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Rousseau, Lauren G.
Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau, 30, of Danbury, precious daughter of Gilles and Teresa Rousseau, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, with the other innocent victims of the mass violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
She leaves her disbelieving immediate family, Teresa Rousseau and Bill Leukhardt, of Danbury; Joyce and Gilles Rousseau, of Southbury; Matthew Rousseau, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Andrew Rousseau, of Danbury; Nathaniel Leukhardt, of Waterbury; Emily Leukhardt and Marissa Belcinksi, of Bristol; and Hilda Sullivan and Andrew Leukhardt, of Providence, R.I.
She is also mourned by Anthony Lusardi III, of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. , the love of her life; and his family, Susan and Anthony Lusardi Jr., of Cortlandt Manor, and Jenna and Greg Strong, of Philadelphia.
Lauren was known for her exuberance, her love of family and of children, her friendliness, kindness and loyalty, and her ever-present smile. "If she didn't have a smile on her face, she was trying to make someone else feel like smiling," a longtime friend said this week.
Lauren was born in Danbury Hospital on June 8, 1982.
She was a kindergartner at Hayestown Avenue School, then attended Roberts Avenue School, Broadview Middle School and Danbury High School, where her greatest joys were singing and dancing in the yearly musical and teaching in the school-based nursery school.
She graduated from the University of Connecticut at Storrs in 2004 with a degree in English and psychology, and she earned a master's degree in elementary education from the University of Bridgeport.
She did her yearlong teaching internship at Robert Avenue School, some of it in the same classroom where she had been a first-grader.
She did her student teaching at John Pettibone School in New Milford, and later worked as a substitute teacher in Danbury, New Milford and Newtown. She was hired as a permanent substitute teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary only weeks before her death.
From her college years on she worked in catering at Fox Hill Inn in Brookfield, and the past few years she also worked at the Starbucks coffee shop at Exit 2 in Danbury.
Other survivors include much-loved grandparents Evelyn Martin, of Landisville, Pa.; Virginia and Charles A. Powers Jr., of Hyannis Port, Mass., and George and Susan Zaleha, of Monroe.
Lauren's love also embraced her many aunts, uncles and cousins. They are (godfather) Jocelyn and Ghyslaine Rousseau, of Danbury and son Marc; Carol and Dan Wiley, and Bryan J., Megan, Sean and Jackson Wiley, all of Alabama; Jon and Robin Wiley, of Colorado; and Kirsten Wiley, of Virginia.
Also, Jim and (godmother) Vicki Nagle; Steve, Brenda, Mark and Amy Bomgardner; Nick, Emily and Samuel Wiley, all of Pennsylvania; Pauline Leukhardt and David Fenner, of Massachusetts; and Ned Leukhardt, Elise Olaussen, Sara Olaussen, Elida Leukhardt and Annamad Hjortaas, of Norway.
Also, William, Deborah, Hope, Deborah and William Zaleha, of Derby; and Suzanne, L. Stephen, Jeanette, Andre and the late Christian Ward, of Minnesota.
Also, in Quebec, Canada: Lisette, Andre and Francis Binet; Jacques, Noella and Nancy Rousseau; Francois, Collette, David and Stephanie Rousseau; Celine, Claude, Sophie and Brigitte Jean; Jean Yves, Marjolaine, Jan and Frederic Rousseau; Johanne, Serge and Simone Ouellette; Denis, Alessia and the late Josee Gosselin; Michel Rousseau and Helene Guedon.
Family, friends and coworkers are invited to calling hours Thursday at 10 a.m. in First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m.


To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Danbury News Times from Dec. 18 to Dec. 20, 2012.
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December 28, 2019
Hope your X'mas was heavenly!
Alex
November 14, 2019
I'm shocked by another school shooting down in California. 2 people died :(
Alex
September 22, 2019
Lauren, that little kitty that would hide when you came to visit has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Please keep an eye out for Sundance.
Norma Vinchkoski
September 20, 2019
Hey Lauren,

I could not imagine how heavy hearted your loved ones feel each time they think of you.

So this week I left messages for your pupil Noah & Vicky Soto, a victim of last Octobers Pittsburgh shooting, then two 9/11 victims from Flight 77. Both were a student & teacher, in fact...
Alex
September 3, 2019
Could not believe the news from Texas last Saturday, as seven people sadly lost their lives in another gun tragedy. But Id imagine you welcomed them into heaven and showing those souls your passion for teaching!
Alex
June 8, 2019
Happy birthday in paradise Lauren! The wonderful community of Newtown, CT misses you dearly.

Im hoping we cross paths in the afterlife. We would share our personal stories of our lives, talk at a coffee shop, roam around heaven, etc. Ill keep you in my thoughts.
Alex
July 29, 2018
Rip
Erwin Last
December 6, 2017
June 20, 2017
PRAYERS
Valenda Newell
May 1, 2017
Lauren may you rest in gods loving arms forever.
Brian
February 11, 2016
Keep teaching. We need more inspirational teachers like you. God bless you.
Gary Rosenthal
December 18, 2015
jimmy
December 15, 2015
Thinking of you, the wonderful staff, and the young children who perished. Many blessings to you all. God bless.
December 14, 2015
We miss you just as much today as the day you were taken from us. Lauren, you were the kindest person I ever encountered. Rest in peace.
Norma
December 14, 2015
Karen
December 13, 2015
bella
November 19, 2015
love jimmy
jimmy
August 7, 2015
a candle for lauren
jimmy
April 2, 2015
God Bless your legacy darling!
Happy Easter! I know your watching over those amazing kids in heaven, Thank you!
Clay Lewis
February 12, 2015
happy valentines day
jimmy
December 10, 2014
thinking of twenty six this sunday ,love jimmy
jimmy
November 21, 2014
happy thanksgiving,jimmy
jimmy
June 29, 2014
I'm sorry your life was cut short, Lauren! You are a good soul and are missed! RIP Lauren!
Eliot Schickler
June 28, 2014
RIP
June 13, 2014
Paulette, Kelly, Michelle and Lauren
June 12, 2014
Happy belated birthday Lauren.
Brenna
April 20, 2014
Thinking of you Lauren, your family and loved ones; and the special others who were taken from us on Dec 14th. May you have peace this Easter Sunday and always.
annymous
April 19, 2014
happy easter
love jimmy
jimmy
January 4, 2014
Let There Be Peace On Earth!!

The World Misses Your Passion and Advocacy, For Kids More Than You Know!!!
Juli
January 1, 2014
Bella B
December 14, 2013
For God is not unrighteous so as to forget your work and the love you showed for his name by ministering and continuing to minister to the holy ones (Hebrews 6:10). Lauren will never be forgotten for all the work she did for her community and especially those sweat little ones in her care. May God continue to strengthen your family in these “times hard to deal with” (2Tim 3:1), especially without a beloved one such as Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau.
Robert
December 14, 2013
Rest in peace brave Angel Lauren you and your family are in in my thoughts each and every day
karen imbimbo
December 14, 2013
my prayers are with the rousseau family today.god bless you all.
bella b
December 14, 2013

In Loving Memory of Lauren Rousseau

It's been a year now since sweet Lauren went away
Her loved ones miss her every single day.

She worked so hard to get her degree so that she could teach
There were so many lives, young and old, that she reached.

Being like a ray of sunshine as she walked through the Sandy Hook halls
Pausing for a moment her spirit can be felt seeping through the Sandy Hook walls.

So like a mother hen when she heard the piercing 'noise'
She gathered around her those precious little girls and boys.

As she bowed her head she frantically prayed
For God to give her strength to be calm and brave.

Realizing God needed her help with the angels from Sandy Hook
He wanted her to continue her dream and teach them to read a book.

So with all her children gathered round her she didn't hesitate
With a radiant smile upon her face she walked them through the heavenly gate.

She truly looked forward teaching them of heavenly things
Such as cleaning their halos and after a day of play how to dust their little wings.

She's to teach them how to fly around and float upon a cloud
And the songs of the heavenly choir with their sweet voices singing clear and loud.

As you listen through the quiet of the night
Perhaps you can hear them singing with the stars shining ever so bright.

And as the lone star winks at you think of Lauren's smile
And remember she's watching over you as if you were her child.

So bow your head in the most earnest prayer and say
"Thank you dear God, 'ere the time be so short for sending her my way."

December 14, 2013

Donna S. Branson
613 Rebel Ridge Rd.
South Chesterfield, VA 23834
Donna Branson
December 14, 2013
Remembering beautiful Lauren and keeping her and the Rousseau family in my heart and in my prayers today and every day. Love always wins.
Mary Kinsley
December 13, 2013
And if I go, while you are still here...
Know that I still live on,
Vibrating to a different measure,
Behind a thin veil that you cannot see through.
You will not see me, so you must have faith.
I will wait there for the time when we can soar together again, both aware of each other.
Until then, live your life to the fullest.
And when you need me, just whisper my name in your heart,
...I will be there.~Unkown
Lynn westenberger
December 13, 2013
Rest in Peace
Scott Chamberland
December 13, 2013
God bless the family. Our hearts are broken and you are all in our prayers.
D See
November 26, 2013
happy thanksgiving in heaven lauren. to the rousseau family and friends.may our heavly father bring you comfort this holiday season. may he bring you comfort on the 14th. the one year mark when lauren a hero became a angel.god bless you all.
bella b
November 25, 2013
It can be so hard to face the first year without Lauren , but God can give you all the strength you need to carry you through. He is aware of your pain and whatever you are going through emotionally. .. let him help you he knows what you need. (Jeremiah 29:12) . . .And YOU will certainly call me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to YOU. . .
Camille
November 5, 2013
Wanted to let your family know that we are still thinking of you every day and hope your family finds peace. She was a true hero that day. I have watched your family in the videos from Demand Action, which I am a member of.
I am so very sorry for your loss.
Sincerely
Meredith Chermansky
October 1, 2013
bella b
September 29, 2013
‘Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to persons like them.' Then Jesus takes the children in his arms, and blesses them. (Mt 19:13-15) Isn't it good to know that Jesus loves little children?
We must continue to cherish our little ones like Jesus before tragedy takes them away.
Robert
August 21, 2013
bella
June 15, 2013
TO MR.ROUSSEAU FAMILY AND FRIENDS . MAY OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN BRING YOU COMFORT THIS FATHERS DAY 6/16/2013.TO HERO NOW ANGEL LAUREN A LITTLE LATE HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN 6/8/2013.GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
BELLA
June 14, 2013
Beautiful, strong, courageous Lauren by the loving way you lived your life. Your Spirit of grace lives on by the example you showed as a kind and caring teacher. May my loving thoughts and prayers help in some way to ease the grief of your family. You are very special. Bless You All.
Mrs. Robert
June 14, 2013
We will never forget
Dayna
June 8, 2013
Happy first birthday in heaven. We miss you more each day.
Norma Vinchkoski
June 7, 2013
happy birthday
lauren rousseau i will be hiking mt washington on your birthday,when i am in the clouds i will think of you, happy birthday love jimmy
james havens
May 14, 2013
Five months later, we still miss you terribly, Lauren

The Vinchkoski Family
April 10, 2013
God bless and embrace you Lauren. My deepest sympathies to your family and friends.
John Pagnani
April 5, 2013
Brave One Rest in Peace. You and your Family are always in my prayers.
Karen
April 1, 2013
It has been more than three months since your tragic loss. My prayer is that you continue to heal; let yourself grieve by talking to family and friends. Talking about your feelings to a “true companion” who will listen empathetically can bring a relief. (Proverbs 17:17) Writing your feelings or your memories of your dear one lost can be soothing to the soul. We all grieve differently – at our own pace and in our own way. May you continue to find comfort from those with kindred spirit as we await God's wonderful promises for tomorrow!
Kathleen H.
March 30, 2013
Dear Terri and Family,
I have waited so long to write because there are no words for such a tragedy. I will always remember Lauren as a loving child who loved learning. She has never been forgotten! I can still hear her raspy voice and cherish my memory of our tea party at your home, when she was a second grader. My heart aches for your family! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely,
Annette Luciani
March 17, 2013
Thinking of you and praying that you are getting through your grief. Lauren will never be forgotten.
March 8, 2013
memorial cairn
lauren i have made a rock cairn,and i have put a rock on it as a memorial to you ,love jimmy
james havens
February 26, 2013
Ms. Rousseau, you had not been a teacher for very long, but I must say, YOU WERE THE ABSOLUTE BEST! I am CERTAIN that God called you Home that terrible day to care for ALL those PRECIOUS babies until their families and friends get to Heaven! You are the consummate educator who was truly CALLED to the profession. My utmost and deepest sympathies to your family and friends BOTH NOW AND ALWAYS! You are TRULY a HERO I SHALL NEVER FORGET!

With SINCEREST sympathy NOW AND FOREVER,
Lisa Swanzy
February 26, 2013
Just wanted to say your family is still in my prayers. God bless you all.
Cynthia Lavender, Greensboro Alabama
February 19, 2013
When I think of how tragic it is for a teacher and her students to be gunned down and everyone killed I cannot fathom it. I am sure Lauren did everything she could to try to shield the children. She is in heaven with her 15 little angels. So very sad.
February 13, 2013
I live in Virginia Beach and have never met Lauren but I know how kind words can help to heal the pain so I wanted to take afew minutes to write to send you my sincerest Condolences to all of Lauren's friends and Family...I know these words can not turn back the hands of time but hopefully knowing that across the miles people from all over know what a loving Soul She still is and the Hero She was...
Michelle Pappachriston
February 10, 2013
Love to Lauren's family and friends.
pam
February 8, 2013
RIP Lauren, you were a beautiful person who will be greatly missed. I appreciated having you as a barista, and hope that you are at peace now.
Nicole
February 4, 2013
One of my parents at SMES just left me an anonymous gift and note about Lauren. They did this as an act of service for me being a dedicated teacher. I pray for Lauren and the family today for her dedication in life to the lives of children. There is no greater gift than being a teacher of the future. May God's grace provide and know that your Lauren's work will be in the lives of those who still live.
Sharrel shepard
February 2, 2013
Experiencing the death of a loved one is never a joyous occasion. May you find peace in knowing that soon, our creator will completely remove death forever.(1 CORINTHIANS 15:26)
February 1, 2013
Lauren, Keep the children safe with your new angel wings. To the family, may you find peace in knowing Lauren was a hero that day. Not a day goes by that I don't have you in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and keep you safe and strong.
Marc Cormier
February 1, 2013
Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Lauren. She dedicated herself to her family, friends and students. She will be greatly missed.
Margery and Michael Solomon
January 31, 2013
Seems like a very wonderful/beautiful person in all ways. Very real. Rest in Peace.
Seth
January 30, 2013
I will pray every day for your family's loss of Lauren. God bless you as you grieve this significant loss. He will put you in perfect peace eventually. I will pray in the meantime.
Ellen Robinson
January 30, 2013
Love you Lauren. Think about you all the time. Miss you lady!
Sara
January 30, 2013
I didn't know you Lauren, but my heart goes out to you and your family. I pray for the strength of your family as they grieve for you. May your loving memory inspire others!
Carol Reinhard
January 25, 2013
Bible Student
January 25, 2013
Dear Rousseau Family: We are praying for your family, that God will uphold you with His loving arms. That He will give you "peace that passeth understanding." Her sweet smile will never be forgotten.
Dr. and Mrs. Gregory Enas
January 20, 2013
RIP sweet Lauren. I did not know you, but my thoughts and prayers go out to your family and all the other victims families. My heart goes out to you all. God Bless you.
Laura Mullins
January 19, 2013
rest in peace xoxox
Snowden Family
January 18, 2013
never new her ,but she seems like a great person.so sorry ,this is very sad.i am 64 years old ,i never have seen any thing like this in my life. love jimmy
james havens
January 15, 2013
RIP Lauren. You are truly a hero.
Stephanie
January 15, 2013
There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.
God bless you Lauren Rousseau! May your star shine brightly in heaven forever more and may God bless you abundantly for doing whatever you could to protect the children in your care. And may he comfort and bless your family abundantly for their great loss of a beloved family member.
Alfred & Irina Romo
January 15, 2013
May you rest in peace
Linda
January 14, 2013
Remembering you today, Lauren, you are a true hero for all that you did. I'm also thinking of you Tony. I understand your heartbreak and wish you great and everlasting healing from your sorrow. May you find peace, love and joy again
andy biondi
January 13, 2013
Thinking of Lauren
January 12, 2013
Sending you all my love and prayers.
pam
January 11, 2013
R.I.P. Lauren.

My prayers and thoughts are with your family.

Lauren will remain in my memory.
Jo Ragsdale
January 11, 2013
Our words can not express our sorrow. However, we pray that the words of our loving Creator will help to bring comfort and hope. Psalms37:9-11
January 9, 2013
Rest in Peace Lauren. I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Lauren. Her love for those children showed in her courage on that very sorrowful day. I pray God brings you strength and comfort during this very difficult time. Lauren's memory will live in our hearts always.
Darryl, Diana & Seth McGill
January 9, 2013
I am truly sorry for your loss. No doubt Lauren was a very special person to all here family, friends and students. Your in my thoughts and prayers as you find comfort in Gods word at Psm 72:12-14..."He will deliver the poor one crying for help...From oppression and from violence he will redeem their soul."
T Ferro
January 7, 2013
I walked a mile for you (mile #22) on 1/6/13 as a dedication to your life.
Barbara Boam
January 7, 2013
Sorry for the loss of your precious loved one, Lauren. We are keeping the famliy in our thoughts and heartfelt prayers at this difficult time. She loved teaching and was there for her kids. She will be missed by so many. Cherish her wonderful memories, love and the special times that you shared together always have a special place in your hearts. Our condolences to your family and the families of the other victims. God will strengthen and sustain you. PS.46:1 PS.55:22
Brown's
January 6, 2013
May God bless her spirit and the families and friends find peace and happiness <3
Carrin
January 6, 2013
Your spirit is still with us. Love
pam
January 5, 2013
To Bill and Terry and Family,

Our sympathy and friendship, may you find peace in your hearts in Lauren's short life. We read about her in the 1/1 article on the front page of The Courant, and only then, made the connection that she was Bill's stepdaughter. We don't say "step" in our world - it takes many parents! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Lucy & Dan Sargeant, Alexis Stein, Sasha Stein * Formerly Lucy Stein
January 4, 2013
To the Family of Lauren please accept my Prayers and Condolences. Allow God to really help you during your grieving process 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and Psalm 46:1.
Michelle
January 3, 2013
Rest in peace in Heaven with your Little Ones, Lauren.
Scott
January 3, 2013
You are still a light for all the world. May your loved ones always feel your presence. You are so special.
Lynda Greene
January 2, 2013
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your Beloved Lauren, R.I.P. Lauren
kate morrill
January 2, 2013
I have so many good memories of Lauren from our time together at Danbury High School. Much love to her family and friends during this tragic time.
Kelly Ralabate
January 1, 2013
My condolences to Lauren's family and friends. You raised a special daughter who has affected everyone around the world. God bless to you and all the families that lost their loved one. The world will never forget the unselfishness of the Sandy Hook staff that protected the children.
Lori
January 1, 2013
I was so saddened to hear of Lauren's death. As a teacher, I know personally of how many years of dedication it can take to land a teaching position. Although I am glad that she was able to attain a position, I am saddened by the fact that she wasn't able to contribute to children for many years to come.May we forever remember her dedication, warmth, and sacrifice. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and the entire community.
Kristen Morey
January 1, 2013
Thank you. You make the earth a better place. You will not be forgotten.
December 31, 2012
May the kind and consoling words and deeds of friends continue to be a source of strength to you in your time of distress. (Proverbs 17:17)

Sorrowfully submitted to the family.
December 31, 2012
erik walker
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