Wake: Friends may call on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. Services: Service will be held on Saturday at 10:00 AM in the funeral home. Burial: Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk. Donations: While flowers are welcome, Jennie’s memory would be equally honored by donations to: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065 (www.mskcc.org).

Jennifer Smith Bakes


January 19, 1949 - September 20, 2011

Jennifer Smith Bakes, 63, surrounded by her devoted family, passed away in her home in Norwalk, CT on Tuesday September 20, 2011 after a valiant struggle with cancer. Jennie was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1949 to the late John Lloyd Smith, Jr. and A. Jean Cheney Smith, and spent her childhood in Westwood, MA.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Christos Bakes, and their three loving daughters Nicole Bakes DeLuca, Katherine Jean Bakes, and Annette Christina Bakes as well as by her son-in-law John Christopher DeLuca, two grandsons, Alex and Evan, and many caring relatives, including a multitude of cousins, nephews and nieces, and godchildren. Jennie was predeceased by her brother, John L. Smith, III of Pennsylvania and is survived by her two sisters, Sarah M. Nason of Everett, MA and Constance M. Ostis of Yarmouth, ME and her “just like a sister”, Chrissy Papadopolous of Norwalk, CT.

Following graduation from the University of Maine, Orono (1970), Jennie moved to Connecticut to begin her career teaching mathematics at Norwalk High School. It was here that she met her husband Chris and here that they raised their family. Jennie was an extraordinary teacher who was passionate about her job; she excelled at developing long lasting relationships with both faculty and students.

Jennie lived life with love and determination, committed to excelling in the roles she chose in life. Most importantly, she was a loving and providing mother who took time off of her teaching career just to raise her children. Jennie was the ultimate homemaker: her first priority has always been her family for whom she toiled endlessly to make sure not only that she attended every special event and that she knew how to cook her husband’s favorite Greek dishes, but also that her home ran smoothly in support of raising her family. Jennie also played a pivotal role in her extended family, ensuring that family ties with siblings and cousins stayed strong. Some of her most cherished times were spent during Thanksgivings at the family home in Westport, Maine and summers relaxing on the beach in Greece. With family and friends, Jennie loved a good competitive game, whether it was playing cards, Scrabble, or canasta.

Despite life’s struggles, Jennie loved to laugh and have a good time, to garden and bake for her children and grandchildren. Above all, Jennie loved to make her friends and family happy and took great pride in doing so. She appreciated all the care and support of friends and family.

Friends may call on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk.  Service will be held on Saturday at 10:00 AM in the funeral home.  Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk.

While flowers are welcome, Jennie’s memory would be equally honored by donations to: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065 (www.mskcc.org).

  1. Evangelos Kutrubis

    My deepest condolences with love. E. Kutrubis & Family

    October 4, 2011
    Bill Skidd -
  • Terri Hamilton

    Please accept my deepest sympathies during this time of great loss. Jennie was a warm, positive person and I will remember her fondly.

    October 4, 2011
    Bill Skidd -
  • Pam Russo

    My thoughts are with all of you at this very difficult time. Jennie was a great lady and I will miss her. She was such a support to me at the high school( she even gave me some of her math materials when she retired) that I will carry that with me for a long time. I loved her sense of humor and energy level( I wish I had some of it) and it is missed here at school. My prayers go out to all of you.

    October 4, 2011
    Bill Skidd -
  • Chris & Family, I am so sorry about the loss of your wife, mother. You have my deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Andy Bess

    October 4, 2011
    Andy Bess -
  • Dear Chris and girls, My deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved wife and mother. My prayers are for all of you during this time.

    October 4, 2011
    Angela Wax -
  • Our good friend of 25 years. We will miss you.

    October 4, 2011
    The Brookshires -
  • Chris , sorry for your loss.

    October 4, 2011
    Hal Curry NHS -
  • Chris & family, My thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls at this difficult time. I will always remember Jenny with a smile and joy in her heart. Sincerely, Skip Adams

    October 4, 2011
    Skip Adams -
  • Hi Katie, So sorry to hear about your Mom. You have done so well to do your schoolwork when your Mom was so ill. I respect you so much. I hope that you will feel at peace knowing that your Mom is no longer suffering. Take care of yourself. -Louise

    October 4, 2011
    Louise Despres -
  • Dear Christo and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Please accept our deepest sympathy. John and Sophia Sahnas Marlborough, Conn.

    October 4, 2011
    John and Sophia Sahnas -
  • To the Bakes Family My deepest condolences are with you as are my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. Christina Georgiopoulos

    October 4, 2011
    Christina Georgiopoulos -
  • My sincere sympathy is with all of Jennie’s family. I consider her a great friend in and out of the classroom. She selfllessly shared classroom material that she spent long hours creating. When I came to work on Holloween without a costume, Jennie would pull something out of her classroom closet and make me wear it. She always made me smile. Jennie has a special place in my heart.

    October 4, 2011
    Maria Oliver -
  • To the Bakes family – I am so sorry for your loss, and especially since Mrs. Bakes was still quite young. I remember her very well, my high school algebra teacher who turned a naturally very difficult subject for me into something I could actually understand, remember – and dare I say, rather enjoy! I felt so lucky to have been assigned her; she had a real gift for communicating math. Wishing her a beautiful forever after-life. Take good care of yourselves.

    October 4, 2011
    Joyce M. -
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