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Vivian Metelak

September 22, 1925 — July 28, 2019

Detroit Lakes

Vivian G. Metelak, 93, Detroit Lakes, MN died Sunday, July 28 at her residence surrounded by her family and under care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, July 31 at 11AM in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes.  Visitation for Vivian will be held Tuesday, July 30 at David Donehower Funeral Home from 5pm until 7pm with a 7PM Prayer Service.  Interment will be held in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

Vivian Geraldine Jasken was born September 22, 1925 in Ogema, MN to Herman and Iona (Berg) Jasken.  She was raised near Ogema and graduated from Waubun High School.  After high school she enrolled in the Red Lake Falls Teacher Training program.  After earning her teaching certificate, Vivian returned home and taught grades 1-8 in a one room schoolhouse.  On September 17, 1946, Vivian was united in marriage to Harold “Harry” Metelak in Ogema.   After a brief stint in New Orleans, Vivian and Harry made their home in Detroit Lakes.   Vivian took care of the accounting for Metelak Construction as Harry continued building homes throughout the lakes area.  During her working career she also worked for NorthStar Dairy and was an administrative assistant for the Physical Therapy Department at St. Mary’s Hospital.  During her spare time, Vivian and Harry enjoyed dancing, bowling, fishing and lake life on Cotton Lake.   Vivian was a wonderful homemaker.  A talented seamstress, Vivian made her daughter's clothing and was never afraid of trying something new.  She found interests in painting, gardening and was an exceptional baker.  Her family loved her cookies, potato salad and booyah.   Later in life she volunteered her time with Holy Rosary Church and Hospice.   Many of her friends stayed in their own homes a bit longer because of Vivian’s care.  Her faith was her foundation throughout life and her family was her proudest accomplishment.  She often said “I’m so lucky!” and “Not a bad one in the bunch!”  Her unconditional love for family will always be remembered and deeply missed.

Vivian is survived by her six children:  Jean (Greg) Sletten of Barnesville, MN, Mary Lee (Keith) Leikas of Fargo, ND, Mike Metelak of Detroit Lakes, MN, Nancy (Ron) Goffman of East Gull Lake, MN, Brenda Henry of Minnetonka, MN and Beth (Paul) Just of Minneapolis, MN.  In addition she is survived by 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren along with two sisters:  Angie (Chuck) Mann of Detroit Lakes, MN and Lori Paskey of Detroit Lakes, MN.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Harry (1997), one grandson:  Lee Metelak, and five brothers and four sisters:  Virgil Jasken, Leonard Jasken, Leander Jasken,  Duane Jasken, Harold Jasken,  LaVerne Metelak, Hazel Hoban, and Gladys Lefebvre.

Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes or Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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Service Schedule

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

5:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)

David-Donehower Funeral Home

609 US-10, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

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Prayer Service

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Starts at 7:00pm (Central time)

David-Donehower Funeral Home

609 US-10, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

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Mass of Christian Burial

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Starts at 11:00am (Central time)

Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery

1000 Rossman Ave, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

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