Obit: Smith, Loretta Helena (1918 - 2019)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Smith, Kudek, Shield, Wagner, Northup, Campbell, Kosowesky, Robinette, Walz, Schubert, LeMahieu

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) /2019

Smith, Loretta Helena (30 June 1918 – 18 September 2019)

Loretta Smith, 101, of Granton died Sept. 18, 2019.

Loretta Helena Schield was born June 30, 1918, in Neillsville and lived most of her life in Granton.

The daughter of area farmers Frank Schield and Anna Kudek, Loretta attended teacher training school in Neillsville. After graduation, she taught grades one through eight at various one-room schools in the Neillsville and Granton areas. While working as a teacher, she met Vernon Edward Albert Smith, who was serving on the school board at the time.

In 1941, just before turning 23, Loretta married Vernon, a Granton native and three years her elder. They owned and operated a dairy farm in the Granton area, where they raised their 13 children. In the late 1950’s, Vernon opened Vern’s TV in Neillsville, a TV sales and repair store, and after Vernon’s tragic death in an aviation accident in 1971, Loretta took over store operations.

Loretta was a very positive lady who loved life and was a kind and generous soul. Shew loved her cats and her garden, but most of all, she loved her family. Ready with stories from her youth and teacher years, she always put on a smile for visitors. She was a faithful pen pal to those who wrote to her and became the de-facto family historian. She left behind many well organized photo albums.

A woman of the greatest generation, Loretta was a devoted Catholic and seldom missed a mass. She live to get to know and spend time with her children’s children and beyond in a life full of years and blessings.

Loretta is survived by her 13 children, Gail Tessa Wagner, Kathleen (Ronnie) Northup, Gene (Debbie) Smith, Dorothy Campbell, Russell (Carol) Smith, Ken (Dorothey) Smith, Lois (Ron) Kosowesky, Sanford (Starla) Smith, Sandra Robinette, Janet Walz, Diane (Tom) Schubert, Bruce (Julie) Smith and Virginia (Robert) LeMahieu; dozens of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter, a total of 90 direct descendants. She leaves a legacy of education; several of her children and grandchildren are teachers. She was very beloved and will be greatly missed.

A funeral mass will be held Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. with visitation an hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery.




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