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Elisabeth Jane Smedberg


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Elisabeth Jane Smedberg Obituary
July 5, 1947 - September 3, 2017 Faithful Christian Betty Smedberg lived a life of love, service, and joy. Born in Glendale, CA to Rowland and Alice Rudser, Betty graduated from Grant High School in Van Nuys in 1965. She graduated from L.A. Valley College of Nursing in 1968. As an RN, she worked at St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank. In 1970, she married Barry, who was a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama, and they spent their honeymoon driving the Pan-American Highway from LA to Panama City. She worked at Gorgas Hospital Canal Zone. She then became a Peace Corps volunteer with Barry in the Dominican Republic. In 1974 they moved back to Van Nuys and she began working at Valley Presbyterian Hospital. She spent 37 years in nursing and nursing education before retiring. She was an active member of Central Lutheran Church and other charitable organizations. She loved to travel with Barry and other family/friends. She visited all 50 states and 5 continents. Her favorites were the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu. Betty leaves her beloved Barry; her son Stephen and his wife Vesna; daughter Chrissy and her husband Eric; three precious grandchildren: Jason, Katherine, Grace. She also leaves sister Kate Acks, brother Ralph Rudser and his wife Elaine, brother-in-law Jon Stanley and his wife Shirley, and sister-in-law Diane Horne. She leaves nine nieces and nephews. The memorial service will be held at 2 P.M. on September 23, 2017, at Central Lutheran Church in Van Nuys. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ELCA Good Gifts. community.elca.org/elcagoodgifts
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11, 2017
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