We are saddened to announce the passing of Beverly Ann (Gussert) Smits (82), on February 16, in Green Bay, WI. Beverly (BBB), as she was affectionately known, was born on November 19, 1935, to Clarence and Stella (Seidl) Gussert. She attended St. Patrick's Catholic Church and was a 1954 graduate of Saint Joseph's Academy in Green Bay.
She was a wonderful Mom to her five children, teaching them how to be giving, empathetic and forgiving adults. Throughout her life, she touched everyone she met with her infectious personality and enjoyed making others smile.....her family and friends adored her. There wasn't anyone that didn't love Mom with her kind heart and great sense of humor. She always had a joke or story to share. She provided us with a great sense of strength, love, and courage.
Beverly was a born "Packer Backer" and would never be without her many green and gold outfits on game day, as she watched and cheered on her beloved Green Bay Packers.
Bev was employed many years as a waitress. She loved being outdoors and enjoyed many hobbies and passions especially spending time in the garden, fishing, playing cribbage and her faith. She was a self taught artist, using recycled materials to create her art, listening to country music and polkas, and cooking. Her fresh bread, baked in coffee cans were a family-favorite.
Her love will live on in the hearts of her four daughters and one son, Cristine (Christopher) Jandrain of Green Bay, Cheryl (Cecil) Hill of Aguanga, CA, Sue (Bruce) Becker of Waupaca, Ron (Rachel) Smits of Green Bay and Terry (Jim) Smits of Green Bay.
Seven grandchildren, Sam Freeman, Adam Zimdars, Eric Jandrain, Matthew Jandrain, Alex Thyrion, Jami Bahr, and Jessie Jenson; as well as numerous great grandchildren; and her only sibling and brother, Vernon (Lorraine) Gussert of De Pere. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence (Gus) and Stella Gussert.
Bev will be remembered with a "Celebration" of her life at Lyndahl Funeral Home, 1350 Lombardi Avenue in Green Bay, WI, across from Lambeau Field. Family and friends are welcome to gather here on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. to share memories of her. A short service will begin at 7:00 p.m.
The family will have a private burial service in Allouez Catholic Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos may be shared with Beverly’s family on her tribute page at www.lyndahl.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are welcome in Beverly's name to benefit NAMI or St. Patrick's Church, where she was a life member.
We want to thank the staff at Green Bay Health Care Services, Compassus and Optim for their compassionate care of our Mom during her last years.
Our family now moves forward with sad hearts, but happy memories. Have all the ice cream that heaven holds, listen to the country western music and dance the night away to polkas, Mom. You are free and finally at peace. You will be missed beyond words and will live on in our lives forever, sweet lady.