SALAMANCA – Phyllis I. Skudlarek, 83, a longtime resident of Salamanca, passed away on Friday (March 22, 2013), at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport, Pa., after a lengthy illness.
Born on April 19, 1929, in Salamanca, she was a daughter of Angelo J. and Betty B. (Scott) Paoletto. On April 15, 1950, in Buffalo, she married Walter J. Skudlarek, Jr., who died on Dec. 6, 2006.
Mrs. Skudlarek was a graduate of Salamanca High School, Class of 1948. She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker.
Mrs. Skudlarek was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Salamanca and also a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Coudersport, Pa. Prior to moving to Coudersport, she was also a former longtime member of the United Congregational Methodist Church of Salamanca, where she taught Vacation Bible School and was a member of the Women's Fellowship organization within the church. Mrs. Skudlarek was a devout Christian, having loved the Lord and attended church regularly when her health permitted.
In her spare time, she was an avid doll and dollhouse collector. She was very proud of her collection; the collections were featured as the subject of several articles in past Olean Times Herald publications. Mrs. Skudlarek also enjoyed spending time with her family and her dogs, Shorty and Pugsley.
Surviving are a son, Robert L. "Bob" Skudlarek of Olean; a brother, James L. (Joann) Paoletto of Clinton, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents and husband.
At Mrs. Skudlarek's request, there will be no visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service of the Holy Eucharist at Bethany Lutheran Church, 6 Leo Moss Drive, in Olean, on Saturday (April 6, 2013), at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Marie Meeks, pastor, and the Rev. Father Michael Lonto of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Salamanca, co-officiating. Burial will be in Mount View Cemetery in the Veteran's Field of Honor, Olean.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, 6 Leo Moss Drive, Olean, N.Y. 14760 or St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 99 Wildwood Ave., Salamanca, N.Y. 14779.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.
A fond memory of Phyllis may be expressed at virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.