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10/25/2016


Leonard Skop, age 83, lifetime resident of Elmira died Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at McLaren Hospital in Petoskey.  
 
Leonard was born on August 9, 1933 in Elmira to Peter and Victoria (Petroski) Skop.
 
Leonard attended St. Mary School, and graduated in 1954.  On April 16, 1955 in Texas, he married the former Lauretta Milbocker.  
 
He served in the army in Texas from 1954-1956, worked the family farm with his wife, and was employed at Standard Products for 34 years, retiring in 1997. 
 
He was a very active member of the community, serving on the Elmira Twp. board for 42 years, acting supervisor of the board for the years of 1972-1984, member of the Twp. planning commission, a member of the bargaining committee of Standard Products, and was a member of St. Mary Cathedral where he served as an usher.
 
Leonard is survived by his wife Lauretta, children; Barbara (Robert) Fate of Petoskey, Denise (Thomas) Burzynski of Gaylord, Linda (Steve) Scott of Gaylord, Geraldine (Mitch) Pasinski of Traverse City, Michael (Laura) Skop of Gaylord, Thomas (Cindy) Skop of Gaylord, Brian (Sally) Skop of Elmira and Marina Friend of Elk Rapids, 16 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are siblings Edward (Edna) Skop of Milford, Chester Skop of Houghton Lake, Eugena Kubacki of Gaylord, Richard (Christina) Skop of East Jordan, and sister in law Kay Skop.  
 
He was preceded in death by his brother Donald and his parents.
 
A memorial mass will be held on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Mary Cathedral.  Visitation will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home on Thursday Oct. 27th from 4-8 p.m. and at the church beginning at 9:00 a.m.  A rosary service will be recited on Thursday at 6 p.m.
 
Interment will be at Resurrection cemetery.
 
Memorial contributions appreciated to American Cancer Society or St. Mary Cathedral through the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.


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From: Virginia Stutesman
Yucca Valley, California
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01-Nov-16

So sorry to hear of your loss. Condolences to you and your family. May you have comfort in the resurrection to a Paradise Earth with no more pain nor sorrow, as Jesus promised.

From: Charles and Emily Pickett
West Bloomfield, , MI
30-Oct-16

Dear Denise & Tom, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers in this most difficult time. May he rest in peace. Love, Emily & Charlie

From: Julie Kettlewell
Gaylord, Michigan
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28-Oct-16

To the Skop Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. God's grace and peace...

From: Steve Langewicz
Gaylord, MI
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28-Oct-16

So sad to hear of Leonard's passing. He was one of the nicest men I've ever known. Loretta our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless you Leonard.

From: Kenneth Bur
Titusville, FL
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27-Oct-16

To the Skop family you are in my prayer's. Denise and Mike i am thinking about you and will be saying prayer's for the family. Ken Bur

From: Dorothy and Charles King
Houston, TX
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27-Oct-16

Dear Deni and Tom, We are very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this. Please let me know if you need something or just to talk, call me. Love you

From: Cindy Socha
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26-Oct-16

Lauretta I'm very sorry to hear of Lenards passing he was a wonderful person

From: Karen/Mark Lambert
Gaylord, Michigan
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26-Oct-16

Lind and family,. I am so sorry to hear of you Father's passing. Prayers to you all

From: Andy & Norma Patrick
Gaylord, MI
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26-Oct-16

We were very sorry to hear of Leonard's passing. I met Leonard in 1994 and had been told at that time by a local business person that there was no finer person than Leonard Skop. I have to say that after 22 years of knowing him, I would say that is correct. The mark of a man is not what he as accumulated over the years but the legacy of who he was when he is gone. A job well done for Leonard.

From: Larry & Mary Fenska
26-Oct-16

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Lauretta and your family. We will miss Leonard especially having morning coffee at Family Fare.

From: Denise Gapinski
Gaylord, Michigan
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25-Oct-16

Very sorry to hear about your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers

From: Kevin & Angel Gapinski
Granbury, TX
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25-Oct-16

Keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers.

From: Karen Zaremba DeNike
Boyne City, Michigan
25-Oct-16

Barb and Denise So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Keeping you all in my prayers.

From: Dave and Kathy VanKirk
Gaylord, MI
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25-Oct-16

Mike, Laura and family, we are sadden to hear of your dad's passing. We pray for peace and comfort during this time. Peace be with you all.

From: Diane Purgiel
Gaylord , MI
25-Oct-16

It was an honor to serve with Leonard on the township board for many years. My heart goes out to Lauretta and the family. May God be with you.