John P. "Yash" Skolnicki, 83, of Lorain, died on Saturday, July 14, 2007, at Community Health Partners HSC – West, Lorain, after an extended illness. He was born on September 25, 1923, in Lorain. He had moved to Michigan before returning to Lorain in 1958.
John was a 1941 graduate of Lorain High School.
He served in the United States Army, in the Pacific Arena, during World War II.
He was then employed by Dow Chemical in Midland, MI, and later with the State of Ohio as a personnel officer, then he was a Deputy Auditor for Lorain County for 10 years.
He was a member of St. John Roman Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Czarnecki Lodge # 1430, and the Polish National Alliance.
John enjoyed sports, especially basketball and softball. He was inducted into the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame in 1975, and also received State and National recognition for sports. He had pitched Dow Chemical to the World’s Fast-pitch Title in 1951, as well.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary C. (nee Tomasic); sons, John of Tipp City, and Steven of Vermilion; daughters, Marilyn Hamel of Amherst, Kathleen Blake of TX, and Susan Evans of MD; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sisters, Helen Szalay of Lorain, Rose Dellisanti of Amherst, and Virginia Armelie of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Tacyanna (nee Wozniak) Szkolnicki; a grandson, Bronson Blake; and brothers, Joseph, Edward, Bruno, and Walter Skolnicki.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 from 4 to 8 P.M. in the Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Ave., Lorain, where closing prayers will be held the following morning at 9:30 A.M. A funeral mass will follow at 10 A.M. at St. John Roman Catholic Church, 2143 Homewood Dr., Lorain. The Rev. Fr. Thomas Smith will officiate. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain, with full military honors.
Contributions, in his memory, may be made to either of the following: St. John Roman Catholic Church, 2143 Homewood Dr., Lorain, OH 44055, or to Lorain Sports Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 723, Lorain, OH 44052, or to Community Health Partners Regional Foundation, 3700 Kolbe Rd., Lorain, OH 44053.
To send an online condolence, go to www.dovinfuneralhome.com