On January 31, 2018
Elizabeth Lev, 94, of Jackson, Minnesota passed away at the Good Samaritan Society in Jackson Minnesota on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10:30a.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Saturday, February 3, 2018 with Father Seitz officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Elizabeth “Betty” Mary (Kocak) Lev was born on August 16, 1923 to Andrew Kocak Sr. and Mary (Stinar) Kocak on the family farm in Minneota Township. She was raised with her stepmother, Mary (Pavelko) Kocak after her mother died in 1930. On September 26, 1946 she was united in marriage to Darrell Lev at the Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lakefield. Together they had four children, Linda, Mike, Carole, and Bill; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Betty was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, and Birthday Club. Always a hard worker with many talents, she will be fondly remembered at the local upholstery shop and as a longtime Riverside school cafeteria employee. She loved spending time with her grandkids, tending her beautiful garden, and playing cards with family and friends. She loved to dance and enjoyed watching Polkatime on TV, recognizing several of the participants. Later in life she took up golf with her special friend Bud and prided herself in needing only one club, Big Bertha.
Betty is survived by her four children, Linda (Larry) VandeBrake of Georgetown, TX; Mike (Judie) Lev of Jackson, MN; Carol Hansen of Augusta, GA; and Bill Lev of Sioux Falls, SD. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, RyanVandeBrake and Mark VandeBrake; Brian Lev and Christine (Brad) Reiff; Ross Hansen and Sara Hansen; Alison (Matt) Wise. Ten great-grandchildren, Hillary, Austin (Kristin), Kaitlin, Sckye, Shianne, Jackson, Hollyn, Avree, Brecken, and Landon. Her son-in-law, John Hansen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband of forty-seven years, Darrell; her parents Andrew and Mary (Steiner) Kocak; stepmother, Mary (Pavelko) Kocak; sister, Evelyn Garms; three brothers John, Andrew Jr., and Steve; and special friend, Bud Mier.
Blessed be the memory of Elizabeth Lev.