Delores Elaine Bondurant
February 24, 1926 – April 25, 2021
Delores Elaine Crosse Bondurant (Dee) 02/24/1926-04/25/2021
At 95 years of age, Dee passed away on Good Shepherd Sunday. She was preceded in death by John Crosse, Sr.,the father of her 10 Children, James Bondurant, her second husband, and George St. Onge, her devoted companion of many years, and two sons: Paul Crosse and Charles Crosse. She is survived by her other 8 children, John Crosse, Jr. (Beth), Connie Johnson, Greg Crosse (Sandy), Chris Crosse (Tammy), Rose Powell (George), Shirley Miller, Suzan Turley (Dave) and Richard Crosse. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren, one sister, Kay, and many loving nieces and nephews.
Dee was born in Tomahawk, Wisconsin to Alfred E Turgeon and Anna Riebel Turgeon. She was the 6th of 12 children: Elmer, Norbert, Eugene, Lovetta, Dorothy, Delores, Phyllis, Evelyn, Marjorie, Rita, Kay and Gloria. Elmer died at birth.
When Dee was 8 or 9, her mother fell ill and her father was left to raise his 11 young children.They did not have a car and he worked two jobs during these hard times. The older siblings were put in charge of their younger siblings. Dee recalled having no running water back then and hauling it home in buckets from the neighbors to water their garden.
Dee attended school through the eighth grade. At age 16 she left for Milwaukee to attend schooling at the National Youth Administration. She got a job winding motors at Westinghouse Electric. She and her sisters would get “dolled up” to attend USO dances. She said “We were really something back then.”
At the age of 18 she married John Crosse. Neither the priest in Tomahawk nor Milwaukee wanted to marry them, so they tied the knot at City Hall. Their first child, John was born in Milwaukee and they moved to Detroit soon after.
In Detroit, they lived with John’s parents and ended up getting married in the Catholic Church when John became Catholic. Dee’s uncle stood up for John’s confirmation at St. Benedict the Moor in Detroit.
In Detroit, Dee worked at Packard Motor Company. They were making airplane engines for the war. She made $100 a week. John worked for Pabst Blue Ribbon, then got into printing. They bought a house on Sumner Street for $9500. It was on two lots, had a big 2-car garage in back and was walking distance to St. Valentine Catholic parish and school, a grocery store, a Fish & Chips restaurant, a bank, and a doctor’s office. Dee loved this house and John spent money to fix it up nice. She had everything she needed within walking distance. Dee never had a need to learn to drive. She said their home was the hot spot for all the kid’s friends because they were the only ones with a TV. They lived in this home for 16 years before moving to California. John’s parents moved to California and talked John and Dee into moving there. They packed up and moved. They moved frequently in California, looking for a decent home to buy and finally found one in Covina. It was a big house with a swimming pool. John had difficulty finding printing work in California and they ended up moving to Colorado where Dee’s sisters Dorothy and Phyllis were living.
After her children were grown, Dee moved back to California to open a thrift store with Gloria and John’s friend John. She loved living in California. She was close to her son John and spent lots of time with Gloria and her family. Her son John worked with George St. Onge at the city of Los Angeles. After meeting, Dee and George became devoted companions, and attended church regularly. After George’s death, Dee cared for George’s mother until she died. While living in California, Dee babysat the neighborhood children, mostly before and after school and some infants. She only charged parents a couple dollars an hour. She cared for more than 70 children in all and was known and loved by countless children as “Grandma Dee.” She was also a loving godmother.
After George’s mother passed, Dee moved to Victorville to be close to Gloria’s family.
In 2008, she moved back to Colorado to be close to most of her children and grandchildren. She lived with Rose’s family for 10 years. During this time she was blessed with many great grandchildren whom she doted on. The younger ones know her as “Gigi”. Her heart was filled with love for children and dogs. It seems she always had a child or 2 or 3, or a dog on her lap.
She lived her last 4 years at Harvard Square, an assisted living facility in Denver. Playing Bingo, scratching lottery tickets, jigsaw puzzles and playing video poker on her tablet provided hours of entertainment for her.
Dee was a lifelong Catholic with a deep love of Jesus and maintained a strong dedication to prayer reciting the rosary and traditional Pieta prayers daily. She faithfully and fervently prayed for her loved ones and could not wait to get to Heaven to be united in Christ with family and friends and continue to pray from Heaven for those she leaves behind, especially her children.
She was known for giving prayer cards and blessed scapulars to loved ones for whom she added to her prayers.
Prayer to the Heart of Jesus O GENTLEST Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory, have mercy on the soul of Your departed servant. Be not severe in Your judgment, but let some drops of Your Precious Blood fall upon her, and send, O merciful Saviour, Your angels to conduct her to a place of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Dee will be laid to rest at The Good Shepherd Cemetery in California beside George.
Psalms 23 - The Good Shepherd
The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I lack In green pastures he makes me lie down; to still waters he leads me; he restores my soul. He guides me along right paths for the sake of his name. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me. You set a table before me in front of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Indeed, goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life; I will dwell in the house of the Lord for endless days.
Rest In Peace, Dee
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Delores Elaine Bondurant
May 3, 2021
My mother Delores lived a long life of 95 years. Much of her life was under difficult circumstances. She was raised by her father during the depression, in a family with eleven siblings, and for the most part without a mother. She then raised 10 children of her own, which was no small task. She didn’t like to ask for help, but because she never learned to drive, she was very dependent on others. That being said, she was always there to offer prayers for her family and friend’s when times were difficult in our lives. She had a close relationship with Heavenly Father and her prayers were always answered. I know she will be watching over all of us from Heaven, and for that I am very grateful. Rest in peace mom. Until we meet again. Love Suz
Larry & Judy Schoch
May 1, 2021
I have always enjoyed my visits with Aunt Dee, from one of my aunt's weddings in Tomahawk when I was very young and met Cousin Johnnie for the first time, to our trip to Detroit and New York when I was a teenager and met the rest of the family except for Richard, to several trips to Colorado including a few with my husband Larry. We had planned to visit her last year but those plans couldn't materialize thanks to our epidemic. I enjoyed many wonderful visits with her by phone and gleaned a lot of information for our Turgeon Family book during that time. We will miss her but are assured and glad that her soul is with our Lord and her beloved family and friends. Hugs from Cousins Judy & Larry.
May 1, 2021
Our sincere condolences to all the family in the loss of your mom, grandma, great grandma, and great-great grandma. We know she will be greatly missed.
Aunt Dee was a sweet, loving person, so dear to all our family.
My daughters and I, especially, spent a great deal of time with Aunt Dee once she moved from Thousand Oaks to Lancaster, then to Victorville. Because we had a spacious van, we would help her shop for pieces of furniture which we could transport for her.
Aunt Dee was a fantastic cook. We were privileged to have been able to dine with her on many occasions, enjoying her delicious meals. Her spaghetti, garlic bread and salad stand out most vividly in my memory.
Aunt Dee was godmother to her great niece, our daughter, Karen. She was great with children and ours were always drawn to her for a hug, a story, or a cartoon and some coloring time.
We are so grateful for the time that we were able to spend with Aunt Dee. She will always hold a special place in our hearts and memories. May she rest in peace.