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Verena F. Smith
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Obituary for Verena F. Smith

Verena F. Smith, age 91, of Shakopee, MN, entered eternal life on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at her home.

Verena was born on March 7, 1926, in Marystown, MN, the daughter of Leonard and Regina (Theis) Mechtel. She married Dean Smith on June 10, 1946 in Marystown.
She helped as the accountant and bookkeeper at Dean Smith Trenching Incorporated of Shakopee.

Verena and her husband Dean were inseparable. They loved to travel and go fishing together, spending months in their Winnebago traveling across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Verena loved her family with all her heart. Nothing made her happier than celebrating holidays, birthdays or just having her family stop by to visit. She was also very close to her brothers and sisters and their spouses and enjoyed time spent with them. She was a gardener, writer, and a story teller who loved just simply sitting and visiting with those around her.

Verena was preceded in death by her husband, Dean; sons, Alvin (Anna Marie), and Terry; grandson, Jeff; sisters, Arvilla Liebhard, Myrtle Williams, and Joan Plekkenpol; brothers, Januarius, Myron, and Richard Mechtel. Survived by son, Larry (Diane); daughters, Marlene (Howard) Zaback, and Marie Black; 9 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; sister, Rosemary (Vernon) Hartman; sisters-in-law, Carol and Beatrice Mechtel; brother-in-law, Marvin Williams; numerous nieces and nephews.

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9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Parish Center at the Church of St. Mark

350 South Atwood Street
Shakopee, Minnesota 55379





10:30 AM
Saints Joachim & Anne in the Church of St. Mark

350 South Atwood Street
Shakopee, MN 55379

Presiding is the Reverend Erik Lundgren. Serving as pallbearers are Joey Smith, Matt Smith, Chad Zaback, Cory Zaback, Paul Simon and Dan Meztdorf.

Cemetery Details


Catholic Cemetery

803 10th Avenue West
Shakopee , MN 55379


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