John M. Smith

Never missed any of his grandchildren’s events

Celebration of Life: Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

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John M. Smith, 82 of Lititz, formerly of Lancaster and Mt. Gretna, passed away surrounded by his loving family on June 7th, 2019 at Luther Acres retirement Community. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late J. Mason and Nora Smith. John was the husband of Margaret (Peg) Humbel Smith. They were married on September 5th, 1959 and would have celebrated their 60th anniversary this year. John was a graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School, Elizabethtown College, and Temple University. He was a retired high school business teacher and taught his first five years at Octorara High School before teaching for another thirty-five years at Conestoga Valley High School. In addition to his classroom duties at Conestoga Valley High, he was responsible for the school store for thirty years and coached boys tennis for eleven years. As a former resident of Mt. Gretna, John, along with his wife, became very involved in the community activities of the Chautauqua where they resided. John was also an avid tennis player for many years. He was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and very active in his grandchildren’s lives. John never missed any of their activities or events.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his sister, Pat, wife of the late Rev. Dale Groff of York; a daughter, Julia, wife of Paul Stevenson of Hanover; a son, Timothy, husband of Sara Smith of Centreville, VA; six grandchildren, Daniel, husband of Allison Smith, Christopher Smith, Samuel Smith, Joshua, husband of Liz Stevenson, Jaimee Stevenson, Margaret Stevenson; one great grandchild on the way. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Creeda Pickell.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 6th, 2019 in the Luther Acres Community Room, 250 St. Luke Drive, Lititz, PA 17543. There will be no public viewing, however, the family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. until service time. Please come as you are. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Dr, Lancaster, PA 17604. Arrangements by the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc. Columbia/Landisville.

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