Glenice I. Smith
Friday, March 16, 1923
Date of Death:
Saturday, March 7, 2020
96 years old
Glenice I. Smith
Glenice Ione Smith, 96, of Rochester, died peacefully on Saturday March 7, 2020 at Madonna Towers.
Glenice was born March 16, 1923 to Ruger and Emma Keehn in Rochester, MN. She was a lifelong resident of Rochester. She graduated from Rochester High School then met the love of her life, Chuck Smith, right after he returned from WW II. They were married on July 12, 1947. They lived their entire married life (56 years) in the home they built in NW Rochester. After Chuck passed away in 2003, Glenice was able to stay in her home that she loved with the help of her dear friends and family until 2018 when she moved to Madonna Towers.
She worked for a brief time as a secretary with Ellerbe Architects. After her children were in school, she went to work in the lunchroom at St. Pius school. Later, she worked for Bachman’s until she retired in 1998. She loved her job and was known as the ”FTD” lady. Working there fed her love for flowers and plants. Her home always looked like a Bachman’s showroom, changing with the seasons.
She and Chuck loved to load up the kids, Kathy and Terry, and travel with their little camper hooked to the back of their station wagon. In their later years, they enjoyed their Park model trailer in a campground on Lake Mille Lacs. They would spend their summers there, rearranging plants they found in the woods around the camper. They would spend the rest of their free time following their grandsons sporting activities.
Glenice was active as a volunteer at St Mary’s Hospital (Pink Ladies), a member of the Red Hat society, and the Rosary Society at St. Pius Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen (James) McKeon of Mazeppa, MN; son, Terry (Elaine) Smith of Oronoco, MN; two grandsons, James (Hayley) McKeon of Bemidji, MN and Mark (Amy) McKeon of Denver, CO; and four great grandchildren, Ruby, Gianna, Rocco, and Remi. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck; three brothers, Bill, Bob, and Jim Keehn; and her sister, Mary Jane Pruett
The Funeral service, officiated by Rev. Doug Mathers, will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home with a visitation beginning at 1:00pm. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials are preferred to the Madonna Living Community Foundation.
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Glenice was a dear woman and a good friend. We had wonderful visits and enjoyed sharing our lives. I will miss her and I send my condolences to her family.
Peace and all Good,
Sister Eleanor Granger
Kathy and a Terry, I was so sorry to learn that your Mother died while I was in St Mary’s Hospital with the Norovirus! Joe and I enjoyed a long friendship with Glenice and Chuck and were blessed that we were part of your lives as you grew up. We considered Kathy as our best baby sitter ever and Joe was honored being your Godfather Terry. We hope you find peace knowing that your Mom and Dad are together on their journey to Heaven. I will not be able to attend Glenice’s services as I am still confined to Madonna’s Skilled Nursing.
My husband and I send our deepest sympathy to Glenice's family. I worked many years with Glenice in the FTD room at Bachman's and enjoyed our many conversations. Over the years I also met and enjoyed Chuck. I grew up in the Whitewater valley and that was an additional connection with the Smith.
I am incredibly heartbroken at the loss of our dear Glenice. Glenice was my next door neighbor for years. My grandmother passed when I was little so Glenice stepped up and has always been my grandma, not by blood, but by heart. She attended each and every one of my Grandparents Days when I was in elementary school. I feel forever blessed to know such a kind, spunky woman. Rest in peace, Glenice. We love you so, so much.
I will miss my friend Glenice. I will miss the hours we spent on her porch talking and laughing. Oh, how she made me laugh. We shared our good and our bad times. Our motto was "We will worry about that tomorrow." Now Glenice has no worries and is finally at peace with Chuck. Peace my friend.....
It has been great knowing Glenice! I hope to be at the funeral to celebrate her life. I am sorry Jim and Kathy, she was loved so much. Your spunky attitude will be missed.
Glenice was a gift in my life. Kathy and I visited her at Madonna Towers often and always delighted in our time together. We shared our life stories and always had some fun stories to share. I will miss her and know that she is joyful in her heavenly reunion with her husband.
May she rest in peace!
Warren and I are so sorry to hear about Glenice. We were just getting ready to send a card to her for her birthday. Our thoughts are prayers are with you and your family. We were so blessed to have Glenice and Chuck live up north to us and so missed them when they left Sherwood. Glenice was a lovely lady!
I am so sorry to hear of Glenice’s passing. I had the privilege of getting to know Glenice at Madonna Towers. I always thought of her as sunshine that entered a room. She was a very special lady and will be so missed.
Dear Smith Family,
For over the past year I have had the privilege to visit with Glenice and another friend, Kathy on a weekly basis and so looked forward to those visits. WE (Kathy Graff and Glenice and me) laughed and chatted about our lives and prayed and shared the Eucharist together. We enjoyed and loved these hours with Glenice. My heart is sad to lose this beautiful friend and I yet I am full of joy that SHE is with GOD now and enjoying eternal life without pain and suffering.
My sympathy is with the family and know you are in my prayers. I hope to meet you at her funeral and personally speak my condolences.
Peace and All Good,
Sister Eleanor Granger OSF
Aunt and God Mother...Aunt Glenice I'm going to miss you! I loved the few talks we had in your back enclosed porch! And I will treasure the items you gave me for our genealogy. I know you're back with Uncle Chuck again. And with my Dad....and all your family. Be at peace and God bless you forever!
Sr Eleanor and I are so very sad to hear of dear Glenice’s passing. We had been visiting Glenice and bringing her communion for the past year. She became a dear friend and we feel blessed that our last visit and shared communion with her was Friday afternoon. The 3 of us made plans to celebrate her upcoming birthday on our next visit. Our thoughts and prayers are with the beautiful family she so often talked about. You were blessed to have Glenice in your lives and she felt so blessed by her family. I am saddened that I cannot attend her funeral as I leave for North Carolina on Tuesday morning. My thoughts will be there. Sr Eleanor and I are so comforted in knowing that Glenice is at peace and with her husband, Chuck. She valued her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and the beautiful home she still missed so dearly. I hope her love is your comfort.—— Kathy Graff and S Eleanor Granger