Catherine Kay Skelly, Janesville/Green Bay, WI

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

March 25, 1924 - September 10, 2017

Catherine Kay Skelly, age 93, of Green Bay, passed peacefully on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at Angels on Arcadian, DePere, WI. She was born in Janesville on March 25, 1924, the daughter of Patrick and Mary Ellen (McCue) Slein. On June 19, 1948, she married Alan E. Skelly at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Janesville. During their 60 year marriage, they resided in Janesville, Richland Center, Burlington, and back to Janesville to enjoy retirement. Together they raised 5 children. At the age of 50, Kay went back to school to become a licensed practical nurse. She always said that she loved the nursing field so much that it didn’t seem like work! She worked many years at Burlington Memorial Hospital and at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home in Janesville. Kay enjoyed church choir, volunteering at the Literary Council and was a hospice volunteer. She loved to play bridge, and was known for her delicious apple pie and potato salad brought to many picnics. And she never let you forget she was 100% Irish! Kay and Al celebrated 60+ years of marriage. Due to Al’s declining health, they made the move to Green Bay to be closer to family.

Kay is survived by her five children: Mary Ellen (Mike) Schumacher of Green Bay, Kathy (Dennis) Trimberger of Fond du Lac, Peter (Debbie) Skelly of Crystal Lake, IL, Louise (Mike) Markisen of Green Bay and Virginia Bridger of Sebastian, FL; 11 grandchildren: Brian (Carolyn) Schumacher, Mark (Katie) Schumacher, Erin (Troy) Gallas, Zach Trimberger, Matt Trimberger, Jason (Jennifer Young) Clapp, Kristie (Luke) Freund, Megan (Scott) Peterson, Eric (Jackie) Markisen, Robby (Nathalia) Gutermuth and Lauren Bridger; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Will (Gert) Slein; brother-in-law, Lamar Kuhlman; and sister-in-law, Jean McCann. She was preceded in death by Al on November 29, 2008; her brothers: John, Jim (Dorothy), Michael, Bernard, and Patrick; sister, Mary; Al’s siblings: Marguerite (Jack) Doheny, Rosemary Kuhlman, Agnes (Bill) Weins, Tom (Joey) Skelly, and Jerry (Virginia); and infant brother, Mickey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at ST. JOHN VIANNEY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1250 E. Racine Street, with Rev. Joseph Baker officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1800 E. Racine Street and again from 10 a.m. until the hour of mass on Thursday at the church. For online condolences and registry: www.schneiderfuneraldirectors.com

Thank you to the staff at Angels on Arcadian, DePere, and Asera Care Hospice who showed care and compassion in our mother’s final weeks.

We’ve been saying good bye to our mother gradually over the years, as Alzheimer’s stole her from us a little bit at a time. But she always remained in good spirits, and was able to play Yahtzee with family, and she always knew her family until the end. We are grateful for that!

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