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Rena M. Martinelli Smith

Born: Wed., May 8, 1929
Died: Wed., Nov. 11, 2009

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Rena M. Smith ORANGE- Rena M. Martinelli Smith, 80, formerly of East Main Street and most recently a resident of Charlene Manor in Greenfield, died on Wednesday morning, November 11, 2009 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, following an illness. Born on May 8, 1929 in Orange, she was a daughter of Primo and Evelyn Gabrielle Martinelli and grew up in Orange, graduating from Orange High School as Class Valedictorian in 1947. Rena was married to Alvin J. Smith Jr. in July of 1952 and had enjoyed 31 years together at the time of his death in 1983. A homemaker most of her life, Rena had worked as a cafeteria worker at Dexter Park School in Orange several years, as well as working at the former Adell Corp. in Orange and the Union Twist Drill Co. in Athol. Rena loved spending time with her family and took special interest in her granddaughter's activities. She also enjoyed crafts, watching baseball and people, going to the concerts every summer at Butterfield Park in Orange by the Orange Community Band, and was a member of St. Mary's Church in Orange. Survivors include her children, Bruce Smith of Gardner, Mark Smith and his wife, Liz, of Turners Falls, Gene Smith of Brewster, and Brenda Foster of Orange; granddaughter, Lindsay Smith of Turners Falls; brothers, Richard Martinelli, Primo Martinelli, and Arthur Martinelli, all of Orange; sisters, Jean LaMonda and Arlene Martinelli, both of Orange, and Ann Boyle of Athol; and many nephews and nieces. Calling hours will be held Sunday evening, November 15th, from 6-8:00 p.m. at Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday morning, November 16th, at St. Mary's Church, 19 Congress Street, Orange, with Fr. William Lunney officiating. Interment will follow in South Cemetery, Orange. Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is directing the arrangements. Guest book and directions are available online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com

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Bill and Donna Laford
   Posted Fri November 13, 2009
Dear Bruce, Mark, Gene and Brenda, I'm so sorry to hear of your moms passing.Coming over to your house in Orange she always welcomed me with open arms and an open door to the fridge!She was a wonderful lady who I will always have fond memories of,
with our deepest sympathies: Bill and Donna Laford

Marcy and Bill Wenning
   Posted Fri November 13, 2009
Brenda,
We are so sorry for your loss. we know first hand what you are going through and our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Dick Pereira
   Posted Sat November 14, 2009
Gene
Im sorry for your loss,my prayers
are with you and your family.
remember your freinds are at your side.

steve Freitas
   Posted Sat November 14, 2009
My condolences to you and your family, Gene.

Bill and June Parker
   Posted Sun November 15, 2009
We would like to say to the whole family of Rena's that we had known her since being kids on the same road. IBillwent to school with the brothers and still have great chats with Jeannie and the boys and my wife June with Arlene when they call each other. We pray that all your hearts be at rest knowing she is at peace now. Sincerely the Parkers

Kathryn Girardin
   Posted Mon November 16, 2009
Mark, I am sorry to hear of your loss. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Kathryn

Jean Robinson
   Posted Mon November 16, 2009
Mark & Family, I'm very sorry for your loss. Your Mom meant a great deal to me.

Larry and Maria Ard
   Posted Mon November 16, 2009
Bruce,
We are very sorry to hear about your loss.
Our sincere condolences.

Ann
   Posted Wed November 18, 2009
Mark, I am very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My prayers are with you and your family.

Posie Ellison
   Posted Wed November 18, 2009
Dear Mark, Bruce, Gene and Brenda,
I am sorry to not be with you at this time; know that you all are in my heart as I offer prayers of love and light for your mother.
Posie

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