Louise B. Reneau

Born: Thu., May 21, 1953
Died: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Oct. 11, 2018
Location: Jackman Funeral Home


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Northbridge- Louise B. “Weezy” Reneau, 65, of Tessier St. died Thurs. Oct. 4, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with Cancer.
  
She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Thomas E. Armstrong; her mother, Theresa C. “Terry”  Reneau-Knapik of Largo, FL; a sister, Andrea Powers of Southbridge; a step-sister, Susan Coombs-Becker of Richfield, CT; many nieces and nephews, including Carrie and Wesley; and many great friends and coworkers. Born in Whitinsville on May 21,1953 she was daughter of the late J. Edward “Eddie” Charles Reneau and lived in Northbridge all her life.
  
  Louise worked as a technical Writer and  Mentor at eClinicalWorks Inc. in Westborough for 12 years, retiring at the same time as her husband. It was a career she loved and had a passion for, especially the Mentoring. Louise also worked several years at Fenwal Corp. in Ashland. She was a graduate of Northbridge High School, class of 1971, and studied two years at Quinsigamond Community College, and later earning her undergraduate degree from Clark University. She received a Masters degree in communication, graduating first in her class at Clark University. A loving daughter, she spoke to her mother every morning, and she loved horses and all animals. She enjoyed feeding the hummingbirds in her yard, and also collecting dishes and other antiques.  She had a passion for sailing, with her husband Tom on Narragansett Bay, which they enjoyed for 17 years. Her family would like to thank Dr. Mona Kaddis and Nurse Mindy Esposito for their wonderful care and support throughout Louise‘s illness.
  
Her Memorial Funeral Service will be held Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 11 AM in Jackman Funeral Home, 12 Spring St., Whitinsville. Private cremation burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Following the Service all are invited to the Whitinsville Golf Club,  Fletcher St. Whitinsville for a Collation. A calling hour will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, October 11 from 10 to 11 am. Please omit flowers. Donations in Louise’s memory may be made The Olivia Fund for Cancer Care, Milford Regional Hospital,  14 Prospect St., Milford MA 01757. Donations can also be made online by visiting: https://foundation.milfordregional.org/donate/online/

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Brian Buenacosa
   Posted Fri October 05, 2018
Dear Reneau family,

I am sorry to hear the loss of Louise. I am new to the Technical Writing Team at eClinicalWorks. Louise was one of the first people to train me on the software we use. During those first few interactions, Louise was always able to lighten up the mood during training. I could tell that she knew a great deal and enjoyed teaching. She was a very kind person and I'm very happy that I was able to work with her.

Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss.

Christopher A Hart
   Posted Fri October 05, 2018
Andrea,
Very sorry for the loss of your sister. May God's Grace, Peace and Love Be Upon You and your family.
God Bless and Love,
Christopher Hart
Overlook Hospice

John LaManna
   Posted Fri October 05, 2018
Dear Reneau family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.
I joined the Documentation team at eClinicalWorks one month after Louise started working here. She helped me immensely in the beginning, and throughout our time working together; she was always easy to work with, be with, and share with. As the pictures you've posted show, we will miss her smile.
We are all lucky to have known her.

Kate Dupuis
   Posted Fri October 05, 2018
Reneau Family - I've been at eCW on the Documentation Team for 7 years. Louise was the first person I met on our team. My first day was a Monday (so our boss was working from home, of course), and I was so insecure about starting my first ever office job. Louise sat me down with paper and a pen and immediately took me under her wing. I learned from her stories about Pinto and Louise II, our Louise had a habit of finding the dogs and people who needed her the most and helping them find their way. She certainly did with me.

Louise was my first mentor and teacher, and she continued to advise and encourage me my entire eCW career. We ate lunch together more days than I can count. From our conversations, and from her every-day example, I learned a lot about humility, gratitude, and loyalty.

I can honestly say that I am a better human being (and a MUCH better tech writer) from having known her. There's certainly one phrase (all my teammates know what it is) for which I will forever hear her voice in my head. Like all her lessons and her friendship, I'm eternally grateful for that too.

Mary Dugan
   Posted Fri October 05, 2018
For Tom and 4L- I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Louise was so amazing. I loved all of the times we ended up just chatting after I walked 4L. She was so kind, and so loving and so funny! Knowing her was a true blessing. I will always smile when I think of her.

Sourabhi Sen
   Posted Fri October 05, 2018
My sincerest condolences to Tom and the Reneau family.

Louise was my mentor and philosopher, but most importantly, my friend. Like many
have mentioned, she made us all a better version of ourselves.

10 years ago, when I was new to the world of Technical Writing, she took me
under her wings. From there grew a friendship that we both nurtured and cherished. Even though we were on opposite coasts, we talked almost everyday and laughed at the silliest things. I spoke to her just a few weeks back, and despite the times, she never once complained. Instead, she found a way to make me laugh.

Back in the days, I remember her asking me to spin around in my chair whenever
I was waiting on a software to process, and make a wish. Spin I did. And lo and behold, it worked!

That's how Louise taught me to see life - lot of hard work and a little bit of luck. But always in that order.

I will miss her guidance, her humor, and her friendship. But I know she will always be looking over us. Hope we can all find strength and peace in her memories.

Janet Fields
   Posted Fri October 05, 2018
Aunt Terry and Andrea, I am sorry for the loss of such a wonderful cousin. I wish we could have grown up together but, the times I was able to come out from California were good times. Knowing she is at peace is a blessing, the hard times will be when you pick up the phone and realize their will be no more calls. Take care of Tommy. He truly loved her...love you all Janet

Surina Shrestha
   Posted Fri October 05, 2018
Dear Reneau Family,

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Louise. She was a great co-worker and one of the nicest people I know. I remember the time she helped me learn a new tool when I first joined the team, she made me feel at ease and was so encouraging. She was always kind and very helpful. I am so grateful to have known her and will miss her dearly.

Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.

Steven Meacham
   Posted Sat October 06, 2018
I am so sorry for you loss Tom

Ghislaine Didham
   Posted Sun October 07, 2018
Terry, sending our deepest condolences for your great loss. May God give you strength, and may good memories of your dear Louise bring you comfort always.

Joan Dawe
   Posted Sun October 07, 2018
Dear Terri.
Ed and I send our sincere sympathy on the passing of your daughter, Louise.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Joan Dawe

Al & Rosemary Paul
   Posted Sun October 07, 2018
Dear Terry and family, Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. You are in our thoughts & prayers. May Louise rest in peace & you find comfort in fond memories.
Love, Al & Rosemary Paul, Kitchener, ON, Canada & Pointe West Park, Largo, FL

Pat & Bob Ben
   Posted Sun October 07, 2018
Dear Terry,
We have talked many times about Louise while Iwas getting my hair cut.
I know how much she was loved by you and how much you will miss her.
Our love & prayers go out to you at this time.
May she Rest In Peace!
❤️ Pat & Bob

Dave and Myrna Cashman
   Posted Sun October 07, 2018
Dear Terry and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Louise's passing. Although I only met her once, she was a wonderful go-between for me when I wanted to get in touch with you, Terry. You will have many memories to cherish.
With much love and caring,
Dave and Myrna

Rosemary Boyd
   Posted Sun October 07, 2018
I would like to express my deepest sympathy to my friend Terry and her Family on the loss of Louise. Prayers for all.

Paul and Sue Stapleton
   Posted Sun October 07, 2018
Dear Terry,
We were very sorry to hear of your daughter Louise's passing. We know she had been living with this illness for a long time but it is still very hard when the end does come.
Please accept our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Pat and Shirley Finlay (Pointe West)
   Posted Mon October 08, 2018
Terry so sorry for your loss. Cherish your memories and your daughter will live on forever in your heart.

Jess Jimenez Miller
   Posted Mon October 08, 2018
Dear Reneau family -

I am deeply sorry for your loss. For the last 10 years or so, Louise helped me with documents she made and updated for me at eCW. She was beyond patient with my many edit requests and we would always end up chatting and laughing together. I grew to look forward to my quarterly document updates so I could work more closely with her again for a month or so. She has been missed since her retirement and will be always be missed from this world. She was a ray of sunshine!

Jess

Jess Jimenez Miller
   Posted Mon October 08, 2018
Dear Reneau family -

I am deeply sorry for your loss. For the last 10 years or so, Louise helped me with documents she made and updated for me at eCW. She was beyond patient with my many edit requests and we would always end up chatting and laughing together. I grew to look forward to my quarterly document updates so I could work more closely with her again for a month or so. She has been missed since her retirement and will be always be missed in this world. She was a ray of sunshine!

Jess

Lynda Urgotis
   Posted Tue October 09, 2018
Louise was absolutely one-of-a-kind, and I am so glad to have had the chance to share the tiny eCW Documentation workspace with her. She was straightforward, honest, hard-working, and a wonderful person. My deepest condolences on your loss.

Ankita Sarangi
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
Dear Reneau family,

Louise has left an indelible mark upon my life. She was my teacher and mentor for the past many many years. She was a very patient and kind person, who always had time for me. We formed a friendship which I will treasure and cherish for the rest of my days. I find myself feeling very lucky to have been her friend and a person who had the enormous privilege of being part of her life.

Louise, I will miss our "gossip" sessions, you saying "What's up, girlfriend" without fail every single time I called you, our discussing clothes and where we shop for them. I'll miss your stories of growing up in rural MA with your horses, listening to yours and Tommy's adventures, and talking about your dear Mom, who you loved so so much. I'll miss all your stories and you so much. Please know that you will always be in my heart. Love you Louise. It has been a privilege and honor calling you my friend.

Tommy ("My Tommy" - as Louise would always say, without fail) and the rest of Louise's family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

~Ankita Sarangi

Janet Newman
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
I always liked Louise. I am sorry for your loss and am sending you a wish for comfort and healing in your heart for this loss. I am happy that you have had so many wonderful times with Louise and have these as wonderful memories of caring and love with the both of you. Take care. Janet

Michelle Perry
   Posted Thu October 11, 2018
For all the Family, my sadness can’t compare to all of you ! I lost contact with Louise when I moved away and when I came back life and arms had changed but I have so many memories ! Going sailing with you and Tommy you helping me prepare for my daughters wedding! Shopping your school stuff and how I was amazed by all that math you did! And you loved it! So much I could say but the pages would be to great! Love you and I know you fought to the end just like the first time... love you my friend❤️ Michelle Perry

Jenna Lavigne
   Posted Thu October 11, 2018
Andrea -- So sorry for your loss. Sending hugs your way. --Jenna Lavigne (IBM)

Andrea Powers
   Posted Thu October 11, 2018
Thanks everyone. I will be printing these out for my mother.

Tommy
   Posted Fri October 12, 2018
33 years ago I met an amazing woman. We worked together at Fenwal and became my best friend. I helped her with her math and science homework; she helped me with… common sense, wisdom and life.
Over the next 8 years, we had lunch with each other every day. She was amazing. To keep her house after a rough divorce, she worked a second job at night cleaning office buildings. On the weekends, she cleaned people's houses. She found time to continue night school as well. She even took in a boarder. Through all that, she also drover herself to Milford hospital for her chemotherapy treatments.
When I divorced, I turned to my best friend for solace. She was wise and kind, and she told it like it is. I knew she'd have a nice fortune-cookie sized adage that would make me feel better.
She told me what she had learned: "Life is hard, and things change." – I waited and waited… I said "Go on… I'm waiting for the part that's going to make me feel better"…
That was Louise. She never pulled any punches. She looked at life head on, sober and blunt. She told it like it is. She is the strongest person I ever met and she expected you to be strong as well.
Life may be hard. And things do change. But Louise was always happy. She's smiling in every one of her pictures, even as a baby. What I learned from Louise is that you're responsible for your own happiness, and to appreciates your friends wherever you find them.
Louise loved mentoring. She taught her step daughter Kimmy how to tell time by baking cookies. She told me that story over and over again. Louise graduated first in her class with a Master of Science degree but the story she loved to tell was baking cookies with Kimmy.
Speaking of bragging, she never did. Never. And she would not tolerate it if I did. Bragging was bad karma. She hated review time at her jobs. Not because they said bad things about her, she hated them because they said GOOD things about her.
She met my favorite Aunt Jenny when my aunt was almost 100 years old. They were kindred spirits who liked each other right away. Strong but kind. And no nonsense.
Louise loved all our nieces and nephews and regretted not being able to spend more time with them all. They all welcomed her as family and I want you to know that meant the world to her.
John, Penny, Pam, Henry, Joey, Chuck. You each meant so much to her. She valued her friends and you were the best. She loved you all.
Mindy, you always gave Louise hope and comfort. You are gentle and kind. Your warm smile always out shined the fear of being in an infusion chair. She cherished you as a friend.
And Dr. Kaddis. You probably know this already, but you and Louise were, in many ways, the same person. You are smart, strong, kind. And like my Louise, you could be a little scary. Louise loved you and she respected you. You were an inspiration, you were her mentor, and a friend.

Louise,
Thirty three (33) years ago, we decided that in spite of all of the shortcomings we each had, that between the two of us, we made a single person.
It was a joke 33 years ago, but it became the template for our lives together. Regardless of how incomplete we felt alone, together we were whole. Together we could accomplish our life goals. Together we were one person.
And through all the weekends of doing homework, all the job hunting, all the big big rides to nowhere, the sailing in Narragansett bay, our tweez website, lunches in the car in some remote place in CT.. or was it RI… through 4 dogs, 2 cats, 7 Subarus and 3 boats, through the excitement of finally succeeding and graduating college together… through the big things and the small, we have always been one person; complete, only when together.

You are many things to me Weezie:
• You're The Reason I Was Put Here
• You're My Common Sense
• You're My Comfort Zone
• You're My Biggest Support
• You're Our Dog's Mommy!
• You are My Biggest Source of Pride
• You are My Trophy Wife
• You Are the Winner of Every Argument We've Ever Had
• You are My First Mate

I am your Big Guy, You Are My Little Girl.
I am your Tommy, you are my Weezie.
We are Joined At The Soul.
You are the better half of the person we are together.
You are now and you will always be, my Weezie.
I love you Weezie.

Eileen Lash Damore
   Posted Fri October 12, 2018
Dear Aunt Terry and Andrea,
Just saw this and am so sorry to hear of Louise's passing. I have so many wonderful memories of our childhood spent together. My deepest sympathy to you and your families at this difficult time. May she rest in peace.
Eileen and Fran Damore

David Balyan
   Posted Sat October 13, 2018
I went to school with Louise and I always remember how we went to swimming classes together in 5th grade at the Whitinsville Community center. A very lovely person.

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