Ella M. Skleba; Hospital Volunteer

Ella M. Skleba, who volunteered 33,000 hours over 20 years at Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, has died in a Glendale senior citizens complex. She was 85.

Mrs. Skleba died Sunday of cancer, said her son, Bill MacNider.

Born Ella M. Halfen in Chicago, she came to California in 1952 and settled in Glendale. She joined the Guild of Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center after her husband, Dr. Leonard Skleba, a Glendale general practitioner, died in 1967. She volunteered for a number of positions, including working on the information desk and overseeing candy stripers. She retired in 1989, having volunteered more than any other person at the hospital, said Jackie Aasen, former guild president. Mrs. Skleba had been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Grandmothers Club, both in Glendale, and was an honorary life member of the hospital’s guild.

She is survived by MacNider of Dubuque, Iowa; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


A funeral is scheduled for today at 10 a.m. at Kiefer & Eyerick Mortuary, 314 E. Harvard St. in Glendale, which is handling the arrangements. Burial will be in Chicago. Donations can be made in Mrs. Skleba’s name to Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center or to Windsor Manor Convalescent Lodge, 1230 E. Windsor Road, Glendale 91205.