Doris Smith, 93, Cambria

March 25, 2019

Doris G. Smith, age 93, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, March 21, 2019. She was born on March 12, 1926, to Tom and Grace (Edwards) Sawyer and grew up on the Bodwrog homestead. She graduated from Cambria High School where she was active in band. After graduating in 1943, she attended Madison Business College, followed by employment at the local canning factory.

In 1946, she married her high school sweetheart, Wesley Smith. After marriage, they farmed the Bodwrog homestead, where they remained throughout their lives. In her early years, Doris was a member of the Junior Twentieth Century Club and a lifetime member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Cambria. She enjoyed baking, sewing, dancing to big band music, and socializing with friends and family. She managed doing outside chores, tending gardens, caring for her children and a house. Her hands were never idle. Doris loved studying the history of her Welsh heritage in the Cambria community. She delighted in attending her grandchildren’s activities, getting to know the other parents and grandparents, with whom she developed lifelong friendships.

Doris is survived by three daughters: Patti (Jeff) Langkau of Eagle River, Susie (Dan) Golz of Wild Rose and Jackie (Jerome) Helmenstine of Blue Mounds; grandchildren, Janice (John) Breitbach and their sons, Austin and Nicholas, Patrick Golz, Alex Langkau (Randy Bouche), Walter (Liz) Langkau, Dustin and Daren Helmenstine; and several grandnieces and other relatives who enjoyed visiting with her.

She was preceded in death by her parents Tom and Grace, sister Evelyn and brother-in-law Curt Lambrecht, Wesley’s siblings Elmer, Pearl and Arlin and their spouses, and nieces Marsha and Nancy.

Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Cambria on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Kristin Frederich officiating. Burial will follow in the Cambria Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call on the family from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Doris’ family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the members of the First United Presbyterian Church of Cambria for including her in their many activities over the past years. A special thanks also goes out to her neighbors, extended family and the many friends who frequently visited and called her.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend whose compassion, wit and humor will be missed by many. She gave of her heart for 93 years before it wore out.

Memorial may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church-Stained Glass Fund, 121 W. Florence St Cambria, WI 53923, the Cambria Historical Society or they may be directed to the family.

The Kratz-Smedema Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information or online condolences, please visit www.kratzfh.com.