Elaine G. Smith, 87, Janesville, WI passed away peacefully at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, in St. Mary's Hospital surrounded by family. Elaine was born May 8, 1925 in Prairie Farm, WI, the daughter of Arthur Lawrence and Clara P. (Espeseth) Ritter. Elaine married the former Eugene F. Tomashek in December of 1946. Elaine later married John R. Smith on July 1956 who built the family home in late 1940s, in Janesville. Elaine was employed as a Waitress and Caregiver with Sherman Retirement Homes. Elaine spent her time caring for her family and was involved with the Gardening Club and other organizations around the Janesville area. Our Mother and Grandmother (Grandma Sunshine) is lovingly remembered for her delicious cooking, her giving spirit, and sociable nature. Later in life, Elaine was involved with judging at the 4H-Fair.
Survivors include Brother: Dale (Joanne) Ritter; Sons: Patrick (Nancy) Tomashek, Mark Tomashek, Eugene (Evelyn) Tomashek, Jeff Tomashek, Dan (Gail) Tomashek, Garrett Smith, Shawn (Christine) Smith; Daughters: Mary Beth Tomashek-Elliot (Tom), Susan E. Smith, Sarah Smith, and Shannon Smith; Grandchildren: Michael, Matthew, Staci, Cameron, Jeremy, Heather (Steve), Daniel, Patrick, Kimberely, Graham, Grant, Jordan, Chelsea, Catherine, Melissa, Shawn, Kathleen, and Anna; Great-Grandchildren: Lannon Star, Ally, Lauren, Brier, and Drew. She was preceded in death by Eugene Tomashek, John Smith; Sons, John, Shane, and Billy; Sister, Ramona "Mona" Short (Robert).
A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY with Rev. Randy Timmerman officiating. Interment will be in Milton Lawns Memorial Park. A visitation will be held on Friday from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME.
I press on toward the goal to win the prize, for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14