In memory of
Regina Stapleton Smith
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In memory of
Regina Stapleton Smith
Stapleton Smith, Regina Regina Marie Stapleton Smith of White Plains, a former Director of Development at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains and St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, died Saturday, Feb. 11 at White Plains Hospital. She was 67. "Jeannie," as she was known by everyone, was born October 27, 1949 in Philadelphia to Thomas and Margaret (Mahedy) Stapleton. She received a bachelor's degree in history from Immaculata University in Pennsylvania in 1971 and a master's degree in political science from Villanova University in 1972. Following her marriage to Russell M. Smith on Nov. 4, 1972, she moved to Westchester County, where she lived until her death. From 1996 to 1999, Jeannie served as Director of Development at Archbishop Stepinac High School, from which her two sons, Timmy and Andrew, graduated. She held the same position at St. Joseph's Seminary from 1999 until 2012. While working at the seminary, she helped plan the visit of Pope Benedict XVI in April 2008 and coordinated fund-raising, media relations and publications. Earlier in her career, she was assistant editor and then editor of the Help column at the then Gannett Westchester Newspapers, now The Journal News, from 1973 through 1985. She also was an adjunct professor of communication at the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale. Jeannie was a loving wife, a devoted mother, and a compassionate friend to all. Her life was symbolized by her deep Catholic faith. She has joined in heaven her parents and her son Timmy, who died at age 17 on Jan. 11, 1994. Survivors include her husband, Russell, an attorney in private practice in White Plains, who is a former president of the Parish Council at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in White Plains and a longtime member of its choir; son Andrew, Associate Athletic Director at American University in Washington, DC., and his wife, Bridget, of Rockville, MD; daughter Meg Stapleton Smith of New Haven, CT, a Doctoral Student in Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University in the Bronx, and granddaughter, Noelle. Other survivors include two brothers, Michael (Janet) Stapleton and Thomas (Natalie) Stapleton, and two sisters, Margaret Mary Stapleton and Maryanne (Robert) Showalter. A funeral Mass will be offered Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 920 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, with Father Tim Wiggins, chaplain at Stepinac, as the celebrant. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of Sorrows School, 888 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605 or the Chaplaincy Office at Archbishop Stepinac High School, 950 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605. McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett 491 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains, NY 10605 (914) 949-7777
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