Thomas B. LaBarge

LaBarge obit

January 25, 1947 to April 9, 2015

COPENHAGEN – Thomas B. LaBarge, 68, of Stoddard Street, a lifelong resident of Copenhagen, died Thursday evening, April 9, 2015 at his home, under the care of his family and Lewis County Hospice.

A funeral Mass will be said at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 13, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Copenhagen, with Rev. George F. Maroun, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Champion, later in the spring. Calling hours are from 2 - 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Contributions may be made to B.P.O.E. #1605, Lowville Lodge Scholarship Fund, 5600 Shady Ave., Lowville, NY 13367; Copenhagen Central School, for the Ryan LaBarge Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 30, Copenhagen, NY 13626; Copenhagen Central School, for the Alex Hermanson Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 30, Copenhagen, NY 13626; St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 9790 NYS Route 12, Copenhagen, NY 13626.

He is survived by his daughters, Laurie Simmons of Adams; Karen Mullin of Adams; Amy and Matthew Rennie of Copenhagen; three granddaughters, Hannah, Kaitlyn and Aubry; his mother, Betty LaBarge of Lowville; his siblings, Daniel and Barbara LaBarge of Holly, NY; Jerry and Penny LaBarge of Copenhagen; Patrick and Vicky LaBarge of Copenhagen; Mary and John Astafan of Carthage; Peggy and Lynn Murray of Copenhagen; Cathleen and Gerald Freeman of Black River; James and Bonnie LaBarge of Watertown; Jackie and Dave Burt of Adams Center; Frank LaBarge and Jill Bates of Copenhagen; and is also survived by a very large extended family. He is predeceased by his wife, Nancy LaBarge, who died October 22, 2008, a sister, Anne Marie Wagner; and his beloved nephews, Joseph LaBarge and Ryan LaBarge; and his beloved great-nephew, Alex Hermanson.

Thomas was born on January 25, 1947 in Watertown, NY, a son of the late Donald and Elizabeth Huff LaBarge. He attended Copenhagen Central School. Tom worked for the Georgia-Pacific paper mill in Lyons Falls, Carbolla Chemicals in Natural Bridge, and Parkview Cleaners in Watertown. On September 18, 1976, he married Nancy E. Jacobs at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Copenhagen, with Rev. Robert Cotter and Rev. Carl Jacobs, the bride’s father, officiating. Tom worked for International Paper in Deferiet as a Lab Technician for 32 years, until the mill’s closing in 2003. In his retirement, he worked as a part-time bartender at Doyle’s Pub in West Lowville, and at Louie’s Bar & Grill in Barnes Corners.

Mr. LaBarge was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Copenhagen. He was a lifetime member of B.P.O.E. #1605, Lowville Elks Lodge. He enjoyed collecting coins and loons, socializing with family and friends, and watching western movies. He enjoyed going on drives with his wife, Nancy, and spending time with his granddaughters.

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