Gilda J. Resnick


Resnick, Gilda J. (Baker), 93, died Friday, June 12, 2020 at her daughter’s home surrounded by her loving family. She was an exceptionally beautiful and devoted wife, mother, sister, and Bubbie. She was the beloved wife of over 50 years to the late Earl J. Resnick. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Archie and Anna (Davis) Baker. Earl and Gilda spent many years in Delray Beach, FL. She returned to RI 5 years ago to spend more time with her family.

Gilda was proud of earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Gerontology from URI, Class of 1980, and even prouder of her work as Activities Director for Summit Medical Center. She spoke fondly about being the only Jewish altar girl for the priest who came to serve the residents there. Ahead of her time, Gilda also worked in a series of other occupations to financially assist her family.

She cherished her family most of all; being a strong advocate for her husband, mother, and brother, as well as anyone else in need. With the warmth of her smile, everyone who met her felt immediately comfortable while in her presence.

Devoted mother of Deb Cicero (Fred) of Malden, MA, Ken Resnick (the late Claudia) of Roanoke, VA, Sharon Gilstein (Andy) of Warwick, and Frima Palumbo (Peter) of Johnston. Dear sister of Elayne Goodman of Boca Raton, FL and the late Jason Baker. Loving grandmother of Amy, Amanda, Victoria (Glenn), Ana, and Eddie. Cherished aunt of several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and burial were held at Lincoln Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to HopeHealth Hospice, 1085 N. Main St., Providence, RI 02904. The family wishes to thank the staff of Hope Hospice for their compassionate care.


  1. Ellen Gourse
    Jun 13, 2020

    Sharon and family

    I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I remember her well during your years in Providence and after.

    May your memories help during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Ellen Gourse

    • Mary Gallo
      Jun 15, 2020

      Sharon and Firma,
      So sorry for your loss. May you cherish the good times you had, I know there were many. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
      Mary Gallo

  2. Phyllis B. Solod
    Jun 14, 2020

    Sharon, sorry for your loss. Your mom always had a smile on her face. May she Rest In Peace.
    Phyllis B. Solod

  3. maureen A davis
    Jun 14, 2020

    Sharon and Frima, I am so sorry about your moms passing. She was a very sweet woman. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  4. Sandra C Wallis
    Jun 14, 2020


    So sorry to hear about your mother. I always enjoyed her smiling face whenever we were at Greenwich Farms. Rick and I will miss seeing her, and you and Prima.

    Sandy Wallis

  5. Joan Sweet
    Jun 14, 2020

    My deepest heartfelt condolences to Frima,Deb,Sharon & Kenny and all the family. Your Mother was such a wonderful woman. Gilda had a beautiful soul. She always had words of encouragement & wisdom. I remember I first met her & your father when I moved to Florida. We had her over for lunch and I 1st time made noodle kegel, she wanted my recipe. She always told me if I needed a break to come visit her in Delray & I did. We had a wonderful day together. She always saw the bright side of everything. I will miss her. Rest In Peace Gilda. Prayers for peace & comfort for all of you.

    My deepest sympathies
    Joan Sweet

  6. Fredda Sherman
    Jun 15, 2020

    A wonderful life to be celebrated. I remember all the good times growing up. Earl and the ponies, temple Beth David and my dad Going to the horse auction in car auction. We were lucky to grow up in a time where we had neighborhood and we could all play outside together. May You all find strength in your wonderful memories.
    Fredda ( Kniager). Sherman

  7. Lyslie DeMeo
    Jun 15, 2020

    Sharon and family – I am so sorry to hear of your moms passing. I met her a few times and she was such a wonderful and loving person. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  8. Marlene Diffleydanis
    Jun 15, 2020

    I loved her. May she RIP!

  9. Judy Tobin
    Jun 15, 2020

    Dear Sharon, Andy and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how dedicated you were to her wellbeing, health and comfort. A close relationship is truly a blessing to cherish.
    My deepest sympathies to all of you.
    Take care.
    Judy Tobin

  10. Beverly Mann-Paris
    Jun 15, 2020

    Dear Sharon and Andy and family.
    I loved your mom. She was always smiling.
    I missed seeing her at the Lexington Club and with Frimma.
    I grew up with the Resnick’s in the North end of Providence.
    May she Rest In Peace and May her memories be
    of a blessing to all of you

  11. Ray Blydenburgh
    Jun 15, 2020

    My condolences to the family. I have shared my life with my Dearest Friend Gilda, (Gil as I called her) for 37 years. Rest in peace my Darling, and again Thank You for mothering my wife Shirley in her illness. You always made my heart smile whenever we chatted on the phone. You were one of my few Living Treasures and always a joy in my heart and mind. Say Hi to Shirley.

  12. Cheryl Davis Mone
    Jun 16, 2020

    We are so saddened to hear of the passing of our cousin Gilda. She was always such an upbeat, extremely kind, ray of sunshine, beautiful woman inside and out who left footprints in all our hearts. She will be missed by all and never forgotten.
    With loving thoughts and prayers the Davis Family, Shirley, Henry, Denise, Bobby, Cheryl, Michael, Jerry and Kim

  13. Elayne Goodman
    Jun 16, 2020

    In loving memory of my beautiful. caring, devoted and kind sister.
    She was my shining star and I will miss her very much

  14. Joel alpert
    Jun 17, 2020

    Sorry for your loss. When I first moved to RI, Gilda was the first person I went to for all kinds of information. To the family, I am sorry for your loss.

  15. Irene Bloom
    Jun 19, 2020

    My name is Jeff Bloom and I am the son of Irene Bloom. My mom, who now lives in Tampa where I live, knew your mom since they were kids. I believe they definitely went to high school together, raised their families in Cranston at the same time and saw each other when they both lived in Del Ray. They also spoke on the phone periodically since my mom moved to Tampa a few years back and your mom moved back to Rhode Island. I told my mom tonight that your mother had passed and she was sorry to hear this and told me all about what a wonderful woman she was and how your mom always had a smile which is obvious from the photo. I grew up knowing your cousin George and I am not sure if I knew Kenny or any of you or not . My mom and I wanted to express our condolences to all of you.

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