Virginia C. Smrtic (Bethel), 74, Lansing, Kansas passed away peacefully on March 20, 2020 at her home with her husband at her side. The daughter of the late John and Josephine Bethel, Virginia (Ginny) was born Feb. 16, 1946 in Kansas City, Missouri.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband, Lt. Colonel (Retired) Jon T. Smrtic, Lansing, Kansas, two sisters in Shawnee, Kansas, Kathi Wilson (George) and Francie Bethel and numerous other extended family members and many dear friends locally and throughout the United States.
Following her graduation from Shawnee Mission North high school in the class of 1964 Ginny attended Middle Tennessee State University where she was selected as an ROTC sponsor. Ginny worked in the local area as a bookkeeper and for many years she worshiped at Merriam Christian Church where she taught classes in the Senior Bible Study program.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ginny's memory may be made to support the battle against COPD, and to support Merriam Christian Church,, where she and Jon were married.
Restrictions due to the COVID-19 virus prevent any public funeral, but the private funeral service at 3 p.m. on April 3, 2020 will be recorded and can be viewed on Ginny's online Memorial at She will be buried with her parents at Shawnee Mission Memorial Gardens following the private funeral service. A Celebration of Life/Memorial Service will be held at a future date.