In Memory

Kate Margolis (Mariscal)

Obituary for Kate 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 Master’s 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 house’s 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 wewe held 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 at Juniper Hill Cemetery, Bristol, RI at 24 Sherry Avenue, Bristol RI.

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08/28/16 07:52 AM #1    

Edward Pavelick

R.I.P. Have a lot of fun memories from the Cheltenham days.

09/07/17 11:37 PM #2    

Tom Reinish

Rest in Peace, Kate. Missed and fondly remembered by your High School Friends at D&I.

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