Obituary for Lois Louise Smith (Curran)
Lois L. Smith, age 99, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday January 25, 2016 at the Oaks at North pointe Woods. Lois was born June 7, 1917 in Chicago, to Earl and Alvina (Burgdorf) Curran and came to Battle Creek as a child. Lois was a 1936 graduate of Battle Creek High School and married William L. Smith in June of that same year. William was killed in action in France during WWII in 1944. Lois had been employed by the State Farm Insurance Co. from 1956 until her retirement in 1983. Lois enjoyed gardening, reading, crafting, and traveling, shopping and teaching ball room dancing. Lois was known as a very kind and compassionate person, and was a joy to be with. Lois is survived by her granddaughters, Michelle (Roger) Bates of Charlotte, MI, Jodi (Jeff) Looper, of Bedford, MI, and Lisa (Mark) Wilk of Battle Creek, stepson, Jerry (Sharon) Fleser, great grandchildren, Erica (Aaron) Kayne, of Charlotte, MI, and Cory Wilk, Battle Creek, great great grandchildren, Ethan and Taylor LaMacchia, and Tyler Wilk. Lois was preceded in death by her husband William, her son, Kent Smith, her life partner of 53 years, Gerald Fleser, brothers, William, Raymond, and Mike Curran. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, 223 N. Bedford Rd. Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or the Calhoun County Animal Shelter. Visit Lois’s webpage at www.bachmanhebble.com.