Helen Smith

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Helen Maree Smith, nee St. Eve, of Freeburg, IL, formerly of Belleville, IL, born on September 3, 1921, in Belleville, IL, died on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at Cedar Trails Senior Living, Freeburg, IL. Helen was 101 years old.

Helen loved spending time with her family, especially if it involved a game of cards, board games, or dominoes. She enjoyed lunches with her dear friends and she was an avid Cardinal baseball fan.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Seral A. Smith, whom she married on March 14, 1944, and who died on October 24, 2004; her parents, Julius J. and Helen B., nee Wottowa, St. Eve; a brother, Donald (Florence) St. Eve; and a nephew, Ralph Rowden.

She is survived by her 3 daughters: Jeanette (Jerome) Matusak, Marsha Smith, and Susan (Ernest Norman) Smith; 8 grandchildren: Jeffrey Schanter, Peter (Jennifer) Matusak, Kara (John) Botteicher, Nathan (Lori) Rinderer, Shannon (Sean) Mick, Alison (Jason) Roloff, Eric Smith-Norman (fiancée, Sue), and Kaitlin (Mark) Roloff; 16 great-grandchildren: Danielle Matusak, Raven Matusak, Rayce Matusak, Jacob Blake, Ella Rinderer, Lena Rinderer, Nora Rinderer, Hunter Mick, Kaylie Mick, Ryder Mick, Lila Mick, Ava Roloff, Evan Roloff, Baby Smith-Norman (on the way), Andrew Roloff, and Annabelle Roloff; 3 nieces: Jan (Terrence) O’Leary, Mary (Michael) Guest, and Barbara (Paul) Gass; and a niece-in-law, Sandy Rowden.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit the family from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL, with Father Von Deeke officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL, immediately following the church service.


4 Comments on Helen Smith

Kirby H. Whiteside said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2022 at 1:50 AM

Susan, Marsha, Jeanette... I have such fond memories of all of you and your mom and dad. Your mother was a real trooper. My most sincere sympathies to you and your families.

  • Caseyville
  • Illinois
Judy Schor said : Guest Report Oct 14, 2022 at 11:18 AM

Dear Cousins, Tom told me about your mother this morning. I am so sorry. She lived a good long life and I wish I had known her better. May God bless all of you. Judy St. Eve Schor

  • Kirkland
  • Washington
Tom and Janie Bass said : Guest Report Oct 08, 2022 at 9:37 PM

Marsha and family, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. She was such an engaging woman who lived life well!. She will be so missed Tom and Janie Bass

  • Murfreesboro
  • TN
Miriam Busman said : Guest Report Oct 04, 2022 at 1:16 PM

My deepest sympathy on your loss of Helen, I will always cherish the fond memories of her.

  • Boca Raton
  • Florida

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