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Genevieve Smalley, 94, lived in Brookfield

Published 12:07 am, Sunday, November 25, 2012
  • Genevieve ìGenaî Charlotte Harrison Smalley, 94, widow of Charles W. Smalley, died Nov. 12, 2012. Mrs. Smalley was born Feb. 1, 1918, in Bridgeport, daughter of the late Charlotte Elsenboss Harrison Hayt and M. Frank Harrison. Photo: Contributed Photo
    Genevieve ìGenaî Charlotte Harrison Smalley, 94, widow of Charles W. Smalley, died Nov. 12, 2012. Mrs. Smalley was born Feb. 1, 1918, in Bridgeport, daughter of the late Charlotte Elsenboss Harrison Hayt and M. Frank Harrison. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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Genevieve "Gena" Charlotte Harrison Smalley, 94, widow of Charles W. Smalley, died Nov. 12 at home with her children at her side.

Mrs. Smalley was born Feb. 1, 1918, in Bridgeport, daughter of the late Charlotte Elsenboss Harrison Hayt and M. Frank Harrison.

A lifelong resident of Brookfield, Mrs. Smalley attended Obtuse School, a one-room school house at the top of Route 133, and graduated from Danbury High School in 1936.

During her high school years, she worked at F.W. Woolworth Co., the five-and-dime store on Main Street in Danbury.

She and Charles married in 1936 and built their home on the former potato field at the family farm.

Mrs. Smalley worked for Barden Corp. during World War II.

While raising her family, she was an assistant Girl Scout leader for many years, and worked on numerous committees at the Brookfield Congregational Church, where she also taught Sunday school and played in the bell choir.

As the church housekeeper, she retired after 30 years in 1998 at age 80.

While working at the church, she was also employed by Hoffman's Egg Farm in Brookfield for more than 25 years and became known to many as the "Egg Lady."

Mrs. Smalley is survived by her children, Barbara Schoen, and her husband, George, of Titusville Fla.; Charlotte Piskura, and her husband, Albert, of Washington; and Charles "Bill" Smalley, and his wife, P.J., of Warren; seven grandchildren, Bonnie Piskura Murray, Susan Schoen Wyatt, Wendy Piskura Eischen, Karen Smalley, Cindy-Anne Schoen Richardson, A.J. Piskura III and Cheryl Smalley Kinney; and 10 great-grandchildren, Rachel Murray, David Murray, Wesley Murray, Jordan Kinney, Erik Murray, Brandon Abraham, Neill and Scott Richardson, and Henry and Anna Eischen. She was predeceased by her sisters, Frances Elizabeth Cipolla and Cornelia Elsenboss Harrison.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

The Brookfield Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Brookfield Congregational Church Book of Remembrance or to the charity of one's choice.