Dorothea Joan Smolarek

Smolarek, Dorothea Joan

Dorothea Joan Smolarek, age 82, formerly of 131 17th Street North, Wisconsin Rapids, WI died Thursday February 14, 2013 at Pine Ridge Assisted Living Center in Wisconsin Rapids, WI.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday (February 20) at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids. Rev. Jim Altman will officiate. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 9:30-11:00 AM. Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids is assisting the family.

Joan was born March 20, 1930 in Wisconsin Rapids, WI to Ralph and Pearl (Knutson) Roach. She married Howard Smolarek on September 2, 1950 in Wisconsin Rapids. He died August 1, 1991. Joan was employed as an accounts payable clerk at Preway Inc. for nearly 40 years retiring in 1987. Joan enjoyed shopping and going out to eat with her friends including her classmates from the grade school days at S.S. Peter and Paul.

She is survived by two sons Thomas (Suzann) Smolarek of Eagan, MN and David (Lori Gauerke) Smolarek of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; daughter-in-law Beth Smolarek of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; six grandchildren Ryan (Melissa), Brent, Bailey (Fiancé-Benjamin), Emily, Lindsay and Jason; one great-granddaughter Brielle; and one sister Margie Kessler of Neillsville, WI.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son Bruce and sister Patti Ratting.

"The Smolarek family wishes to thank the Pine Ridge Assisted Living Center and Aspirus Hospice Care for the great care and friendship given to Joan."


Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Feb. 18, 2013