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George J. Smith Jr.

Friday, June 17, 1932Friday, February 15, 2019

Technical Sergeant George J. Smith Jr., U.S. Air Force, Retired, 86, a former resident of Trucksville and a seven year resident of the Village at Greenbriar, Dallas, passed into eternal life on Friday, February 15, 2019, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.

His beloved wife was the late Doris R. (McLaughlin) Smith, who passed away on April 08, 2008. George and Doris were blessed to share 55 wonderful years of marriage.

Born on June 17, 1932, in Wilkes-Barre, George was one of three sons born to the late George J. Smith Sr. and Mary (Lukesh) Smith.

Raised in Swoyersville, George was a graduate of the former Swoyersville High School, Class of 1950.

A proud United States Air Force veteran, George honorably served his country for more than 20 years. He most notably served during the Vietnam War, and was recipient of countless awards and decorations, merits of honor, and accolades. Upon his retirement on December 31, 1970, George had attained the rank of Technical Sergeant of the United States Air Force.

Following his military career, George went on to work for 15 years as a Corrections Officer at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, retiring in 1987. George was instrumental in forming the union at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, and after the establishment of their union, many of the other state prisons throughout Pennsylvania used his union model to form their unions.

George was a member of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Swoyersville. Additionally, he was a life member of the American Legion, Andrew Lawrence Post 644, Swoyersville, serving as the Post’s Commander for 3 terms and also serving on its Board of Directors for many years. He was also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 283, Kingston.

Throughout his life, George had a passion for landscaping and gardening, and it was known that if George planted it, it would grow! He also had a passion for doing oil paintings; had a keen interest in history and watching war documentaries; enjoyed solving sudoku and crossword puzzles; and loved taking trips to Atlantic City with his beloved wife, Doris.

In addition to his parents, George and Mary Smith, and his wife, Doris, George was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Janice Smith Burke, who passed away on January 15, 2012; and his dog, Muffin, who was his faithful companion for nearly 17 years.

George is survived by his loving children, Kathy Papciak and her husband, Michael, Archbald; Daniel G. Smith and his wife, Alice, Harding; and Donald C. Smith, Pringle; his five grandchildren, Lori Papciak and her fiancé, Erick Siegfried; Mike Papciak and his wife, Kelli; Josh Morgan and his companion, Tracey O’Hara; Kelly Burke; and Ryan Burke; his six great-grandchildren, Aiden and Bradley Siegfried; Michael and Sarah Papciak; and Joshua and Kaitlyn Morgan; his brothers, Daniel Smith and Richard Smith; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral which will be conducted on Friday, February 22, 2019, at 9:30 AM from the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 AM in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes Street, Swoyersville, with the Reverend Joseph J. Pisaneschi, his Pastor, officiating.

Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in the Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville, where Military Honors will be accorded by the United States Air Force.

Family and Friends are invited to George’s viewing which will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, at the funeral home.

The State Corrections Officers from the State Correctional Institution at Dallas will post an honor guard during the viewing and will render honors at the cemetery.

For additional information or to send George’s Family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home’s website, www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com, or Facebook page.

The family has kindly requested that flowers be omitted. Memorial contributions may be made in George’s memory to Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, 974 Lockville Road, Dallas, PA 18612.

 

Service Date
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 10:00am
Services

A viewing for George will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, at the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort.

The funeral service will begin on Friday, February 22, 2019, at 9:30 AM at the funeral home. Those relatives and friends who will be joining in the funeral procession are asked to assemble at the funeral home between 9:00 and 9:15 AM on Friday morning.

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 AM at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes Street, Swoyersville. The Reverend Joseph J. Pisaneschi, Pastor, will serve as celebrant.

Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in the Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville, where Military Honors will be accorded by the United States Air Force.

The State Corrections Officers from the State Correctional Institution at Dallas will post an honor guard during the viewing and will render honors at the cemetery.

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

 

Cemetery

Denison Cemetery | View Map

Location

Wroblewski Funeral Home | View Map

Church

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Parish | View Map

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