Kathleen J. Smith (nee Fredricks)
Feb. 15, 1929 – Jan. 6, 2011
J. Smith (nee Fredricks) of Waukesha died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at
Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 81. Kathleen was born in
Waukesha on Feb. 15, 1929, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Voelz)
She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Loren Smith, on
April 26, 1952. Kathleen was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Waukesha, where she taught Sunday school. She was
also the financial secretary and was an adviser for the Luther League.
In the early years, she was employed by Fox Head Brewery, the Avalon
Coffee Shop and Coachlight Inn, but her true occupation was raising her
six children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed being at Road America
with her family to watch the Champ Car races and could tell you the
score to any sporting event.
Kathleen will be deeply missed by her children, Philip Smith, Marsha
Smith, Karen Smith, Todd (Cindy) Smith, Fred (Linda Graebner-Smith) and
Laura Smith; grandchildren, Adam Smith, Eric (Erica) Theel, Elizabeth
Smith and Becky Graebner; and loving sisters, Irene Ladish and Carol
Mueller. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and
Kathleen was preceded in death by her husband, Loren, and a brother,
Visitation will be held from 1:30 a.m. until the 4 p.m. funeral service
Sunday, Jan. 9, at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 424 Hyde Park
Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Larry Smith will officiate. Burial will be
Monday, Jan. 10, at Prairie Home Cemetery, Waukesha (meet at Cesarz,
Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, at
11:30 a.m. Procession departs at 12:15 p.m. for the 12:30 p.m. burial).
Memorials are appreciated to the family to be given to the charity of
their choice at a later date.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning
Services is serving the family. For the online obituary or to leave a
condolence, please visit
www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com or call 542-6609.