Freida B. Smith
unknown - April 17, 2013
Freida B. “Nonie” Smith, 100, of Syracuse, formerly of Cape Coral, Fla., passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Van Duyn Home & Hospital. Born in Union Springs on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1912, she was the daughter of Carlton and Susan (Kane) Smith. She lived in Syracuse and Cape Coral, Fla., before moving back to Syracuse in 2003. She was a graduate of Central High School and Syracuse University, receiving her master’s degree in special education.
Freida taught for over 30 years, retiring from the Syracuse City School District. She attended St. Paul's Episcopal Church for many years and also the Church of the Saviour.
Freida founded a day program for adults with developmental disabilities in Cape Coral, FL. This grew to become the Freida B. Smith Special Populations Center, which continues to be a thriving piece of the community. She was a volunteer with the Lee County Nature Center and enjoyed playing the piano and organ, traveling and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Freida was predeceased by her husband, Norman Smith.
Surviving are her daughter, Judy Beverine of Baldwinsville; grandchildren, Kevin (Bonny) Beverine of Baldwinsville and Heidi (Christopher) Beverine-Curry of Syracuse; and great-grandchildren, Courtney and MacKenzie Beverine and Justice Curry.
There were no calling hours. Memorial services were at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus with The Rev. Dr. Gerard F. Beritela officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Freida B. Smith Special Populations Center, 410 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. Please share condolences at buranichfuneralhome.com.