SPARTA- Grace M. Smith (Birkland), of Sparta, went home to the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Bristol Glen in Newton. She was 92. Grace was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Andrew and Johanna (Strom) Birkland. She resided for over 50 years in Lake Mohawk , and was a homemaker. Grace was predeceased by her husband, Jerry, in 1977; a daughter, Francine, in 1985; a son, Donald, in 2005; and a granddaughter, Shaundra, in 2009. Surviving her is a grandson, Michael Mlekoday, of Naples, Fla., a granddaughter, Michelle Kieser, of Fridley, Minn.; and four great-grandchildren, Spencer, Ryan, Joseph and Jessica. Private arrangements are being handled by Goble Funeral Home, Sparta.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Jan. 29, 2013