In Memory of

Nicola A. Smith

January 28, 1949 - August 24, 2019
From: Rockwell City, IA

Rockwell City – Nicola A. Smith 70, passed away Saturday, August 24, 2019 following a lengthy illness at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital, Lake City.  Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 29, 2019 at St. Francis Catholic Church, Rockwell City, with Fr. Lynn Bruch and Fr. Clair Boes concelebrating the Mass of Christian Burial.  Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery, Rockwell City.  Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City, with a Parish Rosary at 4:00 p.m.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

     Niki is survived by her husband Terry; children, Chad (Tamara) Smith of Waukee, Chris Smith of Rockwell City, and Jennifer (Kerry) Scheidegger of Jolley; 10 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sisters, Renee Minnehan of Carroll, Jacque (Tony) Happe of Churdan, Joleen Matthews of Minot, ND, and Mary Pat Burke of Jefferson; brother Michael (Jean) Burke of Alpharetta, GA; and other relatives and a host of friends.  Preceded in death by her parents, John “Jack” and Bernice (Thornton) Burke; and brother-in-law Clint Minnehan.

     Nicola Ann Burke Smith was born January 28, 1949 at Lake City.  She graduated from Lohrville High School.  On December 10, 1970 she was united in marriage to Terry Smith at St. Joseph’s Church in Lohrville.  The couple lived in Churdan before establishing their home in Rockwell City.  Niki worked various jobs in her lifetime including sales, baking, babysitting, and was a homemaker.  She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.

Mass of Christian Burial
10:30 a.m. - Thursday
August 29, 2019
St. Francis Catholic Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
Father Lynn Bruch
Father Clair Boes
Deacon Robert Lenz
Rosary - 4:00 p.m. - Wednesday
Followed by a Visitation till 7:00 p.m.
August 28, 2019
Palmer & Swank Funeral Hopme
Rockwell City, Iowa
Rosehill Cemetery
Rockwell City, Iowa


Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 9:07 AM
“Nikki was a great friend to my grandmother Maureen Patterson. It makes my heart heavy that she has passed. She has left an imprint on everyone she has met. After my grandma passed my first daughter was born and she made the most beautiful quilt for Olivia. I will forever cherish it and her memory. Every time I stopped over she always had good treats to share. She was so easy to talk to and I understand why her and my grandmother became such great friends. Deepest sympathy to all of Nikki's family and friends, she will be missed beyond measure.”
- Randi Myer

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 11:37 AM
“I'd like to express my sincere condolences to your family on Nicki's passing. She was a classmate of mine from LHS class of '67. She will be remembered in my prayers. ”
- Joe Dowling

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 3:56 AM
“Our heartfelt sympathy. Nikki had a smile and chuckle for everyone and oh those awesome cakes.”
- Gerri & Jane McCurdy

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 12:15 PM
“Our thoughts are with all of you. I have been thinking of the good times we had growing up. Blessed be her memory.”
- Steve Thornton and family

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 11:49 AM
“Nikki touched our family's lives in many positive ways. She was the best next-door neighbor ever, to my Aunt and Uncle Mary & Howard McIntyre. She brought so much light, laughter & kindness into their lives. She had many talents and made some pretty awesome b'day cakes for my kids. Sending heartfelt condolences to Terry, Jennifer, the boys and your families. ”
- Marcy (Albrecht) Burkhead

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 6:57 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers to all of you Nikki was the Best Daycare Provider we ever had. Loved our talks And the Birthday cakes she madebfornus when John was little. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.”
- Shona and Ron Wood

Monday, August 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM
“Ahhhh, Sweet Nikki! I have such fond memories of many conversations and laughs with you! I will never forget that you were a kind and loving daycare provider for my son, made us fabulous birthday cakes and helped me with some sewing projects! Rest In Peace, Dear Friend! My sympathies you you, Terry and all your family.”
- Lu Welander

Monday, August 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM
“Ok, I am "rattled" by Nicki's passing. My last name is not Smith. My sister called this afternoon to tell me of my error. Our grandparents were siblings.”
- Colleen Siemann Post

Monday, August 26, 2019 at 11:01 AM
“Nicki and I were second cousins as well as classmates. I have sympathy for the family and offer my prayers.”
- Colleen Siemann Smith

Monday, August 26, 2019 at 11:01 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you! I graduated from Lohrville High School with Nikki. She was a great fun-loving person always filled with a lot of energy.”
- Darlene Berning Davidson

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 10:33 PM
“So sorry for your loss of this special lady, rest in peace Nic”
- Julie Wilson

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 7:42 PM
“Although I only met Nikki a few times, I do know some of her siblings. She will be greatly missed by them. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and her children and grandchildren. May you all find peace in the memories you have of her.”
- Tammy Duke

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 6:03 PM
“So sorry for your loss.
Ron Monahan & family ”
- Ron Monahan

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 6:03 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Rest In Peace Niki. ”
- Diane Hood DeVries

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 6:03 PM
“I am so sorry to hear this! I have known Nikki since we were children and I saw her occasionally over the years that she and I both lived in Rockwell City; she was in my sister Kathy's class in school. I had no idea she was not well. Condolences to her family; she will be greatly missed. ”
- Julie Mills Helle

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 5:15 PM
“So sorry for your families loss. I remember babysitting the kids when they were little. Always loved watching them, they were the best kids. Niki will be missed dearly. Prayers and thoughts. ”
- Shelly Collins-Jones

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 2:32 PM
“She was such a friendly neighbor. Always enjoyed visiting with her. Rest in peace Nicki. Condolences to Terry and the whole family. ”
- Lowell and Peg Stoolman

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 1:39 PM
“Prayers to the family!
She was a special lady!”
- Steve and Barb Bawden

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 1:39 PM
“Have known Nicki since she worked at the Ben Franklin Store a lot of years ago. Always fun and helpful, lots of fun chats since. She will be missed by many. ”
- Dorothy Zierke

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 12:38 PM
“So sorry for your loss. She was a great lady with a lot of character. She had a fantastic sense of humor. She loved her family more than you all will ever know. You all are in my prayers.”
- Marsha Berner

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