Ipswich — Sad to report that on Wednesday evening, July 2, 2014, in a circle of friends and family, Jutta M. Smith passed away after a valiant battle with lung cancer. A wonderful friend to many people, a mother and grandmother, she brought energy and life to everything she touched.
Born in Munich, Germany, she was the daughter of Emil and Veronika Walser. Jutta grew up in the town of Markdorf, near Lake Constance, on the border between Germany, Switzerland and Austria. After studying technical drafting at Telefunken GmbH, she came to the United States as an au pair in 1964, working at the house of “English Manor Antiques,” owned by Joe and Carol Williams of Prides Crossing. She was married to Edward M. Smith, and worked for many years at Gloucester Engineering and Sylvania. At the time, she counted among the first women draftsmen, “just one of the boys,” as the Ipswich Chronicle reported. Since 1968, she had lived in Ipswich, first on Brown Street, then Central Street, and finally, on Candlewood Road.
She enjoyed the property on Candlewood Road especially. For nearly 30 years, she gardened, made home improvements, and watched as deer, rabbits, woodchucks, and even coyotes strayed into her backyard. She loved to sit outside and enjoy after-work evening breezes, often with friends and her beloved dog, whom she rescued from the animal shelter — a noble German shepherd mixed with collie named, Wolfie.
Jutta was the mother of Helmut Walser Smith, who graduated from Ipswich High School in 1980, and many of his friends remember her with fondness for her openness and lively spirit and the many gatherings at her house.
After retiring from Sylvania, Jutta worked at a number of jobs, but the one she loved was at the call center for Beverly Hospital on Brimbal Avenue. She had wonderful supportive friends there, who stood by her with love and cheer during her battle with cancer.