Dorothy M. Smith

April 4, 1930 ~ December 10, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old

Dorothy Smith Obituary

Dorothy M. Smith, age 93, of Castalia, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, December 10, 2023.

She was born April 4, 1930, to Theodore and Nellie (Wood) Beighley in New Castle, PA.  She moved to Castalia in 1957, where she remained until residing in the Willows of Bellevue in 2022.  She was a member of the Congregational U.C.C., Castalia.  Dorothy enjoyed her many activities, including singing in the choir for many years.  She held numerous responsibilities within the church.

Her greatest joy was her family and attending every event that her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were involved in.  She was an avid bowler, early on, and loved working in her yard.  Dorothy enjoyed traveling with her sister, Delores, once visiting her mother’s hometown and many relatives in England.  Dorothy worked at Erie, Chrysler, Plymouth, and Dodge, Ohio Edison, and Gildemeister Motors as a bookkeeper, continuing to work until the age of 82.

Dorothy is survived by her son Thomas (Sandy) Kennedy, Castalia; daughter in-law Jewel Kennedy, NC; grandchildren Darlene (Tim) Crouse, FL, Andrew (Jamie) Kennedy, Castalia, and Courtney (Bob) Fitzgerald, Castalia; great grandchildren Austin Hickey, Tallen, Carson, Kiersen, and Max Kennedy, Kennedy, Cassidy, and Clare Fitzgerald; step children Shelley (Max) Jarrett and Marshall (Patty) Smith and their families; step great grandchildren Macy (Tyler) Tucker and Miah Laser; and sister in-law Jeanette Smith

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Lyle Smith; parents Theodore and Nellie (Wood) Beighley; son Timothy Kennedy; grandson James Kennedy; sister and brother in-law Delores and Mike Elchison; and a brother in infancy.

Friends may call from 11 AM until time of services starting at 12 Noon, December 14, 2023, at the Congregation U.C.C., 205 Main St., Castalia.  Pastor John Paputza will officiate.  Ransom Funeral & Cremation Service, Castalia, is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Congregational U.C.C., Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870, and Margaretta Township Fire Department, 113 South Ave., Castalia.  Online condolences and gifts of sympathy may be shared with the family by visiting

The family would like to thank the kind, caring staff at the Willows of Bellevue for their exceptional care our mother received.  Also Stein Hospice for the compassionate, end of life care they shown. 

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December 14, 2023

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Castalia Congregational UCC
205 Main St.
Castalia, OH 44824

Memorial Service
December 14, 2023

12:00 PM
Castalia Congregational UCC
205 Main St.
Castalia, OH 44824


Congregational U.C.C.
205 Main St., Castalia OH 44824

Stein Hospice Services
1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky OH 44870

Margaretta Township Fire Dept
113 South Ave., Castalia OH 44824


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