Obituary of Marion L. “Weaz” Lucas

Marion L. “Weaz” Lucas
(July 1, 1920-February 24, 2003)

MARQUETTE — Marion L. “Weaz” Lucas, 82, of 316 Pine Street, Marquette, entered eternal life Monday morning, February 24, 2003, at her home. Marion was born July 1, 1920, on the Bad River Indian Reservation in Odanah, WI, a daughter of the late Paul and Susan (Knight) Bressette. While Marion was still a child, the family moved to Keweenaw Bay and there she resided until her marriage to John W. Lucas on February 14, 1942, in Detroit. John entered military service in October 1942 and the couple later moved to Marquette in 1944. Marion was employed for a time at the College Laundry and Cleaners, but for most of her lifetime enjoyed her role as homemaker. She especially enjoyed her family, grandchildren, visiting with relatives, attending pow wows, and doing Native American craftwork. Marion was a member of St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, the Kateri Tekakwitha Circle, and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

A loving mother, proud grandmother, and sister, she is survived by her sons, Paul J. Lucas and Michael B. (Darlene) Lucas both of Marquette; her grandchildren, Christopher and Nicole Lucas; a sister, Helen Jermac of Marquette; and two brothers, Kenneth (Gloria) Bressette of Baraga and Bernard Bressette of Marquette; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents, Marion was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Lucas in 1970; an infant daughter, Marilyn Lucas; grandson, Michael Lucas; three sisters, Charlotte and Gertrude Bressette, and Lillian LaFernier; and brothers, Clifford, Earl, Robert, and Raymond “Muzz” Bressette.

Friends may call at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. A parish prayer service will be held in the funeral home at 6:30 PM Wednesday evening, led by Sr. Francis Mortola, Coordinator of Native American Ministry for the Diocese of Marquette. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Thursday morning, February 27, in St. Christopher Catholic Church with Rev. Ben Paris, as celebrant.

A reception for family and friends will follow in the church fellowship hall. Burial will be made in the Holy Cross Cemetery. Escorts will be Paul, Lois, and Lynn Bressette, and Julie Hartman.

Source: The Daily Mining Gazette, Houghton, MI, 26 Feb 2003

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