Loretto Mary Dumont

DUMONT, Loretto Mary (nee Klasen) November 19, 1912 – January 15, 2007 With great sadness we announce that our dear mother Loretto passed away on January 15, 2007 after a long and courageous battle with cardiovascular disease, and with her children Mark and Marie at her side. She was predeceased by her parents, Nick and Marie Klasen; her husband, Mark DuMont, in 1999; her brothers Ed and Ray Klasen in 1986 and 1991; and her sister-in-law, Angeline Klasen, in 2006. She leaves to mourn three children: Marie Low, of Bellingham, WA and White Rock and Revelstoke, B.C.; Mark (Pat) DuMont of Aldergrove, and Suzanne (Glen) Bays of Oakville, ON.

A funeral mass and celebration of Loretto’s life will take place at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 23 at Star of the Sea Church, 1153 Fir Street, White Rock, B.C.

Loretto was born in Dana, Sask. and attended St. Ursula’s Academy in Bruno, Sask., graduating in 1928. She received her B.S. in home economics from the University of Saskatchewan in 1932, and her doctoral degree in dentistry from the University of Alberta in 1945. She met her husband, Dr. Mark DuMont, at an alumni function at U. of A., and they married in 1946, relocating to Vancouver shortly after their marriage. They practiced dentistry in Vancouver for many years, first on 4th Avenue, and later on Dunbar Street. After retiring to White Rock in 1982, they embraced life at the beach, and could often be seen walking the promenade in the mornings. They also traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada to visit their children, logging 9 provinces and over 30 states on their travels.

Mom was a wonderful, caring person who touched the lives of everyone she met, especially in her later years, when she set a shining example of continuing to embrace life fully despite severe physical setbacks. Her smiling face and continued love of travel and dining out will be remembered fondly by all who crossed her path in recent years.

The family wishes to acknowledge the dedicated and compassionate care provided by the staff at DeltaView Life Enrichment Centre, especially over the past two weeks. We also wish to thank the many restaurant owners and staff who added so much to mom’s final years, especially Kim at Kimberley’s Gills and Grapes, Jim and the team at Adrian’s in Langley, Ralph and Monica at Moby Dick, and Carl and Cathy at the Canyon Alpine in Boston Bar.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the B.C. Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.