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Jeanette LaGue

July 10, 1936-Feb. 9, 2008

Jeanette M. LaGue, 71, of Naytahwaush, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Saturday, February 9, 2008.

Jeanette was born to Sidney and Gerda (Nordberg) LaVoy on July 10, 1936 in White Earth. She married Theodore LaGue of Waubun in April 1955, and began a life as a military wife. She was a devoted wife, mother, and daughter who spent most of her life helping others. While raising her five sons, she also worked various jobs and volunteered in her church and community.

After a life in the military, Jeanette and her husband returned to Naytahwaush, where she was instrumental in organizing the Twin Lakes Township Board and spent 28 years as the Township Clerk. Jeanette served 30 years as a fire warden for the Department of Natural Resources. She was the treasurer for the Twin Lakes Fire Department, worked as a foster grandparent at the Naytahwaush Community Charter School and was very active on the Community Council.

Jeanette worked tirelessly to help support her church by doing everything from mowing the lawn to collecting aluminum cans for recycling and using the proceeds to help met the needs at the church. Her efforts resulted in an estimated 29,284 pounds of cans being recycled, from which she used the funds to provide for such things as new tables and chairs, a new keyboard, a ramp on the front of the church, special candles and new sanctuary lights.

Jeanette also learned to play the organ to support her church. One of the many talents she used to help others was knitting. She knitted baby sweaters and booties to donate to a home for unwed mothers and sweaters for kindergarten-age children, as well as many sets for friends and family. Jeanette also loved to sew and quilt, and has given many beautiful quilts for charity fund raising. She also shared many as special gifts to her children and loved ones as a symbol of her patience and her love for them.

Jeanette loved her community and never missed an opportunity to check in on someone who wasn't feeling well or may have been in need. She was the recipient of the Golden Deeds Award in 2007.

Jeanette is survived by her devoted husband of 52 years, Ted LaGue of Naytahwaush; her mother, Gerda LaVoy of Naytahwaush; five sons, Gerald (Melissa) LaGue of Palm Bay, Fla., Theodore (Lois) LaGue Jr., of Sabattus, Maine, James LaGue of Orange Park, Fla., David (Patricia) LaGue of Vancleave, Miss., and Greg (Sandy) LaGue of Dent, Minn.; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; three bothers, Sidney LaVoy, John (Ann) LaVoy, and Roy (Betsy) LaVoy; two sisters, Ruth (Leonard) Foss and Rita Bjorge; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Preceding Jeanette in death were her father, Sidney; and a brother, Gerald.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Naytahwaush, with the Rev. Bob Leising, OMI, officiating; there will be visitation for one hour prior to the start of services.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jeanette's sons, Gerald, Theodore, James, David, and Greg, and her grandson, Greg Jr.; her grandchildren will serve as honorary bearers. Burial will take place at St. Anne's Catholic Cemetery in Naytahwaush.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home, Mahnomen. An online guest book is available at