Fay M. Kerins, 90, of Wolcott Avenue, Middletown Rhode Island was called to the loving arms of Jesus on Friday, May 5, 2017. She was the loving mother of five boys and wife of 42 years to Gerald R. Kerins, who passed away in 1992. She died from complications of a stroke. Born in Newport on January 21, 1927, she was the daughter of Delbert C. Hosch and Margaret (Hussey) Hosch.
Fay was well known in our community as a former Rogers High School teacher from 1966 until 1987. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island in 1948, Mrs. Kerins first worked in the field of secretarial administration for several corporations in New York City before coming back to Newport and accepting a position as the Secretary to the Headmaster at St. George’s School, in Middletown.
Fay was a talented artist and avid reader and followed national politics with passion. She was a communicant of St Mary’s Church in Newport and participated regularly in the activities of the St Mary’s Women’s Guild. Additionally, she was a docent at Hammersmith Farm in Newport and donated her time to the Middletown Historical Society, the Middletown Senior Center and the Retired Teachers of Newport County.
She leaves five sons: Colonel Brian R. Kerins, USAF (Ret), of Amelia Island, Florida; Christopher P. Kerins of Centerville, Massachusetts; Patrick J. Kerins of Ruxton, Maryland, Lt Col Matthew J. Kerins, USAR (Ret) from Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany, and Michael A. Kerins of Middletown, R.I. Additionally, Mrs. Kerins leaves one sister, Ellen H. Lauzon of Middletown. Pre-decreasing Mrs. Kerins were her two brothers Paul D. Hosch of Norfolk, Connecticut and John F. Hosch of Middletown, and her sister, Joan E. Reiland, also from Newport. She leaves ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours are Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring Street, Newport Rhode Island. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Augustin’s Church, Carroll Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island on May 10th, 2017 at 10:00 am. Burial will follow in St. Columba Cemetery, Brown’s Lane in Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Clare-Newport, 309 Spring Street Newport, RI 02840.