Lawrence M. Smith Jr. of Newton, N.J., dies at age 68


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Lawrence M. Smith, Jr., 68, of Newton, N.J., died Friday, April 12, 2019, at the Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice in Fredon Township, N.J. He was 68.

Son of the late Lawrence M. Smith Sr. and Janet E. (nee Beemer) Smith, he was born in Newton, N.J.

Lawrence was a longtime Sussex County resident, living in Newton for the past 24 years. He was a graduate of High Point Regional High School.

Before his retirement, Lawrence was a hardworking man, who worked as a scale master at the Lime Crest Quarry in Sparta, N.J., seven days a week for 43 years. In his free time, Lawrence loved his dogs and enjoyed watching the New York Giants on TV.

Lawrence was predeceased by his brother Rick L. Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Marjanne (nee Graziano) Smith of Newton; son, Michael L. Smith and wife, Laura C., of Dingmans Ferry, Pa.; daughters, Janet E. Rickert and husband, Gregg, of Dingmans Ferry, Jennifer J. Smith, of Wilkes Barre, Pa., Justina Hompesch and husband, Jason, of Dingmans Ferry, and Melissa Graziano of Newton; siblings, Dale L. Smith, of Lafayette, N.J., Diana L. Feldman and husband, Robert, of Hamburg, N.J., Liza Smith-Simpson and husband, Harold, of Andover Township, N.J.; along with seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held April 17 at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, Newton, followed by a funeral service. Interment was held at North Hardyston Cemetery, Hardyston Township, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860; or the American Cancer Society, 7 Ridgedale Ave., Suite 103, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927.



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