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February 26, 2020

2/1/2020 7:30:00 AM
Joan Barbara Smoczyk

Joan Barbara Smoczyk, age 85, of Rhinelander, died on Dec. 21, 2019 at Ascension St. Mary's Hospital after suffering a severe stroke. Prior to that she was living on her own at the RhineHaus.

Joan was born on April 6, 1934, in Edison, Wis. to Joseph and Katherine (Konsella) Swatzina. She is survived by her daughters Janice Wege, Jill (Dean) Funk, Julie (Thomas) Prahl, all of Rhinelander; sons Joseph (Joann) Smoczk of Hurley, Jeffrey (Heather) Smoczk of Rhinelander; 15 grandchildren, 1 Kristy's great grandchildren, sister Patricia (Bob) Valk of Stanley, brother-in-law Michael (Carol) Smoczk and sister-in-law Lorraine (Louie) Champa; nieces, nephews, other family and many friends, including her longtime friend Anne Hanke of Eagle River.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband James, parents, daughter Joyce (Craig) Dotter, grandchildren Bradon Wege, Andrew (Ellen Teeters) Wege and Timothy Dotter, and son-in-law Dale (Janice) Wege.

Joan (Swatzina) Smoczyk married James on Nov. 25, 1954. They lived in Stanley until 1961 when Jim was transferred in his job with Northern Auto. She worked as a nurse at the hospital before buying Jim & Joan's Bar in Pine Lake in the mid-'70s, which they ran for 21 years. She was involved in the Tavern League and enjoyed bowling for many years, with other hobbies of camping, playing mahjong at the Senior Center, bingo and cards at the RhineHaus and enjoyed a little gambling at the casino. Joan was also a member of Nativity of Lord Parish.

A celebration of life for Joan will be held on Saturday, March 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Flyin Finn Pub & Resort, which was her favorite place to go for a Friday fish fry.

In lieu of flowers, condolences may be directed to the Joan Smoczyk Family and sent to Carlson Funeral Home, or to P.O. Box 368, Rhinelander, WI 54501.

You may leave your private condolences for the Smoczyk family at The Carlson Funeral Home (715369-1414) is handling the arrangements for the Smoczyk family.

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2020
Article comment by: THOMAS LEITH

Sorry for your loss. Your mom was quite the lady. Good neighbors when neighborhoods were important and we all knew each other well.

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