Jessie E. Smith

July 18, 1916 - January 13, 2017

Age 100, of Warsaw, passed away on January 13, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

She was born on July 18, 1916 in Orangeville, NY, daughter of the late Abraham and Mary Baker Smith. Jessie was a graduate of Warsaw High School Class of 1935 and was a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo. She began her teaching career in area rural schools before teaching for twenty-three years at Warsaw Central School; retiring in 1978.

Jessie was a longtime member of the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Warsaw. She was a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association and the Wyoming County Retired Teachers Association. She was also a member of the Warsaw Historical Society and the Warsaw Monday Club.

Jessie was predeceased by her husband, Harold G. Smith who died in 2002.

Surviving are her daughter, Mary Ann (Robert) Wise of Midland, MI; her son, Dr. Philip H. (Dr. Gail Robertson) Smith of Madison, WI; her grandchildren, Michael (Heather) Prentice, John (Katherine) Prentice, Keenan Jesse Smith; great grandchildren, MacKinley, Riley and Jamie Prentice; her brother, Lynn (Maureen) Smith of Mountain Home, AR. She was the sister of the late Lawrence Smith, Ruth Bryant, Florence Nevinger, Norman Smith and Esther Ewing.

Friends may call Monday, January 16 from 3 – 7 PM at Robinson & Hackemer Funeral Home, 246 N. Main St., Warsaw where Jessie’s funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 17 at 12 PM. Burial will be in Warsaw Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Immanuel United Methodist Church, Warsaw.

Important Dates

January 16, 2017 : Calling hours for Jessie E. Smith - 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

January 17, 2017 : Funeral service for Jessie E. Smith - 12:00 PM

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Jan 19.17 from Janet Steiner Heston:
I am sending my heartfelt sympathies to the entire family. I am so thankful that I saw Ms. Jessie at Thanksgiving time when I was in Warsaw. After all these years I have the fondest memories of her as my second grade teacher. Ms. Jessie was like the energizer bunny always so vibrant, full of energy, always greeting you with her infectious smile. I was fortunate to be under her guidance again in high school when I participated in Future Teachers of America club and was assigned to her classroom. She has always been an inspiration and joy to be around. Although I am saddened that she no longer graces our presence on this earth I am blessed and thankful for having had her be a part of my life and having shaped who I am today. Thank you for sharing her.

Jan 18.17 from Steven H Wallace:
A beautiful woman and role model for all, She will be missed by all in Warsaw who ever met her. She touched so many! Prayers to all family and friends as we mourn her loss.

Jan 17.17 from Robin Humphrey:
Will truly miss her smile and joy that she had each and every day 😃

Jan 16.17 from Bill Schoff:
Condolences to you and your sorry for you loss.

Jan 16.17 from Diane Grove Hunt:
What a wonderful 2nd grade teacher you were Mrs. Smith! You were my favorite teacher of all time which of course made 2nd grade my most enjoyable year of learning throughout my school years. You took care of your students as if they were your own children and we felt that! Whether it be your sense of humor or your discipline, we knew we were loved. I remember at the beginning of the school you told us if there were any secrets we wanted to share with you that you would escort us outside the classroom to allow us to reveal our inner most thoughts to you in privacy. You gave me that opportunity and honored your word about keeping it as "our" secret. This was but one of the many small examples of why you were so cherished and respected. In my opinion you set the bar for what a teacher should acquire to be! What a blessing to those whose lives you have touched! You set an excellent example for those of us who can only wish to aspire to be like you! THANK YOU!

Jan 16.17 from Julie Hessler & Todd Nielsen:
We knew Jessie through the stories of our dear friends Phil,Gail and Keenan. We will miss hearing about this strong, independent and inspiring woman, and we send our love.

Jan 16.17 from Tom Grover:
Phil, So sorry for your loss.

Jan 16.17 from Bonnie Schneider Thiers:
So sad to read if your Moms passing. After several years of not seeing your Mom I was thrilled to run into her maybe a year ago. She was still driving at that time I was amazed that she remembered teaching my son Steven and commented on his beautiful red hair and him what a great student he was. I was thinking at the time how beauriful your Mom looked and her wonderful smile and laughter just lifted me up. I will always cherish that last visit with her.

Jan 16.17 from Kathy Yott king:
I was so blessed to enjoy a visit with Mrs. Smith in December 2016. Who would have guessed that I would be so lucky to visit with my 2 me grade teacher 50 years after being one of her lucky students. She was so caring, light hearted and genuinely cares about her students. You knew she loved her job. I told everyone about our visit as I loved her as a teacher and as so impressed with her and her wit and recollections at our visit. My daughter also stopped to see her when my granddaughter was singing at the Cloisters that week. Thank you Mrs. Smith for being your same sweet self that I remember from years ago. To the family- I send my deepest condolences.

Jan 16.17 from Kate And Jim Frantz:
Our sympathies to Mrs. Smith's family. She will always be remembered in our house as the teacher that changed a life for the better!

Jan 15.17 from Katherine Bodine:
Will miss her a lot!

Jan 15.17 from Brenda Green Jones:
Phil, I am so sorry to hear that your Mom passed. I always remember her as such an awesome teacher. She was gentle and very patient. Can't find teachers like that any more. May she rest in peace. Love and prayers to you and your family

Jan 15.17 from Amy Dutton:
Aunt Jessie was part of my family, not by blood, but by love. You see, my grandmas and grandpas were far away, but she and Uncle Harold stepped right up to be the on-call family. She took care of me when my little brother made his appearance in the world and saw that we both had 'a hot meal' when our parents were out of town. She graciously accepted my hand me down shoes when I thought it was so novel that my former second grade teacher had smaller feet than my sixth-grade self. She loved my husband like he was family too...and set an example of how to live a rich full life. If anyone wants the secret to happiness, just think, WWJD. What would Jessie do? Today, I think she'd be practical. She'd tell us not to waste time moping, to get up, get going and don't sit around feeling sorry for yourself. She'll be missed but will live on in the hearts of those that knew and loved her.