LOUISVILLE -- Roseann W. Smith, 80, peacefully passed away on April 11, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. There will be no public calling hours and burial will take place at a later date in Pine Grove II Cemetery, Norfolk.
Roseann was born November 14, 1938 on a houseboat on the St. Lawrence River, the daughter of William and Marguerite White. She married Franklin D. Smith, who is now deceased, on January 17, 1959 and later divorced him for cheating in 1975.
Roseann is survived by her five children, Wayne Smith, Joanne Langston, Cathy Smith, Paul Smith and Nancy Crinklaw as well as her siblings, Elaine Poquette, Linda Springer, Lee Durgan, Steven White, Kenneth White, Richard White, and Louis White. She is predeceased by her siblings, Sally Martin, James White, and William White.
She graduated from Massena Central in1956. Roseann worked for Bechtel Corp. while the plants were being built, was married to Franklin and raised her five children. She later had a full career in Sales working her way up from a Store Clerk to a Store Manager for Montgomery Ward and held several professional jobs thereafter traveling from New York to Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and back to NY where she retired to take care of her brother Steven.
Rosey was very proud of her home that she bought and paid cash for in the year 2001 and spent several wonderful years in retirement working in her yard, planting over 100 species of perennials. She was an avid reader and could read a novel a day. Books were shared for years upon years between Rosey and her siblings. She loved to watch the birds and wild life in her yard and in the fields behind her house. She especially enjoyed the Osprey that nested just south of her property on the power lines. They would make their presence known when they arrived each Spring and squawk a good bye in the Fall when they left. At 9:30 am on April 11, 2019 the Osprey returned swooping close to the house two inches off the ground.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Phillips Memorial Home, Massena.
Memorial contributions may be made on Roseann’s memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.PhillipsMemorial.com