Rena M. (Duplantie) LaPradd-Drew

Rena M. (Duplantie) LaPradd-Drew, 90, of Piercefield, recently of AMC-Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake, passed away on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 with family by her side.

Rena resided at Mercy Living Center for the past two years. Rena was born on Feb. 9, 1924 in Tupper Lake, the daughter of Rene and Lena (Derosia) Duplantie. She married William LaPradd of Piercefield on Nov. 26, 1943. Mr. LaPradd died on Nov. 24, 1969 due to an automobile accident at the age of 46. She later married Harland (Peanut) Drew on Sept. 2, 1971. Mr. Drew died on July 20, 1996.

Rena was a member of the VFW ladies auxiliary for many years and also Woman’s Loyal Order of the Moose Club and Piercefield Ladies Auxiliary and was named an honorary member. She was one of the first members since 1950. She worked as a book keeper for her husband’s businesses.

After retirement she spent many winter months in Florida with her husband Harl. She was a loving mom and grand mom.

Survivors include Rena’s daughters: Elaine Sarazen and her husband Leo, Patricia Reandeau, of Piercefield; three grandchildren: Gina Sarazen of Piercefield, Paula Reandeau Sheldon of Tupper Lake and William (Bill) Sarazen of Peru, N.Y.; great-grandchildren: Daniel Dewyea and Brooke Dewyea of Piercefield, Amber Williams of Albany, Katie Reandeau of Tupper Lake, Alex and Lindsay Sarazen of Peru, N.Y.; three step-children: Donna (Colyn) Webber, their daughter Marni Webber, Diane (Bernard) Trombley, and sons Bernard and Nathan, Franklin Drew, daughters, Tracy Kennedy and Darcy Ladue; step-great-grandchildren: Monica, Deseree Kennedy, Shawn, Travis, Ashley Ladue, Stephen Webber, Nicole Wilcox, Brittney and Amber Trombley and Brandon Clement; and a new great-great grandson. Also surviving is a sister, Janet (Chaisson) Hepworth and brother-in-law Christopher of St. Catherine’s , Ontario, one sister-in-law Irene Duplantie of Tupper Lake, one special niece Barbara Rovito Robinson, who lived with her aunt for years and was like a daughter from Saratoga Springs and many special nieces and nephews who were dear to her.

She was preceded by her mom and dad, step-father Jacques Chaisson; her husbands William LaPradd and Harland Drew; sister Beatrice Duplantie (Rovito-Provo); brothers: Raymond and Edmund Duplantie, one son-in-law Paul Reandeau; and one great-grandson Adam Christopher Sarazen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, May 12 at St. Alphonsus Church in Tupper Lake. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mercy Living Center Recreation Department and the Piercefield Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxillary. Online condolences may be made at