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Virginia Smith

May 21, 1932 — December 30, 2013

Virginia M. "Jinny" Smith of Watertown, age 81, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 30, 2013 at her home. She was born on May 21, 1932 in Brodhead, the daughter of Frank C. and Leah E. (DeVoe) Daniels. As a child, she performed with her parents and older brother, Frank, in the Daniels Family Troupe, in traveling shows and vaudeville acts. She graduated from Milton High School in 1949. She graduated in 1951 from UW-Whitewater with a rural teaching degree and she taught in a one room school house. She married in 1952, and raised her 6 children in Sullivan, WI. She was a den mother when her sons were in Scouts. She volunteered for the March of Dimes, championing their work to wipe out childhood polio, birth defects, and premature infant births. When her youngest started school, she returned to UW-Whitewater to obtain her K-3 degree, graduating in 1971. She taught in the Palmyra-Eagle school district, and did substitute teaching in Waukesha, Jefferson and Rock counties. She was also a tutor for Alverno College's ‘1 on 1' tutoring program. She retired from Bethesda Lutheran Home, Watertown. Her hobbies included music, traveling, camping, gardening, birding, and antique hunting. ‘Last Act/Final Curtain': A memorial service will be held on Saturday June 7, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Stephen Ev. Lutheran Church, W2094 Church Dr., Watertown, in the Town of Concord, on the corner of Hillside Dr. and Church Dr., just off of Hwy. B. Visitation with the family will be at the church from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. There will be a private burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watertown. She is survived by her children: Anne (Stanley) Sawvell, Oconomowoc, and her daughter, Megan Edwards; Michael (Mary), Huntersville, North Carolina, and their children, Angela Kargus and Robert Smith; Matthew (Ginny),Watertown, and their children, Pauline Zeren, Theresa Mueller, Margaret, Peter, Joseph, Elizabeth, Michael and Benjamin Smith; Benjamin (Cheryl),Waupaca, and her children, Justin and Michael Drmolka; Andrew (Amy), Brookfield; and Brian (Debbie), Palmyra, and their children, Nathan, Jennifer, and Kristin Smith. Jinny is survived by 8 great-grandchildren! Jinny is also survived by brothers, Frank H. (Betty Ruth) Daniels, Janesville, and Robert (Lucy) Daniels, Beloit; sister, Judy Largent, Jacksonville, FL. She is also survived by her former husband, Neal (Anne) Smith, Sullivan, as well as other dear relatives and friends, including her niece, Cecelia, with whom she shared a birthday, and her sweet feline friend, ‘Miss Kitty'. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Joseph, her parents, and three sisters who died in infancy. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, March of Dimes, Alzheimer's Association, American Heart Association, or the charity of one's choice. The family would like to thank Phyllis S. of "Grand Assistance," for her caring companionship, friendship, caretaking, and gifts of laughter and music to Jinny in her last years of life on this earth. Thanks also to the Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Watertown, for their assistance. "To teach is to touch a life forever."

Visitation

Saturday, June 7, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
St. Stephen Ev. Lutheran Church
Town of Concord , United States

Service

Saturday, June 7, 2014 11:30 AM
St. Stephen Ev. Lutheran Church
Town of Concord , United States
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