Date of Death: August 29, 2021
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Howardsville Gospel Chapel, 53441 Bent Road, Marcellus, MI 49067. Assistant Pastor Jared Steiner will officiate, and a luncheon will follow.
Susan Elaine (Waters) Smetana, 78, of Three Rivers, went home to be with her Lord Sunday, August 29, 2021. Susan was born in Three Rivers, MI on September 10, 1942, the daughter of Marion L. “Muddy” and Ethel C. “Et” (Wright) Waters.
She attended grade school at Hoppin Elementary in Three Rivers and graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1960. She worked in payroll and purchasing at Michigan Gas Company, and later in the accounting department at Peterson Spring. After retirement, she worked part-time as a bank teller for First National Bank.
A life-long people person, Susan loved being with and caring for others. She participated in a women’s bowling league with her sisters and other family members. She loved baking her famous chocolate chip cookies for family and friends. She also enjoyed being active at her church, Howardsville Gospel Chapel; crocheting kitchen towels; watching Masterpiece Theatre, Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy!; and rooting for the Detroit Tigers (unless she was in Minnesota with her daughter, where she generously cheered for the Twins).
Most of all, she loved her family. Remaining to cherish her memory are her devoted husband of 57 years, Joseph F. Smetana; their daughter, Cathy Lynn Smetana; sisters Sara Jackson and Janet Harvard; brother Marion “Vern” (Jan) Waters; godson and nephew Roger (Connie) Wagner; nephews Tim (Sally), TJ (Tammy) and Sam (Laura) Jackson; Donald (Lura) Wagner; Lee (Carrie) Swartz; and Erik (Chris) Waters; nieces Cindy and Barb Wagner; Pam (Bob) Wagner; and many more beloved grand and great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her father- and mother-in-law Joseph and Lorraine (Schubart) Smetana; and her sister and brother-in-law, Daisy and Hubert Wagner.
Donations in Susan’s memory may be directed to Howardsville Gospel Chapel, Howardsville Christian School, or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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