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).