Joseph John Smolock Sr., 78, of Ashland passed away on Thursday morning, March 23, 2023 at Broad Mountain Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Frackville after a short but valiant battle against cancer. His last weeks were surrounded by family who will miss him greatly.
Born in Centralia on December 7, 1944, he was the son of the late Michael and Helen (Kenenitz) Smolock.
He was a graduate of the former Conyngham Township High School.
Joseph was married at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Centralia on August 27, 1966 to the late R. Sharon (McHale) Smolock who preceded him in death on November 11, 2021.
Joseph worked in construction as a laborer and operator. He is best known for taking exemplary care of St. Ignatius Cemetery for two decades in Centralia. He took pride in ensuring the grounds were kept in pristine condition, and honored those who were laid to eternal rest. Joseph was a profoundly deep thinker who was wise beyond his years and precise in his observations.
In addition to his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Smolock.
Joseph is survived by son, Joseph Smolock Jr. and his wife Kim of Conyngham Valley; daughter, Erin Smolock and her husband Shawn Meier of Girardville; son, Bryan Smolock and his wife Tara of Ashland; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two sisters, Marianne Smeck and husband Harry and Sueellen Edwards; sister-in-law, Nancy Kay (Schisler) Smolock; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services and interment in Saint Ignatius Cemetery, Centralia will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, and in the spirit of Joseph, donate to a meaningful and trustworthy charity of importance. Joseph J. Stutz, Inc Funeral Home, 40 South Market Street, Mount Carmel, Joseph J. Stutz III, Supervisor has been entrusted with the arrangements. To offer a condolence to Joseph’s family, please visit the Tribute Wall tab above.