Helen  Smetana


95, of Portage passed away July 10, 2019. Born on June 16, 1924 in Lilly, the daughter of John and Mary (Zurilla) Smilnak. Deceased family members include her parents; husband, John Smetana; sons, John and William Smetana; brothers, John, Michael, Andrew and George Smilnak; and sisters, Frances George, Agnes M. Lescznske, and Dolores Hollop. Survived by daughters-in-law, Betty and Lorraine; grandchildren, William, Rhonda, Stephen, and Barbara; great-grandchildren, Kelsey; Lucas; and Ryan. Helen was a former seamstress for the Puritan Foundation and served as a cook for the former Sacred Heart Church for over 30 years. Helen enjoyed cooking and crocheting. Friends will be received from 10 - 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Family Parish, 509 Caldwell Ave., Portage where Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monsignor Bernard Przybocki, celebrant. Committal in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Portage. The Serenko-Claar Funeral Home, PC, Portage is serving the Smetana Family. Online condolences may be made at www.serenkoclaarfuneralhome.com
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Published on July 12, 2019
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Laraine and Robert Davino
Jul 21, 2019
So sorry to hear of Aunt Helen's passing. We kept in touch with her through holiday notes and enjoyed the connection of past times. Robert's mom was Ann Smetana, Jack's sister who lived in NYC . Robert has fond memories of all the Smetana family while staying in Pa. for the summers. He especially remembers being at the the farm with his cousin Billy. Our condolences and prayers to all.
Barbara Doroba-Ogg
Jul 18, 2019
Besides family functions I have fond memories of meeting Billy at Aunt Helen and Uncle Jack's home before we would go to catechism class. Aunt Helen would serve us a snack before Uncle Jack drove us to town. She was such a lovely lady and a wonderful addition to our extended family. My condolences go out to all of you.
Barbara Petney
Jul 17, 2019
Helen was a good friend of my mother and when my son was born we all hung out together. She was a blessing and a lot of fun. May she rest In peace.
Joann (Kishlock) Moschgat
Jul 16, 2019
You all have my condolences, I worked with Helen years ago at the sewing factory, she was such a lovely person. May she rest in peace.