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Julie Smeltser

May 4, 1927 — September 24, 2020


Julie Smeltser, 93, of Wayland, passed away at 12:32 pm on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois.

She was born on May 4, 1927 in Keokuk, Iowa the daughter of the late Elmer and DeEtta (Martin) Pfeiferling. Julie married Donald Bert Smeltser on April 17, 1952 in Warsaw and he preceded her in death on October 19, 2015. She was a graduate of Keokuk High School.

Mrs. Smelter had worked for JC Penney in Keokuk and previously for a bank in her earlier years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Wayland, enjoyed St. Louis Cardinal baseball and she loved to go shopping. Julie looked forward to attending local festivals and gatherings. She was a terrific cook and made many wonderful meals for family and friends.

Julie is survived by two sons; Mark (Beverly Avara) Smeltser of Keokuk, Iowa and Michael Smeltser of Wayland, two daughters; Donna (Doug) Jones of Kahoka and DeAnne “DeDee” (Don) Dupy of Keokuk, Iowa, nine grandchildren; Scott (Stephanie) Smeltser, Sam Smeltser, Tanya (Jason) Jones, Seth (Laura) Elder, BreAnn Jones, Keely Smeltser and Kelsey Dupy, Ashley Marie and Shane Smeltser, nine great grandchildren, a brother; Fred (Betty) Pfeiferling of Warsaw, a sister; Janet (Kenny) Frey of Norwalk, Iowa and by several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son; Matthew Smeltser and by a sister; JoEtta Ruffcorn.

Graveside services honoring the life of Julie were conducted at 4:00 pm on Monday, September 28 2020 at the Frazee Cemetery in Wayland. Pastor Franz Kinkhorst officiated the service. Wilson & Triplett Funeral Home in Kahoka was entrusted with the family’s care. Memorial contributions in memory of Julie were suggested to the United Methodist Church of Wayland. You are invited to share your memories of Julie and leave a condolence at

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