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Patricia M. SmithMarch 10, 1955 ~ April 14, 2017 (age 62)
Patricia Marie (Wendt) Smith, age 62 years, 1 month, 4 days, passed away April 14, 2017 as a result of recurrent lung cancer. She released her beautiful soul late in the evening, as Good Friday was ending.
Pat was born March 10, 1955 in Portage, WI to Rodney and Mary Kay (Lennon) Wendt. Pat lived in Pardeeville her entire life except for a period of time that her family was in Fort Lewis, WA. Pat attended school in Pardeeville, graduating in 1973. A member of a class that kept close ties through the years. She held several jobs in the area, including working at the canning factory. It was there that she met her husband Jack. They were married February 14, 1975 and they had 42 years together. She accepted Jack’s son as her own and they went on to have three sons together. As time passed, they were blessed with five beautiful grandchildren.
She worked at home, raising their children until they were in middle school. Pat started working outside the home again, finding her way into childcare. She started her own business “Once Upon A Time Daycare”. There she spent nearly two decades giving loving care to scores of children, feeding, nurturing, and guiding them as if they were her own. She retired at the end of school in 2015. Pat enjoyed her grandchildren tremendously, and loved having her family together nearly every Sunday for diiner and fellowship. She also enjoyed tending her plants, being with friends and relatives, dancing, and going for rides on the motorcycle. Her warm, easy smile and loving nature will be missed forever.
She is survived by her husband Jack, sons Aaron Smith, Brandon (Shanna) Smith, Benjamin (Megan) Smith all local, step-son Christopher Smith (Rachel O’Reilly) of Mooresville, NC, grandchildren Nick, Kelli, and Noelle Smith, Sadie Knak, and Elizabeth Smith. She is further survived by her sisters Linda (Mike) Fonger, Laurie (Russel) Brenneman, brother Kory (Theresa) Wendt, aunts Dorothy Lennon and June Wendt, uncles Lawrence Wendt and Junior (Edith) Wendt, Jennifer Wickert, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, mother-in-law, three sister-in-laws, and several aunts and uncles.
Memorial services will be held Friday, April 21 at 11 AM at the United Methodist Church in Pardeeville with Rev. Kerry Wilson officiating. Inurnment will follow at Pardeeville Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, April 20 from 4 to 7 PM at Grasse Funeral Home in Pardeeville and again from 10 AM until the time of services Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to the Pardeeville EMS Pardeeville Area Fire, Pardeeville United Methodist Church Camp Scholarship Fund or the Carbone Cancer Center. We wish to offer our thanks to the Pardeeville EMS, Divine Savior Hospital, UW Hospital B6/6 and support teams, Agrace Hospice and the staff at Columbia Health Care Center, with special thanks to Nurse Linda, and to all the other caring people who offered support through this time.