Sun Prairie - Jane Margaret Skalitzky, age 68, passed away on Friday, September 11, 2015 way too soon but is now with our Lord. She was born to Wilfred and Verena Grosse on July 9, 1947 and raised on a farm near Sun Prairie. She met the love of her life, Joseph Skalitzky, and they were married on November 25, 1967 at Sacred Hearts Church in Sun Prairie. She was a tremendous person who impacted so many people as an educator, volunteer, and friend. Jane was a generous and caring person who always put others' needs before her own. She was a loving mother and grandmother who loved to have fun and at times act much younger than her age. She will be greatly missed by all.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph Skalitzky; her children, Sara (Jay) Hausser and Matt Skalitzky; grandchildren, Makenna, Justin and Jadyn Hausser; sisters, Luana (Rod) Schneider, Ruth (Robert) Russell, Mary Ann Grosse, Nancy (Scott) Lange, Joan Grosse (George Dahir); brother, Robert Grosse (Daiva Caplenas); many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Alice Grosse.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. ALBERT THE GREAT CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2420 St. Albert Drive, Sun Prairie on Friday, September 18, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. with Monsignor Terrence Connors presiding. Private burial will be at Sun Prairie Memory Gardens. A visitation will be held at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 1310 Emerald Terrace, Sun Prairie, on Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of the mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be forwarded to Badger Camp (for adults with handicaps), and Special Olympics.
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Jane's compassionate mission and professional presence have always been exceptional. Of course, Jane would never say so herself. She preferred to change lives in quieter ways.
Jane would rather act directly by offering support of every kind--connecting in hallways, providing transportation, sharing a laugh, re-teaching a concept, supporting her teams, sharing with parents, consulting with counselors...
In each case, Jane has enriched others with her depth of experience, and with the inborn wisdom of her heart. She has often placed others before herself, and has, moment by moment, refocused her attention on "who comes next" in the flow of lives who needed her--and who actively sought her out.
Jane has provided direct support for so many persons with widely-divergent needs. She has always been a tireless advocate for countless families, and a faithful friend to so many who have worked with her.
For Jane, forgiveness was just another expression of her boundless compassion, her confidence in the good, and her love for all. God bless you, Jane.
Kind, loving, compassionate, caring, positive, - those are my memories of Jane. She was a blessing in the lives of so many of us.
I had the honor of being mentored by Mrs. Skalitzky. I spent countless hours in her classroom in high school. I continued in her footsteps in teaching Special Education. I am grateful for all I learned from her.
BOB. truly sorry for the tragic event that befell your sister. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. God bless you both. Your friend Jim Hjort
Jane...always admired, brimming with talent and personality.
We ache with and share your sorrow.
A student once labeled as "special ed"
Was designated as a "SpEd."
Abhorred by students thus abused,
With colleagues Jane devised a plan still used.
In my English class, who was to know
Who was "quick" and who was "slow"?
Assimilating all students was her goal.
Jane knew all students have a soul.
For challenged students, she taught strategies
To overcome their learning disabilities.
From Jane, "Hope" always did emanate.
It's what made her contributions great.
To others I will leave the question: "Why?"
As for me and others, we'll mourn and cry.
A wish from all touched by Jane this one request:
May flights of angels sing her to her rest!
Bill and I are heartbroken to hear about Jane. We will treasure memories of our last visit with Jane and Joe at our house in Scottsdale. We had so much fun! Our love and prayers are with Joe, Sara, and all our Skalitzky cousins.â¤ï¸
Our heartfelt sympathies to the entire family. We are sadden to hear of your loss. May you find solace in the love and memories shared together and may God comfort you with these words from the Bible. "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:4)
I don't remember if Jane and Joe were married yet or maybe engaged. But I waited on those two very young people as they dined with another couple at Ishnala in Wisconsin Dells.
Joe, Lorette & I will be visiting her sister in California Thur.-Sun., so we'll miss Jane's Mass. I sure remember teasing her at choir practices many years ago. We'll make a donation to Special Olympics in her name. Love,
Remembering when we were young, and the good times we had. The Bunny Hop......Paisans and drinking Champale out of those red plastic glasses........Weddings.....Painting that little house by Token Creek...... Playing cards and eating popcorn in the apartment above Tuschen's...... Potato pancakes.....Devil's Lake......Watching TV on the pull-out sofa bed.....That weekend in the Dells, right before you got "Queen" Sara. So many great memories of a wonderful, kind, loving friend. She will be greatly missed. Our love and prayers go out to Joe and Sara and family.
I remember Jane as a young schoolgirl. Those of us in the lower grades looked up to girls like her. We admired her beauty, her outgoing personality, her sweet smile, (& her smiling eyes) & her kindness to everyone. She was a role model we "little girls" looked up to & wanted to be like. My heartfelt sympathy to all who loved her but especially to her family. I pray the empty spaces in your hearts will be filled with comfort & peace. God rest her soul.
She will be missed by all of the people whose lives were touched by her.
Jane made a difference in my brother Georges life, which he was a student of hers. She will be missed.
Jane was piviotable in the success of my daughters education in High School. She was a great helper, listener and kind lady. She will be deeply missed.
Jane was my mentor as I student taught in her classroom in 1977. Her students loved her as we all did. I had the privilege of working with her for 5 years at Sun Prairie School District. You will always be part of my development as a teacher and future mentor to others. My prayers are with your family as we all mourn your loss.
I am very sadden by the news of one of my former teachers. I remember her always helping me with my school work whenever I needed. She will be dearly missed.
I had the opportunity of working with Jane at the high school for many years ... she retired a few years before I did. Whether it was a chat in the hallways or lounge at the school, working with her regarding a particular student, and so forth; Jane always shared her kindness, humanity, and expertise. I am a better person for having had her in my life. May her family and friends find peace through each other and the memories this wonderful human provided.
I am shocked and can't begin to imagine what the family is going through. As a fellow student at Sun Prairie I shared many good times with Jane and Joe. Both Joan and myself pray that the Lord will guide the family and provide healing.
I worked with Jane for a year at SPHS. She was a dedicated teacher and wonderful person. I so hoped I heard the name wrong when this came on the news. So very sorry for your loss.
I have fond memories of Jane at SPHS. Jane was kind, sweet and always had a smile on her face. She will be dearly missed by many...
I worked in the room next door to Jane's for many years. She was an excellent teacher and her students were lucky to have her. You will be missed Jane.
Toting our knitting along with us, Jane and I would meet for coffee. However, we never got much knitting done because we both had so much to share with each other. Jane was a kind and selfless soul. I'll miss her very much. It was always such a pleasure being with Jane; we seemed to agree on so many things. What I'll miss most, besides the friendship, is Jane's smile and love of life. God bless you, Jane. I'll miss you so very much!
She touched my life while I was in school, and then I got the pleasure of being in the church choir with her. She will be greatly missed by many.
Jane was a bright shining light of hope for many students, she made a difference in so many lives. She will be missed by many...
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