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Sara Smith
March 7, 1912 - December 27, 2011

Sara A. Smith, 99, of Oelwein died Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Oelwein Healthcare Center.

Visitation will be from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home.  Funeral service will follow the visitation at 11:30 AM at the funeral home as well.  She will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society and Oelwein Healthcare Center.

Sara was born in Randalia on March 7, 1912 to parents George and Fannie (Safranek) Dege.  She was the youngest of 9 children.  She graduated from Maynard High School.  On September 4, 1932, Sara was united in marriage to Clifford Smith in Galena, IL.  Sara and Clifford farmed Clifford’s family farm until moving to Oelwein in 1982, the year they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Sara always had a Pug dog.  She loved taking walks with Clifford, and gardening, especially her flower gardens.  She always planted a large garden, then shared and canned her harvest, including a large apple crop.  She loved being on the farm, and was well known for her farm dinners, which she provided for her family and their thrashers during harvest.  She was a lifelong homemaker and only left the state of Iowa once, taking her one and only plane trip to San Francisco in 1958.

Sara became a part of the Oelwein Healthcare Center family in August of 2008.  She was honored as Resident of the Month for January, 2012.  Sara will be dearly missed by all who knew, and continue to love her.

Left to celebrate Sara’s life are her great-nieces: Cindy Meister of Muscatine and Pam (Chris) Murphy of Riverside, CA; her cousins: Frankie (Royce) King of Oelwein, Eleanor (Jim) Larson of Oelwein, and Marcia Dykema of Wheaton, IL.

In death, Sara has rejoined Clifford, her beloved husband of 70 years (2002); her parents, 2 brothers, and 6 sisters. 


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Brenda Gamm Keppler on December 30, 2011 at 7:01 PM said:

My parents Marvin and Arlene Gamm lived acrossed the road from Sara & Clifford in Lamont. When ever mom and dad needed someone to look after us Gamm girls....Sharon (nick named stringbean by Sara)the oldest and Sandy and myself Brenda. We would get to go over to their place and play with "Pug" the little black and white pug she had and she tought us how to play the card game "snap" and let us eat pears off her tree in the back yard.. Wonderful memories we have of them sharing their love and caring for us and helping my parents. I do plan to be at the service :)~Brenda Keppler
Jon and Kaye Downer and families on December 29, 2011 at 6:25 AM said:

We were close neighbors and always enjoyed visiting with Clifford and Sara. She was always so good to our family. We especially remember those Molasses cookies and popcorn balls at Halloween and Christmas. She worked hard, always had time to visit. Our love and sympathy to her small family that she thought so much of and mentioned offen. We are very sorry we will not be able to attend the visitation or services. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. She was a very special lady. Sincerely Jon and Kaye Downer and families, Lisa and Keith, Greg and Katy, Steve and Heather

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