Obituary of Joan L. Smith
Joan L. Smith, 76, of Cazenovia, passed away Friday, April 14, 2023. She was born August 8, 1946 in Syracuse to Sidney and Ruby Price and was a graduate of North Syracuse Central High School. Joan continued her education by earning her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Buffalo State and her Master’s in Special Education from Syracuse University. Joan was a special education teacher for the Cazenovia Central School District for 27 years until her retirement in 1987. She then accepted a position as the Disabilities Coordinator at Madison County Head Start where she was employed for 20 years. She was an active member of her church group and served others by volunteering with many community organizations. Joan enjoyed riding with her husband on his motorcycle, camping, quilting and spending time with her family.
Joan is survived by her husband of 53 years, Stewart “Butch” Smith; her daughter, Julie (Rick) Schall of Ashburn, VA; her sister, Jeanne (Steve) Maddox of North Syracuse; her grandson, Luke as well as several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 27, 2023 with services to follow at Michael E. Brown Funeral Services, 2333 Fenner Road in Cazenovia. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joan’s memory may be made to CAVAC, 106 Nelson St., Cazenovia, NY 13035 or to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences for the Smith family may be left at www.michaelebrownfuneralservices.com.