Gail June Dahlberg Smith, 78, of New London, went peacefully in her sleep to be with her heavenly Father on January 24, 2015. She was at St. Joseph’s Residence where she was lovingly cared for by everyone.
Gail was born June 23, 1936, in Irma, Wisconsin to Hjalmar and Emma Dahlberg. She was the youngest of seven children who all preceded her in death. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Kenneth Smith. Also surviving are her three children, Randy (Lesley) Smith of Green Bay, Tim (Pam) Smith of New London, and Lani Smith of Brownsville, Texas; four grandchildren, Rachel (Ben) Peterson of Minneapolis, Heather Walker of Green Bay, Ryan Smith of Neenah, and Erica Smith of Green Bay; three great-grandchildren, Kelyn, Mikaila, and Reyanna Walker of Green Bay. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Gail was a long time resident of New London.
She worked for the New London School District for 24 years. She was also a member of Emanuel Ev. Lutheran Church in New London for 45 years. Gail’s greatest joy was her family. Her husband, Ken, was the love of her life. They enjoyed taking their trailer to go camping up north. During the winter months they would head south to Brownsville, Texas. Gail enjoyed walking on the beach, watching birds, and spending time with her winter Texan friends. Gail’s happiest times were when her whole family was together. Whether it was watching the kids open presents at Christmas, hunting for Easter eggs, or getting married, family meant everything to her. Music was always an important part of Gail’s life. She was an accomplished pianist and organist who would frequently play piano at church in Brownsville. Gail also participated in the hand bell choir at Emanuel. Even in her final days Gail enjoyed listening to music. Gail kept herself busy with her different crafts. She made clay jewelry, beeswax ornaments, and cards. For any special occasion she would get out her stamps and work on creating a special unique card. Gail’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude to all the nurses and staff at St. Joseph’s Residence for the warm tender-loving care they gave her. A special thank you goes out to Tina and Roy and Heartland Hospice for their support and compassion in making Gail comfortable in her final days.
The funeral service for Gail will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Emanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, New London, with Rev. Marcus Schulz officiating. Family and friends are invited to gather at Cline and Hanson Funeral Home on Monday evening from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and again directly at church Tuesday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Tomahawk, WI.