Mary Louise Smith
Monday, May 22, 1933
Date of Death:
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
89 years old
Mary Louise Smith
Mary Lou Smith passed away peacefully on September 20, 2022, at Madonna Towers, where she had resided for the last five years. She was born in Rochester on May 22, 1933, to Joseph and Helen (Betz) Smith. She lived there most of her life in the house where she was born.
After graduating from Lourdes High School, she worked as a nanny for Dr. Arnold Anderson. She returned home when her father died and remained living with her mother. She worked for Pako until it closed and then finished her career working in the radiology department at Mayo Clinic.
Mary Lou had a strong faith in God and attended mass daily, until her health declined, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. She was a friend to everyone she met and valued those friendships. She enjoyed collecting beanie babies, and once she completed her collection, she proceeded to give them away to provide comfort to children who needed them. She was a devoted fan of ZM High School Wrestling and enjoyed following her great nephews and their friends.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews; Julie (Arnold) Steinlage, Jeffrey (Linda) Smith, Darby (Kathy) Smith, Kathy (Jim) McKeon, and Terry (Elaine) Smith; great nieces and nephews, AJ (Corrine) Steinlage, Joe (Jamie Fisher) Steinlage, Cara (Brett) Chevalier, Patrick (Kate) Smith, Jim (Hayley) McKeon, Mark (Amy) McKeon, and Audrey (Jamie) Scott; great-great nieces and nephews, Caius, Juliet and Zara Chevalier, Alden and Layton Smith, Ruby and Rocco McKeon, Rylan, Harrison, and Bodhi Scott.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Charles and Robert; sisters-in-law, Delores and Glennis; great nephew, Ryan Smith; great niece, Gianna McKeon, and special friend, Ed Bartel.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to friends, Agnes Konig and Becky Book who made it possible for her to stay in her home for as long as possible with their help and support. Thank you to the staff at Madonna Towers for their loving and compassionate care. Mary Lou bragged about how lucky she was to live there. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 26, 2022 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 10:00 -10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 26, 2022 at St. Francis.
Memorials can be directed to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1114 Third St SE, Rochester, MN 55904.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.
The family of Mary Louise Smith has received the following condolences.
Mary Lou was a dear and very special friend. For several years she visited almost daily my mother who resided at Madonna Towers. In a way she became her caretaker. Also she was always cheerful and anxious to help us with household chores. It was well known that Mary Lou was “always ready with a helping hand”, which is certainly true. She often spoke with love, great passion and pride about her large extended family.
She had a great sense of humor and we had many humorous moments together. Remember the beanie babies? She was highly respected for her efficiency, dedication and wholesome attitude when she was employed at the Mayo Clinic.
Truly, for all her kindness and devotion to me and my family, she is a saint.
My wife, Ingrid, our family and I send to all Mary Lou’s wonderful family our heartfelt condolences.
Bryan Neel, MD Rochester, Minnesota
I was in some groups with Mary Lou and she was such a steady figure at St Francis. May she rest in peace.
Mary Lou was such a sweetheart. I remember her well from many activities at St. Francis. She was always so supportive. We have a lovely patch of Pampas Grass that we dug up from her back yard so that reminds me of her. God has taken a good person home. Know of our love, hugs & prayers.