Geraldine L. Smith, age 91, formerly of 12 Penn Ave., Ridgway, died Tuesday afternoon, January 26, 2021, at Ridgmont Personal Care following a brief illness. She was born April 13, 1929, in Rathmel, PA, daughter of the late Fred and Amanda (Carr) Snyder. She married Edwin L. Smith on July 31, 1948, he preceded her in death on June 22, 2007. She resided in Ridgway most of her life and was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She was a graduate of Brockway High School. Geraldine was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary where she was Treasurer, she was active in the church, she helped organize the Women’s YMCA Volleyball League, was a Ridgway Sports Booster Club member, and she enjoyed all High School sports and American Legion Baseball.
She is survived by 3 daughters: Cathleen M. VanAken of Queensbury, NY, Diane S. (Thomas) Zelechoski of Johnsonburg, PA, and Nancy L. (James) Florio of DuBois, PA; 2 sons: Robert L. (Mary Jo) Smith of Franklin, PA and Ronald E. Smith of Ridgway; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, 1 sister Mary Jane Reddecliff of North Carolina, 1 brother Gary Murphy of South Carolina, and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 3 sisters: Genevieve Durnell, Matilda Mowrey, and Beverly Ebisch; and 4 brothers: Charles, George, and Fred Snyder, and John Staley.
A Memorial Service for Geraldine L. Smith will be held at a later date and time to be announced. Officiating will be Rev. Erik Hart, Pastor of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Burial will be at Parklawn Memorial Gardens. There will be no visitation. Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church or to the Ridgway YMCA. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home. Share your online condolences at thompsonfuneralhomepa.com
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