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Michael Sylvester Smith

June 30, 1924 ~ February 15, 2018 (age 93)

Michael Sylvester Smith, age 93, of Ionia, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2018. He was born on June 30, 1924 the son of Bernard and Anna (Schafer) Smith. Mike was a member of St. Patrick Church in Portland and the Knights of Columbus #2168. He loved playing euchre and spending time with his family. Mike is retired from the Michigan Reformatory after many years of service and enjoyed working his “hobby farm”. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; son, Mark; granddaughter, Jessica as well as two sisters and a brother. Surviving are his children Mike (Julie) Smith, Sharon (Lynn) Lafler, Linda (Bruce) Fox, Mary (David) Cotter, Pam (Bill) Slater, Rhonda (Jerry) Wolbers and Laurie Smith; 16 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; sisters Donna Hubbard, Pat (Keith) Baker and Ernie Root; brother-in-law, Dick Kelley; many nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by Rev. Mike Alber at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 20. 2018 at St. Patrick Church, Portland. Rite of Committal will follow at Portland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., Monday at the Lehman Funeral Home, 210 E. Bridge St., Portland. The rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fr. Flohe Foundation. Online condolences may be made at

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