Mother of Kathy, Maureen, John and Robert passed away on March 29, 2007, she was 73.
“Our Irish Rose”
Rosemary Dooley “Our Irish Rose” Skillman, age 73 of Carpentersville died Thursday, March 29, 2007 at her home surrounded by her loving family after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The life of this wonderful woman began on November 8, 1933 in St. Louis, MO. She was the daughter of Martin Josephand Edna Margaret (nee McCabe) Dooley.
Rosemary was a 50 year resident of Carpentersville and a former 11 year employee of School District #300 where she worked as a Library Aide at Dundee-Crown High School. Rosemary was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Carpentersville. She had a very full life raising her family. Rosemary volunteered her time going door-to-door collecting for the American Heart Association and was an active supporter of the Dundee-Crown High School Booster Club. She also served as an election judge and transported the nuns every week to St. Monica’s parish to teach CCD classes.
Survivors include her beloved husband of 51 years, John V. Skillman; their loving children, Kathleen (Randy) Sellnow, Maureen (Michael) Harrison, John (Susan) and Robert (Marybeth); her cherished grandchildren, Matthew (Rebecca), James, Scott, Jonathan, Amanda, Van and Callie; and her great grandchild, Riley Rosemary. Rosemary is also survived by her sister, Jane Smith; her brother, Martin (Helen) Dooley; her mother-in-law, Charlotte Brady; five sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews and good and faithful friends, especially Peggy Basura.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Patricia; and a brother, James.
In hopes of helping others with this disease, Rosemary participated in a pancreatic cancer study at the John Hopkins University Hospital. The Skillman family would like to thank Dr. Joseph Michelotti, Drs. Coke, Nabrinsky and Koo for giving them the precious time they had with Rosemary during her illness.