Anne T. Smedinghoff
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Smedinghoff, Anne T. Anne T. Smedinghoff, age 25, of River Forest, died on April 6, 2013. She was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in Kabul, Afghanistan, who was traveling with a group to deliver books to a local school in the Zabul Province. She was the beloved daughter of Thomas and Mary Beth Smedinghoff; loving sister of Mark (fiancée Lindsay Martin), Regina, and Joan Smedinghoff; cherished granddaughter of Dorothy and the late John Smedinghoff and Bernice and the late Frank Tokarski; adored niece of James (Linda), John (Patrice), Paul (Anne Kavooras), Rita (Frank) Carter, Lois (Dan) Bucaro, Gerard, and Carl Smedinghoff and Charles (Diane) Tokarski, Diane (Jeff) Cohen, Cathy (Bill Ford) Tokarski, Jean (Philip) Rehmer, Barbara Tokarski and Monica (Fred) Erdmann. Anne is loved by 22 cousins and many friends around the world. Visitation Tuesday, April 16, 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Funeral Wednesday, April 17, 10:30 a.m. at St. Luke Church, 528 Lathrop Ave., River Forest. Family and friends are asked to MEET AT THE CHURCH. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the organizations listed on to honor Anne and her work. Funeral Info: 708-383-3191 or

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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Apr. 14, 2013.
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November 12, 2016
Valenda Newell
April 6, 2014
I think this is a one year anniversary. I worked for the Teacher Education Directorate, Ministry of Education, Kabul in 2012. I didn't meet Anne personally, although we worked there at the same time. I couldn't get to Kandahar because of the danger, but reviewed their teacher education data. Anne's efforts, hard work, heart made a valuable difference for Afghans, our country, and humankind. She is the best, she is eternal. She gives me strength for my work.
Ken Peterson
March 3, 2014
March 3, 2014
I worked at the Ministry of Education in Kabul late in 2012, evaluating teacher education programs. Now, I keep her picture near my work desk. I know the needs she met, and the difference she made for Afghans and our country. --Ken Peterson (Tualatin, OR)
Ken Peterson
January 11, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Walter Crawford
May 14, 2013
I am very sorry for your loss and offer my prayers and deepest condolences. God Bless.
walterrean salley
April 24, 2013
My sincere condolences to you and family. My prayers are with you all. Much love.
Carol Strickland
April 23, 2013
Acknowledging your loss. With deepest sympathy. God bless.
walterrean salley
April 20, 2013
My daughter is also working in international development and she has spent and will spend more time in
Afghanistan. I feel your loss and I hope that knowing that others keep you in their thoughts will give you some solace. Our children are trying to bridge a very difficult cultural gap and they need to be acknowledged and remembered for their spirit as well as their effort to help bring peace to our very troubled world.
Emma Bramble
April 18, 2013
If we secure ourselves against the storms of this life by grounding our souls in the Words of our God, covering our sorrows within his loving embrace, and trusting his strength will support our weaken hearts,we have nothing to fear.We don't need to understand it all,we just need to hold his hand to find peace. He will guide us through all of life's storms, even this one.
Our deepest heartfelt sympathies to the entire Smedinghoff family.
Marie & Ashley Zych
April 18, 2013
My husband is currently serving at the Embassy in Kabul; he, along with many of our friends, knew Anne. The Foreign Service is a small community. As a FSO myself (and a PD officer) I may not have known her, but I feel like I did. And I am so very, very sorry for your loss.
RaeJean Stokes
April 18, 2013
I can tell by Anne's smile that she loved life. May the family draw comfort from God. James 4:8
April 17, 2013
God Bless the Smedinghoff family. Your Anne was a bright light carrying love and hope to those who were in darkness. No words of sympathy can address your loss...her death is a loss for all of us....

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:….....
A time to be born, and a time to die……
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace...

I did not know Anne...but seems she must have been a beaon of peace.

Phyllis O'Neill
A friend of Sue's from St. Raymond
April 17, 2013
I did not know Anne, but I mourn her passing, and I will not forget her. My most sincere condolences to her family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss which is truly a loss for us all. The world is a better place because of Anne's heart and mind. I hope that you can somehow find comfort in that truth. Let us all try to make this world a better place in memory of Anne, an extraordinary young women who was taken from us much too soon. God bless you all.
April 17, 2013
My deepest sympathy to Anne's family for your loss of such a precious life. She was a truly an inspiring person. May God bless you.
Lynne Kremer
April 17, 2013
I never met Anne, yet I have tears in my eyes. May you find some comfort in knowing she touched many lives in her 25 years.
Dee Brahm
April 17, 2013
We are so very sorry for your loss and pray the Lord will Bless your family with peace and comfort.
May Anne's efforts inspire us all to be kinder to our neighbors at home and abroad.
M/M Brian Standish
River Forest, Illinos
Brian Standish
April 17, 2013
You will be missed by everyone who knew and Loved you especially your Mom and Dad . I lost my Dad in December and I miss him so much I still to this day cry everytime I think of him. Go with God and hurt no more.
Peggy and Jim Ritter
April 16, 2013
Praying for Anne and her family. I worked wit Rita and Lois years ago at Kroch's and Brentano's. My thoughts are with you all.
Rob Baker
April 16, 2013
We are inspired by Anne's amazing life, humbled by your family's grace with her loss and extremely saddend that people in this world are unable see the beauty life has to offer. Our sincere condolences.
Tracy and Dan Hollenbach
April 16, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
Brian O'Rourke
April 15, 2013
May your hearts heal with God guiding arms around you all I'm so so sorry to hear about this!
April 15, 2013
Words can never help in this time of all your sorrows I'm so so sorry for your lost of a beautiful young woman may god keep you in his arms!
April 15, 2013
Our family's deepest sympathy for your extraordinary loss.
Monica Koziol
April 15, 2013
We are sending this message to the family with our deepest sympathy.Your hearts must be breaking with pain for your loss.We are long lost friends of Dorothy the grandmother of Anne. we grew up with Dorothy. My sister May Koziol and I Dorothy Dronski aka Raulinaitis, send her this message. Call my sister May if you can, her number is in Littletown Co, 1-303-948-1081. My cell is in Countryside Il. 1-708-612-3355. Sorry for your loss. Dorothy D.
dorothy dronski
April 15, 2013
Marlene M. Bryant I'm so sorry for your loss, it has been a privilege to know her brother Mark and hear about Anne, I know she will be kept in Gods loving arms.
April 15, 2013
Thank God for people like Anne who run toward chaos with hopeful hearts. God bless and keep her.
April 14, 2013
Tom and Mary, you are in my thoughts and prayers as well as your surrounding families.
Jane Nolting
April 14, 2013
God Bless Anne and the entire family. This was a tragedy and I'm so sorry for your loss. May Anne RIP.
Judi C
April 14, 2013
god bless you Anne ,and god bless your family xo
gina peabody
April 13, 2013
sorry for your loss,"happy are the mild -tempered ones,since they will inherit the earth."matt5:5...........~
April 13, 2013
To Annes' dear family, I'm so sorry for the loss of your dearest beloved Anne....what a compassionate, precious kindhearted sou, beautiful inside & out...May she rest in peace with our loving heavenly father & may God comfort you all with HIS love & peace! With christian love & prayers for your family & may God bless you all!
April 12, 2013
Stay close to family, pray cherish happy moments. God bless your family. I am sorry for your loss.
Cathy W
April 12, 2013
I am a former Oak Parker and my daughter, an OPRF grad, is also a foreign service officer in her twenties. Anne's parents, my heart goes out to you for your loss. You are in my prayers.
Amy Bernstein
April 12, 2013
Anne was a lovely girl with a caring heart.She will be missed!
Nan DeVito
April 12, 2013
April 12, 2013
What a great asset to our great country. Taken to soon. Neverrr achieving her true potential.
Jonathan Peiser
April 12, 2013
May you find comfort in Rev 22:3,4
April 11, 2013
Rip Anne
April 11, 2013
I am so grieved for the loss of your beautiful daughter. My heart goes out to you... she will be well remebered and all she stood for will not be for nought.
April 11, 2013
We are sorry for the death of your daughter. Her selfless work will be remembered. To end all the evil in this world will take a higher power to intervene. This is a promise from God. (Isaiah 3:11, John6:40)
April 11, 2013
To the family and friends of Anne, please accept my sincere condolences on this great loss. What an amazing woman! I admire her drive, strength, courage and huge heart. It's a comfort you realize she died while doing something she was passionate about and maybe that gives you some peace. Though nothing can replace her, just know she's now your guardian angel with an even bigger and better job......
Heather Henriquez
April 11, 2013
Pamela Poole-Moss
April 11, 2013
To the Smedinghoff family-We did not know your daughter, but have read about her and heard about the impact of her life in her family, hometown, our nation and our world. Our world is often a hurting, dangerous place, and Anne so obviously made a difference. May her light, that shone so briefly here on earth, be a testament and a light and an inspiration to those she worked with, her friends and you, her family; to help you to keep faith, keep looking up and to further what she had already accomplished! May our Lord bless you and keep you at this time and in the coming days and years-Anne's loving presence will always be in your hearts.
Sincerely, the St. Clair family in Skokie, IL
April 11, 2013
April 10, 2013
R.I.P. Anne. I have never met you but what I read in the paper, your parents raised an Amazing Young Lady.
April 10, 2013
A selfless person Anne was, very few ppl come into the world and want to give their heart and soul to make it a better place ...she believed so much in her work she even risked her life. Truly an amazing women and its a honor to know about her ...May the God of all comfort give u peace at this difficult time...
April 10, 2013
I am heartbroken for all of Anne's family. I hope that time allows you to heal from your tremendous loss. What a special person she must have been.
Anne Beverley Donnellan
April 10, 2013
Our hearts are saddened to learn of such a tragedy and pray that your hearts will mend as time permits. Your daughter, Anne, reflects your enormous love and dedication to mankind and we extend our deepest condolences to your entire family. God's love and peace to you all during this most difficult time.
Fran and Clar Barbic
April 10, 2013
For Anne's soul, her family and friends. For the hope of Peace which would prevent the existence of "war zones" in the first place. PEACE ON EARTH.
Catherine (Boeh) McKinley '71
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