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Marie (Skorb) Kadlubowski

Marie C (Skorb) Kadlubowski

Friday, January 11th, 1929 - Friday, October 9th, 2020
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Marie C. Kadlubowski (nee Skorb), 91 of Voorhees, NJ passed away peacefully on October 9, 2020, beloved wife of the late Matthew T. Kadlubowski, loving mother to Matthew Bashi-Kadlubowski and son-in-law Holeg, devoted daughter of the late Adolph and Emily Skorb (Bogdziewicz), sister of the late Jean Lee (Skorb), and the late Albert and Stanley Skorb. Friends and family are invited to the Bradley Funeral Home, 601 Route 73 South at Evesham Road, Marlton, NJ on Saturday, October 17th from 8:00-9:30 am followed by a 10:00 am Requiem Mass at St. Joan of Arc R.C. Church, 100 Willow Bend Road, Marlton - Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Marie’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or to Samaritan Hospice of Southern NJ at www.samaritannj.org


Please click the link below to live stream the the Requiem Mass at 10am on Friday, October 17th.

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Eulogy written and will be given at Mass on Saturday by Matthew T. Bashi-Kadlubowski....

Marie Catherine Skorb was born on January 11th, 1929 in Philadelphia, PA during the height of the roaring 20’s! Calvin Coolidge was President of the United States and the infamous Stock Market Crash had yet to happen. My grandparents Adolf and Emily Skorb were focused on the birth of their new daughter who had just arrived at the Graduate Hospital. Mom unfortunately was born with Pleurisy, so she had to remain in the hospital for some time before her parents were able to bring her home to their house on North Pearl Street.

When mom was about 4, her parents were forced to move because the railroad was expanding their track system and their neighborhood was literally demolished in the name of progress. Around 1933 they found a home located at 764 North Taney Street in Philadelphia’s Fairmount section which was literally less than 2 blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. They purchased their home for $3,000 cash which my grandmother saved out of the modest wages she and my grandfather earned. Mom moved into her new home along with her sister Jean and brother Albert. Soon after their move grandmom was pregnant yet again with their youngest child, Stanley.

Out of respect, I would also like to mention my mom’s brother Chester who sadly only lived for only few days after he was born.

Marie attended and graduated from St. Hedwig’s School then transitioning on to John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School. My grandparents always saw the value in education and made certain that all four of their children graduated from high school which in many families, due to the depression, was not the norm. In addition to graduating in 1946 with honors, my mom also achieved recognition from Cardinal Dougherty for having perfect attendance for all 4 years of high school. She also received the American Legion Award which is still in existence today. This award is given to a graduating senior who exemplifies six qualities that define a person’s character which are - courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service. Upon graduation, my grandmother wanted my mother to go to college to study nursing. However, mom had no interest in becoming a nurse. She dreamed of being a singer and took vocal lessons with a local coach by the name of Miss Arlene. It appears that Miss Arlene also acted as sort of a talent agent for shortly after her graduation mom was offered a job as a singer with Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra which was one of the top North American swing bands. Unfortunately, as you may have guessed my grandparents would refused to sign the contract. As mom told the story, there was no way that their daughter was going to travel across the country with an all-male band.

Her dream of stardom was crushed but mom always held a passion for music throughout her entire life. If she couldn’t sing professionally, she decided to go off to work. Her first position was working for the Curtis Publishing Company on Washington Square as a reader/recorder. Mom was employed by Curtis for two years when again stardom was calling but this time it was R.K.O. Radio Pictures which had a Philadelphia location at 250 North 13th Street. Mom was hired as a billing clerk and her favorite part of the job was being able to watch R.K.O pictures before they were released to the general public. While there, the only movie star mom ever saw was Rhonda Fleming who she inadvertently insulted when she didn’t recognize her as a Hollywood starlet. Mom was disillusioned by R.K.O and decided to take her Civil Service Exam. In 1948 she was hired by the IRS which was in the William Penn Annex Building at the corner of 9th and Market as a mail room clerk and worked her way up to assistant supervisor where she remained until 1963. In 1974 mom took a temporary 3-month position with Graphic Controls Corporation in Cherry Hill which ironically lasted almost 20 years until she eventually retired.

During that time mom never stopped learning. She took several classes at Burlington County College, undertook a real estate course and passed her NJ Real Estate Licensing Exam and even took acting classes through the continuing education division of the Lenape Regional School District. Mom loved learning and she loved life!

As many of you know from her many stories, my mom dated extensively and had a few marriage proposals along the way. One night she decided to venture out with her girlfriend Irene Zarzecki, who she worked with at the IRS. They ended up at the Silver Lake Inn which was located on the White Horse Pike in Clementon. While there, my father came up to her and asked if he could buy her and her friend a drink. She accepted the drink and they ended up dating then eventually got engaged. They were married on November 29, 1952 in St. Hedwig’s Church. Like many newlyweds in the 1950’s they headed to Miami Beach for their honeymoon. Upon their return mom moved into her father-in-law’s house located at 3027 Salmon Street in the city’s Port Richmond section.

Wanting to start a family of their own, they wanted to move out of the city and focused on relocating to South Jersey. They initially looked at what was then Delaware Township and Moorestown but decided on moving to a quaint little town known as Marlton which then only had a few stores which were located on Main Street. Marlton at that time wasn’t comprised of the strip malls, corporate parks and housing developments that now make up most of the town. They purchased ground in 1954 within a new subdivision called Marlborough. Dad being a builder wanted to build his own home so upon completion in 1956 they officially settled into their new residence located at 11 Spruce Lane where they remained until 2000.

The family they so longed for was delayed but after 11 ½ years of marriage, I finally entered this world on Memorial Day of 1964.

Mom and dad had a great life together and shared many similar interests. My father’s passion was the sea and they owned several boats during their 44 years of marriage. They also loved traveling and enjoyed seeing new sights and cities. Unfortunately, my father passed away on March 6, 2000 from complications related to colon cancer.

At 71, mom was on her own for the very first time in her life. She decided to embrace this new chapter, sold her house and purchased a condo in the Eagle Pointe section of Ramblewood located at 1506 Augusta Circle. She also became heavily involved with the Marlton Senior Citizens Club where she held the titles of Secretary and Vice President for over a decade.

Mom also had a passion for swimming and spent many hours at the Ramblewood Swim Club. Her other passion consisted of reading the Philadelphia Inquirer from cover to cover on a daily basis especially the obituaries to see if any of her friends had passed. Mom hated going to funerals but she loved those obits!

Mom’s also loved Atlantic City. She is the only person I know that take $20 - play for the entire day, have a buffet lunch, cocktails and come back with money in her pocket. Friends and family also knew never to call her between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm Monday through Friday. What can I say but Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune surpassed everyone? The three charities mom supported throughout her life were The Passionist Missionaries, Father Flanagan’s Boys Town and The Humane Society of the United States. She always loved animals and the Lord.

As one of the founding members of Saint Joan of Arc Parish, mom loved going to Sunday mass and she never missed a service unless the weather was bad, if so, she would watch it on television. She embraced her faith and continued to attend mass via simulcasting when she was no longer physically able to attend services.

Mom also embraced equity and diversity throughout her life. She didn’t judge people by their outward appearance, their race, religion, sexual orientation or their stature in life. Instead she accepted people for who they were and had a diverse group of friends from many different backgrounds. I have always admired many qualities in my mother, but this was the one that has always stood out at the forefront.

Mom’s favorite recording was the soundtrack from Camelot. She would play this recording over and over and over. Unfortunately, her version of Camelot was about to change. Mom began to show signs of dementia in 2014 which rapidly progressed in 2016. On New Year’s Day of 2017 mom was rushed in an ambulance to the ER. Upon her release she entered a rehabilitation facility and then transitioned directly to Brandywine Senior Living at Voorhees – Reflections Suite 146. In May 2019, mom was placed into in-home hospice through Samaritan Hospice of Southern Jersey. Mom passed away peacefully in her sleep during the early afternoon hours on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 91 years of age.

My mom, Marie Catherine (Skorb) Kadlubowski was truly an amazing woman who will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Let us take this opportunity today to not morn her death but celebrate the amazing life she had – Amen!
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 | 8:00am - 9:30am
    When
    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am
    Location
    Bradley Funeral Home
    Address
    601 NJ-73 South
    Marlton, Evesham Twp., NJ 08053
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Bradley Funeral Home
    Address
    601 NJ-73 South
    Marlton, Evesham Twp., NJ 08053
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Matt , my sincerest condolences and prayers. There is no greater pain that I know than the loss of a mother. My prayer is for strength and comfort during the days ahead. Cherish the memories for they will provide joy and smiles eventually. Blessings Iva
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