Eleanor Louise Smutzinger

August 28, 1918 ~ July 1, 2018 (age 99)




Eleanor Louise Snyder Smutzinger

Passed away peacefully on July 1, 2018 while at home at the age of 99 years. Born in 1918, on August 28, in Spring Hill, PA, she was the daughter of Lewis Nelson Snyder and Sybil Lyon Snyder. Eleanor lived the majority of her many years in Elmira and was a graduate of Elmira Free Academy. She was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Robert G. Smutzinger; sisters, Winifred "Peggy" Lints of St. Louis, MO and Faith Snyder Berry of Elmira. Eleanor is survived by her daughter, Linda S. Peterson of Elmira; grandchildren, Brent Peterson, Amy Peterson (Sean Morris) and Gretchen (Jonathan) Porier; along with four great grandchildren, Ella and Noah Porier, Anastazia and Vytas Morris; nieces, Barbara Cacciotti and her daughter, Beth Ann, Gwendolyn Ann Pease; nephews, Jonathan, Thomas and Benjamin Berry, David and Paul Lints, Theodore Colegrove, many cousins, and dear friends. A special acknowledgment to dedicated caregiver Brenda Elston. "Gram's" greatest joy was her family and was the ultimate homemaker, always making sure everyone never went without. Her many talents provided a loving and comfortable atmosphere for anyone entering her home. She loved music and played the cello in various community musical groups. She worked for The Gorton Coy in downtown Elmira during the 1940s and worked her way up to buyer. She sold Real Estate for years with Eleanor Kretchmen. She was a lifelong member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, serving in many capacities. She did extensive volunteer activities with Zonta Club of Elmira, as well as serving as a Girl Scout leader for several years. Calling hours will be Friday, July 6, 2018, from 10:30 - 11:30am, at the Baker Family Funeral Home, 640 W Gray St. Elmira. Immediately following calling hours the funeral service will take place at Forrest Lawn Cemetery, Elmira with Carol C. Arnold officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Zonta Club of Elmira, 742 W. First St, Elmira, NY 14905 or First Church of Christ, Scientist, 500 W. Church St, Elmira, NY 14905.


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