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Gladys Lefebvre

August 29, 1927 — August 1, 2016

Gladys Ione Lefebvre, age 88, of Detroit Lakes, MN, passed away on Monday, August 1, 2016, at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes. A visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, August 5, with a prayer service at 7:00 pm, at David Donehower Funeral Home. The visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday. The burial will follow the service at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Gladys Ione Jasken, beloved wife, sister, mother, and friend to many, was born August 29, 1927 to Herman and Iona Jasken of rural Ogema, MN. She attended the local country school as a child and graduated from Waubun High School, after which she ventured off to attend Mayville Teachers College in North Dakota. Glady taught country school in a one-room schoolhouse in both rural Grand Forks, ND and Becker County, near Ogema. On June 23, 1949, Glady married Donald Lefebvre at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Ogema. Together, they raised six children. Glady loved her gardens, full of flowers and yielding everything from rhubarb and raspberries to beans and peas. With her green thumb, Glady worked at Bergen's Greenhouse for 12 years, a job she enjoyed immensely. Her strong hands built the large rock fireplace in her and Don's home and she had a small workshop where she crafted and painted this and that, including personalized wood chests for every grandchild. She was talented with a sewing machine, using her seamstress skills to make sure everyone was well-dressed and not a ruffle was wrinkled or a button out of place. Her colorful quilts adorned many beds. Most of all, Glady was a caretaker. Her greatest joy came from being surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she never took "no" for an answer to "Can I get you something to eat?" – not that she got that answer often, what with her homemade bread, caramel rolls and raspberry jam nearby. There was usually something delicious being cooked up in her kitchen, and she had a way of making everyone feel important and loved. Her faith in God was boundless and she was a fixture at Holy Rosary Catholic Church for many years, often lighting candles for family and friends who were in her thoughts and prayers. We take solace in knowing she is at peace. Gladys is survived by her husband, Don Lefebvre of Detroit Lakes; her children: Janelle (Curt) Erickson of Detroit Lakes, MN, Tim (Kathy) Lefebvre of Arenzville, IL, Randy (Judy) Lefebvre of Detroit Lakes, MN, Lonnie (Dave) Stern of Alexandria, MN, Becky (Gregg) Orr of Detroit Lakes, MN, Clare (Jerry) Sinner of Brainerd, MN; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; three sisters: Vivian Metelak, Lori (Vincent) Paskey, Angie (Chuck) Mann all of Detroit Lakes; and three sisters-in-law: Mill Jasken, Mary Lou Jasken, Yvonne Meyers. She is preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Iona Jasken; sisters, Hazel Hoban and Laverne Metelak; and brothers: Virgil, Leonard, Leander, Duane and Harold Jasken. Glady's family would like to thank the staff of Emmanuel Nursing Home for the many kindnesses shown to Glady. Memorials to Holy Rosary Catholic School-1043 Lake Ave-Detroit Lakes, MN. 56501

Funeral Home: David Donehower Funeral Home 609 Hwy 10 East Detroit Lakes, MN US 56501

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Friday, August 5, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
David-Donehower Funeral Home

609 Hwy 10 East
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Prayer Service at 7:00

Saturday, August 6, 2016
11:00 AM
Holy Rosary Catholic Church

1043 Lake Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Visitation one hour prior to service

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