Genevieve Smith Lorenzen, 90, died March 25, 2016, at Citizens Medical Center in Colby. Born Oct. 12, 1925, in Seattle, Wash., she was the daughter of Robert P. Hemmingsen and Ella Francis Totten. Seattle is where She met her first husband, Oliver O. Smith Jr. They were married on May 15, 1945. He preceded her on Aug. 1, 1976. This union had four children, David (Susie) Smith, of Sussex, Wis., Bertie (Donnie) Lang, of St. John, Gary D. Smith of Atlanta, Ga., and Sharon Komarek, deceased. During this marriage, at age 45, she received her Registered Nurse degree and worked at Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend and then became Administrator at Woodhaven Nursing Home in Ellinwood.
She loved her family very much and when they would get together, she always wanted to play games, even up to the end. She also loved crossword puzzles and watching Jeopardy. She had many friends and caretakers that all respected and loved her.
She found her second love and best friend, Dale A. Lorenzen. They were married July 28, 1978, and resided in Oakley. They loved to travel and go fishing. She was blessed to inherit two more daughters and a son from this marriage, Jean (Bill) Huntley, of Kinsley, Sherry (Wade) Taylor, of Oakley, and Paul (Amy) Lorenzen, of Wallace.
She will be missed by nine grandchildren, Shawn and Shane Smith, R.C. Wondra Jr., Matt Wondra, Kelsey Peterson, Garrett and Lisa Taylor, Joshua and Jared Lorenzen; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter; and sister, Beatrice Keenan of Seattle, Wa.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Great Bend Humane Society, P.O. Box 1653, Great Bend, KS 67530.
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, March 27, 2016**