Kimberly Ann Smith

kimberly ann smith
Greece: Died suddenly in her sleep, early Thursday morning, September 20, 2007 at age 28. She is survived by her parents, Harold 'Smitty' & Ann Smith; siblings, Terri (Dan) Schroeder; Robert (Stefanie) Smith & Jeffrey (Ivone) Smith; 'other mom', Janet Call; nephews ('her special boys'), Ethan, Collin, Jeffrey Jr. & Zachary; niece, Kiah ('her little princess'); aunts and uncles, George (Beverly) Westacott & Donna (Arthur) Miceli; cousins, Jennifer (Sarah) Westacott, Dawn (Mariah) Miceli, Stacey (Kim) Miceli, Dr. Mark (Zeynep) Miceli & Dr. Melinda (Amy) Miceli; 'other sisters,' Beth Chirdo, Christy Kuhn, Jessica Jensen, Rebekah Jones, and Shannon Gubanich'€just to name a few; and her special friend and partner, Matt Belleisle. Kimmy had so many dear friends that were part of her 'family,' all of whom had a special place in her life from childhood, High School (Hilton High School ('97)), College (the University of Buffalo ('01)), including all of the special friends she had in Virginia, at the Long Pond Pub & especially at Bernard's Grove. Most of Kim's friends were really like 'sisters and brothers,' aunts and uncles,' 'grandparents,' and 'nieces and nephews,' to her. We can not begin to name them all'€they will always be a cherished part of Kim's family's lives and her life'€a life that ended much too soon. Friends may call Monday 4-7 P.M. at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Tuesday 5 P.M. at the Crescent Beach Hotel, 1372 Edgemere Drive. Interment held PRIVATELY in Riverside Cemetery.

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  1. Although I never met Kimmy, I have met her through her sister Terri on the Adult Sibling Grief site. I feel like I know Kim through Terris story, the video tribute and her guest book here. May the memories of Kim help you through these terrible days and night. May you find comfort in everyone who knew Kim and loved her.!!!!

  2. Although I still grieve and I cannot find the words to give my family the strength to overcome our loss, I will always remember you and celebrate your life. Typing on this page stains my keyboard with tears, but I will try this day to accept your passing, for my family and I, I fear, are still surely in complete denial.

    By finally writing here, but without promise, I will attempt to take one step in accepting that you will not knock me over in the kitchen with one of your hugs the next time I come home. I can still feel your arms around our family, and that is where you will always remain.

    You will always be the sunshine in the lives of so many people, but I will take a second to be selfish, you were my little Kimmy. I say it that way, because you made so many people feel that way, and that special, like they held your heart in their hands.

    QUOTE: My Dad and I, ‘We will always keep your caring heart and loving spirit alive in everything we do, but ‘baby girl’ that was your specialty.’

    I write this poem for you sister, which I will keep in my memories forever, The sun shined when you stood, your smile made my day, your arms always took me away. Your tears dripped from my cheeks many times, your laughter would sometimes only be shared by the humor of yours and mine, but we lived brother and sister through our time.

    I love you Kimmy, my little sister, best friend, heart of my family.

    Your brother,

  3. Because I was unable to attend the memorial at Crescent Beach,I would like to say a few words now… We both have wonderful memories of this place. Growing up,Kimberly and her family would celebrate special occasions and such. As a young girl, she loved watching the man in the trees, putting up Christmas lights. Much later, Brian and I met and later fell in love…..many times putting those lights up together. ‘If you believe in forever, then life is just a one night stand’. I am so grateful for our time together. Karma ‘well, we All shine on , in the moon, in the sun, in the stars.’I have no idea why our time together was cut so short. Let’s remember those great times we had and smile:). As with my sister, Amy, now Kimmy, I look to the sky and see everything brighter. Yes, I miss those hugs, smiles, and moments in time. Now I turn to their spirits, and look for signs that will connect us for that moment. Please join me on this new journey. They still have us all here to hug, laugh and smile with each other. Take Care, and Keep Smiling! Love Always, Deborah

  4. Below is a poem that Kimmy and I both loved. I thought I would share it with everyone. I have really not had the strength to write myself… The pain is to deep—I have no words. The name of the poem is ‘The World’s All Right.’ Kimmy and I first read this together about 13 years ago It is also a poem that our Grams (Grandma Brenton/Ann’s Mom) loved. Grams shared it with me and I shared it will Kim…and now with all of you. Hope it moves you like it moved us. It is not necessarily sweet and comforting, but it is powerful.
    Love, Terri
    Be honest, kindly, simple, true…
    Be honest, kindly, simple, true;
    Seek good in all, scorn but pretence;
    Whatever sorrow come to you,
    Believe in Life’s Beneficence!

    The World’s all right; serene I sit,
    And cease to puzzle over it.
    There’s much that’s mighty strange, no doubt;
    But Nature knows what she’s about;
    And in a million years or so
    We’ll know more than to-day we know.
    Old Evolution’s under way —
    What ho! the World’s all right, I say.

    Could things be other than they are?
    All’s in its place, from mote to star.
    The thistledown that flits and flies
    Could drift no hair-breadth otherwise.
    What is, must be; with rhythmic laws
    All Nature chimes, Effect and Cause.
    The sand-grain and the sun obey —
    What ho! the World’s all right, I say.

    Just try to get the Cosmic touch,
    The sense that ‘you’ don’t matter much.
    A million stars are in the sky;
    A million planets plunge and die;
    A million million men are sped;
    A million million wait ahead.
    Each plays his part and has his day —
    What ho! the World’s all right, I say.

    Just try to get the Chemic view:
    A million million lives made ‘you’.
    In lives a million you will be
    Immortal down Eternity;
    Immortal on this earth to range,
    With never death, but ever change.
    You always were, and will be aye —
    What ho! the World’s all right, I say.

    Be glad! And do not blindly grope
    For Truth that lies beyond our scope:
    A sober plot informeth all
    Of Life’s uproarious carnival.
    Your day is such a little one,
    A gnat that lives from sun to sun;
    Yet gnat and you have parts to play —
    What ho! the World’s all right, I say.

    And though it’s written from the start,
    Just act your best your little part.
    Just be as happy as you can,
    And serve your kind, and die — a man.
    Just live the good that in you lies,
    And seek no guerdon of the skies;
    Just make your Heaven here, to-day —
    What ho! the World’s all right, I say.

    Remember! in Creation’s swing
    The Race and not the man’s the thing.
    There’s battle, murder, sudden death,
    And pestilence, with poisoned breath.
    Yet quick forgotten are such woes;
    On, on the stream of Being flows.
    Truth, Beauty, Love uphold their sway —
    What ho! the World’s all right, I say.

    The World’s all right; serene I sit,
    And joy that I am part of it;
    And put my trust in Nature’s plan,
    And try to aid her all I can;
    Content to pass, if in my place
    I’ve served the uplift of the Race.
    Truth! Beauty! Love! O Radiant Day —
    What ho! the World’s all right, I say.

  5. Big smile, a hug and a kiss on the cheek. Never anything less. Always fun, always laughing. If you came to her in a bad mood, you most certainly did not leave in one. From the day I met Kimmy 3 or 4 years ago, she was one of my favorite people and very quickly became a close friend. Everytime the sun shines I will think of her.

  6. Dear Smitty & Anne, Jeff ,Rob and extended family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you durring this trying time. Kimmy touched so many people with love durring her short life.
    She will be missed and never forgotten.

  7. Dearest Smitty and Ann,
    We were so sorry to hear of your great loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

  8. From the stories I have seen here I felt this song was appropriate. I have forward this to Jeff however I feel that the whole family could relate to this as well as the friends of Kimberly. God bless all of you-may healing be a journey that is taken now.


    Have you ever met an angel
    Whose smile is like the sun
    Whose laugh is like a melody
    That reaches everyone

    Have you ever hugged an angel
    Swept up in their embrace
    And swear there’s nothing in this world
    That makes you feel that safe

    Have you ever really loved an angel
    Once you have you’ll never be the same again
    Have you ever had to let go of an angel
    Say goodbye, let ’em fly, my angel, my best friend

    Have you felt the strenght of an angel
    When you need it the most
    Lifted by those gentle wings
    You know you’re not alone
    Every now and then I feel the peace inside
    Wherever life may take me, I’m guided by that light

    Have you ever really loved an angel
    Once you have you’ll never be the same again
    Have you ever had to let go of an angel
    Say goodbye, let ’em fly, my angel, my best friend

    Cause I have really loved an angel
    How could I ever be the same
    Cause I have had to let go of my angel
    Say goodbye, let ’em fly, my angel, my best friend

  9. Harold and Ann and Kimmey’s extended family. Please accept our deepest sympathy for the tragic loss of Kimberly. I can’t think of anything more difficult than dealing with the loss of one’s child. Our prayers are with you all during this sad time.
    Bob, Judy and Family

  10. Hi Kimmie,
    Life just isn’t the same without you and Aunt Amy. I am flying back home to Rochester later this month and you girls are suppose to be picking me up. Ann, Smitty and Terri- my thoughts and prayers are with you. Please take care and I will see you. Love, Jen

  11. I am so sorry for your loss. I was in school with Kim, but never really got to know her. What I do know is that she was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. This comes as a shock to all of us. She is so young and has much more life to live. Kim will be greatly missed by all. You will not be forgotten.

  12. I am sorry, but I have to write again. I am neither out of tears, nor will I ever be. I cannot sleep until I write again here. I read this page and I watch the video, yet I cannot accept my little sister is gone. I want to yell out and curse God, but instead I ask him dearly to keep watch over our princess. I know one day we will wrestle and play at the feet of our Lord. I think everything has been said about your life and how special you are. I just want you to know that you will always be close to my heart, but my heart misses you so much. It is hard to wake from this seemingly never-ending sorrow. I gave what little strength I had to my family and friends for 13 days while in Rochester, but now I chose to grieve and release. As much as my sister Terri has done for my family and I during this time, I feel nothing less than utterly guilty for my weakness , and still I have to write. I have been writing and will be devoting a book to Kimmy, and she is my sole inspiration to finish the tale of a few years I spent with soldiers. I started writing it the first time I deployed to Iraq, and now the words seem to come so easy. I feel like I am doing it with you watching over me. Although it is 90% true and 10% my humor and imagination, it should be helpful for families to read that lost love ones in battle.

    Kimmy my angel, I would write a book about you, how much you gave, and loved our family and friends, but you were our ‘princess” and they don’t die in fairy tales.

    I love you ‘Baby Girl.’

  13. I can’t imagine the hurt you are feeling.You are lucky to have so much family and friends to help you through this terrible time. My prayers are with all of you. Debbie Brooks

  14. i don’t feel like missing you, but there is nothing i can do, iam so sad and iam so blue,no i don’t feel like missing you, but i will anyway. kim i miss you , and promise to watch over dad and mom for you.. love you

  15. i don’t feel like missing you, but there is nothing i can do, iam so sad and iam so blue,no i don’t feel like missing you, but i will anyway. kim i miss you love and promise to watch over dad and mom for you.. love you

  16. I have not seen Kimmy in years, but the closeness I once had with her remains etched in my heart. The love she had for everyone around her could brighten up a room. She was the ‘Precious Moment’ of her family and friends. My thoughts are with all of you.

  17. I know your not alone and you were met by friends and family who went to a better place before you. We will all miss you and its hard to believe you left so soon for whatever reason you were needed elsewere. I know you will comfort your family and help them to understand why. We have to remember we will all be togather again. Our love for you will keep you alive in our hearts and keep us strong. Your smile was a ray of sunshine for so meny, keep smileing………..

  18. I lost my soul mate and my sister. We have so many memories together and I will always cherish those. Thank God for you, the Wind Beneath my Wings

  19. I never met Kim…but I feel like I know her. My son told me a little about her, and the rest I learned from a friend. He held her very dear, so I came here to learn more…and now am sitting here in tears. Why do the ‘good’ die young? Only God can truly answer that, but maybe he needed her more than we on earth. God Bless her and hold her tight.

  20. I was so shocked and saddened to hear about Kim. Although I haven’t seen or spoke to Kim in many years, I still remember what a nice person she was. She was too young to have to go…I am so sorry to all of her family and friends. My deepest sympathy to all of you.

  21. I was so shocked to hear the tragic news. I remember all the times we had playing together since we were small children. Words cannot express the pain you must be going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you Harold and Ann. May her beautiful smiling face and fond memories be with us all forever. She will be missed.

  22. I will always remember Kimberly’s beautiful smile and the sweet thoughtful person she was. I am saddened by her suddent passing. My prayers are with all of her family

  23. I will always remember Kimberly’s beautiful smile and the sweet thoughtful person she was. I am saddened by her suddent passing. My prayers are with all of her family and

  24. I will always remember Kimmy’s smile and how she treated all of us at the Pub as a close friend. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this sad time.

  25. I will miss Kimmy so much, like her Mom and Dad, Kimmy had a wonderful way of making people happy and welcoming them into their lives. I will miss the hugs in the driveway which lifted my spirts after a hectic day at work and teaching. ‘Sometimes you pick your friends, sometimes they pick you.’ Thank you Kimmy.
    There is comfort in friendship,
    hope in prayer,
    peace in love.

    Sharing in your sorrow
    with love and friendship.


  26. I will miss Kimmy’s smile and infectious laughter. She was such a special person and touched my family’s heart at every visit. My children adored her and her kindness to everyone around her was amazing.

    She will truly be missed. I will be praying for Terri, Dan, Jan and the boys. God has a play for everyone. He now has a special angel at his side.

  27. I will never forget all the good times we shared throughout the years, from just hangin out fishing to losing your car in virgina. You will always hold that very special place in my heart that nobody can ever take. You were the only one who could always put a smile on my face. I will miss you dearly and will nener forget you, I love you!

  28. I wish I could hear your laugh just once more. Your beautiful smile and spirit will be missed greatly! I feel so fortunate to have known you for 14 years. You were such a great friend. My sister’s best friend. It was just this past winter you and I were acting crazy, singing and dancing in Christy’s living room! We had so much fun, but you made anything FUN! I’ll really miss our talks. You were so wise, and gave great advice! To all Kim’s family I pray you find comfort somehow. You will forever be in my thoughts and prayers. Kim, you are our beautiful angel and I know you are singing and dancing in paradise now. I love you, goodbye…

  29. I, like a person below me, did not know Kimberly personally, however I am close friends with her brother Jeff. I wanted to let Kimberly’s family know that my heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to you guys. Suffering such a great loss that happened far too soon is very hard to deal with. I know through the love and strength that your family shares, you all will pull through and remember all the great memories that you shared with her. It is obvious from the turn out that she touched many lives and she will live on through your memories. Take care of eachother, love eachother, and remember that there are people out there that care and are there for you in times of need.

  30. It has been 22 months since we lost you and it still hurts so much. Time has not helped lessen this pain. Mom, Terri and I have planted many of your favorite flowers at your beautiful memorial site and brought some of your beautiful daisies over. As we try to create new experiences & memories, we will never
    forget all our loving memories of you. You are so deep in our hearts and we still grieve every day. Terri’s goal, the goal for all of us, is for the day we can think of you with more joy than pain. We love and miss you with all our hearts.

  31. It has been many years since I last saw Kim. I could not let this time go by without letting her family know how truly sorry I am for you lose. I can not imagine the lose of a child. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and all of the many lives she has touched.

  32. It’s almost been a month since you left us. I go to sleep every night and wake up every morning thinking of you. I can’t believe I lost my best friend. I have so many good and wonderful memories of us, but they are too painful to think of right now. I can’t wait for the day I think of my Kimmi and laugh and smile. I miss you, my friend and sister.

  33. just read the news about kim,we are both very saddened at the loss,she was a beautiful young lady and will be greatly missed.we love you all and if there is anything we can do dont hesitate to call.

  34. Just saw Kimmy Monday night and she flashed me that beautiful smile! She was loved by so many. It will be the little things that we will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter. And although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again.

  35. Kim – Tomorrow is your birthday and we will be celebrating without you – but you wil be in our hearts forever – still remember the look on your face when Tom and I brought you roses on your birthday at the Pub last year. And I miss your hugs so much!

  36. Kim was like a third child to our family as she was to many families. Her radiant smile and contagious laughter will live on in so many people that she touched. I’m saddened that she wasn’t able to meet our daughter, but I know she can see her now. She will truly be missed, but never forgotten….those hugs will live on forever.

  37. Kim was like another little sister to me when she was young. I can remember her and my sister playing for hours on end. All the time she spent at our house, it was truly like she was another member of our family. And she was. I will miss her laugh and her smile. She will be greatly missed. Ann, Smitty, Terri, Jeff and Rob……my deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. I love all of you.

  38. Kim was our ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. One of my son Justin’s best friends; and I know how much she loved him. I only wish she had been able to meet our new, one month old granddaughter Olivia, she was so excited that Lyndsay and Jimmy were expecting. She helped to celebrate the night we found out we would be grandparents. She has truly felt like a daughter to us and I can’t believe I won’t be getting any more hugs from her and ‘I love you guys so much!’

  39. Kim- We will be celebrating Olivia’s second birthday on the 22nd and everyday I wish you could have seen her. You would love her now, fiesty, bold & so lovable and loves to give hugs – I feel you in all her hugs. I know you are watching over all of us.

  40. Kim, I had only spoken to you a few times on the phone as you took such good care of Amy. We finally met at Amy’s wake and I could see why you meant so much to her. She loved to talk about your goodness. You were pure sunshine. We planned on getting together for lunch to get to know each other better and talk about Amy. I was still waiting for you to return my call when a person I just met at Paddy’s (Gordy) told me his dear friend died that day. Amy is so lucky to have you now as our hearts are filled with sorrow. My husband’s dear friend died shortly before he did also. You are in my daily prayers. You will always be loved and thought about daily.

  41. Kim, I’m so honored to have had you in my life. Even if we lost touch over the years I will always hold onto all the memories we had. We had some good times too 🙂 I loved to make you laugh. That infectious laugh. I can still hear it now. Tubing on lake, all the crazy sleepovers, Europe, driving around in the Saturn, baking huge cookies at your parents in the middle of the night, prank calling random people and all the other fun things along the way. Hey, the Kent State Choir just called…’to say I Love You!’
    You touched my life in a way that will never be forgotten. I love you and your family and I know that you are in a happy place smiling down on all of us. I’ll see again someday my friend. I can’t wait to laugh with you again. Love, Stephanie

  42. Kim, we love you so much. I hate doing this more than anything in the world. What I wouldn’t give for one of your rib-cracking hugs and to hear your goofball laugh. Everyone who met you instantly fell in love with you, and your warming effect on a room was nothing short of miraculous.
    Smitty, Ann, Matt, and the rest of the family, our hearts go out to you. I wish there were words to say to make this pain go away. All we can say is that we were blessed to have known her. We love you.

  43. Kimmy do me one huge favor give my aunt amy a birthday kiss please

    we miss you just as much as we miss her

    The Mangolds
    Chris lisa and victoria

  44. Kimmy was like a bright ray of sunshine. All of us having been thinking about each of you and sending our prayers out to all of you during this time. Kimmy, as Patrick remembers was ‘the best milk shake maker’. I know her ‘special boys’ will miss precious Kimmy but will never forget her. Hold each other close during this time as well as Kimmy’s preciousness,

    With love and sympathy, The Moores

  45. Kimmy,
    You are missed dearly. I love you, I miss you and you will always be with me. I am so lucky to have had the chance to know and love you.

  46. Kimmy, I was to be writing a letter of recommendation as you were starting your new venture, how could this be? Your compassion, smile and friendship will remain with me always. I will miss you greatly and am thankful for the last 2 days with you and your wonderful family. My heart goes out to all of them. You will be there angel always. Love you always, ME

  47. Kimmy, you are a beautiful person inside and out. I am gonna miss seeing you pop up here and there. I will always remember the unforgetable times we spent together and will cherish them for the rest of my life. Led Zepplin will always bring me back to the times we spent just driving around and enjoying life. I Love You!

  48. Kimy I hope you and Amy are together and are Dancing we will miss you very much
    God Bless you and Amy.
    My thoughts and prayers are with Kimys Family.Love always Al Helga and Shelly

  49. Let your light shine. Shine within you so that it can shine on someone else. Let your light shine…..

    Kimmy, Our ‘little whiskey girl’…We were so blessed to have you for this short walk here in this life….I’ll never forget your hugs, so tight….your BEAUTIFUL smile, you breaking out in a little jig ‘when the music got to you & you were in the moment’….words that come to mind are genuine & soulful….So few people leave such a lasting resin on our souls…

    ~Kimmy was truly ALL HEART~

    Your light will shine on forever….In our hearts Always…

    ~on an angels wings….go with God my friend~

  50. More than good friends and more than good neighbors, your loss Ann and Smitty is our loss too and also the many more who knew Kim.
    We will do everything we can to help ease your pain at this very tragic time.
    God bless you Kimmy. We know that you are in good hands.
    With all our love,
    Carol & Bill

  51. Much to soon you left us. There is a empty spot in our hearts and lifes. That friendly smile and cheerful hello will be missed but not forgoten sincerely charlie culligan

  52. My deepest sympathy to your family. I did not know Kim, but reading the obituary about her I feel like I did. She seemed like a beautiful, wonderful young woman. I’m so sorry this great person was taken away from so many loving family and friends. My thoughts are with you at this time.

  53. My last day of happiness was on September 19th. I still cannot comprehend the loss of the ‘sunshine’ of our family. So many tears I have
    shed, so many memories; every hour of the day there is some thought or remembrance of my dear sweet Kimmy;
    This is the most difficult time in my life. It is painful to write this without tears running down my face. I feel scared about the days ahead and how we as a family will cope with this devestating loss. Kimmy’s spirit lives within all of us for ever and ever.

  54. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you..Kimmy will be dearly missed by everyone.Her friendship,love,smile,and laugh will be missed. Kimmy I have been wearing my tie dye’s and hoodies thinking of you….Thank you for your loyalty and love..To the family hang in are all wonderful individuals. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Jaclyn

  55. Okay Kimmy, Brian and I finally broke out the firepit that was bought in June. With all that went on this summer I was insistant that we have a fire tonight after your (wake) gathering. We were afraid the fire department was going to be called because the one LOG we added, smoked WAY TO MUCH! Lorri and Michael, I’m glad Deborah gave you firewood from the garage!!!It’s after 11pm on the eve of your final departure and I sit here at the computer instead of calling you……We teasure those ‘precious moments’ Kimberly Smith. Shine on! Keeper of the litter, Deb

  56. On behalf of my family, we wish there were words to truly express the depth of our gratitude for all of the love and support we have received. It has truly been overwhelming and of great comfort to everyone that loved Kimmy. Most of you that know me, know that I am usually never at a loss for words, but I am right now. Our hearts are completely broken and we are holding on tight to each other and all of the amazing friends we have that are truly part of our extended family. We will be providing some of the most beautiful poetry, music and tributes that were written for Kimmy (that have not yet been posted), in addition to many more pictures in the coming days. Our love and thanks to everyone.

  57. Our deepest sympathy to your entire family. We will always remember Kim’s sweet smile and caring heart. She was always a big part of Christy’s life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.

    Love, Dave and Debbie

  58. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Kim. We all feel a profound loss, but wonderful memories of her keep her close and comfort us. May she rest in peace.

  59. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Although we only met a few times at the Grove (with LJ ) we feel that we have known you all forever. If there is anything that we can do for you at this terrible time feel free to call. God Bless. Kim will always be remembered.
    Dick and Beth Emerson 865-7161

  60. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time in your lives. You have a wonderful and loving family. We feel so blessed to have known Kimmy and thank you for sharing her with us. Heaven must have really needed our Kimmy. With deepest sympathies to you and your entire family and friends.

  61. Please know that my love, prayers and warmest thoughts are with all of you now and always. The deep pain and sadness in your hearts makes me want to hug all of you and never let go. You are such a special family to each other and to me, and I know that you will rely upon each other to be strong. Eventually that love and faith will restore your hearts with happiness and the joy of having shared a portion of your lives with such a beautiful, generous, fun, intelligent and warm woman through the entirety of hers. God will keep her with his Glory now and always. All of you have such a special angel looking over you.

  62. Remember that the ones we love will always remain with us, for love itself lives on and treasured memories do not fade….and I know our Shannon has many such moments stored in her heart. Our prayers & sympathy are with you all…Carol & Ed Gubanich (Shannon’s parents)

  63. Smitty & Ann,

    My heartfelt sympathy is with you both at this sad time. While no words of mine can ease your loss, I just want you to know that I am grieving with you.

  64. Smitty and Ann,

    I was very sorry to hear about the untimely passing of Kimberly. Unfortunately, I am unable to attend the celebration of her life since I am out of town on business, but our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  65. Smitty and Ann,
    And to all your extended family.
    Your love one isn’t truly gone as long as there’s a place deep within your heart that remembers. With Caring and Sympathy Nancy

  66. Smitty and Ann,
    Love you guys. Kimmy is still taking care of Amy or better yet, their without a care. I am sorry for your loss.
    Let me know if there is anything I can do
    to help you through this tragic event.

  67. Smitty, Ann, Terri, Dan, Rob, Stefanie, Jeff, Ivone, your families and your friends, WE have our first week in of Life without Kimmy. It has NOT been easy for any of us. I am sure she is in very good hands though who would have thought any hands are better than ours. We all miss her very much. We are sure she misses us as well. We Love YOU guys very much.

  68. Terri – my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathies for such a tragic loss. – Debbie Vagins

  69. Terri & family – You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your colleagues at the ACLU are thinking of you at this very sad time. While I didn’t know your sister, it is clear by your video and the photos, she was much loved & cherished. I am very sorry for this tremendous loss.

  70. Terri, Dan, Ethan and Collin, and Jan

    We received the news of the tragic death of Kimmy from Lorraine Sheffield. She just forwarded this link to me so I could leave you a message from us.

    I can’t begin to describe how sad and shocked we all are about what has happened. Young people like her are not supposed to pass away for no reason. The only comfort I can take and hope to give to you is that God MUST have a purpose for taking her home at such a young age. There are a lot of children in Heaven who need a mentor and guide, and maybe she was chosed to be their role model. She obviously loved kids and was adored by everyone who knew her. There must be a shortage of angels and she was called to lend a hand.

    I have not lost a family member this close to me yet and the pain you are all feeling must be devastating. Please know that you all are in our prayers and in our hearts and we wish to share your pain and offer comfort to you in any way we can. Bryan misses Ethan and is very troubled that something this horrible could happen to his best friend.

    You have all had a very difficult year and you certainly did not deserve this too. You are all a wonderful example of strength and resiliance to the rest of us who tend to complain about things that really don’t matter. I must try harder to be grateful for the little things and stop stressing over things I can’t control.

    Please know that you are on our minds constantly and we hope to be some source of strength for all of you. I will call you when you return home and I knwo Bryan will want to spend time with Ethan.

    Love to all and God Bless.

    Carol and Terry

  71. Terri, Jan, Dan, Ethan, Collin, and Family,

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences on your loss of Kimmy. I wish there were words available that could provide you with some comfort, but there simply aren’t any. Instead, I hope that you will find your solace in the warmth of your family, the prayers of your friends, and the wonderful memories of your Kimmy.

    Please know that we are here for you in this difficult time.

    Cynthia, Richard, Meghan, Rich, and Anna

  72. The brightest smile and kindest heart I have ever seen. She had a way to make you forget your cares, if only for a little while. I am truly blessed to have known Kimmie. The pain will eventually fade, but not the memories or the laughs shared.

  73. The sadness, the intensity, it stays with me still. I think of you a lot. I can’t descibe what it feels like for me. I was so excited to know you better. You are a major reason why I feel so accepted and loved in this family. I decided I will strive to be as open minded and embracing of others in my life. No one can replace you Kim, and I am so sad that you are no longer here. I miss you. -Sarah

  74. There is such an empty space where Kimmy used to be. All that joy and spirit just gone. Kimmy left behind a space as big as her heart. We feel privileged to have loved and been loved by her.

  75. Though we only knew kim for a short time, it did not take long to see how beautiful a person she really was. She was one of the best. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Smith family and all who loved and cared for Kim.

  76. To the Family and friends of Kim,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I see the loss and emptyness in my son Anthony and Daughter-in law’s eyes, and can’t imagine how hard it must be to lose a BEST Friend at such a young age. God must of had a more important need for her when she was called home to him. I will always remember Kim as a free spirit and a beautiful soul who always had a smile of warmth, a welcoming hug, and a love for life. My thoughts and prayers are with Kim’s family and friends.
    Barb (Anthony Kuhn’s MOM)

  77. To the parents: I do not know you. I do not know Ann (My grandma always called me by my middle name). I was overcome with tears as I read your daughter’s death notice. I cried harder when I saw the tribute video. God only knows why I had to view it! I suppose we all have connection in the gift of life. Your daughter was a gift. That is a given. Time waits for no man or woman. I lost my son when he was 19 years old. Time will help to heal, but the heart refuses. Go fishing, watch the sun setting, and you will still find love. She is there.

  78. We all LOVE YOU so much, we wish we all could be there, but You and all of your family and friends are in our Prayers down here in Tennessee.

  79. We are so lost for words…miss your hugs
    your smile,your laugh…..We’ll keep your family and kitties very close. Let’s feel your spirit soar!!!


  81. We still cannot believe it. We keep wanting to wake up and find it was a dream. Kimmy was so dear to my family — we’ve only known her five years but we feel like soulmates. She was a wonderful neighbor in Oakton, loved so much by my daughters — I think they felt closer to her than to their own aunts. Our hearts are broken. We promise to take care of Terri, Dan, the boys and Jan. We will never, ever forget you. You have touched our hearts so very deeply.

  82. we will always remember the 20th of september thats when a part of us died we lost a young lady we knew from a baby and we hung our heads and we cried no words can explain the feeling of pain that we feel inside yes we will always remember the 20th of september thats when a part of us died

  83. Well, it’s the first full day af Autumn and I’m heading into the funeral home to help your family (and myself) through these painful steps we all must take. I don’t know where I get the strength sometimes. I love and miss you always babygirl………Take Care, Keep Smiling, Peace Out

  84. While I don’t know Kimberly or her family, something about her photo in the obits today has stuck with me. I can’t seem to get her face out of my mind.
    I want you to know that I am very sorry for your loss.
    I, too, have a daughter her age and can’t imagine the pain you feel.
    In sympathy my heart goes to you.

  85. Who is going to miss whom the most ? YOU meant so much to so many. We’ll keep our eyes and ears on Mom and Dad for YOU while YOU are on YOUR new journey. We will get through this ! Lori says you are now dancing with her stars.

  86. Words cannot express our shock and sadness at Kimmy’s loss. We loved her too and she was like another aunt to our kids (the young, cool aunt!) She was so happy and such a joy to be around. I can still hear her great laugh. She has touched so many lives-so many will miss her terribly. I hope it is some small comfort to her family to know that Kimmy will live in the hearts of everyone she touched, always.

  87. Words cannot express the loss we are expriencing. Her infectious smile always lit up a room. Her warmth for those around her was unmatched. A life ended too soon. We will miss the brightness she brought to our day and her smile. Kim, watch over us as I know you were doing when you were with us here.

  88. You were very special to me Kim. You told everybody you came out Tuesday evening because I was in town. Made me proud & honored to be your friend. You certainly touched my life from the first day I met you. Was it destined for me to be here at this time. Where ever you are in this world & beyond, I will always think of you, I will always love you.

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