Winnifred Le Cocq died on Monday, December 1, 2008 in Elk River, MN. She was 90 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICES will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, Dec. 6th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Chapel in Mora. VISITATION will be on Friday, Dec. 5th from 5:00-7:00 PM at the funeral home & 1 hr. prior to service on Saturday. INTERMENT will be at Pliny Cemetery in McGrath. Flowers are appreciated, but Memorials preferred.
Winnifred M. LeCocq passed away on Dec. 1, 2008 at the age of 90. She was born in Winnipeg, Canada (Mathilda Winnifred Alvera Anderson) and was brought to the McGrath area at the age of 3. Her mother and a little sister had died. An aunt and uncle, Emil and Clara Erickson, offered to raised her. They had a little home north of McGrath at Dad’s Corner. She attended McGrath School and also Wilson School at Dad’s corner. Her family loved to hear the stories of the times she admired “a handsome boy who was different than all the rest” – his name was Paul LeCocq. Little did she know this childhood friend would one day be her husband and that union would last from 1940, until Paul’s death in 1998. They raised their family of 5 boys and 1 girl on a farm just north of McGrath. It was a home filled to the brim with love and care, with just the right mixture of hard work, chuckles and play. They taught the lesson of The Golden Rule and lived it every minute of every day.
Winnifred (and Paul) quickly established close and lasting relationships and one of Winnifred’s habits was to write notes, letters and cards. She shared her life and was most interested in others. Many mailings went to friends she held dear from McGrath, & her 20 years of working at Kanabec Hospital, The One More Time Store in Mora, The Villages, & Woodcrest Apartments, where she lived for several years and/or to her family. She always remembered birthdays! Her love for God was deep and lasting. She didn’t preach Christianity; she lived it.
Winnifred moved to Guardian Angels by the Lake Assisted Living, Elk River, to be near her daughter in 2005. She passed away, peacefully, at 1:30 a.m. on Dec.1 at Guardian Angels. Many friends & relatives surrounded her in her last days, as they did though out her lifetime. She is preceded in death by her parents, 3 sisters, 1 brother, husband Paul, and most recently by her son, Ken in July 2008. Survived by sons: Alvin (Martha), Dick, Bob (Vickie), Bruce (Peggy), & daughter; Clarice (Jim) Mitchell; daughters-in-law: Bonnie LeCocq, Paula LeCocq, & Karlene (Ed) Krisher; 20 Grandchildren; 20 Great Grandchildren; many precious nieces & nephews & a host of valued friends and neighbors.
The family wishes to thank everyone who faithfully stood by Winnifred and cared for her, prayed, shared in fellowship and helped with even the smallest of needs. Your kindness will be remembered! Special thanks to the wonderful Allina Hospice Staff!
Funeral Services were held at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora, MN on December 6, 2008. Burial at Pliny Cemetery, McGrath, MN.