ARLINGTON-Elizabeth Jean Smolinski passed away Friday, January 1, 2021 at the age of 69.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: At a later date.
INTERMENT: Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Jean was born December 10, 1951 in Boston, Massachusetts. She attended and graduated from Stoughton High School. Jean worked at France Inc for several years. During her time there, she made a lifelong friend and even traveled to France with Walter. After retiring, Jean decided she needed to get out of the house (not because her husband was home with her ALL DAY LONG). Because she loved being around people, she took a part time job at McDonalds. Little did any of us know, it ended up being a fulfilling endeavor. She met so many people and touched so many lives while there. It was there that she earned the ever-so-fitting nickname, “McGranny.” Since fully retiring, Jean took on a new role as a full time freelance political analyst. Without her, the Republican party would cease to exist. Jean’s impeccable interior decorating skills were unrivaled! Her style would take you on a trip around the world…sometimes all in one room. Jean loved to go on cruises with her family. The destination was not as important as who was going to be with her. Her favorite part of the ship was the casino. She would sit at a blackjack table and talk to her fellow gamblers until she lost it all. She also loved to play Bingo – even though the same people always won. Without question, her favorite pastime was being a grandmother. Granny relished her role as a keeper of cookie-consumption secrets, singer of precious lullabies, and coloring book Picasso. She loved her grandchildren and beamed with pride when speaking of them. She was an incredible grandmother. It is impossible to identify a single memory as the fondest. Truth be told, she made it a point to make lasting memories with each and every member of her family. Whether it’s a pot of her famous pasta sauce or an expertly bedazzled pair of pajamas, no single memory is more cherished than the next. Every one of them will live on in the hearts of her family. Jean was the proud, yet humble, recipient of the coveted MOM of the year award…46 years in a row.
Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Elizabeth Dahlroos; and sister, Loretta Clayton.
SURVIVORS: Loving husband of 50 years, Walter John Smolinski; son, Joe Smolinski and wife, Tammy; son, Scott Smolinski and wife, Jennie; daughter, Tina Martin and husband, Michael; grandsons, Austin Johnson, Justin Smolinski, Knox Martin, and Luke Smolinski; granddaughters, Shelby Johnson, Kori Martin and Lily Smolinski; brother, John Angelopoulos; sister, Betty Dahlroos; and many friends.
Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
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