Dolores Mae La Croix (nee Proite) was born January 26, 1927 to Leonard Proite and Mary (nee, Kozak) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and entered eternal life April 2, 2022 surrounded by her children and grandchildren in Le Sueur, Minnesota.
Dolores grew up in Milwaukee and attended High School at the Milwaukee Girls' Trade and Technical High School. Dolores had a close, special relationship with her grandmother, Rose, in her youth.
Before marriage, Dolores worked as a switchboard operator for the Bell Telephone Company starting in 1943. On June 26th, 1949 she united in marriage to James Richard La Croix in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
She became a homemaker attending her family until the late 1960's then she rejoined the workforce as a CNA at Trinity Hospital in Cudahy WI.
She loved and worked hard as a homemaker for her family. Dolores enjoyed traveling the United States with Jim and family capturing good memories on her ever present camera. Dolores was a Cub Scout Den Mother for David. She also loved art and found comfort in music. When husband Jim retired, they moved to Bradenton, Florida and lived there for over 25 years and continued to travel. The children and grandchildren enjoyed many holiday vacations in Florida with Jim and Dolores. In 2018, Jim and Dolores moved to Le Sueur, Minnesota to be under the care of their daughter Judith Johnson and her husband Jerry and lived at the Oak Terrace Senior Living Center of Le Sueur.
Dolores was preceded in death by her husband, Jim in 2021, parents, son David and half-brothers Salvatore, Charles and Leonard and half-sister Janet Chojnacki. She is survived by her daughters Janice (Mark) Hahn of Kewaskum, Wisconsin, Judith, (Jerry) Johnson of Le Sueur, Minnesota, Joan LaCroix of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Jeanne La Croix of West Bend, Wisconsin and daughter-in-law Diane La Croix of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Grandchildren Gavin, Elizabeth, Madeline, Alison, Kathryn, Lauren, David, Margaret, Mark Jr, and Meredith. Great grandchildren, Murphy, Eleanor and Riley. Half-sisters Rosemary Zych, Ann Bontempo and Valerie Agnello.
The family is grateful to the entire staff of Oak Terrace Senior Living Facility and to the many people who cared for Dolores. Also, with heartfelt gratitude to the Mayo Hospice Staff, especially Lori and Cheryl, for their enduring care and love. FULL OBIT. and ARRANGEMENTS TO FOLLOW.
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