Catherine P. (Ritchie) Smith

April 15, 1926 ~ January 15, 2020 (age 93)

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Catherine P. Smith, 93 of Streator passed away Wednesday (January 15, 2020) at Heritage Health in Streator.

A visitation will be held Sunday from 2– 5PM at the Winterrowd Funeral Home. 

A funeral mass will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM at St. Michael the Archangel Church.

Cremation rites will follow the services.  Private burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park at a later date.  Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons.                                                                

Catherine was born on April 15, 1926 in Blackstone to Ira G. and Mary (Wiesbrock) Ritchie.                                                                 

Catherine married Virgil Smith on June 11, 1944.  He passed away September 26, 1972.

Surviving are children, Joyce Wells of Mannford, OK, Duane ”Butch” (Marjey) Smith of Streator, Janet (Richard) Dodge of Streator, Larry (Dixie) Smith of Lost Creek, West VA, Kenneth (Pam) Smith of Streator,  Dave (Wendy) Smith of Streator, Mary (Tom) Reel of Streator, Tom (Teresa) Smith of St. Joseph, IL,  Ann Fitzgerald of Normal, Julie (Daniel) Vial of Blackstone and Joe (Melissa)  Smith of Streator, son in law, Mike Pelton of Springfield, 29 grandchildren,9 step-grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren,17 step-great grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Rita Pelton and son, Ron Smith, sons-in-law, Jim Wells and Mike Fitzgerald, granddaughter Sheila Wells, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers and 7 sisters.

Catherine attended Sunbury grade school.  She was a member of the Streator VFW Auxiliary and St. Mary’s Church Altar and Rosary Society and she also taught CCD for 11 years at St. Mary's Church.

Her favorite thing to do was to play Euchre, send greeting cards to everyone and also loved making comfort pillows.  Her goal was to put a smile on someone’s face every day.

Catherine dedicated her life to her husband, children and grandchildren and was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heritage Health Activity Department, St. Michael the Archangel School or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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January 19, 2020

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Winterrowd Funeral Home
305 S. Park St.
Streator, Illinois (IL) 61364

Mass of Christian Burial
January 20, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
711 Lundy Street
Streator, IL 61364

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