Marilyn Smith, 86, of Westphalia, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on August 14, 2021. She was born in Westphalia on March 20, 1935, to Martin and Florence (Smith) Halfmann. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers and Women’s Guild. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
On November 21, 1953, she married James Smith and together they raised nine children.
Preceding Marilyn in death is her husband, her parents, mother and father-in-law, Leo and Antoinette (Fedewa) Smith, in-laws: Rita Halfmann, Donald George, Carl and Rose Smith, Alvin and Loretta Thelen, Ernie and Joanne Thelen, Delbert and Rosaline Smith, Marvin Schafer, Francis and Viola Fedewa, Gerald and Lucille Fedewa, and Jerome Smith.
She is survived by her nine children: Daniel (Deb), David (Tina), Ann Marie (Pat) Schneider, Gary (Julie), Sandy (Tom) Koenigsknecht, Marsha (Kevin) Smith, Linda (Rick) Martin, Brenda (Todd) Gardner, Sara (Paul) Feldpausch, 29 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren with 4 on the way. She is also survived by her siblings: Elvan Halfmann, Doris George, Eileen (Jim) Murphy and Janet (Clare) Thelen, and in-laws: Mary Schafer and Carlene Smith, and many nieces and nephews.
A very special thank you to the staff of Four Seasons for the wonderful care and compassion given to Marilyn and her family. Also, a special thank you to the staff of Heartland Hospice Care who provided excellent services to Marilyn.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Eric Weber at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Westphalia. Rite of Committal will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. with a rosary being prayed at 1:30 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Funeral Chapel, 210 N. Westphalia Street, Westphalia. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be made at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com.
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