Formerly of Wilmington- Naomi E. Smeltz, age 99, passed away peacefully with loved ones by her side on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
She was born in Valley View, PA and was the daughter of the late Ida V. and John P. Ressler. Naomi was the youngest of 8 and the last surviving child. While attending Tri Valley HS, she met her husband to be, Robert. She was intrigued by his musical talent, playing the trumpet and singing, as well as his wonderful sense of humor. They married in 1942 and celebrated almost 66 years of marriage prior to Roberts death in 2008.
Naomi and Robert enjoyed spending time in the Pocono Mountains, hiking, watching wildlife, who visited their feeders, and cooking and eating the Pennsylvania Dutch food they learned to love as children. She enjoyed gardening and planted flowers and vegetables. For several years Naomi worked in the candy department at Mitchells Variety Store, Fairfax, DE.
She loved her family and she was a caregiver to her Mother, Ida as well as her sister, Anna. Soon after her high school graduation, when another sisters husband passed away, Naomi moved in to help with her sisters children.
Naomi is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Cornelius Osborn, with whom she lived for the last four years; 3 grandchildren and their spouses, Geoffrey and Nicol Osborn, Wendy and Patrick Snoke and Stacey and Nick DeSimone, as well as 7 great grandchildren, Nick and Santino DeSimone, Lillian, Samantha and Jack Osborn and Bennett and Celia Snoke.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, August 6, from 10-10:45 am at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1530 Foulk Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803, where a funeral service will follow at 11 am. Burial will be in Gracelawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Naomis name to the above church.
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