Maria Hann Smith, 96, of Beaver, formerly of Monaca, passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 16, 2012, at Heritage Valley Beaver, at 10:30 p.m. Maria was born in Romania on May 17, 1916, of German parents, Simon and Maria Hann. Her husband, Ralph C. Smith, died in November 1976.
She is survived by her sister, Helena Kaunert and nephew, Rolf (Karin); deceased nephew Norbert?s wife, Mariana, in Germany; a sister-in-law, Virginia Knopp in California and a special niece of her husband?s , Virginia (John) Basalyga of Monaca; nephews and nieces, Gary (Margaret) Dawson of Monaca, Ronald (Leslie) Dawson of Springfield, PA, Ralph (Sherry) Dawson of Darlington, John (Bonnie) Smith of Beaver, Frank (Barbara) Smith of Baden, Linda (Ronald) Cullember of Butler, Carol Ann (William) Edelen and Donald (Betty) Watkins all in Maryland, Hazel (Michael) Truitt in South Carolina and Thomas, Karen and Ronald Knopp in California.
Maria came to America in 1952 from Germany and was a nurse?s aide at Dixmont. She was a member of St. John?s Lutheran Church in Ambridge. Maria was a longtime resident of Monaca; her home and lawn were her passions and which she kept to perfection. She was an excellent baker and always had a wonderful selection of cakes to share. Maria was a resident of Beaver, but due to a fall, now resided at Cambridge Village, Patterson Township.
Friends will be received at Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friends may gather on Friday at St. John?s Lutheran Church, Ambridge from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT THE CHURCH.
She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Ralph, at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
The family has requested memorial contributions be made to St. John?s Lutheran Church, 1320 Church Street, Ambridge, PA 15003, or a charity of the donor?s choice.
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