OBITUARY

Leona Marie Skari

January 4, 1928November 5, 2020

Leona Julia Marie Skari (Perko) age 92 passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday November 5th, 2020 surrounded by her family. A celebration of her life will occur on Saturday December 5th, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 7691 S. University Boulevard, Centennial, CO 80122.

Leona (Leigh) was born on January 4, 1928 to George and Marie Lux Neupauer Perko. Leigh had a twin brother (Leonard) who was born 60 minutes earlier, making Leigh the youngest of 5 children. She and Leonard were delivered in their parents’ home by their grandmother, who was a midwife. They were front page news of the Cleveland News as they were the first twins born in Cleveland in 1928. Leigh was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. Leigh grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and attended West Technical High School. George had purchased farmland outside Ashland, Ohio and with war time concerns, they moved to the farm in 1944 where Leigh graduated from Ashland High School in 1946. Leigh started her college education at Ashland College (University) though couldn’t finish her degree as she married in 1949 and moved away. Following her husband’s teaching career, she spent her first part of married life living in Breckenridge and Moorhead, Minnesota before finally settling in Minneapolis where her children were born. Though she was an industrious stay at home mom, she also stayed busy working part-time in hospital medical records. They moved to Littleton, Colorado 1966 where she continued to raise her children but also worked in retail and spent many years as a church secretary.

Finding herself divorced in 1977, and after a series of auto accidents, she had to re-start her career at age 55 going back to college at Arapahoe Community College taking courses in Computer Science, Accounting and Business Law. She then started a career in sales of long-distance services with LDX/Max later moving into customer service with ADT. Always a hard and award-winning worker, Leigh worked with ADT until age 74 and volunteered in Littleton Public School’s mail room until she was 87! Leigh was very concerned for her children and wanted to ensure they knew the value of working hard, were well educated and self-sufficient - - which she accomplished. She was very proud to be awarded the Parents Without Partners Parent of the year award in 1983.

Leigh loved to travel and enjoyed visiting her daughter and son when they lived in Asia and enjoyed trips to Europe, Ireland and Hawaii as well as family trips to the mountains. She very much valued time with her many friends and family and deeply loved her two grandchildren. With her age she out-lived many of her friends but made new friends at the Buck Center’s senior group, whom she missed seeing due to COVID restrictions.

Leigh is survived by her three children Patti, David (Angela), and Daniel (Meranie) and her grandchildren Christian and Miriam. She also leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends and the family thanks those who loved and cared for her.

  • FAMILY

  • George and Marie Lux Neupauer Perko, Parents (deceased)
  • Patti, Daughter
  • David (Angela), Son
  • Daniel (Meranie), Son
  • Christian, Grandchild
  • Miriam, Grandchild

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Services

5 December

Funeral Service

10:00 am

Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church


5 December

Funeral Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church

7691 S University Blvd
Centennial, CO 80122

5 December

Committal Service

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary & Cemetery

6601 South Colorado Blvd
Centennial, CO 80121

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Rodney Franklin

November 28, 2020

Our hearts and prayers go out to Leona Skari and all her family members. For half a century she lived right next door to the Franklin house on East Peakview Circle. We waved to each other through our kitchen windows for years, and my son Rod got to know her so much better after moving back in with us in 2008. He helped with her lawn and yard work, and sat with her many times to share memories about the neighborhood. She was so sweet and such a devout Christian. We will miss our lovely neighbor. God bless Leigh Skari.

Kathryn Aveni

November 21, 2020

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I was so glad to have had the opportunity to visit with Aunt Leona in March 2018. We spent some time going through some old albums of my Dad's and I got to hear lots of great stories of their childhood.

Annette Eissens

November 11, 2020

Sorry to hear of Leona's passing, I had several conversations with her over the past two years. She was so grateful for the article I had shared about Dave's "Awe" moment at the time of his death. She was so grateful to know that his final moments here on earth were spent dancing around on the sidewalk in front of his house looking at an awesome sky that God had prepared for his home going a few moments later. I'm sure she and Dave are now sharing even greater " Awe" moments together. My condolences to all of the remaining family members.

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Biography

Leona Julia Marie Skari (Perko) age 92 passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday November 5th, 2020 surrounded by her family. A celebration of her life will occur on Saturday December 5th, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 7691 S. University Boulevard, Centennial, CO 80122.
Leona (Leigh) was born on January 4, 1928 to George and Marie Lux Neupauer Perko. Leigh had a twin brother (Leonard) who was born 60 minutes earlier, making Leigh the youngest of 5 children. She and Leonard were delivered in their parents’ home by their grandmother, who was a midwife. They were front page news of the Cleveland News as they were the first twins born in Cleveland in 1928. Leigh was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. Leigh grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and attended West Technical High School. George had purchased farmland outside Ashland, Ohio and with war time concerns, they moved to the farm in 1944 where Leigh graduated from Ashland High School in 1946. Leigh started her college education at Ashland College (University) though couldn’t finish her degree as she married in 1949 and moved away.

Following her husband’s teaching career, she spent her first part of married life living in Breckenridge and Moorhead, Minnesota before finally settling in Minneapolis where her children were born. Though she was an industrious stay at home mom, she also stayed busy working part-time in hospital medical records. They moved to Littleton, Colorado 1967 where she continued to raise her children but also worked in retail and spent many years as a church secretary.

Finding herself divorced in 1977, and after a series of auto accidents, she had to re-start her career at age 55 going back to college at Arapahoe Community College taking courses in Computer Science, Accounting and Business Law. She then started a career in sales of long-distance services with LDX/Max later moving into customer service with ADT. Always a hard and award-winning worker, Leigh worked with ADT until age 74 and volunteered in Littleton Public School’s mail room until she was 87! Leigh was very concerned for her children and wanted to ensure they knew the value of working hard, were well educated and self-sufficient - - which she accomplished. She was very proud to be awarded the Parents Without Partners Parent of the year award in 1983.

Leigh loved to travel and enjoyed visiting her daughter and son when they lived in Asia and enjoyed trips to Europe, Ireland and Hawaii as well as family trips to the mountains. She very much valued time with her many friends and family and deeply loved her two grandchildren. With her age she out-lived many of her friends but made new friends at the Buck Center’s senior group, whom she missed seeing due to COVID restrictions.

Leigh is survived by her three children Patti, David (Angela), and Daniel (Meranie) and her grandchildren Christian and Miriam. She also leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends and the family thanks those who loved and cared for her.

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