Aline Mary (Smithback) Koebernick

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Aline Mary (Smithback) Koebernick, 96 of Beloit, WI passed gracefully from her Earthly life on November 13, 2017, at Riverside Terrace.

She was born on May 10, 1921, at home in Rockdale (Christiana Twp.- Dane Cty.), WI, the oldest child and first born twin daughter of Oscar Selmer and Phoebe Elizabeth (Stickle) Smithback. Aline graduated from Stoughton High School in 1939.

After graduation, she worked at a variety of jobs including helping with her grandmother's baking business in Madison, working for the WI Bell Telephone Co., and for Central Life Ins. Co. She attended Madison Vocational School and excelled at shorthand and typing. In January of 1941, she met her lifelong love and partner, Donald William Koebernick, on a blind date on the capitol square in Madison. They were married a year later on March 1, 1942, at Christ Presbyterian Church in Madison, WI.

They began married life in Three Rivers, MI with Fairbanks Morse. As WWII raged, Don enlisted in the US Navy, and Aline was left to keep the home fires burning and to await the arrival of their first daughter in October of 1944. After the war, life resumed in Three Rivers and another daughter arrived in 1946. In 1947, the family settled in Beloit and Don started work at Beloit Iron Works in 1948. A third daughter arrived in 1950, and the family was complete.

Aline spent the next 67 years working as a devoted wife, mother, and volunteer to her church and community. Aline's activities included PTA, Girl Scouts, Sunday School and Bible School Teacher, Presbyterian and Baptist Women's groups, 20th Century Club, English Study Club, Red Cross Bloodmobile, Beloit Hospital Auxiliary, Beloit Historical Society, Meals on Wheels, entertaining, and baking. You were always welcome at the Koebernick home and you never left without a meal or at least a cup of coffee and "a little something." She was known for the dinners she prepared including casseroles, pies, cakes, jello salads, and her signature cinnamon rolls. Life revolved around eating, talking, and enjoying a cup of coffee with a cookie or a brownie at Aline's dining room table.

Aline and Don lived a gracious and beautiful life in America's Dairyland and they loved their family, neighbors, church friends, co-workers, community, and country. They lived by example and modeled the values and principles that shaped a great nation. They gave generously of their time, talent, and treasure and took the family to church every Sunday. Their lives were a blessing to everyone who knew them. Aline delighted in saying, "I've had a wonderful life, and everyone has always been so kind to me." Her life motto was "just be kind to one another." Aline and Don were married for 68 years and he predeceased her in 2010.

To cherish her memory, she leaves behind her daughters, MaryAnn (David) Miller of Stillman Valley, IL, Bonnie (Richard) Rhodes of Round Lake, IL, and Susan (William) Langbehn of Benton Harbor, MI; grandchildren Lisa Miller (Richard) Lanier, Rebecca Miller (James) Ffrench, Jennifer Pfaffenbach (Jack) Solberg, Erik (Paola) Pfaffenbach, Gregor (Emily) Langbehn, and Erika Langbehn (Mathias) Nunes; great-grandchildren Morgan and Justin Lanier, Anna and Camilla Ffrench, Annika Solberg, Bennett Pfaffenbach, and Henrik Nunes; special nieces Julie Lannon Charland, Pam Gerloff Mackay, Kaia Smithback, Catheine Onsrud-Ewen; and a special cousin, Jerry Kinder.

Aline outlived all of her family and friends from her generation, including her parents, her twin sister, Alice May (Smithback) Onsrud, and other siblings James Smithback, Phoebe Smithback, and Jane (Smithback) Wilberg.

The family wishes to thank the nurses, caregivers, staff members, and residents at Riverside Terrace for the care and companionship they provided to Aline since 2007.

A celebration of life service will be hosted and performed by Aline's family at 10 am on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Daley Murphy Wisch Funeral Home at 2355 Cranston Rd., Beloit, WI. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery, Beloit, WI. Visitation of remembrance will start at 9 am until the time of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Beloit Regional Hospice who assisted with Aline's care. Indeed, Aline enjoyed a blessed life. We rejoice in her reunion with Don once again.

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