Jane Helen Smith
Residence: Monticello, Indiana (formerly of Burnham and Chicago, Illinois)
Died: Wednesday, December 01, 2021
Location: 4:15 a.m. (EDT), at her home with her family by her side.
Age: 93
Date of Birth: Sunday, November 25, 1928
Birth place: Chicago, Illinois
Father: James Ladas  
Mother: Rose ( Kocar ) Ladas  
Marital Status: Widowed
Resided in: Jane had lived in the Monticello, Indiana, area since 1989, coming from Burnham, Illinois.
Funeral Date: Thursday, December 09, 2021
Funeral Location: 9:30 a.m. (CST) , Thursday, December 9, 2021, Celebration of Life Service will be at the Kish Funeral Home, 1000 Calumet Avenue, Munster, Indiana 46321
Burial will take place: 4:00 p.m. (EDT), Thursday, December 9, 2021, Hughes Cemetery of rural Monticello, Indiana.
Visitation will be: 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at the Kish Funeral Home, 1000 Calumet Avenue, Munster, Indiana, 46321.
Biographical Information: Jane and her late husband, Edward "Bud", had lived permanently in rural Monticello, Indiana, coming from Burnham and Chicago, Illinois, after retirement. She was a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts, active in PTA, church choir and very dedicated to her church and community. Jane and her late husband, Bud, were a great dance team and floated together on the dance floor. She loved sewing, knitting, and above all, baking. Jane had worked at Illinois Bell Telephone Company, Edward C. Minas Company, and Equitable Life Assurance Company. She welcomed everyone into her home, the more the merrier!!!! Jane was an AVID animal lover, and would welcome stray animals into her home providing food and shelter. She and Bud were a team in all endeavors, even including on their 25th wedding anniversary, laying the cinder blocks for the foundation of their current home. Jane was an avid reader and especially loved reading about European history. She loved traveling and spending their winters in southwest Florida during their retirement years. Jane continued her interests during retirement including painting, auctions, garage sales, and numerous crafts. She dedicated her life caring for her husband, children, and grandchildren. Jane will be MISSED tremendously by ALL who knew and LOVED her!!!!!!
Special Services:
Memorial Information: Memorials may be given to the Alzheimers Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Marriage Information: On May 20, 1949, in Chicago, Illinois, she married the love of her life Edward "Bud" Smith; he passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
Survivors include:
Six (6) Children,
Michael "Mike" (wife Phyllis) Smith of Lansing, Illinois,
Steven "Steve" Smith of Burnham, Illinois,
Nancy (husband Henry "Hank") Schneider of Calumet City, Illinois,
Edward J. "Ed" Smith of Burnham, Illinois,
Beverly "Bev" (husband John) Kasperek of Calumet City, Illinois, and
Rosemary "Rosie" (husband James) Prskalo of Buffalo, Indiana;

Eight (8) Grandchildren,
Eric W. Schneider,
Mollie (husband James) Patton,
Kaitlyn (husband Adam) Hall,
Kyle (wife Maegan) Kasperek,
Kevin (fiancée Laura Kayler) Kasperek,
Kory Kasperek,
Robert "Robbie" Prskalo, and
Samantha Prskalo;

Four (4) Great Grandchildren,
Lukas Patton,
James Patton,
Leo Hall, and
Vivienne Prskalo;

Special Brother-In-Law and Sister-In-Law,
James "Jim" and LaRae Smith of Monticello, Indiana;

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces, Great Nephews, Cousins, and Friends.

Preceded in Death:
James and Rose (Kocar) Ladas;

Edward "Bud" Smith;

Adam Prskalo;

Karen (Swick) Smith;

Seven (7) Siblings,
Bess Klisiak,
Mary Hammill,
Nick Ladas,
George Ladas,
Thereasa Ladas,
Gus Ladas, and
Harry Ladas.

Arrangements by:
Kish Funeral Home, 1000 Calumet Avenue, Munster, Indiana, 46321 (219) 924-3333