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Janet A Smetter

December 5, 1960 ~ January 25, 2020 (age 59)


A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at the Beaver Crossing United Methodist Church with Pastors Michelle Kanzaki and Pat Norris officiating.  Interment will be in the Beaver Crossing Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, 1-9:00 p.m. and with the family receiving relatives and friends from 6-8:00 p.m. at Lauber Funeral Home, Friend. Pallbearers are:  Eric White, Nathan White, Brent White, Matthew Schmailzl, Hunter Streit, Draven Payne, Kaden Brown, Bill Smetter and Larry Schmailzl.  Honorary pallbearers are her nieces an great-nieces and nephews.  Memorials are directed in care of the family.


Janet Ann Smetter was born December 5, 1960, in Friend, Nebraska, the 2nd of 5 children to Homer W. and Genive V. (Steider) Smetter and passed away Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Tabatha Care Center in Crete at the age of 59. 

As a young girl she attended Beaver Crossing Public School and graduated with the class of 1979 from Centennial High School.  Janet furthered her education by attending Southeast Community College, studying Computer Programming, later switching her major to the Clerical Program.  She became a member of the United Methodist Church in Beaver Crossing, joining when she was in her 7th grade class.  She sent out birthday and get-well cards for the church for several years.  Janet moved to Lincoln in 1994 and worked for Acton Company providing mailing setups.  She also was employed as a production worker for Carol Wright Sales and retired from Community Alternative of Nebraska as a special need’s provider for the last 9 years.  Working with special needs adults was the one job she enjoyed the most.  Janet loved working there and whenever possible, she would have a client with her.  Janet loved keeping up with the activities of her nieces and nephews, for they were her World and the light of her life.  She loved to send out thoughtful cards and write letters and people would know who was it from by the envelope which was of a different color.  Janet had the gift of gab and never met a stranger. 

She is survived by her 4 sisters and spouses including her twin-sister, Judy and John Kunert, Carol and Kenny White, Tracy Payne, all of Beaver Crossing, Terry Schmailzl and special friend, Rob Fredrick, of Lincoln, nine  nieces and nephews, Eric, Nathan and Brent (Holly) White, all of Beaver Crossing, Melissa (James) Streit, Tysha (Aaron) Smith, all of Seward, Tara (Anthony) Due, Exeter, Molly (Austin) Miller, Utica, Matthew (Ira) Schmailzl, Mila (Tyler) Miller, all of Lincoln, and 15 great-nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and a host of other relatives and friends.  

Janet was preceded in death by her  father, Homer in 1999, and mother Genive “Jenny” in 2006, and a special brother-in-law, Lonnie Miller in 2018, grandparents, Bill and Carrie Smetter, Vernon and Dorothy Dickey, Elmer Steider, several aunts and uncles.

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January 28, 2020

1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lauber Funeral Home
814 Maple Street
Friend, NE 68359

Funeral Service
January 29, 2020

10:30 AM
Beaver Crossing United Methodist Church

Please note
Family will receive relatives and friends from 6-8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Viewing also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.
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