Lawrence F. Berthiaume age 85 of Princeton, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Princeton Elim Home. Lawrence was born September 1, 1927, the son of Toughfel and Ann Berthiaume in Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 1/2 years Verna Mae (Reed), his parents, and his brother Raymond. Lawrence is survived by his children: Shelley (Ron) Gensler, Wendy Haukland, Joe (Marsha), Cindy (Greg) Peterson and Heidi (Wayne) Troseth; 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; sister: Lorraine Hunz; sister-in-law: Margaret Reed; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Mike and Irma Reed; many nieces and nephews.
Lawrence was in the Marines from 1945 to 1947. He married Mae in 1950. They lived in Plymouth and Corcoran, where they operated their lawn service
and snow removal business. In 1985, they retired to their lake home on Blue Lake in Princeton. Lawrence and Mae loved entertaining at the “cabin”, he was always the life of the party. In 1999, they sold their lake home and moved closer to Princeton. Their new home was on 2.5 acres and Lawrence was in his glory planting trees (101) and caring for his yard. It was his pride and joy, and he kept it looking like a golf course. He lived there until April of 2011, when he moved to the Caley House in Princeton. He loved cruising town in his motorized wheelchair. In January 2012 he moved into the Elim Home. He lived a good life. He worked hard and played hard. He and Mae passed on their joy of life, faith and strong work ethic to their children. He will be missed very much.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Christ Our Light Catholic Parish-North Campus, Princeton, MN with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.
The family wishes to thank the caring staff at the Elim Home, Fairview Hospice, and Christ Our Light Catholic Parish, with a special thanks to Pastor Dan and Father Kevin.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the Princeton Elim Home or the Princeton Fairview Hospice.
Arrangements entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home,