Esther Smith Born April 1, 1925 in Guben, Germany and passed away on October 19, 2018 at the Rockingham Rehabilitation Center, Brentwood, NH.
Beloved daughter of the late Werner Engelmann and the late Martha (Huber) Engelmann. Preceded to Heaven by her husband Carl Thomas Smith, brother Fred Engelmann, sisters Dolores Chobot, Ruth Veltre and Christa Feraca.
Survived by sister Edith Blaurock, son David Smith, daughter Kim Roussel, son-in-law William Roussel, Granddaughter Jennifer Voss and her partner Andrew Cunningham, Grandson Michael Roussel, Great Grandchildren Nathan, Alaina, and Lillian Voss, Natalie Cunningham and step great grandson Garrett Cunningham and numerous nieces and nephews.
Esther was born two months premature on April Fool's Day in 1925 weighing about 2 pounds at birth and small enough that she she was first kept in a shoebox placed on a window sill in the sun because incubators didn't exist yet. Her parents left her in the care of her grandparents Louis and Lydia Engelmann, and grandmother Luisa Huber when they left Germany for the US late in 1925. Her mother Martha returned to Germany and brought her to the US in 1928.
She married Carl Smith on August 18, 1950 and worked in sales in a children's clothing store, while helping to raise her "practice child" Michele Steigleder, the daughter of her friend and neighbor Betty Steigleder.
After the birth of David in 1963 and Kim in 1964, she was a homemaker until they were both in elementary school at which time she returned to work as a waitress part time in her sister Ruth's coffee shop.
She showed her great strength when after the death of her husband Carl in 1982, she worked as much as 14 hours a day at two different restaurants during the week and waitressed at catering halls on the weekend until retiring at age 70.
Her greatest joy in life came from her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Interment will be in the Smith family plot, Nassau Knolls Cemetery, Port Washington, Nassau County, NY