Earl completed his Bachelor in Laws Degree from Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Ind., in 1953, and received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1969. The couple moved back to Waterloo and Earl opened a law office for private practice as a single practitioner in 1953. He also practiced law in Sumner at an office opened in 1971. From 1959 until 1968, Earl served as Secretary to Justice T. Eugene Thornton of the Supreme Court of Iowa. He was also a former magistrate for Bremer County.

Earl was a member of the Black Hawk County Bar Association, Bremer County Bar Association, and the Iowa State Bar Association. He served on the original Board of Directors and was one of the incorporators in 1956 of Waterloo Catholic High School. That Board amended the Articles of Incorporation in 1957 and changed the name to Columbus High School, Waterloo. Earl also was a Third Degree Knight of Columbus and a past Grand Knight for Council #4516 of Cedar Falls.

Earl is survived by 15 children, William (Sheri) Fosselman of Gold Canyon, Ariz., Edward Fosselman of Sumner, Stephen (Cathy) Fosselman of Grand Island, Neb., Anne Kim of Walnut Creek, Calif., Peter (Patricia) Fosselman of Kansas City, Mo., Timothy Fosselman of Miami, Fla., Rose (David) Tigges of Orland Park, Ill., Jo Anne Fosselman of Livermore, Calif., Joseph (Martha) Fosselman of Brookfield, Ill., Mary (James) Dumar of Roscoe, Ill., Therese Fosselman of Columbus, Ohio, Bridget (Kendall) Greenwood of Oak Creek, Wis., Anthony (Ann-Marie) Fosselman of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Andrew (Christine) Fosselman of Sumner, and Susan (Kevin) Wetrich of Milwaukee, Wis.; 25 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; three brothers, Donald of Sarasota, Fla., Gregory and Thomas, both of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris in 1976; one daughter, Katherine Fosselman in infancy; his parents; two brothers, Melvin Fosselman and Jerome Fosselman; and one sister, Rose Haley.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Jan. 28 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waverly, with the Rev. Mike Tauke officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Waverly. Military graveside rites were conducted by American Legion Post No. 176 of Waverly.

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