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Therese Jeannette La Riviere


1925 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Therese Jeannette La Riviere Obituary
May 16, 1925 - May 30, 2016 Therese passed away peacefully with loving family present in Duarte, California, at the age of 91. Therese was born in Somerset, Manitoba, Canada, and grew up in the city of Saint Boniface, the 5th of 10 children. She married the love of her life, Arthur LaRiviere in June 1944 - they were married for 70 years. Therese and Art emigrated to the US from Canada in 1946, joining family members in Southern California. They raised 2 beautiful children, Marc and Louise, in the Culver City area, where Therese assisted Art in his printing business and was active in many Catholic school and church activities. Therese was devoted to the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, with whom she started working at the Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra, CA in 1955. She acted as Women's Retreat Captain for many years, and ultimately professed as a member of the Secular Order of Carmelites in 1998. After moving to Lancaster, CA in the 1980's, Therese contributed much of her time to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Bereavement Minister and RCIA sponsor. She worked many hours as well with the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Catholic Daughters "Our Lady of the Desert" court in Lancaster. Therese was a trusted friend and spiritual confidante for many, young and old alike. We will miss her beautiful energy, her amazing story-telling abilities, her strength and determination, and her unwavering love. Therese is survived by her son Marc LaRiviere; daughter in law Leticia Valenzuela; son in law Curtis Garner; grandchildren Michael and Alejandro LaRiviere and Scott and Stephanie Garner; as well as one sister, two brothers and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her spouse Arthur LaRiviere in 2015 and her daughter Louise Garner in 2011. Her Vigil and Rosary will be held on Sunday June 12, 2016 from 5-7 PM at Mumaw Funeral Home, 44663 Date Ave, Lancaster, CA 93534. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday June 13, 2016 at 11 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 565 W Kettering St, Lancaster. Burial immediately following at Good Shepherd Cemetery, 43121 70th Street West, Lancaster, CA. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St Vincent de Paul Society of Lancaster, CA, or to the Carmelite Sisters Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra, CA.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 4 to June 8, 2016
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