Charles T. "Smokey" Smolka Jr.

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Charles T. Smolka, Jr.


AGE: 76 • Middletown

Charles T. Smolka, Jr. "Smokey", age 76, of Middletown, DE, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Born in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of the late Charles T. Smolka, Sr. and Wanda Jones. Charles was a pipe fitter & plumber, retiring from DuPont after many years of service. He was a unique man with a great sense of humor. Charles loved the outdoors, riding his Harley Davidson, landscaping, surf fishing, and skydiving. He also enjoyed traveling, carpentry, reading, and American history.

Charles is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, JoAnne (Rinarelli); son, Mark A. Smolka, Sr. (Angela); daughters, Kim A. Palmer (Jim), and Tracy L. Konieczny (Michael); grandchildren: Jimi, Trevor, Markie, Brian, Angelina, Julianna, Vito, Eric (Michelle), Hillary, and Mackensie; great grandchildren: Michael, Anthony, and Joseph; sisters: Janet Savage, Sandy Hill, and Jackie Mooney; and his beloved canine kids, Buddy and Poupsie. In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his brother, Ronnie Smolka.

Services and burial will be private in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE. To leave an online condolence, please visit

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Published in The News Journal on Aug. 5, 2014
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