Edward “Smokey” Smolnik, Sr., 86, passed away peacefully in his home on April 16, 2021 with his loving wife, children, and grandchildren by his side.
Edward was born February 12, 1935 in New Castle. He was the son of the late John and Zella (Boak) Smolnik. Edward was married to the former Nancy L. Schuller. He leaves behind his devoted wife of 61 years. Mr. Smolnik was Roman Catholic and attended Holy Spirit Parish-St. Joseph the Worker site where he served as an usher for several years.
Mr. Smolnik retired after 40 years of service as an Ironworker with Local 207 of Youngstown, OH. He enjoyed his work and developed many lasting friendships. Edward enjoyed traveling with his grandchildren on family vacations, loved playing golf with his friends, being outdoors, and helping out at the Food Bank. He was on the Board of Directors with the Building trades at Riverside Apartments. Edward was known for having a great sense of humor. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren
In addition to his wife Nancy, Edward is survived by two children, daughter, Dianne C. Smolnik of New Castle; son, Edward E. (Barbara) Smolnik, Jr. of New Castle; brother, John “Jack” (Kay) Smolnik of New Castle: sister, Jean Simpson of Zephyrhills, FL.; sister-in-law, Carol Smolnik; three grandchildren Megan Smolnik, Emmaly Smolnik, and Samuel Bielak all of New Castle; nephew, Steve (Cindy) Bova of Ocean Shores, WA: niece, Lou Ann (David) Zobrist of Las Vegas, NV, who all held a special place in his heart, along with his nephew, Sam Bova of Park City, UT, who preceded him in death. He is also survived by several other nieces and nephews.
Mr. Smolnik was preceded in death by his parents, brother, William Smolnik; nephew Samuel Bova; niece, Cyndi Smolnik, infant son and granddaughter, Kiley Smolnik.
The family would like to express a special thank you to Family Hospice for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Family Hospice, 3124 Wilmington Rd Suite 305, New Castle, PA. 16105
Calling hours will be on Monday, April 19, 2021 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Noga Funeral Home Inc. 1142 Mill Street.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Holy Spirit Parish-Mary, Mother of Hope site. Rev. Brendon Dawson Parochial Vicar of Holy Spirit Parish will officiate. Burial will be in Castleview Cemetery.
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