Monica Skrocki, April 26, 2020, Age 78. Wife of the late Robert Skrocki. Mother of Brian Skrocki, Karen Czerpak (Edward) and Kelly Finnegan (Tom). Grandmother of Brian Douglas, Savannah, Madison, Peyton, Devon and Greyson. Great-Grandmother of Stetsyn and Avynlee. Sister of Michael and Jerry Zebrowski. She is also survived by nieces and nephews Zachary, Sherry, Patty, Nicholas, Nick, Sami and Susan.
Monica was born and raised in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia. She attended St. John the Baptist High School for Girls, where she met the girls who would be her lifelong friends. Not only did she meet her friends but she managed to find the love of her life...in a neighborhood grocery store. Monica and Bobby began their lifelong love affair as high school sweethearts and married on April 25, 1964. When she nearly lost her husband with three young children, Monica was motivated to further her education in order to be financially stable. She had earned an Associate Degree initially from Gwynedd Mercy College, but with a young family and a full-time job as an admission clerk at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, she enrolled at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. She earned a Degree in Marketing after 10 long years of persistence. While working toward her degree, she rose in status to Supervisor then Manager of the Admissions and Outpatient Departments. Chances are if you passed through the doors of Roxborough Hospital you encountered Monica. Eventually she was recruited to become the Director of Patient Access at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital where she remained until her retirement.
Retirement opened up avenues for Monica to pursue the things she enjoyed...spending time with friends, volunteering, traveling with her grandchildren, cooking (well, maybe she didn’t enjoy that but everyone else sure did because no one could put out a meal like Monica). She took many trips to Disney World with her grandchildren. She went on many cruises with her family. She traveled to Utah to see her great-grandchildren. Every year she spent a week with just her brothers and sisters-in-law at a time share in Florida. Her family meant the world to her. A close second would be her friends. Her home was often filled with her friends, especially at dinner time, as she loved to cook for them and play host. Her faith was a guiding force in her life. She attended daily Mass. But she lived the Gospel by volunteering in many ways, in local soup kitchens, cooking casseroles for the poor, cooking for retreats and teaching CCD. She was a true example of God’s Light in this world. Whether it was through an organized volunteer opportunity or something a little less structured, Monica’s generous heart was always seeking somewhere to land. She was given the nickname Angel early in life; she truly lived up to it to the very end.
Her family would like to thank everyone who has been a part of Monica’s life story. Each and every one of you have enhanced her life in a unique way. We are grateful also for the support and love you have shown both to Monica and to us throughout her illness. You are each a blessing.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in her name to PhilAbundance.
Services and Interment are private.
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