Marion Thornton Skelskie, 88


ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Marion Skelskie, formerly of the Boston and Cape Cod areas of Massachusetts, died Aug. 24.

She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Stanley Skelskie, and her brothers, Robert Thornton, Ronald Thornton and Roger Thornton. She is survived by her children, Barbara (Benjamin) Mer of Lincoln, Judi (Frank) Deming of Fort Collins, Colo., Cindy (Joe) DeFalco of Rochester and Arthur (Nan Molofsky) Skelskie of New York City.

She leaves her grandchildren Nadav (Dara Wald) Mer of Chandler, Ariz., Daniel (Kristen) Mer of Warwick, Becky Mer of Lincoln, Andrew and Kara Deming of Fort Collins, Aaron (Angela) Stormo of Rochester, Leah (Will Soles) Stormo of Rochester, Ethan and Noah Skelskie of New York City; and great-grandchildren Zohar, Nathan, Collin and Audrey Mer, Elizabeth Stormo; siblings, Mary Lou Wittman of North East, Pa., and David Thornton of North East; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Marion touched many lives; she stood up for her beliefs and worked tirelessly to make her community a better place. Extending compassion to all, she was a dedicated volunteer and held leadership posts within the Jewish community.

Donations may be made to ThyCa, PO Box 964, Chesterfield, MO 63006 (indicate Medullary Thyroid Cancer Research Fund), or Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104,