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Deacon John Ethelbert Skender

September 9, 1936 December 10, 2020
Deacon John Ethelbert Skender
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East Peoria- John Ethelbert Skender, age 84, passed away on Thursday, December 10 at Unity Point Methodist Hospital in Peoria, surrounded by the love of the children that absolutely adored him.

John was born September 9, 1936 in Peoria, IL, the son of John Raymond and Matilda “Tillie” (Frkovich) Skender. He married Jacqueline (Jackie) Middleton Skender, May 6, 1961 at St. John’s Catholic Church on the South Side of Peoria. She passed away on November 7, 2017. They were happily married for 56 years and shared a love for God and baseball. Survivors include their four children; John D. (Cindy) Skender of Peoria, Jeff A. Skender of Springfield, Jill S. Krummel of Franklin, TN., and Jennifer S. (Jim) Christian, eight grandchildren; Courtney Alexander, Katy (Brian) Lavin, both of Peoria, Elizabeth Skender of Nashville, John Nicholas (Emily) Skender of Peoria, Madalyn and Michaela Krummel of Murfreesboro, TN., and Bailey and Sam Christian of Peoria and nine great-grandchildren all of whom he loved and adored. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Stanley. He is survived by his brother David (Mariann) Skender and sister Nancy (Brian) Medendorp both of Peoria. John attended St. Johns Grade School and graduated from Spalding High School in Peoria.

He was a member and served as a Deacon of St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Peoria and was active and devoted to the Cursillo community because of the people he met, the stories they shared and the many miracles he experienced, which changed his life forever. He served in the Army from 1957 to 1959 and worked at AT&T for 39 years as a technician. He was ordained a Deacon in 1997 and served as the Spiritual Director of Peoria Cursillo Center for many years before retiring in December 2016.

Although his children will miss him forever, they take pleasure and comfort in knowing he received his heavenly reward for a life well lived in service and piety as he joins his one true love and soulmate Jackie. The only thing bigger than the smile that he greeted everyone with was his love for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was an amazing man that was gentle, devoted, humble, always encouraging, and funny. Besides having a strong faith and trust in God, he believed humor was the key to life. He took great joy in the nickname he acquired later in life of “Handsome Johnnie” and in one of his last text sent to his family he said “Tell everyone how much I love them and that it took me 84 years to become handsome and then I died. No regrets.”

A private family Funeral Mass will be at St. Mark’s Catholic Church. Msgr. Brian Brownsey will officiate and Entombment will follow in Resurrection Mausoleum. The funeral will be livestreamed on St. Mark’s School Facebook page at 10:30 Monday, December 14. His children have committed to hold a Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life when it’s safe to gather and give this beautiful man the farewell he so deserves with his family, friends, fellow deacons, the Cursillo community, and St Mark parishioners.

Memorials may be made to the Peoria Cursillo TEC Center, 401 NE Madison Ave., Peoria IL, 61603, or the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception at 2408 W Heading Ave, West Peoria, IL 61604.

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Cemetery Details


Resurrection Cemetery & Mausoleum Final Resting Place

7519 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61614

7519 N Allen Rd Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Peoria Cursillo Center

Peoria, IL 61603

Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception

2408 W Heading Ave,
West Peoria, IL 61604

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