Melita Rose Stewart passed away Feb. 17, 2018, with her family by her side.
She was born Oct. 4, 1930, to Vernard and Myrtle (Crawford) Smith in Summer Hill, N.Y. The family moved back to Wisconsin when she was a child. She grew up on a farm south of Mondovi. In her younger years she liked riding horse, and going to dances with her twin brother, Marshall. Her saying is they were such good dancers the floor would clear and they would dance away. People loved watching them dance.
She worked a few places in Mondovi—Buffalo Memorial Hospital, Gehrke Floral and Tastee-Freeze.
She married Don Bloom and they later divorced. From this marriage, three sons were born. They farmed south of Mondovi. Melita planted a large garden and did a lot of canning. You can imagine, raising three boys who loved to eat. She also liked flowers and planted plenty of them, yellow roses being her favorite. She was a good cook and loved to make Norwegian baking, especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas, making lefse with her sister, Donna.
She met Dick Brougham and they married. They moved to Nebraska, where she lived for about 20 years. She worked at TRW while living there. She divorced, time passed, and she met Harlan Stewart. They did a lot of traveling together, which they enjoyed and had stories to tell. They became snowbirds and spent time in Texas, meeting new friends. When her husband, Stu, passed away, she went to live by her son and daughter-in-law (Chuck and Diane) in an apartment in Mt. Iron for about 10 years. She then moved in with Chuck and Diane. She adored their cats and two dogs. Chuck planted a garden and the three of them would can together. She has always been an avid crafter and knitter. She made an afghan for every grandchild upon graduation day, plus she sold some of her things or gave them away. She was very particular in what she did. She came back to visit once awhile in Wisconsin throughout the years.
Melita is survived by her son, Charles (Diane) of Gilbert, Minn., Eugene (Cindy) of Gilmanton, Jeffery (Pam) of Mondovi; grandchildren Paul (Jennifer) Bloom, Trina (RJ) Borgerding, Kenneth Bloom, Amy Fedie, Stacey Rud (Jake), Carrie (Luke) Crawford, Matt Bloom (Heather), Samantha (Dustin) Steele, Eli Bloom (Angel); 20 great-grandchildren, with four sets of twins amongst these great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernard and Myrtle Smith; granddaughter, Mindy Bloom; sister, Donna Nyre; brothers, Marshall (twin) and Thomas Smith; brother-in-law, David Nyre.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 10, at 2 p.m., at Our Savior’s United Methodist Church, Mondovi, with visitation one hour before the service. Burial will follow immediately in Oak Park Cemetery, Mondovi.