December 6, 2022 at 4:38 p.m.
Susanna D. “Sue” Smith, 58, of Albany, passed away after a courageous 18 month battle with pancreatic cancer Dec. 1, 2022, at her home in Albany, with her family by her side.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Dec. 6 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany with the Rev. Julius Beckermann, O.S.B. officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date at St. Benedict’s Cemetery in Avon. Military honors was provided by the Sauk Centre United Veterans Honor Guard.
Susanna Delorse Blonigen was born Sept. 6, 1964, in Melrose to Leander and Annette (Gertken) Blonigen. She graduated from Melrose High School and served in the U.S. Army National Guard for four years. She was united in marriage to William “Bill” Smith May 23, 1987, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. Sue worked at Fingerhut for 19 years prior to owning and operating her painting business, Sue Smith Painting and Staining.
She was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany where she served as usher. Sue was an avid outdoors person who enjoyed fishing, deer hunting and snowmobiling. She enjoyed traveling, especially her trips to Italy, Yankton, Boston, California, Florida, and always looked forward to her yearly fishing trip to Pine River. She very rarely sat still and was always busy doing something. Sue loved her family, especially her five granddaughters.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Smith, of Albany; daughters Christine (Keith) Steichen of Sauk Centre and Elizabeth (Jordan) Pansch of Fargo; grandchildren Kelsie, Kylie, Cora, Willow and Autumn; mother Annette Blonigen of St. Martin; brothers and sisters Theresa (Jerome) Eichers of Avon, Michael (Marsha) Blonigen of Albany, James (Kimberly) Blonigen of Fort Meyers, Florida, Thomas (Judy) Blonigen of Paynesville, Lori Rose (Brian) Mackedanz of Paynesville, Andrew (Leigh Ahles) Blonigen of St. Martin, Martin (Jessica) Blonigen of St. Martin, and Jeremiah (Carene) Blonigen of Freeport; and many loving relatives and friends.
Sue was preceded in death by her father, Leander Blonigen Jan. 9, 2020; one unborn grandchild; father- and mother-in-law Donald and Renee Smith; and brother-in-law Terry Strack.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.