Sister Skluzacek taught at Sacred Heart School in Omaha

As an educator for much of her 61 years of religious life, Sister Marilyn Skluzacek was committed to helping her students learn to live their faith.

She once said: “The greatest thing we hope for is that the children will deepen their faith and put that faith into action.” 

Sister Marilyn died Dec. 10 at St. Dominic Villa in Hazel Green, Wisconsin. A funeral Mass was held at the Dominican motherhouse in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, Dec. 18, with burial in the motherhouse cemetery.

Born in Lonsdale, Minnesota, she made her first profession as a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa in 1960 and her perpetual profession in 1965. Her religious name was Sister Valerio.

Sister Marilyn taught for 46 years, including at Sacred Heart School in Omaha from 1975 to 1981. She also taught at schools in Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri and Iowa, and served as a principal in Chicago for two years and assistant principal in Greeley, Colorado, for seven years.

She also ministered as director of religious education and pastoral associate in Denver for four years. More recently she served as family care partner at St. Dominic Villa in Hazel Green, and volunteered at her order’s motherhouse in Sinsinawa.

Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701 or at online.

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