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SKILLENDER: Jay Ruth (Sharen) of Exeter

Posted By Haskett Funeral Homes On March 16, 2019 @ 6:43 PM In Exeter,Obituary | 32 Comments

SKILLENDER: Jay Ruth (Sharen) of Exeter

Surrounded by family at South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the age of 86.  Beloved mother and best friend of Elyzabeth Skillender. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Bob and Verna Sharen of Grand Bend.  Loving aunt of Colleen, Trish and Dale, Andrew and Maggie.  Dear great aunt of Molly and Ethan.  Also survived by dearest friends Lynda and John Deelstra and by Errol Skillender.  Predeceased by her daughter Mary Laurette, her parents R. Newman and H. Jean (Mark) Sharen and a niece Jennifer.  Jay began her teaching career in 1953.  She taught at Stephen Central from its opening in 1967 until she retired in 1992. 

Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral service which will be held at the Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church, 264 Main Street, Exeter on Tuesday, March 19th  at 2 PM with Rev. Jim Innes officiating. Cremation with interment Parkhill Cemetery. Haskett Funeral Home, Exeter (519-235-1220) entrusted with arrangements. 

Donations to the South Huron Hospital Foundation, Exeter Food Bank or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.  


Condolences for the family of “SKILLENDER: Jay Ruth (Sharen) of Exeter”

Condolence from Jim and Verla on March 16th, 2019 7:49 PM

Dear Liz:
I’m sad to hear of your mother Jay’s passing. I know she has not been feeling well for some time, she will be at peace. We were sorority sisters for many years, together we attended meetings and Founder’s Day. I remember her working on a regional get together, which was well attended and everyone expressed how well it was done. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time. We extend our deepest sympathy.

Condolence from John and Lynda Deelstra on March 16th, 2019 8:49 PM

Elyzabeth, we are so sad to learn of your Mom’s passing. We wish we were closer to give you a hug and will have a good chat with you when we get home. We have lost a wonderful friend. So many happy memories!

Condolence from Janet Corbett on March 16th, 2019 9:55 PM

Liz, I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Sending deepest sympathies and prayers.

Janet Cowan Corbett

Condolence from Karen L Brown on March 17th, 2019 8:58 AM

Elyzabeth, my condolences to you on the passing of your mother. I have such fond memories of her over the years. Her kind heart was always so very evident and that combined with her no-nonsense teacher attitude always made for an interesting conversation. I’ll keep you in my prayers in the days ahead.

Hugs, Karen

Condolence from Marion McCarter on March 17th, 2019 9:16 AM

Dear Liz:
Thinking of you at this sad and difficult time in the loss of your mother, Jay. I met Jay in Sorority many years ago and fondly remember her. Treasure her wonderful memories she left with you and carry them in your heart forever.
Deepest Sympathy.
Marion McCarter

Condolence from phyllis collett on March 17th, 2019 11:55 AM

Liz we are so sorry to hear of your moms passing. have know her for many years. she will be missed by many. may she rest in peace .

Condolence from Janet on March 17th, 2019 12:49 PM

Thinking of you with love and prayers.

Condolence from Carolyn Gower on March 17th, 2019 1:07 PM

Dear Mrs.Skillender’s Family My deepest sympathy on the passing of your Mother,Sister,Aunt & dear friend. Mrs.Skillender was one of my teachers at Stephen Central School she always commanded the utmost respect from her students and was a great teacher Even in my adulthood if I saw her in public she was always Mrs. Skillender.Hold onto your memories in the coming difficult days ahead.Take care Carolyn (Pritchard) Gower

Condolence from Jim & Kathleen Sutton on March 17th, 2019 3:18 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

Condolence from Carol Wasnidge on March 17th, 2019 8:30 PM

Lyz and Sharen family. My deepest condolences for the loss of your mother Lyz. Losing a mother / friend is difficult beyond understanding. Will be thinking of you in the dark days ahead and hope that happy memories of your Mom will surface and help you through this difficult time. Jay was always an upbeat positive person. Hers glass was always half full. She will be missed by all.
Extend my condolences to the Sharen family. You have all lost a much loved family member, a sister, sister-in-law and aunt. My thoughts are with all of you in the days ahead.

Condolence from Kathy Moritz on March 17th, 2019 9:51 PM

She was my 4th grade teacher 50 years ago and made a positive impact in my life. I have often thought about her through the years. My sincere sympathies to her family and friends.

Condolence from Mary Lou Atthill on March 17th, 2019 10:41 PM

Lyz
So sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. I have many fond memories of working with her at Stephen Central.
Hopefully, your good memories will help you through this difficult time.
Deepest sympathies.
MaryLou Atthill

Condolence from Mary Ann Boyle on March 18th, 2019 9:55 AM

Elysabeth: Your Mom was my Gr. 3 teacher back when Stephen Central opened in 1967. A wonderful teacher. My sincere condolences.

Mary Ann Boyle ( Desjardine )
New Brunswick

Condolence from Jackie Winegarden on March 18th, 2019 11:37 AM

Lyz
My condolences on the loss of your beloved Mother
Jackie Winegarden

Condolence from Jean Palmer on March 18th, 2019 12:29 PM

With heartfelt sympathy to Elyzabeth, Bob and family. May loving memories and the strength of Jay’s faith comfort you.

Sincerely,
Jean Palmer

Condolence from LeeAnn Russett on March 18th, 2019 6:04 PM

So sorry Lyz to hear of your loss. Jay was such a lovely lady and we were fortunate to have known her. Just want you to know that we are thinking of you through this hard time.
Hugs, LeeAnn & Todd, Jody, Becky, Nancy, Kim, Shannen, Kate and Cheri.

Condolence from Kathy Heywood on March 18th, 2019 9:19 PM

My favourite teacher!! RIP Mrs Skillender????

Condolence from Sharon Soldan on March 18th, 2019 9:20 PM

Elizabeth …I am so sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. I have many fond memories of working together at Stephen Central. My sympathy to the Sharen family.

Condolence from Mary Burton on March 19th, 2019 9:11 AM

Dear Elizabeth,

You have lost a wise and loving mother who enriched so many lives over the years!

We met in 1968 at Stephen Central School and bonded, through teaching together for many years, spending two nights at school during the blizzard of ‘71 with our pupils!

Beta Sigma Phi sorority made us sisters, leading us in the tenets of life, learning and friendship.

Treasure your memories, Liz. She was a teacher to the end.

Condolence from Errol & Phyllis Jardine on March 19th, 2019 9:11 AM

We are so very sorry for your loss. May God give you the strength to cope at this time.

Condolence from Marilyn Waldeck on March 19th, 2019 10:11 AM

Liz-I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom-She was a nice lady and you will miss her greatly. Remember all the fun times you shared with her and keep her close in your heart. God Bless.

Condolence from David Hyame Jardine on March 19th, 2019 1:38 PM

Please accept our condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful lady. She will be missed.

Condolence from Craig & Dionne Duhamel on March 19th, 2019 1:47 PM

Sorry for your loss Lyz. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Let us know if there is anything we can do.
Craig, Dionne & Cameron

Condolence from Kathy Orr on March 19th, 2019 2:12 PM

Lyz- I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was such a nice lady, well respected and an inspiration to many as a teacher. She was my Grade 4 teacher who taught me how to write in cursive – I will always remember her beautiful handwriting. Rest in peace, Mrs. Skillender. My thoughts are with you, Lyz…sending big hugs.

Condolence from June Essery on March 19th, 2019 3:02 PM

Elyzabeth, I’m sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. We shared many good times over the years in Beta Sigma Phi sorority. I hope that your many special memories comfort you.

Condolence from Katherine Ens on March 28th, 2019 12:30 AM

Deepest Sympathy for your loss!

Condolence from Marlene Thirnton on March 28th, 2019 6:12 PM

Marlene and Rick Thornton leave our sincere condolences. We did not know about this until today. Jay was a wonderful colleague and it was a pleasure to know her and work with her. Thinking of you all!

Condolence from Frank Briggs on March 28th, 2019 6:38 PM

Liz i am so sorry to hear of your mom passing, she was a great teacher at Stephen Central my condolences and prayers to the family she will be sadly missed and the memories we shared at the gas station . my parents and my sisters also send there condolences.

Condolence from The Lord Family on March 29th, 2019 2:33 PM

Dear Lyz

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family

Thinking of you during this sad and difficult time!

Deb and Dick Lord and Family

Condolence from Lois Godbolt on April 2nd, 2019 11:21 AM

Elizabeth
Sincere sympathy to you in your loss of your mom, Jay. I never realized that Jay was in her 80s because she always thought and acted like a much younger personality regardless of her disability.
I have good memories of her also through our sorority connection.
Thinking of you as you mourn for your mom and friend.
Lois and George

Condolence from Lisa (Marziali) Bowers on April 16th, 2019 9:47 AM

I am sorry to hear of her passing and for this loss. She was my 3rd grade teacher at Stephen Central, 30 years ago.

Condolence from Belle Weller…roger ratz jacqueline weller ratz on April 29th, 2019 7:54 PM

As we are in Florida, we were not aware of Mrs. Skillender passing…I am so very, very sorry. Your mother saved our daughters life…because of her and Mr.Siertsema..she was accepted into Stephen with their support and guidance…Jacqueline finished high school at 21 and won 3 math awards. Not enough words to thank your mother for caring..She is missed and no one can replace her heart. Sympathy and blessings.

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