Carol Thedy Lagasse
4 January, 1955 – 5 January, 2018
Carol “Louie” Thedy Lagasse, 63, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 5, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was a lifelong resident of New Orleans, Louisiana. Carol graduated from Mount Carmel Academy High School, and subsequently earned her Associates Degree in Business Law from Dominican College. In 1981, she started her career at Mechanical Construction Company as the Assistant to Fred Estopinal. She quickly advanced and became the Administrative Assistant to Joe Jaeger and also the company’s personnel director. Carol quickly realized MCC would be her home and immediately sought out to learn every aspect of every position in the organization. It wouldn’t surprise colleagues to see Carol with a hard hat, walking the job site to understand one aspect of the company’s business. Everyone who knew her would agree that her thirst for knowledge, passion for continuing education, and insistence on having hands on experience gave her the ability to coach and lead others in the organization. Carol insisted on unity and mutual respect and her compassion and insight helped develop the very foundation of the company’s culture. She was promoted to an executive role and was recognized by the National Association of Women in Construction. Carol recently retired after 36 years as the Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Vice President, and Advisory Board member of MCC. Her loyalty to the organization and its family of people accompanied by her work ethic could never be questioned. Although she was career driven, her family was her purpose in life and always her first priority. Her daughter and granddaughters were her everything and she made sure everyone knew that. Her passion for live music, Jazz Fest, traveling, and theater were known by all. She was predeceased by her loving sister, Barbara Thedy Hester. She is survived by her parents, Hermon and Joyce Thedy of Metairie, LA; her only daughter Tara Schott Aguilar (Mark); three grandchildren, Claire, Madelyn, and Amelia; nephews Raymond Lee (Gabrielle), and David Lee (Kimberly); great-nieces and nephews Rachel, Jonathan, Adeleine, Matthew, Emerson; her brother-in-law, John Hester; and many friends and colleagues all of whom cherished her dearly. In lieu of flowers, donations to Childfund would be appreciated. Carol devoted many years to sponsoring a little girl from Childfund, and is passionate about the charity. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Mass at St. Dominic Catholic Church on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 12pm. Visitation beginning at 10am. The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com .
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