Charles R. LaValley
February 02, 1937 - March 09, 2002
Charles R. LaValley, age 65, of 472 Lakewood Lane, Marquette, after a valiant battle, passed into Gods hands and everlasting life early Saturday morning, March 9, 2002 surrounded by family and friends at Marquette General Hospital.
Charles was born February 2, 1937, to James and Eva (DesJardins) LaValley in Marquette and continued to be a lifelong resident of the area. After High School, Charles spent time in the National Guard and then worked at the Empire Mine from 1963 until his well-deserved retirement in 1995. He married Diana Duvall on September 25, 1987.
Charles was a devoted member of St. Louis the King Parish in Harvey and a member of Knights of Columbus Council 6447 and Bishop Baraga the Snowshoe Priest Assembly Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. Charles also volunteered many hours to the St. Vincent De Paul Society and was a financial supporter of The Cross in the Woods in Indian River, Michigan. Besides his community and religious commitments, Charles also enjoyed spending his time with God and nature, hunting and gardening, and spending time with his wonderful grandchildren.
Charles is survived and remembered by his loving wife, Diana; a brother, Wilbur (Grace) LaValley, of Marquette; sisters, June (Edward) Chaperon, of Ishpeming, Grace (Robert) Desormier, of Marquette, and Peggy (Larry) Klaus, of Marquette; a sister-in-law, Grace Gray, and a brother-in-law, James Lafkas; children: Paul (Elizabeth) LaValley, of Marquette, Theresa LaValley, of Marquette, Patrick LaValley, of Newberry, Cindy LaValley, of Marquette, Peter (Laura) LaValley, of Iron Mountain, and Jeremy LaValley and his fiance, Erin Parmenter, of Negaunee; Step-children: Steve(Laurie VanDamme) Govier, of Gwinn, Wendy Govier, of Ishpeming, Scott Govier, of San Francisco, California, and Harold Barnett, of Marquette; Grandchildren: Travis, Tyler, and Brittany LaValley, Jesse Casillas, Michael, Tony, and Tina LaValley, and Devon and Cody McNerney. Charles is also survived by his beloved cats, Killer, Lady Bug, and Chancey, along with the many chippies and squirrels that enjoyed and appreciated Charles kindness and generosity.
Those who preceded Charles in death and who are happy to be reunited with him are his parents; brothers, Jimmy LaValley and Robert Gray; and, sisters, Jeanette Johnson and Betty Lafkas.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in St. Louis The King Catholic Church with the Rev. Guy Thoren officiating. Interment will take place at Northland Chapel Gardens. Visitation is scheduled on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home where members of the Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary at 6:30 p.m. and a parish prayer service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will also be held at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of the mass on Wednesday.
Pallbearers will be Paul LaValley, Peter LaValley, Jeremy LaValley, Harold Barnett, Steve Govier and Jeff LaValley. Members of Bishop Baraga the Snowshoe Priest Assembly, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will act as honor guard both at the funeral home and the church.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider the St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Louis Conference, 264 Silver Creek Road, Marquette, MI 49855.