Donald F. Lovely

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Dear Lotti und Familie,

I got to know Don about eight years ago through the German Conversation group. As Cinda wrote, Don was our unofficial leader. He always had a smile on his face, a little mischievous twinkle in his eye and a good story to tell. I will never forget his enthusiasm and his laugh.

Dear Lotti, although our lives touched for only the briefest of moments, Don will be be remembered for his kindness, his dry humor, and his old fashion work ethic. My thoughts are with you, Lotti, and my memories of Don forever in my heart.

I first heard of Don and that we shared Curtis ancestors while doing genealogical research in Ireland in 2004. Upon my return I contacted him and so began a most pleasurable and productive relationship, mostly online, for both of us. We also shared an interest in German. We finally got together in 2008 to visit Adams Co., Iowa, where he was born, his great-grandfather first settled and my great-grandparents spent their last days--all without knowing one another. I miss him very much.

Dear Lotti and family,
I had the pleasure of meeting Don about 2 years ago when I first attended the German conversation group. The same week I attended my first Spanish conversation group and was surprised and pleased to see Don once again. I really miss Don. He was friendly and helpful with the languages – he always brought Spanish newspapers to share with the group and information about what was going on at GAI. It was fascinating to hear him describe all the work he did to research,...

Just a short note from the Spanish conversation group. Something I think Don would love to hear us say: "Te vamos a extrañar mucho Donaldo!". He was so faithful to his family and his friends, and so persistent in his endeavors. We are all very grateful for the time he spent with us.

I remember when I was just starting to volunteer at the Germanic American Institute, I had to do something with the sound system. Don came to me and showed me all of the workings and told me how he had set everything up with what they had and had created a pretty good system. He was a person who was extremely approachable and he never made you feel like your asking for help was a burden to him. Even though I new him only a little, when his name came up, it stirred up warm feelings, because he...

Family of Don Lovely,
My sincerest condolences on the loss of Don. I met Don on my first day of work at Univac in 1964. We sat in the same cubicle. We enjoyed many lunches together over the years. Don was one of my closest friends. Auf Wiedersehen Don!

I just received Don's genealogy book a few months ago and had the opportunity to call him a month ago to tell him how wonderful the family book was. We share the Curtis family side, sharing the same great great great grandparents Bryan Curtis & Anne Weldon of County Louth, Ireland.
I send my sympathy to Don's family.
Sincerely, Don's Curtis Cousin, Kathy Scott Lampi of Grand Rapids, MN

Lotti and Family,
Don was a wonderful, kind, selfless man. He was a devoted volunteer at the Germanic-American Institute where he really made a difference! He was so supportive of others and humble about his accomplishments and was always ready to help someone solve a problem. We will sorely miss him and extend our condolences to your family.
Judy and Dietmar Schlei


Donald's Obituary

Donald Lovely passed away in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The obituary was featured in Star Tribune on May 1, 2011.