Sherman Smithbower

Sherman G Smithbower

Friday, June 12th, 1936 - Sunday, January 24th, 2021
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Sherman G. Smithbower, 84, of North Huntingdon, passed away surrounded by his loving family, Sunday, January 24, 2021, at his home. He was born June 2, 1936, in Spangler, son of the late Germain and Margaret (McTavish) Smithbower. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a general foreman for US Steel, Homestead Works, and later as an inside salesman for Shuster Building Components. Sherman was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon, where he and his late wife, Irene, were active in the Marriage Preparation program, working with newly engaged couples. He also was a member of the Murrysville Historical Preservation Society and the Knights of Columbus, Council 4226, Murrysville. He was a veteran of the Army, serving at Fort Rucker, AL. Sherman was a 1955 graduate of Franklin Regional High School and went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Management from St. Vincent College in 1959. He was a wonderful, loving husband, father and grandfather who always put the needs of others first. He loved to dance with his wife and was a huge supporter of her Slovak heritage. Sherman had an incredible mechanical mind and could fix anything. He had a passion for woodworking, enjoyed gardening, and loved playing his Hammond organ. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Irene (Shivy) Smithbower; sister, Joyce Curry; brother-in-law, Paul Shivy; and sister-in-law, Helen McGettigan. He is survived by three children, Suzanne Hartner and her husband, Bruce, of North Huntingdon, Celeste Smithbower, of Penn Twp., and his son, best friend and caregiver, Daniel Smithbower, of North Huntingdon; granddaughters, Jessica, Lauren and Sarah Hartner; a sister, Cynthia Smithbower, of North Huntingdon; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ott Funeral Home, 805 Pennsylvania Avenue, Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in St. Agnes Church. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum at St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to St. Agnes Church, 11400 St. Agnes Lane, North Huntingdon, PA, 15642. To send online condolences please visit
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Ott Funeral Home Inc.
    805 Pennsylvania Avenue
    IRWIN, PA 15642
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  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 | 6:00am - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 6:00am - 8:00pm
    Ott Funeral Home Inc.
    805 Pennsylvania Avenue
    IRWIN, PA 15642
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, January 28th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Thursday, January 28th, 2021 10:00am
    St. Agnes Church
    11400 St. Agnes Lane
    North Huntingdon, PA 15642
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    Parting Prayers will take place Thursday at 9:15 AM in the Funeral Home
    Msgr. Paul Fitzmaurice
  • Interment

    St. Vincent Cemetery


Donations are being accepted for: St. Agnes Church.


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Deneen Marsolo

Posted at 09:17am
My deepest sympathies on the loss of your father.

Carol Intrieri

Posted at 02:56pm
Sherman lives on in the promise of our Lord and Savior! To family, be blessed to have have fond memories to share always.

Carol Intrieri Posted at 02:57pm

Member of Murrysville Historical Preservation Society

Vicki Muentzer

Posted at 05:19pm
I'll remember seeing you in the garden. And when you and Irene came to our wedding in 1993. Sending thoughts to the family.
Jean Yost
Vicki (Yost) Muentzer
George Muentzer
Wishing we were able to go to the funeral home but due to medical and work we are unable

The Joyful Noise Choir

Posted at 09:01pm
Wishing you peace, love and comfort during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
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