ELIZABETH "LIZ" LAROQUEElizabeth “Liz” LaRoque, 50, of Rochester, Minn. died surrounded by family, friends and her dogs, on Dec. 4, 2012 at Seasons Hospice after a hard fought struggle with CUP (carcinoma of unknown primary).
Elizabeth “Liz” LaRoque, 50, of Rochester, Minn., died surrounded by family, friends and her dogs, on Dec. 4, 2012 at Seasons Hospice after a hard fought struggle with CUP (carcinoma of unknown primary).
Elizabeth Louise LaRoque was born on Oct. 6, 1962 in Minneapolis. She was received by her parents Dennis Jack LaRoque and Arleen (Salmi) LaRoque on Oct. 10, 1962.
Liz graduated from East High School in Duluth in 1980, Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter in 1984, and William Mitchell College of Law in 1991. She moved to Rochester to work as Executive Director of Legal Assistance of Olmsted County, and in 2000, she joined the Olmsted County Attorney's Office as an Assistant County Attorney. In 2007, she received her Masters Degree in Public Administration from Hamline University. Liz continued to serve Legal Assistance of Olmsted County as a dedicated volunteer and board member until her recent illness.
Liz loved her dogs, Sam and Pippin, who were her constant companions. She enjoyed the Arts, especially Broadway musicals, traveling, reading, and, most of all, her friends.
Survivors include her parents, Dennis and Arleen LaRoque of Shoreview, Minn.; her brother, Jon (Andrea) LaRoque of Vadnais Heights, Minn.; four nieces, Emily, Sophie, Lily and Amy; one nephew, Nicholas; and many friends and colleagues.
She was preceded in death by three infant sisters; and her grandparents, Elmer and Linda Salmi and Jack and Violet LaRoque.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 in Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time in the funeral home. Lunch will follow. Burial of her cremated remains will be at Grand Rapids, Minn., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to: the Elizabeth LaRoque Donor Advised Fund at Rochester Area Foundation, 400 South Broadway, Suite 300, Rochester, MN 55904.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN 55901 (507) 289-3600 www.ranfranzandvinefh.com