LABAND, Francine G. (Mrs. Walter) Died peacefully at her home in West Covina on January 4, 2010, in the company of her family. Widow of Walter H. Laband. Mother to Stephen, Kathleen (Berthold), Pierre, Patrick, and Veronique (Siggins). Proud and caring "Bonne Maman" to fifteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Born Francine Georgette Lombard she was the fourth daughter in a family of six girls and grew up in Versailles, France. She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and later became a MASH unit nurse for the final Allied drive into Germany. Following the war she met and married Walter Laband, a British Army Intelligence Officer serving in Versailles. After their honeymoon they settled in Covina, California. Although she became a world traveler she also kept close ties to her five sisters in France, and visited them at least once each year. A local resident for sixty-three years, she and her husband Walter also purchased a home in Lake Arrowhead in 1951. Mrs. Laband enjoyed her summers there when her children, grandchildren, and friends would visit. A patron of the arts as well as a generous donor to charities and institutions of higher learning, she found consolation in her faith and family. In recognition for her generosity Mrs. Laband was knighted a Dame of Malta, a Dame of the Holy Sepulcher, and a Dame of St. Gregory by the Vatican. A Mass will be held Sat., Jan. 9, 2010 at 12 noon, at Sacred Heart Church, 344 W. Workman St., in Covina. In lieu of flowers a charitable donation can be made to Serenity Hospice in Claremont or Sacred Heart Fathers of La Verne, or to a charity of your choice. Custer Christiansen Mortuary (626) 331-8231
Published by Los Angeles Times from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2010.
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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
I will never forget "Tante Francine's" enormous generosity, her discretion, her elegance, her sense of duty... and last but not least her wonderful (sometimes very cheeky) sense of humour ! I feel very, very blessed to have been a little part of her life. My thoughts are with all her family and friends who miss her and will keep her alive in their thoughts.
Monica van Berkum - leewens
January 19, 2010
I will always remember the joyful and wonderful times my family shared with Walter, Francine and the entire Leband family at their magical, wonderland vacation home in Lake Arrowhead. She and Walter were a unique couple and had a special relationship with their children and everyone that was so fortunate to have been blessed with their company. One comical memory I distinctly remember as a teen was when Francine smoked a cigarette. She would take a puff and continue about her business running about the house and entertaining, but would never flick the ash. She would continue to smoke and allow the ash to precariously burn and curl all the way down to the butt with everyone staring anxiously awaiting to see if the the ash would fall off and start a fire on the rug . But it never did. She was, as always in total control of the situation. I shall remember her fondly as a truly one-of-a-kind. God only takes good people and she was one on the kindest, selfless, most generous and gracious persons that I have ever had the pleasure to spend time with in my youth. I am blessed with warm, happy and kind memories of her. GodSpeed Francine. Alex Coussirat
January 18, 2010
Je me souviens de Tante Francine arrosant ses fleurs au Lac arrowhead.
Je me souviens de Tante Francine toujours élégante et aimant la vie.
Je me souviens de sa fidélité sans faille à sa famille versaillaise.
Je me souviens de son sens de l’humour,
De son attention aux autres et de sa discrète générosité.
J’espère pour tous ses enfants et petits-enfants que le chagrin fera bientôt place à tous les bons souvenirs.
Je les embrasse tous très fort.
January 10, 2010
With fond memories of a wonderful friendship between our mother Harriet and Mrs. Laband, we offer our prayers, condolences and warmest sentiments. John, Dawn and the McNulty family.
January 9, 2010
What a legacy, and quite a memory I hold of Francine and her family. Kindest sentiments, and regards, Randy Burke
January 8, 2010
Les mots doux de tante Francine depuis notre plus tendre enfance nous manquerons toujours... nos fous rires aussi... we'll love you forever. Nous embrassons très très fort tous ses enfants et petits enfants et leur souhaitons beaucoup de courage. Sandrine et Laetitia
January 8, 2010
We will truly miss Bonne Maman. She was a classic lady...warm and friendly...always a delight to be around...and interesting and fascinating. Our deepest condolences to her family. Doreen and Phil Newman
January 8, 2010
We send our love and prayers. What a remarkable, loving woman with a wonderful sense of humor. God bless you all. Mark, Mary Sue, Peter, Lisa, David