Ingrid Nadine Johnson Foletta was born Aug 26, 1934 at Siskiyou General Hospital in Yreka CA to Ernest Theodore Augustus and Marie Bernadine (Milne) Johnson. She passed on during the full moon on the morning of February 9th 2020 in Mount Shasta, California. Her grandfather and grandmother (Marie Louise Segerhammar and Rudolf) were from Sweden and came through Ellis Island and met in Brooklyn NY. Her grandparents on her mother’s side came from Rotterdam, Holland in the late 1800’s and Nova Scotia in the early 1800’s. Ingrid was well known for her positive generous spirit and her baked goods! Favorites were her cookies and her German chocolate cake and “Milky Way Bar” cake. Ingrid attended elementary and high school in Yreka where she was a class officer and graduated as salutatorian. She attended Yreka United Methodist Church Sunday school and was part of the youth group. Beginning with swimming lessons from the Red Cross she became a Jr. Lifesaver.
She began playing soprano saxophone as a 4th grader continuing through high school. She was in the Brownies and the Girl Scouts. She wanted to be a Girl Scout but there was no leader so her mother took the training and led the troop until they could find someone else to do the job. Her mother was also the first woman in California to reach GS 5 status as a federal employee of the forest service. Her father was a 33 degree mason and also voted man of the year in Yreka. She was an Honored Queen in Jobe’s Daughters and was a 50-year member of Eastern Star like her mother.
She attended Stanford University and received her bachelors from Armstrong College where she met her husband Gordon Alan Foletta. Both were taking accounting classes. They were married September 26, 1954.They lived in El Cerrito, California. There in the bay area she began her Tupperware career of 17 years along with motherhood of five children. She reached manager status quickly and received a new company car every two years in the 60’s and 70’s. This career came in handy while she and Gordon raised five children by allowing her to earn many household appliances through the sales contests Tupperware offered. In 1973 Ingrid and Gordon moved their family to Lodi when Gordon had a change in jobs. Living on a farm for two years was very rewarding for the entire family. There were cattle, horses, pigs, ducks, chickens and even geese not at all like the city suburb they were used to by then. Selling Tupperware, 4-H, and canning fruit were the tasks at her hand. With her Tupperware connections to other farmers the family was often picking seconds and bringing the fruit back to the family farm for Gordon to make wine. She would say she worked harder those two years than at any other time in her life. In 1975 the family moved to Mount Shasta where Gordon became an accountant at her father’s business, the Mount Shasta Memorial Park and Chapel. Ingrid began selling Tupperware again, of course, and continued raising her now four children at home with one off to college. Eventually Gordon and Ingrid bought the business from her parents and their partners, Orville and Rita Renning. Ingrid began working at “The Park” in 1985 and worked as an accountant along side her husband Gordon who was the funeral director. They retired and sold the business in 2002. She was a longstanding member of South Siskiyou County Republican Women Federated eventually becoming it’s president.
In retirement Ingrid became involved with the Red Hat Ladies. She also enjoyed exercise classes at the Wellness Center in her later years. She will be missed by many in the community. A service was held at the Mount Shasta Memorial Chapel on February 15th, 2020.
The family is grateful for all of the kind words which were spoken at the service and for all of the cards and flowers. Predeceased by her parents, baby sister Geraldine, husband Gordon Folettta and daughter Susan Foletta. Survived by sons Steven, Michael, Richard and Robert (Rebecca), and granddaughter Olivia Foletta, sister Karen Adele Hopkins (Harry), nieces, nephews