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Rita J. Smith

Funeral services for Rita J. (Martin) Smith, age 95, of Ogdensburg, NY, will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at 12:00PM at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Rev. Justin Thomas officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 10:00AM to 11:30AM on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg. Mrs. Smith passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home.

Rita is survived by her two sons, Paul and his wife, Marlene, and Bob and his wife, Debra Lee, both of Ogdensburg; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one sister, Sister Helen Martin. She is predeceased by two daughters, Catherine Burke and Sister Nancy Elizabeth Smith; her two sisters, Anna and Pauline; and one brother, Edgar.

Rita was born on June 27, 1923, in Ogdensburg, NY, the daughter of Anne Hoagland Martin. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1941 and later earned her Nursing Degree from St. Lawrence State Hospital School of Nursing in 1945. Rita first went to work for Hepburn Hospital before having children.  She later worked for Cedar’s Home as a registered nurse.  On October 6, 1948, Rita married James R. Smith at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Rev. Clarence Devan officiating. He predeceased her on January 11, 1991.

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, was member of the Claxton Hepburn Women’s Auxiliary, and St. Vincent de Paul Society.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Rita’s memory to the St. Joseph’s Foundation, 950 Linden St., Ogdensburg, NY 13669 or to a charity of one’s choice.

15 Condolences

  • Dick and Mildred Dillenbeck Posted May 27, 2019 10:43 AM

    Paul and Marlene, we were so sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing. She was always such a kind and loving lady and it was always a joy to visit with her. Rita and her sister , Polly (our good friend) were wonderful friends.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless.

  • Robert and Ann Erwin Posted May 27, 2019 2:55 PM

    Bob,Debby,Paul, Marlene and families. We are so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful lady. She will be missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Cherish all the memories you have of her.

  • Jane Hackett Backus and family Posted May 27, 2019 5:54 PM

    Sending our deepest sympathies…💐

  • Debbie duprey Posted May 27, 2019 6:37 PM

    Bobby Debbie Paul and Marlene Thoughts and prayers for your family.it was nice to see her the other day. May she rest in peace.

  • Debbie and Bob Williams Posted May 28, 2019 6:49 AM

    Bob and I are so sorry for your loss.Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  • Sister Norma Bryant, SSJ Posted May 28, 2019 7:56 AM

    Although I don’t know you personally, I certainly knew Sister Nancy Elizabeth well. She was a reflection of your wonderful mother. She is missed, as I’m sure that your mother will be. You have my prayers.

  • Mary Ellen Wilson Martin Posted May 28, 2019 12:10 PM

    Bob, Paul and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s death. I have many fond memories of her from my childhood days visiting your home and sharing friendships with Cathy and Nancy. She was a wonderful, kind, and loving woman in her ever gentle and quiet way. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  • Norman Jones Posted May 28, 2019 1:58 PM

    My condolences to the Paul & Marlene and family.

  • Ramona Kennedy Posted May 28, 2019 6:15 PM

    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you.

  • Patrick Brady Posted May 28, 2019 8:31 PM

    Very sorry to hear about Rita’s passing from her neighbor and relative Tom Brady. Rita was married to my father’s cousin Jimmy Smith whose mother was Loyola Cavanaugh. Tough to see that greatest of generations pass on. My condolences to Rita’s family for their loss.

  • Pat Mandigo Posted May 28, 2019 9:05 PM

    Paul & Marlene, Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. What a Sweet Lady. May she rest in Peace. I’m sure she will be missed. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Allen and Jane Rishe Posted May 29, 2019 10:38 AM

    Bob and Deb and Paul and Marlene. Sorry I couldn’t be at the funeral or wake I’ve been sick. I’ll be there with you in spirit at the mass and I will be praying for you all. Rita was such a good friend and neighbor. We will miss her. God bless m

  • Bob and Joan Hawthorne Posted May 30, 2019 8:33 AM

    Sorry for your loss Bob, always difficult to loose a parent. I am sure you have many memories to cherish.

  • Diane Gilchriest Posted June 1, 2019 9:14 AM

    To all Rita Smith’s family – so sorry to hear of your loss. My mom was Mary Gilchriest (Brady) and I remember spending so much time up north visiting all our relatives, including jimmy and Rita when I was younger. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. Love

  • Stephanie Frisina Posted June 5, 2019 8:43 PM

    Sorry to hear of Rita’s passing. Such s wonderful lady. I will miss her 💔

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