Jeanne Rose Smith, 85 of 99 West Main Street, passed away on Monday July 25, 2022 at Buffalo General Medical Center from a three-month illness. Born on April 4, 1937 in Olean, NY she was the daughter of Charles W. and Ruth Rutledge Rose. On June 23, 1957 she married Robert Sanders Smith who predeceased her. She was a graduate of Cuba Central School class of 1955.
Jeanne was a homemaker who supported all the children in her life, her own children, nieces, nephews, friends and the children of Cuba in all their activities. You could find Jeanne at her sewing machine making flags and uniforms for the Cuba Marching Band and Winter guard. She was a chaperone on the band and guard bus trips. She loved decorating every inch of her home for Christmas for her family and friends to enjoy. She enjoyed spending time with her family at Keuka Lake, making her famous cheese omelets, drawing pictures of the fish caught by the kids at the lake, enjoying happy hour, and visiting vineyards to taste Finger Lake wines. Known by her grandchildren as “GMA” or “GGMA” when her great grandson was born. She enjoyed listening and dancing to Def Leppard, Aerosmith, and Queen, was an expert at 80s video games. She was famous for making custom birthday cakes, decorating cookies with the kids, and sewing home-made Halloween costumes. Jeanne enjoyed going out to dinner with her family, especially special meals her granddaughters and picking Maryland crabs while visiting her daughter and friends in Virginia. Jeanne was a lifetime Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan, she loved the annual trip to a Sabers game and she would don her Bills Superbowl shirt and cheer on the Bills for every game. She would want us to add “Go Bills”! She worked as a window dresser in various stores, most recently at the Country Heart in Cuba.
Mrs. Smith is survived by: her three daughters Amy (Terry) VanDerLinden of Spencerport NY, Julie Cleary of Cuba NY, and Lisa Smith of Alexandria VA; grandchildren Ian VanDerLinden of Churchville NY, Hilary Cleary of Montour Falls NY, Mieka VanDerLinden of Spencerport NY; great grandson Sylvester Piccirilli of Montour Falls NY; sister Joanne Guild of Cuba NY; brother Jim(Mai) Rose of Cuba NY; sisters-in-law Susan (John) Spring of Victor NY; Patricia Rose of Cuba NY; brother-in-law Doug(Miki) Smith of Worton MD; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents she was predeceased by a brother William Rose and a sister June Gaeta.
At her requests services will be held privately by the family.
In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to
Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263
Arrangements are under direction of the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., Cuba.