John J. “Jack” Skok

Jack SkokJohn J. “Jack” Skok, 75, of 125 Bennett Road, St. Marys, passed away Monday, July 4, 2016, at his home, after a lengthy illness.

He was born October 25, 1940, in St. Marys, son of the late John T. and Irma Kreckle Skok. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1959.  He was a retired employee of the Keystone Carbon Company, retiring on August 1, 2005, after 46 years of service.

On August 8, 1964, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Mary Beth Schlimm, who survives. He is also survived by three daughters, Paulette Skok of Wexford, Laura Hill and her husband Brad of Chambersburg, and Melinda Lanzel and her husband Aaron of St. Marys; five grandchildren, Aaron Sam Lanzel, Julian Lanzel, Colin Lanzel, Gretta Hill, and Annabel Hill; a sister, Barbara Schlimm and her husband Jack of St. Marys; and a brother, Steve Skok and his wife Pauline of St. Marys.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Kevin John Skok, who passed away at birth; and by a grandson, Jackson Lanzel, who also passed away at birth.

Jack was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and was a past member of the Keystone Foremen’s Club. He enjoyed playing tennis, cars, woodworking, painting, drawing, and he especially enjoyed his grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Sacred Heart Church, 337 Center Street, St. Marys, PA 15857 or to the Elk County Catholic School System, Advancement Office, 600 Maurus Street, St. Marys, PA  15857.

George Haberberger July 5, 2016 at 8:24 am

Mary Beth:

Sorry for your loss. Jack was a very good man and classmate. We will keep him in our prayers.

George and Nancy Haberberger

PETE BAUER July 5, 2016 at 11:53 am


JACK was our best man and my good friend. He is in our prayers.

Pete & Bernice Bauer

Kate (Fritz) Kapp July 5, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Mrs. Skok and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. ((((HUGS))))

Richard Zamboldi July 5, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Mary Beth,

I was very sorry to hear this sad news. I think you know how much I thought of Jack. He was always my friend. I will miss him.


Maggie Babco July 5, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Melinda and family……so sorry to learn of your father’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Ann Dixon July 5, 2016 at 10:40 pm

Dear Marybeth, Paulette, Laura and Melinda,
I’m so very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He was such a kind and sweet man! He will be truly missed! My Dad and I will miss seeing him outside! You are all in my thoughts and prayers!
Ann Dixon

Kelly & Walt Sitarek July 6, 2016 at 6:19 am

MaryBeth, Paulette, Laura and Melinda,
All of you are in our prayers and thoughts.
Kelly (Fritz) & Walt Sitarek

Gerri Nedzinski July 6, 2016 at 8:22 am

My sympathy, prayers and condolence to the family.

Ed & Jane Sutton July 6, 2016 at 5:23 pm

Mary Beth,
We were shocked and saddened to hear about Jack’s passing. He has been in our thoughts and prayers. We hope you continue to receive the grace and strength to continue with life. Fortunately, you have family that lives nearby. I remember Jack as being a great husband, father, athlete and always a true gentleman.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to attend the wake or funeral Mass since we are babysitting Danny’s 4 kids including newborn grand daughter Grace 6/29.

Grace Stauffer Brehun July 6, 2016 at 6:50 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. I lost my husband 3 years ago to cancer so I can really sympathize with all of you. The Lord is with you at all times and will help you get over this loss. It takes time but it does get easier believe me. God bless all of you.
With loving thoughts to all of you.
Grace Stauffer Brehun

Pug and Louie Iorfida July 7, 2016 at 10:59 am

Mary Beth,
Our sympathy to you and your family. God Bless you all.

Julie (Przybocki) Spinozzi July 7, 2016 at 3:35 pm

Hi Melinda,
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember meeting your father in our dorm room when we were roommates. He is a wonderful man you always looked up to. Much love, thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Jim & Laura DeLullo July 9, 2016 at 7:55 am

Sending our sympathy. May God grant you peace and comfort. We were shocked of seeing of his passing and will miss seeing him in church.

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