Jeanette L. Smith

January 13, 1932 ~ January 26, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Jeanette Smith Obituary

Jeanette Louise Smith, of Castalia, Ohio passed away surrounded by loved ones on January 26, 2024, after a beautiful life of 92 years.

Jeanette was born on January 13, 1932, to John and Della (Bluhm) Offenburg in Venice, Ohio. After graduating from Sandusky High School in 1949, Jeanette served as a homemaker, and school cook and retired from Margaretta Local Schools in 1995 after 25 years.

Jeanette married Bill Smith on 11/27/50 on a Monday, because on Saturday when the wedding was scheduled, they had the worst snowstorm in 50 years.  They were married 64 years before Bill’s passing 3/9/2015.  Jeanette and Bill were blessed with three sons, Jeff (Jean Wagenknecht) Smith, Gary (Sheri Summers) Smith, and Marty (Sally Lehrer) Smith, with Jean, Sheri, and Sally becoming part of the family through marriage.  Then came grandchildren Tiffany, Drew, Abbi, Ashlee, Jacob, Alex, and Tyler, and great grandchildren, Gage, Ava, Tate, Zeke, and Elliot. Through the years, much time was spent with joy at games, practices, meets, programs, and matches for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. 

Jeanette was preceded in death by her father and her mother, 8 sisters (Mabel Smith, Alice Gast, Della Ruh, Doretta Knauer, Lois Kaman, Inez Laessle, Carol Leibacher, Verna Vinton), brothers and sister-in-laws, and her husband. She is survived by her three sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and many family members.

Jeanette was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church, was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Sandusky. She walked faithfully in God’s grace throughout her Christian life at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Vickery and Grace Lutheran Church, Castalia. Jeanette’s greatest blessings were her faith, her family, and her friends.  The best advice given to her was from her mother, “You should love one another.” 

Visitation will start at ­­­­3 PM Sunday January 28, 2024, preceding a service to celebrate Jeanette’s life at 4 PM at Ransom Funeral & Cremation Service, 610 S. Washington St. Castalia, Ohio 44824.  Pastor Mike Shelley will officiate.  A private burial will be on Monday in Castalia Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Project Share of Margaretta Township 4108 SR 269, Castalia, OH 44824 and Grace’s Table Food Pantry, 203 S. Washington, Castalia, Ohio 44824.  Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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January 28, 2024

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Ransom Funeral & Cremation Service
610 S. Washington St.
Castalia, OHIO 44824

Funeral Service
January 28, 2024

4:00 PM
Ransom Funeral & Cremation Service
610 S. Washington St.
Castalia, OHIO 44824


Project Share
4108 St. Rt. 269, Castalia OH 44824

Grace's Table
203 S. Washington St., Castalia OH 44824
Tel: 1-419-684-5059


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