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Harold L. LaFrance

October 10, 1930 February 3, 2019
Harold L. LaFrance
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Harold L. LaFrance, age 88, of Onaway, died on Sunday February 3, 2019 at Medilodge of Gaylord. Born in Detroit on October 10, 1930, Harold was the son of George and Ida (Arlt) LaFrance.

Well-known in the community, Harold lived in Tower for many years and walked to Onaway every day. Years ago he helped out at Bob and Faye Lee’s store, then at Carter’s IGA, and eventually Tom’s Family Market where he worked washing windows, sweeping, and putting carts away. Very happy and always smiling, Harold loved working at the store and always had a cheerful smile for the customers. He continued to work at Tom’s until he was 85 years old.

Harold had a great love of animals; he enjoyed watching the birds and going for rides through the woods and fields looking for deer. He loved outings with his caregivers, especially fishing, bowling, and going to church. Proud to be dressed in his “Sunday best”, Harold knew all the hymns and loved singing at Sunday service. His favorite hymn was The Old Rugged Cross. He had a hearty appetite; there wasn’t much he didn’t like and he loved going out to eat. A familiar face in Onaway for many years, Harold’s big smile and friendly greeting will be fondly remembered.

Surviving Harold is his sister, Dorothy Brooks, of Onaway, and his nieces and nephews. Harold also leaves his caregivers who were like family to him, Gwen Wiacek, Bonnie Grulke, and Monica Fleming. Harold was preceded in death by his parents; brother, George; and sisters, Jane Taylor and Rosella LaFrance.

Visitation will be at the Chagnon Funeral Home on Sunday February 10, 2019 from 1:00 PM until the time of the funeral service beginning at 3:00 pm. Reverend Arnie Kirschner will officiate. Harold’s final resting place will be with his parents at Hillcrest Cemetery in Onaway. Donations to honor Harold’s memory should be given to Community Mental Health.


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Visitation

Sunday

10

Feb

1:00 PM 2/10/2019 1:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 2/10/2019 3:00:00 PM
Chagnon Funeral Home

20742 State Street
Onaway, Michigan 49765

Chagnon Funeral Home
20742 State Street Onaway 49765 Michigan
United States

Funeral Service

Sunday

10

Feb

3:00 PM 2/10/2019 3:00:00 PM
Chagnon Funeral Home

20742 State Street
Onaway, Michigan 49765

Chagnon Funeral Home
20742 State Street Onaway 49765 Michigan
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Hillcrest Cemetery Final Resting Place

County Road 638 and Pickett Road
Onaway, Michigan 49765

County Road 638 and Pickett Road Onaway 49765 Michigan
United States

Memorial Contribution

North East Michigan Community Mental Health

c/o Cathy Meske
400 Johnson Street
Alpena, Michigan 49707
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