Claudette Smette,75, Jamestown, ND died Wednesday evening June 3, 2020 at her home in Jamestown surrounded by family.
Claudette J. Oppen was born March 8, 1945 at Rugby, North Dakota the daughter of Claude Oppen and Bertha (Olson) Oppen. She received her elementary education in Berwick and Rugby. She graduated from the Rugby High School in 1963. She then attended the University of ND graduating with majors in Physical Education and a minor Math. She started working at Pittsville, WI where she taught and coached.
She and David H. Smette were married June 15, 1968 in the First Lutheran Church at Rugby, ND. They lived in Dugway, UT while Dave was serving in the US Army. They then made their home in Random Lake, WI where she taught and coached from 1969-1973. They returned to ND where Dave served as a school superintendent. In 1983 she started V&S Variety Store in Hazen, ND which she owned and operated until 1989. They moved back to Wisconsin living in Menomonie. In 2003 they moved to Jamestown where they continue to resided.
She was member of Atonement Lutheran Church in Jamestown, and Jamestown Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. Claudette enjoyed gardening, fishing and camping. She also showed her talents in cake decorating, cooking and making ceramics.
Surviving are her husband David, Jamestown, ND, two daughters, Candance Howe and Pamela Smette, three grandchildren Melissa, Seth and Marie, one sister, Lois Anderson, her blood sister Jeanie Baglien.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one grandson, Ethan, one sister Connie, two brothers, Robert and Richard.
Funeral Service will be at 11:00 AM Monday in the Haut Funeral Chapel in Jamestown, ND with Rev. Linda Schauer, officiating. Claudette’s service will be video recorded to be viewed on the funeral home website.
Prayer Service: 7:00 PM Sunday evening at the Funeral Home
Visitation 1-8 Sunday at the Funeral Home
Interment will take place at 2:00 PM Tuesday at the Bloomfield Lutheran Cemetery at Upham, ND.
In Lieu of Flowers family prefers memorials to JRMC Hospice and Anne Carlsen Center.
Arrangements are by the Haut Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Jamestown, ND.