Eleanor LaLiberte


NIAGARA, Wis. — Eleanor (Jolette) LaLiberte, after 104 years with us, passed away at Maryhill Manor in Niagara on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.

She was born July 21, 1912, on a farm in the town of Niagara, daughter of Philip and Salina (Daigle) Jolette.

She graduated from Niagara High School in 1930, an accomplishment that gave her great pride.

Her marriage to Clayton “Cheboy” LaLiberte took place on Aug. 12, 1935, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara. They had been married for 40 years when he died on Sept. 5, 1975.

Eleanor had a strong work ethic. She began her working career in the laundry at the Kimlark Inn and quickly advanced to head cook. When the Inn became Maryhill Manor, she worked as a nurse’s aide. Eleanor was also a recorder for the Royal Neighbors Insurance Co. for many years. She was an active member of the St. Anthony Christian Mothers and was president for several years.

Her love of baking and cooking were well-known and appreciated by those around her. She especially liked giving cookies to her grandchildren and neighborhood children. Eleanor was talented in ceramics and knitting, making many beautiful gifts for family and friends. She enjoyed many happy times with her bridge club women and with her dartball team members. She liked to socialize and it was always easy to locate her in a crowd due to her unique, happy laughter. She was a very loving and caring wife, mother, and grandmother, all left with many fond memories.

She is survived by her son, Bruce (Eileen) LaLiberte of Niagara, daughter Bonnie Stahl of Milwaukee and brother, Gerald Jolette of Kalamazoo, Mich.; four grandchildren: Brian (Lois) LaLiberte of Manitowoc, Wis., Michele (Glenn) Lantagne of Niagara, Julia (Jim) Lautenschlaeger of Belgium, Wis., and Daniel (Kim) Stahl of Franklin, Wis.; and 14 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Eleanor was preceded in death by siblings: Roma (Verton) LaLiberte, Lucille (Jack) Powers, Clarice (Alvin) Steeno, Leo (Gladys) Jolette, Philip “Ray” (Dorothy) Jolette, David Gordon (Ruby) Jolette; sister-in-law, Taimi Jolette; and son-in-law, Ray Stahl.

Her family wishes to extend their gratitude and appreciation for the loving care she received at Maryhill Manor. Not only the high level of professional care, but especially the love expressed to her by the entire staff.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 9, from 10 until 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara.

St. Anthony Council of Catholic Women will offer a memorial service at the church.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Rev. Fr. Matt Settle will officiate.

Burial will be in the Niagara Cemetery.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Eleanor or leave a condolence for her family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com.

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Homes Niagara Chapel to honor Eleanor’s legacy of life.