Patricia Jean Smith, 80, passed away on July 2

Patricia Jean Smith, 80, of St. Joseph, MI, passed away on July 23, 2017.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel in St. Joseph, MI. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, July 27, at First Congregational Church in St. Joseph, MI. Those wishing to sign Patricia’s guestbook may do so online at

Pat Smith was born July 2, 1937 in Berrien Springs, MI. She graduated from Berrien Springs High School in 1955 and was crowned Miss Berrien Springs in 1956. After high school she went on to work as a secretary at Whirlpool for seven years. She was married to Dan Smith on December 27, 1958 and moved to Buchanan, MI where they resided until moving to St. Joseph, MI 26 years ago.

Pat deeply loved her church and was involved with Child & Family Services for many years. The family asks that any donations be made to First Congregational Church in St. Joseph, MI or Child & Family Services of Southwestern Michigan in honor of her memory.

She is preceded in death by her father Robert Tropp Sr., mother Elizabeth Tropp, and sister Wanda Wood (Tropp). She is survived by her husband Dan Smith, daughters Renee Smith, Michele Smith, and Nicole Spence (Craig), brothers Robert Tropp Jr. and Richard Tropp (Janice), sisters Marie Wregglesworth (Duane) and Joyce Smallidge (Duane), and her seven grandchildren who she loved very much: Kendall Dick, McKenna Dick, Wesley Smith, Olivia Smith, Walter Smith, Zoe Spence, and Oscar Spence. 

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