Thief River Falls - Lorena Lasha, Thief River Falls, died peacefully on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, with her girls by her side. She was 95 years of age. May her memory be blessed.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Jan. 22 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, with Father Rick Lambert presiding. Interment was held at St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Thief River Falls.
Lorena L. Lasha was born on Nov. 19, 1917, in Red Lake Falls, to the late Paul and Sophia (Violette) LaCoursiere. She grew up in Red Lake Falls, graduated from high school at Mt. St. Benedict in Crookston and received her teaching certificate at Bemidji State University.
She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Lasha, on Nov. 15, 1948, in Red Lake Falls. They resided in Thief River Falls and raised their three daughters, Debbi, Bobbi and Michelle.
Lorena was a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse for several years and she loved teaching. After moving to TRF, she worked at the ASCS office but spent most of her career at Sjoberg’s Cable T.V. until retiring in 1988. Lorena and Bob loved to travel and explore, they loved being with their children and grandchildren and they were faithful members of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.
Lorena was involved in the St. Bernard’s Guild, Catholic Daughters, National Society of Foresters and her church Circle. She had wonderful group of friends and nieces and nephews whom she loved very much. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, gardening and, baking bread, and she definitely had an eye for fashion.
She will be greatly missed by her three daughters: Debbi (Jerome) Engen, Bobbi (Gary) Jordet and Michelle (Brad Curran) Lasha; eight grandchildren: Lezlie (Jason) LaVoy, Mike (Becca) Jordet, Jeremy (Heather) Engen, Jason (Robin) Engen, Tracy (Mike) Kloety, Nathan Jordet, Brendon Engen and Tyler (Erin) Curran; nine great-grandchildren: Emily, Andrew, Sydney, Lucas, Wylie, Rachel, Derek, Gracie and Aaron; one sister, Sr. Joan LaCoursiere, OSB and one sister-in-law, Sr. Laurian Lasha, OSB, of Crookston, and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on Sept. 3, 1989, two brothers (Victor and Emery LaCoursiere), four sisters (Elma Ford, Beulah Marleau, Viola LaCoursiere and Sr. Cuthbert LaCoursiere, OSB), sister-in-laws, Doris Goulet, Noella Audette, Bernice Lasha and brother-in-law Buzz (C.P.) Lasha.