Leolyn Iris Vik "Lee", 88 of Rochester, passed away Thursday, October 31, 2019 at The Homestead.
Lee was born December 7, 1930 in Charles City, IA to Leo and Eldora (Krahnke) Buckley. She was a graduate of Grand Rapids High School. Lee went on to work for J.C. Penney after graduation, and quickly moved up the ladder, working in accounting because of her dedicated, hardworking and honest attitude. She married Richard Vik in 1957 and they lived in Hibbing until 1969. After a short visit in Burnsville, Lee and family moved to Duluth, where she started working in a doctor's office. Lee was an incredible crafter from knitting and crocheting numerous blankets, to her fantastic needlepoint and embroidered pillowcases. Lee also was an accomplished photographer and she loved taking pictures of flowers, birds and family activities. She was generous with her time and resources, always helping and nurturing those in need. Lee was a stoic but loving woman, was protective of her family and was a devoted wife and mother. She was meticulous with not only her home but with her dress and appearance, always dressed to the nines. Above all, Lee was extremely proud of her family, especially her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Michael (Roxie) Vik of Rochester, Jayne (Roger) Fladung of Colorado Springs, CO, Karen (Thomas) Mattheisen of Delano, MN, Rachael (Timothy) Gibson of Duluth, MN; son-in-law, David Walz of St. Joseph, MN; 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Lee is also survived by her brothers, Patrick Buckley and Dennis (MaryAnn) Buckley and sister, Carol (Frank) Zbreski. Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; daughter, Lisa; granddaughter, Brandi; brother, Jack and sister, Ruth Ann.
A celebration of Lee's life will be private with inurnment next spring at Itasca Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MN. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Vik family; to share a special message or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
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Scott and I send our heartfelt condolences. Losing your mother is one of the toughest things we experienced. I pray your happy memories and loving bond provide comfort to you and your family.
Pat Alfredson and Scott Thul
Dear Michael and family, I will always hold a special spot in my heart for your beloved mother, grandmother. She was a very special lady and I loved her quick humor and honesty.
She gave me several beautiful hand embroidered pillow cases that I absolutely love. I will forever hold them as special gifts.
I know that you will miss her, but hold on tight to the memories that you made with her.
My sincere condolences to all of you.
Forever in my heart, the memory of Lee.
Sincerely, Jolene Shult
Her Private Banker at Republic Bank
Mike and family, our sincere condolences on your mother's passin. It sounds like she led quite the life! Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Rick and Kari Krueger
Sorry to hear about the death of your Mother Mike. Our sympathy to you and the entire Vik family.
Don Carlson/Sarah Clayton.
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