Palma M. (Bresciano) Smith (1924 - )

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GREENFIELD - Palma M. (Bresciano) Smith, 88, a resident of the Buckley HeathCare Center, died Friday (4-6-12) at the center.
She was born in Greenfield on Jan. 18, 1924, the daughter of Peter and Anna (DeMeo) Bresciano. Palma was a graduate of Greenfield High School, Class of 1941.
She served in the U.S. Navy as a Yeoman 3rd Class. After attending school in Cedar Falls, Iowa, she was stationed in Bainbridge, MD, until the end of WWII.
Palma then moved to Cleveland, OH, for 39 years. She worked as an executive secretary for the Empire Plow Co. of Cleveland for 38 of those years, retiring in 1987. Upon retiring, Palma moved back to Greenfield.
She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church. She also volunteered at the gift shop in the Franklin Medical Center.
Palma enjoyed bowling, golfing, reading mystery books and traveling.
Her husband, Charles, predeceased her on Feb. 14, 1994.
Survivors include a brother, Nicholas Salustri and his wife Linda of Montague; two sisters, Josephine Bonnette of Wilmington, DE, and Carolyn Majewski of Hadley, and several nieces and nephews.
She was also predeceased by two brothers, Vincent and Stephen, and two sisters, Rose and Mary.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday (4-12) at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 133 Main St. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
A calling hour will be Thursday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Kostanski Funeral Home, 220 Federal St.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Church Memorial Fund, 133 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01301.
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Published in The Recorder on Apr. 11, 2012
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