Thelma Shulins, a longtime Claremont, NH, resident and business owner, passed away on Saturday, July 4, following a long illness, with her loving husband of 70 years by her side. She was 88.
With Arnold Shulins she co-owned Shulins Inc., a wholesale business and retail fabric and dry goods store that was a Claremont institution for more than 30 years. She also managed a local dental practice and worked as an antiques dealer. She entered college in middle age and earned a degree cum laude in Women’s Studies from Keene State.
Shulins was an active volunteer who gave her time to Girl Scouts of America, the American Cancer Society, the Goodwin Community Center, Claremont Opera House, and Women’s Supportive Services. Her contributions to these and other charitable causes were recognized by the Claremont Business & Professional Women’s Organization, which honored her with its 1987 Achievement Award.
Shulins was an avid golfer who belonged to several country clubs, including Crown Point in Springfield, VT, and The Country Club of Naples in Naples. FL. She enjoyed painting, and her oils and watercolors hang on the walls in her and her daughters’ homes. She also had a lifelong love affair with dogs – her own, and everyone else’s – and was a generous supporter of the Upper Valley Humane Society.
Shulins was born in Woonsocket, RI, on Aug. 22, 1931, to Louis and Edythe Sadwin. She had five older brothers who predecease her. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Debra Shulins of Los Angeles, CA, and Nancy Shulins of Norwalk, CT; a son-in-law, Mark Berns, of Norwalk, CT, two grandchildren, Ben Braverman and Zoe Braverman, both of Los Angeles, and several nieces and nephews.
Due to COVID-19, her funeral will be private. There will be a memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Bayada Hospice in Norwich, VT., and the Upper Valley Humane Society.in Enfield, NH.
The Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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