Dorothy I. Smith

July 17, 2012

Dorothy Irene Vonderahe Smith, 88, passed away peacefully at 8:35 P.M., Tuesday, July 17, 2012 in her home with loving family present. She was born October 31, 1923, in Kokomo, IN to Lewis and Mary Ellen (Dumoulin) Vonderahe. She married her High School sweetheart James Robert Smith on February 5, 1942 in St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Kokomo. Mrs. Dorothy Smith was a 1941 graduate of Clay Township High School in Howard County. Dorothy was a faithful member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and St. Mary's Alter and Rosary Society of Frankfort. She was an amazing homemaker and mother of 10 children while also being a supportive partner to her husband in their post war businesses of Kokomo, IN during the late 1940’s to early 1950’s. After moving their family of 6 to Frankfort during the 1950’s her and her husband Jim Smith continued to have 6 more children and supported the community with their Western Auto retail business for 33 years. Dorothy’s passion for life is evident in her loving active family. She lived to support, nurture and follow all of her family as their individual lives evolved and families have grown.

Visitation and Services

A celebration of her life and visitation for both family and friends will be held at Goodwin Funeral Home on Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th of July. Two visitations are planned, Thursday from 5-7 P.M. and also Friday from 10:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. The Rosary will be prayed at 10 A.M. Friday, followed by the main visitation at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Frankfort on Friday, at 1 P.M with burial to follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park of Frankfort. Friends and Family are invited to join together at approximately 3 P.M. for a meal and friendship sharing at St. Mary’s Gerber Hall following the burial. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to St. Mary's Catholic Church or St. Augustine's Home for the Aged, Indianapolis. Envelopes will be available at Goodwin's Funeral Home.

Survived by:

Surviving are six sons: Stanley (Nancy) Smith of Frankfort, Mark (Cindy) Smith of Frankfort, Gregory (Julie) Smith of Frankfort, Leo (Cathy) Smith of Satellite Beach, FL, Bernard (Brenda) Smith of Lafayette, IN, Tom (Melanie) Smith of Lakeville, IN and three daughters: Patricia Boes (Fiancé' Jeff Carter) of Tiffin, OH, Marianne (Clint) Orr of Forest, IN, Monica Ham of Frankfort along with 31 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Preceded by:

She was preceded in death by her husband on April 13, 2009 and a daughter, Karen Lynn, on March 21, 1986. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother Ernest Vonderahe and a sister Eleanor Vonderahe Hicks.


4 Condolences for “Dorothy I. Smith”

  1. Pat Brumbarger July 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Sorry about the loss of your Mother, I had know she was ill, but never dreamed it was so soon. She will rest in peace now. I am glad to have had the pleasure of meeting several of the family members and working with them in the care of your Mother. She talked well of all her family, and loved you all. Bless you all. (Pat one of her care giver’s)

  2. Carolyn & Jim Ellis July 24, 2012 at 9:28 am

    So sorry about the loss of your Mother. She was a great lady in many ways. Of course Jim & I knew her and Smitty for many years. We have many great memories of them. She is now at peace and is with other loved ones. May you find peace and comfort in your memories.

  3. Joe Clark July 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Please accept my condolences as you cope with the passing of Dorothy. She was an amazing lady and was always very kind to me. Even though I hadn’t seen her in 20+ years, we had a very enjoyable conversation during Jim’s visitation and it seemed as if I was in Elementary at Jackson again. She will be missed by many, but please find peace and comfort in knowing that she was a believer and is now in the presence of our Creator. May God bless your family.

  4. Doris Ayres July 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

    To the family of Dorothy Smith: Dear Monica, Marrianne and families, I will not be able to greet you personally, but do want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, as you go through these difficult times, once again, with your Mothers death. You will certainly feel ‘the void’ in your lives, but knowing that Dorothy has gone to live with her Heavenly Father, will be a consoling reality for each of you. Having lived as your parent’s ‘back door neighbors’ several years ago, I well remember the friendships we established in those days. I have visited with your Mom a few times since I moved to Wesley Manor, but have not seen her this past year.
    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, as you adjust to this definite change in your lives, but also know that ‘Our Heavenly Father’ will be watching over each one of you. as you adjust to this loss in each of your lives. Love and blessings for each of you, Doris Ayres

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