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Jeanet Fern Smith

February 5, 1928 — December 6, 2023


In loving memory of Jeanet Smith, 95, Mosinee, a passionate artist, master of cinnamon buns and monkey bread, and a beloved family matriarch. Jeanet peacefully passed away on December 6, 2023, at Rennes Health and Rehabilitation Center-Weston, leaving a legacy of warmth, love and cherished memories.

Jeanet was born February 5th, 1928, in North Dakota. She was the daughter of the late Swen and Ethel (Berggren) Lilja. Raised on a farm, Jeanet grew up knowing the meaning of hard work. She spent countless hours working in the field and in the barn, as well as helping with cooking for the whole family. She also worked as a candy striper, to help provide care for elderly at a local nursing home.

Jeanet enjoyed many outdoor camping adventures. Camping trips were not just adventures but opportunities to connect with loved ones, share stories around the campfire, and create lasting memories under the open sky.

In the kitchen, Jeanet was a culinary artist, renowned for her delectable cinnamon buns and irresistible monkey bread. Her baking talents were surpassed only by her generosity, as she shared these treats with family, friends, and neighbors, making every gathering a celebration of sweetness.

Family was the center of Jeanet’s world, and her love for children was boundless. Known for her joyous demeanor, Jeanet found immense happiness in holding babies and imparting a sense of comfort and love to each child she encountered. She took great delight in teaching all the little ones the art of picking agates, creating cherished memories by the lakeside.

A true Wisconsin sports fan, Jeanet held a special place in her heart for the Green Bay Packers, cheering them on with unwavering enthusiasm. And who could forget her fondness for pickles? Pickles were not just a snack, but a symbol of Jeanet’s zest for life.

In addition to her many interests, Jeanet was a shining example of kindness, sweetness, and Christian love. Her welcoming spirit and genuine goodness touched the lives of everyone she met. Whether through a warm smile, a comforting embrace, or a kind word, Jeanet had an extraordinary ability to make everyone feel loved and valued.

She is survived by her children: Linda (Ken) Strenke, Rick (Dyanne) Smith, Lorie Smith: daughter in law, Karla Smith; grandchildren: Bobbi Coleman, Becky McCullough, Jennifer Mai, Chris (Monica) Smith, Amanda (Nick) Inns, Amy (Erik) Thraen, Jessie (Christi) Smith, Greg Smith, Amanda (Joseph) Schneider; great grandchildren: Trae & Alyssa, Sierra & Makenna, Savannah, Madison & Phoenix (Paige), James & William, Morgan, Logan, Kylie & Kadence, Christian, Trinity, Taylor & Justice, Geneva & Bella; great-great grandchildren: Easton, Elleri & Emriella.

Jeanet was preceded in death on May 2nd, 1982, by her husband Leland Percy Smith, and her son Ross Allen Smith on July 27th, 2004.

A service for Jeanet’s life will be held on December 11th, 2023, at 11:00 AM, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Rice Lake. Pastor Lance Hoelscher will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lake Cemetery, Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Visitation will be from 10:30 AM until the time of service at the church. Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee, assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at

In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to St. Judes Children’s Hospital in honor of Jeanet. The family would also like to thank Interim Hospice, Marshfield Medical Center Weston, and Rennes Health & Rehabilitation Center for the loving care of Jeanet at the end of her life. Join us in remembering a remarkable woman whose sweet nature, love for family, and joyful spirit will forever live on in our hearts.

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Monday, December 11, 2023

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