Tema P. Gouse


Gouse, Tema P., 95, died Friday, June 21, 2019 at Brookdale Buckingham.  She was the beloved wife of the late Nathaniel Gouse. Born in Chicago, IL, a daughter of the late Herman and Marcia (Chern) Pomrenze, she had lived in Glastonbury, CT, previously living in Cranston and Providence.  She was a psychiatric social worker for Butler Hospital for 27 years, retiring in 1985.  Tema was a graduate from University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree, Class of ‘44, and University of Chicago, earning her Masters in Social Work, Class of ‘48.  She was a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Temple Emanu-El and was a life member of Hadassah.  Devoted mother of Allen S. Gouse and his wife, Cheryl, of Glastonbury, CT and Neil D. Gouse and his wife, Karen, of Peabody, MA.  Dear sister of the late Judd Pomrenze and Charlotte Handwerger.  Loving grandmother of Courtney, Rebeka and Lauren. In life, she cherished traveling the world, so many close personal friendships, and adoration from her husband. Funeral services will be held MONDAY at 1:30 p.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Easterseals Dementia Program, 100 Deerfield Rd., Windsor, CT 06095.  Shiva will be observed at 460 Spring Green Rd., Warwick, Monday 4-6 p.m.


  1. Sara Meyers Ata
    Jun 24, 2019

    Tema was our dear neighbor, loving friend and always a source of knowledge, wisdom and guidance.
    She was loved and appreciated by all of us.
    Sara Meyers Ata
    Rhode Island

  2. Marge Lederer
    Jun 24, 2019

    Tema was a wonderful role model and friend to me from the time I started working at Butler Hospital (1978) and onwards, I loved her and Nat both and cherished my visits with them first in their Providence house and then in Cranston. Afraid I lost track when she moved to Connecticut but will honor her memory always,

  3. Ellen Gourse
    Jun 25, 2019

    I was sorry to hear of Tema’s passing. I worked with her at Butler Hospital from 1966-1972. She was a nice person to work with.

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