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Delores D. “Toni” LaPlante

Delores D. “Toni” LaPlante

On May 1, 2020, Delores D. “Toni” LaPlante, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully at the age of 89 at Miller Pointe Nursing Home in Mandan, ND. At her request, no wake services will be held. Funeral services will be at Kesling Funeral home in Mobridge, SD on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, starting with a public viewing at 11:00 AM CT and services at 1:00 PM CT. Burial will be at the LaPlante Family Cemetery at 3:30 PM CT in Eagle Butte, SD. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, services will be limited to immediate family members and public viewing will be limited to 10 people at a time. The funeral service will also be live streamed on the Kesling Funeral Home Facebook page.

Toni was born on April 22, 1931 in Cheyenne Agency, SD to Lawrence and Adelia (Charger) Meeter.  She graduated high school from Cheyenne Agency School and married Leroy LaPlante on November 13, 1952. They raised three daughters, Diana, Gloria, and Patsy and four sons, Bernie, Cedar, Richard, and Leroy Jr. They were blessed with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Toni was proud of each and every one of them and loved them all deeply.

Toni cherished spending time with family, especially around the holidays, Christmas being her favorite. She liked taking drives with family and playing table games like zilch, Yahtzee, and marbles.  She loved storytelling and showing off her collection of family photos and knick-knacks and the memories attached to them. She loved country music and was known for sharing her music at the Cheyenne Eagle Butte school kitchen where she worked for over 20 years.  Some of her favorite artists were Merle Haggard, Ernest Tubb, and her all-time favorite, her hubby of 67 years, Leroy. She loved all her animals, especially “Dude” her cat and treated them like family.  Toni loved cooking for family gatherings and for frequent house guests.  She was a faithful Christian and a member of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Butte, where she volunteered as janitor and Vacation Bible School assistant.  She was a day care provider to many children, many of whom loved her like a mom.   She was known for her sense of humor, honesty, and generosity.  She would carry on a conversation with a perfect stranger and considered everyone she met a friend.  She would always greet you with a smile and often a gentle hug. She was a wonderful person who will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Toni was preceded in death by her mother, Adelia and father, Lawrence; brothers, Dutch and Cedric; sisters, Zelma, Midge, and Darlene; son, Bernie; grandson, Danny; granddaughter, Kristi, and great grandsons, Cooper and Casimere. She is survived by her loving husband and best friend, Leroy, children, Diana, Gloria, Patsy, Cedar, Richard, Leroy, Jr., and her many grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

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