Chris is one of those rare men who cannot be memorialized with words.
Christopher Joseph Skelnik was born on October 26, 1962 and died unexpectedly at home in Venice, FL on July 9, 2022. He was born and raised in Chicago, IL. Chris graduated from Concordia University, studying math and computer science and he recently retired as a well-respected DBA for TransUnion. Chris was an incredibly talented and accomplished man. With a posture of humility, Chris was completely approachable, an intent listener and quick learner. He had a brilliant mind, incredible sense of humor, an amazing memory, tremendous self-discipline and a tender heart. These traits led him to excel in so many areas such as music, computers, sound and video technology, grilling…but his accomplishments do not define him, they are the fruit of his character.
On October 26, 1997 Chris surrendered his life to Jesus Christ, asking Christ to be his Lord and Savior. Chris was a changed man! God removed his “heart of stone” and gave Chris a heart of gentleness, wisdom, compassion, generosity and love. Chris quickly became a godly, servant – leader in our home, his church and his community; a man who lived out his faith with honesty, integrity, honor and humility. He served his co-workers tirelessly, his church with wisdom and commitment, his friends, widows, the homeless, a variety of other ministries, and especially his family with steadfast love, joy and patience. Oh, how magnanimously he loved and served his family! Whether changing diapers, playing Candyland, fixing toys and computers, helping with math homework, teaching driving, going to swim meets, doing the dishes, or singing along to “Wheels on the Bus”, Chris always gave his all with little to no expectation of anything in return. His service poured out of a genuine servant heart full of love.
Chris was a man who was fully present and gave all of himself to those he loved – and all of him will be missed beyond measure!
A memorial service will be held at Christ Venice Church, 1475 Center Road, Venice, FL. The service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, July 30, 2022.
In lieu of flowers donations in Chris’ honor can be made to:
Reach A Village
P.O. Box 577
Park Forest, IL 60466
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