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Bernadine Smith

Bernadine Ryan Smith, 86, LaGrange, died Friday, October 2, 2015 at her residence.

    She was born May 6, 1929, in Erie, Penn., to Vincent DePaul and Elma Bell (Deming) Ryan.

    Moving from Leo, Ind., to this area in 1982, she was a teacher for 26 years at both Northfield High School and Leo Jr. High School. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in LaGrange and the United Methodist Women of the Church.

    She was married March 15, 1952, in Bradford, Penn., to Burkett L. Smith. He preceded her on November 18, 2004.

    Surviving are three daughters and one son-in-law, Pat and Joan Patterson, Newark, Ohio, Miriam “Mim” Smith, LaGrange, and Martha Marshman, Columbus, Ohio; six grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her caregiver, Carol Conley.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, JoAnn Bayle and Margaret Hunter, and one brother, Vincent Ryan.

    Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, October 6, at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange.

    Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 7, at First United Methodist Church in LaGrange with Reverend Chris Lantz officiating.

    Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange.

    Memorials may be directed to United Methodist Mission’s Society.

    Online condolences may be sent at

    Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange is in charge of arrangements.