Jeannine Therese Smith, a pediatric nurse practitioner who was among the first registered nurses to work in an advanced practice role, died on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at her home in Bradenton, Florida. She was 85 years old.
A native of Marinette, Jeannine attended Mercy School of Nursing in Oshkosh and practiced at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison from 1965 until she retired in 1988.
Jeannine attended Our Lady of Lourdes School, now St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, in Marinette, graduating in 1949. She was elected to Badger Girls State, a government and citizenship leadership program, in her senior year.
She was a daughter of Andrew and Agnes Gendron, later of Coleman.
Jeannine married high school classmate Richard Smith in 1952. The couple lived in Oshkosh and Kiel during the 1950s and 1960s, and moved to Madison in 1965. Her husband was an English teacher at Kiel High School from 1953 to 1961 and a professor in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1969 to 1990.
After retiring, the couple spent their summers in Nekoosa and Green Bay and winters in the Perico Bay Club community of Bradenton, Florida. They moved to Bradenton’s Westminster Towers and Shores continuing care community in 2014.
Jeannine’s retirement interests included tennis, golf, painting, reading and traveling.
She is survived by her husband Richard; a brother John Gendron, of Tempe, Arizona.; and four children, Anne Blesch and her husband Carl, of Bedminster, New Jersey; Suzanne Laurion and her husband James, of Tampa, Florida; Theresa Hoxmeier and her husband Theodore, of Arden Hills, Minnesota; and Anthony Smith and his wife Bonnie, of Sturgeon Bay. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by a brother Dale Gendron, of Miami, Florida; and a sister Marlene Barber, of Boise, Idaho.
A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.
The family thanks the Westminster Towers and Shores community and Tidewell Hospice for their compassionate care of Jeannine.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army.