Brelje, Donald Matthew “Dino”

Brelje, Donald Matthew “Dino”

August 28, 1954 – November 11, 2013
Age 59 of St. Paul. “Our Gentle Giant” Passed away peacefully November 11th, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family and friends. Preceded in death by a faithful and loving mother, Bernette; and his father, Earl; and brothers, Earl “Tom” and David. Survived by the love of his life and long time companion Maureen; sons, Donald Jr. and Brandon Vossberg; granddaughters, Angel and Amber; siblings, Robert (Joyce), Rose, Gerald (Joanne), George (Kathryn), Charles, Gordon (Patty) and Richard. Don will be missed by many of his caring and devoted family members and friends. Don was proud that he grew up in So. St. Paul and spent most of his life in St. Paul. He was dignified in his many occupations, youth coordinator; “Fresh French Fries” number one potato hauler, best darn Pioneer Press delivery man, coach, and devoted senior member of Monarch Bus Company. Long time resident of Highland Park and of Lumen Christi Catholic Community. Don could light up a room with his smile and presence. He had a heart of gold and was always willing to give the shirt off his back and open his home to many. He is known for his “fuchsia” Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He loved hockey and was proud of his son’s accomplishments at CDH and beyond. He was a proud papa. Don’s life will be celebrated with an open house at Tinucci’s Restrauant in Newport, MN on Sunday, December 1st, 2013 from 4 – 7pm with dinner served and memories shared. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place the first weekend in January, 2014 at Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 2055 Bohland Ave, St. Paul with hour visitation prior and interment following at Resurrection Cemetery. A special thanks to Monarch Bus Company and the enormous outpouring of everyone who has supported us through out our great loss. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.