JEAN RUTH SKARDA of Jackson passed away at home July 30, 2019 at the age of 92 years, two months and 25 days. The memorial service will be on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 2:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson with Pastor Bob Stover officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Jackson. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to the First Presbyterian Church or charity of the donor’s choice.
Jean Ruth Skarda was born on May 5, 1927 in Jackson, Minnesota, the daughter of Lloyd and Wilma (Schneider) Dunlavey. She graduated from Jackson High School in 1945 before attending the Minnesota School of Business. Jean worked briefly in Minneapolis for Northwestern Life Insurance before returning to Jackson to work in the Jackson County Recorder’s Office.
She married Doyle Skarda on August 3, 1947 at her home in Jackson in a ceremony officiated by Reverend Paul Shedd. Jean temporarily stopped work to raise her children until her son Tom started Kindergarten. She then worked at the Jackson Savings and Loan where she spent her entire career, starting as a teller and retiring as a member of the Board of Directors.
Jean was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson where she was active in the ladies’ aide. She was a lively conversationalist, and one of her joys was meeting and talking with people. During her time at the Savings and Loan, she met and got to know most residents of Jackson. She loved to play bridge her entire life and belonged to weekly bridge clubs until her passing. Jean was a fan of all the Minnesota sports teams — especially Minnesota Twins baseball — and enjoyed watching professional, college, and high school athletics. Later in life, after her granddaughters attended the University of Wisconsin, Jean expanded her fervor to the University of Wisconsin, unless they were playing Minnesota. Jean was a voracious reader, reading multiple books a week and sharing them with her friends. Jean was compassionate and concerned for others and valued and maintained friendships over decades. She and Doyle delivered Meals on Wheels for years; she worked packaging food for distribution of school children and was often called upon to assist older friends and residents. Jean was known for her amazing memory and skill with numbers. She enjoyed keeping books and records for organizations in which she participated. Jean loved her family and loved sharing stories about them.
Jean is survived by son Tim (Marcy Crain) Skarda of Minneapolis, granddaughters Emily and Grace Skarda, and multiple nieces and nephews.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Doyle Skarda, her parents, son Tom Skarda, sister Dortha (Dunavey) Larsen, and infant brother Dick Dunlavey.
Blessed be the memory of Jean Ruth Skarda.