WILMINGTON, MA — Rita L. (Lonergan) Coughlin, age 100, of Wilmington, MA, formerly a long-time resident of Worcester, MA and Osterville, MA, died peacefully on October 26, 2017.
Rita was born on October 2, 1917, in Worcester, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Thomas and Nora (Toomey) Lonergan. Rita was raised and educated in Webster, MA and a graduate of St. Louis High School in Webster, MA. Following High School, Rita went on to further her education at Becker Junior College in Worcester and became a bookkeeper following graduation.
In her early years, Rita was very sociable and quite the beauty queen; she was voted Miss Becker Jr. College and Miss Old Orchard Beach in Maine.
Rita married John M. Coughlin, Sr., in Webster, MA on August 31. 1940; together they raised four wonderful children. Rita was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who really enjoyed the time she spent with her family.
Rita was the beloved wife of the late John M. Coughlin, Sr., devoted mother of John Coughlin, Jr. of Worcester, MA, Nancy Walsh & husband Bernie of Parkland, FL, Thomas Coughlin & wife Kathryn of Sugarland, TX and Robert Coughlin & wife Susan of Wilmington, MA. Loving “Grandma Rita” of Christine Sayler, Andrew Walsh, Betsy Meeboer, Amy Coughlin, Rebecca Martinez, Jonathan Coughlin, Jeffrey Coughlin, Elizabeth Polumbus, and 17 Great-Grandchildren.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, November 4th for Visitation from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington, MA at 12:30 p.m.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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