SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

April 29, 2013

Helen B. (D'Ortona) Smith


Lynn, MA — Mrs. Helen (D'Ortona) Smith, 90, of Lynn, passed away on April 27, 2013. She was the loving wife of Ernest “Dutchy” Smith, Sr., with whom she shared 71 years of marriage.

A 1941 graduate of Revere High School, she was the daughter of the late Vincenzo and Carmella D’Ortona. Helen celebrated her 90th birthday last week, in her dining room at her home of 58 years, surrounded by family and Italian food.

Helen worked outside the home as a waitress at the Continental Restaurant in Saugus for more than 40 years, she built a large following of loyal lunchtime customers.

A dedicated cook and gardener, she loved hosting Sunday family dinners, birthdays, and holidays. As a member with her husband of the 83rd Infantry Division Association (WWII), Helen enjoyed traveling all over the country attending annual reunions. She was also a lifetime member of the Lynn Democratic City Committee (Ward 7), and campaigned enthusiastically over the years for her son, daughter, and grandson.

In addition to her loving husband, she is survived by her three children, Ernest M. Smith, Jr., of Boston; James E. Smith and his wife, Abbe Young Smith, of Swampscott; and Deborah Smith Walsh and her husband, John Coleman Walsh, of Lynn; and was predeceased by her son Steven B. Smith. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Marissa Walsh and her partner, Matt Walker, of New Haven, Conn.; Steven Walsh and his wife, Annie, of Lynn; Joseph Walsh of London, England; Andrew Smith of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Hayley Smith, of Boston; Tristan Smith, of Swampscott; and Chloe Smith, of Swampscott; and four great-grandchildren, Coleman, Maeve, Myles, and Brigid Walsh, all of Lynn. She was preceded in death by her sister, Angie, and her brothers Nicholas and William.

ARRANGEMENTS: Helen’s Funeral will be from the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, Boston St., West Lynn, at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. The family has asked to please consider donating to the Sacred Heart Church Tree of Life Food Pantry, 571 Boston St., Lynn, MA, 01905. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. For online register book please visit www.cuffemcginn.com.