Wilma A. Smedberg
Wilma A. Smedberg, 96,
passed away peacefully on June 4, 2020 at St. Francis Home in Fond du Lac.
Wilma was born on Dec. 15, 1923 near St. Cloud, WI to August and Julia Hau. On
Sept. 11, 1948 she married the love of her life Carl E. “Swede” Smedberg
at St. Mary’s Church in Fond du Lac. Swede preceded her in death in 1995.
Wilma graduated from
Glenbeulah High School. She then moved to Fond du Lac where she worked at
Giddings and Lewis and later Wisconsin Power and Light until the births of her
Wilma dedicated her
life to her faith, family and friends. She was an active volunteer in
many ways. Especially dear to her and Swede’s hearts was their involvement in
the Fond du Lac Chapter of Wisconsin Right to Life. From her childhood days of
living on the family farm, Wilma loved listening to WGN radio from Chicago.
This also meant she became a fan of the Chicago Cubs and ”the Bears”!
Her kindness, grace,
and wit were the essence of her life.
She is survived by her
four children, daughter Carla (John Scannell) of Fond du Lac and sons John
(Colleen) of Fond du Lac, Steve of Madison, and Paul (Kay) of Fond du Lac.
She is further survived by her grandchildren Tom (Lori) of Wisconsin Rapids,
Rob (Angela) of Maple Grove, MN, Joe of Appleton, Dan (Terri) of Rochester, MN,
Andy (Angie) of Fond du Lac, Erica of Appleton, and Emily of Madison, ten
great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, 3 step-great grandchildren and
sisters-in-law Joan Hau and Ann Hau.
She was preceded in
death by her husband Swede, her parents August and Julia Hau, brothers Albert
(Marge) Hau, Gregor (Delores) Hau, Richard (Marge) Hau, Ervin (Laura) Hau, Joseph
Hau and Roger Hau; sisters Aurelia (Bruno Olig) Jones, Gertrude (Claude)
Wimberger, Margaret (Edmund) Anders, Josepha (Miles) Phalen and Rose (Francis)
Sippel and numerous nieces and nephews.
A beautiful wife,
mother, grand-mother and woman of deep faith, she will be deeply missed by
those who knew and loved her.
Our family would like
to thank the staff of St. Francis Home and St. Clare Terrace for their kind,
compassionate care over these past years. We extend a special “Thank
you” to Fr. Adrian for his beautiful faith ministry to Mom.
A private mass in
celebration of her life will be held.
Memorials may be
directed to St. Vincent de Paul, Charis Pregnancy Help Center of Fond du Lac,
Hospice Hope or a charity of one’s choice.
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