Barbara Safran Smith Rimiller


Barbara Safran Smith Rimiller passed away on November 20, 2020, in Henderson, N.C. with two lifelong friends, Carmen and Becky, by her side.

She was born on May 16, 1942, to Frank and Mary (Tamazin) Safran. Barbara taught math in Rome schools for most of her adult life. She graduated from Westmoreland Central School and went on to Oneonta State. She earned three master’s degrees in mathematics, business and education. She had many friends who also enjoyed her passion for tournament bridge and live theater, music and dance, After retirement, she moved to Henderson, N.C. She spent her winters in Panama City Beach, Florida, and spent every Christmas with Carmen and Becky Proia.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory a daughter, Lori Witt, in Henderson, N.C.; a stepson, William Rimiller in N.C.; a brother Frank (Mary Lou) Safran, Ohio; and cousins Walter (Marsha) Safran of Wisc.; Phyllis Gworek, of Rome, and Elaine, of Ohio. She was preceded in death by a son, Ryan Smith; first husband, Lynn Smith, and the love of her life, second husband, Bill Rimiller Sr.

We will celebrate her life at the Safran gravesite on Tuesday, July 20, at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Rome.


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