Rose Marie Skrypek

Obituary of Rose Marie Skrypek

GREECE - Rose Marie (Dolly Dumala)  Skrypek:     1939-2018 Born in Erie, Pa. on a Saturday Sunrise, May 20th 1939. She was the daughter of the late John and Sophie Dumala of 3rd & Wallace St. in Erie, Pa.

Our wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother, age 79 completed her mission on earth and earned her angel’s wings on December 29th 2018 in Rochester, NY.

‘A great tree has fallen’........ ‘an empty place has opened up against the sky’.

Dolly met a ‘special boy’ in 1952 during the St. Hedwig Church Festival at the age of 13. She began that day with this boy named Bob. That day brought them together, and never to be separated for the rest of their lives.

Everything Dolly believed in and honored in her life revolved around her faith in God and love of her family. Dolly’s greatest treasure was her family. She loved the holiday season preparing Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. She loved to cook and bake for family and friends. Dolly was known for her wonderful pies, chocolate chip cookies and pierogies. No one ever left the Skrypek home hungry!

Dolly gave the light to carry on in greatness and gave us courage when we are in need of help. She enjoyed polka dancing and Polish customs, especially Easter and Christmas. Everyone will have a lifetime of fond memories about Dolly.

She graduated from St. Hedwig Grade School and St. Benedict Academy in 1956. Dolly worked for Alderman Michael Kinecki while in high school and after her graduation. Erie remained home until 1961. For over 40 years Dolly and Bob traveled to Hawaii for an annual visit during the winter. During the visits to Hawaii they met Red Skelton and enjoyed being invited to many of his birthday parties.

Dolly is survived by her husband Robert Skrypek; children, Robert Skrypek, Richard Skrypek, Denise (Gregory) Sutton, Diane (John) Gramlich, Kimberly (Christopher) Sarver and Danielle (David) Stratton; grandchildren, Andrianette, Jessica, Cameron, Catherine and Chelcie; sisters, Joyce Ciotti and Nancy Martin. For more information about Dolly please visit

There will be no prior calling hours, Dolly’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, January 2nd 2019, 10 AM at St. John the Evangelist Church of Greece. Her Graveside Ceremony will be Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 12PM at Calvary Cemetery, Erie, Pa. Memorial donations may be directed to: St John the Evangelist of Greece, 2400 Ridge Rd. West, Rochester, NY 14626 and St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in her memory.

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