Shrewsbury – Rita E. (Renaud) Tougas, 88, loving wife and mother, died Tuesday May 18, 2010, in UMass Memorial Hospital, University Campus, after a brief illness. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her children and their families.
She leaves her husband of 64 years, Leo M. Tougas; a son, Stephen L. Tougas and his wife, Lynn; her daughters, Susan A. Leahy and her husband, Richard, and Janice A. Donahue and her husband, Robert; six grandchildren, Andrea, Allison, Stephanie, Scott, Bobby and Nora; two great-grandchildren, Sophia and Harrison; a sister, Aline Dennehy and her husband, William; and three sisters-in-law, Margaret Renaud, Helen Renaud and Jeannette St. Louis. She also leaves her dear friends, Evelyn Cummins, Dottie Kenary, Helen Mollo and Louise Perez. She was predeceased by her brothers, Ernest Renaud and Norman Renaud, and sisters, Constance Ethier and Theresa Renaud.
Born in Brockton, the daughter of the late Ernest and Melina (Poudrier) Renaud, she had lived in Shrewsbury for many years.
Mrs. Tougas was a secretary in the Guidance Department of Shrewsbury High School before retiring in 1981. Prior to that, she was a bookkeeper at Filene’s Department Store in Worcester.
She was a parishioner of Saint Mary’s Parish, where she was a member of the Women’s Club. She also was an active member of the Neighborhood Rosary Group. During World War II, she was a nurse’s aide and a USO volunteer.
Funeral services were held May 22 from the Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, with a funeral Mass celebrated at St. Mary Church and burial at Mountain View Cemetery.