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  Red Lake Falls - Martha LaPlante, 84, of Red Lake Falls died Saturday, November 27, 2004 at Riverview Hospital in Crookston.
  Mass of Christian burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 3, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls,  with Father Tim Bushy presiding. Interment will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Red Lake Falls.
 Visitation will be held from 5  to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 2,  with a 7 p.m. wake service at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to the funeral at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
 Martha Pauline Swanson was born on August 15, 1920 in Karlstad, the daughter of Alfred and Beda (Netterlund) Swanson. She was baptized and confirmed in the catholic faith and attended school in Karlstad. After school, Martha moved to Red Lake Falls and went to work at Savard’s Restaurant.
 On March 3, 1939 she was united in marriage to Maurice LaPlante at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls and continued to make their home in Red Lake Falls. They owned and operated LaPlante Meat Market for many years.
 Martha loved playing bridge, golfing, making afghans, traveling, reading and was very proud of her home. In her later years she enjoyed listening to books on tape. Martha attended mass regularly and was a strong woman of faith, a faith very personal to her. She was very close to her sister Loretta Prenevost.
 She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and was active in the Guild. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Oak Knolls Golf Course, St. John’s Hospital Auxiliary, and Friends of the Red Lake Falls Library.
 Survivors include two sons, Darryle LaPlante of Torremolinos, Spain and James LaPlante of Gulfport, Fla.; sister, Loretta Prenevost of Red Lake Falls; brother, Stanley (Ruby) Swanson of Karlstad; sisters-in-law, Norma LaPlante of Downey, Calif., Velina Grandbois of Red Lake Falls, Merle (William) Bergerson of Forest Lake, and Mary LaPlante of Baton Rouge, La.; and several nieces and nephews.
 Martha was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Maurice; sisters, Alma (Roy) Sjodin, Myrtle (Harry) Froberg, Gladys (William) Sather, Lily (Roy) Ellis and Pearl (Michael) Velesquez; brothers-in-law, Willard LaPlante, Ray LaPlante, Harvey Grandbois, Neil Prenevost; and special nephew, Mark Prenevost. A00003B2004DC01