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Louise Roy LaBrosse, 79, of East Hartford, CT, and Venice, FL, went to the shaded tennis courts in the sky on Monday (February 13, 2012). She died after a brave battle with brain cancer. Louise, fondly known as Memere by her grandchildren, was born on January 23, 1933 in Central Falls, RI to Richard and Corinne Roy. She grew up in Rhode Island and graduated from Rhode Island College of Education. After marrying the love of her life, Andre Raymond LaBrosse, they lived in Japan for several years while Andre was in the Army then moved to East Hartford to raise their family. She also earned a graduate degree in reading from the University of Connecticut. Louise taught elementary school reading in the East Hartford school system for over 25 years. In retirement she continued to teach reading to adult learners through Literacy Volunteers. She shared her love for reading with thousands of children and adults alike. She was also a volunteer usher at the Hartford Bushnell. Louise will be remembered for her love of sports, games and music. She was a founding member of the Glenbrooke Swim and Tennis Club where one could find her playing tennis with the ladies that she organized at least twice a week. In retirement she enjoyed playing tennis during the winter months with her friends and teammates at Bay Indies in Venice Florida. No reunion was complete without the family tennis tournament or family outfits for that matter! Louise shared her love of the craft of stained glass and started a club and class at Bay Indies. She was known for her Scrabble and bridge gamesmanship and shared many a game with family and friends. Memere enjoyed kayaking, especially on the canal behind her Florida home and participated yearly with her family at the Glastonbury Nayaug boat races. She shared her love for music and the piano with her children and grandchildren, too. Memere taught them all how to cook, sew and knit, even the guys! She loved to travel with Andy and her children and grandchildren spending many a holiday with family in Hawaii, Alaska and Europe. Louise is survived by her husband of 56 years, Andre, her six children; Dan and his wife Mari Beth LaBrosse of Fairbanks, AK, Jacques and his wife Darcy LaBrosse of Merrimack, NH, Luc LaBrosse commuting between the Big Island, Maui, HI and Reno, NV, Michelle LaBrosse of Anchorage, AK, Joe and his wife Kathy LaBrosse of Glastonbury, and Jeanine LaBrosse and her wife Teresa Forte of East Hartford. Memere also had nine grandchildren that she loved to be with: Aubin LaBrosse of San Jose, CA, Nicole LaBrosse Peters and husband Bernhard Peters of London, England, Kristen LaBrosse and fiancé Eric Medina of San Diego, CA, Nathan LaBrosse of Reno, NV, Grant LaBrosse of Nashua, NH, Anne Lindsley of Portland, OR, Kate Lindsley of Anchorage, AK, Laura LaBrosse and Kyle LaBrosse of Glastonbury. Louise is also survived by her brother, Padre Francisco Gilles Roy of Shrewsbury, MA, formerly of Peru, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her three sisters, Jeannine O'Keefe of Rhode Island, Madeline Metcalf of Ohio, and Lucille Moran of Pennsylvania.
Memorial services in Florida are on February 16, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Osprey. Visiting hours are March 2, 2012 from 4-7 p.m. at D'Esopo- East Hartford Memorial Chapel. A celebration of Louise's life will be held in Connecticut on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace Church in East Hartford.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 19, 2012
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