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Georgia Bigon Smetana

1933 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Georgia Bigon Smetana passed away on Sunday, March 11, at the age of 84, in Temple, TX after a recurrence of cancer. Georgia was a strong, loving, and selfless woman who loved life and adventure. She provided unending love and support for her husband and all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and kindness to all who knew her.Georgia was born on July 4, 1933 to Frank and Mary Tobolka Bigon in Granger, TX. Her family moved to Temple, TX where Georgia attended St. Mary Catholic School, graduated from Temple High School in 1951, and attended Temple Junior College to study physical education.On December 27, 1952, Georgia married James J. Smetana of Rosebud, TX, and moved to Ann Arbor, MI. Mr. Smetana preceded her in death on April 6, 2009. While starting their family, Georgia and James lived in various states because of James's career with General Electric, and in 1967 they settled in Schenectady (Niskayuna), NY, which became their permanent home. They have seven children, Robert (Margaret) of Portland, ME, James Jr. (Donna, dcsd) of Middle Grove, NY, Jeffrey (Kimberly) of Niskayuna, NY, Frank (Janice) of Stillwater, NY, John (Amy) of Niskayuna, NY, Sharon Schweikert (Matthew) of Mentor, OH, and Patricia St. Amour (Brian) of Temple, TX; 16 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. While raising the family, Georgia volunteered with the Niskayuna Schools, Ellis Hospital, the American Red Cross, and the Girl Scouts, and she enjoyed attending her children's many sports events and school activities. Summers were spent visiting family in Central, TX, and camping with family at Lake Clear, NY. Over the years, James and Georgia enjoyed traveling throughout the US and Europe, especially Germany and the Czech Republic, and spent three months in Brazil. In her spare time, Georgia enjoyed reading, cooking, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and sports. The family attended St. Helen Catholic Church in Schenectady, NY. After James's retirement they built a second home on the Bigon family farm in Temple, TX, and attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Temple, TX. Georgia had a brother, Elias Bigon (Ruth); and sisters, Mary Marburger (Morris, dcsd) and Helen Mikeska (dcsd, Leo, dcsd). Georgia and James's grandchildren, Robert and Margaret's children, Nicholas (Megan), Abigail Meissner (Benjamin), Andrew (Deborah), Timothy (Jennifer), and Elizabeth; James Jr. and Donna's children, Jessica Joy (Patrick), Benjamin (Irene), and Danielle; Jeffrey and Kimberly's children, Corey Kelly (Benjamin), Zachary, and Allison; Sharon and Matthew's children, Daniel and Samuel; and Patricia and Brian's children, Matthew (Emma), Nicole, and Emily. Georgia and James's great-grandchildren, Jessica and Patrick's children, Eleanor and Mae; Nicholas and Megan's children, Gabrielle, Henry, Eva, and Jude; Abigail and Benjamin's children, Damien, Hannah, Hugo, and Dominic; Benjamin and Irene's son, Tristan; Andrew and Deborah's children, Louis and Roy; and Corey and Benjamin's daughter, Samantha.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church with the Rev. Steve Sauser as celebrant. Entombment will follow at a later date at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery Mausoleum in Schenectady, NY.Contributions in Georgia's memory can be made to the Foundation for Ellis Medicine at Ellis Hospital (1101 Nott Street, Schenectady, NY 12308) and St. Mary Catholic Church (1018 South 7th Street, Temple, TX 76504).

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Published in The Daily Gazette on Mar. 15, 2018
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