MICHAEL EDWARD SMITH, 70, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at his home. Born Oct. 28, 1941. He was a lifelong farmer and worked at International Harvester for 44 years before retiring in 2004 and was a member at Saint Aloysius Catholic Church. Surviving family include his wife of 41 years, Janet (Schultz) of Fort Wayne; three siblings, Jerry, John and Joyce Freiburger; four children, Anna Marie, Rhonda, Randy and Rachel; and two grandchildren, Olivia and Ruthie Hudson. He was preceded in passing by his parents, Clarence Leo "Hank" and Mary Alice (Roy); and a brother, Dan. Prayers at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Winchester Road Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 14623 Bluffton Road. Visitation is from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with a rosary recited at 4:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home (vnhh.org), Community Food Harvest or Saint Aloysius Church. To leave condolences, visit www.klaehnfahlmelton funerals.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Apr. 24, 2012