Eva D. Smathers

Eva Dorothy Smathers, 80, Minot, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in a Minot nursing home.

Eva was born April 19, 1934, at Minot, the daughter of Joseph and Emelia (Thomas) Bertsch. She was raised and educated in Minot and graduated from St. Leo’s High School in 1952. During her younger years she was employed as a secretary to Monsignor Hogan at St. Leo’s Catholic Church and later employed at First National Bank and Peter Kewitt Construction as a secretary.

Eva was united in marriage to Rondo “Ron” Smathers on May 16, 1966, in Minot. They moved to Milbrae, Calif., where Ron was employed. They later lived in New York and Omaha, Neb. They retired to Incline Village, Nev., and later lived in Scottsdale, Ariz. They returned to Minot in 1997. Ron died in 2008.

Eva was an accomplished musician, playing the trumpet in an orchestra with her sister, Alvina, during their younger years. She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot, and the local Musicians Union #656.

Her loving family includes: stepchildren, Randy Smathers, of Texas, and Sharon Smathers, of California; nieces, Sheryl Loveland, Shelley Brown, Holly Bartsch, Lynda Forbes, Sandy Haugen, Sheila Kerzman, Lisa Voeller and Shirley Volk; nephews, Bruce Damm, Brian Damm, Brad Damm, Greg Kerzman, Keith Kerzman, Ken Kerzman, Jeff Kerzman, Cary Loveland and Jerry Iverson.

Eva was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ron; sisters, Leona Damm Burns, Theresa Iverson, Adeline Kerzman, Viola Kerzman Kruckenberg and Alvina Loveland; niece, Lori Smith, and nephew, Jim Iverson.

Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, May 9, 2014, at 10 a.m. in Trinity Homes Chapel, Minot

Vigil prayer service: Today, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Today, from 5 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).