Louise R. Eicholz

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Accomlipished ceramist, jewelry maker; cared deeply for animals

Louise Ruby (Hoffman) Eicholz, beloved sister of June Goulart of Little Compton, entered into eternal peace on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Catholic Memorial Nursing Home in Fall River.

Born in Oregon in 1922, she was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Goreta (Smith) Hoffman; brothers, Robert, John and Albert Hoffman; sister, Evelyn Netrick; aunts Judy Van Keuren and Betty Saade; brother-in-law, John Goulart; nephew, Joseph C. Goulart; and husband, Donald Eicholz.

Louise was a gracious woman and loving, faithful wife. She cared deeply for the welfare of animals; her Montana homestead was a haven for wild creatures, great and small. Her quiet, gentle nature belied a keen intelligence and creative drive. She was a licensed massage therapist, held a degree in literature from Barry College, studied library science and theology, and was an accomplished ceramist and jewelry maker.

Louise came to Little Compton after the death of her husband in 2008. There she found a safe and loving home with her niece, Kathy, and husband, Gary Brennan. In the ensuing years, she enriched our lives with her strong will to live and unwavering Catholic Faith. The love and prayers of her family and friends helped carry her through her last challenging months.

Louise is also survived by her sister, Mary Schlegelmilch of Oregon; her niece, Judy Rosa, who often helped care for her; her goddaughter, Juanita Goulart; and great nephew, Seth Walker, who faithfully visited her; nieces Karen Marks, Jennifer Snyder and Judy Hoffman; nephews John Goulart, Patrick and Michael Hoffman, many great and great-great nieces and nephews, and her dear friends, Nancy Torres and Rev. Elizabeth Watson.

Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours on Monday, February 24, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Fern Acres Funeral Home, 72 Willow Ave., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Catherine of Siena Church, on The Commons, at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery.

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