Barbara J. Smith

Barbara J. Smith, 76, of Bliss Road, St. Johnsville, passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Little Falls Hospital with her loving family by her side.

She was born August 15, 1937, in Emmondsburg, NY, the daughter of the late Wendall and Flossie (Moore) Cool. Barbara was a graduate of Stratford Central School and was class valedictorian.

She was married to Gerald J. Smith Sr., who passed away on November 16, 1999.

Mrs. Smith was last employed with the Oppenhiem-Ephratah School District as a dedicated and faithful bus driver. Throughout the many years of driving school bus, Barb had a special bond with all the students. She loved her trips with the OE band and the directors, Diane Mott, Marsha Scholl and Mrs. Hammer, who she enjoyed traveling with throughout her employment at the school.

A sincere and charitable soul, Barbara’s sweet maternal nature enabled her to form unique and special bonds with each of her family members.

Survivors include her loving children, Richard Dager and companion Linda Getman of Lassellsville, Gerald J. Smith Jr. and companion Jill Mosher of Oppenheim, Vicky Dager and companion Gary Lamphere Sr., of Salisbury, NY, Debra Sicilia and companion Richard Steele of Oppenheim and Teresa Dager and companion Mathew Wright of Dolgeville; a brother, Gregory Cool and wife Linda of North Dakota; three sisters, Betty Leonard of Salisbury, NY, Wendy Tallman and companion Sam Sterusky of Little Falls, and Daisy Sterusky and companion Warren Lamphere of Salisbury, NY; two stepdaughters, MaryJane Hoage and husband Harry of St. Johnsville and Jerrilynn Smith of Little Falls;13 grandchildren, Craig Dager and companion Kristie Mowers of Dolgeville, Nicholas Dager of Oppenheim, Laura Dager of Glenville, Wade Smith of Little Falls, Larry Sanders and companion Kim Stallman of Oppenheim, April Sicilia and companion Cassidy Marchev of Whitesboro, Chad Silicia of Gloversville, B.J. Christman and companion Shannon Smith of Oppenheim, Crystal Christman and companion Chris Rumrill of Oppenheim, Kyle Smith of Gloversville, Marybeth Hoage and companion Vickie Roth of Watertown, Travis Johnson of Dolgeville and Samantha Johnson and companion Anthony Lang of Johnstown, several great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She is also survived by in-laws, Hank Smith of St. Johnsville, Evelyn and Thomas Miles of Lassellsville, and Ralph Smith of Oppenheim.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. from the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, 20 Bridge St., St. Johnsville, NY, 518-568-7040. Spring burial will be in Salisbury Rural Cemetery. Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. All memorial contributions may be made to either choices of, The Jill Miller Benefit, S.A.V.A.C, Oppenheim Volunteer Fire Department, RGL Volunteer Fire Department. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To add to Barbara’s on-line memorial please go to