Bernard "Frenchie" LaPorte

Bernard A. Frenchie


1916 - 2013

Bernard Frenchie A. LaPorte, 96, of Pleasant Prairie, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at United Hospital System-Kenosha Campus.

Born on Aug. 23, 1916, in Adams County, Neb., he was the son of the late Harvey and Josephine (Nollette) La Porte. He attended local schools in Nebraska and graduated from Campbell High School in Nebraska. Bernard moved to Kenosha in 1938.

On May 29, 1939, Frenchie was united in marriage to Elizabeth Thome in Spalding, Neb., enjoying 59 years of marriage until she preceded him in death on March 22, 1999.

Frenchie honorably served his country in the U.S. Army as a supply clerk during WWII. He received his honorable discharge on March 9, 1946.

Upon his return from the military, Frenchie was employed with the Kenosha Water Utility as a water plant operator for 30 years.

He was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church and a former member of St. Thomas Catholic Church where he served as an usher. Frenchie belonged to the VFW Post 1865, enjoyed big band dancing and was truly a family man.

Frenchie will be missed by his son, James LaPorte of Kenosha; a sister Caroline (Dick) Rempe of Superior, Neb., and many loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Edna, Luella, Alice and Lyvonne and his brother, Dowayne.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at

11 a.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church, 2020 91st Street. Entombment with full military honors will follow in All Saints Mausoleum. A visitation for Frenchie will be held at the church on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass.

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3720 39th Avenue

Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144


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Published online at on Feb. 8, 2013