Richard  Smetanka

Obituary of Richard Francis Smetanka

Richard Francis Smetanka passed away July 11, 2020 after a short illness in Gilbert AZ surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Latrobe April 24, 1934 the son of Michael J. Smetanka and Veronica (Fedinatz) Smetanka. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Gloria Jean (Kowalsky) and brother Thomas S. Smetanka. Growing up on Chestnut Street Richard was known by his friends as “Spinner”. He is survived by brothers Michael of Texas and John (Sandra) of Derry Twp. Richards children Richard (Cheri) and Danial of California, and Lisa (Steve) Wendt of Gilbert AZ. His grandchildren include Valerie, Emily and Chloe Smetanka and Ellie, Cali and Nessah Wendt. After high school Richard was a barber in Latrobe until Uncle Sam drafted him into the US Army. He returned to Western PA and graduated from Alliance College. His sales career in the medical/dental field took him to the West coast where he raised his family but he always returned to Latrobe for family reunions, friends and of course banana splits and Pittsburgh sports events. Because of Covid-19 his funeral mass was held on the patio of St Thomas More Church on July 23, 2020 with interment alongside his wife at Ascension Cemetery in Irvine, CA.
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