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Candice "Candy" Smith

Candice "Candy" K. Smith, age 71, of Willmar, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning at her residence in Willmar.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, April 8, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.  Memorials to honor Candy's life may be directed to Vinje Lutheran Church, 1101 Willmar Ave. SW. Willmar, MN  56201

Candice “Candy” Kay Smith was born on November 30, 1947, in Morris, Minnesota, the daughter of Harold and Maxine (Suhrbier) Blasing.  She grew up in the Hancock community and graduated from Hancock High School in 1965.  On June 11, 1965, Candy was united in marriage to Richard Lee Smith.  They made their home in Hancock and Ortonville before moving to Willmar in 1969.  Candy was employed by Willmar Service Corp., Rice Memorial Hospital as a medical transcriber and the Willmar High School as a librarian and media aide.  She was an active member of Vinje Lutheran Church and numerous clubs such as a birthday club, coffee club, walking club, biking club…(a club for everything she liked doing).  Candy enjoyed entertaining family and friends.  She loved her grandchildren and was proud of all their accomplishments.

She is survived by her loving husband, Rick of Willmar; her children, Lee (and Janet) Smith of Eden Prairie and Wendy Merila of Albertville; five grandchildren, Wyatt and Garrett Smith and Brooke, Boston and Brody Merila; three step-grandchildren, Adam, Amanda and Ashley Astor and one sister, Jackie (and Steve) Burmeister of North St. Paul, besides other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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My deepest sympathies to you. Candy was a kind, loving person and will always remember wonderful memories growing up.Diane Stenson Herwitz

Diane Herwitz (Stenson) May 5 2019 12:00 AM

My condolences to you Jackie, and your family. I fondly recall you Blasing girls on summer days in Hancock.

Barbara McRoberts-Laughery Apr 13 2019 12:00 AM

Rick, Wendy, and Lee - I'm so very sorry to hear about Candy's passing and hope that you are finding moments of peace and comfort amidst yourgrief. I remember the days I spent at your family house in Willmar where I was always greeted with Candy's smile and much laughter. She was like a second mom to me then and I feel fortunate to have had the chance to know her. You are all in my thoughts. Love, Jane (Koch) Kramer

Jane Kramer Apr 12 2019 12:00 AM

My sincere sympathy to all the Blasing and Smith families. The Hancock Class of 1965 will always remember her smile and her fun nature. Our prayers of peace and comfort to her family.

Kathy Zeltwanger Urbaniak Apr 9 2019 12:00 AM

Sympathies to the Family. I will always remember Candy for her positive, bubbly, live life to the fullest attitude. Loved her!!!

Tami Manska Apr 9 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Candys sudden passing. We worked together at the WSHS. She was such a fun and delightful gal to work with. She truly will be missed. My deepest sympathy!

Deb Portinga Apr 8 2019 12:00 AM

Rick, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. Unable to be there for the service, but my thoughts will be with all of you! One minute,one hour at a time.

Sheryl Sheldahl Mulder Apr 7 2019 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of Candys passing. She was always kind and smiling. The Smith family has my deepest sympathies.

Dennis Marciniak Apr 7 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry and sad to hear this news. I always saw and visited with Candy at the Willmar Celebrate Art festival every September.... always so happy . You all have our sympathyDave and Phyllis Joos

Phyllis joos Apr 5 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss Rick. You made a great couple and feel fortunate to have had you and Candy as friends growing up. May God comfort you and your children.

Arlen Stensby Apr 5 2019 12:00 AM

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