September 11, 1925 – June 30, 2014


Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN for Virginia Lucille “Susie” Smith, age 88, who died Monday, June 30, 2014 at Cherrywood Advanced Living. There will be a gathering of friends and relatives one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Sunrise Cemetery, Duluth, MN.

Virginia was born September 11, 1925 in Duluth to Charles A., and Anna M. (Larson) Anderson. She graduated from Denfeld High School in 1943. She worked as a secretary for Hemmingson Co. in Duluth. She married Gilbert H. Smith Sr. on March 16, 1945 at Hillside Community Church. Virginia enjoyed reading, gardening, and playing cards. She loved her dogs. Virginia had a good sense of humor, and loved being with family.

Survivors include her children, Susanne Gail “Deed” (John) Fitzgibbons, Gilbert Jr. “Joe” (Linda); sister, Shirley Bystedt; grandchildren, David Garrison, Richard Olson; step grandchildren, Tim, Jeff, Mark (Erin) Fitzgibbons, and Christy (Rocky) Vine; 4 step great-grandchildren; nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Sr.; parents; brothers, Charles, Russell, Lloyd, and Roland; brother-in-laws, Roy Bystedt, Jack Reid; sister-in-law, Mildred Reid.

We would like to thank the caring staff at Cherrywood, and St. Croix Hospice group. A special thanks to Lori Kapsner at Stearns County Department of Human Services.

Death is a heartache no one can heal.
Love is the memories no one can steal.

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, MN.