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September 24, 2022 at 10:30 AM - Memorial Service for Bobbie Smith

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August 8, 1929 - May 27, 2022

 

Santa Fe, New Mexico - Bobbie Smith aka The Cookie Lady passed from this life on May 27 at age 92 exercising her option for Death with Dignity after a valiant struggle with brain cancer.

 

Born in 1929 at home in Mart, Texas to Charles & Matabel Russell, Bobbie was predeceased by her parents, her three older sisters (Matamay, Thenderia & Charlie); husband, Douglas Smith; son, Russell Smith; and beloved niece and nephew, Noel Smethurst & Robert Charles Mayes. She is survived by her daughter, Robin Smith of Santa Fe; daughter-in-law, Sherry Smith of Diamond Bar, CA; grandsons, Johnson Yang, Clark Smith & Nicholas Smith of Irvine, Chino & West Los Angeles, CA, respectively; and many nieces, nephews and adoring fans worldwide.


A graduate of University of Texas, Bobbie enjoyed a teaching career that spanned 40 years and two continents, mostly working with second-graders. After several years of teaching in San Antonio, Bobbie and her husband, Doug, both from extremely small towns in Texas, did the unthinkable – they left the Lone Star State in 1954 for unknown territory with their infant son in tow. After five years living and working in Weisbaden, Germany and traveling widely in Europe, the couple returned to the US in 1959 and settled in Belleville, Illinois where Bobbie lived, taught and was active in community and church until relocating to Santa Fe in 2015.


Welcomed into El Castillo in 2015 as an independent living resident, Bobbie thrived, participating in many activities, all while baking, practicing the piano and tending to her prayer list daily. She was famous for her cookies, brownies and other sweets and for her beautiful handwritten notes sent for all occasions. Many thanks to all staff and residents of El Castillo who supported Bobbie and her daughter through the final chapter of her journey.


Bobbie was an incandescent person; all were drawn to her. A good and faithful servant, she was a friend to all, a second mom to many and a teacher until the end, showing us all how to live and die with grace.


Celebrations of Bobbie's life will be held in Santa Fe later this summer and in Belleville in the fall. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to United Church of Santa Fe, St. Paul United Church of Christ (Belleville, IL), Community Palliative Care of Northern NM or your favorite charity. Also, please consider an anatomical donation to a medical school in your state.

 


May 29, 2021, at 11 AM - Celebration of Life for Dorothea (Dottie) Engelsdorfer

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Dorothea Mae Engelsdorfer, 90, born October 25, 1930, in St. Louis, MO, passed away peacefully at her home on April 7, 2021, surrounded by her family. Dottie was the youngest of three children born to the late Theodore and Ruby, nee Hitz, Glauert. She was baptized in 1931, at Eden Immanuel Evangelical Church in St. Louis, MO, and confirmed on April 2, 1944, at Evangelical Immanuel Church in Ferguson, MO.


She attended the Roosevelt and then Jefferson grade schools in Normandy, later the Cross Keys one-room schoolhouse in Ferguson up through 8th grade, and then Ferguson High School. She started teaching at the Penn School in St. Ann, then pursued her teaching degree at Elmhurst College, Washington University, Harris Teacher’s College and finally Earlham College (B.A. 1954). She earned a graduate degree in Special Education from SIU Edwardsville (M.S. 1981).


Dottie was active in her church and social action groups while growing up and worked for a period with the Winnebago Indians in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, and the migrants in Cherryland. She began teaching again in 1954 at Desmett in Ferguson until she and Marvin moved to Wabash, Indiana in 1955. They were blessed with five children. She returned to teaching after raising her family, and taught in Belleville, Edwardsville, Worden, Peoria, and Plainfield, retiring in 1994.


She married Marvin Engelsdorfer on October 15, 1954, at St. Peter’s Church, St. Louis. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary in 2016. Together they served several parishes, including St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ, Wabash, IN, Faith United Church of Christ, Williamsville, NY, St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL, and St. Paul United Church of Christ, Edwardsville, IL.


Dottie was an incredible mom: loving, fun, and nurturing. She later was an avid reader, gardener, and creator of many needle art treasures. She enjoyed traveling, fishing with her husband, Marvin, visiting the National Parks, Chautauqua, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, who dearly enjoyed her visits and will deeply miss her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Engelsdorfer; her parents; her sister, Marylou (Harley) Krieger; and her brother, Earl Glauert.


Surviving are her five children, Diane Engelsdorfer, Elizabeth Ritter, Carol (Neil) Stamp, Deborah Kasten and The Rev. Theodore (Kristina) Engelsdorfer; grandchildren, Nicholas (Anuja), Gregory and Alexandra Ritter, Bethany (Austin) McMillian, Kyle and Bryce Stamp, Amelia and Miles Kasten, Kathryn (Jamie) Miller, and Julie and Emily Engelsdorfer; four great-grandchildren, Arya Ritter, Palmer McMillian, and Anika and Sabella Miller; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Klaiber and Margaret Engelsdorfer; and many cherished extended family.


Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL, to Heartland Hospice of Fairview Heights, or another charity of your choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.


Service:  A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29, 2021 at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL. with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. The service will be streamed at https://stpaulucc.org/special-event-streaming/.

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