Edward Smoter

August 26, 1931July 2, 2014
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Edward Smoter “Eddy” passed away peacefully and was called to heaven on July 2nd, at the age of 82, with family by his side. Eddy, beloved husband, is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Joanna, loving father to Urszula Aneta Diegel, (Terry) husband. Cherished brother-in-law to Zofia Fik (Walter), Dear brother of the late Mary, Stacia, Zofia, Ted, Walter, and Stanley. Survived by brother Henry. Respected and loved by many nieces, and nephews.

Eddy was a kind hearted and honorable man who loved his life and lived it with dignity, grace and compassion. He is a true inspiration to us all and his strength and wisdom will forever remain in our hearts. Eddy deeply loved his family and friends and was an inherent giver by nature and was always willing to help those in need and referenced quote “It’s the Christian thing to do”

His most important role in life was his role as a father and husband. He was as a beacon of strength, and example of perseverance and hard work. Eddy and his wife came from simple beginnings and emigrated from Poland to provide a better life for his family and always stated be proud of where you came from, who you are today, and what you do, and be the best you can be. It is a testament of your character. Eddy was extremely proud of his only daughter Urszula Aneta and all her accomplishments and pursuing her Master’s Degree in Nurse Anesthesia, and her marriage to Terry and gaining a wonderful son in law.

Eddy loved to ski, bicycle, and ballroom and Polka dance. But his passion was landscape and garden. Those who knew him would say his yard was cared for with same degree of perfection that he brought to his years at work with General Motors as a tool and die maker. Eddy was a devout catholic and a parishioner at St. Aidan for the past 30 years. Involved in many local charities, including the Red Cross, Catholic Social Services, and member of the Polish National Alliance, Polish Veterans Association and a UAW member.

Eddy was very proud to be an American citizen but he was also equally proud of his Polish heritage and kept a home with many polish traditions. One of those was the making his recipe of Polish Kielbasa. Many thought including Eddy, his recipe was superior to Kowalski Kielbasa and could teach them a thing or two about making quality Polish Kielbasa.

Eddy was amazing husband, father, friend, we are so honored and blessed to have had him in our life. His beautiful spirit will bless every day of our lives and his love will live eternally in all of us. Eddy’s family will receive friends and family on Sunday July 6, from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152. There will be a rosary on Sunday at 7:00 pm Edward will lie in state from 9:00 am until mass at 9:30 am at St. Aidans Church, 17500 Farmington Road, Livonia MI, 48152


  • Visitation Sunday, July 6, 2014
  • Rosary Sunday, July 6, 2014
  • Instate Monday, July 7, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Monday, July 7, 2014

Edward Smoter

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Jasmine Thurmand

July 3, 2015

Remembering Eddie, the Smoter and Diegel Family during this time. Prayers continue to flow. Eddie you will always and forever be in my heart. Continue to Rest in Heaven! I love you and miss you so much.

Terry Atkinson

July 13, 2014

It was an honor to have know such a wonderful person. He was such a great father to Aneta and husband to Joanna. May you rest knowing that he is in peace now.

July 13, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Justin Thurmand

July 5, 2014

Praying for the Smoter family in this time of despair find strength in Gods promises. -Justin Thurmand


July 5, 2014

We are so sorry to hear about Uncle Eddie, our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. He is at peace and not in any more pain. We will always remember him at our wedding and what a good time he had. We love you and are thinking of you. Love, Michele and Diego and family (Koptyra)

July 3, 2014

I'm sorry for your loss.

Rick and Tish Hayes

July 3, 2014

I was so glad to have known ed, who was a neighbor of mine for several years. He was a kind man and a great gardener. He was generous in sharing the vegetables from his garden. Our thoughts are with Joanna, Ursula, and the family.