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Official Obituary of

Dorothy Smitko

December 8, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Dorothy Smitko Obituary

Dorothy Smitko, 82, passed away on December 8, 2023, at Geauga Hospital. She was a beloved mother, wife, sister and friend, who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Dorothy was born in Rockford, Illinois, where she spent her childhood years growing up on the family’s farm where she raised and rode her horses. She went on to attend Southern Illinois University and later Kent State University. After college, Dorothy worked in the Education Department with Sea World of Ohio, and later served as a science teacher at Chardon Middle School.

Dorothy was an avid reader and enjoyed meeting her friends for book club. She was artistic and found happiness in painting with watercolors, knitting and quilting. Dorothy was also a bird enthusiast, just like her late son, Eric, and participated in the annual Christmas Bird Count in Geauga County.

But more than anything, Dorothy was a loving mother and devoted wife. When her children were younger, Dorothy took them on many summer vacations and camping trips to Canada. After her children were grown, she then took many memorable trips with her husband in their camper all over the US and into Canada. 

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Ronald Smitko, and her daughters, Michelle Reda and Kristine Faber, her sister-in-law Kay Smitko, as well as her sisters, Margie (Donald) Articolo, Joan Kapp, and Carolyn Armour. Dorothy was preceded in death by her son Eric Faber, father and mother, Kenneth and Dorothy Armour and her son-in-law, Reno “Jay” Reda.

A celebration of life gathering will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 5pm-7pm at Veterans Legacy Woods: Freedom Hall, 14085 Ravenna Road, Newbury OH 44065. The celebration will include memories, music, refreshments and snacks.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Metzenbaum Foundation, in Chesterland OH, 44026  can be made in Dorothy’s name.

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Celebration of Her Life
March 14, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Veterans Legacy Woods (formerly Wicked Woods)
14085 Ravenna Road
Newbury Township, OH 44065


The Metzenbaum Center
8200 Cedar Road, Chesterland OH 44026


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