THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Edward Ed Skarban, 86, Two Rivers, formerly of Oconto Falls, passed away Thursday morning, Dec. 5 at Hamilton Care Center.
Born Nov. 24, 1927 in Suring to Edward J. and Louise (Yakel) Skarban, he graduated in 1945 and entered the United States Navy, serving during World War II. Following his honorable discharge, he attended college in Milwaukee for two years.
On Nov. 1, 1951 he married Genevieve Baranski in Indiana. The couple moved back to Oconto Falls in 1953 where he worked for the former Scott Paper Company as an electrician for 37 years, retiring in 1989. The couple also owned and operated the Fireside Restaurant. She preceded him in death in 1988.
On May 6, 1989 he married Lou Richard-Carroll and the couple lived in Oconto Falls until moving to Two Rivers in 2010. They enjoyed entertaining family and friends at their cottage on the Oconto River where their grandchildren learned to fish and enjoy pontoon boat rides. He played saxophone in area polka bands for many years, was an avid hunter and fisherman and traveled west to Montana for 40 years in the fall to hunt and to Canada for numerous fishing trips. A member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, he sang in the Sanctuary Singers Choir, belonged to the AARP, the Oconto Falls American Legion Post #302 and held a life time membership in the North American Hunting and Fishery organizations.
Survivors include his wife, Lou Carroll-Skarban, Two Rivers; a daughter, Jackie Valley, Green Bay; step-children, Connie (Mike) Ronk, New Berlin, Chris (Pete) Meinholz, Stevens Point, Colleen (Dale) Graham, Oconto Falls, Edward Carroll, Clarksville, Tenn. and Michael Mick (Julie) Carroll, Suamico; 15 grandchildren, many great grandchildren; a sister, Joanne Monfort, Kelly Lake and a sister-in-law, Delores Skarban, Milwaukee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Genevieve in 1988; a brother, Robert Skarban; a sister Mary Flynn; a nephew, John Skarban; two step-daughters, Fran and Rose and a brother-in-law, Jim Monfort.
Visitation was held after 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls until the time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Rev. Fr. Joel Sember officiated with entombment at Nicolet Memorial Gardens, Green Bay. Jones Funeral Service of Oconto Falls assisted the family with arrangements.