William Edward Smith Sr.

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PITTSTON TWP. — William Edward Smith Sr., 89, of Pittston Township, passed away Thursday morning, Jan. 23, 2014, at home. Survived by his loving wife, Rosella Perrins Smith, the couple would have celebrated their 17th anniversary on Feb. 21. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth F. Smith, in 1995.

Born in Slocum Township on April 29, 1924, William was a son of the late John and Louise Knight Smith. A U.S. Army sergeant during World War II, he was once held captive as a prisoner of war by the German Nazis in 1945. A decorated war veteran, he earned the Good Conduct, the American Theater, EAME Theater and the WWII Victory medals for his courageous service to our country.

A member of the POW Keystone Chapter of NEPA, he was also a life member of the VFW. Prior to retirement, he worked for the Atlas Chain Company of West Pittston. He was a member of the Moosic Assembly of God Church.

Loved by many, he will be dearly missed.

He is also survived by his son, William E. Smith Jr. and his wife, Cathy, Orange City, Fla.; his daughter, Lana Paglianite and her husband, Frank, Gouldsboro; his stepdaughter, Kim Reiners and her husband, Jason, Harding; his sister, Beatrice Yeager, Moosic; his five grandchildren, Jeff, Josh, Amanda, Jason and Jessica; three great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.

Brothers, Lewis and John Wesley Smith, and a sister, Dorothy George, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Monday in the Moosic Assembly of God Church, 477 Third St., Moosic, to be conducted by the Rev. David O'Brien, pastor. Interment will follow in the Slocum Cemetery, Slocum Township. Relatives and friends may pay their respects from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge.

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Published in Times Leader from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2014
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