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Grace Gertrude Skadow, 83, of Rockford, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018 at Heritage Woods of Rockford. Born on May 13, 1935, in Chicago, the daughter of Fred and Gertrude (Teiwes) Knoedler. She graduated from Amundson High School in Chicago, Class of 1953 and attended Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin. Grace married Donald Skadow on December 21, 1955 at St. Mark's in Chicago. He was her best friend and husband of sixty-two years and predeceased her on May 5, 2018. Active member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Altar Guild, Book Club, Quilt Club and on the Hospitality Committee. She was also a member of Lake Summerset Garden Club, Kishwaukee Valley Garden Club, and Lake Summerset Quilt Club.
Loving mother to Donald Skadow, Jr., John (Mary Ann) Skadow, and Tom (Kim) Skadow; loving grandmother to Karen Skadow, Bobby (Caroline) Skadow, Mathias Skadow, Hannah Skadow, and Isaac Skadow. Also predeceased by her parents; brother-in-law, H.G. "Bud" Skadow; and daughter-in-law, Rhonda Skadow.
Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church - Durand, 15585 Durand Rd. Durand. Visitation will be from 10:30 am to 11:15 am on Saturday prior to the service in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church - Durand or Wisconsin Public Television, 821 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706.

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  1. Shirley Werner

    My sympathy to you Don, John, Tom and families. It was a very sad day when John so kindly called me to notify of Grace's passing. I was one of Grace's high school friends still living. When your Mom and Dad wed , the couples became friends, a very joyous relationship. I will miss your Mom as we had such similar backgrounds and so many things to talk about when we got together whether in person or on the phone. Just remember both of your parents are now well and such a blessing they were not apart for a long length of time. She was always such a positive person and her Christian faith was always so evident.

  2. Marjory Barksdale

    As I already expressed my condolences to Don and his brothers via letter, I wish to state my deepest sympathy to Grace's sister, Mary Ann Walther,. of Warrenton, Virginia. My friendship with both sisters dates back 74 years when we all grew up in a Chicago neighborhood just four houses apart. Just weeks ago, Grace commented on how very fortunate she was to have her sons and their families assist in moving she and Don into their new retirement home and that her niece Katie flew out from the East coast to help for a few days organizing the many details in making her new place "home". Our "sunshine girl" is gone, but we shall always cherish the many happy memories.

  3. Nancy Gramse

    Sincere sympathy to Don, Jr, John and Tom and their families. The loss of both parents in such a short time is a blessing for Grace and Don, as they are together again, but a great loss tor your families. They were so proud of all of you! We were friends since high school days and I will greatly miss them.

  4. Linda&Loren Skadow

    Don, it has been such a difficult time for your family. Our thoughts are with you.

  5. Karen Muth

    My sincerest sympathies to John and MaryAnn and family, at the passing of John's precious mom. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Karen Muth

  6. Joe Creasey

    In the short time I knew her she was the best. Caring and loving. She will be greatly missed. Love from Joe.

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