THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Donald J. LeClair
Donald J. LeClair, 90, of Vulcan, Mi., passed away Friday, May 30 at ManorCare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kingsford, Mi.
Born May 15, 1924 in Lena, son of John and Barbara (Levash) LeClair, he graduated from Niagara High School in 1942. He served in the United States Navy during World War II onboard the ship Anzio which fought forces throughout the Pacific Islands. Her sister ship, the Bismark Sea, while steaming close to the Anzio, went down under an enemy attack.
He married LaVerne Hoheisel on July 24, 1954 at St. Mary 's Church in Norway and she preceded him in death in June 1983. He worked for Niagara Paper Mill for 42 years as a supervisor. In October 1989, he married Marion "Dolly" (Plante) Paupore at St. Mary 's Church in Norway.
He enjoyed fishing, golfing, baseball, gardening, bowling and camp, where he was the camp cook. In his early 20 's he played baseball for many leagues and was called "Twinkle Toes" because of his love of dancing.
He is survived by his wife, Marion ("Dolly"); daughters, Marilyn LeClair, of Norway and Kathy (Mark) Faulds, of Port Washington; step-sons, Jeffrey (Lynn) Paupore, of Arizona, Daniel (Sue) Paupore and Mark (Kitty) Paupore, of Vulcan and David Paupore, of Norway; nine grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a brother, John (Judy) LeClair, of Cedar Grove; sisters, Virginia Coombs, of Norway and Barbara (Doug) Bezier, of Green Bay, formerly of Peshtigo; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Alfred LeClair; sisters, Cecelia LeClair and Ethel Trovinger and a step-son, John "Jack" Paupore.
Family greeted friends on Wednesday, June 11 from 10 a.m. until time of a Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Mary 's Church in Norway with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis presiding. Interment was in Norway Township Cemetery. A catered funeral luncheon followed at St. Mary 's. Ortman Funeral Home of Norway assisted the family with arrangements.