Regina Smith

regina smith

Regina Florence Bornstedt Smith, age 87, died peacefully in her sleep on Friday, December 20, 2013.

Regina was born May 3, 1926, to Alfred and Mary Bornstedt of New York City. She grew up in the Bronx and was a graduate of Mount St. Ursula Academy and Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School. She married the love of her life, James Brendan Smith, M.D., on June 14, 1947, in New York City, and they immediately moved to south California, where he completed his assignment in the United States Navy and his medical residency. Together, they raised six children: four boys and two girls. In 1967, they gave up a hectic city life in California for a small town in Powers Lake, ND, where they continued to raise their family.

Regina was a devoted homemaker and skill secretary. Her talents and hobbies included sewing and all kinds of needlework, reading, and church activities. She was a devout Roman Catholic and she loved to remember her children and grandchildren with small gifts and cards throughout the year. Regina’s last years were spent in Fargo, ND, near her son Tom and his family.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband and by their son, Michael. Left to cherish her memory are three sons, two daughters, their spouses, thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Her children include; Rev. James (Gregory) Smith, O. Praem., Silverado, CA, Rev. Philip (Timothy) Smith, Santa Ana, CA, and Thomas (Jenny) Smith, Fargo, ND, Patricia (William) Stelt, Denver, CO, Christine (William) Pedeaux, Bossier City, LA,  Grandchildren; Julie (Bill) Weeks, Roeland, KS, Paul Smith,  Denver, CO, Jaclyn Smith, Denver, CO, Jenna Smith, Kansas City, KS, Christopher Pedeaux, Bossier City, LA, Sean Pedeaux, Bossier City, LA, Paula Pedeaux, Houston, TX, Collin Pedeaux, Portland, OR, Desirée (Charlie) Wilson, Fargo, ND, Heather (Michael) Walleen, Glyndon, MN, Jessica, Christina and Madeline Smith, all of Fargo, ND, and one Great-Grandchild, Michael John “M.J.” Walleen.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of Hospice of the Red River Valley and Eventide Skilled Nursing Facility for their loving care of our dear mother and grandmother.

“…Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called.” 1Timothy 6:12

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  1. Minot StateBetty Breding was my mother-in-law who also worked with your father at his Powers Lake office.Betty and your mother had a special friendship.She spoke of her kind caring personality.Even after they left PL,Betty was always so excited to have had a visit with your mom.Betty passed away about two yrs.ago.I thought of her and your mom’s friendship when I read her obituary.My sympathy to your family.

  2. Moorhead MN
    Regina was truly a good and faithful servant to The Lord. I was blessed to be able to bring her Eucharist from St. Joseph’s. It was a joy and privilege to pray with her. Her granddaughters attended Holy Spirit school and are special like their grandmother.
    I wish I could be there to join you in her celebration of LIFE. You will remain in my heart and prayers.
    God Bless your family.

    Patty Neuharth

  3. Fargo ND
    Regina was a sweet lady, I treasured her talks we had @ the clinic I worked .
    Her understanding of life and death stayed with me, she just knew that God had a plan for her and He would bring her home when He was “good and ready”. When she would need a chest x-ray it always took along time as we would talk and talk.
    What a pleasure it was to know this special lady.

  4. Tioga ND
    Sending you prayers in this time of sorrow. I remember Regina from when I was a little girl and her and Dr. Smith would come visit my grandparents, Theresa and Francis “Poncho” Royer. She was a wonderful lady.

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