Lionel J. Smith
07/12/1925 - 01/17/2020

Lionel J. Smith, 94, of Hanover and formerly of McSherrystown, entered into God’s eternal care on Friday, January 17, 2020, at Columbia Cottage, Hanover. He was the husband of Viola C. (Small) Smith to whom he was married 70 years. Born July 12, 1925 in McSherrystown, he was the son of the late John A. and Annie C. (Hufnagle) Smith. Lionel was retired from Delone Catholic High School, McSherrystown as custodian with nearly 50 years of service. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Republican Club both of Hanover, and the McSherrystown Moose. Lionel was a cabinet maker and frame designer and enjoyed the company of many friends and relatives. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy. Surviving in addition to his wife is one daughter, Marjory A. Houser and husband Jeffrey of Hanover; two grandsons, Jacob Houser and wife Virginia and Mitchel Houser and fiancé Briana Latta; a great grandson on the way; three sisters, Elizabeth Lawrence of McSherrystown, Sr. Ignatia Smith SSJ of Flourtown and Henrietta Seymore of Bonneauville; and a sister-in-law Eva Small of Hanover. He was preceded in death by a grandson Jonathan Houser, and three siblings, Monica George and Linus and Raul Smith. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 5025 Grandview Road, Hanover with Rev. Msgr. James Lyons as celebrant. Burial will follow in Annunciation Cemetery, McSherrystown with military honors provided by the Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard. Friends and relatives will be received at Murphy Funeral Home, 501 Ridge Avenue, McSherrystown on Monday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with prayers at 8:00 p.m. Contributions in memory of Lionel may be made to Delone Catholic High School, 140 S. Oxford Ave, McSherrystown, PA 17344. Lionel’s family would like to offer a special thank you to the Columbia Cottage Staff and the Hanover VNA/Hospice.

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Posted at:01/25/2020 6:06 am
Keith Noel
What a wonderful man with Christian values we all should live by.Liney worked side by side with my Dad,Henny and I have many valued treasures that Liney made,a true artist. RIP my good friend and I'm sure,you and dad are side by side once again.

Posted at:01/20/2020 1:01 pm
Todd Garrett
I loved working for "Liney" and "Henny" at Delone Catholic during my 4-years there. The school and grounds never looked better. They were true friends & professionals! I'm so sorry to hear of his passing and many prayers for Viola and his family.

Posted at:01/20/2020 3:03 pm
The Seeley Family
Dear Viola and family. So sorry to see Mr Lionel passed. What a dear man who was so caring to grammie during her time at Columbia Cottage. He always made sure even with her memory issues to have her stay on the correct page when it was music time so she could sing along. I will always remember him playing a serious game of Wii bowling, morning exercising, and asking Colby how the different sports teams at Delone were doing. May he be at peace. With heartfelt sympathy. The Seeley Family

Posted at:01/21/2020 3:03 am
John L. Neiderer
Sincere condolences & prayers from John L. Neiderer

Posted at:01/17/2020 5:05 pm
Sue Flaherty Myers
Many good memories of Liney at Delone with my father, J.T. Flaherty. I have thought of your family many times. Viola and Marjy, keep him alive through all of the great memories and love and support of your family and friends. God bless you, Sue Flaherty Myers

Posted at:01/19/2020 8:08 am
Kathi Krichten
May your father, grandfather rest in the arms of his Heavenly Father and May Gods love help you through this most difficult time. He was a warm, kind gentle man whom I got to see at Marjie house many times, prayers and hugs for all of your. God Bless, Kathi

Posted at:01/19/2020 2:02 pm
Sally Curren
Margie, Sending you hugs and comfort. May happy memories in time bring you peace. Sally Curren from dance

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