Kathryn 'Kate' Smoker


AVON -- Kathryn Ann "Kate" Smoker (nee Knueve), 35, of Avon, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 7, 2014.

She was born on January 21, 1979, in Defiance, Ohio, to Donald and Margaret Mary "Peg" (nee Crimmings) Knueve. Kate graduated from Defiance High School in 1998, Baldwin Wallace College in 2002, earning her bachelor's degree in vocal performance, and Case Western Reserve University in 2008, earning her master's degree in music education. Kate made her career as a music teacher at Canterbury Elementary and Gearity Elementary Schools in Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District, and served as the youth choir director at Middleburg Heights Community Church since 2008.

She had a passion for music and loved singing and performing. She also enjoyed reading, watching movies, taking walks and spending time with her family and friends. Kate had an infectious personality and everyone loved her, people were always drawn to her. She had an amazing way with children, she loved them and they loved her.

Kate is survived by her husband of 10 years, Matthew Smoker; children, Sebastian and Jillian Smoker; parents, Donald and Margaret Mary "Peg" Knueve, of Defiance; brothers, Eric (Kelly) Knueve, of Verona, Wisconsin, and Kurt (Sara) Knueve, of Verona, Wisconsin; niece, Anna Knueve; and nephews, Will and Kasey Knueve.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert and Mabel Crimmings and Arnold and Norma Knueve.

The Smoker family will receive friends on Thursday, April 10, 2014, from 3:30- 6:30 p.m. at the Middleburg Heights Community United Church of Christ, 7165 Big Creek Parkway, Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 7 p.m. in the church. Rev. Vicki McGaw, pastor, will officiate. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Kate to the family. They will be making donations to several charities in honor of their beloved Kate. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.dovinreberjones.com. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Road, Amherst, Ohio 44001.

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