Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 27, 2014

Josiah J. LaBonte

HARTWELL, Ga. — Josiah “Sonny Boy” James LaBonte, 29, of Hartwell, Ga., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in South Carolina after a car accident. Josiah was born on May 31, 1984, in Traverse City, the son of Luci Williams and Michael Widmaier.

Josiah was a tall, gentle giant who loved his family very much.

Josiah is survived by his mother, Luci Lin (John) Williams; father, Michael Widmaier; sisters, Michaela LaBonte, Bryanna Williams, Roseanne Widmaier and Leanne Rice; and grandfather, Michael Girard.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Brenda Girard.

A celebration of Josiah’s life will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m., at 1638 Linden Ave., Traverse City.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Father Fred Foundation, PO Box 2260, Traverse City, MI 49685 and/or a donation of food, pet food, winter clothes and/or a thankfulness in your heart for the special times you have in this life with the gifts of family and true friends with which you are blessed.

Please share memories with Josiah’s family at their online guestbook at



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