THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Jeannine T. Smith
Jeannine Therese (Gendron) Smith, 85, formerly of Marinette, passed away Sunday, Feb. 26 at her home in Bradenton, Fla.
Born in 1931, to Andrew and Agnes Gendron of Coleman, formerly of Marinette, she attended Our Lady of Lourdes School in Marinette, now St. Thomas Aquinas Academy and graduated in 1949. She was elected to Badger Girls State, a government and citizenship leadership program in her senior year and married her high school classmate, Richard Smith in 1952.
A pediatric nurse practitioner, she was among the first registered nurses to work in an advanced practice role. She attended Mercy School of Nursing in Oshkosh and practiced at the UW-Hospital and Clinics in Madison from 1965 until retiring in 1988.
The couple lived in Oshkosh and Kiel during the 1950's and 1960's and moved to Madison in 1965. Her husband was a professor in the School of Education at the UW-Madison from 1969 to 1990. After retiring, they summered in Nekoosa and Green Bay and wintered in Perico Bay Club Community of Bradenton, Fla. They moved to Bradenton's Westminster Towers and Shores Continuing Care Community in 2014. In retirement, she enjoyed tennis, golf, painting, reading and traveling.
She is survived by her husband, Richard; a brother, John Gendron of Tempe, Az.; four children, Ann (Carl) Blesch of Bedminster, N.J., Suzanne (James) Laurion of Tampa, Fla., Theresa (Theodore) Hoxmeier of Arden Hills, Mn. and Anthony (Bonnie) Smith of Sturgeon Bay; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Dale Gendron of Miami, Fla. and a sister, Marlene Barber of Boise, Id.
A memorial gathering will be held at later date. Brown and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory of Bradenton, Fla. Memorial donations can be made to The Salvation Army.