Anna Smith, 91Anna Sophia Smith of Red Wing died on Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Lake City Care Center.
Anna Sophia Smith of Red Wing died on Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Lake City Care Center.
She was born Oct. 16, 1920, in Lake City, one of 12 children of Maria (Augustine) and Claus Sprick. In 1939, she graduated from Lincoln High School in Lake City. In 1943, she enlisted in the WAVES U.S. Naval Reserve and served as a pharmacist's mate 2/c at the San Diego Naval Hospital. She provided care for servicemen who had been wounded in the Pacific Theatre until she was discharged in November of 1945. From there, she attended Winona State Teacher's College, graduating in 1947, and received a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1957, she received her Master of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. She married Hal Smith on May 8, 1948. They later divorced.
As an elementary teacher, she taught 2 years at Bremen in Wabasha County, 8 years in Upper Michigan at Excanaba and Menominee, and 30 years at Jefferson School in Red Wing, retiring in 1985. In her retirement years, she was involved in various activities: at Wise Penny, Fairview Hospital Auxiliary Senior Center, Goodhue County History Center, Sheldon Theatre, and the Goodhue County Red Cross. She was a member of St John's Lutheran Church in Red Wing where she was an active member of the Ladies Guild. She was a lifelong member of the National Education Association, Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, and Friends of the Florence Town Hall.
She is survived by two sisters, Florence Bye of St. Paul, Kate (C.J.) Kirkwood of Lake City; one brother, Elmer (Mavis) Sprick of Lake City; two stepsons, Darrell Smith, St. Paul, and Donald Smith of Balsam Lake, Wis.; several nieces and nephews, and a number of step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; five sisters; and her former husband.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Red Wing. Burial will be at St. John's Cemetery in Lake City. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Mahn Family Funeral Home Bodelson-Mahn Chapel in Red Wing, and also at the church 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the church or Goodhue County Historical Center.
Online condolences can be sent at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.
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