Priscilla Smolka

Priscilla Roberts Smolka

Wednesday, April 26th, 1944 - Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
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Priscilla Roberts Smolka passed away in Salem, VA on the morning of Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 at the age of 76.

Priscilla was born on April 26, 1944 in Utica, NY to Edward and Jeanette (Cooper) Roberts, and grew up in Whitesboro, NY.

She was a Medical Technician at St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital in New Hartford, NY from the mid 1960’s to the mid 1990’s. There she met Robert Smolka and the two were married on May 4th, 1968.

A kindhearted soul, Priscilla was a cat lover, avid needle pointer and loved cooking and baking. She was especially known for her strawberry freezer jam that she handpicked, made, and gifted to everyone each June. She also loved gardening and had an herb garden at her home in New York Mills, NY. Priscilla was also a member of PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) International.

Priscilla leaves behind her husband Robert, sisters Jean and Beverly, brother Kent, sons David (Kim) and Justin (Bernie), granddaughters Chloe, Cathy, and Becky, and 2 nieces and 4 nephews.

A celebration of life will be planned in the future. Her final resting place will be the Columbarium of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Richmond, VA.
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Kevin Curtis

Posted at 11:12am
I grew up next door to Bob & Priscilla on Cedar Lane in NY Mills. I was their morning paperboy for years. When my wife, Kristin, and I were married on September 25th 1976, Bob & Priscilla gave us a beautiful needlepoint that Priscilla had created. It read "MARRIAGE, May there be such a oneness between you that when one weeps, the other will taste salt." That needlepoint has hung in our bedroom for the past 44 years. It was the kind of marriage that Bob & Priscilla had and we have been blessed to have as well. We send our condolences to Bob & all your loved ones. Priscilla was a wonderful person who was consistently kind and caring to all. She made the world better.

Kevin Curtis
Cazenovia NY

PS: Bob, you gave us a Ship in a Bottle that you made as a wedding gift. Still have that. Amazing patience to make that. I also remember your beyond cool Lotus when I was a teen and always wanted a car like that. Ten years ago, we purchased a used 2001 Mercedes SLK 320 convertible. It's not a Lotus, but it is our way fun, stupid fast, "kinda classic" summer car. I think of you sometimes when we take it out for a spin. Our sons, Ryan & Kyle are grown. Ryan is engaged and Kyle is married. Owen (3) and Isla (1) are our grandchildren living in Carlsbad CA.

Katie Jacobs and family

Posted at 08:42pm
Her spirit lives on through you. Cherish the memories. Live without regrets, and make sure to enjoy the smallest moments and all beauty of life.
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s frankel

Posted at 09:54pm
Bob, we were so sad to hear of the passing of Priscilla - such a lovely light in this world. We are surrounding you with thoughts of loving comfort. Jack and Sue Frankel

Kathie Cahill

Posted at 07:39am
Pris, rest more pain and unrest for you, sweet lady. We, here, will miss you dearly. Your smile, your kindness and your gentle nature will be missed along with your wonderful sense of humor. No adult visits us at Halloween dressed like a witch or Father Guido Sarduchi as you have in the past. Your zest and passion for learning new and interesting things that you shared with everyone will be missed. We love you and hope you soar with the angels. To Bob and family, our deepest condolences. Love, the Cahill Family

Robert Sudakow Sr Posted at 08:36pm

Bob, never have I meet two individuals who I so admired . The kindness by Priscilla and yourself to your extended family and friends in the lab at St Luke’s gave all of us a sense of peace and comfort. My heart felt condolences go out to you and your family, we will all pray and miss a truly lovely and peaceful subject of God . Bob and Joanne Sudakow

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