In Loving Memory of Mary Skrovanek

September 05, 1920
Doak, Slovakia
August 06, 2020
Stratford, CT
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Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


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Mary O. Skrovanek

Mary O. Skrovanek, beloved mother, wife and friend, formerly of Fairfield CT, died peacefully Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Lord Chamberlain Nursing Center in Stratford, CT. Born in Doac, Slovakia on September 5, 1920, Mary was the oldest child of Adolfina Masark and Joseph Otocka. Mary came to the United States when she was 18 and worked for many years as a housekeeper. On her days off she would ride the bus to Bridgeport to learn English. At a church picnic she met the love of her life Joe Skrovanek a self employed plumber at Fairfield Plumbing and Heating and married him in 1942. They were married 70 years. On their 50th wedding anniversary, they returned to Czechoslovakia for a trip of a lifetime. Mary was a wonderful baker who always had homemade goodies in her tin to share. She loved reading, singing, bingo, sewing and embroidery and did so until arthritis took its toll. She also enjoyed her work with the St. Thomas Aquinas altar society and was her husband’s ‘secretary’ during his years with Fairfield Plumbing and Heating. Mary was the wife of the late Joseph Skrovanek of Fairfield, CT. She is survived by her daughters Barbara (and Derek) Schwindeman of Monroe, CT and Susan (and John) Hriczo of Newburyport, MA, granddaughters Elizabeth (and Jason Katonica) of Glenmont, NY and Kathryn Hriczo and her husband Jonathan Woodard of Malden, MA, one great granddaughter Emily Katonica of Glenmont, NY, one great grandson Cooper Woodard of Malden, MA a cousin Rita Gaspierik from Hamden, CT; a sister-in-law, Martha Skrovanek, and a niece Anna Linkova from California. The family would like to deeply thank the entire staff at Lord Chamberlain Nursing Center for their caring ways, loving support and the comfort they provided mom. Funeral services will be private. For information or to sign an online register, please visit

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5 Guestbook Entries for Mary O. Skrovanek

  1. We heard from my sister Rita that your mother suddenly passed away one month before her 100th birthday. The Erskine family offers their sincere condolences to my cousins Barbara and Susan. I enjoyed being your neighbor for many years and look back fondly at the goodies your Mom baked and your Dad’s homemade wine. We will keep you in our prayers. — love, Bill & Susan

  2. We all remember your Mom and Dad and are sorry to hear of her passing. Our Dad made it to 97 . We had so many wonderful gatherings with your family when we were young , your Mom was such a great cook. Such fond memories. Rosemary, Carol, Joann, Joseph and me Betsy Szost. Sadly we lost Susan last October.

  3. Dear Barbara:
    Such a beautiful picture of your Mom! Having read the lovely obituary, I can understand why you are such a wonderful person and special friend to me — it’s because you had a great teacher.
    Love & Peace

  4. Dear Barbara and Susan,
    It’s just past your mom’s 100th birthday, and I send you my sympathy and prayers. What nice neighbors you and your parents were to me, the little kid on the block! Our families visited and chatted a lot, as neighbors did back then, and I remember “Aunt Mary” watching me several times before school on days when my mom had leave early for work. She called me from the nursing home several years ago–out of the blue!–and we had a nice talk. Maybe she had an old phone book, or maybe she remembered the old phone number, which we still have. She lived a good long life, and she and your dad were the best of folks. Many happy memories!