Smith-Schmidt-Krawiec families celebrate 57th annual family reunion
On Aug. 3, the Smith-Schmidt-Krawiec 57th family reunion returned to the Huntley Hose #1 picnic grounds on Route 20 in Silver Creek. The steering committee consisted of Norm Schmidt, John Schmidt, John Smith, Angie Smith Leone and Joe and Stella Granata.
John Smith provided an extra tent where the band, “Happy Days” from Jamestown provided entertainment all day.
The tables were covered with red tablecloths and decorated with red and white balloons and votive candles in Mason jars.
Joe Granata II, Josh Woods, Laurie Siracuse, Joe and Stella Granata, John Smith, Vicky Smith, Maddie and Zach Smith and Angie Leone made up the set-up committee on Friday.
Norm Schmidt provided the beer. Frank and Gerry Smith sent a donation and a letter. Joe Granata II donated the corn. His son Josh grilled it. Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue was served along with Pat Tripp’s pierogis. An assortment of salads, pizza and desserts were served. Sno-cones proved to be very popular.
A memorial was held to remember all of their deceased family members. The band played “Amazing Grace” while the family sang along and then released the balloons. Brian Whitney, husband of Aimee Giambra Whitney, passed on Jan. 7, 2019. Edward Gawronski, husband of Diana and nephew of Phyllis and George Smith, passed away on Nov. 9, 2018. Darlene Doyle, wife of Walter and mother of Rene Granata left us on July 22, 2019.
There was one recorded birth: Adoline Granata was born to Allison and Vinny Granata of Rochester. She was the youngest member there.
The oldest family member was Angeline Smith Leone. There were no marriages recorded.
Wendy Smith Fouler traveled the farthest from Bar Nunn, Wyoming. Other out-of-state travelers were: David San George from Franklin, Tennessee; Jeanette and Charles Martin from Hudson, Ohio; Colleen Schmidt, Rick Jensen and Luke Ross from Kentucky, Laura and Kevin Schmidt from Cincinnati, Ohio and Steven Schmidt from Denver, Colorado.
Michael Granata graduated from Jamestown Community College with a nursing degree. Savannah Granata graduated from Canisius College with a biology and environmental degree. Mackenzie Schmidt graduated from Silver Creek High School.
Stanley Giambra graduated from Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Alexis Granata was in charge of the children’s games of sack races, hula hoops, jump rope contests and cupcake eating contests. The youngsters enjoyed the cool waters of the nearby creek, also.
The group enjoyed singing along and dancing to the music provided.
The white elephant sale was very popular, as were the door prizes and 50-50 sales. Lillian and Paul Giambra donated an antique doll carriage and Dave San George donated his popular bird houses.
Photos were taken by Stella Smith Granata, the family historian.
The next reunion will be held on Aug. 1, 2020. A planning meeting will be held in April 2020. Family members are welcome to attend.