Louis Edward Smith entered peacefully into rest August 13, 2013 at Washington Hospital, Fremont, CA. Born August 23, 1931 to Louis D. and Gwendolyn V. Smith, he was 81 years old. Lou enjoyed gardening, floral designing, traveling, dancing, playing cards, cooking and baking where he made over 100, 000 cookies for the annual Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels Holiday Remembrance Service. Most of all he loved entertaining family and friends. Lou, along with his family have been the proud owners of Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels since 1976. A long time member of the Rotary Club of Fremont, Fremont Elks, SIRS, St. Joseph Men's Club, Olive Hyde Art Gallery, MSJ Chamber of Commerce, Portuguese Fraternal Society of America, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Brotherhood of St. Anthony's, Knights of Columbus and Native Sons of Golden West. He also served as secretary for the Washington Township Men's Club for 20 years, a board member of the Fremont Symphony Orchestra and was President and board member of the Committee for the Restoration of Mission San Jose where he created and chaired the three Mission Possibles which helped to save the Mission San Jose Museum. Loving husband of 55 years to Marie D. Smith. Beloved father of Dan J. Smith and his wife Linda, Kevin E. Smith and his wife Kelly and Rodney L. Smith and his wife Angela. Devoted grandfather of Aric Reid, Sean Van Steyn, Jacqueline Hirt, Ian, Sam, Harrisen, Joshua, Alexandria, Griffin and Faith Smith. Great grandfather of Dreyk, Cassidhe and Amber Reid. Beloved brother-in-law of Theresa Pereira, Gary and Rosemary Gomes, and the late Edwin Pereira. Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA followed by a 4:00 p.m. Mass of Resurrection held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 43148 Mission Blvd, Fremont. He will be laid to rest at St. Joseph Cemetery, Fremont. Donations may be made in Lou's memory to St. Vincent De Paul at your local Catholic church, Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539, Sisters of the Holy Family, 159 Washington Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539 or the charity of the donors choice that helps the less fortunate or those in need. Forever in our hearts! Apricot-Orange Shortbread Bars 1 cup apricot preserves 3 tbs Grand Marnier 1 cup unsalted butter (room temp) ¾ cup sugar 1 tsp almond extract 2 cups flour ¼ cup almond paste, crumbled ½ cup sliced almonds Preheat oven to 325°. Butter 9-inch metal pan; line bottom and sides with parchment paper, extending over sides. Butter parchment. Mix preserves and orange liqueur in small bowl; set aside. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until well blended. Beat in almond extract. Add flour and salt; beat just until blended. Transfer 1 cup of dough to another small bowl; add almond paste and mix with fingertips until small clumps form. Mix in 1/4 cup sliced almonds; set aside. Press remaining dough evenly onto bottom of pan. Spread preserves mixture evenly. Crumble topping over preserves, then sprinkle 1/4 cup almonds over. Press topping lightly into preserves. Bake shortbread until golden brown, about 1 hour. Cool completely in pan on rack.

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  1. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss.
    Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. We are
    saddened to hear about Lou, he was a special man and touched so many lives.
    Words are never enough to express sadness but may you find comfort in shared
    memories and strength in knowing how much he cared for his family. Our prayers
    are with the Smith family.

  2. Fred and I are so very sad to hear of Louie’s passing. We loved him very much!!!!! He made me feel so welcomed into the family when Fred and I married and we will always cherish our time spent in Louie and Marie’s home on our visits to California.Sweet and precious memories!!!!! Louie was a kind hearted and very talented man and he will be missed! Marie, please know you and the family are on many prayer lists in Texas already!. We love you all very much and miss Louie so much already!
    With love and deepest sympathy,
    Fred and Vicki Ferreira

  3. Louis will be missed by all; my thoughts go out to his family. Please accept our apology, as we won’t be able to be there for the services as we will be out of town that day.

  4. It saddens me to hear of Louis’ passing. Comforted only by the Grace of our Lord, whom I know Louis loved dearly. My deepest love and warmth to Marie and all his children, grandchildren, extended family and friends and the entire community of St. Joseph’s and Fremont. I was blessed to spend a short time with Marie and Louis and am honored to have shared that time. He has impacted me with his love for baking and cooking – but more than that is his love for family, for connecting others and for being so very compassionate in his lifelong commitment to facilitating peace and closure for those who have lost loved ones. It was truly and honor and he will not be forgotten. (((((Marie)))) Pls let me know how I can help.

  5. Dear Uncle Louie you will be missed. I enjoyed our times together. Especially the times I had the great honor to be with you in the kitchen. I learned much from you. Your style, your palate and your flair was very fun to be with. You brought me much joy with your heartfelt laughter and witty humor. You are cherished by many and I thank you for being my Uncle and most importantly, my friend
    David Pooch Pucilowski

  6. Dear Smith family,

    I am so sorry to hear about Lou…..what a sweet man and always with a smile on his face 🙂
    Much love to all of you! xoxoxo
    Becky (Fuccy) Peretti

  7. My deepest sympathy to Marie and her family. Lou was a wonderful, kind and generous man. Always cheerful and full of fun. Friends of the Fremont Symphony will miss him terribly.
    Rest in Peace, Lou.

  8. Dear Uncle Louie, thank you for the many years of fond memories. From the early days at the Oakdale dairy to the many family gatherings in Fremont. Thanks for raising three great sons. Thanks for loving and caring for Aunt Marie all those years. Life won’t be the same without you. Love always, John. P.S. – I still want your secret family meatball recipe

  9. Padrinho, (that was always impossible to say), but my prayer is that God give you rest and grant you eternal salvation. I remember my first introduction to misletoe tacked under your doorway in Oakdale where you made sure to kiss the ladies. I remember the angels on your tree at Christmas. …your laugh …your St Francis statue in your beautiful garden …trays of cookies …your peacefulness at you approached your 80s. Thank you for making the world a bit more beautiful!

  10. Our hearts go out to all of you. Lou was such a great part of our community – what a lot he contributed over the years. We loved his smile and sense of humor, and appreciated his work on behalf of so many organizations. He will be missed! Sandi & Dick Pantages

  11. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all. We are deeply sorry for your loss. My mother, Diana Polizzi, and I would especially like to say that we are forever grateful for the lasting memory we received when my grandmother passed.
    In deepest sympathy, Christopher and Janet Belden, and Diana Polizzi

  12. Our love and prayers go out the the Smith Family. Not only was Louie a wonderful friend, but he and Marie were good neighbors to Mom. He will be truly missed as he touched so many of us. God Bless You All. Mary & Frances Pineda

  13. Marie
    and Family: Learned late last night from my brother Bill’s telephone
    call that we lost our most dearest long-time family friend, your loving
    and precious husband. Thoughts bring back so many fabulous memories of
    our fun times we had with he, his mom & dad, Gwendolyn & Louis
    and the many rodeo roping events at their ranch in Oakdale when we were
    kids. Rodeo home movies are still around somewhere in our family.
    Maybe Bill or Phil have them. Louis and your entire family are in our
    thoughts and prayers. Ray sends his condolences and prayers as well.
    Blessings to you and may God forever bless the entire Smith Family. Sincerely, Ray and Pat (Silva) Ferbrache

  14. Marie-
    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss”¦our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Love you all!

    Your cousin,
    Luis & Paulina

  15. Marie,Dan,Kevin,Rodney And family
    We are deeply saddened Of the loss of your husband ,father ,and grandfather Louie. He was a very special person to us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. With Love and Blessings,
    Joe &cindy

  16. Louie was one of the most remarkable men I have ever known. I’d be hard pressed to find anything to criticize him about. I loved the way he lived life to the fullest. He was a happy man who was completely aware of the good life he had been blessed with. My husband and I have so many beautiful memories of Louie and Marie, from traveling together, many meals and celebrations – to serious hard core life lessons that we shared with each other.
    I will miss him for many years to come and I send big hugs to all the Smiths for their beautiful and caring way they took care of their Dad.
    Fondly Ed and Annette

  17. Dear Marie, Dan, Kevin, Rodney, and all your family,
    I was with my parents visiting when I heard of Lou’s passing. My family has such wonderful memories of Lou and all of you in our lives over the years as we grew up in our fair Fremont.
    We had no family living close to us and you included us and gave us a priceless grace of belonging. One of my favorite memories is the Easter Brunches at Gwen’s house and how excited that Lou was to have his family all together and the care he took in making the meal so special. He teased the boys and quiz them to see if they really attending mass??? Where is that bulletin!
    I watched my parents enjoy a great and special friendship with you and Lou, Marie. So many funny stories from parties and events that you all enjoyed together. We have had good times and hard times. I will always remember Lou for all the laughter and fun but I will never forget the kindness and care he gave us when our brother, Jon, died. It has been 21 years and the advice he gave us that day has been paid forward to many people in my travels and profession. His character and style has impacted so many people passed those he met in work. He made a difference. Cheers Louie to a life well lived!!
    We send our love and prayers to all of you,
    Ann(Romero)Strain and family

  18. We The McNulty Family send you our prayers.This world was a better place with Louie in it.
    You and your family have been so kind to us.
    Louie, You will be missed.

  19. How heavyhearted this news finds us. Our prayers and well wishes for your entire family, Now we are all short one ace card in the deck. We shall miss him greatly.

  20. Dear Marie, Dan, Kevin, Rodney and other Family members – we were sadden to learn of Lou’s passing but know he is in a better place and is constantly here with you watching over his blessed family. He is proud of his family and will continue to be proud of what his family has done to maintain his integrity as a business person but most of all as an individual. May God give you all the strength to move forward! Blessings – – Dick and Josie Walsh

  21. Dear Marie & family,
    We were sorry to hear of the passing of Louie. I (Frank) remembers the good times he had at their CalCom meetings. He was truly a gentleman. We were so sorry that we missed seeing you at Brendan’s Visitation. Jim told us that you & Louie had left right before we came. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Sincerely Frank & Phyllis Herring.

  22. Dear Marie and the Smith family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I echo what my sister, Ann, said about Lou and
    your family. At the hardest time of our life Lou and all of you were there to
    offer love, support, comfort, and a shoulder to cry on. Thank you. Today my
    thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I will always remember Lou’s
    wonderful smile, hearty laugh, and the warmth he always showed my family and
    me. He was a wonderful man and he will be missed by so many.

    With sympathy,


  23. Dear Marie, Kevin, Rodney and Dan,
    So many good memories which will keep him alive in your hearts today. We are so sorry for you loss.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you …… George & Marcia Moody – Santa Rosa

  24. Dear Marie, and family,
    Our community has lost a precious gem, someone whose countless good works and humility were an example to everyone of how to live a life of service. He was a light to all, and his smile and laughter will be greatly missed. God bless you all.

  25. Louie your smile and caring ways will be greatly missed. Warren
    will always remember the fun you two had over colorful ties. Warren will wear
    his in your honor. God Bless you, Marie and family. May you rest in Peace
    Louie. Love & Prayers, Geri & Warren Rogers, Manteca, CA

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