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Alma C. (Poirier) Caren

Alma C. (Poirier) Caren, 88, of County Road, Ipswich, wife of the late Stanley J. Caren and the late Frederick J. Rodzen, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on April 20, 2018 following her brief illness.

Born in Ipswich on April 4, 1930 to the late Theodule and Antoinette (Boucher) Poirier, she was raised in Ipswich where she attended the St. Stanislaus Parochial School in Ipswich and Ste. Chretienne Academy in Salem. In 1952, she married Frederick Rodzen at St. Stanislaus Church and was a loving wife until Frederick’s untimely death twelve years later. She later married Stanley Caren in 1971 at Sacred Heart Church.  She had worked at the Agawam Diner in Ipswich, at United Shoe Machinery Corporation in Beverly, and at the First National Bank in Ipswich.

Mrs. Caren was a longtime communicant of Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Hope parishes of Ipswich. She was the one-time choir director and organist at Sacred Heart and managed the kitchen and food preparation for the popular annual Polish Picnic. At Our Lady of Hope, Alma was an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and she devoted her time to helping in the sacristy and preparing for church services. Talented with both knitting and crochet needles, she spent many happy hours making beautiful blankets to present to babies being baptized at the church. Alma was also a member of the Catholic Women’s Club and the Polish League of American Veterans Ladies Auxiliary.

A diehard Red Sox fan, Alma watched and scored every game. She loved attending games at Fenway Park and once even watched a game from the NESN broadcast booth. She was thrilled to witness her beloved Red Sox win the World Series three times. Alma also enjoyed playing bingo, attending shows at the North Shore Music Theater, trips to Foxwoods and various activities with the Ipswich Council on Aging. By far, Alma’s favorite pastime was spending time with family, and most recently, she especially enjoyed visits from her great-grandchildren.

Alma is survived by four daughters, Joanne Ruzanski and Cynthia Rodzen both of Ipswich, Carol Smith and her husband Bryan of North Port, FL,  and Marie Perry and her husband Michael of North Berwick, ME; two stepchildren, Mark Caren and his wife Monica, and Betsy Wadington and her husband David Smith of Virginia Beach, VA; eight grandchildren, Sharon Ruzanski of Concord, NH, Katherine Ruzanski of Oxford,  Carolyn Ruzanski, Melissa Vitale and her husband David, all of Ipswich, Ashley Mastrangelo of Beverly, Ryan Perry of North Berwick, ME, Bryan Smith, Jr. and his wife Krysta and Danielle Smith, all of North Port, FL; four great-grandchildren, Keira Tibbetts of NH, Camden Vitale of Ipswich and Aurah and Sylvie Smith of FL; five step-grandchildren; one step great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews. Alma’s daughters particularly wish to acknowledge their cousin, Clare Lundberg of Beverly for the tremendous love, devotion and time she gave to her Aunt Alma over the years, especially during her recent times of need.

She was the sister of the late Sr. Marie Antoinette Poirier of Marlborough, Omer Poirier of FL, Gladys Finnegan, Pauline Roberts, Albin Poirier, Alfred Poirier and infant Rose Ella Poirier of Ipswich and the stepmother of the late Stephen Caren of VA.

Her funeral will be held 10 am Tuesday, April 24 from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed the celebration of a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am in Our Lady of Hope Church, Linebrook Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Monday 4 to 7 pm. Interment will be in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Jimmy Fund in memory of Alma Caren at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.jimmyfund.org/gift.


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