Percelay, Florence G.


Florence Percelay passed away on September 24, 2023, at Briarcliff Manor in Johnston, Rhode Island. Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on April 28, 1924. She was the daughter of the late Nathan and Minnie Goldfarb. She is predeceased by her husband Earl Morton Percelay, her son Joseph H. Percelay and her brother Samuel Goldfarb.

She became an integral participant with her husband when he began his successful business in Pawtucket, working full time while raising her children in Pawtucket. She was a past president of Pioneer Women in Pawtucket, a lifetime member of Hadassah and a life-long member with Temple Emanu-El of Providence and its Sisterhood. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to the moon and back, she would encourage and motivate them to succeed as they shared their experiences with her. She welcomed the family for holidays and Shabbat. For our family she was a “Eishet Chayil”, Woman of Valor.

She is survived by her two daughters, Rachael Coshak and her husband Howard and Abigail Leavitt. She was the loving grandmother to Estee Crawford, Sarah Fishman, Andrew Leavitt, Laura Wilkinson, and Julia Schneider. She was delighted to be a great-grandmother to Michael, Ethan, Edy, Benjamin, and Hazel.

Burial and Shiva will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA  22116-7023.


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  1. Michael Field
    Sep 26, 2023

    I am sorry for your mother’s passing.
    May your memories be of comfort to you and your family.

  2. Sandra Abrams
    Sep 26, 2023

    We remember Florence as a person devoted to her family and the community. Her legacy lives on through her family and friends.

  3. Sammy Sinel
    Sep 26, 2023

    I’m so sorry. I have such great memories of your mom and dad, Joey and Rachael. The Percelays were like my other family growing up in Pawtucket. May she rest in peace.

  4. Marcia Stone
    Sep 27, 2023

    My condolences to the family. I grew up knowing Rachael and remember Florence well. So many good memories..

  5. Michael Penn
    Oct 5, 2023

    Dear Abby,
    Please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of your mother. I have fond memories of the Percelay family. May your memories of Florrie bring a smile to your heart.

  6. Paul Formal
    Oct 8, 2023

    Thoughts and prayers to Abby and the family during this difficult time of sorrow. So sorry for your loss. RIP and G_d Bless

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