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Elizabeth "Liz" Smith

February 14, 2017

M Elizabeth “Liz” Smith, age 87, of Norwalk, passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 surrounded by her family at Stein Hospice Care Center.

She was born June 12, 1929 in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Leo N. and Cathrine (Picker) Hierholzer. She was a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education. She was a switchboard operator for many years. She was a lifetime member of Girl Scouts USA and was a 45 year volunteer for Erie Shores Girl Scout Council, and for 25 years she was a driving force behind Norwalk’s Girl Scout Day Camp. She was a recipient of the Thanks Badge, which is the highest award in Girl Scouting. She volunteered for the United Fund, Salvation Army soup kitchen, participated in crop walk, visited shut-ins at nursing homes, was an MDA Volunteer and a member of Huron County Democratic Party and a poll worker. She was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church and served on parish council, renovation committee, finance council, funeral luncheons and parish festival committees , office aide at St. Mary's, former Eucharistic minister and liaison for the Toledo Diocesan Association for the parish. She enjoyed traveling, especially to Yellowstone Park and heli-hiking in the Canadian Rockies, white water rafting on the New River in West Virginia and the Snake River in Idaho, Orient Express trip from Vienna to Paris, entire tour of Nova Scotia including Cape Breton. Liz is smiling now, not to be living during the Trump Presidency.

She is survived by her children, Deborah (Raymond) Lucal of Norwalk, David (Cindy) Smith of Norwalk; grandchildren, Nathan Lucal of Norwalk, Shannon Ewell of Maumee, USMC Sgt. Nathan Ewell of Okinawa and Nanette Sanchez of OK; siblings, Mary Virginia (Robert) Smith of FL, Edward (Barbara) Hierholzer of FL, Mary Margaret O’Shea of FL, Mary Agnes Hierholzer of Toledo, John (Connie) Hierholzer of GA and Mary Specht of FL; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Matthew Lucal; and sister, Mary Cathrine Hierholzer.

Friends may call on Friday, where a rosary will be recited at 3:00 P.M. followed by visitation until 8:00 P.M. at the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main Street, Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10:30 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Norwalk with the Rev. Gilbert Mascarenhas officiating. Visitors are requested to wear red to celebrate Liz's life. Private interment will be held at a later date in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Mary Catholic Church, 38 W League Street, Norwalk, OH 44857, Senior Enrichment Services, 350 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk, OH 44857 or Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870. Condolences at norwalkfuneral.com.

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M Elizabeth “Liz” Smith, age 87, of Norwalk, passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 surrounded by her family at Stein Hospice Care Center.

She was born June 12, 1929 in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Leo N. and Cathrine (Picker) Hierholzer. She was a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education. She was a switchboard operator for many years. She was a lifetime member of Girl Scouts USA and was a 45 year volunteer for Erie Shores Girl Scout Council, and for 25 years she was a driving force behind Norwalk’s Girl Scout Day Camp. She was a recipient of the Thanks Badge, which is the highest award in Girl Scouting. She volunteered for the United Fund, Salvation Army soup kitchen, participated in crop walk, visited shut-ins at nursing homes, was an MDA Volunteer and a member of Huron County Democratic Party and a poll worker. She was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church and served on parish council, renovation committee, finance council, funeral luncheons and parish festival committees , office aide at St. Mary's, former Eucharistic minister and liaison for the Toledo Diocesan Association for the parish. She enjoyed traveling, especially to Yellowstone Park and heli-hiking in the Canadian Rockies, white water rafting on the New River in West Virginia and the Snake River in Idaho, Orient Express trip from Vienna to Paris, entire tour of Nova Scotia including Cape Breton. Liz is smiling now, not to be living during the Trump Presidency.

She is survived by her children, Deborah (Raymond) Lucal of Norwalk, David (Cindy) Smith of Norwalk; grandchildren, Nathan Lucal of Norwalk, Shannon Ewell of Maumee, USMC Sgt. Nathan Ewell of Okinawa and Nanette Sanchez of OK; siblings, Mary Virginia (Robert) Smith of FL, Edward (Barbara) Hierholzer of FL, Mary Margaret O’Shea of FL, Mary Agnes Hierholzer of Toledo, John (Connie) Hierholzer of GA and Mary Specht of FL; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Matthew Lucal; and sister, Mary Cathrine Hierholzer.

Friends may call on Friday, where a rosary will be recited at 3:00 P.M. followed by visitation until 8:00 P.M. at the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main Street, Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10:30 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Norwalk with the Rev. Gilbert Mascarenhas officiating. Visitors are requested to wear red to celebrate Liz's life. Private interment will be held at a later date in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Mary Catholic Church, 38 W League Street, Norwalk, OH 44857, Senior Enrichment Services, 350 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk, OH 44857 or Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870. Condolences at norwalkfuneral.com.

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February 22, 2017

Glad to hear you won't be here to vote in 2020...RIP

Diana Rowe

Gooding, ID, United States
February 21, 2017

What an amazing woman and inspiration to all. She truly walked the walk as a child of God by serving others and sharing her gifts of intelligence, spirituality, wisdom, love of life, and obviously HUMOR. She truly seems to have appreciated all of her blessings and lived a life of gratitude and humility. Her friends and family are richer for having shared the earth with her, as are we all.

February 20, 2017

My condolences to all of Liz's family.
Though I think Liz is smiling that Trump is now President. Why? Because President Trump respects the “sanctity of life”. President Trump is clearly Pro Life, so much that on his first day in office he signed a decree barring US federal funding for foreign NGOs that support abortion. And Liz being a practicing Catholic, former Eucharistic minister, had to be Pro Life, and respect the sanctity of life.
The Catholic Church opposes all forms of abortion procedures whose direct purpose is to destroy an embryo, blastocyst, zygote or fetus, since it holds that "human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception". From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.

Wil Vickery

Columbus, OH, United States
February 19, 2017

My condolences to all of Liz's family. From the early days at St. Mary's School through life, she was an inspiration to me and to others. I appreciated her and hold dear the times we had to visit.

Hillary

Chappaqua, NY
February 18, 2017

Liz had an energy and humor all should aspire to. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Martha Hillman

NORWALK, OH, US
February 18, 2017

Dave & Debbie,

Please accept our sympathy. We very much enjoyed speaking to your mom, usually in church. We will miss her. Ken & Martha Hillman

Pat and Millie Pigman

Norwalk, OH
February 18, 2017

Dear Debbie, Ray and family, We were deeply saddened to read that your mom had passed away. She was a lovely person and we will miss her.

Karen Lindenberger

Norwalk, OH, usa
February 18, 2017

Hi Dave and Cindy...I'm so sorry you lost your mom. I met her a couple of times but had no idea how involved she was in the community. She was quite the gal! I've been taking a good trip down memory lane. I think of Judy all the time and will miss her forever.

Nina Lentini

New Haven, CT, United States
February 18, 2017

I have taken the liberty of adding this wonderful obituary to my blog, http://ninalentinislifewithoutend.blogspot.com/, where it is among great company. So sorry for your loss. She sounds like a good woman.

Bryce Brenneman

Marion, IA, United States
February 17, 2017

God bless you and your family thoughts and prayers are being sent from here.

Elizabeth Malloy

Chicago, IL
February 17, 2017

The world is a bit darker without Liz in our world. Besides her dislike of our president, she sounds like she lived a full life. My thoughts are with her grieving family. Know that she entertained the world in a time of worry.

February 17, 2017

So sorry for your loss, but so happy you've all experienced the presence of such a great woman. Politics brought me here, but respect motivated me comment. What a stand up lady.

Deborrah Chapman

Manassas, VA, United States
February 17, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss, Liz sounds like she had an amazing life, and is probably now having a really great afterlife too.

Randall Sagg Harris

talent, OR, usa
February 17, 2017

many blessings to Elizabeth “Liz” Smith and her family in this difficult time
her many accomplishments are an inspiration to us all
may her acts of kindness inspire many to do as much good as they possibly can

(I have made a donation to the ASPCA in your mothers name)

Carla

Muskegon, MI, USA
February 17, 2017

My sincere condolences to the family. Mrs. Smith stemmed to be a very delightful and loving person. Also politically intelligent.

Darla Peelle

Columbus, OH
February 16, 2017

I didn't know your mother, but I found her obituary delightful and inspiring. What a generous, adventurous spirit! Snowflake? Ha! She sounds like a wonderful mom, grandma and friend. Sending warm thoughts.

Mary McCarron

Columbus, OH, US
February 16, 2017

Dear family and loved ones: I have never met Ms. Smith, but she sounds like a wonderful woman. Her life was filled with service to others, adventure, family and love. My thoughts are with each of you that love her. Hugs to you all.

Ralph Vogel

Norwalk, OH, USA
February 15, 2017

please accept my condolences.

John E. Schumm

Norwalk, OH, USA
February 14, 2017

Dear family: Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom. What an incredible woman! She enriched so many lives while enjoying hers.

John E. Schumm