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Elaine E. Smith

1927 - 2006


Elaine E. Smith, 78, of Watertown, joined her husband in heaven on March 21, 2006, at Hillside Manor in Beaver Dam after battling Alzheimer's and Lewy Body Dementia.


Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Watertown with the Rev. Stephen Savides officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watertown.


Memorials may be directed to First Congregational United Church of Christ, 120 Kuckkan Lane, Watertown 53094 or the Dodge/Jefferson Counties Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 91, Watertown 53094.


The Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown is in charge of arrangements.


Elaine was born Sept. 14, 1927, in Watertown, daughter of William and Ella (Mundt) Haines. She married Clarence W. Smith on Aug. 23, 1947, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Watertown. Elaine graduated from Watertown High School in 1945.  She had been employed as a secretary at Lindberg, Division of General Signal, in Watertown for 27 years, retiring in 1989.


Elaine was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Watertown, where she was a member of the adult choir, had directed the children's choir, and was on the board of Christian education. She had also been a Brownie leader. Elaine will be forever remembered for her beautiful singing voice.


Her other passion in life was genealogy, and she was a member and officer of the Dodge/Jefferson Counties Genealogy Society from its inception. She spent more than 20 years tracing her family lines and helping others in their quests.


Elaine and Clarence were two of the original members of the Wisconsin Camping Association and its Watertown Chapter.


Family was the most important part of her life and she will be greatly missed by her four children, Annette (Karl) Wolf of Watertown, Richard "Dick" W. Smith of Watertown, Betty (Jim) Siedschiag of Monroe and Diane (Keith) Benson of Mount Horeb; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; a niece, Barbara (Greg) Wise of McFarland; a brother-in-law, George H. Smith Sr. of Oconomowoc; a sister-in-law, Esther Flater of Watertown; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Smith on Oct. 26, 1989; her parents; and a sister, Ethel (Haines) Cowen. She was the last member of her immediate family.


Her family wishes to thank Dr. Bruce Cochrane, Dr. Eric Miller and the staffs at Zinzendorf Hall in Watertown, Remembrance Home and Hillside Manor in Beaver Dam for all the care and kindness given during these last years of her life.




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