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Dec. 1, 2017

Esther 'Langan' Smalanskas, the former Esther Langan, formerly of Falls and also Clarks Summit, died very peacefully before sunrise at Vibralife in Mechanicsburg on Dec. 1, 2017.

She was born in Pittston on April 25, 1936, and was the youngest child of Thomas and Alice Langan.

Esther was a popular and well known singer and vocalist in northeastern Pennsylvania for several decades. As a teenager, she had her own local NBC-TV talent show every Sunday, in the beginning days of television; and also competed in national talent contests on NBC Radio.

As her career progressed she was a lead vocalist for the iconic Bobby Baird Dixieland Band, and also the Lee Vincent Band. She spent many years as the lead singer for the locally famous 'Joey I' Orchestra, led by the showman, Joe Infantino from Pittston. Esther was also well known as the voice for the local Stegmaier TV commercials which aired in the 1970s.

Esther was totally devoted to our Lord Jesus Christ, and our Blessed Mother. As a member of Our Lady of Snows Parish in Clarks Summit, she was known as 'the Rose Lady' because she brought fresh roses to Our Blessed Mother and Saint Theresa almost every day for seven years. While living in New Cumberland since 2014, she was well known for her devotion at Saint Theresa Parish, as she walked to Mass almost every day in all types of weather conditions. She was the kindest of Souls, and will be missed by every person whom she ever encountered on earth. Her photo is from only four days prior to her death, and is a testimony to her God given grace.

She is survived by her oldest sister Alice 'Tricia' Langan from Pittston; and two sons: Robert, 57, and John, 54. She was also very enamored with her four grandchildren: Grace, Ellen, Devlin and Conner.

Cards of memory can be sent to Robert Smalanskas, 1020 Bridge St. Apt A, New Cumberland, PA 17070.
Published in The Wyoming County Examiner on Dec. 20, 2017