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Anna Gertrude Smith

Funeral services celebrating the life of Anna Gertrude Smith, 98, of Norwood Young America (NYA) were held Wednesday, April 3, from St. Paul's Evangelical Reformed Church of Hamburg. Officiating was the Rev. Henry P. Bowen.

Mrs. Smith died on Friday, March 29, 2002, at the Arlington Good Samaritan Center.

The organist was Sandy Kroells. The congregational hymns were "Abide With Me," "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" and "Jesus Lives And So Shall I."

Pallbearers were Michael Personius, James Ische Jr., Benjamin Ische, Gary Wessling, John Trocke and Jeremy Smith. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Anna Gertrude Kamann was born to Peter and Katherine (Peschken) Kamann on April 3, 1903, in Benton Township of Carver County. She was baptized on May 17, 1903, at St. John's Church of Bongards by the Rev. Rosenau. She attended country school close to their home.

On April 1, 1917, she was confirmed in the faith at St. John's by the Rev. Rosenau.

The Rev. Rosenau later united her in marriage with Edwin William Smith at St. John's on July 9, 1925. The first two years of their marriage was spent living at his parents' farm in Washington Lake Township of Sibley County.

They then moved to land just east of his parents where they farmed until 1975 when they purchased a home in NYA. The couple had lived in Westview Acres and a short time with their son's family until entering nursing home care.

Mr. Smith died in March 1996 at the age of 92 years. Mrs. Smith had been a resident of the Arlington Good Samaritan Center since 1996.

She had been a member of the Women's Guild at St. Paul's Evangelical Reformed Church.

Mrs. Smith enjoyed visiting with family and friends, gardening, playing cards and spending time with her many grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Muriel Ische of NYA, Gerald "Perry" (Jackie) Smith of Chandler, Ariz.; grandchildren, Judy Personius of Rosemount, Jim (Pam) Ische of NYA, Lisa (Gary) Wessling of Winsted, Lori (John) Trocke of NYA, Lennie (Cory) Albers of Silver Lake, Jeremy Smith of San Diego, Calif.; great grandchildren, Teresa Buesgens, Michael (Julie) Personius, Laura Jenkins, Anna (Mark) Boegeman, Christina Ische, James (Jean) Ische Jr., Benjamin Ische, Jessie Ische, Eddie Wessling, Ellie Wessling, Erica Wessling, Lydia Trocke and Jacob Albers; great-great-grandchildren, Spencer Buesgens, Rachel, Daniel, Abigail, Samuel and Lydia Personius, Luke and Jacob Jenkins, Amanda Boegeman, Robert Ische; sister, Lydia Glander; brother, George Kamann; brother-in-law, Albert Smith; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Edwin; son-in-law, Melvin Ische; grandson-in-law, Dennis Personius; brothers, Harvey, Henry and Herman Kamann; and sister, Hilma Kamps.

Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in NYA.

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