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Alvah Halloran & Son Funeral Home

2125 Chili Ave, Rochester, NY

OBITUARY

Marylee Skelly-Grana

February 9, 1952March 13, 2020

Marylee Skelly-Grana, of Gates, passed away peacefully with family by her side at the age of 68, after a long battle with health issues due to a tragic accident.

Predeceased by her beloved husband, Wade Grana, and her parents, Leo and Maryann Skelly. She is survived by her stepchildren, Wade and Matthew Grana; grandchildren, Ian and Fiona Grana; her loving siblings, Kevin (Sharon) Skelly, Betsy Henner, Amy (Bob Cooke) Skelly, Paul Skelly, and Anne (Pat) Waltz; brother-in-law, Richard Scorse; nieces and nephews: Katie, Paul, Colleen, Keith, Brian, Erin, Luke, and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Marylee was a dedicated teacher, who retired from Nazareth Academy. She enjoyed swimming, golfing, reading, and a nice glass of Merlot.

Due to the current restrictions on large gatherings, a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. A full obituary will run at that time with service details.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to St. Pius X Church, 3010 Chili Ave., Rochester, NY 14624.

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Corrinne Reed

March 24, 2020

I had Ms. Skelly when she was an English teacher at Nazareth Academy. We had many lively and engaging discussions about books and world views. She really involved the students in her class, and helped foster my love of literature. She was a wonderful teacher and I'm sorry to hear of her passing.

Lorriann Tarana

March 23, 2020

I was saddened to hear of Ms. Skelly's passing. I was a student of hers and enjoyed very much, being part of her English class. I loved her as a teacher and especially, her contagious smile. I can still picture her at the podium teaching us in her special way . Ms Skelly was also our cheerleading coach which also provided me with wonderful memories . Prayers to her family during this sad time..
Lorriann Cocilova Tarana, Class of "80"

raymond Shaheen

March 23, 2020

In the words of my daughter...
I also felt that Ms. Skelly was one of my favorites and an excellent teacher. She was good at focusing on the important things while not sweating the little things. She had a good sense of humor and always appreciated a good smile. I enjoyed her in high school and she helped me to find some of my favorite books. However, I am not sure I appreciated all that she taught me until college where I realized how far ahead of my peers I was in terms of my ability to write a paper and express myself in print. I still use the writing skills she taught me to this day. I was so sorry to hear this news.

Anne DeMare

March 23, 2020

I worked with MaryLee at Nazareth Academy for many years and always found her to be fun-loving, friendly to everyone and very vivacious!
Beside being a great teacher, she was dedicated to her students and joined in to make education at Nazareth a fun learning experience.
She will be remembered and missed.
My condolences to her family and all those who loved her.
Sincerely, Anne deMare

Jeanne LALLY-BORRELLI

March 22, 2020

I knew "Ms. Skelly" as both an English teacher and coach. She was "the force" that brought cheerleading back to Aquinas (via Nazareth) in 1977 after a long hiatus. These were great years! Sending prayers to her family!

Mary Kay Hamill Mitchell

March 22, 2020

Marylee Skelly was a Wise Woman at a tender age, She was my confidante, compatriot and partner -in-crime throughout high school and early college. Lord knows we laughed a lot back in the day...and that is how I will remember her...Smart as hell, flaming red hair, delivering her wicked wit with Irish eyes always laughing.

Karin Wieder

March 22, 2020

What a loss! Marylee was my assistant at Project U.N.I.Q.U.E., for a few years, as we developed arts-in-education programs for children throughout the Rochester City School District. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. She was insightful, responsible, and totally fun-loving. She added joy to each day. My deepest condolences go to her family and friends. May she rest in peace.

Nancy Steward (Magoffin)

March 22, 2020

Mrs Smelly was my favorite teacher. My English teacher at Nazareth Academy. She was a beautiful person. She was so supportive of her students. And she made sure we had fun in her class. You will be missed

Naz Class of 1982

Eileen Lanzafame

March 22, 2020

Ms. Skelly was the reason I went to college. In11th grade she met with me to talk about colleges. When I said there was no way I could afford college, she replied, “Oh, you’re going to college! “ I hadn’t really considered it before talking to her.
I did go, and have been a teacher since I graduated.
Thank you Ms. Skelly!

Wakisha Bailey

March 21, 2020

Ms. Skelly was a gem! She was an amazing English teacher. She’s the reason I love to read and taught us (her Naz girls) to have an opinion. I will always remember her raspy voice and unforgettable laugh especially when something was really funny!

Class of 98

FROM THE FAMILY