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Wilma E. SCHAAL Smelker-592
Wilma E. SCHAAL-592
B. 8 Dec 1920
D. 17 Jan 2003


 1. Gerald SMELKER
 2. Gladys SMELKER Norman
 3. Charles SMELKER
 4. Dolores SMELKER Rehor
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Pedigree Chart
Matthias SCHAAL-553
B. 19 Mar 1867
Bendendorf, Bessarabien, Russia
D. 1 Dec 1949
Bethune, Colorado
William (Bill) SCHAAL-556
B. 1 Jan 1899
Settlement, Bethune, Colorado
D. Jun 1984
Burlington, Colorado
B. 28 Dec 1863
23 Nov 1927
Hospital, Denver, Colorado
Wilma E. SCHAAL-592
B. 8 Dec 1920
D. 17 Jan 2003
Leona (Leo) SHARP-591
B. 24 June 1898
Jasper, MO
D. 3 Jan 1973
Burlington, CO
Married   22 Dec 1938 
[Cert# 450]
Burlington, Colorado
 Ivan Smelker  


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Wilma E. (Schaal) Smelker-2003

     Wilma E. Smelker Departed this life Friday, Jan 17, 2003  Wilma, the eldest of six children of Leona (Sharp) and William F. Schaal, was born on Dec. 9, 1920.  Preceding Wilma in death were her loving husband Ivan; brother Virgil Schaal and wife Joan of Peython; her four sisters -- Gladys Byington of Anchorage, Alaska, Jean Leoffler and husband Jim of Stratton; Betty Reimer and husband Milton of Burlington, and Shirley Matthies and husband Leonard of Burlington. 

Wilma is survived by her children -- Gerald Smelker and wife Lela of Fort Collins, Gladys Norman and husband Harry of North Platte, Neb., Charles Smelker and wife Christina of Stratton, and Dolores Rehor and husband Lee Roy of Vona.  She is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Wilma married Ivan Smelker on Dec. 22, 1938.  Wilma spent her life as a homemaker. Her lifetime devotion to family began in a gold miner's shack in Victor, then as a tenant farmer's wife in a sod house south of Bethune.  Raising sheep, milking cows, and farming were her main endeavors.  This life continued until 1948, when Wilma and Ivan, with their five children, moved onto the Smelker homestead south west of Stratton, raising cattle and farming.  In the early '50s, Wilma became one of the first certified school bus drivers in this area.  Her life as a homemaker saw all the changes from a primitive sod house to the modern conveniences of today's homes.  Wilma retired in 1993 to her home on Kansas Avenue in Stratton.  Always with a full plate, she loved to go dancing, fishing, or to just sit and watch people pass by.  Wilma continuously enjoyed her love of family and community and will be greatly missed by family, friends and neighbors. 

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan 21, 2003, at 10:30 a.m. at the Stratton United Methodist Church.  Pastor Todd Everhart officiated the services.  Memorial contributions may be made in Wilma's name and may be left at the First National Bank of Stratton.  Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Love Funeral Home in Burlington.

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