Sarah E. Smith
Sarah E. Smith, 90, of Sherman, died at 3:13 pm, Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at St. John’s Hospice. She was born June 3, 1924 in Chilhowee, MO, to George L. and Bessie Martin Russell. She married Floyd R. Smith in 1945 and he preceded her in death in 2000.
Survivors include her children, James R. (Geri) Smith of Montello, WI, Nancy R. (Daniel) Moore of Pleasant Plains, Sarah A. (Stephen) Babolcsay of Streamwood, Floyd R. (Phyllis) Smith of Carol Stream, Mary E. (William) Kirby of Chicago Heights, Joseph M. (Connie) Smith of Neenah, WI, Raymond L. Smith of Lyons and Robert K. (Anita) Smith of Brookfield; eighteen grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren and one on the way and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers; one sister and three grandchildren, Ann Marie, Vincent and Max Smith.
Sarah was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Parish in Sherman, and previously a member of St. Patrick’s Parish in Rochelle. She resided at Villa Health Care Community in Sherman since 2006.
She grew up in Warrensburg, MO, where she met the love of her life in 1945. Together Sarah and Floyd raised eight children and lived for twenty one years in Oak Park. She was an elementary school teacher and taught for ten years in the Chicago Public Schools. After retiring from teaching she and Floyd moved to Florida where she worked for H&R Block and also as a real estate agent. In 1988 they returned to Illinois to Rochelle where they lived until Floyd’s death in 2000. Sarah continued to reside in Rochelle volunteering at St. Patrick’s church until she moved to Sherman Illinois to the Villa Senior Living Community in 2006.
Sarah was a devout Catholic and became an Associate of the Sisters of Mercy while living in Rochelle.
Visitation: 1 – 3 pm, Saturday, May 9, 2015 at St. John Vianney in Sherman. With a prayer service at 3 pm, with Monsignor David Lantz.
Lie-in-State: 9 – 10 am, Monday, May 11, 2015 at St. Barbara’s Church in Brookfield.
Funeral Mass: 10 am, Monday, May 11, 2015 at St. Barbara’s Church in Brookfield, with Reverend Robert Casey officiating.
Burial will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Hospice, St. John Vianney Church or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.