Laura C. (Larkin) Charbonneau

ELK GROVE, Calif. – Laura Christine (Larkin) Charbonneau died on January 26th 2013 at the age of 82. She died with her daughters Teresa and Judy by her side. She had been at her daughter Teresa’s since December. She was also under the care of Mercy Hospice, Sacramento, CA.

She was born April 2th 1930 to Beatrice (Thompson) and Anson Larkin in Minneapolis, MN where she grew up. She had resided at Florin Estates in Sacramento, CA since 1979. Upon moving to California she raised her children in Costa Mesa. Prior she had lived in Ishpeming, MI where her children were born.

She is survived by her children, Judith (David) Krause – Ishpeming, MI, Joseph (Debra) Charbonneau – West Sacramento, CA, Teresa (Michael) Craven – Elk Grove, CA, Jerry (Christina) Charbonneau – Carmichael, CA, and Ray (Jill) Charbonneau – Vancouver, WA, her grandchildren, James (Leslie) and Christine Pascoe, Kristin (Jayson) Cooley, Chelsea Charbonneau, Joel (Sarah) Craven, Candice (Steve Schlegel) Craven, Amanda (Mark Davis) Craven, Gregory Craven, Sarah (Ryan Vickers) Craven, Kara and Jiana Charbonneau, also great grandchildren, Alex and Miranda Pascoe, Carter and Payton Pascoe, Hank and Otis Cooley, Emma and Ava Schlegel. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by one sister, Barbara Larkin, Fairbault, MN.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of more than 50 years, Arthur Jerome Charbonneau. Also preceding her are parents Beatrice and Anson Larkin and step-father, Carl Nelson, her brothers Edward and Richard and sister Annette.

Her greatest joy in life was being a homemaker, mother, grandmother and aunt. Over the years she provided a safe haven for all her family. She enjoyed cooking and baking and having lots of family around her. She was a fun loving person with the world’s greatest laugh. She also liked when her children or nieces would take her for a ride in the hills of California and they would stop for a try at the Slots. She also liked going to the vineyards of California to sample wine. She had a favorite Carrot Cake that had to be made for all family birthdays and introduced her area of the west to Pasties and Pork Pies.

She had been a member of St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ishpeming and later St Paul’s Catholic Church in Sacramento. She had been an active member of both churches. She baked and cooked for many events throughout her life.

She loved the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. She said in recent weeks that since the Packers were out of the Super Bowl it was now ok to support the 49ers.

Services were held on January 30, 2013 at the Community Center at Florin Estates with Rev. Lanny Garman, MDIV, Chaplin from Mercy Hospice presiding.