Virginia "Ginny" Smetanka

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Virginia "Ginny" Smetanka, a resident of New Braunfels, passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, December 2, 2012 at her residence at the age of 82. "Ginny" was born on January 20, 1930 in Greensburg, PA to Michael J. Popson and Elizabeth Voytko Popson. She later married the love of her life, Michael J. Smetanka on June 1, 1957. During most of her professional career, Ginny was employed as an executive secretary for the State of Pennsylvania Health Department. She spent much of her time volunteering at school and church, sewing, knitting and playing golf with her family and friends. She enjoyed traveling around the country with Mike. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother, Michael Popson. Survivors include her loving husband of 54-years, Mike Smetanka; daughter, Michelle Harris and husband, Kent, and two grandsons, Zach and Alex Harris. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a Holy Rosary at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 AM on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Tony Pesek, Celebrant. All services will end at the conclusion of the Funeral Mass on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Building Fund or to Hope Hospice.

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  1. Ginny was such a special lady. I remember the first time I met her! She always had a smile on her face. I loved to sit and visit with her. She loved her Grandson’s! She would always say how proud she was! Michelle you are the best daughter your Mom and Dad could ever ask for! I love you all very much. She is your angel now and she is protecting the whole family! God Bless You!!

  2. Michelle, my prayers are with you, your dad and your family. May Our Lord give you much needed peace and rest this holiday season knowing your mom is with Him celebrating her wonderful life.

  3. We are saddened to learn of the loss of “our Ginny”. Young in spirit, she was very mentally alert during her days of physical struggle. I am comforted in knowing that the angels have lead her into Paradise and there she will know eternal love and peace.

  4. My prayers continue for you, Ginny, and your beloved husband, Mike. You both are loved by many and held in the hands of our Lord as you go through difficult times and at the time of your death and pathway to Heaven.

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