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Doris LaLiberte

Doris (Cowie) (Nabbefeld) LaLiberte, 99, of Niagara, passed away Friday, Feb. 22 at St. Luke’s Hospital, one month short of 99 years.

Born March 20, 1915, the youngest of 8, to James and Bertha Cowie in Amberg, she attended a one room school until 2nd grade, that her father helped create. The family then moved to Niagara where she graduated in 1931 as class valedictorian and immediately went to work for Dr. DeSalvo. She joined Kimberly Clark Paper Corp. in 1936, later Pentair, where she advanced, until retiring in 1977. She was the first woman to become a member of management in KC, and her boss, Cliff Murray, informed everyone that she was to be treated as a Lady.

She married Carl (Jim) Nabbefeld on June 20, 1942 and had two children, Norman and David. Her husband preceded her in death in 1973, and a son Norman in 1998. In September 1989, she married Roland LaLiberte, who preceded her in death in 1996.

Named to the Rationing Board during war years, she was secretary for 10 years of the original War Chest, which later became the Niagara Community Chest, was a member of the American Legion Cretton-Tutas Post No. 136 Auxiliary for 55 years, the Niagara Library Board, the Maryhill Manor Auxiliary, St. Anthony's Parish (converted in 1956) and a Charter Member of The Friends of the Library.

An active bowler, she and Marge Gehring started junior bowling in Niagara and she bowled in 39 Wisconsin State Tournaments, being named Grand Duchess of the Wisconsin Bowling Association in 1985. A member of the first class of ladies inducted into the Tri-County Hall of Fame for bowlers, she held every office in the Niagara Women’s League over 40 years and continued to bowl in two leagues until hip surgery forced her to retire in 1989. Her team, for nearly 40 years included Florence Steeno Kenville, Joyce Hendricks Smith, Ellen Frizanka Wright and Adelaide Norman Piche. She traveled to many places, including Europe, the Caribbean, most of the United States and parts of Canada. She accomplished a lifelong dream in 2006, when she visited Ireland and especially Aberdeen, Scotland, where her father was born.

An avid reader, she enjoyed knitting, crossword puzzles, making baby blankets/clothes, hand towels and over 100 afghans for family and friends. An active golfer, she was also a member of Pine Grove Country Club since the 1950s, golfing until the age of 92 when she no longer could gold due to hip surgery.

She is survived by a son, David; two daughters-in-law, Sandy and Yvonne; two granddaughters; a grandson; three step-sons, Donald LaLiberte, David (Nancy) LaLiberte and Terry (Emily) LaLiberte; four step-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Judith Cowie; three great-grandchildren; three step-great grandchildren; several nieces; nephews; step-nieces and step-nephews.

Visitation will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 from 10:30 a.m. until time of a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Niagara. Rev. Fr. Matt Settle will officiate with burial in Niagara Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at St. Anthony Church Hall. Memorials in her memory can be made to the Niagara Historical Society, the Doris LaLiberte Scholarship Fund, Niagara High School or St. Anthony Catholic Church. Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.




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