Josephine "Josie" L. (Santanella) Smith, 97, of Enfield, beloved wife of the late Frederick Smith, died peacefully on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at Suffield House.
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Born in Enfield on Sept. 11, 1916, Josie was the daughter of the late Joseph and Marie (Grazia) Santanella. A lifelong resident, Josie was a communicant of St. Patrick Church. She was employed by the former American Bosch, Enfield School System, and the Enfield Senior Center and retired 10 years ago at the age of 87. Josie enjoyed painting and was an active volunteer at Suffield by the River.
She is survived by her daughter, Theresa "Terri" Eilers of Heathsville, Virginia; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters; a son, John "Jack" Ciak; and her grandson, John Ciak.
Josie's family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, May 8, 2014, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. followed by a service of remembrance at 11:30 a.m. at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, 43 Shaker Road, Enfield. Burial will be held at St. Patrick King Street Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Suffield by the River, 7 Canal Road, Suffield, CT 06078.
For additional information or to extend and online expression of sympathy please visit
Browne Funeral Chapels
43 Shaker Road Enfield, CT 06082
Published in Journal Inquirer from May 6 to May 10, 2014