Vera D. Smith, age 93, of Bear Creek passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at ThedaCare Medical Center, New London.
Vera Dora Berndt was born on October 30, 1921 in Embarrass to Gustave and Adela (Schulz) Berndt. She was united in marriage on June 12, 1943 to Aloysius “Sonny” Smith at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bear Creek. The couple dairy farmed in the Bear Creek area for many years and she was a huge supporter of the Booster Club in Bear Creek and a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Vera’s husband Sonny preceded her in death in 1987. She enjoyed knitting, polka dancing, working in her vegetable gardens, completing puzzles, and reading books about the Amish way of life. Vera loved baking homemade bread and playing cards, especially sheepshead and smear. She was always active and on the go so relatives will fondly remember her favorite saying, “I don’t know if I’m a foot or horseback.”
Survivors include: one son, Roger (Patricia) Smith of New London; and five grandchildren: Sharon Smith of Bear Creek, Pam (Benjamin) Osterberg of Green Bay, Walter Smith of New London, Dan (Stacey) Smith of New London, and Richard (Rhonda) Smith of New London. There are 12 great-grandchildren, Lindsey and Ashley Schweitzer, Samuel and Nathaniel Osterberg, Mya, Regina, Sara, Colton, Alexis, Shanna, Emma, and Caleb Smith. There are two great-great grandchildren, Austyn and Athyn Smith. Vera is further survived by one sister, Rogean Ehlert of Shawano, and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, a great-granddaughter, Hannah Jayne Osterberg; a brother, Carl Berndt, and four sisters, Evelyn Schmidt, Beatrice Berndt, Betty Lou Nollenberg, and Myra Vomastic.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, March 30th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bear Creek. Fr. John “Jack” Mullarkey officiated and burial will be in the parish cemetery at a later date. Friends called on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until time of mass at the church. The Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Clintonville, is assisting the family. The family wishes to thank all the nurses and staff at Kindred Hearts in New London and ThedaCare at Home Hospice for the compassionate and wonderful care given to Vera.