November 5, 1912 – Friday, February 11, 2011
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Bu
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Dominic Leo DesMarais, age 98, a lifetime rural resident of Buffalo died Friday, February 11. He was born in Marysville Township on November 5, 1912 the son of LeRoy and Edith (Hance) DesMarais. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and was a life time member.
He married Adeline Thibodeau on June 14, 1941 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and was married for 68 years. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Monticello Township. In 1942 a daughter, Judith was born. Then he was drafted into the Navy and left in March of 1944. When he was gone a second daughter, Kathryn, was born. He was in World War II along with four of his brothers. He returned home in December 1945 and the family moved back to Monticello Township where Steven, Edwin, Rosalie and Dominic Jr. were born. Dominic went into the cattle business north of Buffalo with his brothers, Osmund and Lomer. When Osmund went out on his own in 1951, DesMarais Brothers was formed and he remained a livestock dealer driving his truck to farm sales and auction barns in Bemidji, Thief River Falls, Park Rapids, Motley, Belgrade, New York Mills, Winger, Pierz, Central Livestock Albany and many others each week. He retired in 1998 after 70 years in the livestock business. He took sick on January 2006 and went to live at Parkview Care Center until the time of his death.
His favorite past time was riding horse, driving truck, dancing, and visiting with people.
Dominic is survived by his children, Judith (James) Weldele, Kathryn (Dennis) Donovan, Steven (Pamela) DesMarais all of Buffalo, Rosalie (James) Riley formerly of Buffalo now in Blaine, Dominic Jr. (special friend – Lanae Nelson) of Buffalo.
Survived by grandchildren: (Judy’s children) – Danny (Adrean) Weldele, Diane (Joe) Toohey, Debbie Weldele (special friend Sinisa Djukic). (Kathryn’s children) – Teresa (Daniel) Clifton, Gerald (Amy) Smith, Brenda (Jon) Dietrich), Dr. Carl DuCharme (Fiancé Carly Smith), Scott (Kristi) DuCharme. (Steven’s children) – Annie (Kirt) Fisher, John DesMarais (special friend Kelly Wold), Brian (Amy) DesMarais, Jayne DesMarais (Fiancé Brandon Geyen), Michael DesMarais. (Rosalie’s children) – Caroline (Reid) Wilber), Marie Myrlie. 4 step grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 13 step great-grandchildren.
Further survived by sister and brother-in-law – Camilla & James Campbell. Sisters-in-law: Doris DesMarais, Mabel DesMarais and Norita DesMarais. Brother-in-law: Leonard Thibodeau.
Preceded in death by his wife, Adeline (October 2009), son, Edwin (July 1970), granddaughter, Sally DesMarais, son-in-law, Ralph DuCharme, parents, LeRoy and Edith DesMarais, sisters & brothers-in-law – Ethel & Ole Olson, Gladys & Carl Larson, Loretta DesMarais. Brothers & sisters-in-law – Alden DesMarais, Bavo DesMarais, Lomer DesMarais, Osmund, Ione & Adeline DesMarais, Harding & Betty DesMarais, Marah (MT) DesMarais and Aelred DesMarais Mother-in-law & Step Father-in-law – Kathryn & Robert Munsterteiger. Sister-in-laws & brother-in-laws – Betty (Edward Glunz) Lloyd Kippley & Evelyn Thibodeau.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am Wednesday, February 16, 2011 by Father David Hennen at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, Minnesota.
A visitation will be held Tuesday from 4-8pm at The Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Avenue in Buffalo with a prayer service at 7:00pm. Visitation will continue Wednesday morning at the church from 10:00am until the time of service.
Burial will be in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery in Buffalo.