Nancy B. Smedal

JANESVILLE--Nancy Berenato Smedal, 88, who lived most of her adult live in Stoughton and Fort Atkinson and spent her last three years in Huntington Place in Janesville, died Sunday at St. Mary's Janesville Hospital.

Nancy was born March 25, 1925, in Hammonton, N.J., to Frank and Mary Berenato. She graduated from Hammonton High School in 1943 and graduated from the Jersey City Medical Center Nursing School in February 1947. She worked for an oral surgeon at the Philadelphia Dental School for three years.

She joined the Air Force and graduated from the School of Aviation Medicine at Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala. In July 1954, she was assigned to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, where she worked at the 3750th USAF Hospital.

On Jan. 1, 1955, she married Greggar R. Smedal of Stoughton, Wis. Their daughter, Gail, was born March 16, 1956. The family moved to Madison, Wis., where she worked at Madison General Hospital as a registered nurse. The family later lived in Stoughton, where she worked at Stoughton Hospital, before moving to Fort Atkinson. Nancy earned her public health degree from Whitewater University and worked for Jefferson County as a school nurse and a visiting home nurse. She retired in 1980.

Nancy was a lifetime member of the Reserve Officers Association. Nursing was her passion, and Nancy devoted her life to caring for others, including her husband, who died in 1998 after 12 years of early-onset dementia.

She was a preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers Joseph and Domenic; and her sister Jean.

Survivors include her daughter, Gail (Scott) Angus of Janesville; grandsons Troy (Marni) Angus of Pewaukee, Ian Angus of Milwaukee and Jacob Angus of Madison; and brothers Louis, Samuel and John Berenato and sister Anna Berenato, all of New Jersey.

Services will be held at 2 pm on Friday, May 17, 2013 at Covenant Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Van Buren St, Stoughton with the Rev. Jerry Tews officiating. Family will greet friends at church one hour prior to service. Burial with military honors will follow at Eastside Cemetery. Donations in her name may be made to Agrace Hospice or Covenant Lutheran Church in Stoughton.

The family wishes to thank the staffs of Huntington advanced care and Agrace Hospice for their tender care of Nancy in her final years.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service
206 W. Prospect Stoughton
(608) 873-9244

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