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Barbara Jean (Lapychak) LaDouce

March 5, 2024

Barbara Jean LaDouce Obituary

Barbara Jean LaDouce, 83, went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, after a long illness. She was surrounded at home by her loving husband, Charles (Zinc), and her beloved family.

Jean was born in Auburn, NY, to the late John and Mary (Zimmer) Lapychak. She attended St. Peter and Paul Elementary Catholic School and graduated from Central High School. Jean’s compassionate heart and call to serve drew her to the medical field, leading her to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. After graduating from Auburn Memorial School of Nursing, Jean began her nursing career in the OR at Mercy Hospital in Auburn, NY.

On September 16, 1961, Jean married the love of her life, Charles LaDouce Jr. of Auburn, NY. After their wedding, they moved to Oswego, NY. She accepted a nursing position in the OR at Oswego Hospital. It was in Oswego that Jean and Charles welcomed their firstborn son. Oswego always held a special place in their hearts. Upon returning to Auburn Jean performed private duty nursing and, in the summer months, served as the ARC Camp Nurse on Owasco Lake. Jean continued to serve the community, working at the Auburn Chapter of the American Cancer Society. She enjoyed being a part of the opening team for the “Love of Pete” store on Grant Avenue, an Auburn hometown gift shop and post office. Her career came full circle when she returned to the medical field. After a rewarding 20 years with the Auburn Women’s Health Specialists practice under the direction of Dr. Eileen Murphy, Jean retired.

Family was Jean’s greatest joy! Jean and Zinc became “snow birds” after retirement and spent the winter months in Naples, FL and Hilton Head Island, SC. First and foremost, they were a constant source of love and support for their grandchildren. Over the years, they traveled to Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and throughout New York State, cheering on their grandchildren in all of their activities, each one holding a “special” place in her heart. She always made time to lend a listening ear, provide guidance, and TLC without judgement while instilling the importance of Faith, Family, and Love.

Jean was a fabulous homemaker, cook, and baker. She was proud of her Ukrainian heritage and enjoyed sharing the family traditions with her children and grandchildren. Her kitchen was her domain, and her home always open to all. She was a quiet and gentle soul who had kind and positive words about those she met along the way.

Jean is survived by her loving husband, Charles “Zinc” LaDouce, of 62 years, and her children she loved dearly: Charles “ZB” (Sheila) LaDouce, Scott (Sandy) LaDouce, Nadine (John) Kushnir, Christine (Robert) Rittenmeyer, and Katrina (Marcus) Wilson. Grandma Jean was proud of and adored all of her grandchildren: Danielle Wood, Eric LaDouce, Chad Mabe, Zachary and Patrick LaDouce, Olivia Vandeveerdonk, Jack and Maxwell Rittenmeyer, and Laiken, Kennedy, and Makenna Wilson. And great-grandchildren: Kellan, Ailey, Marlowe, and James. Also left to cherish her memory are her two sisters, Gloria Plis and Marilynn Lapychak. In addition to her parents, she is also predeceased by her brother, John Lapychak.

She treasured lifelong friendships from nursing school to the Mary Street neighbors to a vast array of couples their marriage befriended over the years. Cherishing her special friendship with her sister-in-laws Linda and Lynne.

Above all, Jean’s devotion to her Faith and unwavering prayer life were the foundation of her compassion, humility, kindness, wisdom, and radiating love. She was a true blessing to anyone who came into contact with her. Our most precious Guardian Angel is shining from above.

Calling hours are this Sunday, March 10, 2024, from 2:00–4:00 p.m. at Pettigrass Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Church on Monday, March 11, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Our sincere gratitude to Dr. Godishala, Dr. Kirshner, and Dr. Murphy as well as her caregivers Becky and Mary for providing love, dignity, and respect.

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Services

Visitation
Sunday
March 10, 2024

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Pettigrass Funeral Home
196 Genesee Street
Auburn, NY 13021

Funeral Mass
Monday
March 11, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Mary's Church
15 Clark St.
Auburn, NY 13021

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