Irma Jean Smrstick, 87, Wausau, died Sunday, October 6, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.
Irma was born March 23, 1932 in Ladysmith to the late Guy and Rosella (Burns) Charmley. Following her graduation from high school, Irma married her sweetheart Eugene Smrstick on November 18, 1950 in Ladysmith. The couple was blessed with four children: Pamela, Cynthia, Michael and Laurie. Irma and Eugene celebrated 67 wonderful years together prior to his death on December 14, 2017.
Irma was a dedicated wife, mother and grandma to not only her family but also to her neighborhood family. She dutifully cared for all those in her neighborhood providing free daycare for the kids before and after school and looking after the elderly who needed assistance. Her generous spirit continued with her faith and service at St. Anne Parish where she was a member of St. Jude’s and helped serve many funeral luncheons. Irma’s gentle heart was also witnessed in her love of all animals and her willingness to take in any stray and keep the squirrels and birds well fed throughout her life.
Irma is survived by her loving children, Pamela (Terry) Hesse, Cynthia (Allen) Habeck, Michael Smrstick and Laurie (Dan) Mjelde; grandchildren, Shane (Mandy) Mesenberg, Sarah (Patrick Thornton) Mesenberg, Travis (Amanda) Hesse, Melanie (Shane Cassidy) Smrstick, Megan Smrstick and Zachary Richardt; grand puppy Alfie; step-granddaughter, Janice Byal; great-grandchildren, Lizzy, Easton, Emerson and Wyatt; step-great-grandchildren, Kay and Josie; adopted family, Dave and Kelly Schultz and their daughter, Rachel (Youa Koua Xiong) Schultz; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by her siblings, Bill, Jack, Guy Jr, Doris, Bev, Harriet and an infant sister.
There will be a private family memorial service at a later day.
Sincere appreciation goes to the nurses and staff of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for their compassionate care for Irma and her family.