A resident of the Woodland Villa Nursing Home in Long Sault for the past 10 months, Josephine Lauzon passed away there on Monday, June 18, 2012. She had recently celebrated her 95th birthday with family and friends.
Josephine was born in Windsor, Ontario, on May 15, 1917, to her parents Elmer and Helen Laforet (nee Labute). She was the oldest of four children, and except for a short time living in Detroit, Michigan, she spent most of her life in the Essex County area.
In 1939, she married her childhood sweetheart, Edmond Lauzon, at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Riverside, Ontario.
Josephine was a “stay at home Mom”, and together she and Edmond raised four children, Carol, Larry, Edward and Judy.
In the early 1960’s, once the children were on their own, Josephine supported her husband in his lifelong dream of owning and operating a bait and tackle business. Together they opened Eddie’s Bait Shop in Belle River, Ontario, where she worked along with him to build a very successful business. They retired in the late 1980’s.
Following his return from service in the Second World War, Ed had decided that travel was not his thing, but Josephine often visited Carol and Larry and their families in various parts of Canada.
Ed passed away on their 51st wedding anniversary in 1990, and Josephine moved from their home in Belle River to an apartment in Tecumseh, to be closer to her daughter, Judy. When her health began to fail, her son Edward moved in with her to care for her. As her struggle with Alzheimer’s disease advanced and her care became more complicated, she moved to Morrisburg to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Murray Richer, in 2005.
Josephine was a member of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada for almost 60 years.
Josephine is survived by her daughter Carol (Murray) Richer of Morrisburg, son Edward Lauzon of Belle River & daughter-in-law Lila Lauzon of Summerside, PEI.
She will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Chris (Nancy) Richer, Angela Richer (Dan Krisjanis), Larry Lauzon, Steven (Jane) Lauzon, Leonard Suzor Jr., Michael Suzor and Mary Beth Suzor, and Erin Lauzon; and by 12 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews, and her special friend, Norma Jensen.
Josephine was predeceased by her husband Edmond, her son Larry, daughter Judy and son-in-law Leonard Suzor, as well as her siblings Ralph Laforet, Raymond Laforet and Mary Jane Preston, sister-in-law Vera Laforet and brother-in-law Elmer “Jake” Preston.
Visitation took place at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Friday, June 22, 2012.
Josephine’s Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Morrisburg on Saturday, June 23rd, at 11 a.m., with Rev. R. J. Chisholm officiating. Cremation followed. A graveside service will be held at Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Cemetery, in Belle River, in the Fall.
Pallbearers were Chris Richer, Steven Lauzon, Leonard Suzor Jr., Frank Lauzon and Dan Krisjanis.