Florence D. Smith (nee Merten)
13, 1916 – Nov. 29, 2012
Florence Smith, 96, a lifetime Waukesha resident, died Thursday, Nov.
29, 2012, at the Virginia Health & Rehabilitation Center in
Waukesha. She was born in Waukesha on Aug. 13, 1916, the oldest child of
C.H. and Dorothy (nee Brandt) Merten.
Florence attended Hadfield Elementary School and graduated from Waukesha
High School in 1934.
Flo will be remembered for her exceptional love, dedication and guidance
to her family. She and her high school sweetheart and husband, Orlie,
loved traveling and new experiences.
In the early ’60s they made several trips to Europe. They loved to
camp and visited 49 of the 50 U.S. states. She was the “ears” for
Orlie, who lost his hearing during his teen years.
After raising her four children, she began her career helping others,
first as a teaching assistant at Mothers Day Out, and later as a
teacher’s aide, assisting special needs individuals in the Waukesha
Florence was a lifetime member at Grace Lutheran Church, where she
taught Sunday school, was a member of the Ladies Aid, choir and
Missionary Society, and was a 75-plusyear member of the East Side
She will also be remembered for her crafts. Her yard animals, at her
home on East Avenue, “participated” in numerous school class
trips and were involved in many Christmas and Easter church programs.
Florence will be sadly missed by her daughter, Katharine J. (Robert)
Young of Denver; son, Andrew C. (Connie) Smith of Waukesha; and
daughters- in-law, Jacki (Gene) Goetz of Waukesha and Helen Smith of
Saginaw, Mich. She is further survived by her grandchildren, Mark, Eric,
Daniel, Shellie, Robert, Joseph, Shawn, Carrie, Sarah, Christopher,
Jennifer, Robert, Karol, Stephanie, Erin and Michael. She will be
greatly missed by her great-grandchildren, Christine, Brandon, Leslie,
Ashley, Brittany, Caryn, Megan, Gabriel, Isabelle, Miranda, Heather,
Kylene, Emily, Brooke, Zachary, Justine, Christopher, Alexandria,
Natalie, Robert, Colin, Taylor, James, Alison, Patrick, Nicolas, Grace,
Jack, Roxanne, Jeremy and Joshua; her great-great
granddaughters, Brianna and Julia; her sister-in-law and close friend,
Martha Merten; and numerous other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of
68 years, Orlie; their sons, Thomas and Charles; grandson, Matthew; and
great-great grandson, Stephan. She is also preceded in death by her
sisters, Irma, Lillian and Grace, and her brothers, Raymond and William.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral service
Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 700 Beechwood
Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. The Rev. Arthur Koepsell is officiating.
Interment will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Prairie Home Cemetery. Please
meet at Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha,
at 9:30 a.m. for a procession to the cemetery.
If desired, memorials to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church are
Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services is
honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the
funeral home at 547-4035 or visit our website at www.waukeshafunerals.com
for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.