Donna Renaud

Donna Renaud (O'Connor)

May 5, 1931 - September 24, 2020
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Donna Renaud (O'Connor)

Donna Marie Renaud (nee O’Connor), daughter of John and Clara, sister to Rita (Joe), Jack (Louise), Mattie (Bea), Doreen (Marcel), Terry (Helen) and Richard (Anne). Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother, accomplished baker (except for the odd apple pie), and legendary St. Patrick’s Day hostess, went to heaven to be with her one true love, Paul Armand Renaud, on September 24th, 2020.

The ‘Great Romance’ began when she married him in 1950. They went on to have 5 children, Paul (Claire), JoAnne (Denis), John, Elizabeth (Ken) and Edward. Their love not only withstood the test of time, but blossomed, even after he changed Rochelle’s name to JoAnne at the baptism ceremony that she didn’t attend, even when he started calling her ‘Woodsie’ because she spent so much time in the bushes when they played golf, and even after he left her to go for a jog that morning in May and never returned. A widow for 34 years, she always wore her engagement and wedding rings, and when asked why, would always reply “I promised him that I would be married to him for the rest of my life, not just for the rest of his”.

Donna welcomed grandchildren, Jennifer, Jesse, Chelsea, Marius, Erin, Meaghan, Caitlin, Kelsey, James and Brady, and great-grandchildren Claira, April, Grace and Dexter to the family as each arrived, with love and affection. She was the proud matriarch of her family, a family she loved deeply.
She moved to South Roseland Estates and embraced new friends and neighbours there, with the zest of the words from her favourite Tony Bennett song, “Light up your face with gladness. Hide every trace of sadness. Although a tear may be ever so near, that’s the time you must keep on trying. Smile, what’s the use of crying? You’ll find that life is still worthwhile if you just smile.”

Even though that smile has now departed, it will not be forgotten. NEAT OH!
The family wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude to the care workers who so lovingly came into Donna’s home during her final days and took care of her there, as was her wish. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Donations to Hospice Windsor would be much appreciated.

On Tuesday, reservations and personal face coverings are required to attend visitation from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Families First, 3260 Dougall Ave., South Windsor, 519-969-5841. On Wednesday, reservations and personal face coverings are required to attend the Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (4401 Mt. Royal Dr.) at 10 a.m.

Private family interment Heavenly Rest Cemetery.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday September 29, 2020 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Tuesday September 29, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Families First - South Windsor
    3260 Dougall Ave
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday September 29, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Tuesday September 29, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Families First - South Windsor
    3260 Dougall Ave
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday September 30, 2020 | 10:00am
    Wednesday September 30, 2020 10:00am
    Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
    4401 Mount Royal Drive
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Friends are invited to arrive for Mass any time after 9:30am


Donations are being accepted for: THE HOSPICE OF WINDSOR AND ESSEX COUNTY INC..


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Private Condolence

Lucille Lavergne

Posted at 11:06am
Message from Lucille Lavergne...thoughts and prayers to the Renaud Family

Annette Hitchins

Posted at 09:29am
To Paul, Claire and Family
George and I send our deepest sympathies to all of you on the loss of Mrs. Renaud. She is at peace now. Loving memories will be with you always.
George and Annette Hitchins
Brother-in-law and sister to Claire

Sheila Harwood

Posted at 08:00pm
To Paul, Claire & Family
I was saddened to hear about the passing of Mrs. Renaud. Although we new each other through Paul & Claire with the folk choir Years ago, we had lost touch in recent years. It was so nice to reconnect with her at Mount Carmel Church. Through church each week, I looked forward to a quick hi, a brief chat or simply a distant ‘sign of peace’. Then came COVID-19 and Church became online only. I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy to Paul, Claire and the entire Renaud Family. You are all in my prayers!
Your mom & grandma was a special lady. I’m going to miss her smile.

Sheila Harwood (nee Fox)
Rest In Peace.

Anita Dupuis

Posted at 04:13pm
To Paul, Claire and family,
Sending prayers and thoughts to you as you mourn the loss of your Mom, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. May she rest in God's loving hands,

Anita Dupuis, sister to Claire

Posted at 10:18am
I have known Donna for years, not only from Our Lady of Mount Carmel, but with her sisters as patients of Dr. Carom. She was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed.

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