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Fabian A. Smith, 87, De Pere, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday afternoon July 14, 2017. He was born October 28, 1929 in De Pere to the late Louis and Antoinette (Thyssen) Smith. On November 4, 1950 he was united in marriage to Lorna Lawrenz at Zion Lutheran Church, Morrison. Following in his father’s footsteps he became a third generation plastering contractor and enjoyed a successful business for over 40 years. After his retirement Fabian and Lorna spent much of their free time volunteering at De Pere Christian Out Reach where they made many friends. Fabian also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and bowling with his brother Johnny. Watching his grandchildren play sports was his favorite pastime. Fabian was preceded in death by his wife Lorna on April 25, 2003. Also preceded by brothers; Bartholomew and Neil; sisters; Elsie Kazik, Dorothy Vogels, Mary Ann Jensen, Rose Mary De Ruyter, Janice Romenesko, and Joan Rickaby. He is survived by his children; Debra (John) Garsow, Three Lakes; Julie (Blaine) Anderson, De Pere; Nancy Thomson, De Pere; Lawrence (Kim) Smith , Pound; as well as his grandchildren whom he loved dearly; Daniel (Missie) Novoselatz, Jeremy (Michelle) Novoselatz, Matthew (Cathy) Novoselatz, John (Margaret) Garsow, Cody Garsow, Krista (Kari) Hannula, Tara (Michael) Brown, Jennifer (Adam) Aleknavicius, Jeana (Chad) Fuss, Nathan (Jenn) Thomson, Laura (Joe) Kreinus, Kendall (Ryan) Johnson, Kyle (Tasha) Smith. Fabian is further survived by 22 great grandchildren. His siblings also surviving him; one brother John (Ruth) Smith; sisters Florence Glodoski, Carol Bain, Janet Charles, one brother in law; Jim Rickaby also survived by Lorna’s family Alice Uecker, Karen (John) Heyn, and numerous nieces and nephews and special friends, Jean VandeWalle and her family.
Friends may call at RYAN FUNERAL HOME 305 n. Tenth Street, De Pere after 4:00PM Tuesday July 18, 2017. A service for Fabian will be held at 6:30PM with Pastor Steve Apfel officiating. Please go to www.ryanfh.com to send online condolences to the family.
Special thanks to the caring staff at Woodside Lutheran Home, as well as Pastor Steve Apfel for all their care and concern shown to Fabian.
Dad we will never forget you, your pots of chili, the Snickers drawer, and all the hugs and kisses. We will love you always!


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Tuesday

18

Jul

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory

305 N. Tenth St
De Pere, WI 54115

Service

Tuesday

18

Jul

6:30 PM
Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory

305 N. Tenth St
De Pere, WI 54115

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