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Virginia "Ginny" A. (Gritzmacher) Skavlen

June 30, 1938 ~ April 11, 2021 (age 82)



MADISON/DEFOREST - Sunday, April 11, 2021 was a sold out show in the sky as heaven prepared to celebrate Ginny Skavlen, live, in-person, making her show-stopping entrance.

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Virginia “Ginny” A. Skavlen on April 11, 2021. She was born on June 30, 1938 in Sun Prairie, WI to Leo and Clara Gritzmacher. She was a loving and devoted mother and friend to all whose lives she has touched.

Ginny was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her daughters and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as a grandmother.

She was passionate about gardening, cooking, and entertaining with her uniquely instinctive humor. Ginny was known for never holding back, she had a knack for telling it like it is. Her vivacious personality made everyone around her laugh. Her words of wisdom and comfort kept us in line and gave us something to pass down to our children.

She lived a full life as a wonderful mother, homemaker, and often referred to as the best waitress in Madison. Running the show at the Wings Inn, Pooles Supper Club, Dan’s Steakhouse, Pigs Ear, and the Prime Quarter. Until her health condition made it impossible, Ginny was an active member of the Catholic Church.

She is survived by her three daughters, Lisa (Ron) Rolli, Rhonda Massey, and Tina (Randy) Sego; one stepson, Sean Skavlen; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and brother, Bill Gritzmacher.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Clara Gritzmacher; her husband, Robert Skavlen, daughter, Terri Massey; sister, LaVonne Chase; and her brother Jerry Gritzmacher.

A special thanks to Agrace Hospice for their wonderful care.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 30, 2021 at ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5001 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, with Father Grant Thies presiding. Visitation will be held on April 30th at the church from 11:30 A.M. until the time of the Mass.

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April 30, 2021

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
St. Peter Catholic Church
5001 N. Sherman Ave
Madison, WI 53704

Mass of Christian Burial
April 30, 2021

1:00 PM
St. Peter Catholic Church
5001 N. Sherman Ave
Madison, WI 53704

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