June 24, 1935 – September 6, 2019
Margarete Hedwig Friederika Groppe Smith, age 84, of Austin, Texas, passed away September 6, 2019 at Hospice Austin Christopher House. Margarete was born to Meta and Hubert Groppe in Bielefeld, Germany on June 24, 1931. She spent her childhood in Germany during World War II. Following the war, the family settled in Bonn, Germany where she attended business school and later moved to London, England to work as a translator for Die Welt, a German daily newspaper.
She met her husband R. Brian Smith M.D. in London on a blind date. They were married in Germany in 1963. After their wedding, Margarete and Brian moved to the United States so that he could complete his residency in anesthesia at the University of Virginia. Together they raised two children, Corinne and Malcolm, living first in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and then in San Antonio, Texas, for nearly 40 years. Margarete was first and foremost a wife, mother and grandmother.
She enjoyed golf, tennis, symphony, reading, cooking, interior design, traveling and entertaining. After raising their children, Margarete and Brian particularly enjoyed spending time in San Diego where they golfed often with friends. Margarete was married to Brian for 51 years until his passing in 2014. Margarete moved to Austin in 2016 and lived at the Atria and most recently at the Village at the Triangle.
The family wishes to thank Seton Medical Center Austin, Buckner Villas and Hospice Austin Christopher House for the loving care she received during this past year.
She is survived by her son Malcolm Smith and his husband Mark Nuzkowski, daughter Corinne Smith and grandson Ian Smith. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Brian, loving companion Ray Timco, and parents Hubert and Meta Groppe.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday September 11, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home at 3125 N. Lamar in Austin, Texas. A private graveside service will be held in San Antonio at a later date.
The family kindly requests that people consider making donations to Hospice Austin Christopher House, in lieu of sending flowers.
- Memorial Service Wednesday, September 11, 2019
September 13, 2019
I was saddened to hear of Margarete’s passing. I have many fond memories of playing tennis with her at Oak Hills Country Club.
We always enjoyed having lunch afterwards and catching up with each other about our families.
The last time I saw her, I guess a few ago, we had a nice conversation and she looked great.
Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Nancy Stern Bain
September 11, 2019
Dear Corinne, Malcolm and family,
My parents knew Margarete as they are residents of Atria, and sometimes had dinner with her and mutual friend, Roz Robson. Recently, my mother, Cathy, was in Buckner Villas for more rehabilitation after falling and breaking her hip. A few days before my mother was released, I was visiting her when a woman came up to me in the hall and asked where the restroom was. She looked so familiar that I asked her if she used to live at Atria. She said yes, and then told me her name. I quickly brought my mother out of her room to see your mother. When Margaret saw her, she said, "Oh! It's you!" And they both smiled and spoke for several minutes. It was a special moment for my mom, and for me. I am very glad that they got to see each other one more time. Roz has been in touch with me about your mother. I am so sorry we could not be at the memorial service today. I am moving my parents next week to an assisted living facility as both of them need much more care now. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and know that your mother, a delightful person, will be missed and not forgotten!
Nancy Stern Bain and parents Herb and Cathy Stern
September 8, 2019
May your family be comforted by sweet memories of your mother and grandmother when she was vibrant and healthy. With sympathy.