John M. Smith, 82, business ed teacher, tennis coach at Conestoga Valley H.S., Chautauqua fan

By on June 19, 2019

John M. Smith, 82, of Lititz, formerly of Lancaster and Mount Gretna, passed away surrounded by his loving family on June 7, 2019 at Luther Acres Retirement Community.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late J. Mason and Nora Smith. John was the husband of Margaret (Peg) Humbel Smith. They were married on September 5, 1959 and would have celebrated their 60th anniversary this year.

John was a graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School, Elizabethtown College, and Temple University. He was a retired high school business teacher and taught his first five years at Octorara High School before teaching for another 35 years at Conestoga Valley High School. In addition to his classroom duties at Conestoga Valley High, he was responsible for the school store for 30 years, and coached boys tennis for 11 years.

As a former resident of Mount Gretna, John, along with his wife, became very involved in the community activities of the Chautauqua where they resided. John was also an avid tennis player for many years. He was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and very active in his grandchildren’s lives. John never missed any of their activities or events.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his sister: Pat, wife of the late Rev. Dale Groff of York; a daughter: Julia, wife of Paul Stevenson of Hanover; a son: Timothy, husband of Sara Smith of Centreville, Va.; six grandchildren: Daniel, husband of Allison Smith; Christopher Smith; Samuel Smith; Joshua, husband of Liz Stevenson; Jaimee Stevenson; Margaret Stevenson; with one great-grandchild on the way.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister: Creeda Pickell.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, in the Luther Acres Community Room, 250 St. Luke Drive, Lititz. There will be no public viewing, and please come as you are.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Arrangements by the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Columbia/Landisville. Condolences may be posted to

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