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Gennelle Marie (Kalina) Smith

Born: Thu., Mar. 19, 1964
Died: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Jan. 03, 2019
Location: The River Church

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jan. 04, 2019
Location: The River Church

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 Gennelle Marie Smith, age 54 of Chesterton, IN, passed away on December 29, 2018. She was born on March 19, 1964 in Des Plaines, IL to EuGene and Joann Kalina, both of whom preceded her in death.

On September 12, 1987 in Chesterton, IN, she married Dwayne Smith, who survives in Chesterton, IN. She is also survived by her loving children, Shane (Britney) Smith of Valparaiso, IN and Kalina (Bradley) Carlson of Chesterton, IN; her adoring grandsons, Oliver and Owen; her brothers: Steve (Sofia) Kalina of Elgin, IL, George (Cindy) Kalina of Lake Villa, IL, and David Kalina of Wisconsin; and by her many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her in-laws, Donalyn Smith of Portage, IN and Pamela (John) Vollmer of Osgood, IL.

Gennelle was a life-long member of the Wesleyan Church in Chesterton, now known at The River Church. She was a co-owner and beautician at Hair’s the Thing salon in Chesterton. She was also a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Chamber of Commerce, and of her Bunco Barbie Club.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11 a.m. at The River Church, 75 E 1100 N, Chesterton, IN 46304 with Pastor Allen Wright and Pastor Mike Cloud officiating. The family will receive friends for a Memorial Visitation on Thursday, January 3, 2019 from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at The River Church.

Memorial donations may be given to the P.E.O. Sisterhood: https://donations.peointernational.org/.

Arrangements are under the care of White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN.

Memories may be shared at: www.whitelovefuneralhome.com.

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Inez Seyller
   Posted Wed January 02, 2019

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Inez Seyller.

Dwayne, I am so sorry for the unexpected loss of your beloved Gennelle. I wish I could be there to celebrate the memories of her life with you and everyone who loved her. With deepest sympathy and love from your second mom.

Anthony W. Dujmovich
   Posted Wed January 02, 2019

BASKET GARDEN was sent by Donna Dujmovich and family.

Judy Burden
   Posted Thu January 03, 2019
So sorry to read about Gennelle. Such a lovely person, inside and out. I remember her from attending New Life Wesleyan. May God be with her family.

   Posted Thu January 03, 2019
Genelle touched my heart and gave me strength through a very difficult time. I will forever cherish her memory and draw from those conversations that left me stronger. God Bless her family.

   Posted Mon January 07, 2019
I met Gennelle only one time. She was kind enough to fix my damaged hair. During that time, we talked and laughed like we were old friends. I have not met anyone that I immediately felt close to within only a few minutes of meeting them. She talked about her lovely family and her love for her church. She smiled, laughed and was excited about her plans for the evening.
She also gave me some advice on a personal matter, which I did take. I wish I could have thanked her but I know we will meet again. Thank you Gennelle~

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