Bella B. Nadeau (Lagasse) of Southington, formally of Waterbury, died Tuesday, November 10, 2020 with family by her side.
Bella was born July 7, 1925 in Waterbury. She was the oldest daughter of Etienne and Annette (Baril) Lagasse. She was married for 46 years to Joseph Homer Nadeau, now deceased. She was an active communicant at St. Margaret’s Church in Waterbury.
Bella’s family moved to Canada when she was young. She was educated in elementary schools in Canada and later at St. Ann’s and Catholic High in Waterbury. Bella attended Post College.
When she was younger Bella worked in her father’s printing business, Lagasse Printing. After her marriage to Homer, they owned and managed rental properties in Waterbury. Later Bella worked for ten years at Waterbury Hospital.
Bella proudly organized her Catholic High Class Reunion for many years. She volunteered at Lutheran and Middlebury convalescent homes. As an active member of the Willow Street Senior Center she helped plan fund raising opportunities.
Bella loved traveling extensively and enjoyed cruises and sight-seeing adventures in her later years . Bella enjoyed spending time with her large extended family. She was very proud of her French Canadian heritage and enjoyed researching family history. Combining her reading and self-taught computer skills, she published a twelve generation genealogy for four families.
Bella is survived by her daughters Louise Nadeau of Washington State, Yvette (Richard) Tingle of Thomaston and Rita Nadeau- Breive of Bristol. She is also survived by her sister Jannette Stevens of Thomaston, her brother Roger Lagasse of Southington, brother Paul (Betty) Lagasse of Waterbury, and John Lagasse of Florida. ; by five grandchildren , Nicole, Kellie, Patrick, Jacob and Alec ; as well as her daughter-in-law Barbara Nadeau, her sister-in -law Doris Nadeau, brother- in -law, Victor Nadeau and close friends. She is also survived by many, nieces, nephews and extended family. She was predeceased by her husband Homer, her son, Albert, and her sister Pearl Montagano.
Due to COVID restrictions, a walk through visitation will be held on Thursday, November 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Woodtick Memorial, 420 Woodtick Road, Wolcott. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Church, 1 East Main Street, Thomaston. Meet directly at church. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Masks and social distancing are required during visitation and funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bella’s name to St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury, Inc., P. O. Box 1612, Waterbury, Connecticut, 06721.