John Arthur LaLonde


Birth: April 6th, 1934
Death: November 30th, 2009
Age: 75 years
Residence:Midland
High School:Arthur Hill - 1953
Survived By: wife, Mary Ann; seven children, Deborah (Jerry) Selcz of Portage, Karen LaLonde of Charlevoix, Linda LaLonde of Bridgeport, Rosemarie (Chris) Ignash of Dewitt, Sandra (Daniel) Manninen of Toivola, Jennifer LaLonde of Charlevoix, and Heidi (Todd) Bethune of Midland; brother, Gary LaLonde of Key Largo, Florida; eight grandchildren, Sean Valenzuela, Jason (Alma) Valenzuela, Carrie Manninen, Jack Ignash, Rebbeca LaLonde, Elizabeth LaLonde, Katerina LaLonde, and Rachel LaLonde; two great granddaughters, Isabelle and Olivia Valenzuela.

John Arthur LaLonde, 75, of Midland, died Monday afternoon, November 30, 2009 at his daughterís home in Charlevoix.  He was born April 6, 1934 in Bay City, son of the late John D. and Catherine (Pringle) LaLonde.  On November 14, 1953 he married Mary Ann Cutting at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Zilwaukee.  At the age of 16 he received the National Boy Scout Gold Medal for Life Saving, an honor rarely granted by the National Boy Scout Court of Honor, for saving the life of a 2 month old baby from a burning building.  John graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1953, and with his parents permission, at the age of 17 began his service with the U.S. Naval Reserves out of Saginaw.  He attended General Motors Technical Institute, studying industrial electronics.  He had worked for Saginaw Steering Gear, Farmer Peetís in Grand Rapids, Rayís Food Fair in Saginaw, Superior Dairy, returned to Steering Gear, and then owned and operated LaLondeís Sunoco at the corner of Bay City and Saginaw roads.  Three years later he opened the Sunoco station on Eastman Road.  John was President of Retail Michigan Gas Association, President of Circle Area Businessmen, and then employed with The Dow Chemical Company as an operations supervisor, retiring in 1986.  His memberships include: Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church; four years as a Midland County Commissioner; Midland County Board of Health for eleven years, four as its Chairman; Michigan Association Board of Health, where he had served as its treasurer and implemented new Michigan health codes; served on the Midland City Planning Commission for nine years; Chairman of the Midland Zoning Board of Appeals; Midland County Planning Commission; and Midland County Parks and Recreation.   He had been the store manager of Action Auto and then the Automotive Manager at the Midland Meijerís store, retiring in 1995.  He will be missed by his wife, Mary Ann; seven children, Deborah (Jerry) Selcz of Portage, Karen LaLonde of Charlevoix, Linda LaLonde of Bridgeport, Rosemarie (Chris) Ignash of Dewitt, Sandra (Daniel) Manninen of Toivola, Jennifer LaLonde of Charlevoix, and Heidi (Todd) Bethune of Midland; brother, Gary LaLonde of Key Largo, Florida; eight grandchildren, Sean Valenzuela, Jason (Alma) Valenzuela, Carrie Manninen, Jack Ignash, Rebbeca LaLonde, Elizabeth LaLonde, Katerina LaLonde, and Rachel LaLonde; two great granddaughters, Isabelle and Olivia Valenzuela.  He was predeceased by brothers, Charles and Richard; and by his sister, Virginia Eberhard.  The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, December 4, 2009 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 3901 Swede Avenue at Ashman. Father Peter J. Gaspeny will officiate with rite of committal to follow in New Calvary Mausoleum.  Johnís family will receive friends at the Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 West Wheeler Street on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. A vigil for the deceased will take place at the funeral home Thursday evening at 7 p.m.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. Jude Childrenís Research Hospital.  If you are unable to visit with the family in person, you may share your condolences through www.waresmithwoolever.com



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