Fundraiser for Ryan and Lillian Fuglie

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Rayna Meyer’s brother and niece, Ryan and Lillian Fuglie, died on the shores of Lake Superior last week.  Lillian was wading in the lake when she was caught in a rip current.  Ryan heroically dove in to save her.  Here is the Pioneer Press coverage of the events for more information. The Duluth News Tribune reports that a fundraiser has been established to assist the surviving Fuglie family members.

A fundraiser has been established to help the family of a 10-year-old girl who drowned, along with her father, in Lake Superior in Duluth last week.

Lillian Fuglie of Hudson, Wis., and her father, Ryan Fuglie of Osceola, Wis., drowned after being swept away by rip currents along the Park Point beach on Thursday. They were reported missing by Lillian’s 12-year-old sister; the two were pulled from the lake by rescue crews after a lengthy search in difficult conditions, and later pronounced dead.

Lillian’s mother is married to a Maplewood, Minn., police officer, and the group “Backing the Blue Line: Police Wives of Minnesota” has established an online fundraiser for the family.

Lillian was an “ambitious young lady who wanted to conquer the world. She had a soft heart and spread beauty all around her with her smile,” the fundraising page states.

The fundraiser can be found at; search “Lillian Fuglie Memorial.”

Ryan Fuglie was remembered in his obituary as “an amazing father (and) a self-taught musician with incredible musical talent.”

A funeral Mass for Lillian is scheduled to take place Tuesday; a celebration of life for Ryan is scheduled for Saturday.

Here is Ryan’s obituary:

Fuglie, Ryan Paul age 38, lost his life tragically August 10, 2017 heriocally trying to save his baby girl Lillian in Lake Superior. Survived by daughter, Iris Fuglie; beloved fiancee, Amanda Frokjer and her children, Azalea, Piper and Ezra; mom, Tammi Schwinn (Jason); dad, Ray Fuglie (Judy); sister, Rayna Meyer (Buck); brother, Ryan Schwinn (Courtney); nephews, Jameson and Marley “his birthday buddy”; grandmother, Marian Fuglie; aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and many friends and his band buddies “Bone Dry”. Memorials preferred. Ryan was an amazing father. He was a self taught musician with incredible musical talent. He is irreplaceable and will be in our hearts forever. A celebration of life service will be held 11 AM Saturday, August 19, friends and family may gather 1 hour prior to service all at: Coon Rapids Chapel 763-767-1000 1827 Coon Rapids Blvd.

Ryan Paul Fuglie


The Lillian Fuglie Memorial describes her as follows:

Lillian Elizabeth Fuglie, age 10 of Hudson, died accidentally on August 10, 2017 near Duluth . Lillian was born on January 18, 2007, to Maggie Wacker and Ryan Fuglie. She was raised in Hammond and Hudson and attended Willow River Elementary in Hudson. She loved being a member of the Girl Scouts Troop 56438, Hudson traveling soccer team, and the children’s choir at St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Lillian was awesome! If you didn’t know that, she’d be the first to tell you! Lillian was ambitious young lady who wanted to conquer the world. She had a soft heart and spread beauty all around her with her smile. Lillian enjoyed dressing up in fancy dresses, and putting on her heels and makeup. Lillian made us laugh with her jokes and made us rejoice with her singing.

Lillian is survived by her mother, “Mama Cheetoh” as Lily called her, Maggie (Derek) Wacker-Fritze of Hudson; sister, Iris Fuglie; step-siblings, Ana and Keegan Fritze; Maternal Grandmother, Susan Matulka of River Falls; maternal aunts/uncles, Stacie (Josh) Maulik of St. Michael and Lucie (Phil) Barry of Australia; paternal grandparents, Tammi (Jason) Schwinn of Elk River and Ray (Judy) Fuglie of Coon Rapids; paternal aunts/uncles, Rayna (Buck) Meyer of Coon Rapids, Ryan (Courtney) Schwinn of Elk River; and her cousins and many friends. She is preceded in death by no one, but she died with her dad, Ryan, whom she adored as she was daddy’s little girl.

*Backing the Blue Line is a MN 501(c)3 nonprofit that supports MN law enforcement families during times of crisis. Your donation is tax deductible and you will be provided a tax receipt once the fund has closed via email (if you provide it)*