Greg “Labo” LaBonte
MARQUETTE, MI – Greg “LABO” LaBonte, 56, of Marquette, was taken from us way too soon on Saturday, September 16, 2017 while roaming the great north woods on his ATV.
Greg was born on March 22, 1961 in Marquette, son of Shirley Rasmussen LaBonte and the late Bernard R.W. LaBonte. He graduated class of 1979, Marquette Senior High School and earned an Associate’s Degree from Michigan Technological University in 1982.
Greg spent the first ten years of his career at Con Ed Nuclear Power Plant in LaSalle County, Illinois. He returned to Marquette in 1992 where he was employed by the Presque Isle Power Plant as an Electronics and Control Technician.
Peregrine Falcon Recovery Program at WE Energies know him well from his volunteer service. He enjoyed participating in the Thursday Night Ski League racing for Team U-Haul at Marquette Mountain and also the Two Track Jeep Club. The Noquemanon ski race was one of his annual projects, manning LABO’s Corner “refreshment station” with a bonfire and many friends cheering on the racers. He was actively involved in the maintenance and care of LaBonte Park at Presque Isle.
Hunting and fishing were his passions, and he was a member of U.P. Whitetails and Commemorative Bucks of Michigan.
Greg is survived by his loving mother, Shirley LaBonte of Marquette; three sisters, Bernadette (Pat) Wallace and Julie (Steve) Peterson, both of Marquette, Mary (Scott) Anderson of Novi; a brother, Tim (Donna) LaBonte of Trout Creek; fiancee, Beth Krznarich and her daughter, Danielle VanDreel of Marquette; nieces and nephews, Patrick, Gavin, Natalie, Andrea, Kristi, and Stacy. Also surviving are aunts and uncles, Edward and Mary Rasmussen and Pavie Donnelly.
The LaBonte family will greet relatives and friends on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home in Marquette. A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home on Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Msgr. Michael Steber and Rev. David VanKley officiating. A luncheon will take place in the funeral home immediately following the service.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider the Bay Cliff Health Camp, PO Box 310, Big Bay, MI, 49808 or UPAWS, PO Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855 in Greg’s memory.
Greg’s obituary can also be viewed at canalefuneral.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.