Edna M. Sanromá

March 30, 2009

  1. Edna M. Hikel Sanromá, 67, of Poppasquash Road, Bristol died on Monday, March 30, 2009 at the Grace Barker Nursing Center.  She had Alzheimer’s disease for the past 27 years and died of kidney failure.  She was the wife of Paul M. Sanromá.

  2. Born in Laconia, New Hampshire, she was the daughter of the late Colonel Nolan G. Hikel and Edna M. Hikel.

  3. Edna attended Westford Academy, in Westford Massachusetts, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, captain of her field hockey team and played trombone in the band.  She graduated in 1959.

  4. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 1964 with a major in biology, Edna moved to Baltimore, Maryland where she worked in animal research relating to some of the latest trial substances that are now commonly used in human anesthesiology.

  5. She left Baltimore to marry Paul M. Sanromá in 1966 and started working at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, RI as a Nuclear Medical Technologist.

  6. She soon went to work for and was mentored by the world renowned physicist, Jacob Spira, PHD.  He taught Nuclear Physics as applied to Nuclear Medicine for diagnosis and treatment of cancer at Boston University.  Dr. Spira sent her to Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University for additional courses.  She then became a consultant for him and represented him in many hospitals in New England.

  7. Later, Edna branched out and consulted on her own at 36 hospitals in New England for 28 years.

  8. She was a licensed radiation physicist in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  She was a member of the Society of Nuclear Medicine.

  9. She taught Radiation Safety at Northeastern University and also gave lectures from Maine to Georgia with an occasional guest lecture in the Midwest.

  10. In 1992, Edna became a convert to Catholicism.

  11. Perhaps because she never had children, Edna had the time to acquire a commercial/instrument rating for single engine fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.  She was the 224th woman helicopter pilot in the world.

  12. Edna was a successful licensed real estate broker for many years.  She also had a successful Teddy Bear mail order business.

  13. She was a member of the Bristol Yacht Club since 1967.

  14. She had an Advanced Class Amateur Radio License (WA1MCJ) and talked to Hams worldwide.

  15. In Edna’s spare time, she was a gourmet cook.

  16. Her funeral will be held Thursday, April 30th at 11 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church, 330 Wood St., Bristol, RI.  Click here for map showing where St. Mary's Church is located.

  17. A Celebration of Life will follow at the Bristol Yacht Club, Poppasquash Rd., Bristol, RI.  Click here for map showing how to get to the Bristol Yacht Club from St. Mary's Church. Click here for text directions.

  18. A second funeral service will be held Friday, May 8th at 10 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church, 1321 Centre St, South of intersection of Centre Street and Beacon Street in Newton Centre, MA,  Click here for map showing where Sacred Heart Church is located.

  19. Following the funeral service, there will be a burial service at St. Joseph Cemetery, 990 LaGrange St., West Roxbury, MA.  Those attending the burial service will meet at the Cemetery Administration Building.  Click here for map showing how to get to St. Joseph Cemetery from Sacred Heart Church. Click here for text directions.

  20. Following the burial service, there will be a reception at the home of Paul Sanroma’s brother Joseph at 1000 Walnut St, Newton Highlands, MA  Click here for map showing how to get to the reception. Click here for text directions.

  21. Donations may be made to RI Alzheimer’s Association, 245 Waterman St., Suite 306, Providence, RI 02906.




Edna ~ 1997


Edna ~ Christmas 2002
The last time she smiled.


Edna's Visitors as of today.



Edna ~ 2004

Created April 11, 2009