Anthony Peter Smigelski

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Anthony Peter Smigelski left the loving arms of his family to be in the arms of God, Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Tony spent 64 wonderful years with the woman of his dreams, Dolores Hopko Smigelski, who passed away in 2008, and now they can polka dance together once again in Heaven.

Tony was a member of Holy Family Church, Sugar Notch, where he was a Eucharistic minister for many years and a 4th degree member of the St. Dymphna Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Preceding Tony in death along with his wife, Dolores, were sisters, Anna Wanta and Constance French; brothers, Joseph, John and Peter Smigelski; nephew, George Wanta, whom he thought of as a son.

He was the loving father to surviving daughters, Margaret Reed and her husband, Richard, Mechanicsburg; Dolores Ann Knorr and her husband, Charles, Shavertown; sons, George Smigelski and his wife Beverly, Tucson, Ariz.; Anthony P. Smigelski Jr., and his wife, Sarah, Mountain Top.

Tony was the loving grandfather of Richard Reed Jr., Mechanicsburg; Russell Reed and his partner, Steve Sensenich, Mount Joy; Derek Smiglski, Austin, Texas; Ginna Carico, Tucson, Ariz.; Jared and Taylore Smigelski, Mountain Top. He is the great-grandfather of Richard Reed III, Matthew Reed, Nathaniel Reed, Jamie Sensenich and Brett Smigelski. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, dear friends and "Polka Partner" dancers.

Dad taught us the value of love, laughter, hard work, respect for others and to always smile no matter how difficult things were. He was one of the most compassionate and sincere people to ever grace this world and will be sadly missed.

The Smigelski family is forever grateful for the compassionate care that Tony received from the caring staff at Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Nanticoke.

Funeral services for Tony will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. from the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Family Church, Main Street, Sugar Notch. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Family and friends may call on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Thursday from 8 a.m. until time of service at 9 a.m.
Published in Times Leader on Apr. 2, 2013