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Katharine Smith

May 12, 1925-March 16, 2008

Former Detroit Lakes resident Katharine G. Smith, 82, of North Branch, Minn., died on Sunday, March 16, 208 at the Cambridge Medical Center.

Katharine Gloria Anderson was born the daughter of Adolph and Ruth Anderson on May 12, 1925 in North Branch. Her parents were lifelong residents of the community, and she grew up with her family on a farm about one mile north of town. Katharine attended MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis, where she received a bachelor's degree in piano and voice. This was also where she met Dale Smith and later married him, on Jan. 19, 1946.

Katharine taught private piano lessons for several years in Minnesota and Wisconsin, where Dale was a high school music teacher. They later moved to Detroit Lakes, where they operated a successful business, the Oak Manor Motel, for 25 years. While living in Detroit Lakes, Katharine was the lead organist at the Trinity Lutheran Church.

After moving back to North Branch, Katharine participated in many church activities, including Bible study and WELCA. She played in the bell choir, volunteered her talents with craft bazaars, and volunteered at the Green Acres gift shop. Katharine was a member of Eastern Star, the Red Hat Ladies organization, the American Legion Auxiliary, and Hope Women's Circle. She was also an organist at the Salem Lutheran Church, and worked for many years at Main Street Fashions, a clothing store in North Branch.

Katharine's favorite activities included sewing, knitting, quilting, reading books, visiting with her friends and spending time with her family. She also loved tending to her flowers and watching birds at her feeder.

Katharine was a loving mom, grandma, great grandma and special friend who touched the hearts of those who knew her.

She will be very much missed by her loved ones, including daughter Cindy (Gary Nelson of Wyoming; son, Daniel (Charlene) Smith of North Branch; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Larry Brinkman and many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Katharine in death were her parents, Adolph and Ruth; husband, Dale; daughter, Debbie; sister-in-law; Neva Brinkman; and uncles, Walter, Victor and Bill Peterson.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, March 24 at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch, with the Rev. Loren Mellum officiating. Interment will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, North Branch.

Arrangements are under the direction of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch.