Roberta J. Paulhus
SMITHFIELD- Roberta J. Paulhus, of Smithfield, died Tuesday, December 3, 2013 in the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence.
Born in Woonsocket, RI, she was the daughter of the late Robert S. and Eugenie E. (Tavernier) Paulhus.
Roberta was an accomplished Olympian in the Special Olympics, competing in basketball, soccer, softball, handball, figure skating and winning almost 100 medals. In 1987, she was awarded Outstanding Special Olympian and Mayor Charles C. Baldelli proclaimed November 6th as Roberta Paulhus Day in Woonsocket. Roberta helped to raise money for the Milk Fund often being among their leading contributors and volunteered for many organizations, including the Eastland Bank Walk-A-Thon. She loved bowling and spending time with her family and friends.
She leaves her brother, Robert Paulhus and his wife Kathleen of Orange County, CA; two sisters, Betty Jasmin and Rita Paulhus both of Harrisville, RI; two nephews, three nieces and many grandnieces and grandnephews.
Her funeral will be held Monday, December 9, 2013 at 9 AM from the Holt Funeral Home, 510 So. Main St., Woonsocket with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. Charles Church, 190 North Main Street, Woonsocket. Burial will follow in Precious Blood Cemetery, Woonsocket. Calling hours are Sunday from 2 until 4 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Roberta's Memorial, P.O. Box 186, Harrisville, RI 02830.
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