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Florance (Suzie) Laxague

March 21, 1921

April 30, 2014

Florance (Suzie) Laxague passed away on April 30, 2014 after a short illness at St. Mary's Hospital in Reno, Nevada. She was 93 years old. In the late 30's, she moved from Minnesota to the small community of Cedarville in Surprise Valley California with her small daughter Georgia. There she met and married Peter Laxague, in 1944, who was raising three young sons on his own. They successfully operated the Surprise Valley Lumber Company for many years.

Eventually, she and Pete turning the operation of the mill over to their three sons Bill, Buddy and Ronald , and retired to Reno. They loved to travel and vacationed all over the United States, Canada and Mexico. Florance, who now preferred the name "Suzie,' loved people and loved to stay busy, so she continued working as a waitress for a variety of Reno area restaurants.

In her 90's, she continued to "stay busy" by knitting and providing senior centers, retirement homes, family and friends with hundreds of knitted slippers each year .

Suzie was a devout Catholic and developed a special relationship over the years with The Sisters of our Lady of Mountain Carmel in Reno. She was especially close to Sister Mary Drzewiecki.

She was also religious about watching her soap operas (Bold and Beautiful and Days of our Lives), so much so that she referred to it as her "Holy Hour"!

Suzie had a large and loving family. She was fortunate to live with and enjoy the care and constant companionship of her great granddaughter Heather Icard, husband Darrin and daughter Mackenzie, lovingly assisted by granddaughter Diane Hair and husband Ron.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, stepfather, husband Peter Laxague, daughter Roberta Georgia Laxague, sons William and Buddy Laxague and siblings Clifford, Chauncey and Lester Martin.

She is survived by son Ronald Laxague, nephew Pat Martin, grandchildren Diane Hair, Martin Laxague, Michelle Turner, Susan Hill, Joan Grover, Laura Minto, William Laxague Jr., Mary Hironymous, Cathy Laxague , 16 great grandchildren and 11 great, great grandchildren.

At Suzie's request no funeral will be held. A memorial service is planned for 11:30 am July 13th at the Carmelite Monastery, 1950 La Fond Drive in Reno. All are welcome.

You are invited to share a condolence message in the Book of Memories at


Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from May 14 to July 6, 2014
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