Denise Marie Smith, 60, of Van Wert, Ohio passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 13, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Denise was born July 3, 1960 in Van Wert, Ohio to the the late Donald and Joan (Silvers) Smith. She was a graduate of Van Wert High School and a long time employee of the Van Wert Co. Hospital and a volunteer for the Van Wert High School Athletic Department.
Denise was adventurous, fun-loving, kind hearted, and never met a stranger. She loved spending time with family and friends and could always be counted on in a time of need. Denise cared for many children over the years and her great legacy will live on through their lives.
Denise was an avid supporter of Van Wert football and wrestling, Ohio State athletics, and the Los Angeles Rams. She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and was involved in the Altar Rosary Society.
Denise was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Joan Smith and she is survived by her siblings: David (Sharyn) Smith of Van Wert, Donna (Barry) Coil of Middle Point, Deb Smith of Rockford, Mary Ann (Jeff) McIntosh of Van Wert, Daniel Smith of Celina, and Donald (Kari) Smith of Van Wert. Denise had several nieces and nephews including Matt (Cathy) Smith, Amy (Doug) Geary, Andy (Tammy) Coil, Brad (Lindi) Coil, Nick (Ty) Coil, Joy (Josh) Caldwell, Zack (Megan) McIntosh, Austin (Erika) McIntosh, Sara Smith, and Jacob Smith. She is also survived by great nieces and nephews: Aiden Smith, Brylee and Kynlee Geary, Cade and Madison Coil, Braxton and Tennesy Coil, Zander and Kendall Coil, Kara, Natalie, and Jon Caldwell, Owen McIntosh, and Hudson McIntosh.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM Thursday, December 17, 2020 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church with Reverends Charles Obinwa and Chris Bohnsack concelebrating. Visitation will be at Brickner Funeral Home Wednesday, December 16, 2020 from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a Rosary service following. There will also be viewing 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Van Wert Woodland Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church.
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