Joanne M. Smith
January 11, 2019
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.wroblewskifuneralhome.com, 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.