Jeanne M. Smilgis passed away on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. She was born on July 16, 1948 in Chicago, the daughter of Daniel and Estelle Lyman.
Jeanne graduated from Longwood Academy in 1966 and attended Moraine Valley Community College. While working, she met Frank Smilgis and they corresponded during his service in the U.S. Army. Shortly after Frank's discharge, they were married on June 28, 1973. Jeanne and Frank began their new life together in the Wisconsin Rapids area. Later, Frank's career brought them to the Madison area where they made their home in the Town of Dunn. Jeanne was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Stoughton for over 27 years and volunteered at St. Ann School. She was a loyal member of her church and loved to volunteer at the school. Jeanne was a creative and skilled seamstress. She also crocheted and did all kinds of arts and crafts. Jeanne was a strong, courageous woman who was devoted to her husband, children and grandchildren, she filled a room with her laughter and her presence.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Frank D.; her daughter, Karen (Dion) Dundovich and their children, Caleb, Ella Jeanne and Damian Dundovich; son, Frank J. (Samantha) Smilgis and their children, Frankie, Dean, Emily, Mira and Remi Smilgis; and son, Robert Smilgis. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. ANN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 323 N. Van Buren St., Stoughton at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, with Monsignor Gerard Healy presiding. Burial will follow at St. Ann Cemetery, Stoughton. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON STOUGHTON FUNERAL HOME, 1358 Hwy. 51 N. at Jackson St., Stoughton, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, and at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Ann Catholic School, 324 N. Harrison St., Stoughton. A special thank you to the staff at King's Daughters Hospital in Ashland, Kentucky; St. Mary's Hospital and her church family of St. Ann Catholic Church. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.