Elaine (née Desrosiers), Ulmschneider
May 13, 2017
Elaine Ulmschneider (née Desrosiers), 65, of Middleboro, MA, passed away on May 13, 2017, at Somerset Ridge Center skilled nursing facility, in Somerset, MA, after a short but intense battle with metastatic bone disease, linked to her 2009 bout with breast cancer.
Elaine was born on August 21, 1951, in Fall River, MA, to Aldea (née Rousseau) and Conrad Desrosiers. Elaine’s first marriage in 1974 ended in divorce in 1976, but she was smart, strong, and independent, and did her best as a single working mother. She eventually met and fell in love with Robert Andrew Ulmschneider of Warren, RI. They married on August 20, 1983 and were together happily until his untimely death at age 51, in 1996.
She graduated from Dominican Academy, in Fall River, in 1969. After high school, she attended the Computer Environments Institute of Fall River on full academic scholarship, achieving a Certification in Computer Sciences at the very beginning of that field of study. Over her adult professional years, she worked in customer service at the telephone company, as a baker at a local cafe, as the office manager of a successful consignment store, and for various banking and lending institutions. She was always the consummate volunteer, whether for her children’s school programs, the local scouting troops, or anything and everything needed by the Warren Fire Department’s Rough & Ready Engine Co. No. 5, to which her husband and both her sons eventually belonged. Elaine left Warren, RI for Middleboro, MA in 2013. In retirement, she enjoyed sewing and yarn work, her garden, family holiday celebrations, and, more than anything, her grandchildren.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents Aldea and Conrad Desrosiers; her loving husband Robert Andrew Ulmschneider; and her dear son Jon Andrew Ulmschneider.
Elaine is survived by her daughter Jennifer Anne Cartee, son-in-law Charles John Hagenbuch, and grandchildren by them, Katherine Lorraine and Samuel Robert Hagenbuch, all of Dorchester, MA; by her son Robert Conrad Ulmschneider and daughter-in-law Danielle Vaillancourt, of Somerset, MA; by her brother Conrad O. Desrosiers and sister-in-law Susan Sawtelle, of Rye, NH; and by numerous cousins, friends, and relations.
At Elaine’s request, no formal services will be held. A gathering to celebrate her life will occur over the summer in a private home in Warren, RI. Condolences may be sent to the family care of 84 Tonawanda Street, Dorchester, MA 02124.