OBITUARY

Arthur "BaBa" Skibsted

January 10, 1930March 5, 2019
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Arthur “BaBa” Skibsted, 89, of Shoreview, passed away peacefully in his home with his loving family by his side on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 63 years, Hazel “Mudder”; children, Cindy (Greg) Vesel and Ron (Dana) Skibsted ; four grandchildren and their families; brother, Skip (Judy) Skibsted; other family and friends.

Memorial Service will be Saturday, March 16 at 3:30pm with visitation one hour prior at Wulff Funeral Home, 1485 White Bear Ave, St. Paul.

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  • Arthur will be deeply missed by his Loving Wife of 65 years, Hazel “Mudder”; Children, Ron (Dana) Skibsted and Cindy (Greg) Vesel; four Grandchildren and their Families; Brother, Skip (Judy) Skibsted; other Family and Friends.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, March 16, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 16, 2019
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Arthur "BaBa" Skibsted

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Vicki Schmidt Hahn

March 8, 2019

...together again-a reunion with heavenly family...we will share wonderful memories, we will CELEBRATE your life. knowing you are surrounded by loved ones here and heaven is like a breath of fresh air. you are a role model to everyone, a superhero, you wore your cape with us and now your wings in heaven. You are an INSPIRATION. we are so blessed to call you UNCLE. much love to you-celebration in heaven.

All our love,
Vicki, Jake and Charles

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At the lake.....wind in my hair

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Wedding of Art & Hazel (BaBa & Mudder)

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At the lake.....wind in my hair

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Wedding of Art & Hazel (BaBa & Mudder)

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Biography

This story goes back to 1968 and takes place at my childhood family home in North St Paul. My parents hosted a high school grad party for my sister, Bonnie. Aunts, Uncles and cousins galore on both sides of the family were in attendance. We rocked the walls of that little rambler on Skillman Avenue that hot summer day!

My cousin Nancy is from my mother's side of the family, and a very precocious young lady she was. She pretty much speaks her mind, even to this day. Add to the mix we were both 14 year olds and I am pretty sure, "know-it-alls" at that time.

Now Uncle Art was enjoying a plate of the typical open house fare of potato salad, tuna pasta, lunch meat, baked beans etc, when my cousin and I decided to join him at the kitchen table. Art was wearing a pure white button down collared dress shirt, and you know what happens when you wear white. Yep, it was inevitable... those saucy brown beans skittled down the front of his brilliant white shirt leaving a stain over the pocket.

Nancy proceeded to give him crap about spilling on his beautiful white shirt, and I just sat back, watched and listened to the two of them banter back and forth. Uncle Art loved a captive audience, and he was not about to be out-witted by a 14 year old. After several minutes of teasing banter, he just had enough. He ripped off the bean-stained pocket handing it over to her, leaving a big hole in that beautiful shirt. There, are you satisfied? he teased. We both silently stared in shock, and then burst out laughing...it was just so unexpected, but than that was Uncle Art. You never knew what he was going to do or say. After that, we always thought of him as a James Dean, the Bean King.

He ended up autographing that bean-stained pocket for her. A treasured memory we both never forgot!

P.S. I spoke with Nancy this morning to fill in any details of the story that I may had forgotten over the 50 years. She told me she kept that piece of autographed shirt as a memento and still has it to this day! She and her hubby left yesterday morning for Arizona, but she sends her love and deepest condolences to your family. He made a lasting impression on her as a really "fun Uncle".

submitted by Wendy Hefflefinger and Nancy Lubrant