Ruth Ruthie Frances Smizer Orlando

December 3, 1922September 18, 2010

Ruth Frances (Smizer) Orlando 87, of New Britain passed peacefully on September 18, 2010 at the Hospital of Central CT due to advanced heart failure. Born on December 3, 1922 in New Britain to Frances (Bergeron) and John Smizer of French Canadian and German ancestry. Known to her friends as “Ruthie” and to all as a strong resilient survivor; having overcome many adversities beginning at an early age. Her strength can be observed in each of her eight children. She was particularly close to her lifelong friend, Eleanor Nolan and to her cousin Dorothy “Dottie” Stifel. She is survived by her beloved children with their spouses, Patricia Orlando; Judith and Daniel Mahan; Susan Goodrich; Debra Orlando, Marcia Horsey; Mark Orlando; Linda and Mark Elliot. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Michael and Daniel Morris; Tara Gay and Mark Mahan; Tonya Ziegler, Shane, Kyla, Blake, Quint, Dawn and Joseph Pospisil; Jessica Horsey; Bravo and Brianna Orlando. She leaves many great grandchildren as well as nieces, nephews and cousins and a sister in law Connie Smizer of Southington. She was predeceased by her parents, brothers, John and Raymond Smizer and her sister Jean Cozzolongo; as well as her daughter Catherine Orlando, and former husband Leonard M. Orlando. Ruthie’s family wishes to thank the following caregivers; Janina Kawa, staff of N4 and N5 at the NBGH and Palliative Care at NBH Funeral Services will be on Wednesday, September, 22, 2010 at 11:00 AM at St. Jerome Church, 1010 Slater Rd. New Britain. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. New Britain Memorial and Donald D. Sagarino Funeral Home is serving the family. There will be no calling hours. To share a memory with the family, view tributes or obtain directions, please go to


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 22, 2010
  • Burial Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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Debra Orlando

December 4, 2017

Born this day in 1922 to 'Fanny' (Bergeron) and John Smizer in New Britain, Hartford County, Connecticut. The Bergerons having settled first in Williamsburg Massachusetts, and the Smizers in Manhattan.
Remembering you with love on your 95th Birthday Anniversary.
Rest in Peace Mom.

Debra Orlando

December 4, 2015

Remembering you Mom on your 93rd birthday anniversary.
Cousin Dottie Stifel has now joined the Ancestors too.
Rest in Peace.

Debra Orlando

December 3, 2014

On your 92nd birthday anniversary Mom, these are some of the things I'm remembering about your style; your astute take on politics and politicians, your reading through two newspapers daily yet never missing the tv news at 6 and 11, your love of both american and british sitcoms, your introducing me to Law and Order and Detective Briscoe, your love of the crooners, your first drive-through car wash at 85, your fashion sense, your good cooking and your willingness to try new things. But most of all, Mom, right now, I am remembering your sense of humor which is something that helps sustain me as it did you. Rest in Peace. Love, Debi

Bravo Orlando

October 13, 2010

Grandma, I'm sorry I never got to know you. You sounded really nice and I'm sorry never got to see you. You will be missed and loved and I hope you are happy watching over us in the clouds.You were and still are loved.

Your Grandson,

Your grand doughter Briana Orlando

October 13, 2010

I never got to know you,but u will always be remembered no matter what. I wish i have gotten to meet you at least once...And even if i had when i was really little, i just wish i could remember that moment. I will cry for a while in happy memory that you are up there, and in sadness because your not here now, but i know that you will always live on in the memories of others. But at least your up there with Leonard...

susie (orlando) goodrich

September 25, 2010


Such a beautiful woman
Carrying a broken heart
Trying so hard to survive
87 years..body,mind and soul wounds

But free at last in the arms of our Lord and Savior
He was always there..willing ,wanting to heal
Yet the walls..pain kept the distance
Now Papa God has done what He would have done on earth
Isaih 43

love forever ,susie oooox x x oooo.........

September 25, 2010

SUE, PAT,JUDY,DEBBIE, MARCIA, LINDA & MARK, I will always remember Christmas Parties at my Mom's (Dotty) house. We laughed, played & smiled. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.
I'm sorry I missed the service. We should meet at Dotty's house again soon. I LOVE YOU ALL. DAVID STIFEL & FAMILY

dick, and terri diters

September 22, 2010

cousin ruthie, we remember you fondly as when we would gab and gab at the super markets. our sincere sympathy to all of ruthies family with our love.

Karen Leathers

September 22, 2010

Dear Cousin Sue and all the family,
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. With all our love Karen Caitlin and Richie

Kaen and Jeff Gay

September 22, 2010

Dear Judi,Tara and family,
It is never easy to lose your mother, no matter how expected it might be. May the love and closenes of your family and past memories bring you solace, joy and, yes, laughter to help you through this difficult time. You are in our thoughts.