Penny Sue Smith

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Penny Sue Smith Greeted Everyone With A Smile Penny Sue Smith, 26, a resident of Wesleyville, died on Tuesday morning at the St. Vincent Health Center. She had become a quadriplegic due to an accident eight years ago and despite this still had a very active life and always greeted everyone with a wonderful smile. Penny was born in Springville, N.Y. on May 3, 1979 a daughter of Kathy Stolts Smith Kreckel of Wesleyville and the late Jack C. Smith. She moved to the Erie area to live eight years ago. A graduate of Maple Grove High School in the Jamestown, N.Y. area, she also received her NYS Regents Diploma while a patient at the Lake Erie Institute of Rehabilitation (LEIR) with a special ceremony and presentation to recognize her accomplishment. She had worked at Heritage Green for a short period. In addition to her mother, survivors include her step-father Ernest V. Kreckel, Sr.; a brother, Ryan Anderson of Wesleyville; a sister Krista Nomes of Jamestown, N.Y.; a step-brother, Ernest Kreckel, Jr. of Warren, Pa.; an aunt, Brenda Hahn and her husband Clifford of Cabot, Ark.; several cousins, a niece, and two nephews also survive. Friend may call at the new Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home, 5000 Wattsburg Road, Erie, corner of East Gore Rd. and Pine Ave., Saturday 2 PM until service time there at 4 PM officiated by the Rev. George Kennedy. Memorial contributions may be made to Voices for Independence, 3711 W. 12th St., Erie, PA 16505. Interment will be private.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Aug. 12, 2005
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