L'ANSE - Lorraine Lois Francois went to her eternal home on Tuesday, Aug ust 19, 2014.
Almost 81 years ago she was born to Charles and Nora (Demery) Picard. She grew up on her beloved farm on Dynamite Hill with her family, amongst the lilacs and the apple trees. Here she lived through the Great Depression, living a simple life, filled with beauty, family, and goodness.
She graduated from L'Anse High School and moved on to pursue nursing at St. Joseph's in Hancock. She was an R.N. here in L'Anse for many years. Nursing wasn't just a job for her, it was a ministry. She treated her patients with great gentleness and care.
In 1954 she married Richard Bruce Francois, her life's companion for 59 years. On that day they promised to "be true to each other in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health," til death part them. How faithfully they have kept that promise.
From this union came forth 10 children, two boys and eight girls. She made a home for her family, day after day, living the beautiful life of wife and mother. She made the meals, washed the clothes, sang to her babies, kissed their little hurts. She made their home. She was their home.
She gave these children life, she gave them herself, she gave them God. Daily life for her was life with God, reading His Word, singing to Him, talking to Him like He was right there, because she knew He was. She gave that to her family, thereby giving them everything.
In the end, these children and this husband surrounded her with their love and their prayers, tucking her in and singing to her, loving her like she had always loved them. And when it was time to go, she went with all of her heart and soul. She went to Jesus, into the Land of the Living. And her multitude follows.
Remaining are her husband, Richard of L'Anse; children, Jeffrey Paul Francois of Baraga and his children, Dana (Crystal) and grandchildren, Alexis, Darian, Ava, Chloe; Jeremy (Kasie) and grandchildren Victoria, Seth, Scott, Vincent, Veronica, Jessie; Jessie and grandchildren Isabella, Gracian; Natalie (Don) Mleko of Baraga and children, Christian Mleko, Joe Francois, Elizabeth (Dan) Connor, Trista, and grandchildren, Tristan, Joey, Johnathan, Cara, Danie; Stuart (Michelle) Francois of L'Anse and children, Dominic, Nathan, and grandchildren Damon, Andromeda, Nora; Mary Jeanne (Jeff) Johnson of L'Anse and children, Timothy (Stacey) Johnston and grandchildren, Ivan, Hannah, Lucy, Julia Johnston, Laura (Michael) Lahti; Catherine Marie Elliott of Neenah and children, Jared Elliot, Luke Elliott, and granddaughter, Fallon Elliott; Ann Louise (Gordon) DeWeese of Owosso, Michigan and children Cedric, Savannah, Adeline, Isaac, Charles, Charlotte; Jacquelyn Lee (Michael) Velmer of L'Anse and children, Michaela, Jessica, Daniel, Rachael, and Zachary; Jeanine Terese Marie (Fernando) Francois-Gonzalez of Ann Arbor, Michigan and children, Terese, Fernando, Felipe, Miguel, Gabriela Ana, Mathew, Eliana, Isabella Sofia, granddaughter, Jeanine Terese Back; Sara Elizabeth Bartle of Negaunee and children, Joshua, Erica, Monica; Rebecca Clare (Eugenio) Callejas of L'Anse and children, Juan Pablo, Samuel, Francisco, Caleb; sisters, Fanchon Boyette of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lilian Verbanac, of L'Anse; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gone before her are her brothers, Dr. Charles Picard and Louis Picard; and sister, Helen Welsh.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 20th from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home.
Parish prayers and rosary will be at 7 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, August 21st at 11 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church with Fr. Corey Lizner and Fr. Greg Michaud concelebrating.
A luncheon will follow in the church hall. Burial will be in the L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
A special thank you to Fr. Corey and Fr. Nick. We will be forever grateful for everything you did for us during this time.