In Loving Memory of Ann Smisek July 13, 1935- November 16, 2010 Daughter of Maxine and Clarence Hauber, Ann was born and raised in Los Angeles. Valedictorian of Bishop Conaty Memorial High School in 1953, she won 1st place in the California state Science Fair the same year, and continued her education at Immaculate Heart college and earned a BA in English and Philosophy. In 1956 Ann married Richard Smisek, her husband for more than 54 years, and together they had six children; Jan (son-in-law Martin Moore), Jill (son-in-law Mark Maroney) Brett, Kevin, Eric, and Ada, as well as two grandchildren; Rachel and Adrian Maroney. In 1978 she received her Masters of Science in Education, in Counseling and Guidance with honors from California Lutheran University, and began her 20-year career with Torrance Unified School District. Forever giving of herself, Ann had a passion for volunteerism. She started with the Red Cross, PTA, and she and Richard pioneered the girls soccer program with AYSO. A Torrance resident since 1961, Ann gave back generously to the community through serving on the boards of many local organizations: Torrance Sister City Association, Torrance Cultural Arts Center Foundation, Switzer Learning Center, Torrance Historical Society, Torrance Women's Club, and she was very proud to be a founding member of Friends of the Torrance Theatre Company. In 2003 Ann was honored with the Switzer Center Woman of the Year award, and just this October received the Excellence in Arts- Katy Geissert award. Between volunteering and caring for her beloved dog Marilyn and cat Tigger, Ann was an avid world traveler and a voracious reader, as well as a skilled craftswoman, and a Bunco Babe. She was never happier than when she was surrounded by family and friends, both domestic and from all corners of the world. Her generosity, vivacious spirit, and graciousness will be greatly missed. Please join in a celebration of her life on Monday, November 29th at 11am at the Armstrong Theater in the Torrance Cultural Arts Center at 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance 90503, followed by a reception at the Toyota Meeting Hall.

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  1. Ann was my best friend. In the over 40 years of our friendship we have shared so many wonderful memories. She was BIGGER than life and looked so much taller than I though only 2 inches separated us. I think that she was always elevated in my eyes because of all the GOOD DEEDS she did every day in her life. I morn her passing but will keep our moments together in my memory forever. She was a ture “Woman of Valor”.

  2. Oh my goodnnes. How do we proceed from here. Ann was my second mother and her chldren my best friends and mates growing up and trying to figure this world out. I can’t imagine life without her for myself and my family. I really can not imagine how you, her true family, are getting through this. I want to be there to hold you all. I love you all deeply. You have all made me the person I am today. I am with you in heart and spirit. Please call me if you ever need to talk. I love you so, papa Dick. Ann was an angel and will always be an angel. Love, Terry Bean and the entire Bean family.

  3. The world won’t be the same without you in it Ann. I have great memories of the time you shared with your kids, and those that you helped out at school. You assisted so many of us at West Torrance High. I will always remember the joy I felt coming to your house to visit, and the time you shared with all of us unruly teenagers from the 70’s. Most of all it was kindness, the way you enjoyed life, and your smile, that I remeber most. I feel so lucky to know those qualities,and that you have passed them down to your two beautiful daughters. Thank you for sharing and giving away your joy for life.

  4. Ann was a very special person. She was always happy and willing to help everyone. She will be missed by her family and so many friends. Her house was always the fun place to be and she had the best family parties. As kids, we loved going to her house. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. Love, Mark and Lisa Zachan

  5. Dear Smisek Family, Ann and I just met. She was the head Docent at my home during the recent Home Tour. She made me feel at ease with the event and 100’s of people coming to our home while I was working 1 of the days. Ann had an assured calmness and kindness along with a taking care of business presence. She was special, she was someone I wanted to know better and learn from. I looked for her on the eve of the “after the tour” gathering at the History Museum. I hugged and thanked her for taking such good care of our home. She was modest and gracious. May you find some comfort knowing how much she touched so many lives. My heartfelt condolences to all of you. Stephanie Turner

  6. I have wonderful memories of coming home with Jan after school during grade school at Victor and later West High, and her mom was always smiling and waiting to hear about our day. She contributed so much time and energy to her kids and to all of their friends. She was always the first to offer a hand to make whatever activity we were involved in more special. And she was so easy to talk to about stuff that was bothering us. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Kathy (Stull) Harris

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