Meyer Smith (1933
February 9, 2012
Green Bay Press-Gazette .
Barbara M. "Barb"
Smith, 78, Gillett, died on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012.
Barb was born on Oct.
11, 1933, in Strawn, Ill., the daughter of the
late Louis and
Margaretha (Gerlach) Meyer.
Barb was a 1951
graduate of Forrest Strawn Wing High School, in
Strawn, Ill. and then
attended and graduated from Methodist School of
Nursing in Peoria, Ill.
She worked for Dr. Whitaker upon graduation in
Upon her marriage to
Clayton Smith on Aug. 30, 1958, in Sibley, Ill.;
she made her home in
Gillett and joined the staff of Community Memorial
Hospital in Oconto
Falls, as a surgical nurse. She then joined the staff at
Gillett Nursing Home and
eventually became Director of Nurses until her
retirement in 1997. Barb
was often willingly on call 24/7 at the nursing
home when needed, and
upon her retirement she also continued to do volunteer
work at the nursing
home. She worked there two weekends a month on an "as
Barb was a member of
St. John's Lutheran Church, Gillett. She loved
cooking and was always
ready to help prepare St. John's Corned Beef and
Cabbage Meal on St.
Barb was a substitute
school bus driver for her father-in-law, Gwynne
Smith, and later for her
husband Clayton. She also worked with the former
Gillett Joint Ambulance
Service as EMT, when needed.
Barb was an avid bowler
on various local teams for over 40 years,
attending many bowling
For several years, Barb
was also a member of the Berry Lake Assoc. and
met with The Ladies of
the Lake every other week for brunch. She was proud
when she and her husband
were selected as Gillett's 4th of July Parade Grand
Marshalls in 2009. Barb
also was a member of the Gillett American Legion
Auxiliary Post 300, in
addition to the Gillett VFW Auxiliary Post 8314.
Barb was involved in
the community serving as Gillett City Alderman
from April of 1974 until
April of 2011 and Oconto County Supervisor from
January, 2001 up until
the time of her death.
Barb is survived by her
husband Clayton; two sons Kevin and Darrell;
two grandsons, Andrew
and Alex; sister-law, Nancy Smith; brother-in-law, Art
Gandt. Other survivors
include nieces and nephews, Tom (Nancy) Upstone,
Steve Ziegler, Sue
(Upstone) Hancock, Randy MacSwain, Wendy MacSwain, Robin
Schwantes; great-nieces, nephews along with many, many
friends; and Frenchy,
Barb was preceded in
death by two sisters and brothers-in-law Winifred
(Bob) Ziegler; Margo
(Karl) Upstone; two sisters-in-law Jean Gandt and Gail
A visitation will be
held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at St. John's
Lutheran Church, 101
West Main St., Gillett from 9 a.m. until memorial
services at 11 a.m. with
the Rev. Harvey H. Jeffers officiating. Interment
at Wanderers Rest
Cemetery, Gillett. Graveside services will be held at a
Kuehl Funeral Home P.O.
Box 317 Gillett, WI 54124-0317; (920) 855-2144
is assisting Barb's
family with arrangements. Please visit our website at
www.kuehlfuneralhome.com to write messages of condolence
and sign the guest
book if you are unable
In lieu of flowers, the
family requests that memorials be sent to
either, The American
Asthma Foundation, Four Embarcadero Ctr.; Suite 3150
San Francisco, CA
94111-4113 or The COPD Foundation 2937 SW 27th Ave., Suite
302 Miami, FL 33133.
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