Vigil honors Eric Lefebvre, Monticello doctor killed in crash

Candlelight vigil honors Monticello doctor killed in crash

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Over the years, he helped bring hundreds of people into the world -- but Monticello Dr. Eric Lefebvre's sudden death in an unusual weekend crash shocked those whose lives he touched.

MORE: Monticello doctor killed in crash with motorcycle, golf cart

On Monday night, many of Lefebvre's patients gathered at a candlelight vigil they organized in his honor. It was an emotional evening filled with tears and hugs as families remembered a doctor who touched many lives in the northwest metro.

"That man made every woman who walked into the room comfortable," Tara Davis recalled.

Lefebvre spent some 17 years as an OB/GYN in the communities of Buffalo and Monticello. He helped hundreds of mothers through their pregnancies and delivered thousands of babies.

"He was the most amazing doctor I ever had," Debra Willemsen said. "He laughed with me and cried because she was here after almost losing her. He got us through terrible things."

Now, his colleagues and patients are heartbroken at his sudden loss. Just two months ago, Lefebvre delivered Katie Rawets' son. He guided her through a case of gestational diabetes and postpartum depression.

"You put all your trust in your doctor to take care of you and your baby, and I put all my trust into him," she reflected. "He just made you feel like you've been seeing him forever."

Lefebvre, 51, was killed on a rural highway in western Wright County on Saturday afternoon. He was riding a brand new 2014 Ducati motorcycle when he collided with a golf cart that was apparently on the road illegally. Korie Schiel was behind the wheel, and has been in trouble on the roads before -- including two drunken driving convictions.

Wright County prosecutors must decide if charges are warranted in the crash that ripped a hole in the community, but it's clear that the doctor who loved motorcycles was well-loved by his patients.

Dr. Lefebvre is survived by his wife: Deborah; children: Sophie, Samuel, Henry and Lucy; his mother: Elaine; brothers: Robin and Edgar; a niece: Elizabeth (Vazim; beloved friends: JJ Lessard, Henry Harison Martinez, Morgan and George Heller.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Private family services to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers. Memorials are preferred

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