Mary L. “Koko” LaFond, age 88, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, March 1, 2019 at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba.
Koko was born December 8, 1930, in Gladstone, MI, the daughter of Albert and Margaret (Rabitoy) Bratonia. She attended Gladstone Area Schools. She was united in marriage to Jack LaFond October 7, 1950. In Gladstone they raised their 3 children. They traveled extensively together around the world. Their highlight was celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary in Hawaii. They wintered in Biloxi, MS with many friends for many years.
Koko was a member of All Saints Catholic Church. She enjoyed volunteering to make pasties, and was a member of the Gladstone Golf Club. She loved baking, going to the casino, sending cards, and visiting Grandchildren.
Koko is survived by:
2 Daughters: Kristen (Dennis) Nelsen of Humble, TX
Jackie (Terry) Mott of Orange Park, FL
Brother: Dennis Bratonia of Gladstone, MI
Sister: Alberta “Abie” (James “Red”) LaLonde of Gladstone, MI
11 Great Grandchildren
And numerous Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins
In addition to Koko’s Parents and Husband, she is preceded in death by:
Son: Mark LaFond
Brothers: Jim and Francis Bratonia
Family will receive friends Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 2:30 until 4:30 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 5:00 PM at All Saints Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Jamie Ziminski officiating. A luncheon will follow in the parish hall. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the LaFond family.