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Janet L. Smith (68) of Binghamton, New York passed away peacefully in the presence of her loving family on November 7, 2023. She is predeceased by her parents, Richard and Betty Green, her husband, TJ Smith, and her son, Justin Marshall (Aidaly Marshall). She is survived by her daughter, Jessica Cerutti, son in law Kevin Cerutti, granddaughters Sophia and Luciana Cerutti, siblings Richard and Deborah Green, Cynthia Green, Scott and Carla Green and Stacey Green as well as her many beloved nieces and nephews, the father of her children, Richard Marshall (Brenda Marshall) and her stepchildren.
Janet did not like attention and did not like to talk about her accomplishments. She also did not like having her picture in anything. However, her daughter usually only listened to half of what her mother told her, so here goes... Janet grew up in Littleton, Massachusetts and moved with her family to Kirkwood, NY when she was thirteen. She graduated in 1973 from Windsor High School. She worked for Security Mutual Life Insurance for several years. Her family is very proud to say that Janet was the Court Clerk of the Town of Chenango for thirty-five years. She was fulfilled by her involvement in the NYS Association of Magistrates Court Clerks and held the position of Director on the Executive Board, the Liaison to the Division of Criminal Justice Service and was the Editor in Chief of The Docket magazine for over ten years. She was honored to be the 2006 NYS Association of Magistrates Court Clerk of the Year. She also served as President of the Broome County Court Clerks Association. After retirement, she worked as the transcriptionist for the Joint Sewage Board for four years. She had a strong civic duty and respect for the NYS court system. She would have found irony in the fact that she passed away on Election Day as she was upset that she wasn’t in the area to be able to vote this year.
Janet loved to spend time with her husband, TJ, on their boat in Alexandria Bay. She would spend a month each year relaxing at their home in Florida. She is leaving behind many friends who will miss her dearly. She so looked forward to her weekly knitting group. She was the best Mimi Sophia and Lucy could ever have and they will forever miss baking with her, going on walks with her, finishing puzzles and hearing her gushing praises. She was the glue that held her extended family together and took on the task of keeping family history, having the annual Christmas party and making all of us keep in touch with each other. “Janet will know” is a phrase that was uttered frequently. We are devastated that she had to leave us but we will continue to carry on our traditions as she would have wanted.
Her family will be receiving friends from 3:00 to 6:00 Friday Dec. 1, at the Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home, 483 Chenango St. Binghamton. A memorial service will be held 11:00 am Saturday Dec. 2 at the First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge 740 River Road in Binghamton. In lieu of flowers, Janet would like to encourage friends and loved ones to consider organ donation. The family would like to thank the staff in the Cardiac ICU at Strong Memorial Hospital in the University of Rochester. The kindness and compassion displayed during her stay in the ICU made this bearable for Janet and her family. We will be forever grateful for their amazing efforts. You may sign her guestbook at www.HEFUNERALHOME.com