Margaret T. Skvarla, 88, Plymouth, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully with her children by her side on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013.
She was a lifelong resident of Plymouth and a lifelong member of St. Stephen's Church, now All Saints Parish, in Plymouth. Margaret was active in many church functions and was one of the founding members of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers of St. Stephen's Church.
She graduated from St. Vincent's High School in 1941 and worked for a short time at the A & P Food Store in Plymouth. She married Joseph B. Skvarla, her husband of 57 years, and enjoyed a long and happy life, raising five children. She was employed for 27 years at RCA in Mountain Top.
Margaret was a faithful participant at her children's and grandchildren's activities, watching numerous sporting and school events and attending picnics and parties to celebrate family milestones. After retirement, she was a volunteer at the Mercy Hospital. She enjoyed bingo with her friends, bus trips, dinner theater, Little League baseball, Wilkes University football games and her beloved New York Yankees.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph B. Skvarla; parents, John and Theresa (Kreller) Bowden; sister, Mary Muscavage; and brothers, John, George and Harry Bowden.
She is survived by her brother, William Bowden, Plymouth; sisters-in-law, Helen Karavis, Plymouth, and Lucille Bowden, Erie; children, Joseph Skvarla Jr. and Donna Kulik, Larksville; Michael and JoAnne (Wargo) Skvarla, Lansing, N.Y.; Mark and Patricia Skvarla, Plymouth; Maggie (Skvarla) Dale and husband Robert, Harveys Lake, and Mary Beth (Skvarla) Dudick and husband Robert, Plymouth; grandchildren, Eric Skvarla; Jennifer Daisy; Allison Wetherell; Amy and Brian Skvarla; Natalie, Michael, Nicholas and Peter Skvarla; Koren Sutliff; Keri Skvarla; Emily and Casey Dale; Daniel and Andrew Drury, and Lucas Dudick; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and relatives by marriage.
The family would like to thank the staff at both the Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the General Hospital Critical Care Unit for their excellent care during Margaret's recent stays.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday from Kielty-Moran Funeral Home Inc., 87 Washington Ave., Plymouth. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in All Saints Parish, Willow Street, Plymouth. Interment will follow in St. Stephen's Cemetery, Lehman. Family and friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.