ADRIAN – Katherine F. Smith, age 95, of Adrian, died February 17, 2018, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.
She was born January 21, 1923, in Deerfield to Leo and Elizabeth (Tiede) Forche. On May10, 1947, she married Leland Joseph Smith. He preceded her in death on April 11, 1969. Katherine had been employed by Sears Roebuck and Company in Adrian for 17 years, retiring in 1986. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, a Eucharistic Minister, the Rosary Altar Society, Our Lady’s Rosary Makers, and the Legion of Mary.
Katherine is survived by a son, Daniel (Kellie) Smith of Temperance, MI; three daughters, Ann (Steven) Emerson of Adrian, Rosemary (Tom) Genyk of Ypsilanti, and Jane Smith of Tecumseh; one brother, Leo (Darlene) Forche of Deerfield; two sisters, Lucille (Forrest) Johns of East Tawas and Lois (Norbert) Iott of Petersburg; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Leland, she was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Dolores in infancy, two brothers, Carl and Phillip Forche, and two sisters, Betty Ann in infancy and Ruth McCarty.
The Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Adrian with Fr. Tom Murphy presiding. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, from 4-8 p.m. at the Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian where a Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will also be available one hour prior to the funeral liturgy at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.