Memorials: Remembering those who have passed

The friendship and hard work of our recently deceased members are sorely missed.

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Kathie Kocon, 71, of Portsmouth, RI, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. She was the wife of her loving husband Richard W. Kocon to whom she was married for 48 years.

Kathie, a daughter of the late Harold and Kathleen (Corcoran) Burtt, was a dedicated teacher for 34 years within the Bellingham School System while residing in Franklin, MA. Later, she and her family moved to Portsmouth, RI where she and her husband continued to reside during the summer while wintering in Ft. Myers, FL.

Kathie was a member of St. Barnabas Church in Portsmouth, RI and of St. Columbkille Church in Ft. Myers, FL. She supported and was actively involved in each of these parishes’ community programs. Kathie was a very sharing person and very humble about her donations to several charities close to her heart. Her caring spirit inspired her to donate much of her personal time to various charitable and community organizations. Kathie sponsored children for over 40 years through the Save the Children Program, staffed the St. Barnabas Food Kitchen and Annual Picnic, was a member of the Portsmouth Garden Club, volunteered her talent and expertise at the Newport Flower Show at Rosecliff, Newport RI. She was also an integral part of the Garden Cove Residence Association and staffed the St. Columbkille Church Thrift Store in Fort Myers, FL, donated to and served as a volunteer for the Michael’s Fund Annual Golf Tournament and was a life-long supporter of Toys for Tots.

In addition to her husband, Kathie is survived by her beloved daughters Sarah Elizabeth Roderiques and her husband Jason of Tiverton, RI and Anna Jane Kocon and her husband Bradley Fesmire of Portsmouth, RI, her cherished grandchildren Joshua and Sophia Roderiques of Tiverton, RI, brother John Burtt of Whitman, MA, sister Mary Pat Burtt-Henderson and her husband David of Whitman, MA, two nephews Philip Burtt-Henderson
of San Diego, CA and Patrick Burtt-Henderson of Brockton, MA and a niece Lily Burtt-Henderson. Kathie is predeceased by her twin sons at their birth (1977), William Harold and Jeremy Burtt Kocon and her brother Charles Burtt. She also leaves extended family and many friends in RI, MA and FL.

Calling hours are Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Road, Portsmouth, RI. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 am in St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI. Interment to follow at Notre Dame Cemetery, Fall River, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Kathie’s memory may be sent to Save the Children, 501 Kings Hwy E - Suite 400, Fairfield, CT 06825 or on line at www.savethechildren.org.

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Olivia R. Marcoux, 92 passed away on June 26,2017 in Seattle, WA.   Olivia was born in Fall River, MA on January 9, 1925 to the late Catherine and Manuel Rocha.  She lived in Portsmouth, RI for forty years with her husband, Norman R. Marcoux (d. 2013) before health issues forced them to relocate to Seattle.  Norman’s career as a mathematics teacher at the Portsmouth Abbey School provided her with opportunities to participate in a number of the School’s social events including pouring at the High Teas that were held for all visitors at the conclusion of home football games.

Following her graduation from Durfee High School, she worked as a sales associate for Lake Jewelers in Fall River until the birth of her first daughter, Catherine.  Within two years, she was blessed with the birth of her second daughter, Elizabeth and spent many years as a devoted homemaker and active volunteer.

Olivia joined the Portsmouth Garden Club in 1965, served as their longest-term Treasurer with a forty-year tenure, and was appointed an Honorary Member in 2001.  She was a member of the Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs and served as their Treasurer for a two year period in the early 1980s.  Olivia was a longtime member of the Friends of Saint Anne’s Hospital and served on the Committee to organize the annual Candlelight Ball.  She was a weekly volunteer in the Hospital gift shop and a member of the Bowling League for many years.  A fortuitous employment opportunity with the Preservation Society of Newport began in 1974 at the Green Animals Topiary Garden which was located across the street from her Cory’s Lane home and continued to Norman’s retirement in 1991. Her passions included reading, dancing, gardens (as long as she did not have to weed them), playing Samba with relatives and Bridge with friends made through the Portsmouth Garden Club, and sightseeing. Drives along the ocean either in Newport or Seattle were favorite destinations especially when they ended with a stop for an ice cream cone. 

She is survived by her two daughters:  Catherine and her husband, Lloyd Dodwell of Ramsey, NJ and Elizabeth Marcoux and her husband, David Rudig of Seattle, WA.  She is also survived by two granddaughters, Jennifer Dodwell Fung and her husband, Dr. Jerome Fung of Waltham, MA and Emily Dodwell of Jersey City, NJ.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place at the Church of St. Gregory the Great, Portsmouth Abbey School, Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth, RI on Saturday, July 22 at 10:30 a.m.  Following the Mass, burial will take place alongside her husband at the Portsmouth Abbey Cemetery.  As a tribute, memorial donations to Providence Hospice of Seattle (2811 S. 102nd St., Suite #220, Tukwila, WA 98168) or the Norman R. Marcoux Book Fund to benefit the St. Thomas More Library at Portsmouth Abbey School would be appreciated.  Contributions to the book fund can be sent to the attention of Matthew Walter, Portsmouth Abbey School, 285 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth, RI  02871.

The Marcoux family is in the care of the Memorial Funeral Homes of Newport.

 

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UPCOMING MEMBER Monthly Meeting Date (September - June)  2017-8                 

Speaker / Topic / Location

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Sept 13 , 2017

 

"Welcome Back-Reconnecting"

Remembering our member sponsors

Civic Beautification Business Beautification awards

Portsmouth Free Public Library

1:00

 

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9th Annual Yard Sale

 

Sept 30., 2017

Aquidneck Christian Academy

9am-1pm

Indoors, free

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October 11, 2017

 

"R.I. Federation of Garden Club  Judges Critique our May flower show entries"

Atria Aquidneck Place

1:00

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October 20, 2017
Taste of Portsmouth Library fundraiser

 

Workshop to create arrangements for raffles

9 am -12 am at the library

Event at the Portsmouth Free Public

that evening

7-9 pm $25

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October 30- Oct 31, 2017

RIFGC N.E. Garden Clubs Annual Meeting and National Garden Club Symposium, Warwick, R.I.

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November 8, 2017

 

"Creative detail for Holiday Tables"

 Jan Sunderland, Co-proprietor, Curated, Tiverton, R.I.

 

Portsmouth public Library 1:00 pm

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November 27, 2017

Wreath Making for town buildings at

Portsmouth Library

9am-12 noon

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December 13, 2017 Annual Christmas Luncheon-

Johnny's at the Atlantic Resort, Newport

12:00 Cocktails

12:20 Luncheon

$35