Virginia LaDouceur, of Duluth, formerly of Mora, died on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at View Crest Healthcare Center of Duluth.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 11 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Mora with Father Plaisted officiating.
VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
INTERMENT will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery of Mora following the service.
Virginia Helen LaDouceur passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2001 at Viewcrest Health Center in Duluth, Minnesota. She was 86 years old.
Virginia was born June 4, 1925 in Chisago County, MN to Axel and Helen (Schwartz) Norman. She graduated from Pine City High School and Mora Normal Teachers Training; then continued her education at St. Cloud State. She was a country school teacher and taught grades one through eight.
On July 27, 1946 Virginia was united in marriage to Hector LaDouceur. They were the proud parents of one daughter, Mary. In 1952 Hector, Virginia and Mary moved to Portland, Oregon. She was a homemaker and daycare provider. The family returned to Mora, Minnesota in 1958. She taught in the country schools for two years and then worked in the office at the Kanabec County Highway Department until retirement. She volunteered at the Kanabec History Center and was an active member of St. Mary’s Parish where she taught religious education classes for many years.
Virginia and Hector enjoyed traveling around the United States and Canada and spent a month long trip to Alaska in 1979. In later years they attended several Elder Hostels. She was an excellent seamstress, baker and had beautiful vegetable and flower gardens.
In 2005 Hector and Virginia moved to Duluth to be closer to their daughter. Virginia was always there for her family, and was a wonderful sister, wife, mother and grandmother. She touched the lives of many and will always be missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Richard; husband Hector; son-in-law Michael Connolly.
Virginia is survived by her daughter Mary Connolly of Superior WI; grandson James (Alexa) Connolly of Ely, MN; brothers James (Carol) Norman of Grasston, MN, William (Jodi) Norman of Grasston, MN; sisters Marilyn (Rolf) Holum of Winter Haven, FL, Marjorie Osterdyk of Bloomington, MN; plus many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, July 2nd at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora. Fr. Eugene Plaisted and Rita Clasemann officiated. Music was provided by Kris Paulson and St. Mary’s Choir. Pallbearers were Linda Gronli, Darrell Norman, Kenneth Jarvis, Sandra Norman, Michael LaDouceur and Mark Osterdyk. Honorary pallbearers were Beth Gieseke, Steve Gieseke, Paul LaDouceur, Doug Norman and Suzanne Schweers. Interment was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Mora.