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Obituary for James L. Smialek Sr.

James L.  Smialek Sr.
James L. Smialek, Sr., 69, of Millcreek, passed away peacefully at his residence surrounded by his family on Monday January 1, 2018. He was born in Erie on July 14, 1948 a son of Leon Smialek and the late Victoria Chivari Smialek.

James served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and worked at G.E. as a welder and overhead crane operator for over 27 years. He attended Christ United Methodist Church and was a member of ABATE of Pennsylvania, the Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Legion Millcreek Post #773, the VFW Post #740, and the Gem City Outdoorsman Club. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, riding his motorcycle, remote control aircraft, parachuting, and vacationing with his family in the Outer Banks.

In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by his brother, David J. Smialek.

In addition to his father, survivors include his wife, Linda M. Dickey Smialek; three sons, James L. Smialek, Jr. and his wife, Laurie, Matthew W. Smialek and his wife, Kerry, and Adam P. Smialek and his wife, Sarah, all of Erie; six grandchildren, James III, Amanda, Hunter, Kyleigh, Matthew, and Colin; one sister, Judy Larker of Reminderville, OH; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Rd., on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services there at 12:00 noon. Burial with military honors will follow in Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 2615 W. 32nd St., Erie, 16506.

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