John M. Smicik, 59, of Upper Burrell, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Dec. 23, 1961, in New Kensington, to the late John and Sophie C. Dombroski Smicik and was a lifelong resident of Upper Burrell. John was a 1979 graduate of Burrell High School and a 1983 graduate of Penn State University. He worked for the United States Post Office for more than 20 years. He was a longtime member of Trinity United Christian Church in Lower Burrell; overseeing the fish frys and homeless ministry; and was also a member of the Men's Group. He would occasionally attend The Rock Church in Spring Church, help out with holiday meals at Lazarus' Tomb in Arnold and was an avid supporter of Maranatha Outreach, in Bradenville. In his younger days, John was most often found on an adventure with the Shamrock's Marching Band of Upper Burrell. In his most recent years, his favorite pastime was taking his GrandBlessings on adventures of their choosing! Along with his wife of 21 years, Crystal D. Dunkle Smicik, he is survived by two daughters, (Brandon) & Devyn Shaffer, of New Kensington, and (Ricky Manuel) and Symantha Smicik, of Renfrew; his sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Beestrice, of Upper Burrell; his sister-in-law, (Mike) and Debi Huselton, of Akron, Ohio; four GrandBlessings; and three nieces and two nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Richard (Dick) Smicik, two brothers-in-law, William (Bill) Beestrice and Loyal V Dunkle, and his unborn granddaughter. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 1 to 3 and 5 until time of funeral service at 7 p.m. Saturday with Elder Ross Macklin officiating at RUSIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Maranatha Outreach, c/o Richard Reese, P.O. Box 184, Bradenville, PA 15620. www.RusiewiczFH.com
Published by The Valley News Dispatch on Nov. 24, 2021.