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Andrea Jean (Pia) SMITH

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Andrea Jean (Pia) SMITH Obituary

SMITH, Andrea Jean (Pia)
Andrea Jean (Pia) Smith, 64, of Newington died on Wednesday (April 4, 2012) after a long and valiant struggle with pancreatic cancer. She passed away peacefully at home with her loving family and friends by her side. Andrea was born on August 22, 1947 and lived most of her life in Berlin. She is predeceased by her parents, Charles and Shirley (Ahlin) Pia. Andrea worked for various state agencies, including as an assistant to the Adjutant General of the National Guard at the Hartford armory. Her most recent place of employment was at Shipman and Goodwin where she found many friends and much support from her employers and co-workers. Andrea was a creative spirit and enjoyed many hobbies. Her favorite hobby of all was spoiling her grandchildren of which she was most proud. Andrea leaves two devoted daughters, Tamara Andersen and husband, John of Kensington and Tori Kulasenski and her husband, Andy of Plainville. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Thomas John, Isabel Pia and Collin Charles. She also leaves her dear niece Angela Chaffee and husband Jared of Newington. In the last months of her life, she was graciously cared for by her closest friends, Pat and Peter Bourdon and Henry Paquette whom she shared countless vacations with and discovered the world's best gnocchi. Andrea will forever be grateful to her most beloved friends, Patricia Ketchum, Sue Mosley, Suzie Ventres and Jennifer Boutin for a lifetime of laughter and for their unwavering support during the times she courageously battled cancer.
Calling hours are Wednesday, (April 11) from 5-7:45 pm at the Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford with a Funeral Service beginning at 7:45 pm. Burial will be private.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 8, 2012
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