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Lois Mecklenburg Smith, 90, born August 16, 1917, passed to blessed rest on October 13, 2007, following an extended illness that for the past several years required skilled nursing care.

Lois Adele was the second child of four born in Mishawaka, Indiana, to Richard J. Mecklenburg and Edna Kronewitter. Her sole surviving sibling, Rosemary Mikulyuk, lives in South Bend with her husband, John. She had two brothers, Richard and Charles.

She also leaves two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Gindelberger, Granger, and Anna Sue Smith, Tucson. Family and an ever increasing circle of friends, but especially her network of the girls from St. Joseph Grade School and Mishawaka High School, always received her unstinting attention.

Before her marriage she worked briefly in Chicago and then at the University of Notre Dame, for which she always showed an extremely enthusiastic loyalty and affection.

Wed October 25, 1946, she and her U.S. Army veteran husband, Donald Hall Smith, originally of Bruce lake, Indiana, who first practiced architecture both before and after World War II in South Bend, Indiana, and then in Madison, Wisconsin, lived a full life and enormously enjoyed nearly ten years of retirement together in Saint Augustine Beach, Florida, before his death there in April 1991.

They unfailingly involved themselves in their parish communities in each of the three dioceses in which they lived, providing support and encouragement particularly for the building of the new Christ the King parish church and the foundation of Corpus Christi parish, both in South Bend.

Throughout her life she had an active interest in sports that included playing softball and golf, never forgiving the Braves for leaving Milwaukee, and believing that Ara Parseghian is college footballs greatest coach. Additionally, her genuine aptitude for needlework increasingly flourished with the passage of the years, tapering off only as dementia tightened its unrelenting grip. Family and friends proudly display her exquisite work in counted cross-stitch

Parents, she and her husband raised four sons born in quick succession early in their marriage of 44 years. Douglas, a priest member of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is at Notre Dame. Curt teaches high school in Palatka, Florida. Kevin owns an automotive and truck repair business in Sheridan, Wyoming. Daniel is the managing engineer of a food processing equipment manufacturer near Baraboo, Wisconsin, where Mrs. Smith had been living for 7 years. In addition to daughters-in-law, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also will treasure her memory.

It is at Notre Dames Basilica of the Sacred Heart where Fr. Douglas Smith, C.S.C., assisted by other Holy Cross priests and clergy, will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday October 17, 2007, followed by interment at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Viewing and visitation with the family will take place one hour before the funeral Mass. The Kaniewski Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Cross Mission Center, P.O. Box 543, Notre Dame, IN 46556 or to charity of the donor's choice.

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