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Lawrence A. “Pete” Gagnon

Lawrence A. “Pete” Gagnon, age 84, of Waverly, died early Thursday, June 15, 2006 at his residence.

He was born Dec. 14, 1921 on his family’s homestead in Marysville Township, Wright County, the son of Phineas H. and Lydia (Demarais) Gagnon.

Pete engaged in dairy and crop farming on the homestead for many years, and lived his entire life on the farm, which has been in his family since 1863.

Lawrence was joined in holy matrimony to Beatrice M. Antil April 22, 1947 at St. Timothy’s Church in Maple Lake. God blessed their marriage with eight children.

Pete was a faithful, lifelong member of the Church of St. Mary in Waverly, where he served as a longtime usher, a member of the Parish Council, as a Eucharistic Minister, and a past member of St. Mary’s Finance Committee. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1556.

In addition to farming, Pete was a former school bus driver for St. Mary’s School and Mattson Bus Company. He also worked for the U.S. Postal Service, was a farm property insurance agent, a foreman at the Green Giant plant in Winsted, and served on the Wright County A.S.C.S. Board for nine years.

Pete enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed horses, dancing, baseball, and playing cards (and he liked to win).

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Beatrice M. “Bea” Gagnon; children, Steve (Judy) Gagnon of Waverly, Kay Gagnon of Newport Beach, Calif., Colleen (Jim) Kimberly of Baldwin, Wis., JoAnn (Rory) Ostgulen of Lake City, Mike (Wanda) Gagnon of Waverly, Ann (Mark) Wackler of Buffalo, Mary (Jay) Pettit of Howard Lake, and Patty (Jeff) Lehner of Waverly; 17 grandchildren: Chad (Katie), Dean (Jen), and Jenna Gagnon; Logan and Tara Kimberly, Amanda (Andy) Meyer, Amy and Tony Ostgulen, Andy and Luke Gagnon, Daniel and Jill Wackler, Brian, Katie and Laura Pettit; and Cameron and Heather Lehner; and five great-grandchildren: Cole, Grace and Carson Gagnon; and Trent and Brayden Meyer.

Pete is further survived by his brother, Martin (Carol) Gagnon of New Jersey; sisters Hazel Paumen of Annandale and Sister Ancelle, C.S.J. of St. Paul; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Yvonne Gagnon of Waverly, Lawrence (Irene) Antil of Waverly, Shirley Antil of Buffalo, Francis (Jean) Antil of North Dakota, Ursula “Sue” (Ed) Perra of Waverly, and Theresa (Harold) Guggemos of Winsted; and many other relatives and friends

He was preceded in death by his parents, Phineas and Lydia Gagnon; sisters Loretta Wagner, Myrtle Coyea, Marge Cavanaugh, and Gertrude Peterson; and a brother, Thomas Gagnon.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, June 19 at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Mary in Waverly, with the Rev. Timothy Cloutier as the celebrant. Mae Wannarka was the organist, and St. Mary’s Funeral Choir provided special music. Private interment took place at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Friends called at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted Sunday, June 18 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Casket bearers were Chad and Dean Gagnon, Logan Kimberly, Tony Ostgulen, Andy and Luke Gagnon, Daniel Wackler, Brian Pettit, and Cameron Lehner.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

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