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Barbara J. (Gesualdo) Skidmore

August 25, 1942 ~ December 23, 2019 (age 77)


Barbara J. (Gesualdo) Skidmore, age 77, of Centerville, Iowa, passed away Monday, December 23, 2019 at the Kavanagh House in Des Moines.

Barb was born August 25, 1942 in Centerville, Iowa, the daughter of Manuel and Lorena (Adams) Gesualdo.  She graduated from Centerville High School in 1960.  Barb was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Skidmore and to this union of marriage, two children were born, Bob and Kandi.  Barb and Bob celebrated many wonderful years of marriage together until Bob’s passing on March 21, 2016.

Barb spent a period of time employed in the Centerville School System working alongside Glenn Moritz at the Centerville High School Library.  She later worked at the Drake Public Library in Centerville for many years, until her retirement.

She was an avid reader throughout her lifetime.  Barb also enjoyed quilting, sewing, and tending to her rose garden.  She was also fond of travelling to many places throughout the United States.  Just last summer, Barb had the opportunity to zipline for the first time in Branson, Missouri.  Most importantly, she cherished the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. 

Left to honor her memory include her two children, Bob Skidmore of Des Moines, Iowa and Kandi (David) Rohrs of Auburn, Nebraska; and four siblings, Bill Gesualdo of Streepyville, Iowa, Jim (Susie) Gesualdo of Streepyville, Iowa, Louise Cline of Des Moines, Iowa, and Mary (Jim) Williams of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Bob Skidmore; and a brother, Frank Gesualdo. 

A Prayer Service in Barb’s honor will be conducted by Father Timothy Armbruster at 11 AM, Monday, December 30, 2019, at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville.  Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery, Centerville.  A visitation will take place on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville, with the family receiving friends from 1-3 PM.  A memorial has been established to Boys Town, Omaha, Nebraska, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544.  Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.

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December 29, 2019

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Lange Funeral Home & Crematory
1900 South 18th St
Centerville, IA 52544

Prayer Service
December 30, 2019

11:00 AM
Lange Funeral Home & Crematory
1900 South 18th St
Centerville, IA 52544

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