Stefan Skoczek Dies in Maine

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Stefan Skoczek was born in Sobin, Poland, in 1924 to Franciszek and Maria Skoczek. He died in York, Maine earlier this month. Mr. Skoczek's earliest years were spent in Poland; but in 1939, his family was among the many who were forced into hard labor camps in Siberia. Following their release, they were deported to the Middle East. Mr. Skoczek moved to England in 1942 as a cadet in the Polish Air Force and later served in the Polish Division of the Royal Air Force. When the war ended in 1945, he re-enlisted in the RAF. He did not return to Poland until the mid-1990s. In 1950, he met Ingeborg Kunert, who had recently emigrated from Germany to pursue studies in business and accounting. They married in 1953, settling in the London area, where they had three children and lived until 1971. During these years, Mr. Skoczek trained as a cabinet maker and worked at Schreiber and Sons, Morgan Partners and Bisson. In 1971, the family emigrated to the United States, and for the next 36 years they lived in Livingston, Mr. Skoczek founded a business as a private contractor The couple made Kittery Point, Maine, their home in 2007. In 2010 they returned to Europe for the last time to visit relatives in England, Germany and Poland. Predeceased by his wife in February, 2014, Mr. Skoczek is survived by a son, Michael Skoczek and his wife, Kelley Parsons, of Parsippany; two daughters, Marianne Skoczek and her husband, Paul Dorn, of Sacramento, California; and Christl Skoczek of Kittery Point, Maine; and a brother, Johnny Skoczek, and his wife, Mary, of Burnham, England. In lieu of fl owers, the family requests contributions in Mr. Skoczek's name be made to the Center for Wildlife, P.O. Box 620, Cape Neddick, Maine 03902.
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