Joanne M. Smith

Jan­uary 11, 2019

The Citizens' Voice - - OBITUARIES -

Joanne M. Smith, 70, a res­i­dent of Larksville, and for­merly of Lau­rel Run, passed into eter­nal life on Fri­day af­ter­noon, Jan. 11, 2019, at her home, sur­rounded by her lov­ing fam­ily and friends.

Her beloved hus­band was the late Jack Marie Smith, who passed away April 22, 2018. To­gether, Jack and “his bride,” Joanne, shared 48 beau­ti­ful years of mar­riage.

Born Aug. 14, 1948, in Wilkes-barre, Joanne was one of five chil­dren born to the late Stan­ley and Mary Bozak Ur­ban.

Raised in the Heights sec­tion of Wilkes-barre, Joanne was a grad­u­ate of GAR Me­mo­rial High School, Class of 1966.

Joanne worked in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties through­out her life, but she was hap­pi­est be­ing a home­maker to her ador­ing hus­band and chil­dren. She epit­o­mized the roles of wife, mother, grand­mother, sis­ter, aunt and friend.

A faith­ful Catholic with an un­fal­ter­ing de­vo­tion to the Blessed Vir­gin Mary, Joanne was a mem­ber of Our Lady of Hope Ro­man Catholic Parish, Wilkes-barre.

Joanne lived a hum­ble, prayer­ful life, which was full of love and com­pas­sion to­ward ev­ery per­son she en­coun­tered along her jour­ney. Her door was open to fam­ily, friends and strangers alike, and that open door al­ways re­sulted in shar­ing a home cooked meal, a fresh cup of cof­fee and an up­lift­ing con­ver­sa­tion.

In ad­di­tion to her par­ents, Stan­ley and Mary Ur­ban, and her hus­band, Jack, Joanne was pre­ceded in death by her two year old son, Bobby Smith; her in­fant daugh­ter, Sarah Smith; her brother, Robert Ur­ban; and her sis­ter, Dorothy Ur­ban Jones.

Joanne is sur­vived by her chil­dren, Joanne Marie Castillo, Wyoming; Shan­non Ray Smith, Wilkes-barre; and Mary Mar­garet Smith, Larksville; her 14 grand­chil­dren and sev­eral great­grand­chil­dren; her brother, Stan­ley Ur­ban, Ten­nessee; her sis­ter, Mary Ann Hurst, Wilkes-barre; her broth­ersin-law and sis­ters-in-law; as well as gen­er­a­tions of nieces and neph­ews.

Rel­a­tives and friends are re­spect­fully in­vited to at­tend Joanne’s Mass of Chris­tian Burial to be cel­e­brated at 10:30 a.m. Tues­day in Our Lady of Hope of Parish, 40 Park Ave., Wilkes-barre, with the Rev. John S. Terry, her pas­tor, of­fi­ci­at­ing.

In­ter­ment with the Rite of Com­mit­tal will fol­low in St. Mary’s Ro­man Catholic Ceme­tery, Hanover Twp.

Fam­ily and friends are in­vited to at­tend Joanne’s view­ing which will be held from 9:30 a.m. un­til the time of the Fu­neral Mass on Tues­day in Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Ave., Wilkes-barre.

Fu­neral ar­range­ments have been en­trusted to the care of Wrob­lewski Fu­neral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort.

For in­for­ma­tion or to send the Smith fam­ily a mes­sage of con­do­lence, you may visit the fu­neral home web­site, www.wrob­lewski­fu­ner­al­, or Face­book page.

The fam­ily has kindly asked that flow­ers be omit­ted. Me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made in Joanne’s mem­ory to the St. Vin­cent de Paul Soup Kitchen, C/O Catholic So­cial Ser­vices, 33 E. Northamp­ton St., WilkesBarre, PA 18701.

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