Sandra J. Skiff, age 75, of Aiken, SC, and formerly of Waterford, died unexpectedly on Monday, July 23, 2012 at UPMC Hamot after an extended illness.

Skiff, Sandra J.Born in Salamanca, NY on December 12, 1936, Sandra was a daughter of the late Antoni and Katherine Bandura Wrona. After the death of her parents, she moved to the Waterford area to live with her sister, Mary Szall. She graduated in 1954 from the Waterford Academy and was married January 15, 1955 to George William Skiff.

Sandra loved her family very much and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a gifted singer and therefore music played a major role in her life. In addition to singing at many weddings and church services, Sandra enjoyed singing at the old time minstrel shows, she founded and directed the “Righteous Rebels”, a touring youth choir, and she served as choir director at three Waterford churches– First Presbyterian, St. Cyprian Catholic, and St. Peters Episcopal. Most importantly, she passed down her love of music to her children.

As a dedicated mom, Sandra attended any event her boys were involved in, from music to sports. And while she was primarily a homemaker, she also worked as a teacher’s aid at Fort LeBoeuf Middle School, and was a displayer for Home Interiors.

Preceding her in death were two sisters– Mary Szall and Pauline Jusko; and two brothers– Edward and Anthony Wrona.

Family members that survive include her husband, George William Skiff; four sons– James E. Skiff and his wife Carolyn of Pittsburgh, David M. Skiff and his wife Ester of North Chili, NY, John P. Skiff of Erie, and Daniel P. Skiff and his wife Karen of Aiken, SC; also, ten grandchildren– Benjamin, Hannah and Erin Skiff, Lauren Doyle, Morgan and Jordan Skiff, and Spencer, Alex, Sabrina and Nolan Skiff; a great-grandson, Keenan Doyle; a brother, Leo Wrona and his wife Helene of Salamanca, NY; and two sisters-in-law– Freida Wrona of Mill Village and Mary Wrona of Vergennes, VT.

Friends may call at the Van Matre Funeral Home, 105 Walnut Street, Waterford on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Waterford First Presbyterian Church on Saturday morning at 11:00 am and will be officiated by Fr. Norman Field of St. Peters Episcopal Church. Burial will follow at Waterford Cemetery.

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