Caryl Ann Batchelder Smith passed away March 20, 2017, after a 15-year battle with ovarian cancer. Per Caryl's wishes, there will be no service.
Caryl was adopted by Frances (Kolarik) and Romant Batchelder shortly after her birth. Her sister, Janet (Aldrich), joined the family some seven years later.
Caryl was married to Tom Smith in 1956. They lived in several places in the Alburnett / Cedar Rapids area before moving to Minnesota. They had three children, Julie, Melody and Tim. ln later years, Caryl reconnected with her five birth siblings.
She was preceded in death by daughters, Melody and Julie; and three of her birth siblings.
Hubby Tom resides in Grundy Center. Son Tim (wife Sandra) and their children, Kayla and Josh, live in Hastings, Minn. Son-in-law Leroy Oetker and his sons, Jeffrey (wife Carley) and Thomas (wife Tressa) and children, Alyssa and Sophie, all live in the Grundy Center area, and Leroy's youngest son, Christopher, and his daughter, Lorelei, live in Cedar Rapids.
Caryl had an endless amount of courage and optimism. As Kayla said in a school paper, she will always be our hero.
P.S. Now you don't have to watch "Dancing With the Stars" unless you want to. Luv u sis!!