WINNIFRED LE COCQ

w-le-cocq-web.jpgWinnifred 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.

11 guestbook entries for WINNIFRED LE COCQ

  1. Joanne & Larry Mack December 2, 2008 at 11:35 pm #

    Memories go back to times when the Miller family would go up to visit the LeCocqs at McGrath. Your Mom was such a kind and wonderful hostess. We always felt so welcome. We wish to extend our sympathy to you all in the loss of your Mom.

  2. Duane & Joan Hinkley December 3, 2008 at 10:30 am #

    Our thoughts are with each one of you at this time. It’s been a difficult year for your family.
    Our sympathy in the loss of one so loved, but so willing to see Jesus in all His glory.

  3. John & Mary McKinley December 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm #

    We are comforted for Winnifred because her trials are over and she remained here among us for so long, yet there remains a hole in our hearts knowing her light on earth has dimmed. We miss you Winnifred.

  4. Lyle Schober December 3, 2008 at 7:40 pm #

    I surely think of you all at this time. Wish I could be on hand but we cannot be in two places at the same time. But know that I am thinking of you all

  5. Anita Wolff December 5, 2008 at 4:08 pm #

    Dear family: I wish I could be there with you as Winnifred had a big spot in my heart the last 70 years, and have wonderful memories of when she was here in our area and in our meeting. So glad for the wonderful visit we had last time she was here for convention. Also have wonderful memories of being in your home and her love and example. Will be thinking of you with sympathy and glad you have many wonderful memories of her.

  6. Walt and Virginia Pfingsten December 5, 2008 at 6:38 pm #

    Dear Family, We remember thankfully your kind and gentle Winnifred, your mother and grandmother. She loved and cared for you. You loved and cared for her. Our care and sympathy to each of you.

  7. Walt and Virginia Pfingsten December 5, 2008 at 6:40 pm #

    Dear Family, We remember thankfully your kind and gentle Winnifred, your mother and grandmother. She loved and cared for you. You loved and cared for her. Our care and sympathy to each of you. You have precious memories.

  8. Jan and Bev Noles December 5, 2008 at 8:54 pm #

    We feel close to you at this time of loss and are glad to have witnessed the respect and love Winnefred’s children and family had for her. It is a wonderful example for us.

  9. Wendy Williams December 6, 2008 at 8:03 pm #

    I was thinking of you today as you were laying to rest your Mom, Grandma, In-law, Friend and all that Winnifred was to people. I know that you will be comforted in your loss. It was a privilege to have known her….

  10. Paul and Bernice Stender December 10, 2008 at 8:51 am #

    Sorry to learn about the death of your mother. We did not know her but from other writings and knowing your familyI know she had a loving family. May you find comfort through you friends, your family and your faith.

  11. Paul and Bernice Stender December 10, 2008 at 8:55 am #

    Your family has our sympathy. We read in the Post bulletin about your mother and realized it was Ellory’s garandmother. May all of you find comfort through your friends ,your family and your faith.
    The Blooming Prairie Stenders

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