Jean M. Smith

Jean M. Smith
Hinsdale, NY     Jean M. Smith, formerly of Union Hill Rd., entered into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday (February 12, 2019) at Absolut Care of Allegany.

Born October 26, 1929 in Syracuse, she was the daughter of Thomas W. and Irma Betsinger Checksfield. 

On June 24, 1948 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Church in Syracuse she married Hubert E. Smith who predeceased her January 6, 2015.

Jean was educated at Blessed Sacrament School in Syracuse.  After her marriage she was a devoted mother to her six children and later earned a certified nurses aid degree.  She worked for a period of time for Eden Heights in Olean.

She loved animals, especially her dogs, and was very supportive of her family in all their activities.  She also enjoyed dancing and roller-skating.

She is survived by 4 children Laura (Ralph) Makaiau of Hawaii, Avis (William Groves) Reichert of Liverpool, John Smith of North Carolina, Mari (Paul) Fratarcangelo of Olean; grandchildren Jarod, Misty and Jillian Makaiau, Joseph Sakovitch, Amanda and Dorinda Reichert, Thomas and Khara Smith, Robert, Shauna and Mackenzie Smith, Carol Lynn Austin, Jean Anne and Bryan Orcutt and Daniel and Samuel Fratarcangelo ; many great grandchildren; and two sisters Alma Checksfield of Syracuse NY and Rita (Richard) Douglas of Oceanside CA and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was predeceased by 2 daughters Carol Ann Groves and Alma Elizabeth Smith and    3 brothers Thomas, Jerry and Donald Checksfield and 1 sister Mary Ann Checksfield.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation to be held Wednesday (February 20, 2019) from 11am until 2pm at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Rd. Olean.  A service will begin at 2pm in the funeral home.  Monroe Bishop will officiate.  Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Olean. 

Donations to help offset the funeral costs would be appreciated by the family and may be directed to the funeral home.  Online condolences may be expressed at