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. Barbara Meyer Smith (1933 - 2012).

Collected and contributed by:  Bill Fonferek

. 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
needed" basis.

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. Patrick's Day.

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 tournaments.

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
MacSwain, Tammie Schwantes; great-nieces, nephews along with many, many
friends; and Frenchy, her cat.

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
later date.

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 to write messages of condolence and sign the guest
book if you are unable to attend.

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.