Waneta W. Smith, 94, passed away on Jan. 27, 2010, in Albuquerque, N.M. She was born Waneta Wilhelmine Wieseke on Sept. 25, 1915, in Bertha, Minn., to Bertha and William Wieseke.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, five sisters, infant daughter Kathryn and beloved husband, Ward.
She is survived by one sister, Edna Carlson (age 101), of California. She leaves behind sons David (Jeanie), of Albuquerque, N.M., Daniel (Tammy), of Chehalis, Wash., and Jeffrey (Kimberly), of Santa Claus, Ind. She was grandmother to Brian (Sharon), Tana (Scott) Angerman, Gregg, Mollie, Benjamin, Allison and Lucas and great-grandmother to Levi-Luke, Jacob, Jacksen, Zachary, Isabella, Ian, Owen and Jesper. Important to her were many nieces and nephews and their families and special friends across the country.
Neta grew up in Bertha, Minn., attended Moorhead State Teachers College and married Ward Smith on Christmas Day, 1942. After the war they raised their family in Rhinelander, Wis., and Klickitat, Wash. They retired to Hood River, Ore., in 1978.
Neta was a teacher. She was active in church, Republican Women, card playing and golf.
After Ward’s death in 2001, she moved to Albuquerque, leaving behind many close friends.
Gradually her dementia became worse, yet she could still win a game of cards! Her caregivers always remarked about her loving and easy-going nature. We are so thankful to everyone who cared for her and became a part of her life.
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