Eleanor Joyce Smith

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Eleanor Joyce Smith, 85, of Prairie du Chien, died Thursday, Feb. 22, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse. 


Eleanor Joyce was born May 18, 1932, to Edward and Zelma (Wilson) Swahla in Waterloo, Iowa. Eleanor was united in marriage with Lauren Smith on Aug. 21, 1975, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Iowa. She worked as a beautician and also helped Lauren manage and maintain apartment buildings. Eleanor was a great cook.


Eleanor is survived by her husband, Lauren; children, Douglas Reiseck, of Waterloo, Iowa, David Reiseck, of Waterloo, Iowa, and Cathy (Roger) Bearbrower, of Waterloo, Iowa; two step-children, Jeffrey Smith, of Aiken, Minn., and Bonni Soy, of Greene, Iowa; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.


Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Zelma Swahla; one brother, Wilson Swahla; and a sister, Donna Swahla.


Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 3, at Thornburg Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Prairie du Chien. Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service is helping the family with arrangements.


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