Oscar Skaer

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Oscar G. Skaer, 93, of Freeburg, IL, passed away Friday, May 15, 2020, at Evelyn’s House hospice facility in St. Louis, MO. He was born December 7, 1926, in Prairie Du Long Township, St. Clair County, IL.

Oscar celebrated his 72nd wedding anniversary on May 1, 2020 with his wife Rose. The two met almost 75 years ago at Freeburg Community High School.

In the early 1950s, Oscar opened Skaer Radio and TV. In 1965 he had a shop built behind his house and moved his business there. It was a convenient walk from his State Street home, where he lived for almost 60 years. Area residents may remember his hearty laugh, as well as his cheerful humming while he repaired TVs. He retired from full-time work in 1991.

Oscar was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Freeburg. Over the years he served on the parish finance council, school board, and parent teacher organization. He also was a member of the Freeburg Rotary Club and St. Joseph men’s club.

Oscar enjoyed playing the card game euchre with family and friends, mainly because he was so good at it.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar P. and Kathryn, nee Bremer, Skaer; his sister, Marjorie Skaer; his brother and sister-in-law, Milton and Dorothy Skaer; his sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Arthur Weiss; and two nieces, Marilyn Skaer Pittman and Kathryn Weiss.

Besides his loving wife Rose, surviving are his eight children, Michael (Jan) Skaer of Pasadena, TX, Jill (Vladimir) Halupa of Belleville, IL, Mark Skaer of Trenton, IL, Charles Skaer of St. Louis, MO, Jane Skaer (Scott Laurent) of Kansas City, MO, Mary (Joe) McGraw of New Athens, IL, Laura Skaer of Belleville, IL, and Christopher (Judy) Skaer of Roswell, GA; his four nephews; and his seven nieces.

His grandchildren are Jason (Kellye) Skaer, Oscar (Ria) Skaer, Becky (Matt) Lisle, Helena (Joseph) McGettigan, Andrea (Jason) Sanford, Molly Skaer, Emily Skaer, Anne Piasecki, Sophia Piasecki, Jeremiah Laurent, Lauren (Ricky) Bagsby, Nicholas McGraw, Leo Skaer, and Greg Skaer. His great grandchildren are James Skaer, Jude Skaer, Logan Frazier, Bennett Frazier, Nate Frazier, Lincoln Frazier, Evi Frazier, Michael Vincent Paul Skaer, Andrew Lisle, Evan McGettigan, Jonah Sanford, Miller Sanford, and Alexandria Sanford.

Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic School Endowment Fund. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Funeral:  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all services are private. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Freeburg. A date for a memorial service will be announced after all health restrictions are lifted.


18 Comments on Oscar Skaer

Greg and Linda Zipfel said : Guest Report May 21, 2020 at 3:27 PM

So sorry to hear of the loss of Oscar. He was a great guy and always seemed to be smiling. And yes, we certainly remember him humming over our tv many years ago when he came to fix it! A life well lived. Prayers to you all.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Gloria and Benny Lang said : Guest Report May 20, 2020 at 11:25 AM

Rose and Family, I will always remember the kindness of your family when we had 22 inches of snow and you were kind enough to keep me and Pam for 3 days at your home. You all were very kind and generous to us. Our prays are with you all. Gloria and Benny Lang

  • Oakdale
  • Illinois
The Hands said : Guest Report May 19, 2020 at 2:44 PM

Sorry to see a great life come to an end. Oscar was a great man, who raised a great family, and a very respected businessman. When my time comes to pass, i hope people can say the same about me. So sorry for your lose.- Burl and Judy Hand.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Len&Ann Mehmert said : Guest Report May 19, 2020 at 12:31 PM

Dear Rose and family. So sorry for your loss. Oscar was such a good person and Len s golf buddy. Will miss his big smile. God Bless

  • Belleville
  • Ill
Harry and Debby Wells said : Guest Report May 18, 2020 at 4:37 PM

So sorry for your loss, it sounds like you have a lifetime of fond memories Harry and Debby

  • U City
  • MO
Gary Slack family said : Guest Report May 18, 2020 at 8:43 AM

With deepest sympathy for all of you. Oscar was a great person and neighbor to my parents for many years. His goodness will live on through each one of you.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Kelly Coppinger said : Guest Report May 18, 2020 at 7:48 AM

Thinking of you Laura and your entire family. Love your stories and pictures of your dad! You were truly blessed to be raised by such a gentleman.

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Jim & Kaye Ruppel said : Guest Report May 18, 2020 at 6:44 AM

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Oscar now rests in a special place God has prepared just for him. He was a god and faithful servant. May this bring you comfort as you morn his passing.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Danny Beck Family said : Guest Report May 17, 2020 at 9:48 PM

Prayers and sympathy to the whole Skaer family. Mr. Skaer was an amazing man. Now he will be praying for you from heaven. We are sorry for your loss.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Patricia M Herzing said : Guest Report May 17, 2020 at 2:09 PM

My deepest sympathy to the Skaer family. Oscar was a wonderful example of a life purposefully and well lived.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Al Heiligenstein and Rose said : Guest Report May 17, 2020 at 12:57 PM

Rose,so sorry for your loss...Oscar was a great guy.

  • Wentzville
  • Mo
Jan Brenner said : Guest Report May 17, 2020 at 10:35 AM

I was saddened to hear of Oscar’s passing, his smile will forever be with me. May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Debbie Lantet said : Guest Report May 17, 2020 at 9:05 AM

Such a lovely man. He certainly embraced life and lived his faith. Oscar lived a good life impacting all who crossed paths. Prayers of comfort and love for his many loved ones.

  • Ellis Grove
  • IL
Mary Havel said : Guest Report May 17, 2020 at 8:47 AM

Our sincere condolences to Rose and her family. Oscar will truly be missed. Tom and Mary Havel

  • Red Bud
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Tom Vernier said : Guest Report May 17, 2020 at 8:29 AM

My condolences to you and your family. Your dad so enjoyed watching his children in sports. Of course, I will never forget how proud and how much he enjoyed with all of us watching the Big O at ACHS. Rest In Peace Gentle Giant

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Rex Egelston said : Guest Report May 17, 2020 at 8:04 AM

Our deepest condolences to the family of Oscar, His mere presence in a room bringing joy and humor. Oscar was a shining example of the greatest generation. He passing has left a void that can never be filled.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Steve Dowling said : Guest Report May 17, 2020 at 7:51 AM

My sincere condolences to the Skaer's family and friends. Oscar will be missed by so many because he lived an abundance life filled with love, laughter, and kindness. His legacy lives on...

  • Swansea
  • il
Richard Rist said : Guest Report May 17, 2020 at 7:14 AM

My sympathy to Mark and his family from your former classmate and basketball teammate.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois

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