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Eileen Elizabeth (Lytle) Vanasse

Eileen Elizabeth (Lytle) Vanasse, 89, died on October 23, 2015 at Blueberry Hill Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Beverly, following a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.

She was born on May 31, 1926 in Providence, Rhode Island to the late William J. and Mary (Reynolds) Lytle. She attended Providence Parochial Schools and graduated from St. Mary's Academy of the Visitation in 1946.  On August 3, 1948, she was united in marriage to the late Ulric A. Vanasse, with whom she enjoyed sixty-four wonderful years.  They raised their family in West Warwick, RI, and after their children started school, she spent most of her working career as a Librarian Assistant in the West Warwick Junior High School. She also served on the PTA.

She was a long-time parishioner of St. James Church in West Warwick, and later St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church in Eustis, Florida.

Eileen most enjoyed sunbathing and spending time at the pool, dining out as well as at-home family dinners accompanied with a glass of wine, watching Patriots football on TV, visiting Walt Disney World as a season's pass holder  and visiting with family and friends. She enjoyed many road trips to Newport and Cape Cod and her family has many wonderful memories of festive and lively Thanksgivings, Christmases and St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

In 1987, Eileen and Ulric retired and moved to Florida where they could enjoy the sunshine and milder winters. They volunteered in their retirement community preparing and serving many pot luck suppers and special breakfasts.  They also acted as tour guides in residence for all visitors from "up North". 

In 2011, they moved to Ipswich, and later to Beverly, to be closer to their family.

Eileen was very well loved and will be greatly missed by her three children, Thomas and his wife Kathleen Vanasse of Coventry, RI, Wendy and her husband Robert Evans of Ipswich, and David and his wife Lynn Vanasse of Johnston, RI.; sorely missed by her grandchildren, Bethany, Matthew and Gillian Vanasse, Joshua, Kathryn and Kelsey Evans, Nathan Vanasse, Andrew Davenport, and Gina and Nicholas Detorio; her many nieces, nephews, cousins and  by her loving sister, Frances Geary.  She was predeceased by four sisters, Mary Marcello, Catherine Maxwell, Rose Holland, and Margaret Vincent and three brothers, Joseph, John and William Lytle.

Her funeral service will be held graveside 10:30am on Thursday, October 29, 2015, in the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel, 301 South County Trail, Exeter, RI. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed and are asked to meet at the cemetery administration building at 10:15am. Arrangements are under the direction of Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.  The family would also like to thank the caring staff at Blueberry Hill Rehab and Skilled Care Center and Care Dimensions. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions in her name to  the National Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800,Miami, Florida 33131.

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