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Funeral Services: First Baptist Church, Faribault
  Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
Visitation: The Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault
  Wednesday, October 3rd from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donald Vietz, age 82 of Faribault, died on Monday, October 1, 2012 at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home, Faribault.

Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church, Faribault on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Daniel D. Mead officiating. Interment will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.

Visitation will be the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Wednesday, October 3rd from 4 to 8 p.m. and also at church for one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

Donald, the son of Alfred and Martha (Walth) Vietz, was born December 19, 1929 in Glen Ullin, North Dakota. He attended Hebron High School, Northwestern College and Central Baptist Seminary. Donald married Vesma Eglite on August 23, 1957 in Minneapolis. He served churches in North Dakota, Wisconsin and Minnesota and later worked for the Wilson Center in Faribault for 23 years. Don loved sharing his faith in Jesus, our Lord, and encouraging people in life’s challenges. He enjoyed fishing, boating and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Vesma; three children, David "Bubba" Vietz of Faribault, Deborah (and Steven) Mahagnoul of Faribault and Dale (and De) Vietz of Blaine; a grandson, Jacob (and Samantha) Rajala of Eau Claire, WI; a sister, Lorraine Rauser of Dickinson, ND; two brothers, Norman Vietz of Boise, ID and Richard (and Evie) Vietz of New Brighton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jennie Rajala; a brother, Milton Vietz and two nephews, Tim and Steve Hartman.

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Name: Rick & Mary Tonjum
Email: bcproducts@charter.net
Date: Thursday October 11, 2012


Dear Vesma and Family, you have my deepest condolences. Don was a quiet man who led by example. When he spoke, I knew to listen, as his words had great substance. I enjoyed his wisdom as it gave me a good perspective, especially in my walk with the lord. There was only one Don Vietz and I, along with many, were fortunate to have crossed paths with him. He will be greatly missed!

Name: Pastor Richard Rogers
Email: rickrogers@milwpc.com
Date: Friday October 05, 2012


I spent a number of my earlier years under the pastoral ministry of Pastor Vietz and his family, as they served in Wisconsin. Pastor Vietz was always gracious, humble and had a great deal of wisdom. He was an excellent example of maturity and godliness, and I am thankful to have had him as a mentor. Diane and I send our love and thoughts to all the family, and assure them of our prayers. Because of Calvary, Pastor Rick & Diane Rogers

Name: Pat Cote
Email: pcote50@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 04, 2012


I can't express my sorrow of the passing of Pastor Donald Vietz nor my joy that he is with Jesus. He was my pastor many years ago in Grafton,Wisconsin. I loved him and Vesma right from the start. I saw their faith and compassion and their love for their Lord. They were there for me in good times and in trials. I will miss him and look forward to our reunion.

Name: Lulu Fierst
Email: lulu.fierst@gmail.com
Date: Wednesday October 03, 2012


Pops was one of the few who worked at the Wilson Center longer then anyone else. He was so considerate of the kids and treated all staff with respect. He is now home with his maker. Don was a very Godly man and never made his religious base the only way to worship. With so many different religions at the Center he was there for everyone to see the good in life. Good by dear friend.

Name: Lorilee Vietz
Date: Wednesday October 03, 2012


You could see Donald's kindness in his eyes. I last saw Donald at my Father's funeral. Bubba kept me informed of his many health challenges in the last few years. It sounded like he rarely/ if ever complained even though his health was poor for many years. I was very fond of Donald and his entire family. I was priviledged to be related to such wonderful people...of course they were the type that would welcome those in need and make them feel like family. Donald give my Father a hug.

Name: Kevin Mahoney
Email: kevinkmbvn@gmail.com
Date: Wednesday October 03, 2012


I was privileged to work with Don for many years at the Wilson Center. He was one of those people that was universally loved by staff and patients alike. He found a way to relate to all kinds of people from all walks of life no matter what their problems etc. He was one of those rare people who led by quiet example. As the news of his passing has swept through the private Wilson Center Facebook community it has been interesting to see how many former patients and staff have expressed their feelings that Don was such a positive influence on them. He is one of those people that can say this is a better world for him having passed through it.

Name: Jim Pence
Email: GymPants05@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday October 03, 2012


Don was one of the kindest men I have ever known, strong yet gentle, wise yet not complicated, open-minded and strong in conviction. When I moved to Faribault in 1980 fresh out of college he and Vesma welcomed me into their lives and home. We shared our roots from North Dakota and chuckled about that often. I loved his heart, his smile, his singing. He always had an encouraging word for anyone. The world has lost a shining soul, yet heaven has gained a loving, faithful soldier. He will be missed.