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Gearhart Anoka Funeral Home

552 East River Road, Anoka, MN

OBITUARY

Lillian M. (Pederson) Skillings

September 19, 1937December 28, 2019
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Lillian M. Skillings (Pederson) Age 82, of Blaine Passed away 12/28/2019

Survived by her sisters, Ruth Schintgen (Pederson), Helen Jackson (Pederson); children, Craig Skillings, Pamela Rohwer (Skillings), Colleen Fontaine (Skillings); grandchildren, Aaron Skillings, Felicia Reynolds (Skillings), Mariah Skillings, Katrina Nguyen (Rohwer), Ashley Rohwer, Trevor Rohwer, Diana Erickson (Fontaine); great-grandchildren, Jayson, Jesse, Kylee, Colt, Ophelia, Odin, Madison and Layla; adopted family, the entire Viken Clan.

Memorial Service 2pm Saturday 1/4/20 at Gearhart Anoka Funeral Home(552 East River Rd., Anoka)

Visitation starting at 1pm at the funeral home.

  • FAMILY

  • Survived by her sisters, Ruth Schintgen (Pederson), Helen Jackson (Pederson); children, Craig Skillings, Pamela Rohwer (Skillings), Colleen Fontaine (Skillings); grandchildren, Aaron Skillings, Felicia Reynolds (Skillings), Mariah Skillings, Katrina Nguyen (Rohwer), Ashley Rohwer, Trevor Rohwer, Diana Erickson (Fontaine); great-grandchildren, Jayson, Jesse, Kylee, Colt, Ophelia, Odin, Madison and Layla; adopted family, the entire Viken Clan

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 4, 2020

Memories

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Cynthia Barton

December 30, 2019

We are so grateful for the many memories we created with Lil and Dad over the years! From our visits to Blaine when our kids were growing up to the lake vacations, family gatherings and other events.

Lil loved to tease and be teased and had such a twinkle when she smiled. She loved her family and loved following her Grandkids’ activities! She was Dad’s “sweetie” and he loved her so much. We loved her, too. We will miss her!!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

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Biography

      Lillian M. Skillings was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed her to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, she possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. She had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and she was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Lillian always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Lillian was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      Lillian was born on September 19, 1937 at At Home in Little Elk Township, Minnesota. Her parents were Aurthur and Lillian Pederson. Lillian was raised in Long Prairie and Minneapolis Minnesota. Always able to express herself well, Lillian possessed strong interpersonal skills. She was optimistic in her outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in her communication. Armed with a great wit, Lillian was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Lillian was able to relate well with others. Her occasional role as family mediator gave her the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Lillian was raised with Nine siblings. She had five brothers and four sisters: Leo, Art, Allen, Bud, Mark, Dolly, Lois, Ruthie, and Helen. Lillian had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Lillian was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. Her curious nature was spurred by her ability to maximize her personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. She was good with facts and had an excellent memory. She graduated from Vocational High School and Technical Institute in 1955.

      Very much like a kid herself, Lillian identified with the inquisitive and creative side of her children’s personalities. She was able to direct her energy and spontaneity towards helping her children acquire added common sense skills. Lillian was blessed with Three Children, One son: Craig and two daughters: Pamela and Colleen. They were also blessed with Seven grandchildren, Katrina, Ashley, Trevor, Aaron, Felicia, Mariah and Diana.

      Lillian was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around her. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Lillian’s strengths included being able to think on her feet. She could be a leader who sought impact for her decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Lillian was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. She was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Lillian could multi-task, and she was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing her to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in her work environment. She spent many years as a bookeeper, then worked in warehouse inventory for a number of years. When she retired from full-time work, she worked part-time as a school bus aid for a number of years until the age of 72.

      Lillian enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. She had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that she did. She put this creativity toward all of her pastimes. She loved to read romance novels. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Lillian was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Minnesota Vikings Football and Twins baseball were always on at the house.

      Lillian was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Lillian’s favorites was Tucker, a shitzu mix dog. They were best friends for 6 years. Previous pets were Tar baby and Oreo cookie, cockapoo mixes.

      Lillian passed away on December 28, 2019 at J. A. Wedum Hospice, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. She is survived by Sisters: Ruthie Schintgen, Helen Jackson. Children: Craig Skillings, Pamela Rohwer, Colleen Fontaine. Grandchildren: Katrina Nguyen, Ashley Rohwer, Trevor Rohwer, Aaron Skillings, Felicia Reynolds, Mariah Skillings, Diana Erickson. Great-grandchildren: Jayson, Jesse, Kylee, Colt, Ophelia, Odin, Madison and Layla. Services were held at Gearhart Funeral Home in Anoka Minnesota.

      Lillian was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, she relied on her senses to increase her involvement and awareness of others. She was always able to provide amusing repartee to her friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Lillian had a theme song written about her, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” She enjoyed her life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Lillian M. Skillings.