Ruth SKEHAN (nee Vineyard) Age 75. Beloved wife of Howard. Dearest mother of Deborah Bowman, Teresa Lowery, Randall, and the late Howie. Loving grandmother of Zech and Michaela Bowman. Dear sister of Phyllis and the late Betty.

Memorial Service: Thursday, June 16, 7:00 PM at The Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma (betw. Snow and Ridge). Visitation from 4-7 PM.

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  1. Lula Holt Robertson on June 14th, 2011 4:01 pm

    Dear Tereas and Family,

    I am so sorry about your loss. May your many good memories of your mom help to ease the pain that you are going through now.

    I will not be able to attend the visitation and service, but I will be thinking about you.


  2. Angela McDade on June 14th, 2011 4:04 pm

    May the Lord keep you in perfect peace during this time of sorrow. My prayers will be with you and your family.
    ~With Sincerest Sympathy,
    Angela McDade
    (SA Supervisor, CCBDD)

  3. Pam and Ken Aguilar on June 14th, 2011 6:02 pm

    We are thinking of you and hope all the wonderful
    stories you have shared and cherised memories of your Mom will help you through this sad time.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    pam & ken

  4. Robbee Fallon on June 15th, 2011 5:36 am

    Dear Ruth, I only met you a few times in Teresa’s company but your powerful presence and humor filled a room and left a warm impression. As a strong role model to your children, husband and friends, you will be deeply remembered and missed.
    Robbee Fallon

  5. Greg Strick on June 15th, 2011 7:47 am


    I was very saddened to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. God Bless!

    Greg Strick

  6. Sharon Dukes-Young on June 15th, 2011 8:03 am

    My prayers go out to the family in this time of sorrow

  7. Tempia Lucas on June 15th, 2011 8:13 am


    My prayers are with you and your family on the loss of your mother. May you be comforted with the memories of your mother and the love of family and friends.

    May God continue to bless you all!

  8. Cheryl Chaya on June 15th, 2011 9:13 am

    Howard, I am saddened for your loss and my prayers are with you and your family. I remember working with Ruth, Debbie and you in the old Rocky River store. Ruth was such fun to work with.

  9. Cheryl Chaya on June 15th, 2011 9:27 am

    I am saddened for your loss and my prayers are with you and your family.
    I had worked with Ruth, Debbie and you at the old Rocky River store and I always remember how nice you all were.

    God Bless, Cheryl

  10. Jamie Wilcox on June 15th, 2011 10:10 am

    So sad to hear about the loss of your mom. Our prayers our with you.

  11. Lisa Stevens on June 15th, 2011 10:36 am

    I will not be able to attend on Thursday Teresa but please know that you are in my thoughts.

  12. Kimberly Riley on June 15th, 2011 12:28 pm

    If We Could Bring You Back Again

    If we could bring you back again,
    For one more hour or day,
    We’d express all our unspoken love;
    We’d have countless things to say.

    If we could bring you back again,
    We’d say we treasured you,
    And that your presence in our lives
    Meant more than we ever knew.

    If we could bring you back again,
    To tell you what we should,
    You’d know how much we miss you now,
    And if we could, we would.
    By Joanna Fuchs

    I am sad and my heart is broken, I will always remember!
    I Love You! Kimmie

  13. Mary Schwarz on June 15th, 2011 2:00 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

  14. Larry Wilchek on June 15th, 2011 3:29 pm

    Howard, Debbie and Diane,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Ruth was like the best “Aunt. She was the sweetest lady with the greatest sense of humor. She will be missed so much.

  15. Doug & Anne (VanWye) Siloy on June 15th, 2011 4:56 pm

    We will always remember Ruth very fondly.
    I’ve known her since I was a little girl when she worked with my dad at Pick-N-Pay in the 60’s, then later on when I worked with Howard at Finast/Tops.

    I will remember her laugh and her bigger than life personality.

    The greatest legacy in our life is how well we have loved.
    It is the single gift we are blessed to leave behind and to take with us when we are called from this world.

  16. Ashley Boyd on June 16th, 2011 10:02 am

    My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. Please accept my condolences and know that I will be praying for you.

  17. Rebekah on June 16th, 2011 10:04 am

    Dear Skehan Family,
    I am so sorry to have read of your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. Something that I have personally found to be of great comfort is what the Bible says at John 5:28,29 as well as Revelation 21:4. In these verses we see that soon God is going to bring about a resurrection of our loved ones as well as do away with all causes we have for suffering including sickness and death. Knowing this has always comforted me and it is my sincere hope that these thoughts comfort your family as well.


  18. Brandi Roby on June 16th, 2011 10:00 pm

    I am not sure if yall remember me but my name is Brandi and i worked at southwest awhile taking care of your mom. i just wanted yall to know that it was pleasure taking care of your kind mother and you guys will forever be in my paryers. God bless your family.

  19. Margalie Belizaire on June 17th, 2011 2:07 pm

    Theresa, I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that you’re in my prayers. Don’t forget to take a moment for yourself.

  20. Dolores woodside on June 19th, 2011 9:43 am

    Ruth was a beautiful person, sweet in every way. She will be missed at Joseph’s hair salon. It was a pleasure to have known her. God bless her and your family with fond memories.

  21. Eric Hammel on March 14th, 2019 5:29 pm

    I just had a buddy remind me of when I worked at Pick N Pay back around 1985. I was hired at 16 yrs old as a bagger, which included having to gather carts from the parking lot. It was February and I busted my butt collecting carts and pushing them in the snow. My manager Ruth Skehan pulled me aside after a couple of weeks. She said she had noticed how hard I was working and asked if I wanted to become a stock boy. I have never forgotten the invaluable lesson that Ruth taught me…hard work will get noticed and awarded. I am 50 yrs old now and without Ruth’s impact on my life, I’m not sure I would’ve attained what I have in life. I’ve been a Sgt with the Phoenix Police Dept for 23 yrs now. I just wanted to share the impact Ruth had on a young kid that helped shape his work ethic for the rest of his life. She is missed.

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