Theresa B. Tousignant

November 30, 2019


Theresa B. Tousignant, 92, formerly of New Bedford, passed away peacefully on November 30, 2019, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Gilbert Tousignant and former wife of the late J. Rene Frenette.

Theresa was born and raised in New Bedford and was the daughter of the late Charles Lebeau and Marie Anne (Lavallee) Lebeau.

Theresa was a graduate of New Bedford High School and lived her entire life in New Bedford. She was employed in payroll department for the NEw Bedford School Dept. for over 15 years until her retirement. Prior to that, Theresa worked in the business of the Cornish Insurance Co. She also volunteered at Alden Court, the Oaks and Acushnet Nursing home for many years. Theresa was a longtime communicant of St. Joseph Church in New Bedford, where she also served as a Eucharistic minister, lector, CCD instructor and was a member of the Legion of Mary. Her faith and family were most important to her, and Theresa enjoyed family gatherings, and spending times with her grandchildren, she was a fiercely independent woman who was never one to complain. Theresa also enjoyed readings, dancing and crossword puzzles and she will be deeply missed by her loving family.

She is survived by her children, Anne M. Simon and her husband Thomas of S. Dartmouth, Joseph Frenette and his wife Barbara of Quincy, Richard Frenette and his wife Janet of New Bedford and David Frenette and his wife Jennifer of Newton; siblings, Sr. M. Cecile CSC of NH, Lucille Lebeau of VA, Marie Bolger of New Bedford, and John Lebeau and his wife Patrica of SC.; grandchildren, Carrie, Joshua, Kristen, Jason and Renee; eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late Laura Brousseau, Pauline Blanchard, Charles Lebeau and Andre Lebeau

Her funeral will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 9am, from the Donaghy-Hathaway Funeral Home, 465 County St., New Bedford, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in St. Joseph-St. Theresa Church, Acushnet Ave., New Bedford. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Bedford.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, from 4-7pm, in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN, 38105.

Calling Hours

DEC 4. 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)

Donaghy-Hathaway Funeral Home
465 County Street
New Bedford, MA, 02740


DEC 5. 9:00 AM (EST)

Donaghy-Hathaway Funeral Home
465 County Street
New Bedford, MA, 02740

Funeral Mass

DEC 5. 10:00 AM

St. Joseph/St. Therese Church
51 Duncan St.
New Bedford, MA

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