Joseph “Joe” S. LaBrecque, 58, a long-time resident of Keene and formerly of Brandon, VT died on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene. He passed peacefully with the love of family and dear friends near after a very brief period of declining health.
Joseph was born the son of the late Constance R.(Bushway) and Joseph A. LaBrecque on November 6, 1959 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was educated in Brandon, VT. where he graduated from Otter Valley Union High School class of 1978. Joe then went on and attended St. Michael’s College. His studies brought him to Castleton College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education.
On May 3, 1986 he exchanged vows with his love of his life Claudia A. Myers. They were married in a simple service with close family and friends in attendance. The LaBrecque’s have been married for the past thirty-one years.
Joe was a teacher for the city of Keene, SAU 29. He worked for various schools in the Keene school system as a Pre-school teacher and was currently working at the Jonathan Daniels School as a Pre-school Teacher. He has been working with local children and families in Keene for the past eighteen years.
He was an active member of the Sturtevant Chapel in Keene for many years. His time at the church was giving to programs like Coach Joe, Kidz Konnection and as the coordinator of the men’s group at the church. He was also a Scout Master for pack 16 at St. Joseph’s School in Keene. He was a youth leader at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Swanzey for many years. Joe was proud to be a member of the Sons of the American Legion in Keene. Mostly, Joe loved kids and young people. It was important for him to mentor and teach the younger generations. He was a loving and caring husband, father and in time a grandfather. His heart and his home were open for anyone in need and he was always ready to extend a hand.
Mr. LaBrecque is survived by his wife, Claudia A. LaBrecque of Keene. His children; Heather M. Milanesi and her husband Jason of Enfield, Jessica L. LaBrecque and her fiancée Joe Ciampanelli of Cranston, R.I. Joshua J. LaBrecque and his fiancée Kristen Cormier of Swanzey, Jacob D. LaBrecque and his wife Emily of North Walpole, Rebekah-Anne M. LaBrecque and her fiancee Brendan Davis of Northampton, MA. and Patrick Fisher of Keene. His mother in-law Charlotte A. Redner of Keene. Siblings; Steve LaBrecque and his wife Meg of Rutland, VT. MaryJo Wheeler and her husband Steve of Pittsford, VT. Toryn LaBrecque of Snowflake, AZ. Theresa LaBrecque of Tucson, AZ. Marie McDuff and her husband Larry of Pittsford, VT. Michael LaBrecque of Rutland, VT. and Andrea Leonard of Florida. Grandchildren; Gavin Grant, Jackson LaBrecque, Aiden Milanesi, Sage LaBrecque, Avery LaBrecque, Grayson Ciampanelli, and Cali Jenisch. In addition he leaves cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and numerous friends of many generations. Joe is pre-deceased by his “son”, R. Steven Hundley who passed on January 18, 2015.
In keeping with Joe’s wishes there are no calling hours. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 2pm. in the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. A reception to celebrate Joe’s life will follow at the Sturtevant Chapel in Keene. A private burial will take place later. In Lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Joseph S. LaBrecque to: Kidz Konnection, C/O Sturtevant Chapel, 15 Washington St. Keene, NH. 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com