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Ann E. Smart

December 6, 1954 — December 26, 2022

Ann Elizabeth (nee Fauerbach) Smart 68, was born to Eternal Life, with her family at her side on Monday, December 26, 2022. Ann was born in Madison, Wisconsin, on December 6, 1954, the daughter of Richard and Mary (Gorman) Fauerbach. She was a graduate of Catholic Memorial High School. On December 7, 1974, she married Robert J. Smart at St. Mary Catholic Church, Waukesha, Wisconsin, beginning an amazing story, joining two people in love, friendship and partnership. Together, Ann and Bob built the successful business of Waukesha Machine & Tool Company, where she was the chief operating officer, pretty much running the whole show, from HR to Payroll to Purchasing, not to mention Accounts payable and receivable. She was the glue that held the company together. They worked side by side to remodel three homes, where they raised two sons and numerous Springer Spaniels. Their home was always open to family and friends, who Ann delighted in entertaining especially during Christmas or around the pool in the summer. Ann had no special talents in decor or floral arranging but was a great cook! Ann will be remembered for her strong, wise personality, her warmth and fun-loving nature. She started each morning with the crossword puzzle and capped off the evening watching Jeopardy. Her grandsons will remember their daily trips to Culver’s for the Flavor of the Day. Most of all, Ann will be remembered for her generous heart, and her love for her family.

Ann will be cherished by her family, husband, Bob Smart, sons, Michael (Karla), Big Sky, Montana; Jeffrey, Waukesha; sisters, Mary Ellen Aspenson Waukesha, and Kathleen (La Verne ‘Doc’) Best, Orangeville, Illinois. She is the proud grandma of Tanner and Landon Smart; aunt of Kaitlyn Best, Eric (Hayley) Best and Peter Aspenson. She is further survived by her in-laws, Sally (Tom) Cherek, Archie Buth; John (Holly) Smart, Steve (Laurie) Smart and many Smart nieces and nephews.

Ann is pre-deceased by her parents, Richard and Mary Fauerbach and her sisters-in-law Mary Smart Black and Barbara Buth.

The family extends gratitude to Ann’s caregivers.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, from 11:30 am until the 1:30 pm funeral Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorials are appreciated to St. Mary Catholic Church or Catholic Memorial High School, 601 E. College Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186.
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