On the afternoon of January 6, 2023 beloved VerJean D. Smith, age 86, passed away peacefully at Wausau Manor. VerJean was born to the late Vernon and Doris Smith in Wausau, Wisconsin. She graduated from Wausau High School at the age of 18 and started working immediately for Wausau Insurance. She worked most of her life as a claims processor.
VerJean had many passions, one of them being traveling. She traveled to Ireland five times in her life, and attended many world fairs. She was a very serious dog enthusiast; she was part of a kennel club and took dog training classes with her own dogs so she could show them in competitions. She was a simple lady with a love for the outdoors including water skiing, tubing, and deer hunting. VerJean even rode her bicycle until she was 80 years old.
Post retirement, VerJean worked at Lamers Bus for 20 years. She loved sharing stories about all her bus passengers.
VerJean is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by sisters; Sandra (Jeffrey) Peterson, Mosinee, Wisconsin and Janell (James) Solinsky, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and brother; Brian (Abby) Smith, McKenney, Texas. She was also a beloved aunt to 5 nieces and nephews and 8 grand nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at First English Lutheran Church, 402 N 3rd Avenue, Wausau with a visitation beginning at 10 am.
VerJean's family would like to thank Aspirus Palliative Care, Dr. Bolan, and Wausau Manor for the exceptional care they provided.
In lieu flowers, please make donations to Marathon County Humane Society.