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A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, Feb. 7 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hammond, for Dorothy Dotty Smeester, 80, of Baldwin, formerly of Green Bay. Oconell Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements. She died Sunday, Feb. 3 at her residence.
Born Jan. 5, 1933 in Wausaukee, she was the daughter of John and Mary Tadish. She attended elementary school in Wausaukee and graduated from high school in Amberg, where she met the love of her life, Loren Smeester.
He enlisted in the armed forces and served in the United States Navy while she worked in Chicago and Puget Sound, Wash., as a civilian secretary for the Navy and Air Force. The couple married on April 22, 1953 in Bremerton, Wash. She worked for Prange Department Store for several years as a secretary while they lived in Green Bay. In 1972 they moved to River Falls and in 1992 made their home in Baldwin, where they started raising bison and she began working in the financial aid department for UW-River Falls. She later helped with the Silver Bison Ranch and Shop.
A devout Catholic, she cherished her time at Immaculate Conception as a Sacristan, Eucharistic Minister and member of the Parish Council of Catholic Women (PPCW) Guild. She also enjoyed bicycling with friends, playing cards and bridge and working on crossword puzzles. She made many friends within her book club and liked going to the greenhouse. Most of all she enjoyed her family.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Loren, sr.; sons, Loren, jr. (Marilyn) of Baldwin and Scott (Julie) of White Bear Lake, Minn.; two grandchildren and a brother-in-law, Ed McWilliams.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, John and siblings, Ed (Buella), Fran (Ed) Wojcik, Bernice (Russell) Leaveck, Evelyn (Odis) McLellan and Irene McWilliams.
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