Louise M. LaCasse

Louise Mary LaCasse, 89, Woodbury, formerly of Forest Lake, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. She was the former owner and operator of LaCasse Dance Studio, Forest Lake.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 30 at St. Pius the X Catholic Church, 3878 Highland Ave., White Bear Lake, with visitation starting at 9 a.m.

Interment will be at Cavalry Cemetery, Forest Lake.

She is survived by her sons, Peter (Brenda) LaCasse and Lee LaCasse; grandson, Darren (Rebekah); many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Josephine; husband of 60 years, Richard LaCasse; one brother, Leon; and two sisters, Betty Lou and Joanne.

Memorials are preferred to the family and may be sent in care of Mattson Funeral Home, 343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake, MN 55025.

  • http://www.capturedmemorieslv.com Reta Lee

    LOUISE LACASSE, whom I was privileged to call, “MOM,” was my dearest friend and my mentor. I met my extended family in 1969. I was living in Hastings, Minnesota and before I knew it, I was teaching baton and dance. Like Mom, I had been a majorette in high school and college. Several little girls in Hastings wanted to take classes; I decided to teach in my back yard. Four little girls turned into eight and eight turned into sixteen. Within a few days I realized, although I was an advanced baton twirler and dancer, I needed help with breaking down twirls and dance steps to accommodate beginner and intermediate levels. I called Kraskin Baton Company in St. Paul and asked if they could recommend a teacher for me? Little did I know that teacher would also become my self-adopted Mom and dear friend, Louise LaCasse. Her sons, Lee and Peter, were known as my little brothers. God truly blessed me when He gave me my new family in Minnesota. I was from Texas, My Mother past away when I was sixteen and I had no family in the Upper Midwest with the exception of my husband and two little girls, Pam and Kimberly. Mom was my adviser in my studio. She was always there for my recitals. Although she didn’t do anything at the shows, just her presence would calm me and I knew it would always be okay, and it was. We attended workshops together in Italy, Spain, etc. Through Mom’s love and guidance I became a United States Twirling Association’s Judge. I taught for 35 years in the Upper Midwest, Texas and retired in Las Vegas. Mom visited me while I was in Vegas. I was very proud to introduce her to my students. My daughter, Pam Aubert, is a third generation baton and dance teacher. She has studios in Amery and Siren, Wisconsin. This year, she has opened her third studio in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin. I. like Mom, was always there for her recitals. She would say, “Mom, just to see your face at my show, I know everything will be okay. I knew exactly how she felt. Her website: http://www.pamsdancecompany.com. Mom attended Pam’s show in Amery a few years ago and Pam introduced me, then I introduced Mom. Lots of tears and happiness. Pam has a little girl, Emma. (9 years old) She is in classes with her Mommy and we hope she continues our legacy. Pam will be at her show just like Mom and me. “WOW.” Mom would say, I just can’t believe what I started.” Just like me, Mom was so proud. She got to see little Emma perform, however, Mom’s time on earth didn’t allow her to see Emma teach. I always asked Mom to pray for me. I always believed she had a straight path to God and now, she is with Him. She was a fine Christian woman and will be greatly missed. Reta Lee

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