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Ann E. Smekrud

March 24, 1937 ~ July 22, 2022 (age 85)


Ann Elora Smekrud, age 85, of Wisconsin Rapids passed away, Friday, July 22, 2022 at Aspirus Riverview Hospital.

Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, July 29, 2022 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids. Pastor Timothy Ritter will officiate. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Wisconsin Rapids. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Thursday at Herman-Taylor Funeral Home and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service on Friday at the church.

Ann was born on March 24, 1937 in Sidney, Nebraska to William and Elanor (Crane) Reddel. She grew up in Nebraska, Wyoming and Iowa. She was confirmed at Immanuel Church near Readlyn, Iowa. She graduated from Readlyn High School in 1955 and received her teaching degree at Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ann married Harvey Smekrud in 1963 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids. They enjoyed 47 years together and were blessed with three children. Ann taught elementary grades in Lutheran Schools in Williamsburg, Iowa, Milwaukee and Wisconsin Rapids. She retired from teaching just before the birth of their first child. Ann loved flowers and gardening and spent many hours keeping her outdoor plants looking beautiful. She also enjoyed cooking, baking cakes, pies, and cookies. She loved sharing these goodies with friends and family members. In her later years, Ann was a devoted member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church quilting group and made blankets and quilts to send to those in need around the world.

She is survived by her children: Jon (Pam) Smekrud of Hampshire, IL, Mark (Amy) LaGrange, KY; son-in-law Manson Morris of Minocqua, WI; grandchildren: Adam and Ryan Smekrud, Erin, Kacey, and Megan Smekrud and Ben and Kara Morris.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harvey, daughter Heidi, parents and brother Robert.

Memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church or School.

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July 28, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Herman-Taylor Funeral Home
2201 Chestnut Street
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

July 29, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church (Wisconsin Rapids)

Funeral Service
July 29, 2022

11:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church (Wisconsin Rapids)

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