Helen M. Smith

BLUE EARTH – Mass of Christian Burial for Helen M. Smith, 78, of Blue Earth, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Blue Earth.

She died Sunday, March 23, 2014, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today at Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 400 E. 14th St., in Blue Earth and one hour prior to the Mass Thursday at the church.

She was born May 7, 1935, on the family farm near Lakota, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Anne Frances (Salic) Rademaker.

Survivors include: sons, Marlin Smith of Fairmont, Steve Smith of Blue Earth, David Smith of Elmore, and Greg “Shorty” Smith of Blue Earth; daughters, Jeanne Schofield of Fairmont, Pam Tonn of Winnebago, Diana Smith of Eden Prairie, and Wendy Brown of Blue Earth; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, James Rademaker of Coon Rapids, Joe Rademaker of Mankato, Richard Rademaker of Elmore, and Dennis Rademaker of Fairmont; sisters, Kathryn Schendel of Minneapolis, Patricia Jensen of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Sharon Vander Ploeg of Wickenburg, Ariz., Joyce Quimby of Owatonna, and Deloris Fiddler of McGregor, Iowa.