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Joseph (Joe) Smela

1927 - 2021

Westlock, Alberta



On March 17, 2021 Joe Smela of Westlock, formerly of Dapp, passed away at the age of 93 years. Joe was predeceased by his parents, Frank, and Josephine, and his first wife of 52 years, Janina “Jean”, sisters Mary, Vickie, and brother Stanley. He is survived by his second wife Catherine, his daughter Rita (John) of Westlock; 2 grandchildren; Robin (Krista); Nancy (Conrad); 2 great grandchildren Dylan and Evan; 5 sisters; Helen (Morrie), Jean, Kathy (Darrell), Rosanne, Stacey (Ken), and 1 brother; Emil (Sofia); and children of his second wife, Cheryl, Kyle, Sheldon, Robyn, Shelley, and Tracey, as well as many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.  Joe was born in Poland in 1927 and came to Canada with his family in 1928.  Joe farmed west of Dapp in the Cedar Creek area for many years. Next to farming Joe’s greatest joy was camping, fishing, and hunting.

Thank you to the doctors and staff of the Westlock Continuing Care Centre for the excellent care and support shown to Joe and his family. 

Due to the restrictions and safety measures associated with the current Covid-19 pandemic there will be no formal service. Cremation has taken place and a small family graveside ceremony will be held later, with interment in the Westlock Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully accepts donations to Westlock Continuing Care or the charity of one’s choice.  


AHS Westlock Continuing Care Centre
10203 - 96 Street, Westlock AB T7P 2R3

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March 18, 2021 12:18 PM

Rest In Peace Uncle Joe
You were a very good man & even better uncle in my Childhood!
I’ll forever keep the memories in my heart ❤️
Thank you for the trips (rides in the box of your truck) to red rooster to buy us kids treats
And for the “Barn” that you gave us to use as a clubhouse
Never forget going downtown edm with you to chalk on your tenants (pretty
Much homeless people) that you gave your house to make a home for the less fortunate..& you told how you refused to sell it to the city ... or be forced out by the “big guys” haha. Your were one of a kind.
You finally get to reunite with auntie Jean..
please hug her for me and tell hurt her I miss siting and listening to her stories especially about the gypsies.
With her long black hair & soft voice.
May Heaven give you eternal life
All my love
Joey lee & family xoxo 🙏❤️🙏

Russell Latawiec

March 17, 2021 9:12 PM

Sorry to hear of Joe's passing. We are forever grateful of all the help he gave us after my dad's death when were just kids. He was a kind and gentle man.

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