In memory of
ROBERT WILLIAM "BOB" SMOLENSKY
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In memory of
ROBERT WILLIAM "BOB" SMOLENSKY
SMOLENSKY ROBERT WILLIAM "BOB" Age 89, of the Summer Hill area of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2016, at Arden Courts Memory Care in the North Hills. He was preceded in death by the love of his life for 69 years, his wife, Marie, on April 1, 2016. Bob was born on May 19, 1927, to Michael and Anastasia Smolensky on Pittsburgh's North Side. He attended Allegheny High School and Connelly Vo Tech. As a teenager, he took a job in an upholstery shop and it was there that he mastered the art of reupholstering and furniture finishing. Robert enlisted in the Army at age 17 and spent the next six years in Europe and the South Pacific, where he was a Staff Sergeant working in intelligence. He met Marie while stationed in Naples, Italy and they married in February 1947. After reenlisting he was stationed in Okinawa with Army Intelligence. Conditions of the time required him to be separated from his new bride, leaving her in Pittsburgh with his family. Upon his return in 1949, he and Marie settled on the North Side and had four children, Robert J. Smolensky (Marlene Gorman) of Espyville, PA, William M. (Annette) Smolensky of Mars, PA, Linda M. (Mario) DeBlasio of Peters Township and James E. (Lauren) Smolensky of the North Hills. Also survived by 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Christine M. (Fred Swierczewski) Smolensky, Robert M. Smolensky, Kelly A. (Kapona) Vierra, Lauren A. Smolensky, William R. Smolensky, Blake DeBlasio, Juliana M. (Christopher) Scorsone, Geno M. DeBlasio, Hannah M., Alexa H. and Kara A. Smolensky; great-grandchildren, Jordan M. Smolensky and Gia and Ava Swierczewski; he also leaves numerous loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his three brothers, Edward, Albert and Chester; and three sisters, Agnes Ruhl, Ruth Kennedy and Grace Muchow. After returning home from the Army, Bob started working as a custom upholster for Custom Craft located on the North Side. Soon after, he became a Pittsburgh Police Officer and spent over 30 years serving his community as a patrolman, beat cop and a Detective in the Burglary Squad. During his tenure with the Pittsburgh Police, Bob received many Commendations. He was a member of FOP Lodge #1 and was elected by his fellow officers to serve on the Executive Board. Along with his police work, Bob had an upholstery shop in his home for many years. He tirelessly worked every day, many times holding down three jobs at once. There was not a job he could not do, and did them all with the utmost attention to detail. While Bob was a full time resident of Pittsburgh, one of his great joys was the time he spent with his family at the cottage he built at Pymatuning Lake. Bob lived a simple life filled with love for his family, his strong faith in God and love of his country. While Bob projected a tough demeanor, those who knew him saw his compassion, kindness and gentleness. He enjoyed working in his garden, tinkering around the house, listening to his records and being with family. With an Old Grand Dad in his hand and a Patsy Cline record playing in the background, we will always remember the man who taught us to work hard, but more importantly love hard and take time to enjoy the simple things in life. Funeral Service will be private. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. in Incarnation of the Lord Church, 4071 Franklin Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15214. Arrangements by SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME, INC., West View. Please offer condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com .
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