Elizabeth F. Socha

Elizabeth F. Socha age 94 of East Providence and Touisset passed away peacefully at her long time summer home on October 7th surrounded by family. She was the wife of the late Ernest M. Socha and daughter of the late William and Irene Reilly.

Elizabeth was a graduate of Classical High School, Pembroke College at Brown University and the University of Rhode Island. She was employed for many years as Chief Clinical Psychologist for the State of Rhode Island. A long time member of the American Psychological Association, she was a vocal advocate for those with intellectual and emotional challenges. Her caring and positive outlook made a lasting impression on those who met her.

Elizabeth was an active member of the Pembroke Club of Providence for over 70 years serving many positions including past president and hospitality chair person. She was also a member of St. Martha’s Rose and Altar and the East Providence Historical Societies.

Family was the focal point of Elizabeth’s life. She was a proud and caring matriarch whose face lighted up when speaking about her children and grandchildren. Elizabeth is survived by two daughters- Catherine Michael of Dartmouth MA & Patricia Socha of New Smyrna Beach FL and 3 sons- William of Warren, Stephen (Jeannette) of Fresno CA and Edward (Kathy) of Germantown, MD. She also leaves 10 grandchildren- Stephanie, Andrew & Carolyn Michael, Erin Leonard, Robert Prosser and Daniel, Cameron (Katie), Carly, Samantha and John Socha. Her great grandchildren- Eli Michael, Reilly & Rhys Leonard and Jacob Socha brought special joy in recent years. She also leaves dear friends Maureen Sheridan and Eileen Socha.

Elizabeth was a lover of the outdoors. She was a talented swimmer and worked summers as a life guard in her teens and early twenties. She met her husband while on assignment at Warren Town Beach in 1945. Some of her happiest times were spent at the summer home her parents built in 1926. Elizabeth was a master quahogger and instructed many generations in its finer points. She was also a talented cook and dessert baker who always featured at least two fresh vegetables as part of her memorable Sunday dinners.

She was predeceased by her sister, Margaret Reilly and grandson William Prosser.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM in St. Martha’s Church, East Providence. Burial will be in St. Alexander’s Cemetery, Warren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Martha’s Church, 2595 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914.  A celebration of her life is planned for July 25, 2021 at her summer residence.

 


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John Reilly from Frisco texas wrote on October 14, 2020 at 1:56 pm:
My sincere condolences to the entire family. Wish I could be there. As you know, Elizabeth and Ernest allowed us to vacation every summer at touissett. I have many fond memories of my time spent there. My Dad always adored your mom. She was always so welcoming and friendly. She was truly an inspiration to all of us on what a positive attitude, and kindness to all truly means. I was fortunate to know her and the entire family. My thoughts are with you all.
Holly Rose from New Smyrna Beach wrote on October 13, 2020 at 10:13 am:
Though I never had the good fortune to meet Elizabeth Socha, I have had the incredible good luck of being a friend of her daughter Patricia, and the exceptional joy of being a friend and companion to her grandson, Billy. Rest in Peace.
Robert Amman from East Providence wrote on October 13, 2020 at 7:36 am:
Gail and I were saddened to get this news. Elizabeth was our neighbor since we moved to East Providence in 2004 and was one of the first to stop by and welcome us to the neighborhood. She was meticulous about her yard. We often saw her picking up leaves one by one in the fall. And in the summer she often dropped off a bucket of quahogs that she harvested from the Kickemuit in Warren. We will miss her and offer our sincere condolences to her family.
J Clement Cicilline from Newport RI wrote on October 12, 2020 at 2:55 pm:
My sincere condolences to the entire Socha Family. I was in the charter class in the Master's program in Clinical Psychology at URI and one of my clinical placements was at IMH where Betty was the Chief Psychologist. She was so understanding and supportive, always ready to help in any way possible. Also, she was really unflappable in all the challenging situations we faced, which was a great source of encouragement to aspiring clinicians. She helped a lot of people in the course of her career with dedication and determination. She was very kind, respected others, and had a warm and wonderful sense of humor. I have always remembered and will continue to remember Betty with an abiding appreciation and fondness. Most sincerely, J. Clement 'Bud' Cicilline Newport, RI
Alan B Feinstein from West Warwick wrote on October 11, 2020 at 6:50 am:
My condolences on your loss of Betty. She was my colleague, boss, and friend when I worked at the I.M.H. She also kept me well fed. I often think of her and her gentle strength. I hope you all find the same in these difficult times.