Kathleen A. Fielis

March 25, 1947December 4, 2021


Lee Funeral Home

Kathleen Anne (Smyth) Fielis, 74, of Little River South Carolina, went to be with the Lord on December 5, 2021. Born on March 25, 1947 to James R. Smyth and Roberta M. Smyth in Camden, NJ, she immediately brought joy and laughter into the world. Kathleen went on to graduate from Sterling High School in 1965. After graduating from high school, Kathleen went on to pursue a degree in Special Education at Rowan University followed later by a Master’s Degree from Marygrove College. She started a long and successful career as a Special Education Teacher, retiring from Ocean City Intermediate School. She fought for her students to have the resources they needed and for them to be "mainstreamed" into classes with other students to help them grow and be all they could be in the world. Family came first and her children and grandchildren were her greatest love and joy. Kathleen also loved having good times with her many friends from the schools she worked in, her communities where she lived and organizations she participated in like the Elks in Little River, SC. Kathleen loved to have fun and enjoyed a good party where she could laugh and spend time with friends and family. The hole left by her absence is impossible to fill. Kathleen is survived by her sons, Joseph Fielis; Michael Baccala and wife Christy Baccala; three grandchildren, James Baccala; Nina Baccala; and Kate Baccala; her brother Richard Smyth; sister-in-law Barbara Smyth; her niece, Jacqueline Smyth and spouse Sara Solomon; along with their children, Nessa Solomon Smyth and Nick Solomon Smyth. Her parents James R. Smyth and Roberta M. Smyth; her brother, Patrick Smyth; and her late husbands, Allan Baccala and Joseph Fielis, predeceased Kathleen Fielis. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Kathleen's name to The Tim Tebow Foundation for Night to Shine. Kathleen started arranging "proms" for special needs children in her classrooms back in the 1970's. This was part of her passion to give all people in society the joys of a celebration. Services will be announced later. Visit the Everloved memorial site and to share fond memories and condolences. Lee Funeral Home and Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.

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