Helen Jean Smith (Bommer) July 17, 1958 - April 28, 2022
Jeanne, as she was known to friends and family, who didn’t dare call her Helen, was deeply loved and admired for her absolute dedication to family. Jeanne defined family in the broadest terms, making sure everyone felt loved, seen, and like they belonged. Her home was the center of the family, hosting countless holidays, baby and bridal showers, grad parties and other celebrations. She adored kids and kids adored her; she was always ready to babysit or open her home to any loved one needing a place to stay. Jeanne will always be remembered for her generosity, strength of character, boundless energy, and incurable sweet tooth.
Born July 17, 1958, in Allegan, Michigan, Jeanne was the oldest daughter of Frances Stineback (Wiggins) and Russell Bommer. She grew up in Plainwell, Michigan, where she returned to raise her three children. She was preceded in death by her father Russell Bommer, her stepfather Earl Stineback, and her beloved big brother Russel R. Bommer. She is survived by her mother Frances Stineback (Wiggins); siblings Dennis Bommer, Franny (Jerry) Laster, Sally (Tony) Bommer Hicks; half-siblings Bambi Langon and Robin Hoyt; step-siblings Tresa Hinton and Ronnie Simmons; son David James Smith II; daughters Jennifer Lee (Silvano) Vanegas and Sarah Jean Bommer; granddaughters Launa and Calista; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Stunningly beautiful, always fashionable, exceptionally smart and resourceful, Jeanne could do anything she put her mind to. She was renowned as a consummate hostess, and never met a home project she couldn’t conquer. She loved garage sale-ing with her sisters and traveling with her children, especially to warmer climes. She was kind, strong, fiercely independent, an extraordinarily hard worker, and a friend and mentor to so many. She will be remembered for her kindness, compassion, indomitable spirit, and chronic overpacking.
Jeanne passed away at Bronson Hospital on April 28th from complications related to throat cancer. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 6, 2022 at Avink McCowen Secord Funeral Home; 120 S. Woodhams St. in Plainwell, with visitation beginning at 11:00 am and the service at 12:00 pm. Refreshments will follow at Jeanne’s house. All who knew and loved Jeanne are welcome.