Clare C. Smiertka, 76

Clare C. Smiertka, 76, of Selbyville, Del., passed away at home on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, surrounded by love, with her beloved dog, Ally. She was born in Wilmington, Del., daughter of the late Timothy and Agnes (Grimm) O’Connell.

She enjoyed boating, fishing, crabbing and watching football.

Smiertka is survived by her son, Steven Smiertka and his wife, Lori; a daughter, Teresa Gallagher; two sisters, Elaine O’Connell and Karen Carroll; two brothers, Timothy O’Connell II and Phillip O’Connell; four grandchildren, Samantha Smiertka, Zachary Smiertka and his wife, Christin, Matthew Gallagher and Danielle Gallagher; and two great-grandchildren, Colton Smiertka and Cameron Smiertka.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no funeral services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963, or to Paws for Life; P.O. Box 407; Chesapeake City, MD 21915. Condolences may be sent online at