Marianne Klocker Smith
1955 - 2020
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Marianne Klocker Smith, 65, of Vernon Hills, passed peacefully on July 9.

Mrs. Smith was born Feb. 21, 1955, at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston and grew up in Skokie, IL. She was the youngest child of the late Harry and Helen Klocker.

Older siblings, Mike, Bob, and Kathy were thrilled with the birth of Marianne, saying they "doted" on their new little sister.

A cheerful and upbeat child, Mrs. Smith attended grade school at the now-closed St. Peter Catholic School in Skokie and was a cheerleader in seventh and eighth grade. After graduating from Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette in 1973, Mrs. Smith majored in elementary education at St. Norbert College and graduated in 1977.

"She was the sweetest girl and very happy," oldest brother Mike Klocker said. "She was always very welcoming and relatable." Even though there was a 10-year age difference, Mrs. Smith and Mr. Klocker were close and their families stayed close as their daughters grew up.

"They always felt like they could talk to Aunt Marianne. She had good ideas for them, she just had a good head on her shoulders. Spoke simple truths. She was a really good mom."

While in college, she met her future husband, Glenn B. Smith, on a blind date. Even though she was in college and Smith away in the Navy, they continued their courtship through love letters. He was instantly smitten with her, calling her his "North Star." She married the love of her life on Sept. 30, 1978, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Richmond, IL.

Known for her sweet disposition and kind heart, Mrs. Smith was very welcoming to others. She valued family, was a "fantastic cook," Mr. Smith said, and she hosted holiday feasts where the family gathered.

While raising two daughters, Jennifer and Kate, Mrs. Smith worked in accounts payable and receivable for several local companies, but her real passion was being a stay-at-home mom. When her husband had to work long hours, Mrs. Smith kept the family running on schedule. "She made our house a home," Mr. Smith said. Her whole world lit up when she spent time with their four grandchildren, Mr. Smith noted. "She enjoyed being with our grandchildren, taking care of them. She was great with our daughters, our grandchildren."

Besides Mr. Smith, Mrs. Smith is survived by children, Jennifer (Marc) Zider and Kate (George) Zasadil; four grandchildren, Jake, Josh and Jonah Zider, and Kara Zasadil; brothers, Michael (Helene) Klocker, Robert (Teresa) Klocker; and sister, Kathleen Oroni; along with nieces and nephews, Paul, Susan, Laura, Daniel, Dennis, Nancy, and Ellen.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass at 11 a.m. on Aug. 1, 2020, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 120 N. Ela Road, Barrington, IL. Face masks will be required. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Humane Society of the United States, 1255 23rd Street NW, Suite 460, Washington, DC 20037, the ASPCA, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-692, favorite charities, or Masses.


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Published in PL-Lake on Jul. 30, 2020.
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August 3, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Continue to keep God first. (Ps.50:15)

NMD,AZ
August 2, 2020
Dave McNichol
Friend
August 1, 2020
Kate,
Please accept my sincere condolences for you and your family during this most difficult time. Always remember that everything you have learned from your mother and all the love she gave stays with you forever. I hope you find peace and comfort in the many memories she created for you.
Sincerely,
Mary Cacioppo
Mary Cacioppo
July 30, 2020
I lived down the block on Jerome. Marianne was a few years older than me but, she would talk with me and make me happy to be able to hang with someone "older". I remember her as a very kind and funny person. I'm sorry to hear of her passing. My deepest sympathy to her family.
Susanne Eberle-Kolb
July 30, 2020
Glenn,
Diane and I were very sad to hear of the passing of your beloved wife, Marianne. She will be missed by all that knew her. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies.

Diane and Brad Berman
Brad Berman
Friend
July 30, 2020
Glenn, Jen, Kate, and the whole family,
I cannot tell you how much I have been thinking of all of you and my dear friend, Marianne. Since our college days, we shared many laughs, sometimes at her expense. (We would hide her stuffed monkey, Eddie in the ceiling, and she would have to find him.) I will never forget the day when we were at the bus station waiting to go back to school , and Marianne was telling us about a sailor she met, We were all amazed when Glenn showed up and followed our bus north. We knew then that this was something special. I remember the wedding, the arrival of both of the girls, and their weddings. We always heard tales over dinner with "the Girls." Dinner will never be the same without Marianne. I send you all love and a hug.
Beth Lambrecht
Friend
July 29, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of this beautiful, obviously wonderful person. May she rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to her extended family, especially you Kate. God's blessings and comfort to all of you.
Tom March
Coworker
July 29, 2020
Glenn, So sorry for you and your family’s loss. May the Lord watch over you in your time of grief and may you find comfort in you friends and family who share it with you.
Matt Smith
Friend
July 29, 2020
Glenn, So sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Dave Wilson
Friend
July 28, 2020
Glenn, I’m so sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers sent for you all.
Hugh Gallarneau
Friend
July 28, 2020
My sincere Condolences to you and your family my friend.
Brian Solesky
Friend
July 28, 2020
Kate Zasadil
Daughter
July 28, 2020
Deepest Sympathy to the Glenn Smith Family.
Peter Lederer
Friend
July 28, 2020
Deepest Sympathy to the Glenn Smith Family.
Peter Lederer
Friend
July 28, 2020
Glenn and Family, So sorry to hear about this loss of a wonderful Wife, Mother and truly beautiful person, Marianne. God Bless you all during this time. Always your friend Wally
Wallace Grist
Coworker
July 28, 2020
Mom- I miss you SO much. It's funny... you'd be the person I would call in an instant during a time like this, but now this grief is for you :( You always knew what to say and advice to give in any kind of trying time. I am forever thankful for that. There is not a moment that goes by where I do not think of you-- of your memory, your love, your kindness, and now, what you're doing up there in Heaven. I only wish I had more time with you to express how grateful I am for you as my mom; my guiding light, my friend. Please do not be shy to show us you are around us all. George, Kara and I adore you and love you-- forever and ever, mom. You are so missed.

Love,
Kate, George and Kara
Kate , Kara and George Zasadil
Daughter
July 28, 2020
My brother Glenn, I am deeply saddened for your loss of the love of your life. We spent many hours working together and it was evident how much you loved Marianne in the way you spoke about her. She will be watching over you and the family from a better place.
D.C. Delia
Friend
July 28, 2020
Glenn, I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to the entire family.
Dario Fioretti-Frank
Coworker
July 28, 2020
Oh i am so sorry to hear of the passing of your wonderful wife. My condolences to you and your family Glenn ( LT.) It is painful losing a loved one and may God keep your family strong in this time of sadness. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Take care.
Tyra
July 28, 2020
God has a new angel!
I have been with Glenn& Marianne since day one when Glenn & I met her & her friend Diane at Barnaby's for pizza. It was love at 1st site with Glenn. I had the honor of being his best man on his most Joy filled day of his life,marrying his true love! God bless Marianne,Glenn,Jen& Kate.
All my love,
Mike
Mike Stephen
Friend
July 28, 2020
Glenn I am so very sorry for your loss!! May God be with you and your family now and always!! Thinking of you!! ~Liz from LCSO
Elizabeth Reed
Coworker
July 27, 2020
May you rest in peace knowing that your heart touched so many. Never forgotten and always remembered.
George Kinsley
Acquaintance
July 27, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
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