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Sandra Kay Smith

Forest City, Iowa

February 20, 1944 - May 15, 2024

Sandra Kay Smith Obituary

Sandra Kay Smith, age 80, of Forest City, Iowa passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at her home under the care of St. Croix Hospice.


A funeral service for Sandra will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, May 20, 2024 at Pilot Knob Lutheran Church, rural Forest City with Pastor Bob Snitzer officiating.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., Sunday, May 19, 2024 at Schott Funeral Home, 505 North Clark St. Forest City, Iowa.


Burial of cremains will be held in the church cemetery at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Caring Pregnancy Center, 830 15th St. S.W., Mason City, Iowa 50436, or to Pilot Knob Lutheran Church.



Sandy joined the church triumphant the morning of May 15, 2024. She went home to her Lord amid a glorious sunrise and a loving family.


Sandra was born February 20, 1944, to Bill and Gazena Hagen. She was baptized at Lunder Lutheran Church in Twin Lakes, MN, and attended country school in the area before going to Albert Lea High School, where she graduated in 1961. In 1977, she moved to Lake Mills, Iowa, where she was employed at Fleetguard and took classes to receive a degree in accounting. It was there that she met the love of her life, John (Jack) Smith. They were married on May 10, 1979, and eventually moved to Scarville.


Together they founded Cybersmith Engineering Inc. in 1984 and operated in Scarville until moving the operations to Forest City in 1994. For years, they worked hard to build what has become a family business. They traveled the country together to meet prospective clients and to grow the business. It was at this time that they grew to love traveling and seeing new places. Eventually, the children began joining in the adventures as they enjoyed trips from Cancun to Hawaii and many places in between.


Upon retirement in 2012, Sandy took a great interest in ancestry. She also began combing local cemeteries, locating gravestones and markers to help others connect with lost loved ones. She had a love of gardening and feeding the many various birds in her yard.


Sandy was very involved in Pilot Knob Church. She helped with teaching Sunday School and enjoyed quilting, worship, learning scriptures, and other activities there. She constructed many amazing quilts that were either given to family or donated through the church. Sandy had many talents and was compassionate, loving, nurturing, and beautiful inside and out.


She is preceded in death by her parents William and Gazena, her brothers Duane and Ronnie, and her sister Sharon.


She is survived by her husband Jack, of Forest City, IA; her children Laurie David (Terry) Steen, MN, Lisa Carlsen (Nicho) of Leland, IA, Amy Stanek (Dave) of Fertile, IA, Nicholas (Bina) of Forest City, IA; brother David Hagen (Carol), and sister-in-law Judy Monahan of San Diego. Grandchildren Ben (Becky), Ashley (Eli), Matt (Tara), Dan (Gabby), Kirsten (Travis), Emily (Connor), Emmanuel, and Shiloh, and 13 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and two aunts, Gwen Baas and Carol Baas.


The family would like to convey thanks to Hancock County Health and St. Croix hospice.


Schott Funeral Homes in Forest City is in charge of arrangements. 641-585-2685

www.schottfuneralhomes.com


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Sandra Kay Smith hosted by Mittelstadt Funeral Home.

Sandra Kay Smith, age 80, of Forest City, Iowa passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at her home under the care of St. Croix Hospice.


A funeral service for Sandra will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, May 20, 2024 at Pilot Knob Lutheran Church, rural Forest City with Pastor Bob Snitzer officiating.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., Sunday, May 19, 2024 at Schott Funeral Home, 505 North Clark St. Forest City, Iowa.


Burial of cremains will be held in the church cemetery at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Caring Pregnancy Center, 830 15th St. S.W., Mason City, Iowa 50436, or to Pilot Knob Lutheran Church.



Sandy joined the church triumphant the morning of May 15, 2024. She went home to her Lord amid a glorious sunrise and a loving family.


Sandra was born February 20, 1944, to Bill and Gazena Hagen. She was baptized at Lunder Lutheran Church in Twin Lakes, MN, and attended country school in the area before going to Albert Lea High School, where she graduated in 1961. In 1977, she moved to Lake Mills, Iowa, where she was employed at Fleetguard and took classes to receive a degree in accounting. It was there that she met the love of her life, John (Jack) Smith. They were married on May 10, 1979, and eventually moved to Scarville.


Together they founded Cybersmith Engineering Inc. in 1984 and operated in Scarville until moving the operations to Forest City in 1994. For years, they worked hard to build what has become a family business. They traveled the country together to meet prospective clients and to grow the business. It was at this time that they grew to love traveling and seeing new places. Eventually, the children began joining in the adventures as they enjoyed trips from Cancun to Hawaii and many places in between.


Upon retirement in 2012, Sandy took a great interest in ancestry. She also began combing local cemeteries, locating gravestones and markers to help others connect with lost loved ones. She had a love of gardening and feeding the many various birds in her yard.


Sandy was very involved in Pilot Knob Church. She helped with teaching Sunday School and enjoyed quilting, worship, learning scriptures, and other activities there. She constructed many amazing quilts that were either given to family or donated through the church. Sandy had many talents and was compassionate, loving, nurturing, and beautiful inside and out.


She is preceded in death by her parents William and Gazena, her brothers Duane and Ronnie, and her sister Sharon.


She is survived by her husband Jack, of Forest City, IA; her children Laurie David (Terry) Steen, MN, Lisa Carlsen (Nicho) of Leland, IA, Amy Stanek (Dave) of Fertile, IA, Nicholas (Bina) of Forest City, IA; brother David Hagen (Carol), and sister-in-law Judy Monahan of San Diego. Grandchildren Ben (Becky), Ashley (Eli), Matt (Tara), Dan (Gabby), Kirsten (Travis), Emily (Connor), Emmanuel, and Shiloh, and 13 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and two aunts, Gwen Baas and Carol Baas.


The family would like to convey thanks to Hancock County Health and St. Croix hospice.


Schott Funeral Homes in Forest City is in charge of arrangements. 641-585-2685

www.schottfuneralhomes.com


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Sandra Kay Smith hosted by Mittelstadt Funeral Home.

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