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esther l. smith

Posted on Dec. 30, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

Oct. 7, 1926 - Dec. 27, 2012

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Esther Louise Smith, 86, of Rochester, passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Madonna Towers Nursing Home in Rochester.

Esther was born in Bay City, Mich. on Oct. 7, 1926, the youngest of six children and the only daughter.

She attended Immanuel Lutheran School and graduated from Bay City High School.

She married Dale O. Smith on June 24, 1950. Together they raised five children.

Surviving is her spouse, Dale Smith of Rochester; her children, Dan Smith of Fort Pierce, Fla., Cathy (Bob) Girard, of Elkhart, Ind., Rick Smith of Big Rapids, Mich., Marianne Sherrill of Elkhart and Tracy (Bob) Decklever, of Byron. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Ben (Courtney) Miller of Elkhart, Angie (Scott) Herman of St. Louis, Mo., Jocelyn (Thomas) Krueter of Elkhart, Jacob Decklever of Byron, Claire Decklever of Byron and Alyssa Sherrill of Elkhart; as well as her great-grandchildren, Kailyn Krueter, Camden Krueter, and Dominic Miller, all of Elkhart. Esther is also survived by her brother, George (Betty) Eichinger of Bay City.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Ed Eichinger, Herb Eichinger, Arnie Eichinger and Bernard Eichinger, all of Bay City, and a daughter-in-law Sandy Smith of Fort Pierce.

There will be one hour of calling prior to the 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, funeral service at Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Osceola. The Rev. Carl Bassett will preside.

Interment will follow on the grounds of Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola, Indiana.

In her memory, memorials may be sent to Lutheran Heritage Foundation or Trinity Lutheran School, Elkhart, Indiana. To leave an online condolence, please visit our website at www.chapelhillmemorial.com.