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Montclair-Lucania Funeral Home

6901 West Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL

OBITUARY

Joseph Andrew Smoley

September 14, 1976July 15, 2020

Joseph Andrew Smoley, 43, of Danbury, Connecticut, passed away on July 15, 2020. A native of Chicago, Joe served in the United States Marine Corps as a Designated Marksman for the Special Operations Antiterrorism Team, with deployments to Africa and the Middle East. After marrying the love of his life Sophia, they lived in Rye (NY), Greenwich (CT) and Danbury.

For the past 17 years, Joe led a highly successful career in Information Technology as a Network Engineer and Network Consultant for a number of leading companies. Most recently, he held the position of Lead Solutions Architect with Cisco Systems.

Joe was a self-proclaimed “gearhead” who had a soft spot for his canary yellow ‘93 Mustang 5.0. An avid bodybuilder and fitness enthusiast, he belonged to no fewer than four gyms. Joe was an unapologetic sci-fi fan, a voracious reader, and an eternal student who occupied himself during the quarantine by teaching himself Latin.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Sophia (née Zalios), mother Mary “Pumkin” Smoley and father Dennis Smoley, his beloved adult children, Jillian Smoley and Christian Smoley, brother William Smoley and his wife Michelle Griffin, sister Mary “Kattie” Colletti and her husband Frank Colletti, father-in-law Kostas “Charlie Zalios and mother-in-law Koula “Sandy” Zalios and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members, and dear friends.

Visitation, Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Montclair-Lucania Funeral Home, 6901 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60634, at 10am to 12pm. Memory Sharing Service at 11:30am during visitation. With respect to State of Illinois Guidelines of Phase 4 during this time of COVID-19 pandemic, the visitation is limited to 50 people at a time, we ask those attending to please keep one's visit brief to allow all to attend. All visitors entering the funeral home are required to wear a face covering.

In lieu of flowers or plants, donations in memory of Joseph Andrew Smoley can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project by visiting https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org.

You may still show your support for the family by leaving them a condolence on our website or sending a thoughtful card in care of the family to Montclair-Lucania Funeral Home, 6901 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60634.

The family appreciates your sincere cooperation during these very challenging and different times. For additional clarification, please contact the funeral home, (773) 622-9300.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 25, 2020

  • Sharing Memories

    Saturday, July 25, 2020

Memories

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Janice McDonough

July 26, 2020

Dear Joey,
I had the pleasure of being in your life when you were young. I knew you were truly special and one of a kind then, you were my favorite.
The last time I saw you was your going away party. I saw what a fine young man you had become, I was so proud!
Thank you for all the happy memories and incredible joy.
You left us way too soon. ...
I love your smiles, and I love you so.

Aunt Jan

Linda Jean Halko

July 24, 2020

I am Pumpkin's cousin Linda and me, Pumpkin, and her sister Barb all had Bi-centennial babies. 1976. I have added a photo. The cutey sitting up is Barb's son Ty. Joey is the cute little bundle under Ty to the left. Next to him is my screaming little girl Rhiana. She even kicked her booty off. It's really sad that we only live a little over an hour away, except with Illinois traffic, it's more like 2. We have had get togethers all through our lives and as we all got older it seems like there wasn't as much time. My heart goes out to my Pumpkin and Dennis. I love you! And to Willie and Kattie!! Love them so much! And to Joey's wife and children, my heart is broken. And I feel the pain of all the really good friends he has. Sending prayers up for all of you with all my love. Smooch

Anthony Sabella

July 24, 2020

I’ve lost a father and a brother, but admittedly this is different. Often times, we spend more time with our closest friends, so life events involving them can resonate on a deeper level.

I’ve been friends with Joe since he was 16, and we ended up shaping each other’s lives (originally bonding through the mutual love of automobiles and physical fitness). I worked in the technology field, and the week he exited the Marine Corp, I brought Joe to work with me every day that week. I introduced him to my team, and challenged him to read a book and pass a test (we gave him a month). Joe ended up doing it in a week, (impressing all of us), which merited him his first job in the industry.

Once exposed to technology, our bond deepened significantly. We began having intimate discussions on science, evolution, and synthetic biology. This led to us spending evenings and subsequently weekends together, building lab environments and testing different scenarios (where we also shared a lot of personal information). During this time, Joe met the love of his life and future wife, Sophia, who he could not say enough about. I was quite humbled when Joe asked if I could participate in the wedding, where I jumped at the chance…

Joe and I worked together at AT&T for nearly 10 years, then another 10 at Cisco Systems, where he was recently a mentor for the new generation. In between wrenching on our motors, racing our cars, testing theories in the lab, taking vacations, - the thing I’ll miss most, are the deep conversations. Seeing into someone’s soul is irreplaceable, which is why Joe will NEVER be forgotten. I love you brother.

Jason Mantia

July 23, 2020

When I found out Joey passed I know I reacted too soon. It took some time to sink in what had happened. I have known Joey for 20 years. I first met him at The Living Room in Schaumburg Illinois. My first impression and which I told him many times that I did not like him. Though, over the course of the next year and getting to know Joey I began to love him. First impressions are not everything. Since then I’ve introduced Joey to his beautiful wife Sophia, lived with him and was a part of his wedding in Boston. I’ve been on no fewer than 10 vacations with him and to this day have some of my best memories. I struggle with how to react to this news every day. I have looked at old pictures, videos, and thought of our memories over this past week and through all that I still believe it doesn’t do any justice. I loved Joey as much as any family member and it will hurt for a long time that I cannot speak with him in this world again. I was close to Joey and look forward to seeing him again in the next world. This post won’t do him justice but it’s all I have right now. R.I.P. my friend. See you when I see you.

Kenneth Bhanote

July 22, 2020

It's taken some time for me to write this as that I am still stunned about Joe's passing. Joe was a great friend both personally and professionally. I remember the many times he would joke with me as well as when he first tagged me with a nickname since I was always taking notes at work.

I am glad to have known Joe these past 5 years. He will be missed.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Joe.

RIP Smoley.

Halina Kowalski

July 22, 2020

Kate,

Our sincere condolences to you and the entire family on the loss of your brother. We wish all of you peace and love during this unfortunate time. Sending comforting thoughts and love!

Marc Barrera

July 22, 2020

Words cannot truly explain how Joe has help make me into who I am today. I have many memories with Joe and his energy brought everyone here today on this site to connect agin. I think back to a simple time in Chi-town many years ago. We have a true friendship which which will never be taken away.
Marc B

Jose Gasca

July 21, 2020

You were a towering figure when I first met you, and you continued to be one till the day you went to the other side. You were a great friend and I always appreciated you for showing me the ropes when I first got to the FAST team. I’ll always remember our workouts and the pushing through the pain. Love you pal. You were a great Marine and I’ll always always remember the pepper spray story lol!!! I don’t think I ever laughed so hard (once the pain was gone from everyone’s eyes.) Rest In Peace, Semper Fi.

Carla Rosario

July 21, 2020

Joey, yes you will always be Joey...
You've always held a special place in my heart, that can only belong to you. Long gone are the days I watched over you, but I will have to accept you watching over me now. Until we meet again...

Rick & Jaclyn Valent

July 21, 2020

Kattie,

Our sincere condolences to you and the entire family on the loss of your brother. We wish all of you peace and love during this unfortunate time.

Love you!

FROM THE FAMILY

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