Dorothy B. (Bertsch) Smith

Born: Tue., May 13, 1919
Died: Wed., Jul. 5, 2017


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Jul. 11, 2017
Location: Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel

Funeral Service

Wed., Jul. 12, 2017
Location: Zion Lutheran Church

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Dorothy B. Smith, age 98, of Indianapolis and formerly of Cambridge City, passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 in Indianapolis.


She was born in Wayne County, IN to Homer and Daphne Dailey Bertsch on May 13, 1919 and lived most of her life in the Cambridge City area before moving to Indianapolis. She was graduate of Milton High School where she served as a cheerleader for the Milton Sharpshooters. After graduation she received her Bachelors degree from Earlham College in Richmond.


Dorothy was a member of Zion’s Lutheran Church and retired from Lincoln High School after working both as a teacher and librarian. Dorothy and her husband Dwight enjoyed square dancing and spending summers at their cabin in Ottertail, MN.


Survivors include her sons, Brent (Yong Cha) Smith and Michael Smith; a grandson Troy Smith; a great-grandson Dwight E. Smith; nieces and nephews.


Including her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Dwight H. Smith on March 5, 1995. They were married on October 25, 1945.


Friends may gather at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from

5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be at 10:30 am on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Zion’s Lutheran Church in Pershing with visitation from 10:00 am until start of services. Rev. Jerry Mielke will be officiating. Burial will follow in Zion’s Lutheran Cemetery.



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Jo Anne (Sweet) Barr
   Posted Thu July 06, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Smith (you didn't dare call her Dorothy) was always so nice as the librarian at Lincoln. So many times, students had not clue where to find the reference material needed to write whatever report they were assigned. Mrs. Smith always took the time to make sure we got the information we needed, or steered us to where we could find it. She was always so kind, and that's the way I will always remember her.

Peggy Hollingsworth
   Posted Fri July 07, 2017
Mrs. Smith was known to me in two ways. First, because she was a fellow high school librarian at Lincoln HS in Cambridge City, while I was at Connersville HS. And then, her husband, Dwight, was a member of our Science Department faculty at CHS for a few years, toward the end of his career, which he had begun at Connersville Junior High, as I recall. As described by the student writing the previous message, Dorothy (always Mrs. Smith!) was all about business and getting the best results educationally for her students and her staff members. The Smiths were the ultimate in what we think of as dedicated educators, devoted to teaching and learning, and inspiring all in their sphere of influence to be lifetime learners! I believe that they had successful careers and fulfilling lives!! Thank you, Dorothy and Dwight, for being role models for all.

David C. Howard
   Posted Sun July 09, 2017
Brent & Mike, Please accept our sympathy. She was a very fine lady and touched many lives. Dave & Gail Howard, Amelia Isl. Fl.

Rich and Lucretia Bigler
   Posted Tue July 11, 2017
Brent, Mike and Family,
Thinking of you and the fond memories of you, your Mom and Father.

John E. Hazelwood Jr.
   Posted Tue July 11, 2017
Sincerest condolences to the Smith family. The expression "Mrs. Smith" will always bring fond memories about a great teacher.