Carrie Sue Smurkowski, 33, beloved daughter, sister, friend and animal lover, passed away at her childhood home in Tunkhannock, PA early Wednesday morning, July 2, 2014, after a brave four year battle with cancer. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She taught us how to live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment. She will live on in our hearts forever.
She was born on Feb. 25, 1981, a daughter of Chrisanne Belles LaBar and her husband, Myron LaBar, and Stephen Smurkowski and his wife, Debra Pope Smurkowski. Born in Towanda, she spent most of her adult life in Scranton.
A graduate of Bishop O’Reilly High School, Class of 1999, and Johnson College, Carrie fulfilled her dream of helping animals and worked for 10 years as a veterinary technician at Dr. PAWS Hospital for Companion Animals in Scranton.
She is survived by her beloved pets, dogs Franco, Dobbie and Penny, and cats Miles, Ona and Meena. She is also survived by her parents, Chrisanne LaBar and her husband, Myron, of Tunkhannock and Stephen Smurkowski and his wife, Debra of Meshoppen. She is also survived by seven siblings and their families, Elizabeth, Eric and niece Hazel Derry of Burlington, VT, Dustin LaBar and Laura Kingston of Centermoreland, Erin Smurkowski of Philadelphia, Mark Smurkowski of Meshoppen, Jessica LaBar Mekhi LaBar and Samiah LaBar, all of Tunkhannock, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Carrie was preceded in death by her grandparents, Edward and Irene Smurkowski, and Edgar and Marie Belles.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 5 at 10 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Meshoppen, with a Mass of Christian Burial to be held at 11 a.m. from the St. Joachim’s Roman Catholic Church, Meshoppen, with Father Joseph Manarchuck of the church officiating. Interment was in the St. Joachim’s Cemetery, Meshoppen. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Friday, July 4, from 3 to 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to NE PA Pet Fund & Rescue, PO Box 3953, Scranton, PA 18505.
Online condolences may be made at www.sheldonfuneralhomes.com.