Janet Lou Smith

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Janet Lou Smith, 77, of Bay City, our caring, honest, strong-willed, and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend was born into eternal life on the morning of October 27, 2019 at Brian’s House. Jan was born on March 25, 1942 in Bay City, the daughter of the late Louis and Harriet (Wawrzyiniak) Jezewski. Jan graduated and went on to work at Munley-Smith Aviation and later took care of the family business. It was at the golf ball factory Jan met the love of her life Richard “Dick” Smith. They dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on June 5, 1965. Together they shared over 54 years of marriage, two wonderful children, and countless memories. Those who knew Jan, will forever remember her for her love of golfing, landscaping, sunbathing, the occasional trip to the casino to play slots, and above all, the love she had for her family. Jan was truly the rock of the family and always provided the best wisdom and guidance. Jan will be missed dearly and lovingly remembered for generations to come. Jan leaves to cherish her memory, her devoted husband, Dick; children, Terri Ciaciuch (Carl “Tony” Smith) and Toni Lauzon (Anthony “Jay”); grandchildren, Steven, Courtney, Bailey (Matthew), Barry (Brittany), and Hailie (James); great-grandchildren, Jayden, Layla, and two on the way; siblings, Gloria Karbowski and Shirley (Mike) Evans; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Henry (Nancy) Smith, James Nees, Bill (Sabrina) Smith, Bonnie (Ray) Arocha, Lynn (Joseph) Velasquez, and Tammy (Bill) Spiker, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to her parents, Jan was welcomed home to heaven by her brother-in-law, James Karbowski and sister-in-law, Louwana Nees. Jan’s family will be present to receive visitors on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 11:00 AM until the time of her 3:00 PM Life Celebration at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. A Celebration of Life Reception will follow in The Wesley Room at Skorupski’s. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.

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  1. Our sincere condolences in the loss of Jan! She was a sweet lady, who we will miss. Praying for peace for all of you as you grieve
    Love to all,
    Chip and Kim Benedict

  2. Aunt Jan could find the bright and funny part of nearly any situation. My favorite memories are of the laughs we had together. It’s hard to smile and cry at the same time, but that’s what I’m doing remembering fun times with Aunt Jan.

  3. Jan has always been special Mary and I. There are so many memories that it would take a lifetime to share them all. Some of the best things about Jan were her infectious laugh, her warm and welcoming hugs, and her ability to make anyone feel like family. She always made me feel at home, even on the first day she met me, Thanksgiving 1992 when Mary brought me to their home. I was a stranger but I was welcomed like I belonged there.
    I know I can speak for Mary and my sons by saying Jan was a special part of our lives. She will always be alive in our hearts.

  4. Dick and Family, We are ALL thinking of you during this difficult time. May the memories made over the years together, and the support of family and friends help you through your loss. It was a pleasure getting to know Jan. She could make you laugh, and also
    make you think. There was a hint of mischief, and a twinkle in her eyes that I will always remember. Godspeed Janet – Rest In Peace

  5. I have known Jan since 9th grade, we always had a good time & slept over at each others house often. Four of us (Sue, Mary, Jan & I) made so many pizzas from a box mix it’s a wonder any of us even liked pizza by the time we graduated! We lost track of each other for a few years but reconnected when we had babies. We didn’t spend a ton of time together but when we did, it was like we could take right up where we left off.
    My heart is heavy but I know her body is at rest & her eternal life will be peaceful. My prayers are for all of you to be able to go forward, dwelling on the good times & to have the ability to talk about your memories of her which will keep her alive in your hearts.
    Love, prayers, thoughts & yes, tears too are with years you!
    Bob & Kay Rose

  6. We never got to know Jan but do know of her lovely daughters Terri &Toni. Spent time with both occasionally and always had a laugh or two. When Teri spoke of her mother it was always that she was a good mom and a mom who spent many days in the hosp going through a lot of mending. She must have been a strong women because she always pulled through with Gods blessing. Loosing a mother is tough that I know. You never loose those memories or their gentleness, hugs and kisses and the way they always had the right words to say when you were in need of comfort. Blessings to the family and may god give you all the comfort you all so deserve.

  7. Dick and family I’m sorry about the loss of jan you guys are in my thoughts and prayers every day I think of u guys often Debbie Fox

  8. Dick, so sorry to hear of Jan,s passing, please know that we are thinking of you and your family.

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