The Tri-County Obituary Project

Huerfano County, Pueblo County, and Las Animas County, Colorado.

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Skadeland, Donald Edward
Donald Edward Skadeland - Pueblo Chieftain - July 19, 2001 - Donald Edward Skadeland, 70, of Pueblo, died Thursday, July 12, 2001, at his residence. He was born Aug. 23, 1930, in Maddock, N.D., to Henry and Jeanette ("Nettie") Skadeland. He was confirmed in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Ridgeway, Iowa, where he spent most of his childhood. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. After an honorable discharge, he graduated from Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, Wis. A job with Western Electric Company followed shortly thereafter. In 1955, he met and married Alice Louise Kassner, and had three daughters, Deborah Jean, Barbara Ann and Catherine Louise. In 1965, they moved to Pueblo where Don became manager of the local Western Electric office downtown. He remained with Western Electric through its transition to AT&T until his retirement. After his retirement, Don remained busy with real estate and investments. An involved member of the community, Don was active in the Benevolent Protection Order of the Elks Lodge No. 90, where he served on the decorations committee, which places flowers on gravesites for veterans on Memorial Day. He was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, Pueblo Investment Club and the Pueblo Businessman Club. He is survived by his sisters, Doris Eitel of Hawkeye, Iowa, and Lois Miller of Newark, Calif.; by daughters, Deborah George of Aspen, Barbara Robbins of Florissant, and Cathy Clamp of Fort Lupton; and by grandchildren, Danial Adkison, Jennifer Vincent, Michael Vincent, Crystal Wells, and Tadd Wells. Don was predeceased by Alice, his wife of 41 years. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 20, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the George McCarthy Historic Chapel, 400 Broadway, Pueblo, Colo. Flowers may be sent to George McCarthy Funeral Home, 401 Broadway, Pueblo, Colo., 81004.

Skaggs, Billy
Billy Skaggs - Pueblo Chieftain - December 21, 2003 - Billy Skaggs. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium.

Skaggs, Lewis
T/SGT Lewis Skaggs, USAF (Ret.) - Pueblo Chieftain - August 25, 2000 - T/SGT Lewis Skaggs, USAF (Ret.), 84, passed away Aug. 23, 2000. Survived by his wife of 54 years, Ann Skaggs of the family home; children, Sharon (Joe) Courrege of Colorado Springs, Sandra (Steve) Bourell of Pueblo, Debbie (Jon Loehndorf Jr.) Skaggs of Woodland Park, Colo., and Richard (Dona) Skaggs of Pueblo. Also survived by his sister, Nellie Staley of Streator, Ill.; sisters-in-law, Rose Griswold of Pueblo and Anna Skaggs of Kentucky; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Abe and Laura Skaggs; two brothers; and one sister. Born Oct. 27, 1915, in Clarkson, Ky. He was a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at the Pueblo Air Base. After his retirement he worked at LeMasters Janitorial Supply until retiring in 1978. He liked hunting, fishing and camping, but especially enjoyed his grandchildren and going with his friends to Wal-Mart for coffee. Member of Christ the King Church, AARP, U.S. Air Force Sergeants' Association and was an Honorable Kentucky Colonel. At his request, there will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. A memorial Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, at Christ the King Church, 1708 Horseshoe Drive, with the Rev. Father Ron Roche as celebrant. Military honors by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team will follow. Private interment will be held at Roselawn Cemetery. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers. Those who desire may make memorials to Dream Weavers through the funeral home office.

Skala, Colleen J.
Colleen J. Skala - Pueblo Chieftain - December 29, 2004 - Colleen J. Skala passed away Dec. 25, 2004, in Pueblo. Colleen was born Dec. 13, 1927, in Victorville, Calif., and had lived in Pueblo since 1973. She was employed as a cosmetologist for many years. Mrs. Skala was preceded in death by her husband, James Skala, in 1999. She is survived by her children, Darlene (John) Martinez of Pueblo, and Jerry (Kae) Skala of Dolores; two sisters, Gertrude (Robert) Gilkey of California, Mart Tote; a brother, Johnny Hutter, both of Nevada; grandchildren, Alix Skala, Brenda (Steven) Nurre and Jody (Brandon) Price; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. There will be no public viewing or services. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Skala, James L.
James L. Skala - Pueblo Chieftain - October 21, 1999 - James L. Skala passed away Oct. 19, 1999, in Pueblo. He was born in Victor, Colo., on June 24, 1924, and had lived in Pueblo since 1973. James was employed as an electrician through the IBEW Local No. 12 for more than 25 years. He was a member of Ouray Lodge No. 37 AF&AM in Ouray, the Elks Lodge in Victor and the Eagles Aerie No. 145 in Pueblo. James was preceded in death one brother and one sister and is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Colleen; his loving children, Darlene (John) Martinez of Pueblo, Jerry (Kae) Skala of Dolores; one brother, Robert Skala of Grand Junction; his grandchildren, Alix Skala, Brenda Langford and Jody (Brandon) Price; his great-granddaughter, Alysa; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. At his request, there will be no public viewing or services.

Skaro, Anton
Anton Skaro - Pueblo Chieftain - June 13, 1986 - Anton Skaro, 91, passed away June 9, 1986, at his home. A native of Yugoslavia, he had lived in Pueblo since 1915. As a youth he worked the mines in Leadville, later moving to Pueblo where he worked at CF&I and sold insurance. He retired from the mill after 48 years of service. Predeceased by his first wife, Anna (Hegler) Skaro in 1940, and survived by Isabelle Bayuk. Father of Tonette (Fred) Eisele of Denver; Ann DeVore of Broomfield; Harry G. (Jackie) Skaro of Frisco; and Edward (Mary Athalene) Skaro of Port Arthur, Texas. Also survived by 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Service at 2 p.m. Saturday in Rose Chapel, T.G. McCarthy Funeral Home with interment in Roselawn Cemetery. The family respectfully requests the omission of flowers and prefers contributions to Dream Weavers in his name.

Skaulas, Mike
Mike Skaulas – Eagle Valley Enterprise – May 4, 1917 – Explosion in Hastings Mine – Note: Mike Skaulas is listed among the dead of the Hastings Mine disaster, April 27, 1917. Mike Skaulas: Greek, age 29, single. He was a miner for the Victor-American Fuel Company; cause of death was an explosion due to an open safety lamp.  Source: Denver Public Library, "Colorado Mining Fatalities." for in depth coverage of this disaster.

Skeff, H. Douglas
H. Douglas Skeff - Pueblo Chieftain - February 22, 2000 - H. Douglas Skeff, 52, of Aurora, died unexpectedly Feb. 19, 2000, of lung complications at the Medical Center of Aurora. Mr. Skeff was born April 19, 1947. He grew up in Monte Vista, graduating from Monte Vista High School in 1965. On June 14, 1969, he married Donna Jean Farmer, who survives. He worked at Advanced Concepts, Inc. as a realtor and was employed for 25 years with Public Service Co. of Colorado. Mr. Skeff is survived by his wife, Donna; children, Ashley Ann and Bradley Aaron; mother, Nancy Skeff, of Canon City; sister, Barbara (Dennis) Babcock of Canon City; in-laws, Wayne and Lorrine Farmer; and numerous other relatives and friends. Lunch will be served at noon Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the Holy Cross Abbey dining room in Canon City. Everyone is welcome. Service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the Evangelical Free Church, 3000 E. Main Street, Canon City (across from the Abbey). Interment at Lakeside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association through the Holt Family Funeral Home, 806 Macon Ave., Canon City, Colo., 81212.

Skelley, John R. (Infant of)
Infant Daughter Skelley - Colorado Weekly Chieftain - October 29, 1868 – Died - At Trinidad, on the 24th inst., the infant daughter of John R. and Mary Skelley.

Skelly, John
John Skelly - Colorado Weekly Chieftain - March 20, 1879 - Trinidad Notes - The funeral of John Skelly, one of the old timers, who died in Las Vegas, where he lately went for his health took place at the Presbyterian Church this morning and was attended by a large number of our citizens. Most all of the old timers were present to pay the last respect to their deceased companion.

Skelton, Clarence E.
Clarence E. Skelton - Pueblo Chieftain - October 18, 1998 - Clarence E. Skelton, 79, passed away Oct. 16, 1998. Survived by his sisters, Ida Spaulding of Fort Collins, Edith (Paul) Dowling of Pueblo, Pearl (Ebert) Hawkins of Pueblo and Miriam (Carl) Atchison of Rye- several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Perry and Alice Skelton- brother, Wayne Skelton- and sister, Alta Martin. Born April 3, 1919, in Pueblo, Colo. Clarence served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific, Dec. 22, 1941, to May 8, 1945, and was a member of DAV. He was a horse trainer at Sunland Park, N.M., for several years. Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, 1998, at Mountain View Cemetery (Please use Beulah Avenue entrance). Rev. David Chambers will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

Skelton, Emmett L.
Emmett L. Skelton - Pueblo Chieftain - September 11, 2002 - Emmett L. Skelton, 62, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 9, 2002. Survived by his wife, Nancy Skelton; daughters, Joy (Kenny) Sutton, Katherine Boulier, Debra Phillips and Tammy (Chuck) Chennaux; sons, Emmett (Wanda) Skelton and Michael Dean; siblings, Katherine (Rex) Lile, Marshall (Hazel) Skelton and Evelyn (Harold) Walker; 14 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Ruby; and sister, Launa Smith. Emmett served in the U.S. Marines. He loved to fish, go to Cripple Creek and tell jokes. Viewing, today and Thursday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Friday at Park Hill Christian Church, 1401 E. Seventh, with Rev. Charlene Nimmo officiating. Military honors by Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team and interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Skelton, Euel
Euel Skelton - Pueblo Chieftain - December 03, 2003 - Euel Skelton, 95, passed away Nov. 24, 2003. Survived by daughters, Joan (Raymond) Oelschlager of Salem, Ore., and Kodye (Rick) VanSickle of Hungry Horse, Mont.; stepdaughter, Barbara Barrett of Pueblo; and special niece, Katherine (Rex) Lile of Pueblo. Preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine. Born July 1, 1908, in Meta, Mo. Euel was a street car and bus driver for the city of Pueblo, an avid fisherman, brilliant storyteller and musician extraordinaire. Memorial service, 3 p.m. Friday, Park Hill Christian Church, 1401 E. Seventh, with the Rev. Dr. Charlene Nimmo officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to Sangre de Cristo Hospice through the funeral home.

Skelton, Phillip D.
Phillip D. Skelton - Colorado Springs Gazette - January 24, 2007 - Phillip D. Skelton, age 67, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1942, passed away on January 20, 2007 in Colorado Springs. He was born at Moline, Illinois, February 4, 1939, son of the late Guy C. and Lora V. Amos Skelton. Phil was a 1957 graduate of Colorado Springs High School. He was a retired utilities locator for the City of Colorado Springs. He was also a driver for Avis Rental Cars. Phil was an avid bowler. He was secretary of the city utilities bowling league and spent many weekends coaching AJBC Junior Bowling and girl's softball. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and sportsman. He enjoyed playing the piano. Phil was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Roberta L. Steele Skelton, daughters, Linda (Russell Tomlinson) Skelton , Homer, Alaska, Cynthia (John Rogers) Skelton, Park City, Utah, brother, Gerald (Carroll) Skelton, Pueblo, sister, Judith ( Joe) Crowley, Hereford, Texas, numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, J.M. and Ruth Skelton. Memorial services, 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 25, 2007 at Trinity United Methodist Church 701 N. 20th St. Colorado Springs. The family requests, memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association or a charity of choice.

Skender, Ann
Ann Skender - Pueblo Chieftain - May 06, 2006 - Ann Skender, 86, born July 5, 1919, passed away May 3, 2006. Preceded in death by her husband, John; parents, Joseph and Mary Kocman; four brothers and three sisters. Survived by son, Dennis, Pueblo, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Nancy Skender; sister, Millie (Sam) Cosimano, Fulton, N.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ann was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church and Immaculate Conception Lodge. She enjoyed taking care of her family and gardening. Viewing, 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Funeral Mass, 2 p.m. Saturday, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of food and flowers donations may be made in Ann's memory to Meals on Wheels through the funeral home office.

Skerjanc, Frank J.
Frank J. Skerjanc - Pueblo Chieftain - October 15, 2000 - Frank J. Skerjanc, age 85, passed away on Oct. 13, 2000. He was born on Dec. 21, 1914, in Butte, Mont., to Frank and Johanna Skerjanc. Frank served with the U.S. Army during WWII and was employed with CF&I, from which he retired in 1976. Mr. Skerjanc was preceded in death by his wife, Lena Lenora, on March 4, 1990. He is survived by sons Leonard (Shirley) Skerjanc, Aurora, Colo., and Clyde (Sherry) Berrier, Pueblo West, Colo.; as well as four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Elsie J. Martinez of Pueblo with whom he made his home. Funeral service, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m., George McCarthy Historic Chapel. Interment, Fort Logan National Cemetery. Please omit food and flowers. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through George McCarthy Funeral Home.

Skerjanec, John W.
John W. Skerjanec - Pueblo Chieftain - December 10, 2006 - John W. Skerjanec, 77, passed away Dec. 7, 2006, in Denver. John was born in Pueblo on June 11, 1929, to Joseph and Angela Skerjanec. He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Skerjanec; daughters, Doris Skerjanec and Joyce Reid; his grandchildren, Matthew (Cindy), Andrew (Ellie) and Aaron (Jennifer) Koen and Nicole Hobson; great-grandchildren, Joshua, Bethany, Christiana and Zion Koen; his sister, Josephine (Chuck) Perko; and brother, Ed (Alice) Skerjanec; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Angela; his brother, Joseph; and his sisters, Emma Novak and Elsie Masser. John retired from the CF&I Steel Mill after 44 years of service and was a proud member of the Preseren Glee Club and Choir, the Southern Colorado Polka Club, Elks Lodge No. 90 and Eagles Lodge No. 145. Memorial service, 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, St. Aloysius Church, Rye, Colo. In lieu of food and flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the University of Colorado Hospital Cardiac Center, the St. Mary-Corwin Oncology Center or the Parkview Center for Physical Rehabilitation. He was loved so much and will be missed by many.

Skezniasc, Lopie
Lopie Skezniasc - Walsenburg World – February 22, 1912 - Died at Walsenburg, Colo., February 10, 1912 Lopie Skezniasc age 27 years 1 month 5 days.

Skidmore, Helen L.
Helen L. Skidmore - Pueblo Chieftain - March 04, 2001 - Age 76, of Pueblo West, passed away March 3, 2001, in Pueblo. Survived by Emuel (Skip) Skidmore, four children, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two brothers. Private family services will be held at a later date. In lieu of food and flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial donations made to Holy Rosary Church Restoration Fund, 2400 W. 22nd St., Pueblo, CO, 81003.

Skiff, Edith L.
Edith L. Skiff - Pueblo Chieftain - September 11, 2002 - Edith L. Skiff, 77, beloved wife and mother, passed away Sept. 9, 2002, in Pueblo, Colo., after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Charleston, W.Va., on April 10, 1925, she is preceded in death by her loving husband of 48 years, Harry J. Skiff on Aug. 13, 2002. Survived by children, Sandra (Ted) McQuarrie-Otcasek, Pueblo West, Colo., Linda (John) Moden, Upland, Calif., and Matt (Vicky) Skiff, Bremerton, Wash.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Reynolds, Victoria, Texas, and Frances Hanson, Springhill, Fla. Edie had been a Pueblo resident for 50 years. The most important thing in her life was her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. A special thanks to the staff of Sangre de Cristo Hospice and special caregivers, granddaughter, Melody Mercer and great-granddaughter, Lindsay Barnes. At her request, no services. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Donations may be made in her memory to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice through the funeral home.

Skiff, Harry J.
Harry J. Skiff - Pueblo Chieftain - August 15, 2002 - Harry J. Skiff, 82, passed away after a short illness. He was born on March 7, 1920, in Goldfield, Colo., to Matt and Anna Skiff. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Edith L. Skiff of the family home; son, Matt (Vicky) Skiff of Bremerton, Wash.; daughters, Sandra (Ted) McQuarrie-Otcasck of Pueblo West, Linda (John) Moden of Upland, Calif.; sister, Helen (Larry) Santopietro of Denver; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Harry retired from the Dana Corp. after a long career in management. He loved to fish, hunt, woodworking, growing tomatoes and spending time with his family. At his request, there will be no viewing or funeral service. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice through the funeral home.

Skinkle, Lyell H.
Lyell H. Skinkle - Pueblo Chieftain - September 08, 2004 - Lyell H. Skinkle of Pueblo, passed away Sept. 3, 2004, at the age of 99. Mr. Skinkle was born Aug. 14, 1905, in Dorchester, Neb. He moved with his family to Blanca, Colo., in 1910, where his father ran a general merchandise store. Following his graduation from Alamosa High School, he attended Pharmacy School at the University of Denver where he graduated in 1926. That same year, he married Lorraine Freeman of Alamosa. Mr. Skinkle worked for over 50 years as a pharmacist in Alamosa, first as an employee, and later as the owner of Sherman Drug Co. Lyell and Lorraine had two daughters, Dorothy Elizabeth and Louanna Kathleen. Following the death of Lorraine in 1974, Lyell married Ruth Leona Freeman of Alamosa. They were married for 19 years until her death in 1995. Lyell also was preceded in death by both of his daughters, Dorothy in 1979 and Kathleen in 1983. He is survived by five grandchildren, Ted Hoefer III of Longmont, Colo., Monica DeMaris of Tacoma, Wash., Colleen Hinnen of Scottsdale, Ariz., Diane Jensen of Fort Smith, Ark., and Deborah Hernday of Wauwatosa, Wis. Also survived by nine great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and stepchildren, Mr. Robert L. Freeman of Pueblo, Colo., and Mrs. Clayton Gray of Fort Collins, Colo. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at the Pueblo Regent Retirement Home, 100 San Carlos Road, Pueblo, Colo.

Skinner, Merrel
Merrel Skinner - Pueblo Chieftain - November 14, 1998 - Merrel Skinner, 92, longtime Santa Fe employee, died Nov. 11, 1998, at Fowler Health Care Center. Services, 1 p.m. Monday at Peacock Memorial Chapel with interment to follow in Fairview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Valley Hospice Association or to the Odd Fellows.

Skipper, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Wilson Skipper - Pueblo Chieftain - October 01, 2002 - Elizabeth Wilson Skipper, 57, passed away Sept. 28, 2002. Survived by her husband of 32 years, William K. Skipper; and her daughter, Wendee Wilson Skipper. Elizabeth was born to Mildred L. (nee Hartman) and Lloyd N. Wilson on March 22, 1945, in Bryn Mawr, Pa. She graduated from Sarasota High School in Sarasota, Fla., in 1963, lived in Miami, Fla., for 21 years and Colorado City for the past 16 years. Elizabeth retired from United Airlines after 35 years as a flight attendant. There will be no viewing or services. As per her request, cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Scattering at sea will take place.

Skoczen, Jane
Jane Skoczen - Pueblo Chieftain - August 28, 1999 - Jane Skoczen, 71, Pueblo, loving wife and mother, passed away on Aug. 26,1999. Her gift of unconditional love will linger in our minds forever. Preceded in death by loving husband, John Skoczen- and parents, Ross and Ruby Kemper. Survived by children, Sharon (Robert) Hefty, Bobbie Radok, John (Amy) Skoczen and Saundra (Troy) Kochevar, all of Pueblo- and numerous grandchildren. Funeral, 10 a.m. today, Mineral Palace Park Rose Garden.

Skoczen, John
John Skoczen - Pueblo Chieftain - September 25, 1987 - John Skoczen, Sept. 24, 1987. Husband of Jane Skoczen and father of John (Karen) Skoczen, Ordway; Saundra Skoczen, Pueblo; Sharon (Bob) Hefty, Ogden, Utah; and Bob (Julie) Rakok, Pueblo. Brother of Melanie (Henry) Valentine, Ohio; Ed (Jess) Skoczen, California; Henry (Toni) Skoczen, Pueblo, and Albert (Ruth) Skoczen, Colorado Springs. Survived also by seven grandchildren. Mr. Skoczen was employed as a metallurgist in the quality control department at the CF&I. Service, 10 a.m. Saturday, George McCarthy Historic Chapel. The family will receive friends at the chapel following the service. Interment, Imperial.

Skolrood, Fannie Jane
Fannie Jane Skolrood - Pueblo Chieftain - August 02, 1997 - Fannie Jane Skolrood, 95, born Nov. 14, 1901, passed away July 31, 1997. Private family services.

Skoree, Michael
Michael Skoree – Yampa Leader – January 6, 1906 – Michael Skoree, an Austrian employed at the ore crushing plant of the Pueblo steel works, was caught in the crusher and almost ground to pieces. He lived three hours.

Skoree, Michael
Michael Skoree - Basalt Journal - December 30, 1905 - Michael Skoree, an Austrian employed at the ore crushing plant of the Pueblo steel works, was caught in the crusher and almost ground to pieces. He lived three hours.

Skotnicki, Rosalie
Rosalie Skotnicki - Huerfano World - July 25, 1991 - Walsenburg native, Rosalie Skotnicki died July 6, 1991, in La Mesa, CA. She was a resident of Walsenburg for 45 years before moving to California. Survivors include her husband, C.W. Skotnicki, La Mesa; five brothers, Louis, Harry and William Lessar, Pueblo and Steve and Fred Lessar, Walsenburg. Private crypt side service was in Cypress View Mausoleum. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Huerfano Masonic Cemetery. Boies Almont is in charge of local arrangements.

Skovgaard, Wayne C.
Wayne C. Skovgaard - Denver Post - August 30, 1997 - Wayne C. Skovgaard, Credit agency president, 71 - Wayne C. Skovgaard of Colorado Springs, a credit agency president, died Aug. 14 at the Huerfano Medical Center. He was 71. Services were Aug. 20 at Swan Law Funeral Home in Colorado Springs. There was cremation. He was born Sept. 16, 1925, in Gardner, Iowa. He graduated from De Pauw University in Greencastle, Ind., and the University of Denver. He served in the Navy during World War II aboard the submarines USS Corporal (SS-346) and the USS Finback (SS-230). On June 25, 1949, he married Virginia Jeffries. He was the president of Colorado Credit Agency Inc. in Colorado Springs. He is survived by his wife; two sons, John and David, both of Colorado Springs; two sisters, Norma Hoffman, Orlando, Fla., and Janice Wolf, Nopone, Tenn.; and four grandchildren. Contributions may be made to the Christian Workers Class, First Baptist Church, 317 E. Kiowa St., Colorado Springs 80903.

Skrakes, George
George Skrakes – Eagle Valley Enterprise – May 4, 1917 – Explosion in Hastings Mine – Note: George Skrakes is listed among the dead of the Hastings Mine disaster, April 27, 1917. George Skrakes: Greek, age 30, married with no surviving children. He was a miner for the Victor-American Fuel Company; cause of death was an explosion due to an open safety lamp.  Source: Denver Public Library, "Colorado Mining Fatalities." See for in depth coverage of this disaster.

Skrifvars, Agnes
Agnes Skrifvars - Pueblo Chieftain - May 07, 2006 - Agnes Skrifvars, 94, born in Enid, Okla., on June 17, 1911, passed away May 4, 2006. Survived by grandson, Steven Spears; several nieces and nephews; and good friends, Clarence and Barbara Brown. Agnes graduated from Central High School in 1929, and married her husband, Harold, in 1933. They moved to Canon City in 1969. Preceded in death by her husband, Harold; son, Walter; two sisters and two brothers-in-law. Agnes was a volunteer on the Board of AARP, Meals on Wheels, and the Tourist Information Cabin. She also served on the Democratic Committee. She was a member of TOPS in Canon City, and also a prior member of Northern Avenue Methodist Church in Pueblo. Agnes retired from Lerner's Department Store in Pueblo. Visitation, 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Graveside service, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Imperial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice or the Hildebrand Care Center through the funeral home.

Skrifvars, Lillian Winnetta
Lillian Winnetta Skrifvars - Pueblo Chieftain - July 07, 2001 - Lillian Winnetta Skrifvars, 88, died July 4, 2001, in Canon City. She was born on June 26, 1913, in Mankato, Kan., to Homer Hall and Ida (Pierce) Hall. Mrs. Skrifvars was a lifelong member of Pueblo Chapter No. 7, Order of Eastern Star. She also was a member of Wray McKienstry American Legion Auxiliary of Canon City. She loved to garden, play her organ and do volunteer work at the Colorado State Veteran Nursing Home in Florence until ill health dictated the she would be unable to continue this work. She was married Nov. 19, 1935, in Pueblo, Colo., to Warren Skrifvars who survives. She is also survived by a sister, Agnes Skrifvars of Canon City, as well as several nieces and nephews. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Friday, July 6, at Wilson Memorial Chapel with interment at Lakeside Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Pueblo Chapter No. 7, Order of Eastern Star, 126 Broadway, Pueblo, CO 81004.

Skrjanc, Frances
Frances Skrjanc - Pueblo Chieftain - June 14, 2003 - Frances Skrjanc, 94, born March 8, 1909, in Slovenia, to Anton and Frances Zakrajsek, passed away June 12, 2003. She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Skrjanc; three brothers and three sisters. Survived by her niece, Ann (Charles) Lennon; nephews, Fran Gradisar and Gabriel (Mary) Gradisar; and numerous great-nieces and -nephews; and special friend, Metoda Peterson. Frances was a member of the Shrine of St. Therese and KSKJ Lodge. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Monday, Shrine of St. Therese. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Skrjanc, Joseph
Joseph Skrjanc - Pueblo Chieftain - January 31, 2001 - Passed away on Jan. 30, 2001. He was born in Slovenia on June 25, 1907, to Joseph and Maria Skrjanc. Mr. Skrjanc was retired from Valley Packing Company. He is survived by his wife, Frances Skrjanc. One brother and three sisters preceded him in death. He is a member of the Shrine of St. Therese where services will be held on Thursday, 10 a.m., followed by interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Skubal, LuAnn
LuAnn Skubal - Pueblo Chieftain - May 04, 2006 - LuAnn Skubal, 48, born on April 16, 1958, passed away on May 2, 2006. Survived by daughters, Andrea and Sandi Skubal; parents, Cipriano and Lucille Bernal; brother, William D. (Teresa) Bernal; daughters' father, Dennis (Sandy) Skubal; and numerous relatives and friends. LuAnn worked at The Colorado State Fair for the past eight years and previously worked as an insurance agent for National Farmers Union. Her family was her life. She loved all animals, especially her dogs. She enjoyed reading, music and traveling. LuAnn had a spunky attitude and an ornery sense of humor. Special thanks to her good friends and her State Fair family for their support and love. In lieu of flowers and gifts, please make contributions to the American Cancer Society. Funeral Mass, 11 a.m. Friday, May 5, Holy Family Parish, Father O'Flynn officiating. Reception to follow at Holy Family Parish Hall.

Skubal, Rosemary C.
Rosemary C. Skubal - Pueblo Chieftain - April 05, 2004 - Rosemary C. Skubal, 78, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister, departed this life April 2, 2004, at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. A lifetime Pueblo resident, Mrs. Skubal was born Sept. 22, 1925. She graduated from Pueblo Catholic High School and a practical nursing program. She was a floral designer, she also enjoyed collecting hats and antiques. Her love of music included playing both the piano and organ. A very happy and loving person, she always had a song in her heart. Mrs. Skubal also volunteered at the Rosemount Gift Shop before her health began to decline. Preceded in death by her parents, Steve and Mary Monack; a brother, Stephen P. Monack. She leaves to cherish her memory her best friend and husband of fifty seven years, Francis A. Skubal, whom she married Sept. 21, 1946, at St. Patrick Catholic Church; children, Joseph and Donna (Palmer) Skubal, Mary Yengich, Eugene and Cheryl (Ranson) Skubal, Dennis and Sandra Jo (Martucci) Skubal; three sisters, Barbara (Lou) Morrone, Patsy (Joe) Gersick and Rita Schultz; 15 grandchildren, Zachary Skubal, Shawna (Todd) Yoakum, Dawn Marie, Melissa and Alexander Yengich, Shannon (Skubal) Reed, Gabrielle and Daniel Skubal, Erica and Ricky Needham, Jason Skubal, Fred and Stephanie (Bravo) Skubal, Andrea Lee and Sandra Rae Skubal and Douglas J. Trujillo; 11 great-grandchildren, Ravyn, Megan, and Colin Yoakum, Ian and Scarlet Vest Gates, Kyle, Chelbie and Rickie Reed, Karlee, Kailee and Maicee Skubal; one aunt, Sue Ratliff; two godchildren, the Rev. Louis Morrone and Maureen Corpman; numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Visitation, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Angelus Chapel. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday, St. Patrick Catholic Church. The Rev. John B. Farley and the Rev. Louis Morrone co-celebrants. Entombment, Roselawn Cemetery. The Skubal Family will receive friends at 329 Jefferson Street and St. Patrick's Hall following the burial rites.

Skube, Alice
Alice Skube - Pueblo Chieftain - September 24, 2004 - Alice Skube, 94, born July 29, 1910, in Pueblo, Colo., went to be with the Lord on Sept. 22, 2004. Preceded in death by her husband, Jack F. "Ecka" Skube; son, Jack V. Skube; brother, Frank Perko; and sister, Mary Ovechka. Survived by her two daughters, Carol (Henry) Hund and Alice (Vic) Mishmash; four grandsons, Mike Skube, Jon (Jenni) Skube, Todd Hund and Ryan Mishmash; and three great-grandchildren, Jordan, Carson and Riley Skube. Also survived by her sisters, Rose Cesar, Helen (Anthony) Chorak and Frances (Stanley) Babnik; brother, Ray (Audrey) Perko; daughter-in-law, Marge Skube; special neighbors, the Kikel family; and numerous nieces and nephews. Viewing, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Monday, St. Francis Xavier Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Skube, Jack V.
Jack V. Skube - Pueblo Chieftain - January 21, 2000 - Jack V. Skube, age 66, passed away unexpectedly Jan. 17, 2000, in San Diego, Calif. Survived by his children, Michael Skube and Jon (Jenni) Skube, of San Diego, Calif. Grandfather of Jordan Skube. Also survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Marge Skube, San Diego, Calif.; mother, Alice Skube, Pueblo; sisters, Carol (Henry) Hund and Alice (Vic) Mishmash, all of Pueblo; nephews, Todd Hund and Ryan Mishmash, of Pueblo; as well as numerous extended family members. Preceded in death by his father, Jack F. Skube, in 1989. Mr. Skube owned and operated Custom Craft Optical in San Diego, Calif. Funeral Mass, Monday, 10 a.m., St. Francis Xavier Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francis Xavier Church Memorial Fund in memory of Jack.

Skube, Jacob F.
Jacob F. "Jake" Skube - Pueblo Chieftain - November 8, 1987 - Jacob F. "Jake" Skube, Nov. 7, 1987. Husband of Josephine M. Skube. Father of Jacqueline Skube of Pueblo and Marilyn (Edward) Walsh, Lakewood. Brother of Joseph Skube and Bertha Haley of Pueblo; Robert Skube, Phoenix, Ariz.; Elizabeth Muir, Los Angeles, Calif.; Anne (Noel) Hayward, Torrance, Calif.; Rachel (Nick) Stubler, Glenwood Springs. Brother-in-law of August Kochevar, Pueblo, and Edward (Helen) Kochevar, Oakland, N. J. Mr. Skube was a member of St. Francis parish. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and was a charter member of the Men's Nocturnal Adoration Society of the Cenacle of the Blessed Sacrament. Mr. Skube was employed at CF&I for 48 years. At the time of his retirement, he was employed in the Wire Mill. Mr. and Mrs. Skube celebrated their 61st anniversary on Sept. 29 of this year. Services, St. Francis Church: Rosary recitation, 7 p.m., Monday, followed immediately by Mass of Christian Burial. Private family committal. At his request, there will be no viewing.

Skube, John L. Sr.
John L. Skube Sr. - Pueblo Chieftain - June 28, 1990 - John L. Skube Sr., June 26, 1990. Husband of Rose Skube, Pueblo. Father of Arlene (Joe) Swords, New Albany, Miss., and John (Virgina) Skube Jr., Pueblo; grandfather of Kim and Kevin Skube, Kenneth (Paige) Swords and Suzanne (Steve) Gaines; brother of Ann Pederson, Modesto, Calif., Louis (Esther) Skubec, Antioch, Calif., Anthony (Helen) Skubic, Milwaukee, Wis. Preceded by his first wife, Rose Skube; brother, Joseph, and sister, Mary. Mr. Skube was employed by A. P. Green Refractories as a machinist for 32 years and was a member of Shrine of St. Therese Parish, Pueblo Elks Lodge No. 90 and Pueblo Aerie No. 145. Services, Shrine of St. Therese: Vigil service, 7 p.m. Friday; Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Saturday. Interment, Roselawn. The family will greet friends at church following the vigil service. They respectfully request the omission of food and flowers. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease in care of the funeral home office.

Skube, Josephine M.
Josephine M. Skube - Pueblo Chieftain - June 17, 2000 - Josephine M. Skube, a prominent lifelong resident of Pueblo, left this world on June 15, 2000. Josephine was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Jake F. Skube. Mrs. Skube is survived by her children, Jacqueline Skube, Pueblo, Colo., and Marilyn (Edward) Walsh, Lakewood, Colo.; brothers, August Kochevar, Pueblo, Colo., and Edward (Helen) Kochevar, Oakland, N.J.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Skube was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, St. Francis Xavier Altar Society, St. Francis Xavier Parish Council, a charter member of Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, a founder of Legion of Mary in Pueblo, first president of Curia of Legion of Mary, and former past president and adviser of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. She was also a member of the Order of Martha Society, Bishop's Guild, and was a Red Cross Volunteer at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital for 10 years. Funeral Mass, Sunday, 7 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church. Prayer Service, Monday, 10 a.m., St. Francis Xavier Church, followed by interment at Roselawn Cemetery. The family requests the omission of food. The family will receive relatives and friends in the Mediterranean Room at St. Francis Xavier Church after the Mass Sunday evening.

Skube, Rose
Rose (Panepinto) Skube - Pueblo Chieftain - March 29, 2002 - Born Jan. 20, 1916, to Tony and Mary Panepinto, passed away March 26, 2002, in Albuquerque, N.M., after a long illness. Rose was a lifelong resident of Pueblo and recently moved to Albuquerque, N.M. She is predeceased by her husband, John L. Skube; brothers and sisters, Joseph, John, Thomas, Vincent, Jennie and Francis. Rose is survived by her children, Helen M. Mohorich and Joseph "Jack" Miklich, both of Albuquerque, and Lillian Lash of Tampa, Fla. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Brian Lash and Kelly Jirovec; and three great-grandchildren, Krislyn, Matthew and Dylan. Rosary, 7 p.m. Monday at George McCarthy Historic Chapel. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Shrine of St. Therese. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association through the funeral home office.

Skubic, Amelia
Amelia "Molly" Skubic - Pueblo Chieftain - February 15, 2001 - Amelia "Molly" Skubic, 79, of Pueblo, passed away Feb. 14, 2001. Born April 21, 1921, in Crowley, Colo. Preceded in death by her loving husband, Lawrence Skubic. Also preceded in death her parents, Florencio R. and Juanita M. Gomez; two sisters, Mary Ramos and Victoria Martinez. Survived by children, Eddie (Nena) Ruedas, El Paso, Rachel Ruedas, Denver, Ernesto Ruedas, Santa Maria, Calif., and Theresa (Rick) Garcia, Denver; sister, Aurora Terrones; brother, Florencio (Mary) Gomez Jr., Pueblo; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; also numerous nieces and nephews. Viewing 1 to 6 p.m. today at Romero Chapel. Vigil rosary, 7 p.m. tonight. Funeral Mass, 11 a.m. Friday, both at St. Joseph Church. Celebrant, Rev. Bob Carden. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Relatives and friends will be received at St. Joseph Hall after the interment.

Skufca, Jacob M. Jr.
Jacob M. Skufca Jr. - Pueblo Chieftain - November 06, 1997 - Jacob M. Skufca Jr. passed away Nov. 3, 1997. Survived by several nieces and nephews and was preceded in death by his sister, Vera Skufca, Feb. 3, 1997. He was a member of St. Mary Parish and retired from CF&I. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Friday, St. Mary Church, with interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers and that any donations be made to the Grotto at St. Mary Church. Viewing hours are noon to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. Arrangements by McCarthy Rose Chapel, 329 Goodnight.

Skul, Frank
Frank Skul - Westland News - January 17, 1918 - Frozen to Death - Frank Skul, Mrs. Agnes Permo, and her son Frank, only about 11 years old, were frozen to death in the storm Wednesday night of last week near Inman, on the Missouri Pacific, fifty miles west of Brandon. They came from Pueblo, called by serious illness of a sister-in-law of Mrs. Permo, Mrs. Janko, who lives on a homestead near Inman. According to the train crew with whom unfortunate victims traveled to Inman, they were advised to go to Haswell, a short distance this side of Inman, and remain for the night. This they refused to do, however, because of a report that Mrs. Janko was dying. When they alighted from the train the station was scarcely distinguishable in the swirl of the snow. Skul had passed within a stone's throw of the Janko ranch and had gone beyond it, nearly a half mile, unable to see lights in the windows through the storm. Mrs. Permo evidently had wandered about in circles, and finally sought shelter in the lee of a huge snow drift, where she was found. The boy evidently had stumbled and fallen into another drift where he lay until death overtook him. The three alighted from the train shortly before midnight and set out to walk the distance to the ranch house. This was the last seen of them alive. Skul's body and that of Mrs. Permo were found Friday, a mile apart and with ranch house between them. The frozen corpse of the boy was discovered crouched in a snow drift Sunday morning about 9 o'clock, a quarter of a mile from where the mother was found. Mrs. Janko, the woman whose reported dying condition induced the victims of the storm to take the trip, is reported to be recovering. She was a smelter worker and had lived in Pueblo several years. Mrs. Permo is widely known in the local Slovenian colony.

Skul, John W.
John W. (Woodsley) Skul - Pueblo Chieftain - May 05, 2003 - John W. (Woodsley) Skul, 88-years-old and lifetime Pueblo resident passed away May 3, 2003. Mr. Skul was a WWII Navy veteran. He retired in 1964 after 20 years as chief of the machine shop for the Pueblo Army Depot. John is survived by his wife of 68 years, Violet Skul; his son, John A. (Betty) Skul; his daughters, Mary D. Skul of Pueblo West and Ruth (Mike) Fromm of Gilbert, Ariz. He is also survived by five grandsons, Steven (Kristin) Skul, Daniel Skul, Nicholad Fromm and Alex Fromm; sisters-in-law, Helen Skul, Ann Chorak and Bessie Mihelich; brother-in-law, Mark Vivoda; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Johanna (Gruden) Skul; and brothers, Stanley “Sam” Skul and Frank Skul. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to the charity of choice. John spent his entire life devoted to his greatest job - caring for his family. Visitation, 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday, St. Mary Church. Interment, Roselawn.

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