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Lauren Smeins

LANGFORD – Lauren Paige Smeins, loving daughter, sister, aunt, grand-daughter, niece & friend, age 24, left us peacefully on July 7, 2010 at her home in Plymouth, MN. Recognition & celebration of Lauren’s life will take place on at 10:30 A.M. Monday, July 12, 2010 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster, Rev. Daniel and Rev. Kristin Ostercamp and Rev. Craig and Rev. Janine Rew-Werling will officiate. Burial will be in Webster Cemetery. Visitation will be at Fiksdal Funeral Service in Webster on Sunday 5-7 P.M. with a 6:30 prayer service. Visitation will continue prior to services on Monday. The family prefers Memorials. Fiksdalfuneral.com. Born May 10, 1986 at Langford, South Dakota to Danny and Susan (Hirsch) Smeins. She was baptized at First Lutheran Church in Britton and later confirmed at Langford Evangelical Lutheran Church. Lauren attended elementary, middle school and through her sophmore year at Langford Public School. Lauren then graduated from high school in Minnetonka, Minnesota in 2005. After graduation she attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, Northern State University in Aberdeen and The Art Institute in Minneapolis. Lauren will be deeply missed by her family and friends but never forgotten. In her short time on this earth, Lauren touched our hearts in countless ways. Her uncanny sense of humor and dry wit were always uplifting. An optimist by nature, her smile and laugh were infectious. She was strong willed and openly expressive. Imaginative and creative by nature, Lauren loved photography, art, fashion and design. She was very knowlegable about all aspects of food and cooking. She was very well versed in books, movies and interior design. Making collages was a hobby of hers. It was Lauren’s incredibly soft heart that provided her deep compassion for animals, having been known to take in and care for wounded wild life. It was that same heart which held Lauren’s immense love for her family, friends and particularly her nieces and nephews. Lauren is survived by her parents Danny her sister Monica Dahl & husband Mike of Minnetonka, MN & brother Justin Falon & wife Shannon of Sioux Falls, SD; her paternal grandmother Donna Smeins of Webster, SD; nephews & nieces, Jacob and Mackenzie Dahl; Libby, Darian, Kendall, & Hunter Falon in addition to numerous aunts, uncles & cousins; a loving boyfriend Tristan Johnson of Plymouth; and her dog, Edison. She is preceded in death by grandparents, Lawrence Smeins, Victor, Ruth and Helen Hirsch.

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We were so fortunate to have Lauren as part of our family and our lives. Lauren will truly be missed by everyone that knew her. She was always smiling and happy even when she was hurting inside. We will remember her for her kindness, her wit, her bubbly personality, her smile, and her love of life that was cut too short. Lauren was truly a free spirit with no holds on life. She was always wanting to experience new things and challenges. She was a special part of our lives and we loved her so much. She will always be in our hearts and our thoughts. Love Always Aunt, Uncle,& Cousin Lee, Jeff, & Matthew

Lee Walter Jul 15 2010 12:00 AM

Dan, Sue and family , We are so terribly sorry for your loss , didn't get to watch her grow into the beautiful young lady she turned into but remember her when she was the tiny doll, we hadn't heard about this until Claudean emailed me this morning . There is not a whole lot anyone can say to ease the loss , but Thank God for the short time he loaned her to you , she is back with Him now . GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU . Dean & Betty Stabnow

Betty Stabnow Jul 15 2010 12:00 AM

Hi Susan and Mr. Smeins. I send my prayers for you and your family for your loss of Lauren. She was beautiful and you guys did an amazing job with how you helped her and supported her in every way. She is looking down at you both from heaven smiling at you. Again I do apologize for your loss. Susan I hope to see you again soon. I love you.

Shamaine Elledge Jul 14 2010 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your family's loss. I was very saddened by the news. Lauren was such a fun, cute, adorable girl and I always enjoyed babysitting her when she was young. I still remember her climbing on top of the fridge and unhinging the fridge door by trying to climb down it - luckily Rachel was able to fix it! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.

Elaine Meyer Jul 14 2010 12:00 AM

Dear Sue, Danny and family, Our heartfelt thoughts, prayers and sympathy we offer at this time. Our memories include grocery carts at Red Owl, gymnastic and cheerleader skills and expertise, sparkling eyes and ready smile, style and personality plus. What a gift, Lauren was. And truly a giver. A thought we wish to share-"The heart of the giver makes a gift dear and precious". God Blessings and He cares for you.

Lois Severson Jul 12 2010 12:00 AM

Susan and family, Although we never had the privilege of meeting Lauren, I am fortunate to have met you, Susan, at the bridal shower for Kathryn LaVenture, our son's new wife. After having read the many beautiful memories of Lauren, it is obvious Lauren was a truly remarkable young lady. She was blessed with a wealth of talents, a charming personality and a loving family. Even though her time on earth was far too short, she clearly touched many people's lives, and she was a blessing to many with whom she came in contact. Don and I send our most heartfelt sympathies and hope you will feel God's loving embrace as you mourn the loss of your beloved daughter and celebrate her life. Peace be with you, Krista Nelson

Krista Nelson Jul 12 2010 12:00 AM

Monica and Mike and Family - you are in our thoughts and prayers. Susan and Pat

Susan and Pat Benfer Jul 12 2010 12:00 AM

Justin, I just found out about your sister's death. I am so deeply sorry. I too understand what it is like to lose a sibling and hope that your recovery in this is quick. We are very much thinking about you and praying for your entire family. Lisa

Lisa Falon-Schulz Jul 12 2010 12:00 AM

We will miss you Lauren! We feel so fortunate to have shared so many wonderful memories with you! You will remain in our hearts forever! Love, Catherine and Chris

Catherine and Chris Walter Jul 12 2010 12:00 AM

Monica and Family, I know your sister was a huge part of your life and my heart goes out to you and your family in this time of grief. Remeber the good times, the laughter and the hugs. They will be with you forever. Scott

Scott Christian Jul 12 2010 12:00 AM

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