John Michael Smigiel

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John Michael Smigiel, 71, of Old Forge, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 7, unexpectedly at his home.

He was born in Old Forge, March 22, 1947, and was the son of the late Frank and Julia (Vargo) Smigiel.

He was a 1965 graduate of Old Forge High School. John was a United States Army veteran and served during the Vietnam War. He worked most of his life for the GNM Battery Co., Dunmore, until the time of its closing.

John was a devout Catholic and a member of Nativity of Our Lord Parish church, Duryea. He was a fitness fanatic and excelled in athletics. He enjoyed being fit, both mentally and physically. He was a member of four local gyms, Planet Fitness, the Pittston YMCA, Anytime Fitness and Pro Fitness. He competed in 27 marathons nationally and countless local 5k and 10k running competitions. He was also a member of SOAR (Scranton Organized Area Runners). John was a very kind and compassionate man; he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Julie Farley; and his brothers, Frank and Joseph Smigiel.

John is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Marlene (Ciliberto) Smigiel; his daughter, Stacey Ann and her husband, Edwin Velez, of Scranton; his son, Brian Smigiel, of Old Forge; grandchildren, Gina and Mia Velez. Also surviving are his sisters, Mary Jo Killino, of Old Forge, and Theresa Brown and her husband, George, of Taylor; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 12, at 9:30 a.m. from Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 at Nativity of Our Lord Parish church, 127 Stephenson St., Duryea, with the Rev. John V. Polednak officiating.

Friends may call on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. Interment will be held at the Marcy Cemetery, Duryea. AMVETS Honor guard of Greater Pittston will provide military honors.

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Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 9, 2018
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