BALLINGER Ellen "Nancy" Smetana, 80, of Rowena, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Central Texas Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ballinger. She was born on Aug. 9, 1932, in Westphalia to Bernard "Slim" and Olga (Lange) Kasberg. Ellen graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School and later married Ralph John Smetana Sr. on May 6, 1952, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena, Texas. They shared 58 years together before Ralph's passing in 2010. She worked for 20 years as a rug weaver at Ingrid's Custom Rugs in Paint Rock. Ellen was a faithful member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She loved gardening and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers; and a sister. Ellen is survived by eight children, Debra Stewart and husband Jock of San Angelo, Cindy Carpenter and husband Tim of Veribest, E'Lisa Smetana of Abilene and friend James Gilbreath of Christoval, Ralph Jr. and fiancee Vickie of Sonora, Glenn and wife Cheryl of Eola, Clyde and wife Melissa of Veribest, Wayne and wife Becky of Eola and Chris and wife Lynda of Ingleside. Also surviving is a sister, Carrol Fischer of Veribest; and 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Rosary service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, July 26, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Aerial Lagunilla celebrating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Meals on Wheels; Ballinger Hospice;
; or any favorite charity. The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff of Central Texas Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the staff of Ballinger Hospice for their exceptional and loving care of Nancy. Arrangements are with Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Guests may register online at ballingerfuneralhome.com.
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Published in GoSanAngelo from July 26 to July 27, 2013