Rita Villeneuve

August 14, 1954July 23, 2013

Rita Villeneuve (Mercier) passed away peacefully in her home in Cambridge surrounded by her loving family on July 23rd, shortly before her 59th birthday. For many years she bravely battled breast cancer while constantly looking forward. She had the will to live and a profound faith in God, which helped her push through the obstacles that stood in her path, always with courage and strength; an inspiration to others!

She was a priceless gift to her kids, to her husband, to her family, and to all those who were fortunate to have known her or walked beside her. She will be remembered for her undeniable generosity, her authenticity and her most cherished value, honesty. She had the ability to see the best part of each person, and was compassionate and attentive to the needs of others. And let's not forget her innocent comedic acts which provided us with many happy hours in her presence, through the years and even during the last months and weeks of her life.

Originally from the small town of Saint-Fabien-de-Panet in Québec, her family adopted Cambridge as their home when she was very young. She eventually worked as a seamstress at Barday's Manufacture, then later took on the undaunting task of being a mother and homemaker.

She was predeceased by her parents Marie-Anne and Henri Mercier, her mother-in-law Irène Villeneuve (Vachon), as well as her older brother Ernest Mercier. She will be forever cherished by those she leaves behind. Loving wife of Marc Villeneuve, and devoted mother of André (Chantal Lajeunesse) Chantal (Marc LeBlanc), Natalie and Eric. Affectionate and proud Mamie to Marc-André, Roch, Olivia and Leah. She will also be dearly missed by her sisters and brothers, father-in-law as well as brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, many nieces and nephews, and wonderful friends.

The family invites you to pay your last respects and say farewell to Rita at Coutts Funeral Home on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9. A celebration of her life will take place on Monday at 10 am at St-Ambrose Church. For those who wish to offer a donation in her name, Rita and her family suggest an offering to either of the following foundations; The Canadian Breast Cancer Society, The Canadian Cancer Society, or The Cambridge Memorial Foundation (directed to cancer care).


  • Visitation Sunday, July 28, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, July 28, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Monday, July 29, 2013

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August 8, 2013

Chantale et famille,

C'est avec une grande émotion que nous avons appris cette triste nouvelle.

Nos pensées vous accompagnent. Recevez nos plus sincères condoléances.

Guylaine Malaison et Sylvain Mailloux (Alma, Québec)

August 5, 2013

My condolences to the Villeneuve families.May your memories of Rita last you a life time.May her strength & her beliefs be in you. God bless her.

Doreen & Fred (Simcoe ,Ontario

Christian Tremblay

July 30, 2013

Mes plus sincères condoléances à vous tous. Tante Rita sera toujours et à jamais dans mon coeur. Toutes mes sympathies en cette pénible épreuve, nos pensées sont avec vous.

Monique Paquin

July 29, 2013

Chantal et famille,
Je vous offre mes sincères condoléances. Mes pensées et mes prières sont avec vous en ce moment très difficile.

July 28, 2013

Chantal et famille,
Nous vous offrons nos plus sincères condoléances. Nous espérons que nos prières et nos pensées puissent apaiser votre peine.
La famille Vinette : Marc, Brigitte, Nathaniel et Nadège xoxo

Niki Chelouche

July 28, 2013

Marc, Andre, Chantal, Natalie, Eric and family,

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I'd like to express how sorry I am for your loss. It's a big loss for us all who've been so lucky to have her in our lives one way or another.

Rita was an angel on earth, so inspiring with her tremendous belief in the almighty and showing us life is truly worth fighting for. I'm truly blessed to have known her. The most gentle of souls, full of humour and kindness.

Her strength, kind spirit and loving way will always be remembered.

If there's anything I can do for the family, please let me know.

Much love,

July 28, 2013


Y et M Bonneville

July 28, 2013

A Marc and ta famille,

C'est avec beaucoup de regret que nous avons appris le décès de Rita. On aurait bien aimé te souhaiter nos plus sincères condoléances a toi et ta famille en personne. A cause des vacances on a de la visite de nos enfants.

En terminant, Micheline et moi, on te souhaitent beaucoup de courage et on est en pensée avec tout ta famille.


Famille Yvon et Micheline Bonneville

gaston montminy

July 27, 2013

j'offre mes sympathies a toute la famille que j`ai bien connue et même je reste dans la maison de Rita ou elle a grandit. Et j`ai une bonne pensée pour vous tous.
Gaston montminy

July 27, 2013

j'offre mes sympathies a toute la famille que j`ai bien connue et même je reste dans la maison de Rita ou elle a grandit. Et j`ai une bonne pensée pour vous tous.
Gaston montminy