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FATHER M. JOSEPH LABONTE (published on May 06, 2009)

FATHER M. JOSEPH LABONTE, O.C.S.O. Peacefully on May 3, 2009 at Treherne Hospital, Father M. Joseph Labonté passed away at the age of 88. Father M. Joseph was predeceased by his father Joseph and mother Laura, his three brothers, Roger, Hervé and Jean and by two sisters, Rose Eva and Cécile. Left to cherish his memory are his religious family, the Monks of Our Lady of the Prairies (Holland, MB), one sister, Mrs. Laurette Lespérance and one sister-in-law, Mrs. Yolande Labonté. Father M. Joseph was born in Belle-Vallée, Ontario on October 25, 1920. He entered la Trappe d'Oka (PQ) on October 15, 1939 and was ordained a priest on December 5, 1945. He came to Manitoba in December 1976. He was in charge of the farm of the monastery for many years, as well as assistant superior of the community. An evening prayer service will be held at the monastery on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 2:00 p.m., also at the monastery chapel. Interment to follow in the Monastery Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Budz Funeral Service, Holland, MB 204-526-2380 or 866-526-2606.

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