Jean Ann Smith Kitzman, 71, of Williston, North Dakota, passed away Saturday afternoon, July 11,
2015, at the Sanford Hospital in Bismarck, North Dakota.
A Memorial Service celebrating Jean’s life will be held Friday, July 17, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Apostolic
Lighthouse Church, UCP, in Williston. Pastor Ron Erickson of Lutheran Brethren Fellowship Church of Williston will officiate and Pastor David Puckett of Apostolic Lighthouse will make remarks.
Friends may visit www.eversoncoughlin.com to share remembrances of Jean or leave condolences for the family. Friends may call at the Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home on Thursday, July 16, from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and for the hour preceding the service at the church on Friday, July 17.
Jean is survived by her loving husband of 29 years, William “Bill” E. Kitzman, of Willow City, ND. Bill and Jean met in Williston and were later married in July of 1986. Born in 1987, their daughter, Billie Jean, still considers herself the luckiest “only child” with six incredible, older siblings. Bill and Jean combined their efforts to raise their seven children as one family. Bill’s employment with Noble Drilling transferred them from Williston to Evanston, WY, and then onto Mt. Pleasant, MI. They resettled in Williston in 1996 where Bill worked for Herman Oil and Petroleum Services. Bill retired in 2014.
Jean is survived by her children and grandchildren: Tim and Naoko Thome and grandson David of San Diego, CA; Stacy and Susanne Kitzman and grandchildren Mikey, Stacy (Nikki), Cady, Zeric, Jordan, and Sailor of Williston; Terry and Kimberly Thome Frady and grandchildren Kaitlyn, Paiten, and Lewis of Springfield, VA; John and Heather Kitzman and grandchildren Braylen and Misrach of Williston; Nathan and Wanda Thome and grandchildren Drake, Tyler, Natalie, and Sophia of Williston; Sam and Kelly Thome and grandchildren Samantha and Sheldon of Williston, and last but not least, her youngest, Billie Jean Kitzman of Detroit Lakes, MN.
Jean was born in Williston on February 20, 1944, to Robert and Marian Smith. She graduated from Williston High School in 1962. She was married to Robert Thome of Williston for 21 years. As a secretary, she worked at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church and Corner Chiropractic. In the following years, she was employed by Herman Oil, Economart, Walmart, and Mercy Hospital. She was very well known and adored throughout Williston by her family, classmates, colleagues, and her children’s friends
and their families. Her home was always open for drop-by guests, cups of coffee, and long conversations around her table filled with snorting laughter.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert Marvin Smith and Marian Tirzah Penman Smith of Williston; her older brother, Robert “Smitty” Allen Smith of Williston; and her sister, Carole Elaine Smith Julson, of Jacksonville, FL. Her only surviving sibling is her baby brother, William “Bill” David Smith of Houston, TX. In 2014, Jean had the distinct pleasure of reuniting with several cousins from across the country: Mary Flory Karrels of Tucson, AZ; Jane Schroeder of Milford, MA; Eric Larson of Chandler, AZ; and Victoria Spandel of Bend, OR.
Jean’s life was greatly impacted by the sudden death of her sister Carole in 1968. For 47 years, she
frequently spoke of her sister and delighted in her children and grandchildren as if they were her own. In honor of her sister, listed are the names of Carole’s children: Teri Lee Julson Hanna, Valerie Julson Smith, Tammy Sue Julson Holl, Vickie Jean Julson Wade, and Scott Michael Julson. Jean was an aunt, great aunt, and great-great aunt to many nieces and nephews from both sides of her family.
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