Gerry (Geraldine) L. Smith, 88, of Minnesota City passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Mayo Clinic, St. Mary’s Campus.
Born on December 30, 1929 in St. Charles, MN to Harold and Helen (Boetcher) Emmons. Gerry married Stanley Smith on February 27, 1947. They lived in rural St. Charles for many years, moving to Minnesota City in 1963, where she resided until her move to Speltz Estates in 2017. She worked at Winona Industries and finally Lake Center (TRW) until her retirement. Gerry treasured her family. Holding her grandbabies and singing nursery rhymes to them was her greatest pleasure. She was an avid gardener and canner. She had a real passion for rock collecting (especially heavy ones). For years she was a regular at Bonnie Rae’s Café, where she enjoyed breakfast with her friends.
Gerry was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley, her parents, and three sisters. Survivors include: three brothers; her eight children, Richard (Rosella) Smith of Emery, SD, Dawn Shold of Lewiston, MN, Lorie (Hassan) Vanaki of Cape Coral, FL, Cherrie Henry of Winona, MN, Ron (Kathe) Smith of Rollingstone, MN, Brenda (Jim) Hoepner of Rollingstone, MN, Leisa (Chris) Evanson of Winona, MN, and Michelle (Patty Burfield) Smith of Brownsville, MN; 20 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 4-7p.m. Friday, June 1, 2018, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Winona, MN. A celebration of Gerry’s life will be held at 11a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018, with a visitation one hour prior at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Winona, MN. Pastor Schoell and Pastor Nelson will be officiating. Gerry’s grandchildren will serve as honorary urn bearers. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Utica, MN at a later date.
Gerry’s family gives a special thank you to Dr. Bundrick, the staff at Mayo Health Systems and Speltz Estates. We are forever grateful for the tender care she received at her final home in Lewiston.
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Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home and Crematory, Winona, MN and Fountain City, WI
The Oak Tree
A mighty wind blew night and day.
It stole the oak tree’s leaves away,
Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark
Until the oak was tired and stark.
But still the oak tree held its ground
While other trees fell all around.
The weary wind gave up and spoke,
“How can you still be standing, Oak?”
The Oak tree said, “I know that you
Can break each branch of mine in two,
Carry every leaf away,
Shake my limbs, and make me sway.
But I have roots stretched in the earth,
Growing stronger since my birth.
You’ll never touch them, for you see,
They are the deepest part of me.
Until today, I wasn’t sure
Of just how much I could endure.
But now I’ve found, with thanks to you,
I’m stronger than I ever knew.”