Smeby, Patricia Kay “Patti” (Odegaard) (1958-2003)

Patti Smeby, 44, of Thief River Falls, MN died Tuesday, April 8, 2003 in Wilmer, MN.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM, Monday, April 14, 2003 at Zion Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, MN with Reverend Gary Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls, MN. [Ed: Greenwood cemetery, Warren, MN]

Visitation will be 4 – 8 PM, Sunday, April 13, 2003 at the Johnson Green Funeral Home, Thief River Falls, MN with a 7 PM prayer service and for one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Patricia “Patti” Kay Odegaard was born December 7, 1958 in Granite Falls, MN, the daughter of Gerald and Avis (Nygaard) Odegaard. She was baptized into the Lutheran Faith at Granite Falls, MN and confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, MN. She graduated from Lincoln High School, Thief River Falls in 1977 and attended Northland College, Thief River Falls, earning degrees as Medical Secretary, Licensed Practical Nurse and Registered Nurse.

On June 24, 1978, Patti was united in marriage to Paul Smeby at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, MN. She was employed at Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls from 1981-1998 and also the Credit Bureau, Thief River Falls for one year. She has since worked in sales at Digi-Key.

Patti was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, the American Legion Auxiliary and a participant of the Digi-Key Choir.

Survived by husband, Paul; children, Sarah and Kelly Smeby all Thief River Falls, MN; parents, Gerald and Avis Odegaard, Thief River Falls, MN; brothers, Larry (Marlene), Elkhart, IN and Chuck (Sharon), Thief River Falls, MN; a sister, Ann (Rocky) Joppru and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and her loving companion dog “Lucy”.

Preceded in death by grandparents and niece, Lacey Joppru

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky