Mrs Elsie A. SchillaceJanuary 14, 1918 ~ January 3, 2018 (age 99)
Elsie Agnes Schillace died 11 days short of her 100th birthday. She was born in Providence, Rhode Island on January 14, 1918. Elsie is survived by her sons Marc James Schillace, Paul Gerard Schillace, Daughter Ellen Angela Schillace, Son in Law, John Christopher Madole, grandchildren, Jennifer Ann Winterstein, Mark Alan Winterstein, partner Bessie Green and great granddaughter Icel Lillie Winterstein. She was preceded in death by sisters Rosalie Hill, Elena Fossa, Adelaide Caraccia, and brothers Edward Falciglia, Ernest Falciglia and James Falciglia. Her parents James and Angelina Ciccone Falciglia were long time residents of Providence and the St Ann’s Parish immigrating with their families in the late 1800’s from Italy. Elsie was baptized at St Ann’s Church where she was also married in 1946.
She attended Esek Hopkins Junior High School and Classical High where she excelled in French. Her love of the arts began with her early years which were spent in actively performing at an older version of Trinity Playhouse and singing as she come from a music loving family. She moved to Washington DC for a job at the FBI and also worked at the French Embassy because of her fluency in French. It was there that she met her husband Mark Alfred Schillace who had just been discharged from the OSS in 1945.
Elsie moved back to Providence with her husband and two children in the early 50’s and had two more children (one died in utero) and worked together to support her family as her husband was an artist and he had a studio that they managed at the Arcade in downtown Providence. Her husband died suddenly in 1966 and she was left with 3 children. It was at this point that she got a job with the City of Providence to support herself and her family. Elsie was a caregiver and she cared for many in her later years in life including but not limited to her Aunt Amelia Falciglia who died at 102 as she loved her extended family dearly. She was taken care of in her later years by a very devoted son, Paul. She lived in her own home in Federal Hill off Broadway until 3 years ago when she entered Elmhurst Extended Care Facility where she was cared for until she died peacefully in her sleep on January 3, 2018.
Her funeral will be held on Monday, January 15th at 10am from the A.A. MARIANI & SON Funeral Home, 200 Hawkins St., Providence followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11am at St. Ann Church, 280 Hawkins Street, Providence. Burial will be private. Visiting hours will be Sunday 3-6pm.