Skobel, Frank S. 87
Frank Stanley Skobel, of Rowes Run, passed away Dec. 31, 2012, with his family by his side. He was born July 28, 1925, in Smock, the son of the late Fred and Anna Mentus Skobel. A U.S. Marine and veteran of World War II, he fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima. Upon his return, he married Agnes Drozeck. He was the beloved husband of Agnes for 61 years, and a proud father and grandfather. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Mark Skobel and wife, Jill, of Memphis, Tenn., Robert Skobel and wife, Vicki, of Rockwall, Texas, Nancy Skobel of Uniontown, Judy Long and husband, Bill, of West Newton, Christine Polkabla and husband, Tom, of Smock; twelve grandchildren, Juli, Steven, Christie and husband, Christopher, Frank, Jessica, Isabella, Mia, Zachary, Abigail, Lucas, Sydney and Grace; and one sister, Martha Peton of Rowes Run, Pa. He was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Stanley and Andrew. He was an active and longtime member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church. He was a member of the Grindstone Lions Club for 50 years, receiving their highest honor, the Melvin Jones Award, for his service. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the SKIRPAN FUNERAL HOME, 135 Park St., Brownsville. The Rosary will be recited 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a wake service at 3 p.m. A prayer service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2012, in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. in St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, 571 Grindstone Road, Grindstone, PA 15442, celebrated by the Rev. Father James Petrovsky. Interment will follow at Lafayette Memorial Cemetery, 132 Twin Hills Road, Brier Hill, Pa., with full military rites accorded by AMVETS Post 103. Frank's family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and aides on 4 South at Uniontown Hospital, Donna, his dialysis nurse, and the Fayette Hospice Association for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Grindstone Lions Club, 198 Ford Hills Road, Grindstone, PA 15442, or The St. Vincent de Paul Society, PO Box 195, Uniontown, PA 15401. http://www.skirpanfuneralhome.com.