Carol Jean Ella (Rieckmann) Smith

February 12, 1935 ~ January 29, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Carol Jean Smith Obituary

Carol Jean Ella Smith, 88 of Appleton, passed away at Peabody Manor on January 29, 2024. She was the fourth child born to the late Herbert and Ella (Lenz) Rieckmann Sr. in Appleton, WI on February 12, 1935. On September 18, 1954 she married Keith Fredrick Smith at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dale, WI.

Carol Jean grew up living in Dale and then moving to Fremont, WI living on the Wolf River. She went to school in New London and graduated in 1953. She met Keith in Dale and they moved to Appleton in 1954. In 1955 they became members of Mount Olive Lutheran Church and later became members of St. Matthews Lutheran Church in 1975.

She is survived by 4 children, Carla M. Fagg of Green Bay, Kim (Jenny) Smith of Neenah, Cheryl Lee of Appleton, Kurtis (Barbara) Smith of Appleton, 15 grandchildren; brother Herbert (Kathy) Rieckmann, Jr. of Fremont, 27 great grandchildren and many other nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, daughter Colleen Kay Dodge, sister Verna Mae Gertsch, brother Harold Rieckmann and nephews Jon Rieckmann and Bill Rieckmann.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, February 1, 2024 with Pastor Jon Kuske officiating at the Valley Funeral Home; 2211 N. Richmond Street, Appleton; Visitation will be from 9:00am until the time of service. Private family burial will be at Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, WI.



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February 1, 2024

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Valley Funeral Home
2211 N. Richmond St.
Appleton, WI 54911

Funeral Service
February 1, 2024

11:00 AM
Valley Funeral Home
2211 N. Richmond St.
Appleton, WI 54911


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