Rochester- Funeral Services for Donald C. Boliou, age 80, will be held at Rochester Assembly of God Church at 10:00 A.M Saturday, October 23, 2010 with Rev. Bruce Kallies officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, with Military Honors provided by American Legion, Wm T Mc Coy Post. Visitation will be on Friday evening at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes from 5:00-7:00 P.M.; and then at the church on Saturday from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service. Donald died at St. Marys Hospital on Monday, October 18, 2010Donald Clair Boliou was born in Rochester, MN. October 8, 1930 . He grew up in Rochester and attended Central School. Donald married Dorothy G. Colsen October 27, 1951 in Rochester. She died in 1987. Donald served in the US Army as a cook, and was a member of the US National Guard for 20 years. Donald cooked at the Kahler Hotel from 1945 until he retired in 1992. He rode bike all over Rochester and for his retirement the Kahler gave him a new bike and a microwave. The microwave because he didn't cook at home. He was an active member of Assembly of God Church and helped in the Kitchen serving coffee and roll most Sunday's between services. He was a volunteer at the Mayo Clinic for 10 years. He was also a member of Caring Partners at the Salvation Army. Donald is survived by a son Tim Boliou (Jean) of Zumbrota, MN. Granddaughter, Noel Boliou of Northfield, MN and Grandson, Gabriel serving in the US Military. And a daughter Sue Ann Boliou of Oronoco, MN. He was preceded in death by his wife, a daughter Dureen and a Brother Kenny.
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I worked with Don at the Kahler. He was always so kind. We enjoyed his Natl Guard stories when he came back from a weekend of cooking for the troops.
I knew Don from riding the bus to work. He was always very friendly and nice to me. I know that he loved dogs and was particulary interested in looking out for the "special needs" ones. He will be remembered well.
Tim and family, I was so sorry to read (on line) of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Denise Gitchell (p.s. Tim, I;m not sure if you remember me or not, but I was Mike widgers' girl friend back in '74, and we used to hang out. I always remembered your kindness and sense of humour.)
I SO enjoyed Don----what a smile, what a friend! I had a needlework shop in the Kahler for many years---1975-1985 approx.---I believe I saw him nearly everyday--he would come by my shop and say "hello"----I was "crazy" about him !!!!!!! saw him cyling all over town ----will miss that---HOPE to see you athis evening or tomorrow Julie Anrews
Tim and family, I was so sorrry to read of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. (p.s. tim-- i knew you back when, because i WAS mike widgers' girtlfriend back in the 70s, and i always remberd you as one of the nice guys)
Dear Sue and Tim: You do not remember me, but I grew up on 3rd street with you. I am so sorry to here about your dad. Sorry
May it help to know that others are thinking of you and wishing you comfort.
My deepest sympathy.
I knew Don for about six months after I began volunteering once weekly at Caring Partners. He and I knew how to exchange barbs, and I'm not always sure that either of us knew whether the other was serious or kidding. But I knew for sure when I saw that twinkle in Don's eye, usually followed by "I'm just kidding." He was a proud Veteran and always saluted whenever we paraded the flag by his chair. I will miss his red suspenders and his sense of humor. My very sincerest condolences to his family and friends.