Kathleen M. Smith

Kathleen M. Smith, nee Diamond, age 68 passed away at her home in Elmhurst; beloved wife of James W. for over 47 years; loving mother of Michelle Lynn (Pete) Hanssel and Kimberly Ann (Robert Jr.) Bozek; wonderful Grandmother “NaNa” of Colin and Mary Kathleen Hanssel, Robert John III, Aubrey Kathleen and Brayden James and the late Kayla Smith Bozek; cherished daughter of the late George A. and the late Kathleen, nee O’Donnell; kind sister of Timothy G. Diamond and the late Bobby Diamond and sister- in-law of Donna and Ron Medema, and Glenn and Diane Smith; fond aunt of Mike, Cathy, Debbie, Ryan and Alex. Jim and Kathy met at a college dance in 1969, after years of seeing each other but never actually being introduced, and from that moment it was love for Jim. They married in 1971 and began their life together. Throughout life Kathy enjoyed vacationing with her family, walking her dog, and spending time with her grandchildren. Kathy was the most kind and generous person anyone could meet. She had a love for dogs especially her dog Odie, holidays and the St. Patrick’s Parade in Elmhurst. While working most of her life, she raised her daughters to become great ladies and mothers. Her grandchildren were loved and Nana gave them anything she could. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her, but her memory lives on forever. Friends and family will meet Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 10:30 a.m. and celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. at Visitation Catholic Church 779 South York Road, (At Madison), Elmhurst. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago, 3100 S. Central Ave Cicero, IL 60804 – a Non Profit Organization for children and adults with special needs. Arrangements handled by Gibbons Funeral Home, Elmhurst. 630-832-0018 or www.gibbonsfuneralhome.com

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10:30 - 11:00 a.m. at
Visitation Catholic Church
779 South York Road
Elmhurst, IL






11:00 a.m. at
Visitation Catholic Church
779 South York Road
Elmhurst, IL




In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to

UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago, 3100 S. Central Ave Cicero, IL 60804 – a Non Profit Organization for children and adults with special needs.

14 comments on “Kathleen M. Smith
  1. Carol Pozdol says:

    Kathy loved life and her family above all else. Will always remember her smile and infectious laugh!
    She leaves us too soon.

    Mike & Carol Pozdol

  2. Jo ann jajko says:

    So very sorry for your great loss. Kathy was one of the best people I’ve ever met. Her kindness and genuine personality won every one over. Prayers for the family she loved so much. Earth’s loss is heaven’s gain. God’s blessings to all

  3. Carol says:

    Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss, I will keep Kathy in my prayers.

  4. Julie Matusek says:

    Michelle, Kim and families,
    We are very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. May the wonderful memories you have enable you to get through these trying times. We are thinking of you!
    Love, Dave, Julie, Patrick, Ian and Macie

  5. June Muncy says:

    Jim and family so sorry for your loss. We remember her smile and the way she laughed! We’ll keep you in our prayers! Larry and June Muncy

  6. Bob Trombino says:

    Smitty, so sorry to hear this news about Kathy. Also sorry that we lost contact over the years. Wishing you and your family the best.

    Bob Trombino

  7. Sandy Gunnell says:

    I worked with Kathy for 20 years at villa medical arts. She was very friendly and always was there to listen to your concerns. Kathy and I had a love for gummy candy and I often bought her some when new varieties came out. It made her very happy . She always spoke of her grandchildren with great love in her voice . My condolences to the family. She will be missed. Sandy Gunnell receptionist

  8. ccooley25 says:

    Hello to Jim and all Kathleen’s family! I am so very sad for your loss. It’s tough, especially at this time of year. I am one of her YORK HIGH classmates, although we were weren’t really acquainted. I saw this through our facebook page. I treasure all my classmates, in all the schools I attended, and pray for them all, especially now. It’s sad to be losing so many friends and acquaintances, but it is the way things are. May you savor all your memories of Kathleen throughout all your days. God bless you and your family.

  9. Pat Steik says:

    Prayers for Jim and family. So sorry.

  10. Paula Deutsch Mueller says:

    Jim & Family
    My heartfelt condolences are sent to all of you. Kathy grew up 3 doors from me on Bryan Street. Our mothers were very good friends. While Kathy and I were friends for many years, unfortunately we lost contact of each other after we both got married. From what I have read, she had a great life with a great family. I am sure you have fantastic memories of a life together. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Paula Deutsch Mueller
    (Jim, I don’t know if you remember, but we were in band together).

  11. Tom Mc Tigue says:

    You will be missed

    Tom Mc Tigue

  12. Amanda Moore says:

    While we did not know Kathy, we are friends and neighbors of the Bozek’s. Based on the amazing woman that Kim is today, we can only imagine how great her mom is. Thoughts and prayers from our family to yours. The Moore family, Shawn, Amanda, Avery, Sydney and Paige

  13. Pam Lessner says:

    Rest In Peace Kathy.

  14. Margaret Chwatal says:

    Jim and family, so sorry for your loss.

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