July 13, 1935 ~ November 16, 2010
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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