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GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--Mrs. Laraine “Rainie” Smolinski, of Gloucester City, died Saturday y

Mrs. Laraine “Rainie” Smolinski

afternoon, November 22, 2014 at Cooper University Hospital from injuries sustained in a fire that destroyed her house located at 316 Highland Blvd. 

 The second victim of the fire, a 27-year-old female previously reported to be in critical but stable condition, was treated at Cooper and discharged Sunday.

Investigators believe the fire, which occurred on Friday, November 21, around 11:30AM was accidental in nature. The cause of the fire remains undetermined pending further investigation.

Mrs. Smolinski was predeceased by her parents Thomas Lennox and Mary Lennox (nee Pacimo) and her husband, the late Benjamin R. Smolinski.  She is survived by her daughters  Laraine  Speyerer and Christine Madiraca. Grandmother of Sandra, Michael, Melissa, Christine, Sara and Johnny.  Beloved great-grandmother of 8 and one more coming on the way.  Sister of Thomas Lennox and predeceased by her twin sister, Bernadette Wright.  Survived by many nieces and nephews. 

At the request of the family, cremation is private and there are no services. 

Memorial donations are being  strongly requested to assist the family in returning to their home. The devastation of the fire has caused the Smolinski family to lose everything they own. There has been a Go Fund Me site initiated for the family to assist with food, clothing and necessary items for survival. or mail donations to the Family of Laraine Smolinski: P.O. Box 358, Gloucester City, NJ 08030 checks payable to Christine Madiraca

Condolences and memories may be shared at under the obituary of  Laraine “Rainie” Smolinski.  Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN – HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. PH: 856-456-1142