We mourn the loss of our friends, neighbors and relatives who have passed. Our memories of life at the Lake are entertwined with our memories of those who shared their lives with us here.
Evelyn Smithem, longtime resident of Wurtsboro, passed away peacefully on Friday, 5 June 2020, at the home of her daughter. She was 89.
Evelyn was born in Brooklyn on 8 March 1931 to the late Henry and Evelyn McDermott. While spending time in the summer visiting Wurtsboro, Evelyn met Charles “Chick” Smithem. They fell in love and were married on 6 September 1952.
She is survived by her five children: Evelyn Smithem, Charles and Denise Smithem, Mark and Debbie Smithem, Michael Smithem, and Diane and John Stasko. Also surviving are her grandchildren: Marissa, Kaila, Cassi, Ryan, Matt, Dylan, Brandon, Connor, and Tyler; a great-grandson Everett; her brothers: Henry and Chris McDermott, and Peter and Diane McDermott; and her sister, Margaret McDermott.
Evelyn was a longtime bus driver for the Monticello School District, and was loved by her students, many of whom had children that also rode on her bus. Evelyn was a member of the Mamakating Historical Society, Senior Citizens, Ave Maria Guild, and past member of The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. Past activities included walking, swimming, and alpine and cross-country skiing. During big winter storms, Evelyn and her sister-in-law, Sylvia, would ski the streets throughout the village of Wurtsboro. She loved swimming in Yankee Lake and could be seen floating effortlessly in the water. Last year, at the age of 88, Evelyn and her daughters kayaked around the shores of Yankee Lake. Evelyn also loved plants and, on many occasions, won awards for her Begonias at the Orange County Fair. Evelyn was loved by everyone and will be sorely missed.
Due to our current health crisis, her funeral service and burial will be held privately for the immediate family, and a Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Burial will be at the St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home of Wurtsboro. For additional information, or to send an online condolence, please visit www.kennyfuneralhome.com
Published in The Times Herald-Record from 7 – 8 June 2020.
No memorial events are currently scheduled. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Funeral services provided by:
VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home
111 Sullivan Street
Wurtsboro, NY 12790
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