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Larry Frank Skala
November 3, 2023
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Larry “Ladislav” Frank Skala, died peacefully at home on November 3, 2023 after a short bout with an extremely aggressive lung cancer.
He was born on July 22,1936 in Queens, New York, the son of Joseph and Agnes (Stuchlik) Skala and grew up in Rockland County, New York. He graduated from Farmingdale State College, SUNY in Farmingdale, New York after which he proudly served in the United States Army. He worked for thirty-one years at Phillips Research Labs in Briarcliff, New York.
He leaves behind his loving wife, of twenty-six years, Ruth Rose Skala, as well as his daughter, Donna Gelormino and husband Phil of Monroe, New York, his son, Stephen Skala and wife Patti of Nanuet, New York, his four stepchildren, Colin, Jennifer, Melanie, Geoffrey. He leaves four grandchildren, Kristen and Philip Gelormino, Abbie and Keira Skala, step grandsons, Jacob and Cooper as well as his two nieces and many cousins and of course his devoted dog, Gus. He was predeceased by his older brother, Joseph Skala.
After retirement, Larry and Ruth lived in North Carolina, Bridgeville, Delaware, then finally moving to the Southgate Community in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Larry will always be remembered for his love for life and people, his quick wit and his skilled accordion playing as well as his delicious cooking and bountiful gardening. As an avid sports fan Larry devoted many hours to either playing or watching baseball. He brought a special joy to all that knew him.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Bridgeville Lions Club P.O. Box 414, Bridgeville, DE 19933 or The Southgate Residents’ Appreciation Fund c/o Residents Council Treasurer, 30 Julio Dr., Shrewsbury, MA 01545.
Relatives and friends may visit with Larry’s family on Thursday, November 9, 2023 from 1:00-2:00 PM at Saint Mary’s Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury followed by a funeral Mass celebrating his life at 2:00 PM. Burial with Military honors will be on Friday, November 10, 2023 at 1:00 PM at the Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York.