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Pauline T. (Harrand) (Lamie) LaBonte, 96, of Traverse City, passed away at Southridge Assisted Living on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. She was born on June 6, 1921 and was the 10th child born to Jacob and Mary Harrand on the Harrand family farm in Hannah. Pauline was the valedictorian of the first graduating class of St. Mary's High School of Hannah in 1939.
She married Louis E. Lamie in 1940 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hannah, and shortly after they moved to Detroit. She worked at Ford's Willow Run B-24 Liberator assembly line as a riveter "Rosie the Riveter". They returned to northern Michigan in 1944 to the Lamie farm on the French Road in Leelanau County. Later, after her youngest son started school, she worked as an attendant nurse at the Traverse City State Hospital until retirement. They moved into Traverse City in 1961 to be closer to work.
Pauline and Louis had five sons and one foster-son.
After Louis died from injuries in a 1970 car accident, Pauline remarried in 1972 to Reubin J. LaBonte who passed away in 2007.
Pauline was preceded in death by her son, Patrick M. Lamie; husbands, Louis and Reubin; and foster-son, Donald E. Desero. She was also preceded in death by 10 of her siblings and spouses, John (Ella) Harrand, Mary (Bill) Bain, Adolph (Myrtle) Harrand, Frank (Julia) Harrand, Rose (Alois) Wurm, Clara (Stan) Wise, Joseph (Audrey) Harrand, Alois (Lucille) Harrand, Alfred (Ethel) Harrand, Ed Lueck (spouse of Catherine) and her sister, Sister Ann Catherine.
Pauline is survived by her sons, Dr. Edward (Annie) L. Lamie, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Jerry (Geneva) J. Lamie, of Kingsley, Jude (Cinda) T. Lamie, of Traverse City; and Col. (Retired) Thomas (Julie) F. Lamie, of Traverse City; her sibling, Catherine Lueck; stepdaughters, Nadine (LaBonte) Cicero, of New Jersey, Barbara LaBonte, of Traverse City, and Linda LaBonte, of Grand Rapids. Pauline is also survived by 21 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, 38 great-great-grandchildren, and two great-great-great-grandchildren.
Pauline was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Traverse City and a member of the Women's Altar Society.
The family gives special thanks to the Southridge Assisted Living Caregivers and Staff. Also thanks for all assistance provided by Heartland Hospice Service and a special thanks to Hospice Nurse Hannah for being there at Pauline's passing.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Mary's of Hannah Catholic Church in Kingsley on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior. Viewing and rosary recitation will take place at Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2107 from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Lake Leelanau.
Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City.
Published on October 18, 2017
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