Patrick ‘Pat’ Edward Smith
March 17, 1928 – June 11, 2014
Patrick “Pat” Edward Smith passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014, surrounded by his loving wife Marcella and family. Pat was born March 17, 1928 in a small farmhouse on Highway Z in the Town of Oconomowoc.
He attended Okauchee Grade School, Oconomowoc High School and graduated from Marquette University with a degree in civil engineering.
Pat married Marcella M. Davis (Mutzie) on October 30, 1948.
Pat lived his life in a family- built home on Sawyer Road in the Town of Summit. He was an Okauchee kid. He attended church at St. Joan of Arc, coached boys’ basketball for the school and hung out with Mutzie at their beloved Ray Woods Tavern.
Pat was a sports enthusiast and played basketball, baseball, football and ran track. He loved golf and horseshoes, and enjoyed hunting trips to South Dakota and going to horse races with friends and family.
He loved his time with his children – watching, coaching and cheering them on in sports (using his own stop watch!) and in their lives. He enjoyed Sunday cookouts, asparagus hunting, picking hickory nuts, playing cards, poetry, music, crossword puzzles and reading with his family.
Pat and Marcella took their children on many family vacations across the U.S., foreign countries including Ireland and yearly visits to the southwest. He gave his kids the “travel bug.”
His professional life was spent as a self-employed civil engineer and land surveyor. He spent several years as city engineer for Oconomowoc.
Pat served eight months in the Army at Fort Belvoir, Va., and was a member of the Okauchee Legion.
Pat is survived by his wife; 10 children, Colleen Crook, Patricia Smith, Nancy Braatz, Mary Richter, Dan Smith, Judy Faust, Katherine Smith, Maureen Smith, Margaret Smith and Bridget Riemer; 17 grandchildren, Sean (Anmarie) and Jason Crook, Amie and Lissa Richter (Jeff Johnson), Jacqueline Lorenzen (Nick) and Elizabeth Faust, Amanda Smith, Keaghan and Danny O’Reilly (Shannan), Zachary Smith and Lily Schmidt, Michael and Patrick Braatz, Nicholas Smith and Jacob, Kate and Anna Reimer; five great-grandchildren, Ella, Katelyn and Eva Crook, Marley and Dublin O’Reilly; his sons-Inlaw DuWayne Crook, Tim Richter, John Braatz, Dennis Schmidt, Kyle Kealty, Dave Reimer and Brian Alberts; daughter-in-law Kandi Bahr-Smith; and two sisters, Helen Neuman and Judy Wirth. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents, Martha A. Fleming and Paul J. Smith; two beloved sons, Michael and Peter; his brother Robert Smith; and his sisters Rosemary Popp, Lucille Laabs, Ruth Eckert and Rita Sjoberg.
A funeral Mass was held at St. Joan of Arc Church in Nashotah on June 14. Following the burial at St. Joan of Arc Cemetery, Town of Oconomowoc, the family celebrated their husband, Dad and Grandpa’ s life at Kuhtz’s Tap in Stone Bank – a lifelong favorite.
Memorials are appreciated to St. Joan of Arc School Library and Allay Hospice.
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.