Clemence “Clem” Skroch, 86, Rice
October 4, 1928 - November 12, 2014
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice for Clemence “Clem” Skroch, age 86, who passed away Wednesday at his home. Rev. Thomas Becker will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice and one hour prior to the services Monday also at the church. Parish prayers will be at 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Clem was born Oct. 4, 1928 in St. Wendel Township to Edmund & Catherine (Kostreba) Skroch. He married Juane “Janie” Dillenburg on Aug. 28, 1951 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in St. Wendel. They lived in Rice after their marriage. Clem was a farmer and also a welder and inventor, he was known as Mr. Fix-it. Clem was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where he served on the parish council. He was also a member of Rice American Legion Post #473. Clem enjoyed collecting old bottles and coins, watching TV, playing cards, and traveling around the country. He also enjoyed motorcycles in his younger years. He was a hardworking generous man.
Survivors include his children, Richard (Irene) of Rice, Gary (Janna) of Rice, Leon (Janet) of Rice, Gale (Peter) Skaj of St. Joseph, Mark (Pam) of Rice and Nancy (Tom) Vouk of St. Stephen; brother and sisters, Melvin (Phyllis) of Rice, Sharon (Dennis) Yurczyk of St. Joseph and Emily Rudnicki of Avon; sisters-in-law, Cyrilla, Darlene and Shirley Skroch all of Holdingford; 24 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 1 foster grandchild, 10 great grandchildren and 4 expected in early 2015; and 1 four-legged roommate named Kat.
Clem was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Janie on Sept. 9, 2012; granddaughter, Catherine Skroch; brothers, Clarence, Claude and Delmer; and brother-in-law, Stanley Rudnicki.