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Treffle R. Daniels

September 21, 1930 — December 10, 2023

Minneapolis

Treffle R. Daniels

Daniels, Treffle Ronald

Age 93, passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 10, 2023.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Treffle and Annabelle Daniels, sisters Amanda Feiro and Mae Sheehy, and daughter-in-law, Laurie Daniels.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Joanne; children Gregory, Rochelle, Stephen, Christopher (Carol), Renee (Goetz), 9 grandchildren, 12, great-grandchildren, sister Harriette, and many other relatives and friends.

Tref was born in Duluth on September 21, 1930.  He attended St. Jean Catholic School, where he met Joanne.  He earned a B.A. in Education at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.  Tref then served in the US Army Counterintelligence Corps in Germany during the Korean War.  After returning home he attended the University of Minnesota and earned an M.A. in English, History and Library Science. His teaching career began in Lake City, continued in White Bear Lake, and then with Edina Public Schools for 34 years, as both as a 6th grade teacher and librarian.  Tref was dedicated to faith and his family of seven, and other immediate family members, especially his three sisters, Mandy, Mae and Harriette. He found the fellowship of community no matter where he went. He was an active member of the VFW and was a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus.

Retired at 62, Tref rediscovered a whole new life. He and Joanne became world travelers visiting many European countries.  He was an active grandfather; their biggest cheerleader! He volunteered weekly for many years at the Ridgedale Public Library.  His dreams came true – he could read anytime, anywhere.  He felt most comfortable with a book in hand.  After all, reading was his favorite sport. Even in his last week of life, he continued to read the Star Tribune cover to cover.  He was valedictorian of Jeopardy.  He spent endless days at the cabin on Indian Lake where he found peace and solace with family nearby.  He loved live music and attended the Minnesota Orchestra performances regularly. Tref researched his genealogy back 12 generations and loved meeting new relatives in Quebec and France. He loved company and visitors, welcoming them with tea or wine and cheese.

Perhaps one of his biggest joys was reconnecting with academia. He met Anatoly Liberman, a Professor and Etymologist at the University of Minnesota. For 25 years he traveled to campus to assist Anatoly in the publication of several books.  Most recently was “Take My Word For It: A Dictionary of English Idioms”.  Published by the University of Minnesota Press. Tref treasured their meaningful relationship.

Join us for a funeral mass on Tuesday, December 19 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 18323 Minnetonka Blvd, Deephaven. Visitation starting at 10:00 am and Mass at 11:00 am.  Lunch will follow.

Memorials preferred to St. Therese School Library or Sharing and Caring Hands.

Internment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.

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Past Services

Visitation

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

St. Therese Catholic Church of Deephaven

18323 Minnetonka Boulevard, Wayzata, MN 55391

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Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

St. Therese Catholic Church of Deephaven

18323 Minnetonka Boulevard, Wayzata, MN 55391

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