Born: Wed., Nov. 17, 1915
Died: Sun., Feb. 26, 2012


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Feb. 29, 2012
Location: Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Thu., Mar. 01, 2012
Location: St. Mary Catholic Church

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Clarence L. Smith, 96, of St. Francis Ave., Tiffin, died at 1:06 p.m., Sunday, February 26, 2012 at Mercy Tiffin Hospital.

Clarence was born in Seneca County to the late Louis J. and Frances (Arbogast) Smith, November 17, 1915.  He married Rita Sendelbach, May 13, 1939 in St. Andrew’s Catholic Church and she preceded him in death on August 22, 2002.  

Clarence is survived by two sons, Elmo Smith of Findlay and Norman (Jean) Smith of Sidney, Oh; two daughters, Nancy (Richard) Heebsh of Findlay and Mona (Richard) Cleary of Clearwater Fla.; 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, two brothers, Robert (Clarice) Smith, Leo (Betty) Smith; two sisters, Rose Mary Widman and Catherine Tiell all of Tiffin.

He is preceded in death by his wife, two brothers, Richard and Bernard Smith, four sisters, Dorothy Frankart, Helen Hammer, Rita King, and Marjorie Adams; and a grandson, Christopher Cleary.

Clarence was a 1933 Calvert High School graduate.  He retired in 1976, after 34 years as a machinist at National Machinery Company, where he was a Quarter Century Member.  He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society, and he was a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus member.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, 214 S. Monroe Street, Tiffin, Ohio 44883 (419) 447-3113.  A Wake Service will be at 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home, and the National Machinery Quarter Century Club will meet at 7 pm at the funeral home.

Prayers will be said at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the funeral home. The funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Gary Walters and Rev. Frank Murd con-celebrating.  The Rosary will be recited 20 minutes prior to the Mass at the church.  Burial will take place in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Home or to Calvert Catholic Schools in care of the funeral home.

Charitable donations may be made in CLARENCE's memory to the following organizations:

Calvert Catholic Schools
152 Madison Street Tiffin, Ohio 44883

St. Francis Home
182 St. Francis Ave. Tiffin, Ohio 44883
Tel: 419-447-2723

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Kellie Hartsel
   Posted Mon February 27, 2012
We are so saddened about the passing of Clarence. He was such a wonderful and funny man. Even though he was with us such a short time - he will be greatly missed. May God be with his family and friends during this difficult time.

The staff & residents of Friedman Village at St. Francis Assisted Living

Janelle Benavides-granddaughter of Richard Smith
   Posted Mon February 27, 2012
My prayers and thoughts are with the family. I didn't know Uncle Clarence very well but have met him a couple of times. I am so sorry for your loss and mine. I wish I could have known him better.

Virginia Seewer & Family
   Posted Tue February 28, 2012
Please know that we care and offer our sympathy to all the family. You are in our thoughtd, hearts and prayers.

May your good memories guide you during this time of sadness.

Dennis & Donnajean Ruble
   Posted Tue February 28, 2012
Friends Norm and Jean, Donnajean and I extend our sympathy to you and to your children and to your extended family as you mourn today and for days to come. Losing our loved ones is very painful. We met Clarence a few years ago, what a delightful person. He had an engaging smile and made a couple of strangers feel as though we had known him for years. May you find comfort and strength over the next several days as you are surrounded by your family and friends and you share loving memories of your Father. Dennis and Donnajean Ruble

Ken & Janice Schriner and Family
   Posted Tue February 28, 2012
To the Heebsh family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Becky Schultz Clevenger
   Posted Wed February 29, 2012

My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your Dad. You''re in my thoughts and prayers.


Ancilla Beamer
   Posted Wed February 29, 2012
Elmo, So sorry to read of the death of your father. But what a long life he had. So aorry that I was unable to come to the funeral home or the funeral. But you can be sure that I will keep you and all the family in my daily thoughts and prayers. God bless and console all of you!

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