Marie M. Skokoski, 88, of Green Ridge, Hazle Twp, departed this life Friday.
She was born and raised in McAdoo, the daughter of the late John and Julia (Souchak) Butala.
She was predeceased by her husband, Frank, on Oct. 21, 2013; her beloved daughter, Linda Marie Skokoski DeCosmo, and her son-in-law, Charles DeCosmo Sr., who passed away together on Oct. 2, 2017; and a brotAher, John Butala Jr.
Surviving are her beloved sons, Attorney Frank J. Skokoski, John Skokoski and his fiancée, Fredalyn, Joseph L. Skokoski and Michael J. Skokoski and his wife, Virginia; nine grandchildren; brother, Eugene Butala and his wife, Joanie, Tamaqua; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Prior to retirement, Marie worked at Wright’s Knitting Mill as a material handler.
Marie was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Parish at Transfiguration Church, West Hazleton, and everyone who knew her knew she was a devoted Catholic. Marie was a member of all parish organizations and for many years helped cook for the parish picnic. As she got older, she enjoyed selling tickets for the parish picnic, and her “gift of gab” sold many tickets for the church. In addition, Marie enjoyed making rosaries in her spare time and donated them to various religious organizations around the world and to anyone who wanted one whom she met. Her devotion to the Blessed Mother and her religion took her to Fatima, Lourdes, Rome and Medjugorie.
She loved her family and was a devoted mother and grandmother. Arthritis slowed her down recently but, in her younger days, she loved to cook and bake. She always kept a flower garden and cared for it even when she needed the help of her walker. Although she was suffering from arthritis and other ailments, her spirit always remained strong. She was taken home unexpectedly, surrounded by her loving family. She will be missed very much. We love you Mom and Granny.
Her funeral will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. from Hilary J. Bonin Funeral Home, 99 W. Green St., West Hazleton.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in Transfiguration Church, West Hazleton.
Interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, West Hazleton.
Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be made to the Holy Name of Jesus Parish Transfiguration School Renovation Fund, c/o 213 W. Green St., West Hazleton, PA 18202.