Mr. Stephen L. Smrek, age 74, of 240 Broad Street, Salamanca, New York, died Monday (September 3, 2007) at the Olean General Hospital.
Born on February 7, 1933 in Cleveland, Ohio he was the son of the late John and Mary Jendral Smrek. On November 17, 1956 in St. Anthony's Church he was married to the former Virginia R. Berdosky who survives.
Mr. Smrek was a Guidance Counselor and Business Teacher at Salamanca Central High School for thirty five years retiring in 1991.
He was a member of Holy Cross Church, Elkdale Country Club, the former BPO Elks Lodge #1002, Holy Cross Athletic Club and the American Legion Hughes - Skiba Post #535. Surviving besides his wife are: 2 sons, Anthony (Lisa) Smrek, Olean, NY, Daniel (Dawn) Smrek, Little Valley, NY; a daughter, Stephanie (Shawn) Collins, Smithfield, Va; 6 grandchildre; 2 brothers, John (Mary Louise) Smrek, Apache Jct., Arizona, Edward Smrek, Orlando, Fla; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Jennifer Ann Smrek and a sister, Elizabeth Tallone.
There will be no visitation.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday at 11:00 A.M. in Holy Cross Church with Rev. Piotr Zaczynski, pastor of Holy Cross/ St. Patrick's Church, as celebrant.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc., Funeral Home, 25 River Street, Salamanca, New York.
The family suggests memorials to Home Care & Hospice, 1225 West State Street, Olean, New York 14760 or Interfaith Caregivers, 124 North Union Street, P.O. Box 319, Olean, New York 14760.