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Celebration of Life January 20 for Sharen Mae Smith

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Sharen Mae Smith, 69, of Chesterton, IN, passed away peacefully on Friday evening, January 4, 2019, at VNA Hospice Homecare, Valparaiso, IN.

She was born January 19, 1949, in LaPorte, to Robert Hill and Charlotte Emma (Hood) Smith, both preceded her in death.

Sharen was a lab technician for ten years. She also worked at McGill Manufacturing, Inc., Valparaiso, where she retired after 30 years of service. Sharen enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and passing on knowledge to the next generations, even if said knowledge fell on deaf ears at the time. Reflection seemed to show she was right most of the time. To her, family was the most important thing.

Sharen is survived by her son, Robert Todd Smith; one brother, Robert Hill (Susan) Smith III; three sisters, Karen (Dan) Massey, Martha M. (Ken) Heyse and Dora L. Smith; six nephews; five nieces; twelve great nieces; six great-nephews; and five great-great-nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and one brother, Carl John (Ardis) Kleekner.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, January 20, 2019, at Eagles Lodge, 805 Elm St., Valparaiso, IN, 46383. Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory (219) 362-3100 is caring for the arrangements.

Please send condolences to the family at

In lieu of flowers please direct memorial contributions to Robert Todd Smith.



Posted 1/14/19




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