Dolores H. (Glaser) LaFaive

NEGAUNEE, MI. – Dolores H. (Glaser) LaFaive, 84, of Menasha, WI and longtime Negaunee resident, died Monday, October 7, 2013 at the Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, WI surrounded by her entire family.

Dolores was born January 6, 1929 in Detroit to Alfred and Erna (Hebes) Glaser. She returned to Germany with her parents and started school in Muhlhausen, Germany, and returned to the United States in 1935. Dolores graduated from Northville High School in 1947. She then attended the University of Michigan where she met her husband, Clarence. They were married in 1950 and spent 57 happy years together.

Dolores and Clarence began their married life together in Ishpeming. They then moved to California, Milwaukee, and settled back in Negaunee in 1970. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Wisconsin and taught elementary school in Milwaukee, Marquette, and at St. Paul Grade School in Negaunee. After teaching, Dolores became the Catholic Education Coordinator at St. Paul’s. After Clarence passed away in 2007, Dolores moved to Menasha, WI where her son lives.

Mrs. LaFaive was a former member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Negaunee, and was currently a member of St. Patrick’s Parish in Menasha. She loved it best when family gathered, cherished her children’s laughter and all the crazy stories. Oh, and shopping too!

Surviving are her children: Lucy (Richard P. Smith) LaFaive of Marquette, Susan LaFaive of Kalamazoo, Fran (Michael) French of Gwinn, and Al (Sharyl) LaFaive of Menasha, WI; grandchildren: Melissa (Philip) Baker of Gwinn, John (Kris) French of Ishpeming, Nathan French of Gwinn, Nick and Monica LaFaive of Menasha, Matoska Waltz of Kalamazoo; and great grandchildren: Bryce and Hailey Racine and Colton Baker, all of Gwinn, Jamie, Jacob, Keith, Gracie, and Amora French.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clarence on July 12, 2007, and an infant son David Alfred LaFaive in 1952.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 19 at St. Paul Catholic Church with Reverend Greg Heikkila officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

The family will greet relatives and friends at a reception immediately following the service in the St. Paul school gym. A prayer service was held at 5:30 pm on Friday, Oct. 11 at St. Patrick’s Parish in Menasha.

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