From Hazleton PA Standard-Speaker, Sat. Jan. 30, 2010
Anne J. Smolewicz, 91, of 1208 E. Broad St., Hazleton, passed away peacefully Thursday evening at home after an eight-month illness, with her daughter, Trish; son-in-law, Jerry; son, Ed; and sister, Helen, at her side.
She was born in Maizeville on Dec. 11, 1918, the daughter of the late Demetri and Paraska (Guzzie) Jemo.
Anne was one of 12 children. She attended Hazleton High School, but had to leave in her junior year to take care of her younger siblings.
During World War II, she worked in a civil defense plant in Newport, R. I., where she resided with her oldest brother, Jack Jemo, who passed away in December 2009. She later worked at John Wanamaker’s, Philadelphia, and also in the local garment industry.
Anne was a member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Hazleton.
She was a devoted mother, grandmother and sister who was always there for her family.
Preceding Anne in death, in addition to her parents, were her first husband, Edward Carpenter; her second husband, Emil Smolewicz; and brothers and sisters, Charles Jemo, Nicholas Jemo, Michael Jemo, Stephen Jemo, Jack Jemo, Maggie Jemo and Mary Jeri Trishman.
Surviving are two children, Trish Carpenter-Ferdoucha and her husband, Jerry, who were Anne’s primary caregivers and who she lived with for the past 10 years; and Edward Ron Carpenter and his wife, Kathy, West Grove; three grandchildren, Kelly Carpenter, Eric Carpenter and Cara Ferdoucha-Verba and her husband, Rob; two sisters, Helen Ritz, Old Cranberry; and Mrs. Nicholas (Martha) Caputo, Hazleton; and one brother, Andrew Jemo, Hazle Township. Several nieces and nephews also survive, along with Anne’s two special friends, F.X. and Joan Bean.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. from Frank J. Bonin Funeral Home Inc., 542 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton, with the Rev. Peter M. Donish, pastor of St. Mary’s B.C. Church, Hazleton, officiating.
Interment will followin Calvary Cemetery, Drums.
Friends may call Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of services.
The family requests that memorial donations in Anne’smemorybemadeto one of the following: The Hazleton Public Library, 55 S. Church St., Hazleton, PA 18201; The Salvation Army, 356 W. Broad St., Hazleton, PA 18201; or the Hazleton Animal Shelter, Poplar and Hemlock streets, Hazleton, PA 18201.