Gloucester, MA - Caroline R. (Arvilla) Quadros, 91, of Gloucester, wife of the late Arnold A. Quadros, passed away at Addison Gilbert Hospital on Saturday, December 1, 2018, with her loving family by her side. Caroline was born in Gloucester, Mass., on December 12, 1926, the daughter of the late Joseph and Marie (Pimental) Arvilla. Caroline grew up on “Portagee Hill” and attended the Hildreth and Sawyer Schools as a young girl. She graduated from Gloucester High School, class of 1944. After graduation Caroline worked at various jobs that included the Gloucester waterfront for a brief period, W. G. Brown’s and LePage’s, before she met her future husband, Arnold, with whom she spent 50 years of marriage, to raise a family. Caroline cherished family and her children meant the most to her, as she considered each of them a blessing. She was a dedicated mother to her children and raised them with love and affection. Additionally, her grandchildren were a source of great joy and she delighted in time spent with them, during sleepovers when they were young, and Sunday dinners, which was a family tradition, faithfully maintained throughout her life. She filled her home with love and devotion, enjoyed being there with her family, and was a sentimental soul. When her children had grown Caroline went back to work at CVS on Main Street and then, at Connors Pharmacy, where she was a friend and confidant to many of the customers. There were numerous times during later years when someone would remind Caroline of a caring word or a kind gesture she provided to them during their visit to the store. After retiring from Connors Pharmacy, Caroline volunteered in the Gift Shop at Addison Gilbert Hospital for the next 15 years. Her compassionate nature extended to teaching religion classes at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church and donating money to the many causes that touched her heart. Caroline would also volunteer her time to canvas her neighborhood to collect money for such causes as the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. Her hobbies included making jigsaw puzzles, gardening—especially tending to her rose bushes, working in the yard and watching the many varieties of birds gathered at the feeders just outside her backyard windows. She displayed great joy when wild turkeys would enter her yard to forage and walk about. Caroline also enjoyed many hours at the Sawyer Free Library, as she was an avid reader of biographies and American history, and she always kept up with national and world events. Before her declining health, Caroline regularly attended mass at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church and the Roman Catholic faith played an instrumental role in her life. Caroline had a secret sense of humor that touched your heart and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Caroline is survived by her four children, Carol Anne Quadros, Arnold, Kevin and David Quadros; two sisters, Marie Frontiero and Ethel Sotorp; one brother, Francis Arvilla; three grandchildren, Caroline Forsythe and her husband Morgan, Christina Godfrey and her husband Michael, Carrieann Vecchione and her husband Jesse; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her sister Veronica Field; and brothers, Joseph F., Manuel, and Clifford Arvilla.
Visiting hours will be held privately. Her funeral Mass will be held in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, Prospect St., Gloucester, on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited. Her burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Eastern Ave, Gloucester. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, MA. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
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