Mass of the Christian burial for Rene Belgarde, age 59 of Dunseith, was held on Tuesday March 20, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church of rural Dunseith. Burial was in the Church Cemetery. Officiating at the service was the Reverend Fr. Dave Mumba S.O.L.T. Special music was provided. Casket bearers were Mike Cree, Devon Belgarde, Jerry Tanner, Cody Houle, Marshall LaRocque and Harold Gillis. Honorary bearers were friends and family at the service.
Rene Belgarde, a son of James C. and Emma (Parisien) Belgarde, was born on July 3, 1952 at Belcourt. He was raised and educated in the Belcourt area. After the competition of his education he began working with his father doing carpentry work in the area. Rene then worked in Southwest North Dakota as an Ironworker at several coal gasification plants near Beulah. Rene then moved to Washington where he worked for a time. He moved to Montana and worked for Blaze Construction as a carpenter. In 1990 he returned to the Dunseith area and worked for several construction companies in the area.
He enjoyed watching TV, going to the Casino, attending auto auctions and visiting with family and friends.
Rene passed away on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 in a Belcourt hospital.
He is survived by his companion, Ola Houle of Dunseith, sons, Rene St. Pierre Jr., and Kevin St. Pierre both of Dunseith and Keith St. Pierre of California; a daughter, Angela Layton of Perham, MN; a grandchild, Taylor Layton; brothers, Eddie Parisien of Marysville, WA, Clifford Belgarde of Belcourt; sisters, Eunice Phillips of Dunseith and Marie Harold of Plano, TX; ½ brother, Arthur “Jumbo” Norquay of Moorhead, MN; step children, Peggy Houle, Tammy Houle-Peltier and Chad Houle all of Dunseith; grandson, Cole DeCoteau; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Rene was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Richard Parisien and Tommy Belgarde.