— A funeral Mass for Geneva Margaret Buechler Smith, 93, of Starlight, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Starlight, with burial in the church cemetery. She died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at her beloved home in Starlight, surrounded by her children.
Born on June 29, 1919, in Harrison County, she was the daughter of John Buechler and Anna Keisler Buechler. On Sept. 17, 1940, she married Callistus J. Smith. Together they founded the Callistus Smith Agency, a family insurance agency in Floyds Knobs which just celebrated its 65th year of operation. She thoroughly enjoyed working there and did so through the end of December 2012. She was an active member of St. John’s Starlight Catholic Church since 1940 where she served in many capacities through the decades. She provided her extended family of 90 plus with wonderful fried chicken and home-cooked meals at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Without her, holidays and birthdays will never be the same.
She is survived by her sister, Valeria Daus and brother, Herman Buechler; eight children, Ann Jeanette Baker and her husband, Jim, Donald Smith and his wife, Kathy, Kenny Smith and his wife, Pat, Charlotte Mooney and her husband, Steve, Evelyn Heiligenberg and her husband, Mike, Nancy Smith and her husband, John Abel, Glenn Smith and his wife, Dawn, and Brenda Falkenstein and her husband, Mark; daughter-in-law, Judy Kocka; 24 grandchildren, 42 (soon to be 44) great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Callistus J. Smith and sons Ivan and C.J. Smith.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, at Kraft Funeral Service, Spring Street Chapel, New Albany. There will be a Rosary Service at 11 a.m. Friday and Sharing of Memories at 7 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the C.J. Smith Memorial Foundation, Hosparus of Southern Indiana or the American Heart Association.
Online condolences may be made to www.kraftfuneralservice.net