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Cyril Henry LaCASSE

Age 87 Of Hugo, MN Passed away peacefully at his home on the morning of Nov. 17th surrounded by family. Cyril was born March 10, 1925, to Cyril and Delina (LaMotte) LaCasse. Preceded in death by son Stephen and daughter Clothilde Scherer. Survived by Catherine (delMas), his loving wife of 64 years, Noel Scherer (Clothilde's husband), Gabrielle (John) Elder, Raymond (Wendy), Michael (Beth), George (Melanie), Rosalyn (Dave) Puskala, Therese (Steve) Flach, Catherine (Steve) Dale, Charles (Robyn), Elisabeth (Doug) Martinson, Bernadette (Jeff) Arcand, 27 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. Cyril first and foremost was a wonderful husband and father with a loving heart. He was almost always happy and loved to joyfully share his wit with others. He also was a hard working generous man who struggled to make ends meet by both farming and working nights for most of the adult years of his life. Cyril was unable to finish college because of family and farming demands but had a natural curiosity and desire to learn which resulted in a life of exploration and study. Cyril's interests included almost everything -- wildlife (especially birds, but also all wildlife), history, literature, music and geography (to name only a few). Cyril remembered almost everything he studied and was forever enriching the lives around him with all he knew. Cyril and Catherine were able to travel for many of their retirement years and bird watching became a major endeavor on these trips. Cyril's well of avian information was often sought out by family and friends. He was an avid bicyclist in retirement years, befriending many people in the newer neighborhoods (housing developments) along his daily bicycle routes. Cyril lived a full life and was deeply loved, respected, admired and enjoyed by his family and friends. His life example will live on in all who knew him. We greatly mourn our loss but also celebrate a life that will shed so much on many generations to come. We love you Cyril (Daddy/Grandpa). Memorial service 11:30AM Saturday Nov. 24 at Chisago Lakes Baptist Church (9387 Wyoming Trail Chisago City, MN). Visitation 1 hour prior to service. Interment will wait for Catherine his wife, so their ashes may be mixed together. Memorials preferred to in lieu of flowers.




Published in Pioneer Press on Nov. 20, 2012
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