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Sunday March 26th, 2017
2:00pm - 5:00pm

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Monday March 27th, 2017

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JoAnna Smith

JoAnna Smith, 85, of Angola formally of Cherry Creek, NY entered into rest March 22, 2017.

She was born April 3, 1931 in Cherry Creek, NY to Grayson and Burnadette (Kilpatrick) Dow.

She joins her parents, daughter Kathleen Smith, siblings William and Gorden Dow, Virginia Storey and Martha Wheeler.

JoAnna graduated from Salamanca High school and was employed by Westinghouse for ten years.

At this point she decided to return to school at the age of 45. It was a decision she never regretted. She attended Erie Community College for respiratory therapy and Mercy Hospital for nursing, receiving her certificate in Fredonia.

An avid reader, but poetry was her first love. JoAnna had her first poem published in “Young America Sings” and wrote for the program “Silver Lining” on WGR radio. Another poem was printed in “Radio Mirror Magazine” and read on radio’s “Hymns of all churches”.

She was employed at Mercy, Tri County and Lakeshore hospitals.

At Lakeshore, she was director of the respiratory therapy department, president of the auxiliary board and chairman of the ways and means. As chairman of the ways and means she established the first color televisions in patient’s rooms, a hospitality cart and a high tech blood gas analysis machine.

As president, she chaired the committee to establish the gift shop, a beauty shop, rest station for employees and modern snack machines.

Because of her dedication and hard work as director she was selected to be the respiratory therapist for the Buffalo Bills. This was an experience and thrill for JoAnna as she was an avid and loyal fan.

She was a volunteer for the Diabetic Association doing screenings at the Hamburg fairgrounds for the American Cancer Society and American Lung Association.

JoAnna retired from New York State DDSO in 1996.

Loving mother of three sons Christopher, Lynn (Cindy) and Pastor Melvin (Linda) Smith; grandmother to Rachel Herrington, Dana, Molly, Gracie and Lisa Smith; her beloved cats Ashley and Sassy also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may visit DiStasio-Hills Funeral Chapel 478 Route 83 at Balcom Corners, South Dayton Sunday from 2PM to 5PM where a funeral service will be held Monday at 11AM

Interment will be in Cherry Creek Central Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be made to the Cherry Creek Central Cemetery Commission P.O. Box 215, Cherry Creek, NY 14723


While searching for JoAnna ( we lost touch years ago) i found her and found out that she has passed away a couple of years ago. It saddened me to know i am two years to late. Chris, your mom talked s out you all the time!! So very sorry for your loss.

David Verity Sep 27 2019 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Mar 26 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of JoAnna Smith

Deb Szymanski Mar 26 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of JoAnna Smith

Grandchildren Mar 25 2017 12:00 AM

A remarkable lady! I am sorry for your loss. Loretta

Loretta Mar 25 2017 12:00 AM

Chris, My condolences to you and your Family.

Jim Wilhelm Mar 24 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of JoAnna Smith

Bob Fudella Mar 24 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of JoAnna Smith

Dan And Bette DiStasio Mar 23 2017 12:00 AM

Lynn and Cindy so sorry for your loss

Ruth Terhune Mar 23 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of JoAnna Smith

Tracey Remington Grant Mar 23 2017 12:00 AM

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