Obit: Smith, Helen E. (1924 - 2013)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Smith, Klatt, Steinke, Millis, Hanson, Larson, Arndt, Bakken

----Source: Banner Journal (Black River Falls, Jackson Co, WI) 7/03/2013

Smith, Helen E. (15 November 1924 - 30 June 2013)

Helen E. Smith, 88, of Black River Falls died Sunday, June 30, 2013, in the Family Heritage Care Center in Black River Falls. Helen was born Nov. 15, 1924, to Henry and Ida (Klatt) Steinke in Fairchild. She was raised in Black River Falls and graduated from Black River Falls High School in 1942. She married J. D. Smith March 2, 1952, in Carson, CO.

Helen worked for many years in the kitchens of various restaurants in Black River Falls, and she retired from the former Dadco Food Products, the pizza plant, in Black River Falls.

Surviving are two sons, Wayne (Connie) Steinke, Janesville and Steven (Renell) Smith, Black River Falls; one daughter, Sherri Smith, Onalaska; three sisters, Marian (Duane) “Tad” Millis and Dorothy Hanson, both of Black River Falls, and Leona Larson, York; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her daughter, Sandra Arndt; her parents; two brothers and their wives, Elmer and Marion Steinke and Ervin and Vivian Steinke; two brothers-in-law, Angus Hanson and John Larson.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2013, at the Black River Falls Evangelical Lutheran Church. Services will be conducted by Pastor Eric Bakken, and burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Black River Falls. Relatives and friends may call at the church Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Memorials may be given to the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jackson County Interfaith Caregivers and Black River Memorial Hospice.

Torgerson’s Funeral Home (715-284-4321) of Black River Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.




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