Rev. Fr. Theodore LaMarre, Saginaw, Michigan
Rev. Fr. Theodore LaMarre
Passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at St. Francis Home. Age 89 years. Father LaMarre was born on April 4, 1920, son of Peter N. and Exilda (Robinette) LaMarre, in Alpena, where he grew up attending St. Anne parish and school.   As a seminarian, Father LaMarre received his priestly formation at St. Joseph Seminary in Grand Rapids, Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was ordained to the priesthood on September 22, 1945 by Bishop William F. Murphy at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.   Father LaMarre’s parish assignments included ministering as assistant pastor at St. Joseph, Saginaw; and as pastor at St. Catherine, Nicholson Hill; St. Joseph, Saginaw, Our Lady of the Visitation, Bay City; Sacred Heart, Birch Run; St. Rose, Herron; Visitation, Detroit (Co-Pastor); Sacred Heart, Saginaw; St. Roch and St. Felix of Valois, Caseville and Pinnebog; and St. Elizabeth, Marlette. He also served as the director of Confraternity of Christian Doctrine for the Alpena Deanery and a member of Saginaw’s Urban Task Force. In addition, he was a charter member of the Human Relations Commission in the City of Saginaw and the Civil Rights Commission for the State of Michigan. Father LaMarre was granted senior priest status (retired) in 1993.  He was honored by the American GI Forum for his years of service as a priest and an advocate for the minorities of Saginaw.  Fr. LaMarre also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bridge Center for Racial Harmony. Father LaMarre was instrumental in starting the St. Joseph Credit Union (now part of the Saginaw Catholic Federal Credit Union. He was also co-founder of the East Side Soup Kitchen and was fundamental in bringing Cursillo to Saginaw. He had a great heart for the poor and a passion for justice.  Father LaMarre is survived by his brothers and sisters: Armand (A.J.) LaMarre of Roscommon, Madeline Lucas of Alpena, Imogene Manion of Rochester and Virgil (Gladys) LaMarre of Alpena; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his brothers: Albert (Dorothy) LaMarre, Henry LaMarre and Richard (Kathleen) LaMarre; sisters, Rena LaMarre and Sr. Mary Thea LaMarre; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy LaMarre.  Father LaMarre’s Funeral Liturgy will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2009 at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw, 615 Hoyt Ave., Saginaw. Fr. John S. Sarge and Fr. Joseph A. Schabel will concelebrate. Committal and burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Alpena, MI at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2009.  Friends may call at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Rd. (off State) on Friday, June 19, 2009 from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. Fr. Harold R. Sikorski  will conduct a Vigil Service for Fr. LaMarre  at 4:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Fr. LaMarre will lie in state at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church or the Saginaw Area Loan Assistance Program. Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories about Fr. LaMarre at the funeral home, church or through www.deislerfuneralhome.com.