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November 14, 1933 – Sunday, September 4, 2011

Service Information
The Community Center, Old Agency Village, SD
Thursday, September 8, 2011
10:00 AM

Visitation Information
The Community Center, Old Agency Village, SD
September 6th & 7th
7:00 PM

Marion Catherine LaCroix, age 77, passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Marion was born on November 14, 1933 to Edward and Annie Chanku. She grew up in the Long Hollow Area, Marion was one of fourteen children. She attended Long Hollow Day School and The Sisseton Public School. After her education, Marion married Norris LaCroix. Marion was the loving mother of eight children, the late Walter (Rita) Chanku Sr. of Sioux Falls; Leona (Kenny) Locke of Aberdeen. The late Morris LaCroix, Patsy (Tom) Nordquist of Wilmot, SD. Judy (Darrel) Amos of Sisseton, SD. The late Gary LaCroix, Ricky (Kelly) LaCroix and Lawson Renville all of Sisseton SD.

Marion worked at Schiltz Foods for several years. She later was employed at SWO Headstart, the Tekakwitha Children’s Home for several years, The Boys and Girls Club of Sisseton, Tiospa Zina’s Kitchen, Super Valu and her latest employment being at The Dakota Connection Casino as a prep cook. She was well liked by all who worked with her. One of her passions was to work hard.

Marion’s many hobbies were rummaging, putting puzzles together, cooking, watching Lifetime, shopping, playing machines at the casino,visiting her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Marion is survived by five Children: Leona Locke, Patsy Nordquist, Judy Amos and Richard LaCroix and Lawson Renville; eighteen grandchildren, twenty seven great grandchildren, a brother: Wallace Chanku of Veblen, two sisters: Margaret Yellowback of Sisseton and Gladys Davenport of Colorado Springs; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

In addition to her husband, Marion was preceded in death by her parents, three sons, and siblings.

Funeral services for Marion LaCroix will be held on Thursday, September 8th at 10:00 A.M. at The Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota.

Interment will follow at St. Matthew’s Cemetery in Veblen, South Dakota.

Special music will be provided by The Big Coulee Choir, Butch Felix, Drum Groups: “Cook Brothers” and “Red Iron Singers”.

All night wakes will be held on Tuesday, September 6th and Wednesday, September 7th at The Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota beginning at 7:00 P.M.

Honorary pallbearers: Martha Mandan, Sylvia Owen, Yvonne Williams, LaVelva Williams, Patsy Ellingson, Karen Janisch, June Adams, Connie Keeble, Josie Lowe, Marcella Haug, Irene Renville, Nina Cook, Lois Smith, Alma Renville, Dorothy Winge, Catherine Wittmeyer, Philomene Johnson, Elixabeth LaCroix, and all of her co-workers at The Dakota Connection Casino.

Casket Bearers will be Brandon Deutsch, Kenneth “Dickie” Johnson, D.J. Amos, Collin Nordquist, Mike Locke, Walter Chanku Jr., John German Sr., Shayne Cook, Matthew Hull and Jeff LaCroix.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family.

8 Guestbook Entries

  1. Jeremy and Kellie HighEagle

    Such a shock to hear of Marion passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time.

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  2. Tamra Redday

    My condolences to Marion’s family. I have known her my whole life and she always had a smile and kind words when we saw each other. She will be greatly missed.

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  3. Betty J. Redday Dwarf

    Leona, Judy, Patty and the rest of family, my heart is saddened by the loss of such a wonderful lady. You’re in my prayers. I’m glad I was able to talk to your Mom and get a nice hug from her when I was back in July. She will truly be missed. I know the loss and pain of losing a mother, especially a loving and wonderful lady as she is. To Margaret; my condolences on the loss of your sister. I will remember all of you in my prayers. May God Bless you and be with you in this time of sorrow.

    Mr. & Mrs Clayton Dwarf Jr.

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  4. Mary Goette

    I’m sad to hear of Marion’s passing. My heartfelt condolences are with her family. I’ve known her(and Margaret) since I was a young girl. They both have been role models in my life. She always greeted me with a little hug and a squeeze of my hand & a question of “how have you been?” I will continue to cherish her in memory. She will be missed.

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  5. MIKE AND SHERA LOCKE AND FAMILY

    GRANDMA; YOU ALWAYS WANTED US NOT TO WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING. YOU WERE MY MAIN SUPPORT IN LIFE. EVERYTHING YOU ARE ABOUT I LOOK UP TO. WE WILL MISS YOU FOREVER. YOU LEFT THE BEST MEMORIES IN OUR LIFE. YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN.

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  6. Marita Wanna

    So sorry to hear of Auntie Marion’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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  7. Rev. Dr. John Ragan

    I remember working with Marion at Tekakwitha. She was always a kind lady with a gentle heart. Marion will be greatly missed. May God comfort you–her family–in your time of grief.

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  8. edward h. lamers

    I met marion 2 times in my life, when she came to see me about something for her son that had passed away. We had a good visit about her life. A great lady, all could be proud to say my friend

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