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Otto G. Smoktonowicz Jr.
February 22, 1939 ~ July 17, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Otto G. Smoktonowicz, Jr. a.k.a. Smokey, February 22, 1939 to July 17, 2023. Smokey passed away last week at the age of 84 in his sleep in his room at the Gardens of St. Francis in Oregon. Smokey attended St. Adalbert’s grade school and Central Catholic High School in Toledo. He graduated from CCHS in 1957. At CCHS, Smokey was well known for his humor, pranks, and gregariousness. Smokey then went on to get his bachelor’s degree at the University of Toledo in 1963. After a few other jobs, Smokey was hired and worked for La-Z-Boy in 1969 until 2003. Smokey was La-Z-Boy’s Merchandise manager for many years and helped the company showcase and market their products successfully. Smokey even obtained a few patents for his innovations. Always with a quick quip, he had many friends and colleagues at La-Z-Boy. Smokey had a strong tenor voice and loved singing in the church choirs of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Ignatius. He also enjoyed playing golf with colleagues. Smokey enjoyed most spending time with his wife, Charlene, and his two children, Tony and Andrea.
Smokey has left behind his two children, Tony (Kam) and Andrea, two grandchildren, Mike and Jackie Van Zile (John), and one great grandchild (Sophia) and another great grandchild on the way (Mira). Smokey is preceded by his wife, Charlene, who he loved dearly for nearly 50 years of marriage, and his parents (Otto, Sr. and Genevieve). Smokey did not wish to have a funeral. Instead, he requested a small burial ceremony at St. Ignatius Parish in Oregon for close family. There, Smokey will be buried alongside his wife. The family has asked that any donations be made to the Gardens of St. Francis, where he spent the final years of his life and even there was well-known for his humor and gregariousness.
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