Lois J. Smerek

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Lois J. Smerek, 75, of Mifflinburg, passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in RiverWoods, Lewisburg.
She was born June 23, 1943, in Lansdale, Pa., a daughter of the late Rev. Earl L. Sr. and Edna R. (Leedom) Deetz. On Oct. 14, 1995, she married Robert D. Smerek who preceded her in death on Oct. 2, 2013.
Lois was a graduate of Hobe Sound Bible College, Florida. She was a teacher and taught at Penn View Bible Institute in Penns Creek. She attended the New Columbia God's Missionary Church.
She is survived by two stepsons, Robert Smerek II and Jonathan Smerek; one stepdaughter, Lorena Davies; numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; one brother, Rev. David Deetz; one sister, Janice Enders.
She was preceded in death by five brothers, Rev. Earl Deetz Jr., Roland, Rev. Gerald Deetz Sr., Paul, and Samuel Deetz.
Friends and family will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, April 15, at the Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg followed by the funeral at 11 with Rev. Brian Spangler officiating.
Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Penns Creek.
Contributions in Lois' memory can be made to the New Columbia God's Missionary Church, P.O. Box 173, West Milton, PA 17886.
Published on April 12, 2019
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Amanda Smerek
Apr 15, 2019
Rest In Peace Grandma Lois ❤️. I was just a toddler when you married my grandpa. Because of this I didn’t even realize you were my step grandma until I was a teenager. Growing up you were always the one who would come to visit us on holidays. You were the one who remembered our birthdays. You were the one who took the extra time and energy to create and handcraft our holiday or birthday cards by hand. You are, and always will be, the one I consider as my true grandma. We may not be blood related but that does not change the fact that you were the one that was always there while I was growing up. I am so thankful that my children were able to see you again this year before you passed aw...ay. I know you didn’t get to see them too often but they enjoyed the time they spent with you. My son continues to ask for you and he is frequently asking me when we can come visit you again. I wish we all had a little more time together but I know that you are happy to be with Grandpa Bob again. Love and miss you both ❤️.Read more
Tammy Smith Hallam
Apr 13, 2019
I hope that my spelling and grammar will not be an insult to the memory of my 1980 Penn View High School English teacher 'Miss Deetz' ! Up until that time I had attended public school and had never done English diagraming-ever! I have many fond memories of this teacher/friend not only that year but when I came back to teach 1st & 2nd grade. I am hoping to meet her and many of my long ago PV classmates in heaven. Living for that day.
Vanessa Bingaman
Apr 13, 2019
You were an great teacher and you will be missed
Alice REitz
Apr 12, 2019
I can't believe my friend Lois is gone. She and I became friends when I was in Riverwoods Rehab in August and we were in the same room. We always had something to laugh about and had a wonderful relationship. I went to see Lois last week and I just knew something was wrong then. I asked her if she was giving up and her answer to me was, I don't know. I went around the bed and leaned down to her and gave her a kiss on the cheek. I was just getting ready to address an Easter card to her when I saw her obituary in the Item. I am so sad that she is gone but I know she was suffering a lot. I know that God has a better place for her and she is now with Bob. She always talked about him to me.
Rest
... in Peace Lois. I will never forget you my friend.
Love,
Alice
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Mary Ellen Bradshaw
Apr 12, 2019
Her presence will be missed. All I really can find words to say rest in peace my friend. Enjoy your time with the Lord and Savior of our souls!
Randy Wolfgang
Apr 12, 2019
Lois was my English teacher at Penn View in the late 70's and early 80's. I saw her at Riverwoods late February and had a nice time talking. She is definitely one of the best and most respected teachers I had there. She said a few of us were rambunctious but enjoyed every moment teaching us. If you did not have the opportunity to meet Lois, you missed one of the nicest people that ever lived.