April 29, 1924 - January 3, 2019
Vincent’s Visitation will be Saturday, January 5, 2019, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM at Landmark Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, 12:00 Noon at Nativity Catholic Church followed by internment at Hollywood Memorial Gardens East.
Vincent John Skupeika, 94, of Hollywood, FL passed away January 3, 2019.
Pre-deceased by his wife of more than 50 years, Anna; and daughter Birute Telson. Survived by sons Romualdas “Ron” (Leticia), and Vincent; daughters Virginia (David) Knecht, Bernadette (Dave) Johnson and Onna (Tommy) Branum; grandchildren Erik, Mark, Danielle, Christina, Christopher, Jennifer, Matthew, James and Laura and great grandchildren Mirko, Kaiel, Carter, Delia, Harrison, Huntley, and Vincent (Vinny).
Vincent fled his native Lithuania escaping communism. On his way to America he met his beloved wife Anna at a refugee camp for Lithuanians in Germany. It was there they wed and where his first born, Romualdas (Ron) was born. They made it to Hollywood, FL in 1949 where they settled, and where the rest of his five other children were born. Vincent embodied the “American Dream”. He worked different jobs, sometimes three at a time, until he realized that the best way to get ahead was to work for himself and not someone else. He started doing his landscaping work by pulling a lawnmower behind a bicycle. Gradually he was able to afford a truck, which later became a fleet of trucks with 6 or 7 maintenance crews working for him. He proudly owned and successfully operated “Vincent Skupeika Landscaping and Lawn Maintenance” for over 50 years. He was very involved and active at Nativity Catholic Church where many family ceremonies took place. Having known hardship (“I vas cold and I vas hungry”) as a prisoner during the war, he appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed food. One of his greatest pleasures was to invite people over to his house for drinks and then a good steak dinner at Tropical Acres. Vincent loved life, was true to his values, and always remembered his Lithuanian roots. He was a true gentleman until the end. His word, his smile, and his handshake were his bond. He will be greatly missed.
Vincent’s Visitation will be Saturday, January 5, 2019, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM at Landmark Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, 12:00 Noon at Nativity Catholic Church followed by internment at Hollywood Memorial Gardens East. Arrangements by Landmark Funeral Home, 4200 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL 33021 954-989-8220