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Toodie catering for the third generation

November 2, 2012
Daily Press

ROCK - A long-time Rock resident has been in the catering business for so many years, she recently found herself cooking the wedding meal for the third generation from both sides of the newlyweds' families.

Doris "Toodie" Carlson was preparing the meal for the wedding reception of Victor and Leesa (Verbrigghe) LaCosse on Sept. 29 when someone pointed out how many other weddings in the family she has cooked for over the years.

Carlson posed for a photograph of three generations of seven couples she had catered for at their weddings. The couples included the bride and groom, the bride's parents and grandparents, the groom's parents and grandparents, and the newlyweds' aunts and uncles.

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Toodie Carlson, pictured in the middle, poses with three generations of families she has cooked wedding meals for over the years. Pictured from left, standing are Jerome Verbrigghe, Brenda and Greg Bennetts, Ron and Amy Koski, Victor and Leesa LaCosse, Linda and Dave Verbrigghe, Michelle and Al LaCosse, kneeling is Judy Verbrigghe, and sitting are Victor and Marilyn LaCosse.

Carlson began her catering career in 1957 preparing food for weddings, reunions, anniversaries, birthdays, and special get-togethers for businesses and organizations mainly in Delta and Marquette counties.

Carlson also worked as a cook at Rock and Mid Peninsula schools from 1965 to 1987, serving as head cook for 22 years.

When she was 16 years old, she worked as a waitress at Frank's Restaurant in Gladstone. Her parents, Joe and Stella (LaFave) Labumbard, later bought the business and named it Stella's Cafe. Over the years, the restaurant changed ownership under names such as the Dew Drop Inn and Deb's Home Cooking.



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