Thomas J. Smith Sr., 82, of Sandusky, went home to be with the love of his life early Saturday evening, June 5, 2010, surrounded by his family in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, after a lengthy illness.
He was born April 23, 1928, in Sandusky, to Elmer H. and Leona Louise (Link) Smith. Tom had co-owned and operated, with his wife Mary, Smiths Bakery for 20 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially with his grandchildren. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
He is survived by four sons, Thomas J. (Trudy) Smith, Timothy L. (Jane) Smith, and John J. (Sebrina Hoffman) Smith, all of Sandusky, and Daniel H. (Deborah) Smith of Gallatin, Tenn.; two daughters, Amy L. (Kenneth) Wangler of Norwalk and Mary F. "Ginger" (J. Dan) Weaver of Port Clinton; 14 grandchildren, Thomas, Andrew, Kristina, Jeremy, Cory, Kristin, Emily, Simon, Matthew, Jordan, Adam, Halle, Christopher and Hannah; three step-grandchildren, Barbara, Dottie, Johnny; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Ruskin of Cridersville, Ohio, and Marjorie Smith of Boston; numerous nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Beatrice "Beanie" Smith of Sandusky.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary A. (Guendelsberger) Smith on May 21, 1993; his parents; four sisters, Kathryn Smith, Jane Motter, Marian Sturzinger, Martha Jesberger; and two brothers, Howard L. and James A. Smith.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at David F. Koch Funeral Home, 520 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, where prayers will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Thursday followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 429 Central Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. Kenneth J. Lill will officiate. At the deceased's request, following the services cremation will take place. Interment will be later in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Sandusky.
Contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 429 Central Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870; Stein Hospice Service, Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870 or to Firelands Regional Medical Center Development Office, 1101 Decatur St., Sandusky, OH 44870.