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Alfonso, known as ‘Smokey’ to his friends and family, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 surrounded by his family, in Fayetteville, GA. Al was born in Elysburg, PA on October 26, 1942, to the late Alfons Martin Smokowitz Sr. and Mary Ann Lucas Smokowitz. He was married February 5, 1966 to the late Dorothy Ann Deroba Smokowicz. He was a family man, business man and chronic good samaritan all his life. A graduate of Lourdes Catholic High School, Al played sports and worked for the family trucking company. He served in the Army Reserves and later graduated from the McCann School of Business. After a long career in sales, including his business, Alpha Hearing Aid Center, he retired in 2010. During the last 10 years he enjoyed driving school bus for Southern Columbia and coach for Fullington Bus Company.
He is survived by his son, Craig Alan Smokowicz and daughter Alyson Marie Smokowicz Otto and his 6 grandchildren, Ana Sophia, MeKenzie, Megan, Christian, Isaiah and Justin. As well as his siblings, Carol Catino (Nick), Donna Leshko (Carl), Mary Tondora, Denis Smokowicz and Christine Bixler (Chet). He is also survived by his second wife, Margaret Zeager Smokowicz and her four grandchildren Jacob, Rachel, Riley and Kellen.
Al was affectionately called Pappy by his grandchildren and oh how he loved them! Breakfast was his favorite meal to make them, his sausage gravy and apple pancakes were the best. He will be missed by his family and all those who knew him. He had a smile as big as life and made friends everywhere he went. Al was a committed Christian and attended New Covenant Church in Sunbury, PA and later in life attended Community Mennonite Fellowship in Milton, PA. He organized many events in his younger years such as father/son-daughter baseball trips to Veterans Stadium to watch the Phillies and other community events. He was also involved in leading and attending bible studies. Al was also very active in the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) as a volunteer/family coach and eventually becoming the local branch treasurer. Until we see you again our dear friend, brother, son, uncle, father, pappy…you will not be forgotten. We love you.
Memorial contributions in Al’s name can be made to National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) http://www.namikeystonepa.org.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Pennsylvania in the Spring. Please contact the family for details.
Messages of condolence may be left at www.GeorgiaCremation.com.
Ron & Joanne Geib says
Dear Margaret and family. So sorry to hear of Al’s passing. You have our deepest sympathy and prayers. May the comfort of God and friends sustain you in your grief.
Sheila Lewis says
Alison & Craig,
I am so sorry for your loss.
I always loved your dad. I was very happy to see him last year when he drove us to ball game. It was such a pleasure to catch up with him. He will be missed.
Connie Steltz says
Connie Trelinskie Steltz. So sorry to read of you loss . Al, was a very caring person. I knew him through my relation , a cousin Esther, who married Frank Lucas. My condolences are with you and your family. God Less you all ,at this time of sorrow. Sincerely Connie Steltz
Dave and Joanne Brady says
Alison, Craig and Margaret, so sorry to hear of Al’s passing. Al and Dottie are responsible for me meeting my wife, Joanne. It was a blind date 43 years ago. 3 grown children and 5 grand children our family continues to grow all because of them. My how we remember Al doing the best he could to take care of Dotty. What a great example he was in being a great husband and Dotty having such a love of her faith. We are blessed to have known them. Margaret, we met you at your wedding and we know that Al was so very blessed to have 2 wonderful wife’s. May he Rest In Peace. Dave and Joanne Brady
Beth Squiers says
yson and Craig I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I am sure he is reunited with your mom in peace, and keeping an eye on all and giving of his heart and love as always. Fond memories of your family being such good friends,my “second family”, taking me under their wings back in Danville. I am sure he was so happy with grand kids and sure he gave them lots of good advice…and I am sure they will remember his smile that welcomed all. Remember those moments of everlasting love, may they comfort you both and your families in this loss, be well, Beth Squiers .
Beth Squiers says
Alyson and Craig I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I am sure he is reunited with your mom in peace, and keeping an eye on all and giving of his heart and love as always. Fond memories of your family being such good friends,my “second family”, taking me under their wings back in Danville. I am sure he was so happy with grand kids and sure he gave them lots of good advice…and I am sure they will remember his smile that welcomed all. Remember those moments of everlasting love, may they comfort you both and your families in this loss, be well, Beth Squiers .