Delores “Toppy” K. Smith
Delores “Toppy” K. Smith, 84, a former Medford resident, passed away on Jan. 20, 2020 at Azura Memory Care in Wausau, where she had resided for the past two years. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel with Father Michael Hayden officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
Delores was born in Merrill on Jan. 9, 1936 to the late Arnold and Lucille (Jahnke) Wyland. She attended Schultz Spur Grade School in Merrill and was a 1954 graduate of Merrill High School. Delores married John “Jack” Kelley Smith on July 24, 1954 in Merrill and he preceded her in death in 2007. Delores and Jack were 4-H leaders for Lincoln County for a number of years. She and Jack resided in California until 1956, when her and Jack farmed in the town of Merrill until 1968. The family then moved to Iron Ridge and farmed there until 1972. From there, they moved to the Medford area and farmed in the town of Browning. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Ladies Aide. She cooked at Miracle Mile Diner and worked at Hurd Millwork until retirement. In her free time, Delores enjoyed cooking, gardening, dancing, playing cards and socializing with family and friends.
Delores is survived by siblings, Lorretta (Ron “Pudge”) Hulke, Allan (Doris) Wyland, Arnold “Butch” (Carol) Wyland and Sandy (Fran) Doering; nine children, Kay (Rod) Newman, John Smith Jr., Jean Dehn, Beth Chariton, Judy Akey, Abe (Nathalie) Smith, Peter (Dawn) Smith, Mary (Jon) Heineman and Sally Smith; 23 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Delores was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Glorian (Rusty) Sukow, Verdaine (Ken) Mattson, Patty (Scott) Stevenson, Emily (Dave) Streich and Pearl (Fred) Walburger; and sons-in-law, Ed Chariton and Karl Dehn.
Hemer Funeral Services of Medford and Rib Lake have been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice. com.
Paid Obituary 84540