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Dorothy Star (Root) Smith, 62, of Manhattan, died Sunday after a courageous and extensive battle with lung disease at Mercy Regional Health Center.

The family provided some of the following information.

Dorothy was born Dec. 30, 1951, in Jersey City, N.J. and spent her childhood on a farm in rural Dwight.  She graduated from St. Xavier’s High School in Junction City in 1969, where she excelled as a student and was the recipient of a sedes sapientiae key for her outstanding citizenship and academic excellence. Upon graduation, Dorothy spent several years traveling, spending time in France, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Little did she know her travels would prepare her well for her future role of housewife to a military man.

On May 29, 1987, Dorothy was united in marriage to Steven “Brad” Smith (SSG Ret.) in Junction City. She was by his side to move the family five different times and was the head of household for three deployments. Dorothy was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church and volunteered as a catechist educator for several different parishes.  She was extraordinarily devoted to her faith and lived it.

Dorothy was of quick wit, humor and was the entertainer of the family.  She was an exceptional mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend who had a compassionate heart and was also a breast cancer survivor.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Etta and Ralph Schmedemann, of Dwight; her brother, Peter Charowhas, of Junction City; and her sister, Valerie Terzi, of St. George.

Survivors include her husband, Brad Smith of Manhattan;  five daughters, Raven (Damon) Fairchild of Manhattan, Robin (Troy) Alotis of Haleiwa, Hawaii, Scarlett (Lamont) Rankin of Ft. Meade, Md.,  Halley Campbell and Mary-Etta Smith of Manhattan;  one son, Thatcher Campbell of Manhattan; two sisters, Cherie Minkowitz of Germantown, N.Y. and Anita Schmedemann of Dwight; one brother, Ralph Schmedemann of Acton, Maine; 10 grandchildren; five nephews and three nieces.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Seven Dolors Catholic Church with the Rev. Joseph S. Popelka as celebrant.  Interment will follow in the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. A Christian Wake Service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

Memorial contributions can be made to the Seven Dolors Catholic Church and may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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