On Thursday, May 28, 2020, Erica Rose Langlais, loving daughter to Helena M. Fernandes Chmielinski and Edward R. Langlais, passed away at the age of 25. Erica was born on October 21, 1994 in Providence, and grew up in Hope, RI with her sister Brittany M. Langlais and brother Scott E. Langlais. Erica graduated from Scituate High School and the University of Rhode Island. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Plant Sciences, and was continuing her education at Northern Michigan University to pursue a degree in Medicinal Plant Chemistry.
Besides her parents and siblings Erica was survived by her niece Naomi Elena Matos, her paternal grandparents, Arthur R. Langlais and Doris Langlais, maternal grandparents, Maria F. Fernandes, and Jose T. Fernandes. Step-parents Wade Chmielinski, and Kathleen McCarthy. Step brother and sister, Wade Chmielinski, Jr, and Leila Chmielinski. Paternal aunts and uncles, Diane and Gerard Quintanar, Sandra and Mark Kister, and Gerard and Josephine Langlais. Maternal uncle and aunt, Antonio and Beatriz Fernandes. Erica will be missed by her cousins Monica Dias, Nico Fernandes, Marie and Marc Quintanar and Joseph Langlais, as well as her large extended family and many many friends. Erica was extraordinary, she loved fully, and reminded us every day of how much she loved us.
Erica had a casual demeanor, was sensitive, empathetic, free-spirited, and wore her heart on her sleeve. She had many passions, including an eclectic taste in music, gardening, comedy (Robin Williams and Kristin Wiig), and cooking. She loved tie dye and flip flops, her cat Nova, her sister’s dog Stassi and her brother’s dog Rocky, the beach, sunsets, the power and beauty of the sky, snowboarding, and especially spending time with family and friends and eating good food.
Erica touched everyone she met, and made time for everyone in her life. She never hesitated to help those in need. She was known for her never ending smile, free spirit, kindness to all including strangers, and for having a compassionate heart. Her family and friends will tell you she was the strongest person they have ever met, with a gentle soul and a big heart.
She did everything with intensity. Erica loved life, loved deeply, laughed loudly, and lived life fully, out loud and in color. She touched everyone she met, and will be remembered by all that knew her as the life of the room, the smile that never ended, and the friend that was always there for you. Erica only had love in her heart for people, and was accepting of everyone. She will never be forgotten, and we will miss her and honor her every day.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 21 Traverse St., Providence, RI 02903. Burial will be private. We will honor her life together.
Because of her love for animals, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA,com) and dedicate your donation in memory of Erica Rose Langlais.