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Elizabeth (Burns) Smith

August 20, 1936 ~ May 27, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old


Elizabeth (“Betty”) Smith (nee Burns), 86, passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2023 in Paramus, NJ.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the family at the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, NJ on Wednesday, May 31 from 4 to 8 PM. The funeral will begin in the funeral home Thursday morning, June 1 at 8:45 AM then to St. Stephen’s R.C. Church, Kearny for a Funeral Mass at 9:45 AM. Interment will follow at Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City.

Betty was born in Jersey City, NJ to Timothy and Elizabeth Burns on August 20, 1936.  She lived in Kearny for over fifty years before moving to Paramus four years ago.

A faithful member of St. Stephen’s R.C. Church, she will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her happiest times were spent surrounded by her family. Her favorite hobby was fishing along with her husband. She especially enjoyed when her children and grandchildren joined them on their boat, the Lucky 7.

Betty was predeceased by her loving husband, Francis Smith and brother, John Burns.

She is survived by her children, Elizabeth Ann Chieffo (John), Thomas Smith (Linda), Frances Connolly (Michael), James Smith (Christine), Edward Smith (Cathy), Carolyn Maguire (Robert) and Teresa Corso (Roy); her grandchildren, Jason Smith (Kelly), Kara Connor (Kevin), Brittany Smith, Stephen Chieffo (Amy), Joseph Chieffo, Robert Maguire, Kyle Connolly, Justin Smith, Amanda Maguire, Nadine Smith and Roy Corso, Jr. and her great-grandchildren, Liam and Fiona Smith. She is also survived by her brothers, Timothy Burns and Edward Burns and by her sister, Patricia Course.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Judes Children’s Hospital or Autism Speaks.

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May 31, 2023

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home
585 Belgrove Drive
Kearny, NJ 07032

Funeral Mass
June 1, 2023

9:45 AM
St. Stephen's Church
141 Washington Avenue
Kearny, NJ 07032


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