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Doris "Dode" (Youngren) LaBine

October 12, 1932 ~ November 16, 2020 (age 88)


Doris “Dode” (Youngren) LaBine passed away peacefully at the Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital on November 16, 2020.

Dode was born on October 12, 1932 in Menomonie, Wisconsin to Pearl (Frederick) and Ned Youngren.She graduated from Menomonie High School with the class of 1950. She then graduated from Dunn County Normal School with a teaching certificate and went on to teach elementary grades in a one-room schoolhouse. She was a member of a motorcycle club and loved driving her old Model A car. 

Dode met William LaBine at Stout College in Menomonie. They married on April 18, 1953. After Bill graduated they moved back to his hometown of Ontonagon where they stayed and raised their 9 children. Dode worked at the White Pine Hospital as a secretary for Dr. Hill; and later at the Flower Garden in Ontonagon.

She was a beautiful seamstress, sewing everything from pajamas to wedding dresses for not only her family but the community. She was an avid reader, loved jigsaw puzzles, needlepoint, crossword puzzles, gardening, knitting, and crocheting. She made afghans for all her kids and was working on afghans for the grandkids. She made and donated hats and mittens to various charities.

Dode survived breast cancer in her 50’s and was a woman of few words but always, truly listened to what others had to say and never judged anyone. She will be missed greatly by all that knew her.

Dode was preceded in death by her parents Pearl and Ned and her husband of 66 years, William E. LaBine.

She is survived by her 9 children: William “Wilbs” LaBine of Ontonagon, David (Nancy) LaBine of Cleveland, TN, Bonnie (Wayne) Sorem of Ontonagon, Robert (Michelle) LaBine of Mass City, Thomas (Dayle “Swinger”) of Ontonagon, Laura (Steve) Bigger of Twin Lakes, MI, Daniel (Ginger) LaBine of Ontonagon, James (Tiffany) LaBine of Powell, OH, and Julia (Randy) Kemppainen of Mass City, MI; 23 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A private family memorial will be held. Cane Funeral Home is assisting the family. Friends may view Dode’s obituary and leave messages of remembrance at

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made to the Ontonagon County Cancer Association, PO Box 282, Ontonagon, MI 49953.

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