Gluvna Shimo Hromada Home
Family Owned and Operated since 1912 Lorain, Ohio
John "Johnny" Smolka
Known For His Sense of Humor; His Grandchildren Were The Light of His Life
Age 56
Born: January 27, 1965   Died: October 15, 2021

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John “Johnny” Smolka, 56 of Sheffield Lake, died Friday October 15, 2021 at Mercy Health Lorain after a sudden illness not related to COVID-19. He is now running around with his dog Harvey in Heaven.

He was born January 27, 1965 in Lorain and had been a lifelong Sheffield Lake resident. He attended Brookside High School in 1983.

Johnny worked for his close friend Charles Scoffil at his Home Maintenance & Repair Company. Prior to that he worked for Fairweather Roofing.

Johnny was a Sheffield Lake Legend, known for his tremendous sense of humor, his legendary Facebook posts, and could always make anyone laugh.

He always knew the right things to say. He threw one hell of a clambake, fish fry’s, and Christmas Parties every year. He enjoyed camping with his wife Jean, and his new found love for side by sides. 

His Grandchildren were the light of his life, the loves of his life, and his pride and joy.

He’s survived by his wife Jean Smolka (nee Snezek) who’ve been together for over 28 years; children Robin Snezek (Nick) of Sheffield Lake and Christopher Berens (Brittany) of Elyria, grandchildren Anthony & Ava Jean Wodzisz & Ethan, Calum Berens & Mia; brother Gary Smolka of Elyria, sisters; Gayle Kimpton (Dan) of Florida, Teresa Williams (Dave-deceased) of Sheffield Lake and Christine Clark (Dan) of Vermilion, brother Thomas Smolka (Franny) of Maumee, father-in-law Carl Snezek (Kathy) of Elyria, his dog Charlie and many nieces, nephews and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Glenn & Rose Smolka (nee Loksa).

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The family will receive friends Friday October 22, 2021 from 4:00-8:00 pm at the Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, 3224 Broadway Ave, Lorain. Funeral services will be held Saturday October 23, 2021 at 9:15 am in the funeral chapel followed by the mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 521 Harris Rd, Sheffield Lake. The Rev. Stephen Shields, pastor will preside. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Lorain.

Reception following the burial at Amvets located at 530 Abbe Road Sheffield Lake, OH. Let’s celebrate the wonderful fun life that Johnny and Jean shared all together, all family and friends encouraged to attend between 12:30 pm – 4:00pm.

Please make donations to:

Friendship APL, 8303 Murray Ride Rd, Elyria, OH. 44035.