Robert Gunter Smutzinger

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Smutzinger, Robert Gunter

Robert Gunter Smutzinger, 93, of Elmira, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, October 7, 2012 at Bethany Manor. Born January 12, 1919 in Munson, PA, he was the youngest of eight children of the late Jacob and Ann Smutzinger. He is survived by his loving wife, Eleanor Snyder Smutzinger of Elmira, NY; his daughter, Linda Smutzinger Peterson of Elmira; grandson, Brenton Geoffrey Peterson of Upper Marlboro, MD; granddaughter, Amy Kristina Peterson of Stockton, NJ; granddaughter, Gretchen Elizabeth Porier and her husband, Jonathan Porier with their daughter; his great-granddaughter, Ella Rose Porier of Tell City, IN; nieces, Barb Cacciotti of Elmira, Gwendolyn Pease of Bethlehem, PA, Shirley Hancock of Elmira; great-niece Beth Ann Cacciotti of Elmira, along with several additional nieces and nephews; his Beloved 1988 Buick Electra. He was a proud Marine Corps Veteran (1942-1945) of World War II serving with the Marine Air Casual Squadron 4 in the Pacific as an Aircraft Armorer from 1943-1944. After being released from active duty for WWII Bob and Eleanor moved back to Phillipsburg, PA where he opened his own sporting goods shop. He offered bicycle repair and gunsmith services. Their next move was to Elmira, NY to be closer to the family owned Seneca Lake property. Over the next few years Bob, Eleanor and the Snyder family worked to build the family cottage that remains today as Red Cedar Terrace. Bob went to work for Westinghouse Corporation after the move to Elmira, and retired from there, where he worked as a Maintenance Foreman, after 30 dedicated years of employment. Bob was a devoted father, husband, grandfather, and uncle to his family members. He had a passion for fishing and spending time at Red Cedar Terrace with his family. He also relished in his tinkering with his tractors, cars, and odd projects. He was always quick to help a person in need and worked tirelessly to provide a well maintained and cared for home for his family, as well as quality rental apartments. He took pride in his careful workmanship with his carpentry, lawn tending, and home repair projects. Bob had a saying for every occasion and a joke to light up everyone's face. A very special thank you to Bethany Manor Skill 3 for their tender loving care and their appreciation of Bob's sense of humor. Friends may call on Friday October 12th, from 10:30-11:30am at the BAKER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME with funeral services at 11:30am. Rev. Krista R. Mendoza Officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park with full military honors. In Lieu of flowers please feel free to make donations in Bob's name to Habitat for Humanity, the SPCA, or the Marine Corps Toys for Tots.

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Published in Star-Gazette from Oct. 9 to Oct. 11, 2012
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