Kathleen LaJoie, 71, NASCAR Mother, Grandmother Passes
October 16, 1939 - October 15, 2011

Kathleen “Kathy” Brady LaJoie passed peacefully into Our Lord’s arms Saturday October 15th, one day before her 72nd birthday, following a valiant 2 year battle with liver cancer.

Born and raised in Norwalk, Kathy is survived by “The Love of Her Life” Donald LaJoie, whom she met while in high school. Don and Kathy have been married for 53 years.

Kathy, passionately referred to as “Memere”, loved her time as a volunteer at St. Joseph’s Parochial School throughout her children’s early school years. Kathy LOVED being a Mom, not only for her own children but to so many others as well. Kathy was the ultimate lifelong cheerleader for her husband’s auto racing career then her son Randy’s NASCAR career and most recently her grandson Corey’s.

Kathy was predeceased by her son Ronnie. Her legacy lives on in her children, son Randy (Lisa) LaJoie of Concord, NC, and daughters Missy (Jim) Murphy of Fairfield and Linda (Tim) Lay of Norwalk. She will be deeply missed by her grandchildren Erin, Corey, Ryan, Casey, Kayla & Megan as well as granddogs Lucky-Bella and Ollie.

The family would like to thank Krissy Marsan as well as Linda and Tim Lay, who were Kathy’s major care givers over the last several months. The family would also like to thank Connecticut Hospice.

Friends may call on Tuesday, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Services will be held Wednesday at 10:00 AM in St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, Norwalk.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405 203-315-7500.