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Ester I. Smith (nee Franceschini), 91, of Severna Park died Feb. 10, 2013, at Genesis HealthCare in Severna Park.

Born Dec. 13, 1921, in Palazzolo, Italy, she was raised in Santa Lucia and Gorizia. She married Austin W. Smith in 1949 in Gorizia and lived in Kentucky, Germany and Pennsylvania during her husband’s Army career. In 1959, they settled in Glen Burnie before moving to Severna Park in 1973.

She enjoyed oil painting, gardening, ceramics and sewing. She was a fan of the Baltimore Orioles, regularly attending games on Sunday afternoons.

She was a volunteer at Holy Trinity School, now Monsignor Slade Catholic School, and Martin Spalding High School, now Archbishop Spalding. She was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Severna Park. In addition to English and her native Italian tongue, she was also fluent in French.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years. She is survived by her daughter, Janie Ballard (Les) of Glen Burnie; three sons, Robert J. Smith of Monkton, Michael E. Smith (Elaine) of St. Mary’s City and David G. Smith (Kathy) of Catonsville; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family received friends Feb. 14 at Barranco & Sons Severna Park Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 15 at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Severna Park. Interment followed at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.