Former Hastings resident Beverly Pertsch Smith died peacefully on June 28, at age 91, in Norwalk (Conn.) Hospital, after a short illness. She lived at BrightView on New Canaan, an assisted living community in Norwalk.
Beverly was born on Halloween in New York City, the younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Pertsch of Scarsdale. She graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1946, where she developed a close group of lifelong friends and met her husband of 60 years, Quentin I. Smith Jr., who predeceased her. Beverly graduated from Hood College with a degree in childhood education in 1950 and married Quentin in June 1951.
Beverly’s first job at the Little Red Lighthouse School for the Blind in New York initiated a lifelong commitment to helping children with disabilities. She enjoyed tennis, golf, and gardening, and was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. She was admired for her sense of humor, love of people, and ability to enjoy all stages of life. Beyond Scarsdale, other special places in her life included East Orleans, Mass., Sanibel Island, Fla., New Canaan, Conn., and the Shenorock Shore Club in Rye, where she was a member for 65 years.
Beverly is survived by her sister Valerie Bartholomew of Fort Meyers, Fla., as well as three children and their spouses: Jeffrey Q. Smith and wife Marie of Purchase, Lance A. Smith and wife Sally Luce of Sarasota, Fla., and Karen S. Salinaro and husband Richard of Charleston, S.C. She is also survived by her grandchildren Richard, Mark, and Julia Salinaro, Nolan Smith and Nat Claridge, and Kimberly and Matthew Smith. She was also a great-grandmother to Graham Salinaro.
Beverly was buried at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, following a private family ceremony. In lieu of flowers, Beverly suggested gifts in her memory to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA (or via www.jimmyfund.org/gift) or to Special Olympics, 1133 19th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036 (or www.specialolympics.org).