Barbara M. Cartwright-Fiske
Cartwright-Fiske, Barbara M. (Gardner), 95, a former elementary school teacher in Cranston, died peacefully on December 25, 2015, at the Cedars in Cranston. Born in Providence, Barbara was the wife of the late Phillip J. Cartwright and the late Eugene S. Fiske. She was the daughter of the late Beneta (Gill) and Charles J. Gardner of Warwick; mother of Gregory G. Fiske of Cranston; grandmother of Sarah M. Fiske and the late Peter G. Fiske of Morristown, Tennessee, and great grandmother of Breale Fugate, Neven and Nathaniel Herrell of Morristown , Tennessee. She is also survived by her son Gregory's longtime companion, Rosalie W. Cummings of Barrington. A graduate of Cranston High School and Rhode Island College, Barbara was a 5th and 6th grade teacher for 30 years who also enjoyed world travel. She was a resident of the Scandinavian Home for the last 2 1/2 years. After retiring in 1979, Barbara moved to New Jersey, and later costal North Carolina before returning to Cranston in 1992. Most of Barbara's teaching career was spent at the William R. Dutemple Elementary School. She was always available as a tutor to the students, and her dedication to education was rewarded with lifetime friendships that extended to several of her former students. Many kept in touch with her, and some visited her until the end of her life, including one from Hawaii. As an honor role student in high school, Barbara knew that her calling was as an educator and she was also a dedicated mother, grandmother, great grandmother. Barbara was a member of Phillips Memorial Baptist Church in Cranston, where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was very civic minded, and had a large circle of friends, many of them former classmates from high school who celebrated reunions regularly until their later years. Barbara also had a passion for travel. She visited Australia and New Zealand; Italy and France; Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and toured China for three weeks. She also enjoyed cruises to several Caribbean Islands. A Memorial Service will be held later this Summer (during the third week of July with the exact date yet to be determined) in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. Donations in Barbara's memory may be sent to the Ronald McDonald House in Providence; St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee; The Rhode Island Heart Association, or the Rhode Island Cancer Society.
Barbara DelGigante Tomasso - 01/24/2016
Condolences to the family. Will miss Barbara and our get togethers with our 5th grade students.
Jutta Erhart - 01/24/2016
good bye my dearest cherished friend you will be missed by countless people many preceded you in heaven,
Mrs. Carl E Johnson, Jr. (Beatrice) - 01/24/2016
I was so sorry to read of Barbara's passing away on Christmas Day. I'll miss getting in touch as we have done over the years.
Doug and Rina Hopkins - 01/25/2016
Our deepest sympathy to the family. Barbara was a very nice person and we always enjoyed her wit. She will be sadly missed by many.
Peace and God bless during this difficult time.
Sheila Zambarano - 02/03/2016
My deepest sympathy to the family. Barbara will be missed. Enjoyed our visits very much.
Mary lynn Brailsford Medeiros - 02/27/2016
Just found out today of the recent passing over the holidays of a great lady who I can say was a wonderful friend and teacher and mother and grandmother I have some great memories of spending time with her i now know I have another angel watching over us. Thinking of you Greg and Sarah always Mary
Condolences from the Brailsford Family
Greg Oden - 07/24/2016
Condolences to the family especially Gregory. Remember the good times at Dutemple Elementary School growing up. Keep her in your heart and always in your memories. Wonderful Lady... God Bless Her
Gail Glen Whitfield - 07/25/2016
Mrs.Fiske was my 5ht grade teacher in 1964 at Dutemple School. I have never forgotten her through these many years. I also knew her on a personal level, as my mom, Shirley Glen worked in the Cranston school system, and my brother, Billy Glen was a friend of Greg's.
Mrs. Fiske was one of the greats ! She had such enthusiasm for teaching and made it fun. She laughed easily and often. She "zipped" around her classroom and i admired her as a teacher and a person. She respected her students and they loved her. I was happy to read that she had a life she so richly deserved. A great loss for her family. Cherish the memories.
Bob DArezzo - 07/25/2016
Greg and family,
Please accept my condolences on the passing of your mother. She was a wonderful teacher and a wonderful person. I will never forget her.
Carol Tracy Zoccolante - 08/20/2016
My sincerest condolences to Mrs. Fiske's family. I was one of her sixth graders at Dutemple and she was one of the best teachers I ever had. I came across this obituary by accident, but I just had to write to let you know how lucky I was to have had her as my teacher. She was so kind and I will never forget her or all of the things she taught me...including how to crochet! The boys may not have enjoyed that, but I sure did. May she rest in peace.