Kristine A. Smith, age 61, of Merrill, died unexpectedly on Friday, January 6, 2023, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital after a long battle with ongoing health issues. She was born in Merrill on October 7, 1961, to the late Roger and Barbara (Heller) Tholl. Kristine attended and graduated from Merrill High School with the class of 1980. She married Mike Smith on May 17, 1980, in Merrill. He survives.
Kristine worked as a social worker for the Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin, a job that she was really passionate about. In her spare time, she enjoyed boating, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, shopping and going out to lunch with her friends. Kristine is remembered as an outgoing and friendly person, even getting an award for being a “certified friendly person!” She made friends everywhere she went and was always there to offer a helping hand. Kristine was so easy to talk to and looked forward to time spent with her beloved granddaughters. She will be sadly missed but has left many good memories for her loved ones.
Kristine is survived by her husband, Mike, sons: Michael, Matthew (Abby), and Mitchell, granddaughters: Paisley and Alaina and two sisters. She was preceded in death by her parents.
The memorial service for Kristine will be held on Monday, January 16, 2023, at 11am at Waid Funeral Home in Merrill. Nancy Beyersdorf will provide support to the family. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 16, 2023, from 9am until the time of the service, also at the funeral home. No meal to follow.
In lieu of flowers, family requests that donations in Kristine’s name be made to the T.B. Scott Library.
Kristine’s family would like to thank the staff at Aspirus Wausau Hospital for their excellent care and support shown to them during this difficult time.
Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are encouraged and may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.