Barbara Rose (Povlock) Smith, 90, of La Porte, Indiana, went home to heaven Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in her home.
Barbara was born Sept. 3, 1931, in La Porte, Indiana, to the late Raymond and Josephine (Peterson) Povlock.
On July 9, 1949, Barbara married the love of her life, Eugene Lee Smith, who preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 1998. Barbara and Eugene were married for 49 years.
Barbara graduated from Springfield Township High School in 1948. She worked with her son, Al, at Maple City Sports for more than 25 years. She enjoyed horse races and her weekly visits to the Blue Chip. She was a member of Holy Family Parish, St. Joseph Catholic Church and served as a lunch lady for St. Joseph Catholic School.
Barbara is survived by her children, Alan (Margaret) Smith of La Porte, Gary (Teri) Smith of La Porte; four grandchildren, Joey (Matt) Wiesner of La Porte, Jena (Anwar) Abdullah of Beaufort, South Carolina, Brian Smith of La Porte, and Scott Galko of La Porte; eight great-grandchildren, Danielle Wiesner, Anwar Jr Abdullah, Faith Wiesner, Hannah Hawkins-Wiesner, Aydin Abdullah, Jayla Abdullah, Landen Nelson, Amani Abdullah, Grayson Galko and Wyatt Galko; a sister, Marie Gaddy of Kingsford Heights; and brother, Donald Povlock of Houston Texas. She was preceded in death by daughter, Susan Smith; and siblings, Jack Povlock, Anita Shimarek, Joan Koeppen and Dave Povlock.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday Oct. 15, 2021, at Holy Family Parish, St Joseph Church, 109 C. Street, La Porte, Indiana. Family and friends may gather at 9 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. Burial will follow at Patton Cemetery in La Porte.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Parish, St Joseph Church.
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