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Age 89 of Christiana passed away on November 17, 2007 at Newark Manor Nursing Home. On that Saturday evening, the snow began to fall on Mildreds beloved mountains around Olyphant, PA, bestowing a beauty and freshness which she also brought to this earth.
She finally escaped the grip of Alzheimers which had slowly eroded her creative abilities. Her feisty spirit, wit and quick retorts were evident until her peaceful passing. We wish to thank everyone at Newark Manor for their compassion and care over the past few years.
Born to the late Joseph and Anna (Stalena) Schurko of Olyphant, PA, she attended grammar school and Ukrainian school. At age 14, she left for New York City and began to do domestic work in a number of mansions there and later in Delaware.
Mildred began to do oil paintings at the age of 20, and exhibited this wonderful talent for the next 50 years. She married Joseph Cunane in 1940 and raised 4 sons in a bucolic setting, surrounded by farms and woods. Her beloved Joseph passed away in 1965.
As an active volunteer with the Christiana Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary, she helped with many fundraising events. Also, she loved to garden, attend yard sales, collect antiques and play pinochle.
Alden P. Smith and Mildred married and began a wonderful journey for the next 25 years. They enjoyed spending many winter months in West Palm Beach, FL with her sister Anna. Over the years they traveled to all 50 states. After reaching the age of 80 she enjoyed 2 trips to Ireland with family and dear friends Peggy, Betty and Bob.
She was preceded in death by her husbands of 25 years each Joseph Cunane and Alden P. Smith. Also, 3 sisters and 2 brothers. Survivors include sons: Joseph and his wife Nona of Newark, James of New Castle, Thomas of Bear and Robert of Newark, sisters: Anna Zurko of West Palm Beach, FL and Olga Harcarik and her husband John of Trumbull, CT. 4 grandchildren: Dawn, Nona, Joseph and Christine all of Newark and 8 great grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to attend a viewing in celebration of Mildreds life on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 from 11:30 to 12:30 pm at Holy Family RC Church, 15 Gender Road, Newark, where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 pm. Interment will immediately follow at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Ladies Auxiliary of Christiana Fire Co., 2 East Main Street, Christiana, DE 19702.