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December 20, 1965 – Friday, December 4, 2009

Service Information
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
2:00 P.M.

Visitation Information

Amy Marlene Smith, age 43, of Buffalo passed away on Friday, December 4th at The Buffalo Hospital.

She was born on December 20, 1965 in Monticello the daughter of Guy G. & Marlene Spiering Petersen.

Amy was baptized on February 13, 1966 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Monticello by Reverend E. J. Otterstatter.
She was instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on May 4, 1980 at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenfield by Reverend Robert Kant.

As a young girl, Amy always was out in the barn on her family’s Jersey Dairy farm helping her dad. She drove the tractor for hay baling. She also learned to play the flute, piano and sang in the school choir and often accompanied the choir on the piano.

She graduated from Buffalo High School in May of 1984 and later attended Willmar Technical College for accounting.

On June 30th, 1985, Amy M. Petersen & Reverend Stephen A. Smith were joined in holy marriage at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake. God blessed their marriage with two children.

She loved music, flowers and garden produce. She started playing organ at church when she was sixteen years old. She also sang for weddings and funerals. She was a faithful volunteer at The Wise Penney Thrift Shoppe and also enjoyed going to garage sales.

Amy was a kind and caring person!

Survived by her loving husband: The Reverend Stephen A. Smith; children: Adam S. G. Smith and Crystal A.M. Smith; her parents: Guy and Marlene Petersen of rural Buffalo; sisters: Martha (Doug) Leerssen of Sedalia, MO, Cindy (Dan) Ordorff of Buffalo, Sharon (Tom) Poirier of Maple Lake and Teresa (Lyndon) Larson of Monticello; twelve nieces and nephews; four great nieces; her mother-in-law: Vivian Smith of Oakfield, WI; brother-in-law: The Reverend Robert (Eileen) Smith of Hastings, NE; uncles & aunts: Neil Petersen of Big Lake, Roumayne (Audrey) Spiering of Monticello & Richard (Ruth) Spiering of San Diego, California; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her grandparents: George and Ella Petersen, David and Elsie Allen, father-in-law: Samuel Smith and by a uncle: Roger Petersen.

Funeral services for Amy Smith will be held on Tuesday, December 8th at 2:00 P.M. at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake. Pastor Darren Green will officiate. David Farstad will be the organist. Special music provided by Crystal Smith.

Interment Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Monday, December 7th from 4-8 P.M. at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake. A Prayer service will be held at 7:00 P.M. by Pastor Dennis Strong.

Casket Bearers are Douglas Leerssen, Dan Ordorff, Tom Poirier, Lyndon Larson, Andrew Poirier, Steven Ordorff and Bonnie Larson.

8 Guestbook Entries

  1. Rev. Eugene and SueAnn Andrus

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate the death of you beloved wife and mother.
    Blessed are the saints that die in the Lord.

  2. Rhonda Blizel

    My heartfelt sympathy’s to the Smith family. Our hearts and prayers are with you through this difficult time. God bless you.

  3. Andrea (Chopp) Freye

    Thinking of the Smith family during this difficult time.

  4. Eileen C. Tronnes Nelson

    My sympathy to you Crystal A.M. Smith and Adam S.G. Smith, may you find peace during this difficult time in the passing of your mother, Amy M. Smith. My condolences to you too, Reverend Stephen A. Smith. My granddaughter, Heather L. Sorenson is a Minnesota State University Moorhead close college friend of Crystal’s. Eileen C. Tronnes Nelson, Grand Forks, ND

  5. Seth, Jennifer and Hannah Taylor

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Blessed are those whose hope is in the Lord, for we shall be together again.

  6. Michelle Larson

    my thoughts and preyers are with you in this sad time.

  7. Rev Micah and Claudia Ernst

    Though hearts may hurt with the passing of our loved ones, and a certain emptiness enters our lives we remember the real truth of Christmas; it wasn’t about decorations and gifts, not even friends and family, the truth of Christmas brings true peace to our hearts at a time like this. Because He came into this world to bring forgiveness and peace for every soul from our Loving Father in heaven. He came to help us understanding He knows our suffering and pain and He would willing carry the cost of our healing. He came to died for all and to rise again that we may know there is a home in heaven for all who believe. Amy is at home praising the Lord for such a great gift. May His love that drove Him to be born in a stable in Bethlehem reach out to each of your hearts even at a time like this, with the truth that God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.

  8. Jon & Laura (Gutknecht) Cella and family

    It is surely difficult for us to understand why Amy was taken from us, and she is sorely missed.
    But the Bible tells us it will only be a “little while” until we see Jesus ourselves face-to-face, and we will all be reunited with our loved ones who have gone on before us. May God ease the sorrow of your loss.


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