It is with great sadness that we announce Dee Metzger, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 21, 2018, in Vail, Colorado while she was visiting her daughter and family for the holidays.
Dee is survived by her husband Louis, with whom she shared 47 years of marriage. She leaves behind two children, Heidi Telles and husband Patrick of Vail, CO and Eric Metzger and fiancee Lauren Petitti of Downingtown, PA; four grandchildren, Joshua,Maya and Harper Telles of Vail, CO and Eric Joseph Metzger of Downingtown, PA. and her brother, Leonard Paul Habig,Jr. and wife Deborah of Herndon, VA. and their children, Leonard Paul Habig III,wife Jackie their son PJ of Minneapolis,MN,MaryAlice Habig of Aldie,VA. Stewart Habig and wife Laura Bellis of Tulsa, OK. and Kathleen Habig and husband Daniel of Bristow, VA. She is preceded in death by her parents, Leonard Paul and Gladys Habig.
Dee was born on May 13,1950 in Newark, New Jersey at St. Barnabus Hospital. Her family spent 5 years in Maple Wood, New Jersey before moving to West Chester, PA where Dee attended Henderson High School and met the love of her life, Louis. She went on to attend Brandywine College, embarking on a professional career in dentistry and raising her family. Although The Metzgers have resided in West Bradford, PA for the past 40 years, Dee considered Colorado her home away from home.
Dee celebrated life to the fullest and saved her greatest love for friends,family and her beloved Saint Bernards. She became the President of the Delaware County Kennel Club and was a member of the Mid Atlantic Saint Bernard Club. She was an active volunteer and advocate for all things related to her Saints. Dee had a large circle of friends and a day was not complete without laughter between her and any one of them. Dee always looked forward to the summer months and some of the families fondest memories are of trips to the shore. Dee’s love of family was evident and she embraced her role as “Nana”. Her grandchildren knew unending love from their Nana, and it was a beautiful sight to see them baking cookies together, and watching them play every game imaginable, by Nana’s rules of course. Her impact is lasting and she will truly be missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to know her.
It is far too soon for Dee to leave us, but her love and spirit live on in her friends and family. We will celebrate her life and legacy in the Spring.