Albion wants memorial at Bullard Park for LaLonde

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 October 2013 at 12:00 am

ALBION – For years she was one of the biggest cheerleaders for the Albion parks program. Kathy LaLonde also spearheaded efforts to develop a long-term master plan for the Bullard Park.

She volunteered on the village’s Recreation Committee and personally served refreshments to children at some of the local parks.

The Village Board and Parks Director John Grillo want a memorial for LaLonde at Bullard Park. LaLonde was 54 when she died on Sunday after fighting cancer.

“We just lost a great person who was very into the community,” Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheehan said during Wednesday’s board meeting.

The village and the Recreation Committee will consider how to best recognize LaLonde at the park.

Calling hours for LaLonde are today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home, 12 Ingersoll St. Her funeral service is Friday at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Albion.