Rita "Sharon" Smolock, 75, of 2 Paul St., Ashland, passed away Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, at Seton Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Orwigsburg.
Born May 31, 1946, in Centralia, she was a daughter of the late Richard and Frances (McGinley) McHale.
She was a graduate of Mt. Carmel Catholic High School.
Sharon was married to Joseph Smolock, who survives, Aug. 27, 1966, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, Centralia.
Sharon was retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, where she was employed as an automotive director.
She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Church, where she was also a member of its Friends of St. Joseph. She loved to volunteer her time at the church.
She was an avid reader, bingo player and maker of unforgettable food. She enjoyed her many trips to the beach, and was able to fulfill her dream trip when she traveled to Ireland. Most of all, she was the greatest mother and grandmother of all time, and she relished in the chance to influence every life she touched.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Joseph Smolock and his wife, Kim, of Conyngham Valley, and Bryan Smolock and his wife, Tara, of Ashland; one daughter, Erin Smolock and her husband, Shawn Meier, of Girardville; seven grandchildren, Ryan, Emily, Kaitlin, Shawn, Liam, Roan and Ayden.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and Bernard McHale.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at St. Charles Borromeo Church. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery, Centralia. There will be no visitation. Everyone is welcome to attend the Mass. Joseph J. Stutz Inc. Funeral Home, 40 S. Market St., Mount Carmel, Joseph J. Stutz III, supervisor, is in charge of arrangements. To leave condolences for the family, please visit www.stutzfuneralhome.com.