Erik Smithback
January 19, 1988 - February 28, 2010
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St. Joseph Catholic Church
410 West Lawrence Street
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 734-7195 | Map
Friday 3/5, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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St. Joseph Catholic Church
410 West Lawrence Street
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 734-7195 | Map
Friday 3/5, 7:00 pm
St. Mary Cemetery Appleton
2121 W Prospect Ave.
Appleton, WI 54914
(920) 734-3259 | Map
Monday 3/8, 10:00 am
Wichmann Funeral Home Tri-County Chapel
1592 Oneida Street
Menasha, WI 54952

Smithback, Erik Erik Smithback, 22, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 28, 2010 at home. Erik was born on January 19, 1988 to Danny and Sally Smithback at St. Elizabeth's hospital. He attended Catholic Central; St. Joseph's and graduated from Appleton West in 2006. Currently he was attending UW Fox Valley and working for Alta…

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Terry Armstrong left a message on March 30, 2010:
Hi, Danny...don't know if you'll remember me, but we went to junior high together & played some ball when we were young...my parents (Willie & Lilabelle) showed me your son's obituary from the paper. I just wanted to send you, Sally & the rest of your family my sympathy...sorry this is so late, but I wanted to get in touch, Terry Armstrong.
Theresa (Keller Thompson) Behling left a message on March 14, 2010:
Dear Sally & family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during one of the most difficult times a parent can face. I know your pain. I losy my son Marshall 4 years ago and most recently my loving husband Bill. Time won't completely heal the pain, but know that over time it becomes more bearable. Cherish all the happy memories and keep faith in our Lord.
Kathy Einberger Kiel left a message on March 14, 2010:
Cindy Bestor told me about your son. I am so sorry for your loss. I have a son the same age and I can not even imagine how difficult this is for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dan, Sally, Nick, and Socksie Smithback left a message on March 12, 2010:
Dear Erik, You left us too soon. You will always be in our hearts. We miss and love you very much. Please look over us and give us strength to carry on and help others. God bless you and guide others who need help. Love, Dad, Mom, Nick, and Socksie Smithback
Rachel Hassler Sessa left a message on March 12, 2010:
To the Smithback Family, You are all in my thoughts during these difficult days. May your sweet memories of Erik give you a sense of joy knowing that he lived his earthly life with passion and grace, loving and serving those he cared for deeply. Find peace in knowing that his eternal life now is one of immeasurable purpose, fullness, and love. May you find strength in our Lord Jesus who stands ready to embrace you.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Tim and Lynn McClone left a message on March 7, 2010:
Dear Sally and Family, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May your faith and the support of all your friends help you now and in the future. Tim and Lynn McClone
Tim Burgess left a message on March 5, 2010:
Words cannot describe the sadness I feel for your family. Please know if there is anything I can do just let me know. My prayers are with you.
Bob and Char Sigman left a message on March 5, 2010:
Dear Sally and Dan, We have been and are out of state but have been trying to follow the local news via the Post-Crescent online. We were so very saddened to learn of your loss of your son, Eric. We are thinking of you and wish you strength at this most difficult time. Sincerely, Bob and Char Sigman
Joan & Joe Damie left a message on March 5, 2010:
Dear Sally and family, Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Terry & Jane Moede left a message on March 5, 2010:
Dear Dan & Sally, We are so sorry to hear of the sudden death of your son Erik. This is such a tragedy, we are so sorry for your pain. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Sue (Rockney) Repyak left a message on March 5, 2010:
Dear Danny and family, Sorry to read about the loss of your son. Sending you our sympanthy. You are in our thoughts and prayers. David & Sue Repyak
Trent and Lisa Wright left a message on March 5, 2010:
Dear Dan, Sally, and Nick, We are so sad to hear of your loss. May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you at this difficult time. You will be in our prayers. Trent & Lisa Wright
Donna (Rappert) Link left a message on March 4, 2010:
Dan and Sally, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. We lost our son(Joey at age 20) 3 years ago now and truly know how difficult this time is. If there is anything I can do, or if you ever need to talk I am here. Terry and Donna (Rappert) Link
Kevin Dimmel left a message on March 4, 2010:
Smithback Family, I'm sorry for your loss and will keep your family in my prayers. Kevin Dimmel
Jean Koszalinski left a message on March 4, 2010:
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Joan Blatz left a message on March 4, 2010:
Dear Friends - I am sorry for your loss, please know that I will keep you in my prayers and am sending a stypand to a Redemptorist priest in Thailand to have Masses said for Erik. Peace
Ted and Tammy Jorgenson left a message on March 4, 2010:
Just heard the news. We are so very sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time! Love Ted and Tammy, Brittany and Brooke.
Susie and Bill Hamer left a message on March 4, 2010:
To the Smithback Family, We pray for you and your family in this time of sorrow I know it's not easy losing someone you love and need. But there will be a brighter tomorrow. God has a plan for all of you, This I must say, And he will give you strength and courage To lead you on your way. He will guide you and protect you, When you are out of sorts And he will shine his light upon you When you are at your lowest point. You feel that life is not fair To lose the one you love, But God will never steer you wrong, It"s all a part of his plan, To guide the one you love To his promised land. May the Lord watch over you and your family In this time of need.... you all are in our prayers.
Kim Hanson left a message on March 4, 2010:
Dan, Sal and Nick, I am so sorry for your loss. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do to make this very difficult time easier for you.
Eric Brooks left a message on March 4, 2010:
As a parent and to the parents, Its never easy to understand or to explain but only that my prayers go out to you and yours at this time of loss, Sorry buddy.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Mary Miller left a message on March 4, 2010:
Dan, Sally and Nick, We are so sorry about the loss of Erik. We will always remeber him skateboarding in our driveway. He was a great friend to Andy, especially when we were new to Appleton. They had that skateboarding connection. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless, Frank, Mary and Andy Miller
Mr & Mrs William DeBruin left a message on March 4, 2010:
Sally & Dan & Nick~ We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Your family is in our prayers. Blessings for you to find strength at this difficult time.... Erik is now an angel in heaven. with sincerest sympathies, Patti & Bill
Terrie Wirth Barton left a message on March 4, 2010:
Sally...I am so sorry to hear about your son...just know my thoughts and prayers are with you and if St.Mary's has a 35th reunion I would love to come up and see you..it's been a long time..I will be praying for you...Terrie
John and Pam Reilly left a message on March 4, 2010:
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son, Erik. The reasons why are not easily understood. We lost our daughter, Amanda, a little over 2 years ago and we still struggle each day. May your family find peace in the assurance that Erik is at peace now.
Marcia Hendrickson left a message on March 4, 2010:
Dear Dan & Sally, Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your son. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Marcia (Massa/Wyngaard) Hendrickson
Craig Bethke left a message on March 4, 2010:
Dan & Sally, You and your family have my deepest sympathy on the death of your son Erik. Erik will be missed be all who knew him. Sincerely, Craig Bethke
Laurie Zimmer Gossens left a message on March 4, 2010:
Sally and family, My deepest sympathy on the loss of your son. I hope you many happy memories to help you through the days ahead. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Laurie Zimmer Gossens
Kevin Klein left a message on March 4, 2010:
Dan and Sally, We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your son. You are in our prayers. Kevin & Cindy Klein
Denny Ferron left a message on March 4, 2010:
Dan and Sally - I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of Erik. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Sincerely, Denny
Kathy (Gawinski) Depies left a message on March 4, 2010:
Dear Sally and Family, I was saddened to read about the loss of your son Erik. Even though it's been a long time since we've seen each other please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Kathy (Gawinski) Depies
Joan Kossel left a message on March 3, 2010:
I am so sorry to hear about the death of Erik. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. The pain that u are in I know is incredible for my sister went thru it several years ago when she lost her son Matt at the age of 24. words cannot express how my heart goes out to you and your family. He will be in our thoughts and prayers and so will you Sally and your family. Joan Kossel(Kampo)
Carol Brown left a message on March 3, 2010:
I am deeply saddened about Erik. I know he will be greatly missed by his friends and family. As a mother of one of his friends, I had the pleasure of knowing him ~ he had a great laugh, a humble spirit and was a good friend to my son. I pray that God's healing power will bring comfort to his family and all who knew him and loved him.
Cindy Bestor left a message on March 3, 2010:
Dear Sally, Dan and Nick, I am so very sorry to hear of Erik's death. I'll be praying for you all and will see you on Friday. Much love, cindy
Mitch Frank left a message on March 3, 2010:
Captain Danno and Sal, Our deepest condolences for you and your entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you strength to handel this loss in the best way possible. Please do not hesitate to ask for any assistance we may provide now or in the future. Sail on Danno! Mitch and Wendy Frank
Mary & Paul Berkovitz left a message on March 3, 2010:
Dan, Sally & Nick: I know right now there are no words to take away the pain you are feeling. May you find comfort knowing you are being held in the Lord's arms. Will be there on Friday. Loving thoughts are with you till then. Ice and Mary
Danielle left a message on March 3, 2010:
I didnt know erik very well but his smile could light up the world, and he was a friend of my boyfriends! whenever you were down just look at Erik! and he turned everything around!! you will be greatly missed by many!! take care of your boys well your up there!! love ya and miss you
Nikki Cerney left a message on March 3, 2010:
Dear Dan and Sal, Our constant thoughts are with you. He's a beautiful young man and I enjoyed reading about his many passions and gifts. I pray for moments of peace and wonderful memories for each of you as you grieve. Please let me know if there's anything you need, errands, meals, anything. WIth great sympathy, Nikki & family
Sarah Bauer and Jeff Heimerman left a message on March 3, 2010:
Sally and Danny, Our hearts go out to you in this time of great sorrow. We are so sorry for the loss of Erik. Please know we will keep you close to our hearts, and in our thoughts and prayers. We are with you in spirit. With our sympathy and hugs, Jeff and Sarah
Nancy (Schipferling) Tellock left a message on March 3, 2010:
Sally, I am very sorry to hear about Erik's death. You and your family are in my thoughts & prayers as you go through this difficult time. Blessings, Nancy
Terry Gross left a message on March 3, 2010:
I am deeply sad and with grief for your loss. I can't imagine your hurt. Please accept my sincere condolences and prayers. Have faith. AML Terry Gross
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Mary Stierna left a message on March 3, 2010:
Dan, Sal and Nick, My deepest sympathies to you in your loss of Erik. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.
Mary Kohler left a message on March 3, 2010:
Sally and Dan, I am so sad to hear of the loss of your son; a very handsome man with a whole life ahead of him. There are some things that we will never understand. I hope you feel continual strength and support in the care and prayers of others for you. I add my prayers and thoughts as well. Sincerely, Mary Stepanski-Kohler
Mary Hull left a message on March 3, 2010:
Dan and Sally, Please accept my deepest condolences. I may not have known him, personally, but I can only imagine how hard this is. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May you feel God's strength in this difficult time. Sent With Love, Mary Hull (Cameron's mom)
Eric and Lisa Kramer left a message on March 3, 2010:
Dear Dan and Sally, We were so sad and upset to hear the news of your loss. Erik's picture is so handsome. He looks so much like Dan. We can't begin to imagine the pain you are feeling. Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for God's strength to help you through this.
Kay (Sell) Knorr left a message on March 3, 2010:
Sally and Dan - We are so sorry to hear of the loss of you son Erik. We can not imagine how you both must feel. Keep all the happy memories close to your heart and he will be with you always. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Kay & Greg Knorr
Mary Kay Schneider (Tricia and Michael's sister) left a message on March 3, 2010:
Dear Sally, Dan and Nick, Sending my sympathy and prayers for you in your loss of Erik. You're great "people" and my heart hurts for you. God Bless, with hugs to last you.
Amy & Brian St. Cyr left a message on March 3, 2010:
Dan, Sally & Nicholas, We are truly saddened to hear about the loss of Erik. Such a beautiful boy who made everyone smile. My sons will miss watching him skateboard in the driveway and play with Socksie in the backyard. Our deepest sympathies to your family in this time of need.
David Galassie left a message on March 3, 2010:
Although no words can really help to ease your loss, just know that you are very close in my thoughts and prayers. You have my deepest sympathies on the loss of your son.
Trent Nelson left a message on March 3, 2010:
Sally and family... Our family is so very sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and pray that you feel God's love and strength now more that ever. Blessings to you. Emily Nelson (along with the entire Nelson family)
Danielle Burke left a message on March 2, 2010:
Erik, You were such a great friend to all of us and we all love you so much. There are way to many great memories with you to fit on here but I will always have them in my heart. I'm so glad I had the chance to get to know you. Thank you for being an amazing guy. I will never forget you or your laugh and smile. Everything about is was perfect. To his family: I'm so sorry for your loss and you're in my thoughts and prayers always.
Jeff and Ellen Hager left a message on March 2, 2010:
Dan, Sally, and Nickolas, We have so many good memories of Erik and love him so much. We can not even imagine your pain. You are awesome parents. May God Bless you and give you strength during this great suffering. Jeff and Ellen Hager
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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