Michael Skinder, 80, was born to Igancy and Janina Skinder in pre-World War II Poland in 1933, the eldest of three children. After growing up in war-torn Europe, Michael immigrated with his parents and siblings to the United States shortly after the war. He met his wife, Nada, also an immigrant from Europe, after the war and got married in 1958. Michael and Nada had two children: daughter Helen and son Richard.
The family of four moved to Cape Coral in 1968 and remain in the area today. Michael was founder and owner of one of the first custom cabinet-making businesses in Cape Coral, bringing old world craftsmanship and quality to the homes and shops of Southwest Florida. Many of his friends will know Michael and Nada were lifelong members of the German American Social Club of Cape Coral, where a bar made by Michael still serves members today in the Edelweiss Hall.
In his spare time, he loved to travel the world with friends and family frequently cruising the Caribbean and exploring Europe. In 2011, Nada passed away after a brief illness, to the great bereavement of Michael and the rest of his family.
After battling some of his own medical circumstances, Michael peacefully joined his wife Sunday, July 27, 2014, following a routine operation.
He is survived by his children, Helen Skinder (Norman) Ramey and Richard Michael Skinder, two grandsons Eric Michael Skinder and Kyle Michael Ramey; siblings, Mario (Lora) Skinder and Maria (Mario) Lechich; nieces; and nephews.
Visitation will be held in Coral Ridge Funeral Home Thursday, July 31, from 4:30-7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. in St Andrew Catholic Church.