Mary Jane Skaar died on July 26, 2023 by natural causes. The family takes comfort that she is in peace
and is no longer suffering.
Mary was born July 18, 1945, to Joseph Roman and Sally Margaret (Sabota) Skroch in Whitehall, WI. She
was raised in Independence and then moved to Hixton, WI in 1952 with her parents and brothers, David
and Paul. They owned Skroch’s Bar for the next eighteen years where she tended bar. She graduated
from Black River Falls High School in 1963 and was married to Gary Skaar. They moved to Racine, WI in
1963 where she worked as a secretary and her husband worked for Case.
In 1967, they decided to raise their growing family on the Skaar family farm in Taylor, WI where they
farmed until 1988. After the sale of the farm, Mary became a loan officer for Rural Development and
with a few promotions ended up in the Stevens Point office after her divorce. She retired after twenty
years with many accolades to add to her accomplishments. She moved back to Black River Falls to be
closer to her family.
Mary enjoyed many hobbies and in her younger years was on the women’s bowling league and
competed at State. She also enjoyed gardening, nature, her beloved dogs, and traveling. She loved
spending time with her three children, Scott (Jennifer) Skaar, Brenda Harris, and Melissa (Todd) Erickson
and once grandchildren came, loved spending time with them. She was a wonderful grandma and had a
special place in her heart for her five grandchildren, Samantha Skaar, Aaron Skaar, Makayla Harris,
Megan and Lauren Bergerson. She later added two more with open arms with the addition of Tyler and
Haley Erickson to the family.
Mary is proceeded in death by her parents, brother (David Skroch), and son-in-law (Lance Bergerson).
A memorial service for Mary will be held Saturday, August 5 th , 2023 at 11am at Upper Pigeon Creek
Lutheran Church in Northfield, Wisconsin. Friends may call for visitation from 10am until the start of

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