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Smolak, Raymond Frederick
B: 10 Sep 1917 in Angela, Montana
M: (1) 1944, Jeanette Matison , in Lakeville, Minnesota
M: (2) 04 Aug 1984, Celia Roman , in Hallock, Minnesota, on the steps of the Kittson County Court House.

FN: George Francis Smolak
Mary Florence Larter

Notes for Jeanette Matison

Funeral services were held at St. John's Lutheran Church, Lakeville, Minnesota on Thursday, February 16, 1978 at 1:00 PM. Rev. Dalles Blenkush, Clegyman. Casket Bearers were Walter Rivers, Leander Myer, Robert Wolf, Clyde Weireke, Clarence Rither, and Robert Rither. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Bloomington, Minnesota.

Children of Raymond Smolak and Jeanette Matison:

1. Frederick Smolak
B: 1949, Lakeville, Minnesota

2. Jeffrey George Smolak
B: 1954, Lakeville, MN; d.12 Nov 1997, Minneapolis,


Celia Roman Smolak

HALLOCK, MINN. - Celia Roman Smolak, 79, died Tuesday, June 29, 2004.

Celia was born May 9, 1925, to parents John and Emmy Jorgensen. She was raised on a farm southeast of Thief River Falls.

On June 25, 1943, Celia married John Roman, Plummer, and they farmed in the area for a number of years. They moved to Hallock where they settled to raise a family.

John opened a radiator repair shop and soon after the young entrepreneurs opened a store,

"New and Next to New." Celia became the proprietor of the busy store and she soon expanded it, adding a motel in 1961 that flourished for many years.

Although owning the Gateway Motel took up much of Celia's time, she also enjoyed gardening in her flower beds. Photography, quilting, canning and spending time with her family were also important aspects of Celia's life.

Years after the death of John Roman, Celia married Raymond Smolak, August 4, 1984. They lived happily in Hallock.

She is survived by her children, Charlette (Lynn) Rynning, Kennedy; Timothy Roman, Hallock; Lynette (Earl) Berg, Middle River; and Clara (Floyd) Franklin, Dalhart, Texas; grandchildren, Michael, Brittany, Stephanie, Amber, Trevor, Dillon, Troy, Shandi and Josh; and three great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Freddie Jorgensen, Thief River Falls; Lillian (Wilbur) Koop, Hallock; Willie Jorgensen, Danberry, Wis.; Raymond (Jean) Jorgensen, Phoenix, Ariz.; Kenneth (Erika) Jorgensen, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Myrtle Rieman, Monroe, Wash.; Rosie Roisland, Karlstad; and John (Margie) Jorgensen, Red Lake Falls.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; sister, Minnie; brother, Earl and her parents.

Funeral services were 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 3, 2004, in Grace Lutheran Church, Hallock.

Rev. Kenneth Losch presided. Renee Ryden, organist and Galen Nordin, soloist. Honorary pall bearers were Celia's grandchildren.

Adamson-Austin-Hughes Funeral Home, Hallock assisted the family with arrangements.