March 13, 2013

Irene Duquette

CHAMPLAIN — Irene Duquette, 95, of Champlain passed away at CVPH in Plattsburgh, N.Y. on March 11, 2013. She was born the daughter of Joseph and Laura (Baker) LaVenture on April 9, 1917.

On May 29, 1933 she married her husband, Albert Duquette, who passed away on August 30, 1986. In their early years, Irene and Albert Duquette were farmers. Irene spoke fondly and often of the simple but good life they enjoyed. They later successfully owned and operated a grain distribution business. In retirement, Irene and Albert made their family and friends their life. Irene was a busy homemaker always cooking and cleaning even well into her 80s. Irene kept a full pantry that was always open to those who entered her home. Her selfless giving and love for her family will forever be cherished.

Irene is survived by her only child, Norma Jane Babbie; four grandchildren, Wendy (Todd) Howard, Darren (Julie) Babbie, Lindsay (Jen) Babbie and Cris (Vicki) Babbie; eight great-grandchildren (and friends), Ashley Jarvis (Cody Lobdell), Allyzza Burdick, Troy Burdick, Jordon Babbie (Kelly Pavilaitis), Jeff Babbie, Owen Babbie, Alise Babbie and Sierra Babbie; two step great-grandchildren, Michael Howard and Cody (Kaitlyn) Howard; great-great-grandchild Jack Sorrell; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Irene Duquette was predeceased by her siblings and their spouses whom she loved very much; Francis (Pauline) LaVenture, Andrus (Madeline) LaVenture and Bertha (Floyd) LaPine.

A private mass will be held at St. Mary's Church in Champlain, N.Y. Interment will take place at a later date at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Coopersville, N.Y.

Donations may be made in Irene's memory to the North Country Center for Independence in Plattsburgh, N.Y., (

Arrangements are entrusted to the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, N,Y. (518)-561-3980. Online condolences and memorial candles may be offered at

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