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Official Obituary of

Elizabeth Jane (Gerhart) Smith

October 6, 1927 ~ February 12, 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old

Elizabeth Smith Obituary

 Elizabeth Jane "Betty" (Gerhart) Smith, 96, of Sandusky passed away peacefully in the early hours of Monday morning, February 12, 2024, at Parkvue Care Center, Sandusky.

   She was born October 6, 1927 in Mogadore, Ohio to Joseph and Jane (Darby) Gerhart. She attended St. Joseph grade school in St. Joseph, Ohio before moving to Sandusky in 1939. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1945. Betty attended Notre Dame College on partial scholarship, graduating in 1949. She worked as a first-grade teacher at Hancock School from 1949 – 1953. On November 7, 1953, she married Victor F. Smith at St. Mary’s Church and the couple had six children, fifteen grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. Betty was a homemaker who volunteered often at the Ohio Veterans Home. She had a strong Catholic faith and enjoyed defending it at every opportunity, as well as attending daily Mass until it became too difficult in later years. If she had been born in a different time, she would have made a great engineer, as she was constantly solving problems in her head. Some of the “inventions” she came up with (years before their actual introduction) include the four-wheeled tractor, vinyl fencing and siding, and dental implants. She was rarely seen in her adult life without an apron on and was very generous; anyone who visited her had to be wary of complimenting anything in her house as they would be told to take it home with them. 

   She is survived by her children: Jane (Edward Braun); Connie (Jeff Mansell); Phil (Mary Pat); Teresa (Larry Bogner); Richard; and Michael; 15 grandchildren: Angela and Fr. Stephen Braun; Matthew and Patrick Mansell; Meghan, Mark (Kristin), Timothy, Kevin, John, Jeffrey, and Andrew Smith; Brian (Kate) Bogner; Laura (Marcus Schlett); Katherine (Dylan Orwig); and Elizabeth (Aaron Sykes); and nine great-grandchildren: Claire, Jameson, and Emily Orwig; Grayson, Nora, and Blakeley Smith; Thea and Evelyn Schlett; and Ava and Julie Bogner; sisters Jeanie Roth and Joan Magnuson; sister-in-law Yvonne Andrew; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor in 2018; a great-grandson, Cohen Schlett; her parents; brother, Gregory Gerhart; and three sisters: Frances Hoffman, Kathleen Russell, and Mary (Chum) Roth. 

   The family will receive visitors Tuesday morning, Tuesday morning, February 20, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. until a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 429 Central Ave, Sandusky. Fr. Prashanth Kumar officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Sandusky. 

   Those wishing to make donations may do so to their favorite charity.

   Arrangements are entrusted to the David F. Koch Funeral and Cremation Services, 520 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH.

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February 20, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church
429 Central Avenue
Sandusky, Ohio 44870

Mass of Christian Burial
February 20, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church
429 Central Avenue
Sandusky, Ohio 44870


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