Theodore
Theodore Alfred Goodreau was born on August 17, 1925 in St. Mary's, PA, and died 80 years later in El Segundo on September 18, 2005. Leaving high school at the age of 17, Teddy served in World War II, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Army Air Corps. In 1956, Ted married Lucille Dinsmore, settled in El Segundo and began a 34-year career with Hughes Aircraft. In El Segundo, he was involved in the Junior Chamber of Commerce and Little League. Active at St. Anthony's Church, Ted served as a religious education teacher, lector, usher and parish council president. In 1982, he was ordained a permanent deacon of the Catholic Church, serving his parish faithfully for 25 years. Ted is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lucille; nine children: John, Mary Linden, Denise Thomas, Patrick, Ann Goodreau, Michael, Michele Ryan, Catherine Nugent, Anthony and daughter, Jade-Lin Eckstedt; sisters, Patricia Pappas and Joan Michel, and brother, John Goodrow; 25 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Anita Goodrow, brothers, Jerome and Lionel, and sister, Mercedes. For the last two years, the Goodreau family has participated in the Alzheimer's Association's Annual Memory Walk and will be walking this year in Ted's memory on October 22nd. In lieu of flowers, donations to the team, "Teddy's Troop," can be made at www.alzla.org/mw. Vigil service will be Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 7:30PM and Funeral mass Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 10AM both at St. Anthony Church, El Segundo with committal in Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, CA.

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  1. Ann, I just found out about your Dad. I was several weeks behind in reading the Daily Breeze. I want to give my condolences to you and all your family in the lose of your Dad. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Dear Goodreau family,
    I hope you get this note.i knew Teddy from when he lived on State St.way back in 1945-1947. I was just a little girl on roller skates but I used to look forward to seeing Teddy walking home and would hurry down the street to hold his hand whether I was just walking or on skates. To me he was my sweetheart in uniform. He was so handsome and so sweet to a little girl and it sounds like he was that same man all his life. I finally took the time to find him. His Mom Anita used to come to our house every Christmas Eve to bring the four Herbst girls a large candy cane each. We looked out our front room window to see her coming. It was a very exciting time. So now I am an eighty year old woman living in Aurora, Colorado with my memories of a man who showed me kindness that made a difference in my own way of life. My Mom and Dad ( Joe and Edith Herbst have been gone for a long time but it just shows you how one person can influence another for life. Thank you for letting me have my handsome Teddy once more. Sincerely, Jeani Herbst Lecker, 20556 E. Lake Dr., Aurora, Co, 80016

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