AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Deborah “Deb” LaRocca, passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She was 62 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 5:00 pm on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora with Rev. Steve Jennisch officiating.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held from 3:00-5:00 pm on Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home.
Deborah “Deb” Lynn (Haugen) La Rocca, age 62, passed away on December 15, 2016 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN after an ongoing battle with COPD.
Deb was born on September 15, 1954 in Newport, Rhode Island to Christian David and Mary Lu (Hible) Haugen. She grew up in South Minneapolis, MN and then moved to Mora, MN where she attended high school. She graduated from Mora High School in 1972. Deb was married in 1971 to Larry Butenhoff in Watertown, South Dakota, to which three children were born, Joseph Christian Butenhoff (1971), Shawna Deborah Butenhoff (1972) and Justin De Lois Butenhoff (1975). Deb was remarried in 1989 to Jon Vincent La Rocca Sr. in Brunswick, MN to which one child was born, Jon Vincent La Rocca, Jr (1990).
Deb held many jobs in the Mora community throughout her years including being a waitress, singing in a band, and building yachts. Her last and longest position was for Coborn’s in the meat department as a butcher. She loved the many close friendships she made while working there and the interaction with all of the customers. In 2012 Deb was no longer able to work due to her lung health condition.
Deb will be remembered most for her infectious smile, contagious laugh and sense of humor, amazing strength and the ability to turn anything into a positive. She was often playing little “practical jokes” and the stories of them are truly endless and memories that will be cherished forever. Deb loved her family first and foremost, she prided herself on being a wonderful mom and most enjoyed watching her babies grow up and have families of their own. She became “Noni” (grandma) for the first time in 1999 and was the proud Noni of five precious grandbabies when she passed away. Her hobbies included: gardening, spending time with nature (she loved being outdoors when she was able), singing, playing guitar, chatting on the phone with her many friends and family, and playing cards. She also enjoyed cooking and was always making something amazing. Many of her recipes were passed down and will be enjoyed for years to come. Her favorite time of year was definitely the holidays, Christmas being her favorite. Her annual Rendezvous each June was also a time she very much looked forward to. She earned the Vous name of “Small Fry” for her amazing fry bread cooking abilities and she talked often about her second family which was her Vous family. Her smile will live on in the hearts of many for endless years to come.
Deb was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Lillie Mae and Frank Hible and paternal grandparents, Christian Haugen and Louisa Haugen.
Deb is survived by her spouse Jon Vincent La Rocca, Sr. of Mora, MN, her children Joseph Christian Butenhoff of Mora, MN; Shawna Deborah Butenhoff of Rice, MN; Justin De Lois Butenhoff (Cassie) of Sauk Rapids, MN; Jon Vincent La Rocca, Jr (Ashley) of Rice, MN; parents Chris and Mary Lu Haugen of Arizona; siblings Stephanie Munger (Larry) of Marana, AZ; Jeffrey Haugen of Braham, MN; and Alicia Stovern (Mark) of Taylors Falls, MN; grandchildren, Jayden Paul-Allen Thom (17); Jaymeson Justin Thom (14); Kaylee Elizabeth Butenhoff (10); Landyn Tyler Butenhoff (6); Mia Maria La Rocca (6 months); mother-in-law, Delores La Rocca in Oregon; and her nieces and nephews; many other special relatives and friends.