Jane C. Smith, October 13, 1949 - July 19, 2020

Jane C. Smith
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Jane Carol Smith, loving Wife, Mother and Grandmother, passed from this world Sunday evening, July 19th, 2020 peacefully at her home with her husband of 51 years holding her hand. 

Jane was born at home in City Point WI to Frank and Margaret (Reshel) Hanutke on October 13th, 1949 and married Terry L. Smith on August 23rd, 1969. She served as Secretary/Treasurer of the family’s construction company, Metal Building Systems, Inc, for 30 years until she and Terry both retired in 2008. Having lived in the Pittsville, WI area for most of their married life, they moved to Florida after retirement until 2016 when they made their new home in Eau Claire so they could be closer to family. 

Jane lived a robust life and pursued many different interests and hobbies. As an outdoor enthusiast, she enjoyed hunting, boating and fishing and had participated in many Muskie tournaments with Terry. In the summer of 2004 in her typical ‘can do’ fashion, Jane abruptly announced that she wanted to learn how to ride motorcycles and registered herself and Terry for motorcycle school. Riding became a mutual passion and together they criss-crossed the country on their Harleys making friends and memories all along the way. Among her many talents, Jane was a gifted crafter and decorator able to make any space warm and inviting with her own creations. The festive adornments she made to the house and yard always made the cherished tradition of relaxing on the deck for 5 o’clock cocktail hour seem a mini celebration of whatever season or holiday was at hand. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all who knew her.

 Jane is survived by her husband Terry L. Smith, son Steven (Debbie) Smith, daughter Kelly (John) Speros, sister Jean (Herb) Shoemaker, brothers Thomas (Dale) Hanutke and Frank (Patricia) Hanutke, grandchildren Angelo Speros, JohnPaul Speros and Aubrianna Smith, brother-in-law Arthur (Becky) Smith, sister-in-law Marcia Smith along with 14 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents: Frank Hanutke, step father and mother Ronald and Margaret Martin and sister Sophie (Leonard) Zinda. 

A celebration of her life for family and friends will be announced at a later date when current health concerns have subsided. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Eau Claire Humane Society. Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family with the arrangements. 


  1. Norma Binger August 2, 2020

    Terry & Family, So sad to see of your loss. Jane Was a fun person , the good times we all had . My Prayers are with all of you.

  2. Trent & Kimberly Miner July 30, 2020

    Our love and deepest sympathy to Terry and family. Many fond memories of a wonderful neighbor!

  3. Steve and Amy Katz July 28, 2020

    Hi Terry, Amy and I are very saddened to learn of the passing of Jane. We certainly enjoyed meeting her and
    Enjoying her company and the reunion. May she rest in
    Peace and the good Lord keep her in his hands.
    God bless and may Jane have Fair Winds and Following Seas in Heaven.
    Take care Terry and if you should return to Florida, we would enjoy getting together.
    Amy and Steve

  4. gloria hyzer July 28, 2020

    i'm sorry for your loss. I remember you folks from Pittsville. I bought a house in Pittsville from your father. It was next door to grandma Roohr. it' burm down a few years ago

  5. Rose and Paul Hoffman July 27, 2020

    Steve, Debbie and family you have our deepest sympathies. So sorry for your loss. Please extend our sympathies to your family also.

  6. T.C. "Chuck" & Emma Chastain July 25, 2020

    Terry - Emma and I along with all your shipmates from the USS Saratoga (CVA-60) would like to offer our Condolences for your lost of Jane. I could tell from meeting her at the "SARA" reunion she was a fun loving person. I know she will be greatly missed. Keep in touch shipmate.

  7. Harold Schaudenecker July 23, 2020

    Jane will be missed by everyone that knew her because she never found fault with anyone.
    I met Jane&Terry @ a supper club about 10 years ago and we became good friends almost immediately.
    God speed Jane.
    I stopped praying for you to go to heaven because I’m sure you’re already there.

  8. Conrad Heeg July 22, 2020

    Terry and family. We were saddened to hear of Jane's passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Last evening upon hearing of Jane's death Pamela and I discussed our fond memories of the dinner we all shared together down here in Florida a while back. Warmest wishes,
    Conrad & Pamela Heeg

  9. Amy Edwards July 22, 2020

    I am so sorry for your families loss. She was an amazing Aunt! We love you Uncle Terry!!

  10. Lori & Kevin Higgin July 21, 2020

    Smith family - We are so sorry for your loss of Jane. She was such a special friend and neighbor. We will miss her smile, hearty laugh, and positive outlook on life. She was a very strong and thoughtful person.
    We will always be here for you Terry!

  11. Kathy and Tom Huebl July 21, 2020

    Terry and family , Sorry for your loss. Many great memories with Jane. Keeping you in prayer.

  12. Thomas Hanutke July 21, 2020

    We are so sorry for you and your families loss, She was a awesome lady. And will truly be missed, lots of love headed your way. Tom, Brennan, Eric and Emersyn Hanutke

  13. Dennis & Irene Watson July 21, 2020

    Dear Terry and family, so sorry to hear about Jane. She was a good friend and neighbor. She will be missed.

  14. Jay Krause July 21, 2020

    Terry I am so very sorry to hear about Jane. I know it’s been a long time ago but I still have great memories from deer hunting with you and Jane. Never a dull moment!

  15. Mary K Hirsch July 21, 2020

    When I think of Jane, I think of sunshine. She was radiant with lots of smiles and laughter. My deepest sympathy to you, Terry and your entire family. Mary

  16. Gerry Grob July 21, 2020

    Terry, So sorry for your loss. She put up a good fight.

  17. Keith Elliott & Family July 21, 2020

    I picture her smile and keep hearing her laughter. Please know you are in our prayers for comfort and that our hearts ache with you. Our deepest condolences.

  18. HOWARD NELSON July 21, 2020

    I am so Sorry for Your LOSS!!!