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BLOOMINGTON - Jean Marie Smola, 76, of Bloomington and formerly of Aurora, Ohio, died at 9 a.m. Wednesday (May 30, 2007) at her daughter's residence in Bloomington.

A graveside service was Friday at Restland Cemetery in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. A memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Epiphany Catholic Church, Normal, with Monsignor Eric Powell officiating. A luncheon will follow at the church. Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso, is handling local arrangements.

Jean Smola was born Aug. 24, 1930, in Parma, Ohio, a daughter of Joseph and Alma Sorger Drobney. She married Raymond J. Smola on June 2, 1962, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ray survives as well her daughter, Beth (Brian) Trela, Bloomington; her son, Todd Smola, Florida; her sister, Ruth Hryshko, Medina, Ohio; and three grandchildren, Katie Trela, Alec Trela and Kyle Smola. She was preceded in death by her parents.

She was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Bainbridge, Ohio.

Jean was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease about one year ago. Despite her suffering and struggles, Jean maintained a strong and determined spirit and faced her challenge with courage, dignity and a sense of humor.

Jean had a unique personality: direct and honest, social and warm, quick-witted and funny. She was a wonderful homemaker and loved deeply her husband, Ray; daughter, Beth; son, Todd; and grandchildren, Katie, Alec and Kyle. Jean was strong in her belief in God and the Catholic church.

Jean lived with her daughter, Beth, and her family and was able to cope with Lou Gehrig's due to her faith and the loving support of her husband, daughter, family and friends. Jean's family wanted to give special thanks to OSF Hospice Care, especially, Becky Erdman, Deana Moore, Annette Lobdell and Dr. Susan Rausch and Deacon Mark Cleary from Epiphany Catholic Church.

We will miss Jean watching "Dr. Phil," ordering from the Blair catalogue, "Movie Night" and sharing Dove chocolates. The family asks that you keep Jean in your thoughts and prayers.

If you have an interest in making a memorial, Jean asked that you do so by supporting your favorite charity or making a donation to the ALS Foundation for the research of Lou Gehrig's disease.

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