Patricia M. Smith, age 90 of Comstock Park, walked into Heaven on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. Patricia was preceded in death by the father of her children and best friend Norman C. Smith; her sister and brother-in-law Marlene (Al) Skok; and her parents Alice & Michael Babka. She is survived by her children, Pamela (Gary) Bogard; Charles (Laura) Smith; Susan (Alexander) VanHolstyn; Scott (Jane Rabe) Smith; grandchildren, Lisa (Kevin) VanDyke; Heather (Jason) Cates; Derek (Nicole) Bogard; Travis (Dabney) Smith; Bradley (Annie) Smith; Kelsey Burk; Russell (Kirsten) VanHolstyn; Corey VanHolstyn; Sarah (Jeremiah) Merriman; Alexandria (Aaron) Schmoekel; Emily Rabe; great-grandchildren; Brandon (fiancé, Rachel Hunt) VanDyke; Austin (Lauren Halas) VanDyke; Kaleb and Kaylee Wolffis; Kyler Bogard; Bailey (Garrett) Glasstetter; Taylor Bogard; Cassidy (Jordan) Rodriguez; Carter and Jadelyn Burk; Henry and Evelyn Smith; Caiden Gibson and Jayda VanHolstyn; Mila VanHolstyn; Caydence, Madisyn and Chase Merriman; Harper and Max Schmoekel; great-great grandchild Lyla Glasstetter. She is also survived by her brother & sister-in-law Michael and Barbara Babka, several nieces and nephews. Patricia retired from General Motors Fisher Body after 23 years at the age of 56. After retirement, she enjoyed babysitting grandkids and and great grandkids. She went to work part-time at Pine Island Elementary School for 9 years where she was a playground and lunch aide. She always had extra gloves in her pocket for kids on the playground who had none. She took honor in being the oldest employee in the Comstock Park School District. Beginning with her Mother, there have been five generations in her family that have attended the Comstock Park school district. She was Team Grandma for one of her grandson’s basketball teams. After school on game day the team would walk to her home where she had a meal ready. She loved spending time with her family. Picnics at Lake Michigan, holidays, listening to her kids talk while they were visiting, or being a volunteer at Maranatha Day Camp were some of things that she treasured. She was someone who always put others before herself. She was an amazing Mother, Grandma and Great-Grandma. Visitation will be held from 10-11am, followed by the Funeral and luncheon on Friday, August 26th at Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE with Pastor Todd Dykstra officiating. Private interment will be at Plainfield Twp. Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff at Green Acres of Cedar Springs for their outstanding care, and to Linsey and Lori of Interim Hospice for their compassionate care of Patricia and her family. In lieu of flowers, please consider Maranatha Day Camp, 4426 Stoney Creek Dr, Comstock Park, MI 49321. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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