(7-1-13) Helen E. Smith, age 88, of Black River Falls, WI. died Sunday, June 30, 2013 in the Family Heritage Care Center in Black River Falls. Helen was born on November 15, 1924 to Henry and Ida (Klatt) Steinke. She was raised in Black River Falls and graduated from Black River Falls High School in 1942.
She married J. D. Smith on March 6, 1952 in Colorado. 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. She was an avid reader, and Brewers and Packer fan Surviving are 2-sons, Wayne (Connie) Steinke, Janesville, WI. and Steven (Renell) Smith, Black River Falls, one daughter, Sherri Smith, Onalaska, WI., 3-sisters, Marian (Duane) "Tad" Millis and Dorothy Hanson, both of Black River Falls, and Leona Larson, York, WI., 4-grandchildren, 10-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Helen was preceded in death by her daughter, Sandra Arndt, her parents, 2-brothers and their wives, Elmer and Marion Steinke and Erwin and Vivian Steinke, 2-brothers-in-law, Angus Hanson and John Larson. Funeral services will be at 11 A.M. Friday, July 5, 2013 from 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 on 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.