March 11, 1922 - May 18, 2019

Virginia Mae Smetak, 97, former Phillips resident, died in the park Manor Nursing Home in Park Falls on Saturday, May 18, 2019. She was born in Spooner on March 11, 1922, the daughter of Edwin and Rosella (Kruger) Oberg. She moved to Phillips with her family as a child, and attended the Phillips High School. She was well known in the area for her painting and artistic abilities. She owned and operated the Country Studio of Fine Art. She was a member of the Phillips congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

She is survived by one daughter, Beverly (Prentice) McKinney of Milwaukee; by two grandchildren: Tiffany and Denise; and by three sisters: Joy Jacobson of Ogden, Utah, Gloria Burns of Rochester, Minnesota, and Evelyn Olson of Park Falls. She is preceded in death by three brothers: Edwin, Robert, and Hal Oberg.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Phillips with Shane Bastil officiating. Friends may call from 12 p.m. until the time of services.

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The Heindl Funeral Home in Phillips is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

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