William E. Smith, 86, a former resident of Forty Fort, currently a resident of Pottstown, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, March 29, 2013, at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, Pottstown.
His beloved wife was the late Rose M. (Kuharcik) Smith, who passed away on Feb. 28, 1981. Together, Bill and Rose shared 27 beautiful years of marriage.
Born on Oct. 2, 1926 in Luzerne, William was the son of the late W. Ashton Smith and Pauline (Cleaver) Smith.
Raised in Luzerne, Bill attended the former Luzerne High School. Following their marriage, Bill and Rose relocated to Forty Fort, where Bill resided for 51 years.
A U.S. Navy veteran, Bill honorably served his country during World War II in the Pacific Theater. During his time of service, he was decorated with the Pacific Theater Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal. Upon his honorable discharge on May 27, 1947, Bill had attained the rank of Seaman First Class.
Prior to his retirement, Bill was employed for many years as the office manager for the former Kanaar Corp., Kingston. Following his retirement, Bill became employed by the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, working as the attendant at the Irem Temple Parking Lot in Wilkes-Barre.
Bill was a past member of the former St. Hedwig's Roman Catholic Church, Kingston.
An avid fan of the Penn State Nittany Lions, Bill always looked forward to watching his favorite team play. He also had a passion for playing various card games with his family.
Family was the greatest enjoyment Bill had throughout his life. He lived for family get-togethers and he truly cherished each moment he had with his loved ones.
Many will remember Bill for his infectious smile. His smile was not only recognized by his family and friends, it was also recognized by the countless number of people he greeted every morning while he worked at the Irem Temple Parking Lot in Wilkes-Barre. It will most certainly be that smile which will continue to live on in the hearts of many.
In addition to his parents, W. Ashton and Pauline Smith, and his wife, Rose, Bill was preceded in death by his twin sister, Elizabeth Delaney; his brothers, Clinton, Ira and Herbert Smith; his sister, Virginia Morris.
Bill is survived by his children, Jacqueline Hann and her husband, Bruce, of Trucksville; William J. Smith and his wife, Janeann, of Jackson Township; Beth Ann Stair and her companion, Thomas Skudalski, of Wilkes-Barre; and David Smith and his wife, Susan, of Pottstown; his grandchildren, Bruce J. (Darlinda) Hann, Chris (Erica) Hann, Karen Hann, Mahnon Smith, William Smith, Leslie (Dan) Erickson, Gary Stair, Ryan Dinkelocker and Cole Smith; his great-grandchildren, Christopher, Arionna, Cameron, Daniel ""D.J.,"" Nicholas and Kayleigh; many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, which will be conducted on Wednesday, April 3, at 9:15 a.m. from the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Therese's Church, 64 Davis St., Shavertown, with the Rev. Richard A. Zavacki, officiating.
Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Mount Olivet Roman Catholic Cemetery, Carverton, where military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Navy.
Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
For additional information or to send the Smith family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial vontributions may be made in Bill's memory to the
, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309 or to the
, 613 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
Published in Times Leader on Apr. 1, 2013