MaryAnn K. Aldrich

Date of Passing:

March 14, 2023

MaryAnn K. Aldrich, 73, of Prudence Island, died peacefully on March 14, 2023 at Hope Health Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. She was the beloved wife of Edward S. Aldrich Jr.

Born in Cleveland, OH, a daughter of the late Richard B. and Margaret (Dietrick) Koehler, she lived on Prudence Island for the past 12 years, previously residing in Portsmouth, RI and Virginia Beach, VA.

Mrs. Aldrich was a Business Analyst in the Defense Industry for 20 years before retiring in 2013.

MaryAnn was a graduate of Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.

She adored her dogs and was affectionately known as the “Pup Pup Mom”.

Besides her husband of 27 years, she is survived by her daughter, Ashley M. Grulich of Charleston, SC; three step-children, Annemarie Aldrich of Denton, TX, Robert Aldrich of Portland, Oregon and Edward Aldrich III of Little Compton, RI; three step-grandchildren, Logan Aldrich and Piper Aldrich of Portland, OR and Eli Aldrich of Oak Point, TX; two sisters, Rita Schedel of Hackettstown, NJ and Kathy Kadis of Chesterland, OH and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Richard Koehler Jr.

Her funeral service will be private. Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in MaryAnn’s memory to the Brain Injury Association of RI, 1017 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914 or the Potter League for Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown, RI 02842 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. Hap, may the memories of your time together comfort you in this time of sadness. Thinking of you!

  2. I never met Mary Ann in person, but must have been a wonderful person. Only the good die young. May she rest in peace. John F Davis, Portsmouth R I

  3. When I’m gone, I’d like to believe people would say some of those wonderful words about me.

    MaryAnn, you were so dearly loved and appreciated.

  4. Hap and Ashley, we are so sorry for your loss. I’m remembering the good times we had together. The trip to your residence on Prudence Is. we’ll never forget. We had a great time there with you and MaryAnn. I was hoping we could do it again, I’ll provide the steaks and baked potatoes this time. We will carry MaryAnn in our hearts just like we carry Rick. I need to visit my other cousins more often. Again so sorry for your loss. The picture of MaryAnn in her wild hat is a hoot!!

    Cousin Al & Kathy

  5. Hap, you and your family have our deepest sympathies. We greatly enjoyed MaryAnn’s humor and straightforward personality.
    Many thanks for the frequent updates from you and Ashley. They made us feel so much part of the process. God bless!

  6. We’ll really miss her. She was always quick with a joke and kept us laughing. At the same time, she worked really hard her whole life and gave all of herself to her family. She was really adaptable, finding her place in the Prudence Island community and making deep friendships. She will be missed but we will keep her in our hearts for the rest of our days. Rest well Mom.

  7. Oh Ash… we are all so sad to hear about your mums passing. She was lucky to have her at her side advocating and caring every minute of this journey. I hope you and Hap find some peace is this challenging time and know that our prayers and love are with you guys

  8. Ashley, Gil and I are so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, I did not know your mom well, and just learned that we both graduated from Lake Erie, although she was younger than me. I would have loved to compare notes with her! Nevertheless, from what we’ve read in the journal, we have so much respect for you and Hap for the way you followed MaryAnn’s wishes. We wish you strength and peace of mind as you deal with your loss.

  9. Our condolences to the Aldrich family. Please know we are thinking of you all in this difficult time and send healing thoughts.

    -The Mitek/Depuy Synthes Team

  10. So sorry for your loss App. She was a lovely lady…May she rest in peace…God bless Anna and Richard Deschamps

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