Adeline C. Smith

Adeline C. Smith, nee Berres, 96, of West Bend, died on Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at Kathy Hospice in the town of Polk.

She was born on June 3, 1910 in Barton to the late Edward and Pauline (nee Otten) Berres.

At an early age, her family moved to West Bend, and as a young adult, Adeline worked at Enger Kress Co. for a few years. She then became employed at the former Schultz Brothers Store until her marriage.

On June 29, 1943, she was united in marriage to Kenneth Smith at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Kenny predeceased in November, 1973.

In 1963, she started working at the City Bakery in West Bend, until retiring in 1976.

Adeline was a member of the former St. Mary’s Sodality for St. Ann’s Society, the Christian Women’s Confraternity at Holy Angels, the Apostolate of Suffering, Mission Circle No. 41, Legion of Mary, the National Society of Catholic Foresters and St. Joseph’s Community Hospital Auxilliary where she also volunteered as a Pink Lady.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Charlotte Berres of West Peoria, Ill.; nieces and nephews, Alan Becker of Thiensville, James (Adrienne) Becker of Woodstock, N.Y., Robert (Lesa) Becker of Sterling, Neb., Mary (Bruce) Barker of West Bend, Paul (Kathryn) Berres and Betty Frost, both of the Peoria, Ill. area and Pat DeMoss of Calif,; great-nieces and great-nephews, Samantha (Bruce) Crownover, Melissa Becker, Meredith (Tom) Nocilla, Alison Becker, Andrew Becker, Jonathan Becker, Daniel Becker, Hannah Becker, Elisabeth Becker, Jacob Becker, Caleb Becker, Samuel Becker, Esther Becker, Kathleen (Dan) Wise, Christine Miller, Andy Miller, Brandon Barker, Pia Barker and Benjamin Barker; a great-great-niece Lilly Crownover; a great-great-nephew Ian Barker; other great-nieces and great-nephews in the Peoria, Ill. area; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence Berres; a sister, Verona Becker; a brother-in-law, Melvin Becker; a niece-in-law, Linda Becker; a nephew-in-law, Richard Frost and a great-nephew-in-law, Michael J. Barker.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 21, at 11 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church, West Bend, with Fr. Gerald Brittain presiding.

Interment of the cremated remains will be in Holy Angels Cemetery, West Bend.

Following the Mass, the family will greet relatives and friends during a reception in the church hall.

Memorials to the Holy Angels School Trust Fund are appreciated.

The Schmidt Funeral Home, West Bend, is assisting the family

The family would like to extend sincere thank yous to the following people and organizations:

To Dr. Muhammad Mian and his nurse, Sue, for their expert guidance of Adeline’s health concerns and for their kindness to her; to Kathleen and Heather, Washington County social workers, for their perseverance in giving us the best options for Adeline over the years; to Gemini Helping Hands and all the wonderful ladies who spent many evening hours with Adeline; to AseraCare Hospice and especially Pam and Susan, who assisted us at home; to The Kathy Hospice and the staff who spent the last hours with Adeline - Gayle, Kathy and Angie; to The Threshold Inc., who without hesitation allowed Mary to put her job on hold and stay home with Adeline for four weeks; to Father Brittain and the congregation of Holy Angels for their prayers and loving thoughts.

A special thanks to Father Brittain for mentioning Adeline in his homily at Masses on June 3 and 4 to help bring the story of Pentecost to life. When she was told about this, it brought great joy and satisfaction to her during her time of suffering to know that she had, in some way, been part of the Mass.

Thanks, also, to Deedee who did some expert home beauty visits; and an extra thank you to Adeline’s dear and faithful friend, Issy Winninghoff, who spent many hours with Adeline in the last month.