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Rev. Astrid Park Smith

1922-2013 STEPHENTOWN, NY Rev. Astrid Park Smith, 91, died peacefully Thursday, September 26, 2013 at her home in Stephentown. Born in Puhajoki, Finland on January 15, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Elias Ilmari and Fanni Wiirrett Park. At the age of one, her family emigrated to the United States and settled in Brooklyn and later moved to Long Island. Astrid graduated from Mepham High School in North Bellmore, N.Y., and later attended Eastern Nazarean College in Quincy, where she studied Theology and met her husband. She was called to be a minister by God and assisted her husband, Rev. Ernest D. Smith at assignments at various churches in Jackman, Farmington Falls and Strong, Maine. At the age of 59, Rev. Smith was ordained a minister and served at the 2nd Congregational Church in Williamstown. In 1965, she moved to Dalton, where along with her husband, they started the Berkshire First Church of the Nazarean. Throughout her life, Rev. Smith led a consistent Christian devotional life. She was saved and sanctified. Astrid was a wonderful mother and was very talented as a watercolor artist and painter. In 1988, she moved to Stephentown and was a member of the Hill & Valley Women's Club in New Lebanon. She was the beloved wife of 70 years of Rev. Ernest D. Smith, loving mother of Brenda Lee Christiana of Stephentown, David Ernest (Bonnie) Smith of Peru, Janice Evelyn (Calvin) Letson of Jackson, Ga., Stephen A. Smith of Stephentown and Philip D. (Jennifer LeBlanc) Smith of Leicester, Vt.; grandmother of Mark, Lisa, Joshua, Jadrian, Annette, Andrea, Ashley, Ariel, Melanie, Nathaniel and Cherie and ; 17 great grandchildren and; one great-great granddaughter; sister of Merriam Williams of Minnesota and the late Ellen, Irene and Martha; sister-in-law of Wilma, Dorothy, Elizabeth and the late Keith Smith. FUNERAL NOTICE:The funeral service will be Monday at 3 p.m. at the Berkshire First Church of the Nazarean in Dalton. Friends may call at the church prior to the service from 2 to 3 p.m. The interment will be Tuesday at Maplewood Cemetery in Fairfield, Maine. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Berkshire First Church of the Nazarean, 165 North Street, Dalton, Mass. 01226 or to the Pilgrim Holiness Church, 421 Elm Street, Pittsfield, Mass. 01201. Arrangements are by the HALL & HIGGINS FUNERAL HOME in Stephentown, NY.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Sept. 28, 2013
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