Betty Lou Smith
91, Appleton, passed away on Christmas Eve at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee following a brief illness. She was born on October 1, 1928 in New London to William, whom she lost at the age of 5 and longed to be reunited with, and Ruth (Graef) Knapp. Betty married Robert Smith on November 13, 1946 and they shared 62 years of marriage together until his passing in 2009. They were blessed with five children and were former members of St. Thomas More Catholic Church and most recently St. Pius X Catholic Church. Betty was a talented bridal seamstress and shared her gift with her family and many friends. She will be remembered for her sensitivity and love for her family, compassion and willingness to be a mother to those in need of family and love, her sense of humor, and her love of the Lord.
Betty will be greatly missed by her children: Connie (Timothy) Hurley, Appleton; Gregory (Jan Boyce) Smith, New London; Toni (Donald) Koch, Appleton and Janet (Robert) Kirby, Naples, FL; eleven grandchildren: Jennifer (Christian) Hurley, Patrick (Nicole) Hurley, Andrew (Claire) Polar, Emily Polar, Ben Bravick, Kara (Charles) Tullberg, Geoffrey (Angel) Smith. Joseph (Lisa) Paulus, Caroline Paulus, Lauren (Ross) Kirby-Evans and Lindsay Kirby; 16 great grandchildren: Aidan, Caitlin, Ryan, Makayla, Liam, Matthew, Olivia, Jonah, Dylan, Alexia, Aleah, Charles ‘Buddy’, Adem, Lilia, Fiona and Isabelle.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; daughter, Jo Ann Polar, granddaughter, Samantha; sisters: Ramona (Walter) Lueckel, La Vern (Clair) Muskevitch and Elaine (John) Hintzke; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Krueger.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 at 11 AM at St. Pius X Catholic Church with Rev. Kennedy Gaspar and Deacon Rick Simon officiating. Entombment will be at Highland Memorial Park, Appleton. Friends may visit directly at church on Tuesday from 9 – 11 AM. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee for the wonderful care shown to Mom and her family during this difficult time; especially: Jo Ann Lomax, RN, Kristen Pyle, RN, Justin Adam, CNA, Horizon Hospice, and dear friend Julia Martin.
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