Leonard Alois Lanoue, age 97 of Tracy, passed away November 7, 2020 at the Mclaughlin Hospice House in Marshall. Out of an abundance of caution regarding Covid-19, services for Leonard will be private. A live stream of the funeral service will be Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 1p.m. on the Stephens Funeral Service Facebook Page. Private interment will be at the Saint Mary’s Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Tracy. In lieu of flowers please send memorials to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 249 6th St. Tracy, MN 56175 or Saint Mary’s School, 225 6th St, Tracy, MN 56175. Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Leonard Alois Lanoue was born October 29, 1923 to Camille and Mary (Jacob) Lanoue in Lyon County Minnesota. Leonard was baptized into the Catholic Faith at Holy Redeemer in Marshall receiving First Communion and Confirmation at St. Michael’s in Milroy. On February 15, 1950 he married Lorraine Kass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy where he remained a faithful member for the remainder of his life. To this union six children were born. On July 21, 1974 Leonard married Rosella (Lutterman/Dubbeldee) at St. Mary’s Chapel in Marshall. In this union Leonard gained six stepchildren. Leonard was a “farmer” for life. He resided on a farm east of Amiret and actively farmed until he was 90 years old. Leonard enjoyed his role as seed salesman into retirement. When Leonard moved to town in 1978, he continued to “work the soil” in his large vegetable garden and flowerbeds. He contributed many hours to the growth and success of St. Mary’s in Tracy and helped with many yards of cement when the school was built. Leonard also oversaw the project of replacing the sidewalks in his later years. Leonard received the Bishop’s Medal of Service in 1999. He served on the St. Mary’s Cemetery Board for many years where he spent many hours mapping and grooming the cemetery and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus for 67 years. When Leonard moved into town he began bowling and shared his talent of woodworking with family, friends, and at church. He made all of the book holders on the pews at St. Mary’s, built each of his granddaughters a cedar chest for their graduations, and built farmyard barns for his grandsons. Leonard loved life, gathering with friends and family, and lending a listening ear. He will be deeply missed.
Leonard is survived by his children, Barb Voss of Fargo, ND, Dan (Elise) Lanoue of Tracy, Greg (Karen) Lanoue of Tracy, Julie (Brian) Gibson of Prior Lake, Jeff (Lynelle) Lanoue of Carlos, and Beth (Brian) Radi of East Grand Forks; step-children, Sharon (Jerry) Schuck of Carlsbad, CA, Darlene (Wayne) Burgess-Ayers of Largo Vista, Texas, Marlys Hebert of Lincoln, CA, Allen (Debs) Dubbeldee of South Haven, and Mavis Fey of Edgerton; 19 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; 17 step-grandchildren; 33 step-great-grandchildren; brothers, George Lanoue of Marshall, Bob (Judy) Lanoue of Mora, Vince (Jeanette) Lanoue of Tracy, Ernie (Liz) Lanoue of Ivanhoe; siblings-in-law, E.R. “Gene” Thooft of Tyler, Alfred Lutterman of White Bear Lake, Betty Lutterman of Cambridge, Marian (Arden) Swan of Tracy, and Armella (Gary) Deutz of Marshall; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by his spouses, Lorraine (1973) and Rosella (2012); parents; parents-in-law, John (Leah) Kass and Ube (Martha) Lutterman; step-son, Leon Dubbeldee; granddaughter, Lori Voss; step-grandson, David Dubbeldee; siblings, Joseph Lanoue, Alice Laleman, Adeline Meulebrock, Agnes Thooft, Dennis Lanoue, and Arlene McCoy; siblings-in-law, George Laleman, Ray Meulebrock, Betty Lanoue, Mary Lanoue, Joan Danielowski-Lanoue, Ken (Betty) Kass, Merlyn (Agnes) Caron, Chuck (Connie) Andries, Ed Lutterman, Theresa (Clarence) Johnson, Raymond (Bernice) Lutterman, Rita (Bud) Medrud, Margaret (Dennis) Kelly, Del (Marion) Lutterman, Annie Lutterman, and Wilfred Lutterman.
God had Blessed us all by sharing with us, for 97 years, this quiet man. To have been able to love this “farmer” that was known as Son, Brother, Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, Uncle, Cousin, Neighbor, and Friend.