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Kate C. Margolis-Mariscal

05/26/1953 - 07/19/2016


Obituary For Kate C. Margolis-Mariscal

Kate Cecelia Margolis Mariscal of Bristol, RI died on July 19, 2016. She was a devoted and loving mom, friend and wife. She was married to Juan Mariscal for 37 years.

She was born on May 26, 1953 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Philip I. Margolis, Sr. and Mina Casper Margolis and the family lived in Melrose Park, Pennsylvania. She was also the granddaughter of Dr. Max Leopold Margolis, the renown Jewish Historian, Professor and scholar and his wife, Evelyn Kate Aronson Margolis, a prominent suffragette noted for her strong efforts in the Philadelphia community and nationally.

Kate graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1971. She was an award-winning textile designer, high honors student and graduate of the former Philadelphia College of Textile & Design (now Philadelphia University). After working in textile design at Quaker Fabrics in Fall River, Massachusetts, she turned her focus on her first artistic love residential architecture and completed her Masters Degree in the design program at the Rhode Island School of Design. She also attended Roger Williams University and completed her elementary teaching requirements.

Kate created a considerable portfolio of impressive office designs that were implemented at many small and very large companies throughout Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. She had worked independently as a design consultant on numerous residential projects in Rhode Island and then worked as a kitchen designer for many local companies, most recently Barrington Kitchens and New England Kitchens in Bristol. After designing and living in a traditional home with active solar heating in Smithfield, RI in the early 1980s, she and her husband, Juan Mariscal, purchased a 250-year-old Victorian house in Bristol where they spent countless but very enjoyable hours discovering the houses history and restoring it. Later winning awards from the Bristol Historic District Commission for their respectful updates to the property. She also served her community on the Rockwell School (Bristol) Planning Committee of which she was the chair. The first major addition to Rockwell School was planned, designed and completed during her tenure with the committee. Kate was also a volunteer for the Legos Program at the Rogers Library in Bristol.

She enjoyed cooking, reading, fine dining with family and friends as well as just grabbing a quick lobster roll and ice cream any where, travelling and vacationing, especially to Cape Cod and to Maryland for crabs, reading, sketching, researching family history, gardening, attempting to sing songs off-key, and chatting with friends and family.

She is survived by her husband, Juan Mariscal, of Bristol; her son, Nicolas Rafael Mariscal of Brooklyn, NY. her daughter, Rachel Anne Margolis Mariscal-Creasey, and her husband Brian Creasey of Marina Del Rey, California. Kate was extremely proud of her children. She is also survived by her nephews Gregory Margolis of Nantucket, MA and Alex Margolis of Tigard, Oregon; Gerald Arata of Seekonk, Rion Mariscal of Cranston, Evan Sandman of Reseda, California and Vaughn Sandman of Philadelphia, PA.

Kate's brother, Philip I. Margolis of Philadelphia, and sister, Carolyn Jane Margolis of Washington, pre-deceased her.

Services are being held at 3:30PM on THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 at the Smith Funeral Memorial and Funeral Services ( 8 Schoolhouse Road (off Market Street Route 136) Warren, RI 02885, Phone: 401-245-4999

Burial will be at Juniper Hill Cemetery, Bristol, RI at 24 Sherry Avenue, Bristol

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  • 04/27/2021

    Dear Juan, Just sending a big hug to you and the kids, and I want you to know how sorry I am for the loss of your sweet Kate. I have never known a woman to suffer so much, and yet be out when she could be with such a brave face and willing spirit. I will cherish the happy days when we were crazy passionate moms, making our way through parenting challenges and school issues. She was one of the movers. Please know you are all in my prayers as you walk this difficult path. Sincerely, Denise Arsenault

  • 04/27/2021

    Very sad to hear, my prayers are with her and her family. R.I.P.

  • 04/27/2021

    Our deepest sympathies Juan to you and your family. I pray that the Lord provides you and your family comfort and peace during this very difficult time. The Kalf Family

  • 04/27/2021

    My prayers are with all. I remember Kate in a very personal way from a very long time ago. May she rest in peace and may her family heal the best they can in time.

  • 04/27/2021

    Juan & Family, Deepest sympathy on your loss. May God bless her and your entire family.

  • 04/27/2021

    Juan, Nic, and Rachel and extended family: My deepest sympathies to all of you. I hope your grief fades quickly, leaving you with only the happy times you had together with your wife and mother. Kate's friends from high school, the D&I gang, did not get to see her much since those days, but she was always in our conversation when we got together...even as recently as last month. We all miss her.

  • 04/27/2021

    So sad! We miss you, Kate. Condolences to your family. Great Memories from CHS!

  • 04/27/2021

    Though I know that this is a difficult time for you, my hope is that you will be comforted from God's inspired word the Bible. John 5:28,29 and Revelation 21: 3,4 gives hope of a future resurrection and the complete elimination of death, pain and mourning. Under Jesus' kingdom rule we have this and much more to look forward to. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  • 04/27/2021

    Juan, My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your beloved wife. Kate was a remarkable woman and I am sure her legacy will be long admired and remembered with love. God bless Sincerely Fred Vincent

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