Sugarman Sinai Memorial Chapel

458 Hope Street, Providence, RI


Shirley Handwerger

February 24, 1922October 8, 2019

HANDWERGER, SHIRLEY, longtime resident of Providence, where she lived very happily with her late husband, Louis, and raised my brother, Rob, and me, passed away peacefully at the HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence on Tuesday, October 8th. She was 97…and a half.

When asked over the past few days for adjectives to describe her, Shirley’s friends and family members had this to say. She was elegant, glamorous, generous, supportive, giving, silly, and charming.

A good deal was said about her dining table – not only the deliciousness of the holiday meals that graced that table for over half a century, but also of the love and friendships that were cemented in that setting.

Shirley was a homemaker in the truest sense of that word. There was no refrigerator on the East Side of Providence that the neighborhood kids preferred to open when they were looking for a snack.

She’ll be missed and loved forever by myself (Alan), by my wife, Lorrie, who was more a daughter to her than a daughter-in-law, by her niece, Marilyn Bergman Gralnik, who, again, was more a daughter to her than a niece, by a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and their offspring, and by countless friends in the communities where she lived her 97 ½ years.

My mother was our matriarch, a model of womanhood at its finest, as irreplaceable as she will be loved forever. Goodbye mom for now. “A flight of angels send thee to thy rest.”

In lieu of flowers, donations to the HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center at 1085 N. Main St, Providence, RI 02906 would be greatly appreciated.


  • Graveside Service Friday, October 11, 2019


Shirley Handwerger

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Rick Spencer

October 11, 2019

A gracious presence at the Front Desk, a warm voice on the telephone and a truly lovely person. Miss Annie did indeed say it best for all of us in the Groden Center family.
Rest in Peace and Go with God Aunt Shirley
Love Rick Spencer

David Borts

October 9, 2019

Dear Alan, Neil and Lori,
Our deepest condolences and prayers.
Lucia and David