Curt was the Mendota Community Tribal Chairman for 2 terms. The Mendota Community will miss him. Curt came to the Wacipi / Pow Wow each year and carried in the LaClaire / LeClaire Staff. If Sandy and family wants we will honor Curt at our next Wacipi / Pow Wow Sept 13-15-2019, this will be our 20th Wacipi / Pow Wow. We missed Curt at our last Wacipi / Pow Wow.
Rest in peace!
The Mendota Tribal Council & Our Community Members.
Obituary for Curtis Russell LaClaire
Curt LaClaire was called home on October 31, 2018, passing peacefully after a 13 month battle with cancer.
Curt married Sandy (Iverson) 48 years ago, and together they raised 9 wonderful children. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 42 years. He loved people, especially youth. He was always involved in serving in the Church, spending many years as a Scoutmaster.
A loving husband, father, and grandfather, his greatest joy was his 28 grandchildren. Curt is preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Pauline (Helseth) LaClaire.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy; his children: Kim (Todd) Sinjem, Curtis (Becky) LaClaire, Derek LaClaire, Keith (Kayla) LaClaire, Dionne (Steve) Sandall, Joel LaClaire, Spencer (Tatiana) LaClaire, Paul (Jane) LaClaire, Noelle (Josh) Slagowski; his siblings: Bruce (Carol) LaClaire, Vicky (Pete) Eckman, Doug (Linda) LaClaire, Susie Foty, Renee Foss, Dennis (Karyn) LaClaire; and his grandchildren: Sofia, Hogan, Lola, Ethan, Eli, Jonah, Janie, Sadie, Lukas, Isabelle, Mason, Alex, Elsie, Violet, Stevie, Lillian, Landon, Scarlet, Isaac, Juliet, Olivia, Brooklyn, Hadley, Teagan, Milo, Ari, Leo, Finn, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Special thanks to the staff at HCMC Cancer Center and Heritage Hospice for their tender care of Curt.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10th, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4700 Edinbrook Terrace, Brooklyn Park, MN. A viewing will be held prior to services beginning at 9:30 a.m. private interment will follow services. Those wishing to send flowers may have them delivered to Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Home 515 Highway 96 West Shoreview, MN 55126.
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Mound Cemetery of Brooklyn Center
French Heritage in Mendota A history of the Early Settlement August 10, 2018, 5:30 p.m at the Sibley Historic Site, Dupuis House in Mendota. Presenter: Mark Labine, President of the French-American Heritage Foundation Mendota from Fort Snelling. Painting by Seth Eastman (1808-1875) Mark Labine will give a presentation on the early history of Mendota, including the early French explorers, the St. Peter treaties of 1805 and 1837, (Mendota was originally called St. Pierre or St. Peters), the establishment of Fort Snelling and the early fur traders including Faribault, Dupuis, Sibley, and Bailly, and the migration of the Selkirk Colonists from the Red River land near Winnipeg to the area. Sponsored by the Dakota County Historical Society. To register, go to Dakota County Historical Society Website at https://dakotahistory.org/events/575-aug-10-mendota-after-hours-frenchcanadian- heritage-in-minnesota-at-sibley. Admission price $20. Light food and beverages will be available. Mark Labine
Inipi has been cancelled do to weather for today May 30, 2018.
Mendota is Honoring our Ancestor again Saturday Feb 3rd, 2018. When we talk about our Ancestors we are talking about all the people that were put on Pike Island. And of course the 38 plus 2 man that were hang in Mankota. If you don’t know the history. www.Dakotasiouxupraising.com in MN.
My brother Bob Brown and Linda, Linda B, Jim A, Mike S and others started honoring our ancestors 20 years ago.
Since Bob passed in 2004. I make sure Mendota continues to honor our ancestors and will as long as I’m able. It has been my passion since 2004.
We light the fire at 11:00, ceremony at 11:30ish at Fort Snelling.
Feast around 12:30ish at the DuPuis House in Mendota Potluck!
More details coming, just wanted you all to put on your Calendar.
When I get the flyer done I will send out to everyone.
Good Night!! Love Sharon
Reminder your ancestor all the time not just once a year!!!!
As Bob use to say be Dakota Everyday!