Pauline A. Houle

Pauline A. (Bushell) Houle of Lakeland Florida formerly of Cranston Rhode Island passed away peacefully with her devoted daughter and son-in-law Barbara and John Calcagni by her side on Monday July 22, 2013. Born to Mary (Dyer) and Francis Bushell in Providence Rhode Island Pauline was the sixth among seven brothers and sisters. She grew up in Providence and attended St. Michael School. She has joined her beloved husband Raymond Houle and her cherished grandson John F. Calcagni in heaven. She was predeceased in death by brothers Joseph and Francis "Bud" Bushell and sister Mary Giblin. Pauline is survived by her sisters, Elizabeth Galligan, Helene Gordon and brother Paul Bushell. She shared her life with her nieces, great nieces, nephews, grand nephews and one great-grandnephew. She especially enjoyed her family cruises and trips. Pauline worked many years in Cranston City Hall and will be dearly missed by her friends and family. She brought excitement and lightheartedness to family gatherings and life in general. She enjoyed life at the moment even though she endured many hardships. Everyone will remember her for her generous spirit. She took more pleasure in giving than receiving. She would give to others while sacrificing her own needs. During a blizzard in February Pauline and her late husband Ray Houle, were married and began a lifetime together until his passing last September. They lived at Scituate Vista in Cranston for nearly 30 years. The ultimate gift that Pauline received was the birth of her grandson John Francis Calcagni in 1977. He became the center of her attention the moment he was born. She would spend part of every winter with him while he attended university in Florida. Pauline was devastated when John passed away 4½ years ago. Now she gets to join him and Ray in eternal life. Pauline’s ultimate goal was to join her daughter Barbara in Florida. This past winter Pauline moved to Lakeland and lived with Barbara and John until she got her own place in March. She loved to serve her famous onion dip to her family and friends in her new home where she showed, with pride, her first dishwasher and her very own washer & dryer. Every afternoon before dinner Pauline would go over to John & Barbara’s to feed the ducks and birds. She would never shop without thinking of the birds and would accumulate seeds and bread for them. In her last days Pauline would talk about children that she could see in her mind. She wanted to help them, feed them and care for them. That sums it up … Pauline loved her fellow beings, especially the children. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Mary's Church in Cranston on Saturday August 3rd at 10:00am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Florida Institute of Technology John F. Calcagni Memorial Scholarship Fund 150 West University Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32901.

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Ralph and Donna DeBlasio - 07/29/2013

We are so deeply sorry for Barbara Ann and John's loss. You were such a wonderful, caring daughter and son-in-law. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I'm sure Ray and John welcomed her home with open arms.

Adam and Annmarie Wesolowski - 08/01/2013

Barbara and John we are so glad you got to be with your Mom in her final days. She loved you two more than anything. Living in Florida with "My Barbara and John" is truly where she wanted to be. Thanks for making that happen for her. We will always have Aunt Pauline's famous onion dip at our family gatherings.

john and joanne dibona - 08/01/2013

Dear Barbara and John. Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of your mom. the tribute posted on the butterfield website was very heartwarming and lovely. as it says in the piece it must have made her truly happy to be with you and john in florida and now is at peace with her husband and John. hope all the happy memoeries of years past and especially since she had moved to florida to be with you help both of u at this sad time. take care. joanne dibona

The Cunningham Family - 08/02/2013

Barabara and John,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prrayers.

Betty - 08/08/2013

Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you. We are so glad that you were all together.

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