Angela Marie Skelton, 41, of Cranford, N.J., passed away on Feb. 25, 2010, in her home after a long battle with cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, March 3, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Church in Cranford. Calling hours will be on Tuesday, March 2, at Dooley Funeral Home, 218 North Ave. W., Cranford, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Angela was born on April 23, 1968, in Utica, N.Y., the daughter of Anthony and Lenore Stoio of Whitesboro, N.Y., where she graduated from high school in 1986. She was a 1990 graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University, and earned her master's of science degree from Seton Hall University in 1993. Since 1990, Angela worked at Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals as a research scientist, a job she cherished until her disease took it away from her. She played on various softball teams at Schering and loved her time as a member of the Snapshots, a team that allowed her for form friendships that lasted until her death. Angela married Paul Skelton on Dec. 5, 1992, and they lived in Cranford since 1998. She was the mother of two incredible boys, 10-year-old Joshua, and 7-year-old Daniel. Her boys were her sole focus as she fought this terrible disease and the strength she showed will live in them as they grow into young men. Angela was active in school activities as a member of the PTA, and volunteered for many school functions for both Joshua and Daniel. Angela was loved by many and had an amazing effect on anyone she came in contact with. Her love of her husband and her children, and the love they had for her will be her lasting legacy. Angela had an infectious smile and personality that will never be forgotten. Please consider donations to Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, N.J. Her family would like to thank the dedicated staff at Center for Hope and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Published in Star-Ledger on February 27, 2010.