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August 11, 2022

8/3/2022 8:05:00 AM
Visitation for Donald Jewell Aug. 5 at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home

Donald Lee Jewell, 80, of Stewartville, passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2022, of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center.
Donald was born Jan. 2, 1942, in Mora, to Lee and Vi (Powers) Jewell. He grew up in St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights, and attended South St. Paul High School, graduating in 1960. At the age of 17, he began working in the kitchen at Tinnucci's Supper Club in Newport. This was the start of a long career in the restaurant industry, including occupations as cook, chef, and restaurant owner throughout the Twin Cities Area.
Donald was married on Jan. 21, 1961, to Barbara Gebro. They started their family of five children in St. Paul Park. They were later divorced.
After his retirement in 2007, Donald moved to Stewartville. He was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church, where he participated in a prayer group and served as an in-home communicant volunteer. Don's hobbies and interests included reading, playing scrabble, doing crossword puzzles, bird watching, and spending time with his family.
Don is survived by three daughters, Annette (Paul) Raygor of Stewartville, Pam (John) O'Neill of Rochester, and Lynne Jewell (Paul Lapesko) of Edina; a son, Donald (Lanita) Jewell of Polkton, North Caroline; son-in-law, Kent Rischette of Hastings; 17 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by five sisters, Pat (Bob) Harken, Anita Kervin, Sue Tietz, Sandra (Gene) LeVake, and Judy (Paul) Nelson; one brother, Jim (Linda) Jewell; and nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his daughter, Christine Rischette, great-grandchildren, Jesse Rischette and Eva Raygor; and his parents.
A visitation for family and friends will take place from 12:30-2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022 at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.
If you'd like to donate, contributions toward funeral costs preferred in lieu of flowers.
Condolences and memories of Don are also welcome at

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