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Leo Joseph LaLonde, age 94, went to heaven on Palm Sunday morning, Sunday, April 10, 2022.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Vinton with Fr. Jim Brokman as Celebrant. Interment will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery in Vinton. Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 7:00 PM, Tuesday, at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel (212 E. 6th Street) in Vinton. Memorials may be directed to St. Mary's Catholic Church or Catholic Charities.

Leo was born, on March 31, 1928, in Yankton, South Dakota, the son of R.A. and Katherine (Slimgen) LaLonde, and graduated from Yankton High School with the class of 1946. Following High School, Leo served his country in the United States Army from 1946 to 1948. He was stationed in Korea during his service. On September 12, 1951, he was united in marriage to Audrey Hayslip at Marty Mission South Dakota and was a very well-trained husband. Leo was in the lumber business all of his adult years. He was very active in the Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife Audrey of Vinton; children, Marty (Judy) LaLonde of Little York,IL, Ann (Bryan) Edwards of Vinton, Jane (Dave) Feldman of Mt. Vernon, IA; 10 grandchildren, Matt LaLonde, Megan Parsons, Natalie Nesbitt, Nathan, Nolan, William, Weston Edwards, Joe, Josh, and Jacob Feldman; as well as 8 great-grandchildren, with 2 more arriving this year.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister Mary Eckholt.

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RB April 12, 2022, 1:28 pm Leo was the best bus driver for sporting activities out of town. During football the weather would be snowing, raining or just plain cold and he'd come sit to watch the boys play. He could have stayed in a warm bus. Not him. Always a positive comment to the boys after the game as they got on the bus. He was a special guy, but his family already knows that. Sorry for your loss.
MG April 14, 2022, 7:55 pm Audrey, I am so sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and your family.
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