Alex J. Skraba, 78, of 355 Dewey Circle, Ridgway, died peacefully at his residence on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.
He was born Dec. 19, 1932, in DuBois, the son of the late Samuel and Anna Radzek Skraba.
On June 9, 1956, he married Helen C. Bienkowski, who survives.
He graduated from DuBois Area High School, Class of 1950. He had been a Ridgway resident for 55 years. He was a very active member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church. He was also an active member of the Moose, K of C, and the Carpenter’s Union # 947. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. He worked for Hyde Murphy Co. and Manno Construction for most of his carpentry career before teaching his sons all of his carpentry knowledge and then helping his son, Bob, with his construction business.
He was inducted into the Ridgway Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2010. He was an avid Ridgway sports fan, devoting countless hours to the Ridgway Little League. He also enjoyed going to polka dances with his wife.
Besides his loving wife of 55 years, he is survived by five children: four sons, Michael J. (Lori) Skraba of DuBois, Raymond J. Skraba, Timothy J. (Jane) Skraba, and Robert A. (Marsha) Skraba, and one daughter, Mary Ann (Steven) Yates, all of Ridgway; 15 beautiful grandchildren, whom he adored: Michael Jr., Alecia, Katie, Charlie, Robynne, Annie, Leah, Sam, DJ, Sarah, Emily, Alex, Claire, Claudia, and Lilyanna; four great-grandchildren, Hawke, Braydon, Amelia, and Vinnie; three brothers, Steve (Lillian) Skraba of Sykesville, John (Josephine) Skraba of DuBois, and Henry (Darlene) Skraba of DuBois; six sisters, Fran Shaw and Josephine Smith, both of DuBois, Carol (Tim) Robertson of DuBois, Mildred (Ed) Rutkowski of DuBois, Mary Ann Sickeri of Brockway, and Irene (Joe) Zinzella of Erie; and by many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Raymond Skraba.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Alex Skraba will be celebrated at St. Leo’s Catholic Church on Saturday, April 16 at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Fr. Brian Vossler, pastor. Interment will be in St. Leo’s Cemetery.
Military honors will be accorded by the Ridgway Military Honor Detail.
Friends will be received at the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home on Friday, April 15 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Community Nurses Hospice Program, 757 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857; or to Ridgway Wrestling Booster Club.