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Antonia Skriner Corak


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SLC - Antonia began her long and remarkable life's journey in the coal mining camp of Sunnyside. She experienced first-hand the slow arrival, to her rural community, of the 20th century's marvels including the bicycle, electricity, the automobile, even the telephone.

She was a bright girl who loved reading and graduated valedictorian, class of 1931 from Carbon High School. Antonia was the last survivor of her class. She was awarded a scholarship to the University Of Utah but was unable to accept because she was needed at home to contribute to the family's income.

She was very specific and paid meticulous attention to detail in all aspects of life especially in gardening, sewing, housekeeping, and baking which produced true works of art. She could roll-out paper thin dough for noodles, apple strudel, potica, and Hungarian cookies. She was a talented seamstress with a passion for crocheting. She turned common yarn into complicated bed spreads, warm throws, and afghans, all treasured by her family.

This frail, tiny, gentle woman was strong and driven. Antonia expected perfection and the very best from herself as well as others. She was persistently energetic with a delightful sense of humor. Some of her happiest moments were spent with her hands in the warm earth planting flowers the right way, and the only right way was her way.

She was a consummate woman; with the vision, plan, and the perseverance to make her dreams come true. She had a strong moral compass; holding the Golden Rule in high esteem. We will miss her love, which so warmed our hearts and always made us feel important. Antonia lived her life by the guide; "I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live"

Antonia loved strawberries only second to her giant, Milan Corak, even after 70 splendid years of marriage. She managed for three lonely years after Milan's passing. Antonia Skriner Corak passed away after a beautiful and productive 96 years. She was the daughter of Anton and Magdalena Blatnik Skriner. Wife of Milan Corak, Mother to Mila Le (Dr Richard T) Mitchell and Lynda Le (Norman D) Robinson. Grandma to seven and Grandma "Great" to seven. She was preceded in death by her seven siblings and is survived by her youngest brother Henry (Nadine) Skriner.

Special thanks to Dr. Beth Hanlon, CareSource Hospice, especially Dr. Crystal Owens, Erika, and Sandy. With our deepest appreciation to her angel Travelle Lucambio who took such great care of her and made her laugh nearly daily.

A funeral mass will be celebrated Sat, 9 Jan, 10:30 a.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 1975 S 2300 E. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services at the church. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Neil O` Donnell and Sons.

The family request in lieu of flowers please send donations in Antonia`s name to CareSource Hospice, 1624 E 4500 S, SLC, UT 84117 or St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 2315 E Redondo Ave, SLC, UT, 84109.

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