Thursday, December 1, 2016, 9:30am
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
1 Trinity Place, Greenville, PA
Rev. Lee Penvose, Pastor, officiating
There will be no calling hours.
Inurnment will be in the church columbarium.
LaRoux A. Toomey, age 80, formerly of Donation Rd., Hempfield Twp., Greenville, passed away Tuesday afternoon, November 22, 2016 in St. Paul's.
She was born in Pittsburgh on August 31, 1936 to Ralph C. and Helen A. (Whisner) Black. She was a graduate of Plum Boro High School, received a B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and received her M.S. in Elementary Education from Edinboro University. She began her teaching career as a High School music teacher at Plum Boro and retired after 34 years of employment as an Elementary Music Teacher at Conneaut Lake School District.
She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Greenville, where she had served as a substitute organist and was a former member of Lake Lutheran Chapel, Conneaut Lake, where she was the church's full time organist. LaRoux loved playing the piano and organ, starting as a young girl. She would often accompany her late husband as he played the trumpet. She also enjoyed her flower gardens, computer games, crosswords, puzzles and was a true animal lover having had many pet dogs and cats.
LaRoux was “Granny” to her grandchildren. She was always available for Monopoly marathons along with Scrabble. Granny was the ultimate grandmother to her family. She was always “Miss Manners” being kind and thoughtful to everyone. She will be missed deeply, but left such heart points to not only her family but her many students.
On June 28, 1958 in Pittsburgh, LaRoux married Benjamin E. Toomey, he passed away January 22nd of this year.
Survivors include, two daughters, Lee Anne Buchanan and her husband Gregg of Greenville and Lori Newbauer and her husband Jeff of Chagrin Falls, OH, six grandchildren, Alex Newbauer and his wife Kim, Joseph Brence and his wife Kristen, Jon Brence and his wife Chrissa, Ross Newbauer, Cole Newbauer, and Sophee Newbauer, three great-grandchildren, Morgan Newbauer, Cooper Newbauer and Asher Brence, a brother-in-law, Ronald Toomey and his wife Mary of Mt. Wolf, PA and several cousins, a niece and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother, Ralph Black Jr. and his wife Grace, a son-in-law, Frank A. Brence and a grandson, Jeffrey Newbauer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1600 Peninsula Dr., Erie, PA 16505.
Arrangements are under the direction of Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA.
I fondly remember La Roux at Sadsbury Elementary. We shared lunch, laughs, and life events for years.
You all have my sympathy in the loss your mother. I am so sorry I was unable to attend her memorial. She and Ben were such cheerful and friendly people, and always had a smile and kind word. I missed seeing their friendly faces at church.