Fern Edna (Klocksiem) Smith, 99, of Greenfield, was called home by the Lord on Feb. 4.
Fern was the daughter of John and Edna (Lundblad) Klocksiem and was born on July 28, 1914 at rural Paton. She was baptized in infancy and was instructed in the Doctrine and Duties of the Christian Religion as believed, confessed and taught by the Evangelical church. She received her certificate by Rev. Granner December 21, 1930. Scripture Motto: II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away behold all things are become new.” Fern accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age, and joined the evangelical Church which she was an active faith follower holding offices in the church. Fern graduated from Paton High School on May 25, 1933. Prior to her marriage Fern was employed in the IBM Department of the United Security Life Insurance company in Des Moines.
Fern and Everett Smith were united in marriage at First Church of the Open Bible in Des Moines by Everett’s nephew Donald Dean Benton. They established their home on a farm northeast of Greenfield. Fern’s church membership transferred to the Bethel Baptist church at Stanzel. She took an active part in the church; holding offices in the church. Fern respected her parents and was baptized by emersion. Fern, like Everett, believed to witness through the giving of Gospel tracts. The Christian as a citizen has to be concerned about one’s country founded on Christian Principles. Fern and Everett moved into the town of Greenfield into Smith Aunt’s house on November 18, 1987.
Fern is survived by her sister Ruth E Saathoff of Sun City Arizona; nieces: Jeanne Gregg and DeeAnn Carlick of California; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her twin brother Paul in infancy; her parents; her husband Everett on December 30, 1990 and brother in law Harold E Saathoff on November 18,2008.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 10 at The Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield. Mr. Ted Burnfield officiated. Organist was Janna Nelson. Vocalists were Glen and Vernelle Jones. Musical selections were Sweet By and By and Sweetly Resting. Floral committee was Linda Brewer and Tonna Twombly.
Pall bearers were Francis Bloomquist, Glen Jones, Alan Brewer, Bob Twombly, Kevin Brewer and Jason Brewer. Honorary Pall Bearers were John Allen Havens and Scott Havens. Interment was in the Greenfield Cemetery in Greenfield.
The Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield assisted the family with arrangements, 641-743-2621, www.steenfunerals.com