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.