1938 – 2015
Reverend Gerald S. Smith, Retired, Resident, Saint Mary Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, Lansdale, died on Saturday, January 10, 2015.
Father Smith was born on June 23, 1938, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He is the son of the late William F. Smith and the late Mary Schlitzer. Father Smith attended Saint Ann Parochial School, Phoenixville, and Roman Catholic High School, Philadelphia, before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.
Father Smith was ordained on May 16, 1964 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, by Most Reverend John J. Krol. Father Smith served as Parochial Vicar at Saint Mark Parish, Bristol; Saint Edward the Confessor Parish, Philadelphia; Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Parish, Philadelphia; Immaculate Conception Parish, Jenkintown; Epiphany of Our Lord Parish, Philadelphia; and Saint Rose of Lima Parish, North Wales. He retired from active ministry in 2011.
The Reception of the Body will be held at Saint Rose of Lima Church, North Wales, on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 4:00 PM, followed by a viewing. A parish Mass will be held at 7:00 PM. Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior will celebrate a Funeral Mass for Father Smith at Saint Rose of Lima Church, on Friday, January 16, 2015, at 11:00 AM. A viewing will be held beginning at 9:00 AM. Concelebrating the Funeral Mass will be Reverend Monsignor John P. Boland, Reverend Monsignor James J. Graham, Reverend Donato P. Silveri, and Reverend Monsignor Daniel J. Sullivan. Monsignor Boland will be the homilist.
Father Smith is survived by his brother, Dennis W. (Louise) Smith, his nephew, Charles Smith, and his niece, Karen Smith-Silone. Interment will be at Saint John the Baptist Cemetery, Pottsville.
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