SMOLEN - Joseph L., 67; Lower Yoder Township, passed away at home on September 29, 2020. He was born February 10, 1953 in Johnstown, son of Joseph J. and Stella (Gursky) Smolen. Preceded in death by parents; infant twin brothers; daughter, Rebecca J. Jeffreys; and daughter-in-law, Nicole. Survived by his loving wife, of 47 years, Marlene A. (Kokoruda) Smolen; son, Matthew Smolen; granddaughters, Kaytlyn and Adelyn; and son-in-law, Brad Jeffreys. A brother of Louise A. Hudack and husband Joseph; and Edward Smolen and wife, Lynn. He is also survived by numerous family members and beloved friends. Joe retired from the Lower Yoder Township road crew in 2014, after 46 years of service. He would anxiously await the first snowfall each year. Joe taught his children, and eldest grandchild, to work hard, and the importance of education and voting. The many stories of him by family and friends are forever remembered and everyone could agree, with his granddaughter Adelyn, as she smiled and stated, “He was a really nice man.” He was a member of the former St. Rochus Church. A member of Resurrection Parish, where Funeral Mass will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Rev. George M. Gulash. Friends received Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street. Condolences may be sent at fgozogfuneralhome.com
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