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In Memory of Craig Smith

Visitation

A time to remember Craig will be on Wednesday, from 5pm to 7pm at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home; 520 So. 11th Street in Hudson, Wisconsin

Funeral Services

A time to remember Craig will be on Wednesday, from 5pm to 7pm at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home; 520 So. 11th Street in Hudson, Wisconsin

Craig Norbert Smith, age 75 of Roberts died at Treasure Island Casino of an apparent heart attack. Craig was enjoying life with close friends when he died unexpectedly. Craig was born on March 21, 1940 in St. Paul; the son of Fred and Mildred Smith. He attended Holy Childhood Parochial School before graduating from Ramsey High School in Roseville.

As a young boy growing up, he learned the trade of iron working and a good work ethic. His dad began Fred’s Erection Company. But at a young age, his father passed away. Along with his mom, Craig stepped up to continue to the business. Not only did they keep it running, they grew the family business in which other family members joined in. He was a proud member of the Iron Workers Local 512 Union. Craig would marry Diane Rosenthal on November 26, 1960. To this union, sons Timothy and Craig were born.  They lived in St. Paul until 1964, when they moved to Roberts to raise their family. In 1976, Craig and Diane began St. Croix Steel Erection Company. Craig enjoyed his hobby farm; which he farmed for over fifty years. They had horses, and cattle over the years. He loved the challenge farming brought and everyday issues it provided. Craig greatest thrill came from being an outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing trips to Alaska, or traveling to areas like Africa, Costa Rica, or Brazil to hunt or fish native species. He also enjoyed belonging to the New Richmond bowling league.

Craig is survived by his sons Tim smith, Craig Smith; grandchildren Emily, Charlie (Kate), Caroline; siblings Cynthia (John) Oetjen, Fred (Stephanie) Smith; as well as other special friends and relatives. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Diane, and brother Roger.

A Time to remember Craig will be Wednesday December 30th from 5 to 7PM at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home; 520 So. 11th Street, Hudson, Wisconsin. Private interment will be in the Warren Cemetery in Roberts. Memorials are preferred.

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    • Tim, Craig, & Family,
      So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad…Nolene called and let us know…I haven’t seen many of you for years…but Brent and Leah (my kids) remember you so we had to reminisce a little. They remember that your brother was called ” Peanuts” . We still are missing Bill a lot and esp. now at the Holidays…Do you remember Bill’s brother? He is in the Nursing home here in Waupaca and is not doing the best-It’s a very sad situation.
      .Well, Cherish the Memory’s and always remember as Christians we have the assurance that we all will be together again someday.
      Keep Looking UP! Be

    • Tim, Craig & Family,
      So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. May the God of all comfort be with you in the difficult days ahead. May faith uphold you and friends help comfort you. Remember when we let go of our loved ones a step at a time, God owns that step and helps you get through the next one.

      Deepest sympathy.