Alice E. Smith
Smith, 89, of Fond du Lac, passed away on May 1, 2017. She was born on April 6,
1928 to Leo and Rosemary (Dolan) Kelley, and was raised on the Kelley family
farm south of Fond du Lac. In 1946, she
graduated from St. Mary’s Springs Academy. She attended UW-Oshkosh for one year
and then worked at a testing laboratory in Fond du Lac.
25, 1950 she married Thomas J. Smith at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fond du
Lac. Together they operated a dairy farm east of Eden until Tom’s death in
1996. Besides raising her family, she was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Eden,
was a 4-H leader and for 25 years assisted at the Galloway House until last
Tom were blessed with eight children. She taught them the importance of
education, honesty, hard work and laughter. She is survived by seven children:
Maureen (Ken) Detmer, Lodi, WI; Catherine (Allan) Smith-Ohm, Onalaska, WI;
Patrick (Jill), Seattle, WA; Eileen (Tom) Smith, Columbus, OH; Janet (Ken)
Smith-Roche, Boise, ID; Barbara (Mike) Smith-Stanch, North Aurora, IL; Daniel,
Madison, WI; and daughter-in-law, Kathleen Smith, Jamestown, NY. She is further
survived by twelve grandchildren: Michael, Charles and Ellyn Smith; Joseph and
Patrick Detmer and Ann Dunn; Mark and Molly Ohm; Phillip and Tony Roche; and
Emily and Julia Stanch; and four great-grandchildren: Tommy and Jack Detmer;
Lincoln Smith, and Hailey Detmer.
preceded in death by her husband, Tom, in 1996; son, James, in 1993; two
brothers, Leo and Robert Kelley; and a sister, Ruth.
as follows: Alice’s family will greet relatives and friends on Thursday, May 4,
2017, at Shepherd of the Hills Catholic Church, Armstrong, from 9:00 to 10:45
AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be
celebrated following visitation at the church at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be designated to Hospice Home of Hope or Shepherd of the
Hills Catholic Church.
Special thanks to the Kelley family,
who assisted Alice in the last decade and her close friend, Lester. Also thank
you to Alice’s caregivers and volunteers at Hospice Home of Hope and to Fr.
Edward Sippel, who provided spiritual visits.
Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.