Sharen Smith, 1949–2019

Sharen Mae Smith, 69, of Chesterton, IN, passed away peacefully on Friday evening, Jan. 4, 2019. at VNA Hospice Homecare, Valparaiso, IN.

She was born Jan. 19, 1949, in LaPorte, IN, to Robert Hill and Charlotte Emma (Hood) Smith, both of whom preceded her in death.

Sharen was a lab technician for 10 years. She also worked at McGill Manufacturing Inc., Valparaiso, where she retired after 30 years of service. Sharen enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and passing on knowledge to the next generations, even if said knowledge fell on deaf ears at the time. Reflection seemed to show she was right most of the time. To her, family was the most important thing.

Sharen is survived by her son, Robert Todd Smith; one brother, Robert Hill (Susan) Smith III; three sisters, Karen (Dan) Massey, Martha M. (Ken) Heyse and Dora L. Smith; six nephews; five nieces; 12 great-nieces; six great-nephews; and five great-great-nieces/nephews.

Besides her parents, preceding in death was one brother, Carl John (Ardis) Kleekner.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 at Eagles Lodge, 805 Elm St., Valparaiso, IN. Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, LaPorte, is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers please direct memorial contributions to Robert Todd Smith.

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