Memorials: Remembering those who have passed

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





Evelyn Mare Schulz, of Portsmouth, RI, passed away peacefully in her sleep with her family at home on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.


Born on March 31, 1927 at home in Portsmouth, RI , she was the youngest daughter of Immigrants from the Azorean Islands in Portugal, João  Virginho Mare and Maria C Mare of the island of São Miguel. She was the beloved wife of Paul William Schulz for 56 years until his death in 2013. They married in 1957, built a homestead in Portsmouth and raised two daughters, Maria Mare Schulz  and Dr Mona Lisa Schulz. She and her husband also took an active role  in raising their two grandchildren, Paul Van Anglen and Jessica Gallipeau.


Evelyn graduated from St Catherine’s Academy in 1945 while working at the torpedo factory on Goat Island during WWII. She also worked for the State of RI for 20 years. After her retirement, she and her husband Paul developed two successful businesses, Paul Schulz Construction and Floral Designs by Evelyn Schulz.


Evelyn was fluent in Portuguese, and German, and used both to further live a full life. She was an active member and President of the New England German Saengerbund and was lauded for her organization and team building to promote and preserve German American heritage. She (and her family) were among founding and active members " of the Aristides De Sousa Mendes Society, uniting and preserving Portuguese Jewish heritage in the diaspora, visiting  Portugal twice  at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Portugal and the mayor of Lisbon.


She  and her husband also travelled extensively by ship, crossing the globe twice over the years. She took great pride in the fact that she visited every continent but Antarctica.


She was a lifelong horticulturist with extensive gardens which included rare and unusual tree and plant specimens. Additionally,  a lifelong member of the Portsmouth Garden Club and the RI Federation of Garden Club,  she served as President of both organizations. She is well remembered for her sharp wit, sense of humor, and undaunted determination to get things done.


Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 22, 2019 at St Barnabus Church, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI, at 10 am in the community center and 11 am upstairs in the sanctuary. Burial will follow at St Columba Cemetery, Browns Lane, Middletown, RI.


Friends and family are invited to visit after the funeral at the home of Evelyn’s daughter Maria in Tiverton from 2-6pm.


In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice, 1184 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871.


As Spring was Evelyn’s favorite season and all spring flowers among her favorites, friends and family are invited to “bring a bunch” for the funeral. She would love nothing more.



Obituary for Lillian Margaret Cerce


Lillian Margaret Cerce, 91, passed away on August 26, 2018, in Naples, Florida. 

She was born in Fall River on April 23, 1927, to Joseph and Mabel(Wall)Read. She was the last of 10 children and grew up in the north end, graduating from BMC Durfee High School. She was the wife of the late George A. Cerce and they settled in the Bristol Ferry area of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where they built a home. 

Together with George she was an active member of the Tiverton Yacht Club for many years. She was also a member and past president of the Portsmouth Garden Club. Before moving to Florida, in 1980, she and George owned and operated the Tiverton Boathouse. In Naples, she and George were active members of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church where she was a member of the CCW.

She leaves many nieces, nephews and friends in the Rhode Island and Massachusetts area. 

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday Sept. 4, 2018, at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Fall River, at 11:00 0’clock with Father Robert Murphy.
There is a photo and link at Hathaway Funeral home Fall River, Ma

Madeline Beaucage Obituary

Madeline Beaucage

PORTSMOUTH - Madeline Beaucage, 91, of Portsmouth passed away surrounded by family in their home May 19, 2018. Madeline was born in Auburn, Maine, the seventh child of James and Vesta (Dunlop) Goding. 
She grew up on a farm in rural Maine. She moved to Springfield, Massachusetts before a move to Portsmouth in 1969. Madeline worked in retail for many years before beginning Cat's Home Companion, one of the first businesses of its kind providing in-home cat care. 
She was an award-winning gardener and floral arranger as well as an avid photographer. She was passionate about cats, gardening, and her community.
Included in her many contributions to the community, Madeline was past President of the Portsmouth Garden Club and Chapter 869 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) as well as being an active member of the Portsmouth Historical Society, and, in the 1970s, the Portsmouth High School Band Boosters. Madeline took a leadership role in the early efforts to restore the Brown House at the Glen in Portsmouth.
Madeline is survived by her son, Gregory Beaucage, of Cincinnati, Ohio, his wife, Jean, and their three children; her son-in-law, Richard Bushey of Weymouth, Massachusetts; her daughter-in-law, Lee; nieces and nephews. She also leaves many cherished friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Robert; her son, Ronald; her daughter, Cheryl Bushey; her brothers, Garfield and Elmer (Bud) Goding; and sisters Vera Pickle, Flora Bragdon, Evelyn Wyman, and Mary Kyes; her cousin, Lin Pickle, and other treasured friends and relatives. 
A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 14th, with visitation at 10:00 a.m. in the narthex at St. Anthony Church in Portsmouth. Burial will follow at Trinity Cemetery.

Published in Newport Daily News on Aug. 10, 2018



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