Marlene S. Skiptunas, 78, founding member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church

Marlene S. Skiptunas
Marlene S. Skiptunas

Marlene S. Skiptunas, 78, surrounded by her family, left this life Tuesday, July 16, 2019, to dance with her husband, John, who she deeply missed. Marlene was stricken with an unrecoverable, acute infection.

Born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, she was the only child of the late Sophie Stuchinski. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, John Skiptunas; and their son, Reed.

Marlene was crafty in all aspects, cake decorating, silk floral arrangements as well as toll and wine glass painting. You could find her spending her social and spare time at St. Mark’s Catholic Church. Incredibly active, she was a founding member of the parish where she loved being a lay minister of the word, Eucharist, RCIA sponsor and overall deeply religious spirit.

“Marlene,” “Mom,” “Memaw,” “G-Ma” will be deeply missed by her family, son, John P. Skiptunas Jr., and his wife, Trinika, of Lima, New York; two daughters, Nadine Higgins, and her husband, Paul, of DelRay Beach, Florida, and Paige Lamb-Madrigal, and her husband, Jeff, of Virginia Beach; and seven grandchildren, Reed, Johnny Paul III, Brendan, Sutton, Julia, Emma and Cole.

The family would like to sincerely thank all the friends who adored Marlene and loved her like family, especially after John passed. She loved her longtime friends dearly and treasured her time when you popped in say hello and recount old memories (like of her dancing in the Poconos with John when they met) and felt equally blessed to make such new, close friendships through the RCIA program and her apartment community. You warmed her heart, and we know you will all miss her terribly.

The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 22, at the Catholic Church of St. Mark. A Mass of Resurrection will follow visitation at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary with a reception immediately following in the Great Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Catholic Church of St. Mark or to

Share online condolences with the family at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory.

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