Nancy Lanza was a friendly next door neighbor who resided on a prevent of huge homes on a crest looking over soothing mountains, associates said.
She and her close relatives shifted to the Exotic Connect group about 1998, increasing two kids with spouse Chris until the couple divided a few years ago.
"It was just a nice, normal close relatives," next door neighbor Rhonda Cullen said Weekend, remembering a persistent group ladies night over the Bunco cut game.
"We used to laugh with her that she would do all this landscape designs that no one could see because it all was in the returning, and because her house was so set returning," added Cullen.
At possibilities with this picture of New Britain gentility was how the Lanza household owned and operated a storage cache of weaponry such as an assault-style gun and two handguns in a group valued for its calmness.
Those weaponry were found with Nancy Lanza's younger son, Adam, 20 whom three regulators said was the gunman in Friday's huge capturing at Exotic Connect Elementary School.
After gunfire at the university murdered 20 children and six grownups -- the second most harmful university capturing in U.S. history the present shooter murdered himself, regulators said.
Before Friday's rampage, authorities said, Adam Lanza killed his mother in her home in Newtown's Sandy Hook community, after which the school takes its name. Adam was living with his mother, two law enforcement sources said. The other son, Ryan, was living in New Jersey.
Said Cullen, struggling to make sense of the weaponry and the carnage: "Something doesn't add up."
Marsha Lanza, an aunt to Adam Lanza, described him as a "quiet, nice kid," but he had issues with learning, she said. Her husband is brother to Adam Lanza's father.
"He was definitely the challenge of the family in that house. Every family has one," she told CNN affiliate WLS. "They have one. I have one. But never in trouble with the law, never in trouble with anything."
She said Adam Lanza's mother "battled" with the school board and ended up having her son home-schooled.
"She had issues with school," said Marsha Lanza, who lives in Crystal Lake, Illinois. "I'm not 100% certain if it was behavior or learning disabilities, but he was a very, very bright boy. He was smart."
Nancy Lanza was a giving, quiet, reserved person who grew up on a farm in New Hampshire with three siblings in a self-reliant family, Marsha Lanza said. The Lanza family is from Kingston, New Hampshire, she said.
"She didn't have to work because my brother-in-law left her very well off, very well off. She was always there for her kids," Marsha Lanza added, referring to Nancy Lanza's financial situation after she and her husband divorced.