Obit: Smoczyk, Edwin Leonard (1950 - 2012)


Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon



Surnames: Smoczyk, Mendalski, Meyer, Kirschner, Johnson, Beaufeaux, Pletka, Pogodzinski, Felix


----Source: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark Co., WI.) January 18, 2012


Smoczyk, Edwin Leonard (14 June 1950 - 13 January 2012)


Edwin L. Smoczyk, age 61, or Arcadia, WI, formerly of Thorp, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2012, at his home. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Thorp. The Rev. William Felix officiated and burial followed in New St. Hedwig’s Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Justin Johnson, Travis Johnson, Jesse Smoczyk, Kevin Beaufeaux, Joe Pletka, Jr., and Eugene Pogodzinski.  Visitation was held at the church, on Wednesday, from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.


Edwin Leonard Smoczyk was born on June 14, 1950, in the Town of Taft, rural Thorp, WI, the son of Frank and Frances (Mendalski) Smoczyk.  He received his elementary education at Yaeger School and graduated from Thorp High School in 1969.  Ed then moved to Chicago and worked for two years as a security guard.  He returned to Thorp and was employed with Nelson Muffler, in Neillsville, until the plant closed in 2005.  Ed then transferred to the Nelson Muffler plant, in Arcadia, WI, where he has resided until the time of his death.


He was a member of St. Bernard-St. Hedwig Catholic Church and was a member of the Corvette Club in Baraboo.


Ed had many interests, but especially enjoyed hunting, classic cars, country music festivals and a good joke.


He is survived by one brother, Henry Smoczyk of Thorp; one sister, Rose Meyer of Stanley; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Ed was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Benedict, Ernest and Leon; and one sister, Mary Kirschner.


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Thorp Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.




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