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Joseph La Reau

Joseph C. La Reau

Wednesday January 22, 1947 - Monday May 18, 2020
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Obituary

Joseph Charles La Reau, 73, Former Nutley Coach, Teacher, & Friend

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Joseph La Reau who passed away May 18, 2020 at Morristown Medical Center. Joe was born in Albany, NY on January 22, 1947. He graduated from SUNY Albany where he was a four-year starter on the soccer team, member of the Potter Club fraternity, and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Education. Upon graduation, he was drafted and proudly served as a Sergeant in the United States Army 7th Infantry Division.

After returning from service, Joe married the love of his life, Susan La Reau (Klarer). Joe met Sue on his paper route when he was 12 years old and they were inseparable ever since. Joe lived in Nutley for over 40 years. He was a physical education teacher at Washington School. He helped found the Nutley soccer program, served as Nutley High School’s first head varsity soccer coach, and was selected into the Nutley Soccer Hall of Fame. Joe later went on to have a successful career as a salesman until his retirement. For the past 5 years, Joe served as a member of the Board of Directors of One Summit, a charity dedicated to building resilience in children battling cancer.

Joe was an adventurer who lived life to its fullest. He loved to fish, golf, and especially to spend time with his family. He was a close friend to many, and a devoted husband, father, and papa to his grandchildren.

Joe is survived by his loving children Meghan La Reau Fedor and her husband Matthew, Adam La Reau and his wife Susan, and Jesse La Reau and his wife Allyson; his grandchildren, Madelyn Fedor, Jack Fedor, Nicholas Fedor, and Ella La Reau; and his brothers Jack and Jim La Reau and sister Terri Pennisi. Joe was pre-deceased by his parents Mary and John La Reau, his brother Chuck, and his beloved wife Susan.

Joe will be honored at a private funeral mass at S.W. Brown and Son Funeral Home. The family will hold a celebration of his life at a later date. The family welcomes friends to share stories or photos through Joe’s email: lareau.joe@gmail.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Joe’s memory to: One Summit, www.onesummit.org.
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Mike Daley

Posted at 07:52pm
Wish I could've met you, because I've gotten to know your son Adam and he's a great guy. Like Father, Like Son.
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Scott Kindler

Posted at 05:50am
So very sorry to hear of Coach LaReau's passing. He was always an inspiration to me and many of the former soccer players in Nutley. He was the founding father of soccer in Nutley hands down. My brother, Chuck Kindler, played on his very first recognized teams in NHS when it was just a "club." My brother passed in 1990 and I will always remember and cherish that Coach took the time and had the compassion to come to my home and console my Mom in her time of despair. I will never forget how much that meant to me. Coach was caring yet straight forward and as admirable as it gets. My thoughts and prayers are with him and all of the LaReau family members at this time. Please know Coach had a huge positive impact on so many and there is no greater compliment or purpose in this life as that. Miss you Coach! Scott Kindler
 
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Kevin Konopka Posted at 08:01am

Well put Scott. He really was a special man and was great to us as we learned the sport. Always even handed and I always admired him. Condolences to the family. Kevin Konopka
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Scott Kindler

Posted at 11:55pm
So very sorry to hear of Coach LaReau's passing. He was always an inspiration to me and many of the former soccer players in Nutley. He was the founding father of soccer in Nutley hands down. My brother, Chuck Kindler, played on his very first recognized teams in NHS when it was just a "club." My brother passed in 1990 and I will always remember and cherish that Coach took the time and had the compassion to come to my home and console my Mom in her time of despair. I will never forget how much that meant to me. Coach was caring yet straight forward and as admirable as it gets. My thoughts and prayers are with him and all of the LaReau family members at this time. Please know Coach had a huge positive impact on so many and there is no greater compliment or purpose in this life as that. Miss you Coach! Scott Kindler
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Scott Kindler

Posted at 11:54pm
So very sorry to hear of Coach LaReau's passing. He was always an inspiration to me and many of the former soccer players in Nutley. He was the founding father of soccer in Nutley hands down. My brother, Chuck Kindler, played on his very first recognized teams in NHS when it was just a "club." My brother passed in 1990 and I will always remember and cherish that Coach took the time and had the compassion to come to my home and console my Mom in her time of despair. I will never forget how much that meant to me. Coach was caring yet straight forward and as admirable as it gets. My thoughts and prayers are with him and all of the LaReau family members at this time. Please know Coach had a huge positive impact on so many and there is no greater compliment or purpose in this life as that. Miss you Coach! Scott Kindler
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Scott Kindler

Posted at 11:52pm
So very sorry to hear of Coach LaReau's passing. He was always an inspiration to me and many of the former soccer players in Nutley. He was the founding father of soccer in Nutley hands down. My brother, Chuck Kindler, played on his very first recognized teams in NHS when it was just a "club." My brother passed in 1990 and I will always remember and cherish that Coach took the time and had the compassion to come to my home and console my Mom in her time of despair. I will never forget how much that meant to me. Coach was caring yet straight forward and as admirable as it gets. My thoughts and prayers are with him and all of the LaReau family members at this time. Please know Coach had a huge positive impact on so many and there is no greater compliment or purpose in this life as that. Miss you Coach! Scott Kindler
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