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James M. Smolarek


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Smolarek, James M.

James M. "Smokey" Smolarek, age 83, of Plover, WI died Monday, July 24, 2017 at Marshfield Medical Center, Marshfield, WI.

Memorial Services are 11:00 AM Friday, July 28, 2017 at Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Father John Swing will officiate. The family will greet relatives and friends at Ritchay Funeral Home from 4:00-7:00 PM Thursday and Friday from 10:00-11:00 AM.

Jim was born May 19, 1934 in Wisconsin Rapids, WI to Leo and Ruby (Brennan) Smolarek. He married Karen Hoff on December 8, 1979 in Las Vegas, NV. Jim was employed at Consolidated Papers Inc for 42 years retiring in 1994 as an Instrumentation and Electrical supervisor.

Jim served in the U.S. Army in the late 1950's. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and golfing. Jim was a long time member of Bull's Eye Country Club. He was a big sports fan, especially for the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and NASCAR racing.

Jim is survived by his wife, Karen; four children, Lynn (Bernard) Berger of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Michael James (Barbara) Smolarek of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Anne (David) Ginter of Vesper, WI and Patrick (Laura) Smolarek of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; 8 grandchildren, Dale (Kristy) Ninneman, Rachel Berger, Jacob Berger, Hunter Smolarek, Nathan (Amanda) Smolarek, Emily Ginter, Jenna Ginter and Nicole Bires; six great grandchildren and one brother, John Thomas (Veronica) Smolarek of Indian River, MI.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert Smolarek.
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on July 26, 2017
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