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Gail T. Smith -- Rochester

November 3, 2017

Gail Therese Smith, 68, of Rochester, passed away unexpectedly at Saint Marys Hospital on Oct. 31, 2017.

Gail Therese Gerwitz was born on June 16, 1949, in Germany, while her father was on military duty. She graduated from Frankfurt American High School in Germany in 1967. Following graduation, she attended San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif., graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 1972. On Oct. 21, 1972, she married Gary Neal Smith at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Santa Clara, Calif. In 2005, the couple moved to Rochester, where she worked for a time at Home Design Studios. Gail was a devout Catholic who was an accomplished quilter, enjoyed playing bridge, and especially liked traveling with her husband, Gary.

She is survived by her husband, Gary; her daughter, Rachel Smith; and grandson, Noah of Rochester; her sisters, Celeste of Lake City and Merridy (Dino) Pomponio of New City, N.Y.; her brother, Gregory (Judy) Gerwitz of Mechanicsburgh, N.Y.; her twin brother, Glenn (Carol) Gerwitz of San Jose, Calif.; and her sister-in-law, Nancy Lynn of Macon,Ga.

She is preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Jerry Roper; and her parents, Ralph and Marjorie Gerwitz.

The memorial Mass for Gail will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester, with Father Russell Scepaniak officiating. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the Mass Monday at the church.

Macken Funeral Home is handling the arrangements and online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.