Margaret M. "Marge" Skinner

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MOUNT CARMEL – Margaret "Marge" M. Skinner, 90, formerly of 125 W. Sixth St., Mount Carmel, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2010, at Mount Carmel Senior Living Community after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Marge was born in Mount Carmel, Feb. 12, 1920, and was a daughter of the late Ted and Anna (Malinoski) Meehan.

She was the youngest of three children and her two brothers, John and Edward, both served with honor during World War II.

She attended Our Lady's Grade School and was a 1938 graduate of Mount Carmel High School.

While in high school, she was senior class president and a member of the girls' gymnastics team.

After graduation, she attended Strayer's Business School and worked for the IRS in Philadelphia.

Additionally, she spent time living and working in Atlantic City.

While working at the USO in Philadelphia, she met and married her husband, Marine 1st Sgt. John L. Skinner, who was a veteran of World War II and Korea. They raised two sons, John and James, and a daughter, Margaret, who died suddenly at the age of 21 in 1980.

As a military family, they lived in North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Maine before settling in Mount Carmel.

While raising children, she had numerous in-home businesses, and was a Cub Scout den mother.

While her husband was serving in the Marines in Korea, she was the family anchor.

For a time, she worked as a library aide and teacher's assistant at the McKinley School, Mount Carmel.

She also worked for the Bureau of Unemployment Security in Shamokin and the Sobieski Building and Loan Association in Mount Carmel.

Marge was a member of the Mount Carmel Area Women's Club and a parishioner of the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Marge was a friend to everyone she met; no-one was a stranger.

Spending time with her family was her hobby and she enjoyed her time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, John, and his wife, Judy, of Mount Carmel, and their two children, Julia, of Harrisburg, and Jon, of Philadelphia, and James, and his wife, Claire, of Naples, Fla., as well as several nieces and nephews.
Published in The News Item on Dec. 31, 2010
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