Gertrude A. Smeal

Gertrude A. Smeal, 99, of 484 Spruce St., St. Marys, passed away Saturday (6-24-17) at her residence after a brief illness. She was born December 12, 1917, in St. Marys, daughter of the late George J. and Margaret Schutz Eckert.  She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys schools.

On June 8, 1937, in St. Marys Church, she married Theodore S. Smeal and he preceded her in death on August 9, 1999.

She is survived by two daughters, Janice King Malacarne (Guido) of DuBois, Judy Olson of St. Marys, two grandsons, Eric Olson (Adria) of Warren, PA, Stephen Olson (Amanda) of Boalsburg, PA, and a great grandson, Henry Tyler Olson-White.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by six sisters, Bertha Wendel, Margaret Hoffman, Dolores Rupprecht, Eleanor Anderson, Florence Ferragine, and Marie Schlimm, and by four brothers, Robert Eckert, Norbert Eckert, George Eckert, Jr., and Walter Eckert.

She was the last member of her immediate family. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church and had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother.  Faith and family were most important to her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday (6-28-17) at 11:00am, with the Rev. Eric Vogt OSB, pastor as celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Tuesday (6-27-17) from 6:00-8:00pm.

Memorials if desired can be made to the Sacred Heart Church, 337 Center St., St. Marys, PA or the Community Nurses Hospice, 757 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA 15857.

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Thomas Nissel June 26, 2017 at 12:22 pm

Aloha — thoughts and prayers in this time…..

Jim and Susan Latham June 27, 2017 at 9:09 pm

Dearest Judy,

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. What a beautiful lady and an inspiration to so very many people she was and is.

We send our love and prayers to you and the family asking God give you with His Love, Care, Compassion and Strength, especially at this time. With the devotion your mom had to the Blessed Mother, we feel confident that Our Lady will be right with all of you now and in the days to come, giving you her comfort and love also.
With our sincerest Sympathy and Love,
Jim and Susan Latham

Jim and Susan Latham July 8, 2017 at 4:56 pm

Dearest Judy,
We wish to express our deepest sympathy to you and all your family at this time of your mother’s passing.
You are and have been in our prayers at this time of great loss.
May God fill you with His great comfort, love and peace now and in the coming days..
With your mom’s great devotion to our Blessed Mother, may you experience the consolation of knowing your mom now shares in the blessing of Paradise with Jesus, Mary, your dad and all the heavenly court. They/you are such a beautiful and spiritual family.
Our Love and God’s Blessings,
Jim and Susan Latham

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