Ethel A. Smith

April 19, 1930 - Sept. 12, 2011

Ethel A. Smith, of Waukesha went home Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at Waukesha Springs Nursing Home at age 81. She was born April 19, 1930, in Waukesha, the daughter of Charles and Georgia (nee Heiser) Close.

For many years she was a housekeeping supervisor at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1995. Ethel was a very hard-working, self-reliant woman who was always there to lend a hand to those in need. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

She will be sadly missed by her children, Martin (Linda) Smith of Watertown, Floyd Smith of Waukesha, Phyllis (Vern) Lembke of Eagle, Daniel Smith of Waukesha and Michael (Pat) Smith of Waukesha. She was the dear grandmother of Tracey (Kerry) Lischka of Johnson Creek, Tim Smith of Watertown, Tammy Smith of Watertown, Jr. Smith of Waukesha, Becky (Randy) Rendon of Sussex, Billy (Stephanie) Smith of Waukesha, Gregg (Heather) Lembke of Eau Claire, Angela Merryfield of Palmyra, Brianna Smith of Waukesha, Mikayla Smith of Waukesha, David (Kim) Smith of Waukesha and Douglass (Tonia) Smith of Sussex. She is further survived by 28 of great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; her brother, Jack Close of Waukesha; and sister, Mary Dodge of Gillman.

She was preceded in death by a son, Lawrence (Debby) Smith, as well as her other brothers and sisters.

A private family service will take place.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave an online tribute.