Helen M. Simonini

June 27, 1929 - September 12, 2023


Obituary For Helen M. Simonini

Madison - Helen M. Simonini, age 94, passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2023. She was born in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, on June 27, 1929 the daughter of William and Martha (Swail) Moon. Helen married Reno Simonini on July 18, 1945 at Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada. They were members of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Madison. Helen worked for 55 years at Smokey's in Madison as waitress and hostess. She was a sports enthusiast and especially loved following the Brewers and the Badger women's volleyball team. The number one most important thing in Helen's life was her family which included her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a new great-great grandchild and extended family in Canada. She loved to spend time with her Canadian nieces and nephews and it brought her much joy, happiness and love. Helen will always be remembered for her kindness, gentle spirit, love of sports and most of all for her love of family.

Helen is survived by her children, Sheila (Robert) Thomas, Terry Kraft, and Reno (Fay) Simonini; six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Reno; her parents, William and Martha; her son-in-law, Mike Kraft; her sister, Carmelita; and her brothers, William, Cecil, and Dave.

A special thank you to the care staff at Oakwood Village Rehab for all the love and care they provided to Helen the last couple years. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Helen's name to the American Heart Association:

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, November 10th, 2023, at 11:00 AM at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Parish, 5313 Flad Ave, Madison. There will be a visitation prior to the mass at 10:00 AM. A lunch will follow the mass. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

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10 Nov

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM

St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church 5313 Flad Avenue Madison, WI 53711 Get Directions »
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  • November 12, 2023

    i'm her great grandaughter

  • September 29, 2023

    Our sympathy to all of Helens' Family. She was a Wonderful Person and Friend, We were BEST FRIENDS for 64+ years and I worked with her for 52 years at Smoky's. Sharing her Loss, leaves a HUGE VOID in our lives also.So many memories. Prayers & LOVE, Ole & Jeanette Olson

  • September 17, 2023

    My sympathy goes out to all of you. I had the pleasure of being Helen's neighbor and friend. We had so many wonderful visits. I felt like I knew her family as she spoke so lovingly about all of you. Connie and Dick Schrock.

  • September 17, 2023

    Our condolences to the family. We have been friends and have spent many happy moments with Helen and Reno over the years at Smokeys and their residence. With sympathy and love, Kirk & Nancy Jolliffe and family.

  • September 17, 2023

    We were so sorry to hear about Auntie Helen. So many great memories of Uncle Reno and Auntie Helen from over the years to cherish. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Dave and Debbie Peddle

  • September 16, 2023

    My condolences to the family. I worked with Helen at Smoky's and had many great times. She often talked about her children. Helen was a pleasure to work with. I can still envision her hand writing on kitchen orders. She is in a good place! Mike Steffen

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