Gordon Smits

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Smits, Gordon

Gordon L. Smits, 64, Green Bay, passed away Monday, June 18, 2012 after a courageous two year battle with cancer. He was born June 29, 1947 to the late Gordon H. and Audrey (DuBois) Smits in Green Bay. He attended St. Mary of the Angels grade school and graduated from Green Bay East in 1965. From 1966-68 he served as Colonel's Aide (medic) in the U.S. Army. On June 16, 1972, he married Katherine "Katye" Quatsoe at St. Philip the Apostle Church. He was employed for over 30 years at Lindquist Machine Corp. and most recently at Jack's Pizza in Little Chute.

He enjoyed H.O. Scale Railroad, creating Christmas Villages, collecting coins and spending time with the grandchildren. He also enjoyed reading and a good game of Sheepshead.

Survivors include his wife, Katye; daughters, Nicole (Lance) Marheine and their son Brady, Courtney (Kurt) Rosin and their children, Morghan, Hunter, and Keegan; aunt, Donna ("Archie") Winecki; uncle, Joe "Bud" (Rosie) DuBois, mother-in-law, Etta Quatsoe; brother-in-law, Tom Quatsoe; sisters-in-law, Connie (Allen) Nichol, Ann (Jeff) "Bert" Bertagnoli, Ludene Balke(Dave Mittag) Smits; nephews and Godsons, Sam and Adam Nichol, Barrett Smits; nephew, Tom Quatsoe, Jr.; nieces, Allison Swanson, Bailey and Cassidy Bertagnoli; many other relatives and friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dennis Smits; granddaughter, Meghan Lynn Smits; father-in-law, "Bud" Quatsoe; numerous aunts and uncles.

Friends and family may call Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St. Visitation will continue Thursday, June 21 from 9-10:30 a.m. at Resurrection Church, 333 Hilltop Dr. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. with Bishop Robert Morneau officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Gordon's name.

The family would like to thank all the staff from The Bellin Cancer Team, Unity Hospice and ManorCare, East for all their care and concern.

Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on June 20, 2012
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