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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Janet Vavala Smith, 64, of Warren, PA

Janet Vavala Smith, 64, of Warren, PA. died peacefully Wednesday afternoon, March 5, 2014 surrounded by her family.

She was born February 15, 1950 in Warren, PA. She was the daughter of the late Samuel J. and Jean Arnold Vavala. Janet was a Warren area resident her entire life and a 1968 graduate of Warren High School. 

She was currently employed with Holy Redeemer R.C. Church as assistant secretary and housekeeper of the church rectory, where she has been employed for over 20 years. She was formerly employed for 18 years as a desk clerk with the Warren Y.M.C.A. and also worked at the former Struthers Wells Corporation. She was a member of Holy Redeemer R.C. Church and the church funeral luncheon committee. She was an avid traveler, enjoyed spending summers at Bemus Point and watching reruns of the show “I Love Lucy.”

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Eugene “Gene” E. Smith whom she married July 14, 1973 at Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, Warren, PA., 3 Daughters – Wendy Skaggs and husband, Marc of Harrisburg, PA., Michelle Nichols and husband, Cory of Sewickley, PA., Kristin Smith of Lakewood, OH., 1 Sister – Mary Ann Vavala of Dunedin, FL., 2 Grandchildren – Madison and Marlee Skaggs of Harrisburg, PA., 2 Nieces and several cousins.

Friend may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. where a vigil service will be conducted by Deacon Raymond Wiehagen at 7:45 P.M.

A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Monday, March 10, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, 11 Russell St., Warren, PA., with Fr. James Gutting, Pastor, and Msgr. John Lucas, former Pastor, celebrating. 

Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Holy Redeemer Church Building Fund. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

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