Joseph James Smartz

Born: Sun., Aug. 18, 1935
Died: Sat., Jun. 9, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Jun. 12, 2018
Location: Donaldson-Mohney Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Jun. 13, 2018
Location: Donaldson-Mohney Funeral Home

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Joseph James “Jim” Smartz, 82, of Sharpsville, passed away peacefully on Saturday June 9th, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family.  
Jim was born on August 18th, 1935 to Joseph and Mary (Karas) Smartz in Sharpsville, PA. He graduated from Sharpsville High School class of 1953 and played football and baseball for both the Sharpsville Blue Devils and the Allegheny Gators.  Jim earned his bachelors degree from Allegheny College in 1957. On September 6th, 1958, he married his high school sweetheart, Nancy (Gilchrist) Smartz with whom he shared over 59 years of marriage.  Jim retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from The United States Marine Corps after serving 23 ½ years and served 2 tours of duty in the Vietnam War. Jim then worked for 18 years as The Director of  Veteran Affairs of  Mercer County.
He was a member of St. Bartholomew Church, a lifetime member of the Sharpsville VFW post 6404, Sharpsville American Legion, and Sharpsville Service Club. Jim was an avid Steeler fan who loved watching his granddaughters play softball and volleyball.
Joseph is survived by his loving wife Nancy Smartz, daughters, Rhoda (Sean) Carmody of Pittsburgh, Jamie Butler of Parker, CO, son, Jay (Brooke) Smartz of Parker, CO, 6 grandchildren, Caitlin Carmody, Erin Carmody, Allena Carmody, Zoë Butler, Lola Butler, Annabel Smartz, and sister Martha (Richard) Zenuch.
He was preceded in death by father, Joseph Smartz and mother, Mary Smartz.
Friends may call Tuesday, June 12th, 2018, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Donaldson-Mohney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 124 Main St. Sharpsville, PA.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018, 11:00 am in the Donaldson-Mohney Funeral Home, Sharpsville, PA, with Father Matthew Strickenberger, officiating.
Burial will take place in Westside Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to the Donaldson-Mohney Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

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David and Nancy Rilling
   Posted Sun June 10, 2018
Dear Nancy, Jay, Rhoda, and Jaime:
We just returned from Atlanta to attend my brother's and his wife's 90th
birthday celebration to hear Nancy Skosh"s message about Joe's death. Our prayers of comfort are with your family as I write this condolence. We had many good years of friendship in and after the Corps." Old Joe Smartz used to own a grocery store, old Joe Smartz ..............." Well you all know that ditty.:)). Many, many good times. The "colonel sends" were welcome messages over the years. Joe was a superb Officer of Marines who served the Corps and country with honor on active duty and as the VA Rep there in your county. Logistics was his game and he excelled at it on the FMFLANT staff. We first met on Okinawa in 1958 and then had a great tour in Hawaii in 1962-1965 before going off to RVN; kept in contact over the years. We shall miss him and pray God's comfort and blessings on all of the family. Semper Fi, Dave and Nancy

Debra Cotter
   Posted Sun June 10, 2018
Our deepest sympathies on the passing of Jim
Mary Erme and family

Sue and Bob Curtis
   Posted Mon June 11, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Your memories will see you through the difficult times.

Jim was a fun person to be with and I have many fun memories of trying to help you sell your home.

Dick Davis
   Posted Mon June 11, 2018
Jim was a good friend, good neighbor and great co-worker when we were in Mercer County government. We named him "Coach" for our county employee softball team and he took control best he could of our gang of no-talent misfits. His Marine training and Catholic faith somewhat prepared him for our games, which we usually lost. But we always had fun thanks to Coach.

Rest in peace, Coach.

John Spondike
   Posted Mon June 11, 2018
Mrs. Smartz, Jay and Family - May God comfort all of you during this time. Celebrate Mr. Smartz's life. If I remember him, he would have wanted it that way. God's peace and grace be with you...God Bless

John & Joy Spondike

Mary Jo Baker
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018
Dear Aunt Nancy, Rhoda, Jay and Jaime

I’m so sorry to hear about Uncle Joe. He meant so much to me growing up and being able to see him and Aunt Nancy at the annual Bullard Pig Pickins was always a highlight of the year. We were so lucky growing up with all of our Marine Corps aunts and uncles and kids. I speak for Mom, Mike and David in expressing our heartfelt condolences to you all. He was one of a kind and will be missed. Our love and prayers for peace are with you all.

Love, Jody

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