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February 25, 2020

12/24/2019 7:30:00 AM
Joan Barbara Smoczyk

Joan Barbara Smoczyk, age 85, of Rhinelander, died Dec. 21, 2019 at Ascension St. Mary's hospital.

She was born on April 6, 1934, in Edson, Wis., to Stanley and Barbara (Ciolkosz) Swatzina.

Joan is survived by her daughters Janice Wege, Jill (Dean) Funk, Julie (Thomas) Prahl, all of Rhinelander; sons Joseph (Joann) Smoczyk of Hurley, Jeffrey (Heather) Smoczyk of Rhinelander; 12 grandchildren, many great -grandchildren, sister Patricia (Bob) Valk of Stanley; nieces, nephews other family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband James; parents; daughter Joyce Dotter; grandchildren Andrew Wege, Brandon Wege, Timothy Dotter; and son-in-law, Dale Wege.

A full notice will appear at a later date in the River News and at

You may leave your private condolences for the Smoczyk family at

The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is handling the arrangements for the Smoczyk family.

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2019
Article comment by: Patricia (Patty) Raske

I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was so fun to have around. She was so proud and happy to share any news about her kids.

Mah Jongg will not be the same without her.

Please call if I can help in any way.

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