Date of Birth April 26, 1960
Date Deceased July 31, 2021
Hometown Elmira/Hammondsport
Home State NY
Service Date September 5, 2021
Service Time 1:00 PM
Service Location Bath VFW

Susan M. Smith, 61, of Elmira, NY and formerly of Hammondsport, NY, passed away suddenly on July 31, 2021.

Susan was born April 26, 1960 in Bath, NY. She was the daughter of the late Norman (Zeke) and Kathryn (Martin) Clark. Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by her stepfather, Mike Tietjen, Sr.

Susan was an alumnus of Hammondsport Central School, class of 1978, and attended SUNY Cobleskill.

Susan cherished her family’s deep ancestral connection to Keuka Lake. She loved her family and always put them first. Charity and community were a very important part of her life. Whether it was collecting donations for a worthy cause, or sacrificing her own time to raise money, organize or promote events through any channels available to her, Susan worked tirelessly to do all she could to help.

Susan was always there for her friends and business clients and was always ready to help in any way she could. She enjoyed beautifying and improving her home and landscaping. She had a great love for animals, always sharing posts about any that were missing or needing adoption. Her two fur babies, Tessa and Bella, meant the world to her.

Susan is survived by her son Matthew Smith of Loudon, NH; her daughter Barbara Bellamy of Longs, SC; her sisters – Carolyn (Carl) Schuler of Higganum, CT and Pamela (Kevin) Fingar of Branchport, NY; her brothers – David Clark of Hammondsport, NY and Mike Tietjen, Jr. of Branchport, NY. She is also survived by her grandchildren – Taylor and Dylan Bellamy of Longs, SC; her niece and nephew – Meghan and Benjamin Fingar of Branchport, NY as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Donations can be made in Susan’s name to the Chemung County Humane Society & SPCA, 2435 NY-352, Elmira, NY 14903.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 1pm at the VFW in Bath, NY. A chicken BBQ will be available; all proceeds will be donated in Susan Smith and Josh Mansfield’s name to be given to the July 31, 2021 Troop Ride for the USO.

The LaMarche Funeral Home in Hammondsport is honored to assist Susan’s family with the arrangements.

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4 Responses

  1. My deep and sincere sympathies to Sue’s family. She was a kind and funny woman. I always enjoyed our chats whenever I saw her. I will surely miss those. May your memories of this wonderful lady get you through this hard and trying time. Take some solace in knowing you now have an angel on your shoulder. Many blessings to you all.

  2. My condolences go out to her family and friends. As a kid I remember staying at their house. She has always been a pet lover. Barb and Matt I am so sorry for your loss. Nothing ever prepares you for the loss of a parent. Never forget all the good memories. I know your mother will be truly missed by many.

  3. The many fond memories of growing up with you bring a smile to my face and warm my heart. We were probably only 8 when we got stuck in a gorge at Willow point & had to be rescued by the fire department! Girl scouts, swimming, birthday parties, and sleepovers… I remember when Mathew was born & you were such a living Mother and then Barbara was blessed to be showered with your love as well. Matt & Barb, we are very sorry for your loss… know that she is with you & will forever watch over you!! We all blessed to have known her & we will meet again one day! Corky, we celebrate your life, very well lived & you are very well loved!!

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