Joseph E. “Smokey” Kutchinsky, 79, a former resident of Shenandoah, passed away Nov. 8 at Ridgeview Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Shenandoah Heights.
Born in Weston Place, Shenandoah Heights, on July 28, 1938, he was a son of the late Andrew and Helen Gailushas Kutchinsky.
Smokey was a 1957 graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School and an Army veteran, having served from 1958 through 1960.
Early in his life, he was a heavy equipment operator working in construction and the local coal industry. He was also a manager of the North Schuylkill Landfill. Smokey regularly volunteered at the Heights Fire Company. Prior to his retirement, he was employed in the maintenance department of the present-day Ridgeview Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.
Smokey was a member of the former St. George’s Church, Shenandoah, and currently a member of Divine Mercy Parish.
Smokey brought joy and a smile to everyone he encountered. He could always be found in the kitchen cooking up something delicious. His famous bleenies were a crowd favorite. He loved camping and spending time outdoors, especially picking mushrooms.
While residing at Ridgeview, he always had a positive and kind word for all who entered and passed his room. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were three brothers, Ronnie Kutchinsky, William Kutchins and Charles Kutchinsky.
Surviving are his daughter, Cheryl Koury and her husband, John, Harrisburg; his son, Richard Kutchinsky and his wife, Jo Marie, Georgia; three grandchildren, John Koury Jr., Danielle Koury and Michael Koury, all of Harrisburg; nieces, nephews and their families.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Divine Mercy Church, 231 W. Cherry St., Shenandoah. Father James Koury will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Our Lady of Dawn Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.
Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah, has charge of the arrangements.