Catherine Joan Austin Smith(1931 - 2013)

Smith, Catherine

Joan Austin

York : passed on suddenly Thursday, July 25, 2013. She was born October 15, 1931 in Sewell, Rancagua, Chile and lived with the beauty of the Andes in her heart for all her life. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Cornell University in 1953; and with a Master's Degree from SUNY Geneseo in 1974. She was married to Lawrence N. Smith of York for more than 59 years. Catherine taught Spanish and French to elementary, high school and university students in Geneseo and at Purdue University. She created stained glass and arranged flowers as works of art, loved animals and managed the York Opera, all while faithfully providing spiritual support to her family in their many endeavors in life, at school, in their chosen professions and on the farm. She was a lifelong, faithful student of Christian Science.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence; her brother, William A. Austin III of Boonton, NJ; her three sons, Marc of Seneca Falls; Andrew (Susan) of York; Adrian (Lee Weiskott) of New York, NY, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly.

Funeral Services will be private. A celebration of Catherine's life will be announced by the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home at a later date. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made online in Catherine's memory to the "Monitor Operating Fund" of The First Church of Christ, Scientist: or to WXXI:


Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on July 28, 2013