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Adeline Smith

June 3, 1928 ~ February 1, 2021 (age 92)

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Adeline M. Smith died February 1, 2021 secondary to Covid-19. Adeline was born May 3rd 1928, in Neche, North Dakota, to Albert Bloch and Annie Bloch, nee Stegman. She grew up on the family farm with her parents and younger sister, Lois. She attended public schools in Neche and graduated as the Valedictorian of her high school class. She then completed Nurse's Training at Deaconess Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and received her R.N. It was during a required nursing Psychiatry rotation at the V.A. Hospital in Waukegan, Illinois where she met her future husband, Robert N. Smith, who was then a student at Worsham College of Mortuary Science, in Chicago. They soon married and relocated to Centralia, Illinois where she worked as a Registered Nurse at St. Mary's Hospital while Robert Smith completed his internship in Mortuary Science in Centralia. In 1950 Adeline and her husband purchased a funeral home in Nashville, Illinois where they lived until 1966. It was during this time in Nashville her five children were born and she and her husband were instrumental in the development of Nashville Community Hospital. He served on the founding Hospital Board and she was the Supervising Nurse in the Operating Room. The family then moved to Pipestone, Minnesota where her husband worked as a mortician and she was the Nursing night shift supervisor at Pipestone Community Hospital. In 1968 the family moved to Jerseyville, Illinois where she and her husband became involved with Democratic Party politics. Mrs. Smith served as the Chair Person for the Democratic Party for Jersey County and participated in the 1976 Democratic National Convention as a delegate for Jimmy Carter. It was during her time in Jerseyville that Mrs. Smith completed requirements for a BA in Nursing from Lindenwood University in St. louis, Mo. After her husband sold his funeral business in Jerseyville, they moved to Keokuk and then Ft. Dodge, Iowa as the owners of motels in each of these communities. She and her husband then moved to Lake Worth, Florida where he returned to the funeral business and Mrs. Smith worked in the Dermatology section of the Palm Beach Medical Group. She and her husband then relocated to Mesa, Arizona and she continued to work as a RN at Mesa Christian Care into her 70s. Her husband, Robert, predeceased her as did her sister, Lois, and her sons, Ross and Brian. She is survived by her three children, son Tony {Sandra} of Paradise Valley, AZ, son Nolan {Gabriela} of San Antonio, TX, daughter, Alisa {Ronnie} of Helotes, TX, daughter-in-law, Kathy Smith of Shorewood, Wisconsin, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. The family would like to extend their thanks to the caring staff of the Memory Care Unit of Desert Flower Senior living and Hospice of the Valley for their dedication and kindness to Adeline over the past few years. A private graveside service will be held in September at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Nashville.  In lieu of flowers donations to either Hospice of the Valley or Circle the City are recommended. Styninger Funeral Home in Nashville is in charge of local arrangements. 

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