Gertrude H. Smith, 89, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY — Gertrude H. Smith, 89, Watertown, widow of Robert K. Smith, passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at the Samaritan Summit Village.

The funeral will be 10 am Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery. Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at the funeral home.

Born Nov. 21, 1930, at the family home on the Woodbattle Road, New Boston, a daughter to George and Mary Anne “Minnie” O’Neil McDonald, she graduated from Copenhagen Central School.

She worked in retail all her working years as assistant managers or managers with Fishman’s, Century Housewares, Boardmans, The Present Company, and Pfaltzfraff, retiring as a bookkeeper from Standard Auto, all of Watertown.

Gertrude married Robert K. Smith June 28, 1952, in Copenhagen.  Mr. Smith passed away June 15, 1997.

Gert was a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and a member of the Copenhagen American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by four sons and their wives, Steven and Judy, Watertown, Scott and Melanie, Pillar Point, Shawn and LuAnn, Watertown, Stacey and Jill, Pillar Point; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert, a grandson, Jason Edward Smith, two brothers Edward and Lawrence “Bud” McDonald, and two sisters Betty Boulio and Frances Sheitz.

Gert enjoyed spending many summers with family and friends at her cottage at Guffins Bay, Lake Ontario.

Gertrude’s family would like to give special thanks to the 3rd floor staff in the Skilled Nursing Unit at Samaritan Summit Village.

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