Michael J. "Smo" Smoljanovich, Jr., 52, of Weirton, formerly of Steubenville, OH, passed away November 19, 2009 at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, following a brief illness. He was born on June 1, 1957 in Weirton, WV, a son of Ruth Condrin Smoljanovich of Weirton and the late Michael J. Smoljanovich, Sr. Smo was employed at Weirton Steel, now Arcelor Mittal Plant, in Weirton, for the last 33 years where he was a side trimmer operator in the Tin Mill. He was a member of the Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Weirton, Knights of Columbus 3734, Madonna High School Class of 1975 and the United Steelworkers Union. Smo was a devoted father, husband and family man, an avid sports enthusiast and had previously enjoyed coaching young athletes in baseball, football and basketball. Michael is survived by his mother, Ruth Condrin Smoljanovich; his wife, Laurette Tiberio Smoljanovich, whom he married on January 12, 1979; his two sons, Michael (and wife Leslie) Smoljanovich of Bradenton, FL, and Jason Smoljanovich; his brother, Ron (and wife Pam) Smoljanovich ; his sisters, Patty (and husband Al) Boniti, Kathy (and husband Duff) Birkhimer, Diana Smoljanovich, and Nancy (and husband Mike) Garan all of Weirton, WV; his brothers and sisters in law, Anthony and Jeanne Tiberio, Mark and Tina Tiberio all of Wintersville, OH, and Marilyn and Rick Woodruff of Liberty, MO; his nieces, Christianne, Danielle and Dana Tiberio, Stacy Woodruff, Erin Birkhimer and Rebecca Garan; his nephews, Eric Birkhimer, Mark Tiberio, Ricky Woodruff and Joseph Garan. At Michael's request there will be no visitation at the funeral home. His family will greet friends and relatives, on Friday, November 27, 2009, from 9AM until the 10AM Funeral Liturgy at the Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in Weirton. Michael also requested that memorial contributions in his memory be made to the Aaron Davies Memorial Basketball Scholarship Fundc c/o Weirton Area Community Foundation, Post Office Box 31, Weirton, WV 26062.

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  1. To the Entire Smoljanovich Family, My Heart goes out to all of you. Your family has such a special place in my childhood memories. Michael always had a great smile and I know you loved him deeply. I was so saddened to hear the news of your loss today. I know he will be missed and I pray all of you are blessed with many special memories. God bless you all!! Love, Kimmy

  2. Mrs. Smoljanovich, Patty, Al, and Family, Please accept our prayers at this very sad time in your lives. I remember Mike because of my brother, John. They were friends and graduated from Madonna together. He will be greatly missed, and I hope that the Lord gives all of you the strength that you will need. God Bless, Kenny and Mary Lou James

  3. To the Smoljanovich family, We were so sorry to hear about Mike. Please know that your entire family is in our prayers. Love, Jabo and Satona Harda Steve Pell

  4. To the Smoljanovich families: I extend my sincerest sympathies to you at this great loss. May the peace and love of God be with you all during this time.

  5. Dearest family, Altho I didn’t know Mike all that well, I do know the rest of you…and I surely know the pain and sense of loss you are living right now! I know idle words can’t begin to express my sorrow, but only our Lord can fill the void of waking up each day & wondering “what now?”.Moments of crying out for Christ to releive the pain and replace it with the peace which surpasses all understanding is the only recourse we as humans can take. And I know for a fact, He will do this if only we ask! Please know you all are in my prayers & should you need anything else, you know how to reach me. With Heartfelt Love, Carole

  6. To Smo, Mrs. Smoljanovich & Family, I want to extend Mine & Richie deepest sympathy to Smo & his family. I was so saddened to hear the news. Smo if there is anything you or your family need at these hard times please don’t hesitate to call. Smo your family is in our prayers. Lots of Love, Natalie & Richie

  7. Dear Laurette, Michael, Jason and families, We are very sorry to hear of your husband and fathers passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this most difficult time. With deepest Sympathy Bob, Nanci, Maggie Antill

  8. Dear Laurette,Smo,Michael and family, We were saddened by the sudden passing of Michael.Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you at this most difficult time.God bless all of you and keep you strong and “until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand”.

  9. Laurette, Michael and Jason, I am so very sorry for your loss and my family extends our deepest sympathy. I will always remember Mike as a valued friend, I am completely shocked and saddened by his passing. You all we be in our prayers and we wish you well during this very difficult time.

  10. Laurette, Michael and Jason, I am so very sorry for your loss and my family extends our deepest sympathy. I will always remember Mike as a valued friend, I am completely shocked and saddened by his passing. You all we be in our prayers and we wish you well during this very difficult time.

  11. Our deepest sympathy is extended to your family. We know that his death comes as quite a shock. We hope the love of your family and friends will comfort you all during this difficult time and give you peace.

  12. My wife Isha and I wish to express our most sincere condolences on the passing of Smo. He like all of his family remain in our hearts as truly great people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Vic Greco

  13. Dear Smoljanovich family, It seems like your family has always been a part of my life. My heart breaks for the pain you are suffering. I pray that you will find comfort and peace during this tragic time. Much love to each and every one of you, Cin

  14. Dear Jay & Family, Words can not express the pain you are experiencing at the sudden loss of your Father. Hold tight to the good memories. They will sustain you in the days ahead. My deepest sympathy. Tom McDonald

  15. The Moldas Family would like to offer our deepest sympathy on the news we received on the loss of Mike. I will always carry the memories I have for Mike while growing up and will be thinking about your family and the heavy hearts you carry. Love Rich

  16. to Michael’s family. I am truley saddened by your loss of Michael. It’s been a long ,long time.I graduated from Manonna with him, I will always remember him, and pray for all of you.

  17. My deepest sympathy to all of Mike’s family. I have many childhood memories of Mike & I and the studebaker hawk. So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time. Tony Joe

  18. To the family, My deepest sorrow to you Laurett and the boys. I loved Michael, he was a great friend. My prayers are all for you

  19. To the entire Smoljanovich Family, We are so sorry to hear about Michael’s passing. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were all in school together. Time passes much too quickly… Sincerely, Mike and Toni(Orlando) Gurskey

  20. To the entire Smoljanovich family, All my thoughts and prayers are with you. Michael was not only my cousin but my godfather too and holds a very special place in my heart. I will always cherish the fond memories growing up and the family get togethers. His spirit will always be with us. God give you strength and bless you during this difficult time. All my Love, Jim

  21. It is with great sadness that I received the news today from my wife Kathy’s family. Although I have not seen many of my Weirton friends in the recent years, my thoughts are often with you. Today my prayers are with all of you.

  22. Smoljanovich Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your son and brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  23. Sincere Condolences to the entire Smoljanovich family. I knew Smo from the Tin Mill back in the 90’s. Every time I walked by the prep line He had a smile and we chatted for a while. What a good Guy. May God bless you all as you travel the path of missing him. May the wonderful memories you have of him help you as you travel the path of grief. Please Know that you all are in our prayers at this most difficult time. A Tin Mill Friend, Darlene McKinley

  24. To the entire Smoljanovich family, There are no words of comfort and solace at this difficult time. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. May a lifetime of memories bring you strength. Love Ruth & Dave

  25. Smo, We were so saddened to hear about your dad. Please let us know if you or your mom need anything at all. We love you guys. Shelley & Ron

  26. Laurette & family, We are all saddened by the news of Mike’s untimely passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. Our thougts and prayers are with you. Love, “Nick” and Carol Nicholas Andrea and Amber

  27. Dear Patty Boniti and Family, I was very sorry to hear about the passing of your brother, Michael Smoljanovich, Jr. Our deepest sympathy is extended to you and your entire family. Sincerely, Jim & Jackie Brandolino Neighbors

  28. Laurette and Family, We extend our deepest sympathy in your loss and we will continue to keep you in our prayers.

  29. My heart goes out to all familly members . Mike was a very good hard working and honest man. I worked with Smo in the mill. May God be with all of you at these trying times.

  30. To The Smoljanovich Family, We are deeply saddened over the loss of Michael. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Jane & Steven

  31. Dear Smoljanovich Family, My deepest condolences on the passing of ‘Smo’. He was a wonderful man, and a friend to me when I was a new hire at Weiton Steel in the late 80’s. May you find peace in God during your time of mourning. ‘Skins’ Orecchio

  32. Dear Laurette and Family, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Michael’s passing. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

  33. Laurette, Jason and Michael, Please accept our deepest sympathy during this extremely difficult time. The world has lost a truly “good” man. The 3 of you were definitely the loves and lights of his life. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Paulie and Donna

  34. To the Smoljanovich Family – Our sympathies go out to you during this sad time. While we have not often seen our cousin & nephew Michael in recent times, we do have many fond memories of time spent with him from ealier years during family gatherings. Michael had a “larger than life” personality – rest assured that his affable demeanor is now being shared with a larger audience in Heaven. Sincerely, the Sutter Family – Clarice, Agnes, Karl & Mark

  35. ” I know you. ” I’m so glad that I’ve had the privledge to know you. Thank goodness for the Cabana. Family & friends, I would like to offer my deepest sympathy. Smo was a good man & left us too soon. May he rest in peace and watch over us always.

  36. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Boniti and Smoljanovich family, Please accept our most heartfelt condolences for your loss. May God grant your brother eternal rest and peace, and may He comfort all of you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Domenico and Gina Di Bacco and Family

  37. Oh yes it will be possible after a long term with grief and pain To find our arms around our loved ones Once we meet again God bless Smo and your families Shag Wright

  38. Laurette, Mike, Jason and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We certainly have wonderful memories of Mr. Smoljanovich.

  39. To the Smoljanovich family: My thoughts and prayers are with you in this most difficult time. The highlight for me when my family visited Toronto/Weirton was getting to spend time with Michael. Although he was four months younger then me, he was always at least four months ahead of me in life’s experiences and talents….. sports, girls, tooling around in cars, hitting the town. (I think in that chronological order.) He taught me a lot about enjoying people and good times. I am sure your many good memories of Michael will help sustain you in the days and years to come. Your nephew and cousin, Karl

  40. To the Smoljanovich family: We are shocked and saddened by the loss of Michael. While there are no words to comfort you during this sad time, we hope you can find strength in the love and support of your family and friends. Michael will live on in our memories. Love, Jennifer and Bruce

  41. Cousin Laurette, Sons Michael & Jason Words cannot express our true heartwarming condolences for the pain and shock over the loss of Michael, your great Husband & Dad. May the sorrow and loss you feel be consoled through many warm memories that will strengthen, comfort and give you peace as his spirits will be with you forever. Jim & Sherry (Tribuiano) Auten and Son Steve Newburgh, IN

  42. As the grandmother of his daughter in law , Leslie, I was honored to know Mike. He was a fine gentleman and caring person. What a great Angel has joined the others ABOVE and will be watching over his loved ones here BELOW. Lottie K

  43. To the Smoljanovich Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. It was obvious to us how deeply Mike cherished his family. Some of our fondest memories of him were spending time with the family during the wedding of his son Mike to Leslie in Sarasota, FL. It was an honor to meet him and experience the genuine happiness that he shared with us all.

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