Charleston, SC ..... Constance Mathurin Lareau died peacefully, Friday, April 20, 2018. She was a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and a good friend to many.
She was born in Woonsocket, RI, to the late Oliva Mathurin and Eva Schnadd Mathurin on December 30, 1924 and married Alain Lareau in 1943. She was his beloved wife and together they had eight children. The family moved to Sumter in 1957, where they made their home for over 60 years. Connie was an active member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church.
As a mother, she gave several incredible gifts to her children. First, she let them be “children”. She let them (made them) play outdoors. They now know that being relegated to the wild swamp lands of their backyard in Sumter was one of the most clever ways that she kept her sanity with “the children.” While her children were forced outside in all kinds of inclement weather, they soon learned to love and respect nature.
Another gift that is closely connected to nature is the love of water. Connie was afraid of water and never learned to swim, but she never let her children know about her fear. Her gift was not imparting fear to her children, but rather letting them revel in this glorious part of nature while she sat on the chore counting heads and praying!
The other gift Connie gave her children was the gift of reading. Every week she would load all the children in the non-air-conditioned Chevy station wagon and drive them to Sumter Carnegie Library. They loved it but the matronly librarians dreaded the onslaught of eight happy, energetic children. The children did not dare lose any book because that meant not going to the library for a whole week!
Another gift was the gift of art. Connie was a very fine painter. She enjoyed oils and many of her children have continued to develop their artistic gift. Lastly, Connie enjoyed cooking and baking for them! She made the best homemade bread from scratch. She was known for making pancakes, French toast, fried eggs and bacon, or homemade doughnuts. She was also smart enough to realize when life was too hectic, cold cereal would suffice.
Connie is survived by seven children; four sons, Alain H. Lareau Jr. of Bishopville, SC, Noel E. Lareau and his wife Carol of Asheville, NC, Blaise S. Lareau and his wife Ashley of Sumter and Neil W. Lareau and his wife Dianne of Daluth, GA; three daughters, Leslie A. DeWitt of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Sister Donna F. Lareau of Charleston, SC and Paula A. Lareau of Greenville, SC.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in by her husband Alain H. Lareau and her daughter, Jane Lareau.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 11:00 am at St. Anne’s Catholic with Fr. Giovannie Nunez, CRM officiating. A private family burial will follow in the St. Lawrence Cemetery.
You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family’s guest book.
The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.
St. Lawrence Cemetery
Monday April 23rd, 2018
W Oakland Street
Sumter , SC 29150
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St. Anne Catholic Church
Monday April 23rd, 2018
216 East Liberty Street
Sumter, SC 29150
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I am saddened to hear of my Aunt Connie's passing. Prior to my mother MaryJane's passing, she and Connie would write letters and call each other often. I spoke to Connie a few years ago and she was very kind , considerate and full of life. I was glad I called her. My thoughts and condolences go out to all my cousins.
Submitted by Michael Lareau on Apr 25 2018 11:57:42 AM
It’s not easy to know what to say to one who has lost someone near and dear to them, but I sincerely hope that you and your family will take comfort in knowing that the last enemy death will soon be done away with. The inspired words of our loving Heavenly Father tells us that …”He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.” (Rev. 21:4)
Submitted by Dorothy Stokes on Apr 25 2018 08:41:09 AM
Connie I will miss you forever -- Blanche Smith
Submitted by Blanche Smith on Apr 24 2018 10:16:46 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Submitted by James and. Cathey Camacho on Apr 22 2018 10:14:26 PM
Leslie my heart breaks for you with the loss of your sweet mother , Connie !! She was my church companion for years! I will say a rosary in her honor my love to all the family !! Jo Hamby
Submitted by josephine hamby on Apr 22 2018 07:41:07 PM
Heartfelt thoughts and prayers with the family.
Submitted by Steven DeWitt Roth on Apr 22 2018 05:40:23 PM
So saddened to hear about the passing of your mother. What a long and wonderful life she led. I know you and your brothers and sisters will miss her terribly. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Barbara Freed-James and Tommie James
Submitted by Barbara Freed-James on Apr 22 2018 02:19:40 PM
My thoughts and Prayers are with you. Neil and Diane and Family
Submitted by Lynda Troyan on Apr 22 2018 12:23:40 PM
Leslie, we miss our mothers in so many ways, may the peace of God be with you at this time in your life...I remember her.
Submitted by Nola Keyes Stakem on Apr 22 2018 10:42:20 AM
Leslie, thoughts and prayers with you and your family at this time.
Tom & Peggy
Submitted by Tom & Peggy Tindal on Apr 22 2018 10:07:14 AM
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