For Immediate Assistance

Joanne M. Smith

Saturday, August 14, 1948Friday, January 11, 2019

Joanne M. Smith, 70, a resident of Larksville, and formerly of Laurel Run, passed into eternal life on Friday afternoon, January 11, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Her beloved husband was the late Jack Marie Smith, who passed away on April 22, 2018. Together, Jack and “his Bride”, Joanne, shared 48 beautiful years of marriage.

Born on August 14, 1948, in Wilkes-Barre, Joanne was one of five children born to the late Stanley and Mary (Bozak) Urban.

Raised in the Heights section of Wilkes-Barre, Joanne was a graduate of GAR Memorial High School, Class of 1966.

Joanne worked in various capacities throughout her life, but she was happiest being a homemaker to her adoring husband and children. She epitomized the roles of wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

A faithful Catholic with an unfaltering devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Joanne was a member of Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Parish, Wilkes-Barre.

Joanne lived a humble, prayerful life, which was full of love and compassion toward every person she encountered along her journey. Her door was open to family, friends, and strangers alike, and that open door always resulted in sharing a home cooked meal, a fresh cup of coffee, and an uplifting conversation.

In addition to her parents, Stanley and Mary Urban, and her husband, Jack, Joanne was preceded in death by her two year old son, Bobby Smith; her infant daughter, Sarah Smith; her brother, Robert Urban; and her sister, Dorothy Urban Jones.

Joanne is survived by her children, Joanne Marie Castillo, Wyoming; Shannon Ray Smith, Wilkes-Barre; and Mary Margaret Smith, Larksville; her 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; her brother, Stanley Urban, Tennessee; her sister, Mary Ann Hurst, Wilkes-Barre; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; as well as generations of nieces and nephews.

Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend Joanne’s Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 10:30 AM in Our Lady of Hope of Parish, 40 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with the Reverend John S. Terry, her Pastor, officiating.

Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Family and Friends are invited to attend Joanne’s viewing which will be held at Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday morning from 9:30 AM until the time of the Funeral Mass.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort.

For additional information or to send the Smith Family a message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website,, or Facebook page.

The family has kindly asked that flowers be omitted. Memorial contributions may be made in Joanne’s memory to the Saint Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen, C/O Catholic Social Services, 33 East Northampton Street, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania 18701.


Service Date
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 10:30am

A viewing for Joanne will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, from 9:30 to 10:30 AM, at Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:30 AM in the church. The Reverend John S. Terry, Pastor, will serve as the main celebrant.

Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Following the Service, the family would like all those in attendance to join them for a luncheon. Details will be announced at the cemetery.



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Jack and Joanne were such a blessing to me and my husband. They were so very prayerful! I will never forget them and the blessings that they were to my family. Joan and Michael Kern

It was really nice to be able to handle everything in one place.