Constance M. Lareau



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 and sign the family’s guest book.

The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.