Helen "Liz" (Klar) Fogler

April 25, 1942 ~ March 20, 2021 (age 78)


Fogler, Helen Elizabeth "Liz" (Klar) Liz Fogler beloved wife, mother and Gram passed away March 20, 2021 after a brief fight with Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer. Liz was preceded in death by her parents, Jose Luis and Minerva "Ava" Klar; brothers-in-law, Enrique Razon and Leonard Stinger; niece, Maria Teresa "Terry" Razon; and infant granddaughter, Laurel Josephine Busyn. Liz was born April 25, 1942 in Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands during World War II. She met her husband, John, in her sophomore year of high school as his father brought the family along when his company sent him to work with the Philippine Department of Agriculture. They married in San Francisco, CA on August 25, 1963. Lindsay, Tracy, and Christopher were born in California where Liz stayed home to raise the kids while John began his career in television. In 1978, the family moved to MN, which was a bit of culture shock for the warm weather, ocean-loving Liz. She learned to drive in the snow, manage teenagers, and return to work; first in sales and finally to a position working at a family practice office that eventually became North Memorial Clinic in Minnetonka where she worked for 27 years. Liz's greatest joy was her grandchildren. She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1999, but that didn't stop her from being the best Gram to her grandchildren. She cherished her time with Morgan getting manicures and chatting about her new puppy. She loved hearing about how Hunter and Payson were enjoying their first jobs after college and being out in the real world. She was thrilled to watch Trafton and Aidan dance on live stream during their competitions. She was so excited to hear about each college acceptance Sully received and couldn't wait to see if he would join Reilly at the University of MN. She was happy to hear that Matt was enjoying her "home state" of CA and that he was living near Carlin while she is attending medical school in LA, which had always been Liz's dream. She taught all of us the meaning of love, devotion and resilience. Even through the pandemic, she never gave up and when cancer came she continued to fight and decided when to leave on her terms. Those who knew and loved her will not soon forget the lessons she shared. Liz will be deeply missed by her devoted husband of 57 years, John; daughters, Lindsay Merkel (Jerry) and Tracy Busyn (Tom); son Chris (Kristie Hurtig); grandchildren, Matt Pedote, Morgan Fogler, Hunter Busyn, Payson Merkel, Carlin Merkel, Reilly Fogler, Trafton Busyn, Aidan Merkel, and Sullivan Merkel; siblings Josephine Razon, Frank (Maribel) Klar, and Marilu Klar; sisters-in-law, Nancy Steele (Bruce) and Ellen Greenberg (Larry) and brother-in-law, Robert (Kerry); and many cousins, nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of the ICU at Abbott Northwestern especially Dr. Brian Larsen, Shannon and Annie; the North Memorial Health Cancer Center especially Drs. Claudia Baumann and Joe Sicora; Drs. Adriane Bowen and Somu Suppiah for their extra care in the rapidly evolving changes with Liz's cancer; and the Allina Home Health Care and North Memorial Hospice teams. A special thank you to Anne Hawkinson, whose friendship with mom this year will forever be treasured by all of us. In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to consider donations to Stand Up To Cancer (, Can Do Canines (, Healing Hearts Rescue ( or a charity of the donor's choice. Private services will be held at Wayzata Community Church, but a live stream of the service will be available at https//


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Celebration of Life
March 27, 2021

11:00 AM

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