William E. Smearcheck

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Retired coal miner was Penn State football fan


William E. Smearcheck, 87, of Nemacolin, died September 9, 2013, in Point Manor Personal Care Home, Point Marion.


Mr. Smearcheck was born April 7, 1926, in Nemacolin, a son of the late Edward and Katherine Wisnieski Smearcheck.


On August 25, 1951, Mr. Smearcheck married Florence Bogacik Smearcheck, who survives.


Also surviving are three children, Richard (Debra) Smearcheck of North Canton, Ohio, William (Maureen) Smearcheck Jr. of Nemacolin and Renee (Robert) Bosco of Waynesburg; eight grandchildren, Mark (Dylan) Smearcheck, Jeffrey Smearcheck, Matthew Smearcheck, Sara (Jeremy) Snyder, Meghan (Jeremy) Ricciuti, William Smearcheck III, Laura (Jeffrey) Coss, Robert (Alicia) Bosco Jr.; nine great-grandchildren, Benjamin Smearcheck, Lauren Rudinsky, Owen and Aiden Snyder, Jack and Nate Ricciuti, Kristen and Brett Coss, Wesley Bosco; a brother, Richard “Butch” Smearcheck; and many nieces and nephews.


Deceased are two sisters, Cecilia Logan and Josephine Caputo; and three brothers, Thomas, Edward “Rusty” and Marion Smearcheck.


Mr. Smearcheck served his country in World War II in the U.S. Navy.


He was a retired coal miner from Gateway Mine and a member of the United Mine Workers of America.


Mr. Smearcheck was a member of Our Lady of Consolation Church in Nemacolin. He served as an usher and on the parish council.


He was a life member of Nemacolin Volunteer Fire Department, Masontown Veterans of Foreign Wars and Legion. He served on the Nemacolin playground committee and the miners’ monument committee for the I-79 monument at Mt. Morris.


Mr. Smearcheck was a loyal fan of Penn State football and for years worked as an usher at games in State College.


Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Paul M. Lesako, funeral director/supervisor, where prayer service will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, September 12, followed by a funeral Mass at 9 a.m. in Our Lady of Consolation Church, Nemacolin. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park Mausoleum. Parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Full military rites will be accorded by Masontown Veterans of Foreign Wars and Legion. View the obituary at www.lesakofuneralhomeinc.com .


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