Joan Smith

Obituary of Joan R. Smith

Joan R. Pirhalla Smith, 82 of Waverly, formerly of Olyphant, died Tuesday morning at Geisinger CMC after an illness. She was the widow of Edward J. Smith who died August 27, 2009. The couple was married for 49 years. Born in Jessup, she was the daughter of the late John R. and Margaret Matusek Pirhalla. She graduated from Jessup High School. She resided most of her life in Olyphant, but for the last ten years, she lived with her daughter Karen in Waverly. She was a member of Holy Cross Parish, St. Patrick's Church. She was very active in the American Heart Association. Joan’s true life’s work was being a source of unconditional love to her family. Joan accompanied her husband Ed to his many conventions around the world. This traveling provided her with many of her most treasured memories; however, what she loved the most was spending time with her family. Joan was a loving wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her life was completely devoted to her family who adored her. She was a blessing to her family. Surviving are two sons, Edward Jr. Olyphant and Sean and wife Kris, Springville, and two daughters, Karen Smith Foley and husband Michael, Waverly, with whom she resided, and Coleen Warholic, Springville, twelve grandchildren and their significant others Lauren Lucke and Ken, Justin Smith, Christopher Smith and Tori Bigelow, Carlie Smith, Sierra Smith, Mika Smith, Sean Smith and Kate Fricke, Kylie Smith, Megan Brewer and Aslan, T.J. Warholic and Jordan Krom, Rebecca Warholic and Daniel Warholic, great grandchildren Kelcie Lucke, Declan Smith, and Willow and Winter Brewer and several nieces and nephews, She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved mother-in-law Florence Gibbons Smith and her brother John R. Pirhalla, Jr. The funeral will be Friday from the Louis M. Margotta funeral Home, 511 Church St. Jessup, with mass at noon at St. Patrick's Church, Olyphant. Entombment, St, Mary’s Assumption Mausoleum, Montdale. The viewing is private. For online condolences go to the funeral home’s website.
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