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Mary Ellen Skop

September 1, 1954 ~ April 20, 2019 (age 64)

Mary Ellen Skop, 64, of Clairton, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at UPMC Presbyterian. She received her B.A. in Education from St. Francis College in 1974 and was a teacher at Brightside Academy and the Clairton School District for many wonderful years. She would often encounter former students who always approached her with enthusiasm. An avid member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton, Mary had a very strong relationship with God and often reflected on scripture and its application to life. She loved to read both classics and new aged material, preferring to touch the pages rather than use a Kindle. She was known for her quick wit in conversation and ability to make strangers new-found friends. She was a fierce card player and had an exclusive group that met to play at her house on Sundays. She enjoyed decorating for all holidays and often changed her table arrangement in her dining room to match any occasion. Born September 1, 1954 in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Edward J. and Ruth Anne (Pazo) Skop of Clairton. She is survived by her son, Justin (Brittany) Hargrove of Pittsburgh; grandchild, Xavier Hargrove; sister, Felicia S. (Jerry) Brillant of Tyrone, GA; and aunt, Margaret DeDeminicis of Clairton; also, nieces, a nephew, great-nephews, and many cousins. The family would like to offer their sincerest thanks and gratitude to the staff at UPMC Presbyterian. A celebration of Mary’s life and Memorial Mass will take place in St. Clare of Assisi on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10 AM. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth.


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