John Kenneth Smith (1930 - 2014)

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December 27, 1930 - February 24, 2014 John Kenneth Smith, of Irvine, was suddenly called home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 24, 2014. He was a devoted brother, husband, father to his daughter and was also a proud and loving "Grampy" to his grandchildren, whom he adored. Jack, as he was called by many, was the fourth child in his family, born on December 27th, 1930 to the late Leon and Mary Smith of McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He attended St. Mary's seminary in Ohio. He finished his education and teaching credential at Duquesne University in Pennsylvania. Jack, or J.K. as many teachers called him, taught for 40 years, first at Garden Grove High School, and then La Quinta High School in Westminster. He was predeceased by his loving wife Georgina Ethelynne Foerst in 2013. Those left to cherish his memories are his brother Donald Smith and his wife Dot; daughter Kathleen Mary; and his grandchildren Nicholas and Margaret Mary; his nephews Don Smith, David Smith and Rob Morini; his niece Lynn Ovelman; his grandnieces; and his loving and plentiful Irish family he was adopted into when he married Georgina. His family thanks his friends, who shared many special times and made special memories with him throughout his life. They also appreciate and thank the faithful priests and community of St. John Neumann in Irvine, where he was a parishioner from the inception of the parish; the faculty, dear friends and community from St. Mary Magdalen Church and School and Padre Serra Church in Camarillo who welcomed him with open arms and have showered him and the entire family with love and support. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 15th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 5101 Alton Parkway, Irvine, California 92604. He will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Culver City on Monday, March 17th at 11:00a.m. A Mass of Remembrance will be held at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church on Friday, March 21st at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel, 2532 Ventura Boulevard, Camarillo, California 93010. Memorial donations may be made to Isaiah House in Santa Ana or to St. Mary Magdalen School in Camarillo. Arrangements were made with the assistance of O'Connor Mortuary. O'Connor Mortuary (949) 581-4300
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 9, 2014
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