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Janet Elaine (Erickson) Sklarz


Shining Star, Beloved Wife, Loving Mother, Devoted Grandmother & Great Grandmother, Faithful Friend

Janet E. (Erickson) Sklarz, a lifelong resident of Ipswich, died peacefully at the Beverly Hospital on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 after a brief illness. She was the wife of Edward Sklarz with whom she shared sixty-four years of marriage.

Born in Melrose on December 4,1934, Janet was the daughter of the late Oscar and Helga (Bergbom) Erickson. Raised in Ipswich, she was a graduate of Ipswich High School, class of 1952. After graduation, she went to school at the North Shore Childrenís Hospital to work with infants.  The lure of traveling soon took over and she became an airlines stewardess and earned her wings while traveling for American Airlines. In 1956 she married her hometown sweetheart Edward Sklarz, and together they had eight children. Janet celebrated every moment of the life that they created, and she lived with elegance and grace, lovingly devoted to her family.

She is survived by her seven children, Jeffery Sklarz and his wife Maura of Barrington, RI, Kathy Lampropoulos and her husband Harry of Ipswich, Timothy Sklarz of Ipswich, Stephanie Reedy and her husband Chris of Ipswich, Diane Barrows and her husband Jim of Ipswich, Eric Sklarz of Portland OR and Chris Sklarz of San Francisco CA. Her son, Stephen, died in infancy. She also leaves her grandchildren Jesse Sklarz of Ipswich, James Lampropoulos of Ipswich, Alexander Lampropoulos of Salisbury, Rachel Sklarz of Essex, Mikhala Reedy of Maui, HI, Jacob Reedy of Ipswich, Emily Sklarz of Seattle, WA, and Teddy Sklarz of Barrington, RI, and great-grandchildren, Harper Lampropoulos and Benjamin Sklarz, both of Ipswich. She was the sister of the late Constance Perrotta of Spring Hill Florida.

Janet will be lovingly remembered as a devoted wife, a superhero in the eyes of her children, passionate grandmother, great grandmother, the Swedish sister in law and loving aunt to many nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held on Friday, November 13.  A celebration of Janetís life including her many relatives and friends will be held when safe to do so in the future. Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Friends of the Ipswich Elderly, PO Box 213, Ipswich MA 01938.


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