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Kathlene Smith

Obituary Condolences

GERMANTOWN HILLS - Kathlene E. Smith, 92, of Germantown Hills passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

She was born on March 24, 1922, in Galesburg, Ill., the daughter of Keth and Dora Schneider Sapp. She married Hildon Smith on May 4, 1942, in Florida. He passed away on Dec. 21, 1976.

She was also preceded in death by one granddaughter, Laura Wernsman; one great-granddaughter, Alexandra Weakley; and one great-great-grandson, Raylan Jones; as well as her parents.

Surviving are three children, Kathlene (Joseph) Wernsman of Germantown Hills, Hildon H. Smith of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Mary Ellen (Terry) Smith of Peoria. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. One brother, Keth (Merry) Sapp of East Lafayette, Ind.; and two sisters, Lillian Ripper and Dora Mae (Noble) Ensminger of Punta Gorda, Fla., further survive Kathlene.

She was a homemaker.

Kathlene enjoyed many things in life, but especially loved spending time with her family. She was a very giving and compassionate mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be missed every day.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today, April 23, 2014, at Mason Funeral Home in Germantown Hills. Visitation will be one hour prior to her services. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Bartonville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice House.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Mason Funeral Home, Germantown Hills Chapel.

Online condolences may be made at www.masonfuneralhomes.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Apr. 23, 2014
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