Karen Smith of Oconomowoc passed away surrounded by her loving family Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010. Karen was born in Michigan City, Ind., to incredible, loving parents, Henry and Dorothy Teichman, who preceded her in death.
Karen is survived by her brother, Thomas (Dee) Teichman of Heber Springs, Ark., an aunt and many dear cousins that she grew up with in the Niles, Mich./South Bend, Ind., area.
Karen married David Smith, her best friend, soul mate and high school love of her life in 1966 in South Bend. Together they had four boys and nine grandchildren, Kevin (Angela) and their children, Melyssa, Megan and Madison of Hartland; Stephen (Traci) and their children, Riley and Benjamin of Shrewsbury, Mass.; Sean (Kelly) and their children, Sawyer, Tatum and Kenadie of Oconomowoc; and Brian (Tanya) and their new baby boy, Graham Henry of Erie, Colo. Karen’s mother died at a young age and was lovingly accepted into the Smith family. Surviving are brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Colette Smith, and their daughters, Carolyn and Sarah; a brother-in-law, Philip Smith of Houston; and nieces, Shelly of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Tammy Hughes of Franklin, Ind.
Karen attended Catholic schools all her life in the South Bend area, including St. Mary’s College Grade School, Christ the King Catholic Grade School, St. Joseph’s High School and Holy Cross School of Nursing/St. Mary’s College.
Dave and Karen spent much of their time raising four boys in the Oconomowoc area and through the years supported and attended many youth activities and athletic games, particularly baseball all over the country with their children and other family members and friends. Their family was also very involved in the Oconomowoc YMCA where Karen served on the board of directors for many years.
Karen was the nursing services coordinator for the Pewaukee Public Schools for more than 20 years. She had a passion for working with students and was dedicated to best practices in school nursing, wellness, safety and other health initiatives, including health fairs, blood drives and READY CAMP. She was a longtime instructor for the American Heart Association, Red Cross and ASHI. Her great passion was the work she did with Project ADAM through Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, starting in 1999. She has continued to serve on the National Advisory Board of Project ADAM through the years. Karen’s great passion was education, prevention and response to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and has been dedicated to working with schools and organizations to set up public-access defibrillation (PAD) programs everywhere. Much gratitude to Project ADAM, Pewaukee School District and many school nurses and instructors who helped with many of the school nursing and AED initiatives over the years.
Karen and Dave spent years supporting youth activities including attending sporting events of their children and grandchildren and riding bike trails near and far on their Trek bikes. Family, students and colleagues were a huge part of her life and she particularly enjoyed starting and advising Model United Nations in her school district. She and her students represented Pewaukee and many countries in Model UN simulation at Harvard, Duke, the Naval Academy and the University of Chicago and at the United Nations in New York! She is very proud of all her students and continues to hear from them and wishes them well.
Karen loved her whole incredible family, including her constant partner, her puppy Macy. She also considered her family to include the Congregation of St. Joan of Arc, Pewaukee School District, Trek Bicycle Corp. and Project ADAM. Karen appreciated so many relatives, special friends and neighbors and was thankful for all God’s blessings and hopes that through him her work will be carried on by those who knew and worked with her.
Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, located at 120 Nashotah Road, Nashotah, WI, 53058, with funeral services to follow immediately thereafter.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Project ADAM, Pewaukee Public Schools, St. Joan of Arc Automated External Defibrillation (AED) Program, the Oconomowoc Area Baseball Club or Bikes Belong.
Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4459 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.
“We Can Do No Great Things, Only Small Things with Great Love”
- Mother Teresa