Constance Deschamps Houle

June 22, 1929April 12, 2014
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LAKEWOOD – Constance Deschamps Houle died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Harrogate. She was 84.

Born in Salem, MA, she resided in South Orange for 35 years before settling in Lakewood 17 years ago.

Having received her Bachelor of Arts at Rivier College and a Master of Arts at the Catholic University of America, she was a mathematics teacher at Holton-Arms School in Washington D.C. and South Orange Jr. High School. Constance also worked as an associate manager in information systems at the Prudential Insurance Co. in Roseland, NJ.

She is survived by her loving husband of almost 60 years, Dr. Joseph E. Houle; 6 children: Marie H Mooney of Maplewood, Joseph D. Houle of Aberdeen, Celia H. McEwan of Rochester, NY, Elizabeth H. Rauch of Bear, DE, Amy Houle Caruso of California, MD, and Dr. Bernice J. Houle of Ossining, NY; 9 grandchildren: Jacqueline & Patrick Mooney, Brendan, Kevin & Robert Houle, Christine & Mary McEwan, and Bridget & Christopher (C.J.) Rauch; and a sister, Fleurette Goulart of Wallingford, CT.

Friends may call at D’Elia Funeral Home, Rte. 70 & Vermont Ave., Lakewood on Tuesday from 4-8PM.

A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday at 12PM at St. Mary of the Lake RC Church, Lakewood. For more information, or to post a tribute online, please visit

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local St. Vincent de Paul Society or food pantry of your choice.


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 15, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Rita Shute

May 5, 2014

So sorry to hear about the loss of Connie. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 26, 2014

With heartfelt sympathy in the passing of Constance.
Ronald and Joan [Morency] Emery

Larry Hundersmarck

April 26, 2014

Joe and Bernice,

I was very saddened to hear of about Connie. I was thinking especially of her and both of you this afternoon at Good Friday services. It was my prayer that having participated in this life's suffering, that she will, for all of eternity, enjoy the perfection of Life promised in the Resurrection.


Charlie Masiello

April 26, 2014

Dear Bernice,

Sandy and I extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your mother was such a wonderful person; she will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially your father.
We will let a few days pass and contact him after Easter. Meanwhile, please share our condolences with him.

With warmest wishes,


Robina Schepp

April 26, 2014

Dear Bernice,

I saw your facebook post about losing your mom today. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I read the article from the paper and she was quite accomplished! No surprise there…

I hope your family and your shared memories help to get you through the next days, weeks, and forever. I will be thinking of you.


“Earth has no sorry that heaven cannot heal”
- Thomas Moore

Lynne Byrne

April 25, 2014

Dear Bernice,

I am so sorry to hear about your mother. She was a terrific lady and together with your father raised a wonderful family . My condolences to you, Becky , your father and the rest of your family on your loss.

Take care,


Sherman Raskin

April 25, 2014

Dear Bernice,
Paula and I express our condolences to the family. We loved mother and remember her graciousness hosting the Chairs of Dyson College at her home in South Orange every year. It was an event we looked forward to attending. We remember sitting on the porch and enjoying conversation with her and Dad. Paula and mother had a great deal in common both having taught in the public school system. Please send our love to dad.
We plan to make a donation in her memory to St. Vincent De Paul. Mother and dad were a great inspiration to me and Paula.

Dottie Ouellette

April 23, 2014

My heartfelt sympathy Joe to you and your family. I remember Connie as being a very warm and loving person.
Cousin, Dottie

Celeste & John Crissey

April 22, 2014

Aunt Connie,
I will miss your warm smile & open heart the most. I have only the fondest memories of our countless family trips to South Orange. Your memory will live on in our hearts forever.


April 22, 2014

You will never be forgotten, for though we are apart
You will always & forever be alive within my Heart
-your loving sister