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Adele G. Skolaski

April 6, 1934 ~ January 27, 2022 (age 87)


Adele Gress Skolaski, age 87, died of COVID on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at Bethel Home in Viroqua, WI.  Adele struggled with debilitating rheumatoid arthritis and dementia, and was under hospice care when she contracted the virus. 

Adele was born in 1934 in Rhinelander, WI, where she also grew up.  She obtained her bachelor's degree in speech pathology at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL and for the majority of her career worked as a speech pathologist in the Cudahy Public Schools.   Adele was a 60+ year member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Cudahy WI, where she taught summer bible school, and volunteered with Project Concern, the church’s food and clothing bank.  She also served as a Girl Scout Troop Leader, and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and the Wisconsin Education Association Council.  Adele always loved a good laugh, was game for any adventure, and displayed endless energy, empathy, and compassion. Adele followed politics closely, was an avid reader and loved to host parties, go to the theater, watch movies, and play cards.  For the past six years Adele and her high school sweetheart and beloved husband of 64 years, Donald “Don” Skolaski, lived at Maplewood Terrace Assisted Living before she moved to Bethel Home and St. Croix Hospice in Viroqua, where she had much appreciation for all those who cared for her. Sadly, Adele was preceded in death by Don who also succumbed to COVID in 2020. 

Adele is survived by her loving daughters Cori (David Heath) Skolaski of Viroqua and Renee Skolaski of New York City, and her cherished grandsons William Heath, Rowan Heath, and Nicholas Anderson.

Given Adele’s lifelong concern for community and respect for all, her greatest wish would be for society to de-politicize science, embrace commonalities, and work to end the divisive political climate. In lieu of flowers please consider an in-memoriam gift to the League of Women Voters and it's voting rights advocacy at

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