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John SmelkoJohn P. Smelko, 86 years old of Elyria, Ohio passed away on Friday, February 9th, surrounded by family.

John was born on June 15, 1931 in Morgan, Pennsylvania and lived in Elyria for over 50 years. He served with the United States Air Force and retired from the Federal Aviation Administration where he worked as an air-traffic controller at Oberlin Center for 32 years. He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, the American Legion Post #12, and the AMVETS Post #32. John enjoyed a variety of activities including golf, skiing, handball, running and working out. He enjoyed traveling and volunteering at St. Jude Church, Elyria Catholic and LCCC Fitness Center. His greatest pleasures were gardening, the Pittsburg Steelers and most of all, supporting his children and grandchildren with sports and all activities. They all will remember him as their biggest fan.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Ellen (nee Kasunic); four children, Sharon (Stuart) Miller of Littleton, Colorado, Leslie (John) Porostosky of Amherst, Ohio, Tom (Mandy) Smelko of Richardson, Texas, and Susan Monschein of Elyria, Ohio; twelve grandchildren, one great granddaughter and two sisters, Bernadette (Len) Penczak of Freedom, Pennsylvania, and Alice (Badge) Pagani of Beaver, Pennsylvania.

John was preceded in death by four sisters, Margaret Reedich, Elizabeth Smelko, Mary Ann Stablow and Eleanor Smelko; his parents, Michael and Anna (nee Chabala) Smelko.

Friends will be received at the Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home, 327 Cleveland Street, Elyria, Ohio on Wednesday, February 14th, from 5-8pm. Closing prayers will be in the funeral home on Thursday, February 15th at 10:30am followed by a mass at St. Jude Church, 590 Poplar Street, Elyria, Ohio with the Reverend Father Frank P. Kosem, Pastor, officiating.

Memorial contributions are requested to the St. Jude Church Building Fund, 590 Poplar St., Elyria, Ohio 44035

» 15 Condolences and Greetings
Dan and Janell Sueltz
sent Tuesday, 13 February 2018 13:04
Sharon and family, We are so sorry for the loss of your father. We know how special he was through the many stories you\\\'ve relayed about your dad. Please give our heartfelt sympathy to your family.
Hedy and Chuck Fye
sent Tuesday, 13 February 2018 07:53
Dear Mary Ellen and Family, Please accept our condolences on John's passing. He will never be far from you. May he rest in peace.
Pat Mate
sent Tuesday, 13 February 2018 06:09
Very sorry, Sue, to read of your dad\\\'s passing. Although I did not know him, I am sure that you are a reflection of all he taught you, especially kindness and compassion for others. Peace to you and your family during this difficult time.
Mia Lackey
sent Monday, 12 February 2018 12:41
Tom & family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Although words can not replace him but know you have a support system at TI that is praying for you and your family during this difficult time.
Mia Lackey
sent Monday, 12 February 2018 12:38
Tom & family, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
sent Monday, 12 February 2018 09:33
Tom and family- So sorry for your loss of your father/grandfather. May your happy memories give you peace and comfort. With sincere thoughts and prayers, MK Vaughan
Dan Surach
sent Monday, 12 February 2018 09:15
Tom, so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Becky Schlatholt
sent Monday, 12 February 2018 08:23
Tom - so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. It's so hard to lose a loved one so close to you! My thoughts and prayers are with you & your family.
Janet Wise
sent Monday, 12 February 2018 08:18
Tom, sorry to hear about your father but happy that you were able to spend time with him recently and make it back to Ohio. Special thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Carlos Valdivia
sent Monday, 12 February 2018 08:16
Tom and Smelko Family, You and your father will be in my prayers. My God bless,
Nolan Jones
sent Monday, 12 February 2018 08:09
Tom, sorry to hear about the loss of your Father. If he is like you, I am sure he was a good man. My prayers are with you and your family. May God continue to bless and strenghten you all in this sorrowful time.
Craig Kiefer
sent Monday, 12 February 2018 08:08
I am so sorry for your family's loss. Be strong in Him.
Jeff White
sent Monday, 12 February 2018 07:48
We are so sorry for your family\\\'s loss. John and his family will continue to be in out prayers.
Don and Lorretta Canole
sent Monday, 12 February 2018 04:22
Mary Ellen, So sorry to hear of Johnís passing. I always remember him fondly. He was a great guy to work with. He will be missed. Lorretta
Patricia Parrish
sent Sunday, 11 February 2018 13:37
Iím so sorry for your loss. God bless you Tom, and your family. May your father Rest In Peace O
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