Karen Smith

November 17, 1941 ‒ April 28, 2021

Galion, Ohio

 Karen A. Smith, 79, of Galion passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at her residence surrounded by her family.

She was born November 17, 1941 in Bucyrus and was the daughter of the late Gail and Alice (Caskey) Crall. On April 2, 1961 she married Byron D. Smith and he preceded her in death after 54 years on September 1, 2015.

Karen was a 1959 graduate of Whetstone School. She was a homemaker, proud farm wife and former 4-H advisor. Karen was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in North Robinson and enjoyed her Red Hat Ladies, Dutchtown Dillies. She especially enjoyed cooking for her family and quilting. In their later years, she and Byron enjoyed traveling, meeting new people and following their granddaughter’s activities.

Karen is survived by her three daughters, Penne L. Smith of New Marshfield, Connie L. Smith of Albion, Michigan and Roberta “Bobbie” L. (Douglas) Shawhan of Cincinnati; Granddaughter Darby G. Shawhan of Cincinnati and a sister, Carla Sauselen of Bucyrus.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 and one hour prior to the service on Monday starting at 10:00 a.m. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 3 at the funeral home with Earl Smith officiating. Burial will be in Campbell Cemetery, Bucyrus.

The family would like to thank her caregivers, Anita Harris, Beth Pritchard, Anita Wurm, Kathy Burton and Kristal Ash.

Memorial contributions may be made to Byron & Karen Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Galion Community Foundation or Avita Hospice in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Karen Smith, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

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  • Penne, Connie, Bobbie, So sorry for you lose. My prayers are with all of you. Your mom was a wonderful friend. We had many good times together. She will be missed. Keep up the memories.


  • To Karen’s family, you dont know me but I baby sat Karen and her sister.
    I am so sorry to learn of her death. I am unable to imagine that Karen was anything other than a special mother.
    Please accept my sympathy and find comfort in you faith and memories.

  • Penne, Connie, Bobbi, and Carla,
    Please accept our sympathy on your loss, We am sorry that her last few months were so difficult. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your wonderful memory of times together forever be in your conversations, lifting your spirits. May God grant you peace as you contemplate her walking and talking with the Lord, free from the discomforts and pain she encountered.
    Bonnie and Earl

  • Albion College and the Division of Student Development is keeping Connie Smith, our Associate Vice President and her family in our thoughts and prayers.

    We love you Connie!

    Division leadership and staff!


  • Karen was such a kind person, loving wife to Byron, mother, grandmother, sister and cousin . Thoughts and prayers to Penne, Connie, Bobbie and families.

  • What fun we had these past 6 years. Will miss Karen as we kept in touch daily. So sad for the family but rejoice in knowing I will see Karen when we meet again.
    The other Connie

  • Penne, Connie, Bobbi- So sorry for your loss. We had so many wonderful memories growing up. I was so glad that our Moms went to so many concerts over the past few years. Your Mom will be greatly missed by all of us.


  • Sending love, hugs, & prayers to you all. Karen was such a special lady! I have so many fond memories with you all. She will be missed. Loved viewing all those beautiful family pictures. Love you all so much.

    Jennifer Burley (Wolpert) & family ♥️ 🙏

  • To Connie Smith and the entire Smith Family,

    My prayers and the prayers of our community, both college community & faith community are with you in this time. Though our physical bodies make this transition, love will last forever and remain with us. Thank God for the life and impact of Karen Smith.


    Rev. Donald L. Phillips III-Albion College Chaplain, prayerful friend

  • My thoughts and prayers are with Karen’s family and friends. I met Karen thru the Dutchtown Dillies Red Hat Ladies. Such a sweet friendly lady!!!