Kathryn M. “Kat” Smith, Valparaiso

Kathryn M. “Kat” Smith, 35, of Valparaiso, died Thursday (August 23) at Methodist Hospital North in Gary. She was born in Huntingburg April 17, 1983, to Richard Alan and Charlene D. (Ruckriegel) Smith.

Kat enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with her family.

She is survived by two sons, Joey and Charlie Taylor, both of Huntingburg; one step-daughter, Maisie Taylor, Huntingburg; her companion, Cliff Handley, Valparaiso; her father, Richard Alan Smith, Valparaiso; one brother, Elijah Smith, Jasper; her maternal grandmother, Lois Ruckriegel, Jasper; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Charlene Ruckriegel Smith.

Friends may call from 1-5 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at a later date.

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