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1965 April 2023

April A. Smolek

April 14, 1965 — July 7, 2023


April A. Smolek, age 58, of Yankton, South Dakota and formerly of Norfolk, Nebraska, died Friday, July 7, 2023, at her home in Yankton following a lengthy illness.

A memorial service will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, July 14, 2023, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota, with Pastor Jeff Mueller officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service on Friday at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home.

April A. Smolek was born April 14, 1965, in Norfolk, Nebraska, to Bernie and Diane (Petersen) Moore.  She grew up in South Sioux City, Nebraska, and graduated from South Sioux City High School.  She then attended Wayne State College and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.  She married Larry Smolek on July 28, 1983, in Yankton, South Dakota.  They moved to Norfolk, Nebraska, after their marriage and April worked in the sales department at Norfolk Iron & Metal for over 20 years.  After her retirement in 2021, they moved to Yankton, South Dakota, where they spent many summers camping by Lewis and Clark Lake.

April was a strong willed, generous, hardworking woman who always stayed positive and was always willing to help in any way she could.  She enjoyed camping with her family, gardening, horseback riding, sewing, crafts and reading.  She was very involved with everything her children did, whether it was being a Sunday School Teacher, Boy Scout Leader or Band Parent.  She loved her family above all else and loved spending as much time with her grandchildren as she could.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Smolek of Yankton, South Dakota; three children: Andrew (Nicole) Smolek of Crofton, Nebraska; Justin (Dhanu) Smolek of Norfolk, Nebraska; and Stephanie (Jacob) Siebrandt of Yankton; seven grandchildren: Aubrinee and Brayden Smolek; Liam and Liyana Smolek; and Lillian, Conway and Colton Siebrandt; mother, Diane Moore of Omaha, Nebraska; sister, Julie Moore of Omaha; brother, Reed (Jennifer) Moore of Bentonville, Arkansas; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bernie Moore. 

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Service Schedule

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Memorial Service

Friday, July 14, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm

Wintz & Ray Funeral Home – Yankton

2901 Douglas Ave, Yankton, SD 57078

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