Dr. Edward M. Skovira

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    - Michael Broscius
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Dr. Edward M. Skovira of Jessup and Moosic Lake died Sunday at Mercy Hospice.

Born in Scranton, son of the late Stephen G. and Mary Hiznay Skovira, he was a member of St Michael's Church, Jessup. He was educated in St. Patrick's High School and received a bachelor's degree of science in biology, cum laude, at the University of Scranton. Dr. Skovira earned his medical degree from Georgetown University Medical School in 1957. He completed residency in pathology and was certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic and clinical pathology. For 37 years, he was the department head of pathology at Community Medical Center. He was a member of the medical board and was inducted into CMC's Hall of Fame.

Dr. Skovira also served as president of Pathology Associates of NEPA and Clinical Laboratories. He served as a member of the medical staffs at Moses Taylor, Mercy, Marian Community and Mid-Valley hospitals. He was a fellow of the American College of Pathology and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Dr. Skovira was a member of the University of Scranton's Alumni Association and the Purple Club, served on the board of trustees and received the Frank J. O'Hara Award. He also served as a captain in the Army Medical Corps and was a member of the Country Club of Scranton.

Surviving are a sister, Therese S. Ciabattoni and husband, Louis J., Chappaqua, N.Y.; two nephews, Louis J. Ciabattoni Jr., Los Gatos, Calif.; and Dr. Steven E. Ciabattoni, Zurich, Switzerland; two nieces, Carrie C. Dyckman and husband, Kinsey, Princeton, N.J.; and Amy C. Keating and husband, John, Darien, Conn.; seven great-nieces and great-nephews; and a longtime companion, Margaret "Midge" Fletcher, Scranton, and her son, Stephen Fletcher.

The funeral will be Thursday with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. to be celebrated by the Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., in the University of Scranton's Madonna Della Strada Chapel, Monroe Avenue. Interment, private at the convenience of the family in St. Michael's Cemetery, Jessup.

Friends may call Thursday, from 10 a.m. until Mass time at Madonna Della Strada Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Edward M. Skovira, M.D., Scholarship Fund, c/o the University of Scranton Development Office, 800 Linden St., Scranton, PA 18510.

Arrangements, Thomas J. Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1240 St. Ann's St., Scranton, and the Louis M. Margotta Funeral Home, 511 Church St., Jessup.
Published in Scranton Times on Sept. 16, 2009