The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 4, 2014

William E. Smedo

JOHNSTOWN — SMEDO - William E., 85, Cambria City, died July 3, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center. Born May 20, 1929, in Johnstown, son of George and Barbara (Balashazy) Smedo. Preceded in death by his parents; wife, Clara M. (Lesso) Smedo; brothers and sisters, Margaret (Charles) Faint, Anne (Boris) Burmeff, Andrew “Jeff” Smedo, John (Josephine) Smedo, George Smedo, Dorothy (Walter) Koskol, Agnes (Joseph) Getz and Robert “Chick” (Shirley) Smedo; special niece, Shirley (Jack) Hohman; and brother- and sisters-in-law, Andrew (Helen) Lesso, Mary Agnes (Jacob) Respet and Emily Fenimore. Survived by his children, James (Susan) Smedo, Janet (Dennis) Mical, Patricia (Samuel) Carpenter, Susan (James) Brett, Marian (John) Hockycko and Nancy (James) Turney; grandchildren, Amy Thomas; Adam and Todd (Rebecca) Mundok; Chandler Mical; Dean and Lindsay Carpenter; Daniel, William, Catherine and Neil Brett; Mitchell and Paige Hockycko; and Tyana Turney; great-grandchildren, Balan and Phen Mundok; sister-in-law, Angela Opacic Smedo; brother-in-law, Leonard Fenimore; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was a 1947 graduate of Greater Johnstown High School and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Member and past president of St. Stephen’s Holy Name Society; former steward and past president of First Catholic Slovak Band Hall; general chairman of  100th Anniversary F.C.S.B.; officer of St. Joseph Society, First Catholic Slovak Union; former member of St. Stephen Catholic Church, where he was an usher and assisted at many functions held at the church and coached basketball at St. Stephen’s School; and a member of Resurrection Parish. Bill excelled at playing basketball in school and many city and church leagues in the area and also enjoyed playing tennis until he was 75 years old. He retired from the composing room of The Tribune-Democrat Publishing Co. He lived in Richland Township from 1987 until 2000 but was a proud Cambria City resident most of his life. Bill was an extremely kind and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who valued his friends and co-workers and was exceptionally proud of his family. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., 710 Broad St., where vigil for the deceased will be held. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Resurrection Parish, the Very Rev. Alan Thomas, VF, officiating. Committal, Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum. “Till we meet again.” Condolences may be offered to the family at

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Tackling the area's drug problem.
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