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Marjorie A. Smith, 67, of Orchard Park, a homemaker and an active volunteer, died Monday (Sept. 25, 2000) in her home after a brief illness.

Born Marjorie A. Ernst in West Seneca, she was a 1950 graduate of West Seneca High School and graduated with honors from Houghton College in 1980 with a double degree in psychology and theology.

She worked as a volunteer for many years with the Crisis Hotline and was active in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, where she directed, played guitar and sang with the folk group for 30 years. She and her husband also did volunteer work with a children's home in Mexico.

She enjoyed music, golf, Christian ministry, art, gardening, travel, reading, sewing and knitting. An outstanding seamstress, she won awards at the Erie County Fair and the New York State Fair. She moved from West Seneca to Orchard Park in 1962.

She and Edward Doerfel, an auto dealer and owner of the former Courtesy Ford, were married in 1953. He died in 1975. In 1979, she married Robert J. Smith.

In addition to her husband, survivors include four daughters, Anita G. Hallinan of West Falls, Julie L. Toshach of Manchester, Mich., Rebecca S. O'Brien of East Aurora and Marya L. Doerfel of Princeton, N.J.; a son, Thomas E. Doerfel of Springville; four stepsons, Raymond D. of Hinesburg, Vt., David R. of Newport Beach, Calif., Paul J. of Park City, Utah, and Mark C. of Eugene, Ore.; her parents, Raymond A. and Anna Ernst of Irving and Tavares, Fla.; three sisters, Virginia A. Cappello of Orchard Park, Annette R. Hoeber of Hamburg and Carol J. Fornoff of Tempe, Ariz.; and 25 grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in Nativity of Our Lord Church, South Buffalo Street and Thorn Avenue, Orchard Park.


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