Susan Smith, CSJ, this compassionate teacher, advocate for women, and whole-hearted lover of life, died on December 21, 2020, at Carondelet Village in St. Paul. Susan was born in Jamestown, ND, to William and Marjorie (Brockman) Smith, on February 10, 1933. Upon graduation, Susan entered the community of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1951. She earned a BA in Sociology and Education from The College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN, in 1961. Susan spent over 20 years teaching elementary students in many Twin Cities schools including: St. Mark, Blessed Sacrament, St. James, and Holy Spirit in St. Paul; Christ the King in Minneapolis; St. Raphael in Crystal; Guardian Angels and Hastings Parochial in Hastings, MN. Susan made the move to El Paso, TX in 1990, where she spent 13 years teaching at St. Pius X. Her next adventure lead her back to St. Paul where she worked and mentored many women at Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women, a CSJ ministry, teaching them life skills as a calm and supportive presence. Susan’s warm smile and zest for life will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Susan is preceded in death by her parents and brothers, David and Dennis Smith. She is survived by her sister, Bridget Kohl; many nieces and nephews; grand and great-grand nieces and nephews; dear friends; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11:00 AM, in Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1884 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, with burial following at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights. Social distancing, limited seating, and wearing masks is required. Memorials preferred to the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministries Foundation. Sister Susan, rest in love and peace.