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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 20:17

Diane R. Smith loved the piano. She taught it and was a church pianist most of her adult life.
    “She loved music,” Mrs. Smith’s granddaughter Kristi Pinter said. “The music and singing, that was just something she was really passioniate about. Even at family Christmases she would play the piano and sing.”
    Mrs. Smith also taught her granddaughter’s mother to play the piano.
    “My mom enjoyed it just as much as she did,” Mrs. Pinter said.
    Mrs. Smith, 73, of Port Washington, died on Saturday, Dec. 30, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.
    She was born on June 7, 1944, in Port Washington to Harold and Mae “Dolly” Schultz Schwengel. Mrs. Smith graduated from Port Washington High School and then from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee.
    On Sept. 11, 1965, she married DeVerne R. Smith of West Bend in Port Washington and they lived on Theis Lane.
    For a time, Diane worked as a route driver for the U.S. Postal Service.
    But Mrs. Smith’s passion was teaching piano and enjoying music. She was a church pianist almost her entire adult life according to her granddaughter, and she was active with local singing musical groups and choir. She took great care of her family and was active at Lincoln Village.
    Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband; daughter Mindi Sharbuno; grandchildren Kristi Pinter, Kyle Sharbuno, and Kyler, Joshua and Austin Smith; five great-grandchildren; and sister Jeanne (Tom) Brockley of Chattanooga, Tenn.
    “She took care of her grandchildren more than anything,” Pinter said. “What I want highlighted was how much of a family person she was.”
    She is preceded in death by her son Kory Smith and her parents.
    A celebration of Mrs. Smith’s life will take place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Open Door Bible Church in Port Washington. The Rev. Jim Engelman will officiate. Visitation will be at the church Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the service. Memorials are suggested.
    Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, assisted the family.

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