July 28, 1948 – October 17, 2021
Drew Alan Litecky, 73 of Shoreview, Minnesota, formerly of White Bear Lake, Minnesota passed away on Sunday, October 17th surrounded by family and friends.
Drew was born on July 28th, 1948 to Paul and Bette Ann Litecky, the oldest of four children. Drew attended White Bear Lake High school and graduated in 1966. Upon graduation, he attended drafting school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and later joined the army in 1968 serving in Germany. He was honorably discharged in April of 1971 and married Linda Mary Kavanagh on May 14th, 1971.
Drew and Linda moved to Shoreview and raised three children together (Christopher, Brian and Meghan). While his children were young he earned a business degree from the University of Minnesota in 1980. He coached many hockey and soccer games and was ever present on Boy Scout trips. He loved his children and he was involved in their activities. He and Linda attended and were very supportive of St. Odilia Church and community.
Drew was a passionate golfer and longtime member at Indian Hills Golf Club. If they weren’t tending to their yard or garden, he and Linda could be found on the golf course. Golf may not always have appreciated Drew, but he loved the game. On May 16th, 1993, Drew achieved what many do not by making a hole-in-one on Hole Number 3 at Indian Hills.
Drew and Linda loved to be in the kitchen together. Drew was a phenomenal cook known for carving the perfect turkey or a whole smoked hog, baking his homemade pies, crafting his Chicago deep-dish pizza from scratch, his homemade pasta, making the “perfect pancake” for his grandkids, and canning salsa, pickles and apple butter with Linda. Later on in life, Drew took to fishing and loved being in a boat with family and friends at vacations to the Crosslake Chain of Lakes or on Mille Lacs Lake.
Of all his loves, the Gulf of Mexico and southwest Florida ranked high. In 2000, Drew and Linda purchased their home-away-from-home at Fort Myers Beach, Florida spending many fall and winter months at their Winward Point condo with family and friends. During his last years, Drew and Linda used the long drive south for many adventures including road trips to New Orleans, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and a hike up Tennessee's Mount Le Conte.
Drew was a beloved uncle and treated his many nephews and nieces as they were his own grandchildren spending time with them and attending their sporting events and activities.
Drew adored his grandchildren and took every moment to spend time with them. He and Linda would have them for sleepovers and would take them to numerous places around the metro. They regularly drove down to Kansas City to spend time with the grandkids. He truly spoiled his grandchildren and did so happily.
Drew was preceded in death by parents Paul & Bette; his fathers-in-law Donald C. Kavanagh and Leo Gese, his mother-in-law Patricia Gese, brothers-in-law Larry Wittnebel and Dan Guider, his uncle Basil Guggisberg and his dear friend Barb O’Neil. Drew is survived by wife of 50 years,
Linda; children Christopher Litecky (Kelly), Brian Litecky (Missy) & Meghan Litecky (Joshuah Peter); seven grandchildren; siblings Janice Wittnebel, Richard Litecky (Elaine) & Susan Andre (Richard) and many other relatives & friends.
Obituary as published in Pioneer Press- Sunday October 31, 20201
Father & Grandfather
Age 73 of Vadnais Heights. Passed away on October 17, 2021. Preceded in death by parents Paul & Bette Ann; brother-in-law Larry Wittnebel and uncle Basil Guggisberg. Survived by wife of 50 years, Linda; children Christopher Litecky (Kelly), Brian Litecky (Missy) & Meghan Litecky (Joshuah Peter); seven grandchildren; siblings Janice Wittnebel, Richard Litecky (Elaine) & Susan Andre (Richard) and many other relatives & friends. Memorial Mass Friday, November 5, 2021 at 11:00 am at ST. ODILIA CATHOLIC COMMUNITY, 3495 Victoria Street North, Shoreview. Visitation Thursday, November 4th from 4:00 pm -7:00pm at MUELLER MEMORIAL, 4738 Bald Eagle Avenue, White Bear Lake and one hour before the Mass at church on Friday. Interment Evergreeen Memorial Garden, Mahtomedi. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers to Courage Center or VA Adult DayCare.
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