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Sylvia Smogard Sept. 29, 1921 - Oct. 13, 2008

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DAWSON -- Sylvia Alois Bale, 87, of Madison, died Monday in a Waconia Hospital.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lac qui Parle Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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Visitation will be this afternoon and evening with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Zahrbock Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

She was born Sept. 29, 1921 in Wallace, S.D., to Oscar and Lena (Brekke) Bale. She graduated from High School in Bradley, S.D., and attended college at Aberdeen, S.D. She began teaching near Dawson and then worked at a bomb factory in Omaha, Neb. She enlisted in the Women's Auxiliary Corp and spent four years in the U.S. Army attaining the rank of sergeant and then was promoted to 1st lieutenant while serving at eight different assignments. She was awarded the WAAC-WAC Service Medal, American Campaign Medal and the American Victory Medal. Following her honorable discharge, she returned to teaching at a rural school near Dawson.

She married Ellsworth Smogard on June 30, 1951, in Watertown. They lived on their century farm near Madison. She was a Sunday school teacher, WECLA officer and a member of the Bible circle. She served 20 years on the county extension board, 30 years as youth director for the County Farmers Union, was a member of MAC Veterans of Minnesota, WAC Veterans of U.S.A., Legion Post 158 in Madison, Legion Auxiliary in Dawson. She also wrote a children's story.

She is survived by her daughter: Emily (and Bryan) Busch of Chaska, one granddaughter, sisters: Clarice Kasin of Omaha, Neb., Myrtie Madden of Eugene, Ore., Delores Chafen of Omaha, Neb., and Donna Merritt of Rice.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2007, one sister and four brothers.

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