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Betty Ann Smith of Rhinelander, formerly of Eagle River, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Grace Lodge Assisted Living in Rhine­l­­ander. She was 92.

Mrs. Smith was born in 1921 in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of John and Ethel (née Wetzel) Wachter.

She attended UW-Madison. In 1948 she married Herman Smith and moved to Eagle River.

She was honored as the Woman of the Year

by the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, where she was recognized for her volunteer work with the hospital auxillary, Relay For Life and Friends of the Olson Memorial Library.


Mrs. Smith was an active member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ and various other civic organizations.

Her interests included art and sewing.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one daughter, Sharon; and one brother. Robert Wachter.

Survivors include her three sons, Marvin of Eau Claire, Robert of Clayton, and Jon (Trudy) of Tomahawk; one daughter, Marsha Traub of Arlington Heights, Ill.; one brother, John “Jack” Wachter of Redding, Calif.; two sisters, Marion Sneeberger of Ephraim, and Kathleen Flitsch of Waseca, Minn.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held Monday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ located at 105 N. 1st St. in Eagle River.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements were made for the family by Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:07 PM


+1 #1 Marsha Traub 2013-10-23 16:24
I will think of my mom often, she gave me the love of nature, sewing, knitting and art, I learned many things from her and am grateful that she is at peace and in heaven and no longer has to struggle to "remember" anything!! WE will love and miss you Mom, until Our dying day!love

Love, your daughter Shush* (Marsha)

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