Vera Elinor Smith

Vera E. Smith, 87, of the Frewsburg Rest Home, formerly of Manchester Road and Brookside Estates Jamestown, passed away Thursday (Oct. 17, 2013) in WCA Hospital.

A lifelong area resident, she was born July 11, 1926, in Jamestown, the daughter of the late C. Joseph and Freda Tulen Overberg.

Vera was a graduate of Celoron High School and WCA School of Nursing.

She was employed by the former Jamestown General Hospital for 32 years as a registered nurse, retiring in 1988.

She was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, WCA Alumni, Poland Senior Citizens, American Scandinavian Heritage Society and the Levant Cemetery Society. Vera enjoyed reading, sewing and crocheting, traveling, cooking and baking and crossword puzzles. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

Surviving are four children: Bruce Smith of Jamestown, Brenda (Skip) Frazier of Ellington, Wayne Smith of Falconer, and Nancy Kavanaugh of Jamestown; a son-in-law, Brad Schuster of Westfield; 10 grandchildren: Jennifer (Jeff) Miller of Cherry Creek, Lisa (Chris) Swanson of Jamestown, Elizabeth (Clarence) Dickerson of Kennedy, Eric (Jamie) Frazier of Jamestown, Valerie Giovannini of Pittsburg, Pa., Zachary Frazier of Ellington, Tammi (Mike) Martin of Maple Springs, Mathew (Christina) Schuster of Portland, N.Y., Christopher Schuster of Westfield, Lindsey (Gordon) Jaynes of Westfield; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marwood F. Smith, whom she married June 26, 1948, in Jamestown, and who died Feb. 6, 2009; her daughter, Barbara Schuster in 1998; her son-in-law, Gary Kavanaugh in 2010; two

great-grandchildren: Ryan Miller and Grace Dickerson; a brother C. Richard Overberg; and a sister, Joyce Goulding.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Falconer Funeral Home. The Rev. Timothy J. Hoyer, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, will officiate.

Burial will be in Levant Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the funeral service Monday in the funeral home.

Memorials may be donated to the Falconer Public Library, Bethlehem Lutheran Church or Frewsburg Volunteer Fire Department.

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