• The Hammonton Gazette

Rita M. Smith



Rita M. Smith (nee Ford), 102, of Hammonton died on March 13, 2021.


A life-long resident of Hammonton, she was the last member of the Hammonton High School Class of 1936. She was proud of the 40 plus years she spent working a second career at Joe Italiano’s Maplewood Restaurant until she retired at age 94.


Rita is predeceased by her husband, William Smith, five siblings and other family and dear friends too numerous to list.


Surviving are her children, Lois Giordano (Carmen) of Hammonton, Robert Smith (Nancy) of South Carolina and William Smith Jr. (Linda) of Egg Harbor Twp.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and her beloved Maplewood family.


A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. on March 18, 2021 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish/St. Joseph’s Church, 226 French St., Hammonton, N.J. Inurnment will follow at Greenmount Cemetery, Hammonton, N.J. There will be no viewing or visitation before the mass. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Religious Teachers Filippini, Villa Walsh, 455 Western Ave. Morristown, NJ, 07960 or a charity of your choice.


Arrangements made by LeRoy P. Wooster Funeral Home.