DONALD R. FETZEK

d-fetzek.jpgDonald Fetzek died on September 28, 2008 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Mpls. He was 86 years old.

FUNERAL MASS will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora.

Donald R. “Tonto” Fetzek passed away on September 28, 2008 on a beautiful autumn evening with his family at his side, at the age of 86.

He was born September 3, 1922 in Columbia Heights, MN, attending grade school and Jr. High there. He graduated from Edison High School in Minneapolis.

During World War II, while attending the University of Minnesota, he enlisted in the Naval Air corps and was trained as a PBY Catalina pilot for anti submarine warfare as well as the rescue of airmen downed at sea. On returning to the University after the war he met and married Ina Vollegraaf from So. St. Paul. They later moved to an old farm house in Crystal, MN where they raised their five children. They moved to the Mora area in 1995.

After working a short time for the U.S. Postal Service he became a sign writer for Rainbow Signs Inc. of Hopkins, MN, working there for over 30 years, maintaining his union membership for the rest of his life.

The Boy Scouts of America recognized him for 17 years of service as a Cub Scout & pack leader.

He was a life long organic gardener, and bee keeper. He loved opera and classical music and was a firm believer in liberal arts education for everyone.

All his life he supported organizations which championed causes of the under privileged, especially children; including the Resource Center for the Americas in Minneapolis, the Casa Women and Children’s’ Shelter in St. Paul, and The Refuge in Cambridge, MN.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ina; his children, David and wife Bonnie of Eau Claire, WI, Peter and wife Nancy of Springvale township, Isanti Co, Nancy of Minneapolis, Steven and Michael of Mora; brother Robert Fetzek of New Brighton, MN; sister Dorothy Day of Chicago, IL; eight grandchildren, Sara, Shiloh, Gabe, Jesse, Jonny, Joshua, Jackie and Joe; many nieces and nephews.

2 guestbook entries for DONALD R. FETZEK

  1. LeAnn Fetzek Lisana October 21, 2008 at 7:21 am #

    Dear Aunt Ina, David, Peter, Nancy, Mike and Steve~ I have many happy memories of family times spent together. Uncle Tonto was always larger than life to me. He was a twinkle behind a gruff exterior. When I was a small child, I believed he was an Indian Chief. I hold you in my heart. Love, LeAnn (Fetzek) Lisana

  2. Sarah (Fetzek) Tabor October 25, 2008 at 4:19 pm #

    I feel so honored to have known this man as my grandfather. He had a tremendous impact on my life and I will forever hold his spirit in my heart. Thank you for everything you taught, shared, inspired and influenced, Grandpa. Your insight and opinions will be missed.

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