Elaine LaJoie

Elaine Barbara LaJoie

Monday, February 19th, 1945 - Thursday, January 3rd, 2019
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Elaine B. LaJoie, 73, of Cass City died peacefully in her home January 3, 2019. She was born February 19, 1945 in Pontiac, one of the first twin children of Alvin “Tom” and Blanche (Goniwicha) Houghton.
Elaine attended Kingston schools and earned an Associate’s Degree of Nursing Science from Delta College in 1977. She worked at various hospitals, home care agencies and briefly as a substitute school nurse for Cass City School until retiring in 2013. Elaine served on the Tuscola County Health Board and was a member of the Red Hat Society. She loved spending time with her family and playing cards with her sisters and aunts. Elaine was skilled in sewing and mending. She enjoyed volunteering and assisting teachers at the Cass City Elementary School.
Elaine is survived by her two sons: Eric (Kristen Sanderson) LaJoie of Sandusky; Brian (Teri Botoroff) LaJoie of Lapeer; two grandsons: Patrick LaJoie of Lapeer; Eric LaJoie of Lapeer; granddaughter, Macy Renae LaJoie of Sandusky; brothers: her twin brother, Gerald (Betty Jo Schwind) Houghton of San Benito, TX; Marvin (Vicky) Houghton of Fayetteville, NC; Donald Houghton of Essexville; Daniel (Sandra) Houghton of Campbellsville, KY; Harold (Patricia) Houghton of Charles Town, WV; John (Tracey) Houghton of Port Huron; sisters: Jane (Burt) Lester of Kingston; Donna (Curt Adams) Krumenaker of Sebewaing; Mary Lou (John) Burns of Cass City; Christine (Mike) Diegel of Cass City; Winifred (Jeff) Jensen of Cass City; Angela Houghton of Saginaw; Jacqueline Houghton of Caro; Diana (Mike) Campbell of Caro; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by parents; baby granddaughter, Sydney Lynn LaJoie; young brothers: Howard Alvin Houghton, Alan Joseph Houghton; her sons’ father, Henry August LaJoie.
Memorial service will be held at a later date in the Summer. Interment will be in Novesta Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Family Discretionary Fund. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and stories with the family at

Arrangements by
Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, Michigan
Debra L. Kranz (989) 872-2195
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Nancy Barrios

Posted at 11:55pm
Dear Houghton Family,
My heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your dear sister. I remember all the way back to when the family lived in Wilmot. That's a while back!!!

Elaine was talented, hard working and dedicated as a daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Lissa Cornel

Posted at 08:10pm
My condolences to the family of Elaine. Sorry to hear of your loss. No doubt she was a wonderful lady and will be sadly missed. May you find comfort and hope from the Bible 2Corinthians 1:2-4, Acts 24:15 JW.ORG
Melissa Cornelius

Marge (Heilig) Burgess

Posted at 10:59am
I remember growing up there were three of our families who lived close and we would get together, sometimes 2-3 times a month, and we had so much fun playing baseball. Since our 3 families were large we always had enough kids, for 2 teams, to play. Being in Kingston with the Houghton family was like a second family for me. We had great times and I have many fond memories of those years.

Marilyn Willis

Posted at 04:36pm
We will miss Elaine with her sweet smile and fun loving personality. We always enjoyed having her Maynard Palooza. Our condolences to all of her family. Don and Marilyn Willis


Posted at 03:21pm
And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Revelation 21:4

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