Thomas G. Lareau
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1940 - 2012 PITTSFIELD Thomas G. Lareau, 72, of 555 Williams St., Pittsfield, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at Veterans Administration Medical Center in Leeds, Northampton, after a long illness.
He was born in Faribault, Minn., on Nov. 6, 1940, son of the late Elwood and Audrey Neva Geike Lareau. He was a graduate of Zumbrota High School in Zumbrota, Minneapolis, Minn. A highly-decorated Vietnam Army veteran, he served from Feb. 13, 1957, until June 13, 1975. Among his many commendations and medals, including the Republic of Vietnam medals, he was awarded the Air Medal, two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star Medal. Mr. Lareau spent the majority of his career in the Army and upon retirement worked in non-destructive testing. He was employed by General Electric in Lynn and in Pittsfield for 15 to 20 years until 1998. During the early 1990s, he worked for Azdel Plastics in Detroit, Michigan. He returned to Pittsfield in 2000. He was active in the Masonic Lodges in Texas and Minnesota and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 65 in Pittsfield, The American Legion in Dalton, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Pittsfield.
Mr. Lareau leaves his wife, the former Khuong T. Ho Thi, whom he married in 1961. Besides his wife, Mr. Lareau is survived by three daughters, Suzanne Olson and her husband, Barry, of Seattle, Wash.; Monique Wood and her husband, Bruce, Sr., of East Nassau, NY and Susan Lareau of Pittsfield; two sons, Michane Lareau and his wife, Marianne, of Hainesville, IL, and David Lareau of Pittsfield; three sisters, Elizabeth Smith, Rochelle Hawkins, and Rozarre Sommerfield, all of Minnesota; as well as 10 grandchildren, Erik and Laura Olson, Jason, Hailey, Ashley, and Joshua Lareau, Jamie, Bruce Jr., and Tawnee Wood, and Michael Krutiak; and a great-granddaughter, Gemma Olson.
He was predeceased by his brother, Tony Lareau and by his stepfather, Newell Aaker.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Thomas G. Lareau will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. at Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Timothy Weisman, pastor, officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Pittsfield Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m., with a Masonic service to follow at DERY FUNERAL HOME.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Lareau may be made to Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church or to the Vietnam Veterans, Chapter 65, both in care of the funeral home, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 13, 2012
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