DatesJune 17, 1936 - March 7, 2014
Anthony (Tone) LaBreche was born on June 17, 1936 in Menominee MI, one of eight children, to Anthony L. and Elaine (Weber) LaBreche. The family moved to Milwaukee WI where he finished his schooling. He married Valerie Petersdorf in 1958 in Milwaukee. Anthony and his family lived in three area states while pursuing his career as the Manager of FW Woolworth stores.
He was offered the position of Assistant Director of the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce/Manager of the Corn Palace Concessions in 1970. After several years serving in that capacity, he became the Director of the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce. He accepted a position of Executive Director with the Hastings NE Chamber in 1981 and in 1984 he moved and accepted the position of Executive Director of the Chino Chamber of Commerce in Chino CA. Due to ill health he retired in 1998 and lived in Puerto Vallarta Mexico until moving back to Mitchell in 2010. He had been a member of the Lions, Rotary and Exchange Clubs and participated in community theatre groups in Mitchell and Hastings, NE. He was a member of the US Chamber of Commerce and the South Dakota, Nebraska and California State Chambers of Commerce. His hobbies included music, movies and reading.
He is survived by his son, Scott (Julie) LaBreche of Grand Island NE ,his daughter, Kay LaBreche of Mitchell SD; his former wife, Valerie LaBreche of Mitchell SD; five grandchildren: Matthew, Brenna, Alex, Amber and Sarah, three great-grandchildren: Jamison, Autumn, and Ella, and five brothers and sisters: Michaline LaBreche, Denis LaBreche, Cheri (Tom) Ferraro, Michelle LaBreche and Rauel LaBreche.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Kay Ann LaBreche and a brother, Patrick LaBreche.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Saint Mary's Episcopal Church
214 West 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota
entry posted by Donna De Bie on 03-12-2014
Tone was such a great man and was so very nice and special to the people who were close to him and involved in the Chamber of Commerce with him. Hope he had a great life!!! Rest in Peace and know how much you were cared for.
entry posted by Geoffrey Vanden Heuvel on 03-11-2014
Tone was a good man. It was an honor to work with him at the Chino Chamber. May he rest in peace.
entry posted by Bob Fernandes on 03-11-2014
I met Tone when he interviewed me for a job at the Chino Chamber of Commerce. I was just out of High School and nervous but he put me at ease. He hired me and for the next 3 and 1/2 years I learned a lot. He was a kind, gentle man. Soft-spoken, he put everyone at ease and was able to accomplish a lot. I stayed in touch with him after I left the Chamber for a while until he moved to Mexico. I was able to reconnect with him through Facebook in the last couple of years. He was a great leader, boss and mentor to me. He will be missed by all and the world is a little darker with him gone. Shine your light in the heavens for us. RIP Tone! God Bless You..
entry posted by John Godinho on 03-11-2014
A soft spoken kind and gentle man. Rest in peace my friend.
entry posted by Clark Burnett on 03-11-2014
I first met Tone when he was the Executive Director of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce in Chino, California. He was a strong Advocate for Small Business Owners and was an exceptional Chamber Executive. He was a kind and humble man which attracted numerous people to him. I have not seen Tone for over 20 years and was happy to hear that he was back with his family in Mitchell, South Dakota. Tone was a terrific individual and a dear friend whom I will miss greatly. RIP Tone!
entry posted by Roger on 03-09-2014
Tone was a wonderful human being. He inspired countless people to be the best they could be and to grow and prosper. He believed in the goodness of all humankind and was quick to smile and welcome anyone to his world. He was one of the truly great men that I have known in my life and the world feels just a little less special with him gone. He will be missed but the good that he sponsored in life will continue on as a credit and tribute to this wonderful human man.
God Bless Tone in his eternal journey!