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Donna Maddock Skomski, age 85, of Mount Pleasant and formerly Royal Oak, Michigan, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2013 at Rosebush Presbyterian Manor in Rosebush after her six year struggle with cancer. Donna was born in Waterloo, Iowa and grew up living in the states of Iowa, Colorado, Montana, California, Nevada and Michigan. She attended high school in Butte, Montana and San Rafael High School, California, graduating in 1945. Donna graduated from Michigan State University in 1949 with a B.S. Degree in Health and Physical Education and a minor in English. While at MSU, Donna was captain of the Women's Swim Team for three years. She was a National Swimming Champion in freestyle and backstroke who was an alternate on the 1948 Olympic Swim Team. She was also a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority at MSU. After college graduation, Donna taught and coached at the high school level in Michigan and later the college level in Nevada. Along with her teaching and coaching, Donna served as head of the Women's Athletic Department at Hazel Park High School. She coached varsity and Amateur Athletic Union swim teams, diving, synchronized swimming, tennis, fencing, and gymnastics. While at Hazel Park High School, Donna created the first dance and drill team the Hazel Park Vikettes. In competition, the Vikettes were nationally ranked and they often performed at Detroit Lions football games and numerous J.L. Hudson's Thanksgiving Day Parades. While teaching primarily in the Hazel Park school system, Donna also taught in Adrian, Warren, and Royal Oak school systems. Donna impacted many student lives at the high schools she taught in and was respected and loved by those who knew her well. In her teaching years, Donna was also a member of the Olympic Development Committee for Diving. In Nevada, Donna coached the Carson Aquatic Swim Team, was a member of the Nevada State Museum Docent Council, member of Carson City Friends of the Library, and taught at Southern Nevada Community College. Donna was a member of Presbyterian USA church most of her life and over the years served as a Deacon and Elder in both Nevada and Michigan. She also served as an officer of the Retired Teachers organizations in both Nevada and Michigan. In the last years of Donna's life, she traveled through Europe several times to gather information for a Historical book she was writing. Donna had a keen interest in Greek, Roman, and Medieval History. She also had a great appreciation for the arts. Donna is survived by her son, Grant Skomski (Mary Jane Flanagan) of Mount Pleasant; daughters, Corey-Lynn Kern of Lake Las Vegas, Nevada and Lee-Ann Graniglia Skomski (Pompeo Graniglia) of Las Vegas, Nevada; grandchildren, Jennifer Corey Kern (Aiden Bordner) of San Francisco, Jameson Logan Kern, Tess Maria (Isaac) Swainston, Andre Vincenzia Graniglia, and Luca Joseph Graniglia of Las Vegas, and Katherine Skomski Flanagan of Mount Pleasant. Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Margery Corey and Alfred Goettsch; her adoptive father, Alfred Maddock, and her husband, Joseph J. Skomski. A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, May 21 at Rosebush Presbyterian Church, Mich. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rosebush Manor, Isabella County Commission on Aging, or the Mount Pleasant Public Schools Education Foundation. May she rest in peace with her Lord.
Published in Daily Tribune on May 22, 2013
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