Donald Maeyaert

Donald "Don" Maeyaert

Monday, March 18th, 1929 - Sunday, March 10th, 2019
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Mass of Christian Burial for Donald “Don” Maeyaert, 89, of Marshall, will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with a CCW Rosary at 4:00 p.m. and a Parish Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall. Visitation will continue from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Marshall.

Donald Francis Maeyaert was born on March 18, 1929, in Tracy, MN, to Rene and Bernice (Tiemessen) Maeyaert. Growing up, he lived with his family on farms near Tracy and Minneota before moving to a farm near Marshall. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1947. Don enlisted and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he returned home. On June 10, 1958, he was united in marriage to Donna Van Keulen at St. Eloi Catholic Church in Ghent. The couple farmed and raised their family near Minneota until moving to Marshall in 1989. Don was passionate about his faith and was an active member of St. Eloi Catholic Church and later Holy Redeemer. He volunteered at the Hospital Thrift Shop, Food Shelf, Heart to Heart program, and delivered Meals on Wheels. He enjoyed wood working, spending time at the Marshall Adult Community Center and playing cards. Don had the very special experience of taking an Honor Flight in September of 2018. Don always enjoyed farming, helping out even after retirement. He especially enjoyed helping his sons Doug and Dan with combining. He cherished time with family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be remembered for his keen sense of humor and dry wit.

Don died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Sunday, March 10, 2019, just shy of his 90th birthday, at Avera Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall. He is survived by his wife, Donna of Marshall; children Deb (and Lee) Lindahl of Blaine, Doug (and Shirley) Maeyaert of Minneota, Dan (and Shari) Maeyaert of Minneota, Denise (and Bob) Piszczor of Raleigh, NC; grandchildren Lisa (and Saben) DeSmet, Ross (and Kelly) Lindahl, Nicole (and Brad) Tombers, Cody (and Mikayla) Lindahl, Ashley Lindahl (and fiancé Nick Cook) Mark (and Micaela) Maeyaert, Jonathan Maeyaert, Sara (and Connor) Haken, Krista Maeyaert, Kayla Maeyaert and Kelsey Maeyaert; great-grandchildren William, Kennedy, Emma, Fayth, Grayson, Ryker, Leroy and Jase; siblings Rita LaVoy, Ruth (and Larry) Erickson, Francis (and Judy) Maeyaert; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, twin sister Dorothy (and Earl) Maertens, brother David (and Jeannie) Maeyaert and brother-in-law Harold LaVoy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Avera Morningside Heights, Birthright of Marshall, Holy Redeemer Church or St. Eloi Catholic Church.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 15th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, March 15th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home - Marshall
    411 W. Lyon St.
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    CCW Rosary 4:00 p.m. and Prayer Service 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:30am
    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
    Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home - Marshall
    411 W. Lyon St.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    CCW Rosary 4:00 p.m. and Prayer Service 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Service

    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 11:00am
    Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
    503 W. Lyon St.
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    Rev. Fr. Mark Steffl
  • Interment

    Calvary Catholic Cemetery
    Hwy59 and Hwy 23
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Posted at 08:42am
Hello. I’m very sorry for your loss. I know that losing someone you love can be very difficult. I’ve personally found that during times like these, the Bible can bring comfort. At Isaiah 41:10 it says “Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness.” So this scripture reminds us that God is always there for us. We and we can go to him and prayer and he will comfort us. Also is a Bible based website with tons of different articles, publications, and videos that help or address grief. I’ve found things to help me and I’m sure you will too.

Linda Louwagie

Posted at 08:47pm
Donna and Family, we were so sorry to hear about Don. We had such a nice visit with him in the nursing home when we were in Marshall in December. We are sending our hugs and prayers. Love, Bob and Linda Louwagie

Nancy Cooley

Posted at 07:06pm
Growing up as a friend of Deb....spending the night at the Maeyaert house/farm was always fun! They made sure we would pray the rosary after enjoying a great dinner made by Donna. I remember Don being a quiet, kind, and witty person.. Great memories of a good man!

Dori Vandendriessche

Posted at 05:02pm
Deb, Doug, Dan and Denise-
I am sorry to hear about your dad. He is an amazing man and will be missed by every person that was lucky enough to meet him. I sincerely enjoyed visiting with your dad and mom when I was in town. Great conversations, big laughs, and refreshing wine coolers :-). We all know that your dad is looking down on his amazing family with so much pride. I hope you find comfort in knowing that you have gained an angel to watch over ya'll.

We have a plaque in our back yard placed at the base of Bobs memorial tree that reads: "Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day - unseen, unheard, but always near - so loved, so missed, so very dear." I read it often and it makes me feel better. I hope the same for you.

You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Denny, Dori, Jake, and Jesse

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