Helen Marie Sklar, 88, of Enola, died Tuesday, October 26, 2021 with family by her side.
Marie was the retired owner/operator of The Golden Pheasant Inn in Kent, PA where she and her husband of 66 years raised their four children. She lived out her strong faith in the warm hospitality she offered to all who walked through the door, especially familiar patrons who became a second family. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and the Central PA Polka Dancers Assn. where she danced for hours on Saturday nights.
Marie’s greatest joys were her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, who were all a source of great pride.
For those who knew her, it is no surprise that Marie won her fierce battle against pancreatic cancer almost 20 years ago. Her physical and spiritual strength were inspiring, and her fight against cancer was the motivation behind a Relay for Life team that raised over $500,000 for cancer research, prevention, and patient support.
Marie’s creative flair was evident in her sense of fashion, and she found joy sharing her art and cooking with friends and family. A gifted cook and painter, visitors were always welcomed with a warm meal and inspired by her incredible paintings.
Marie was born August 5, 1933 in Indiana to the late Rudolf and Grace (Yakal) Chemotti. She was preceded in death by her cherished husband, Edward Sklar and by three brothers and one sister.
She is survived by her loving family, including her children, Michelle (Dan) McGinnis of Harrisburg, John (Laurie) of York Haven, David (Cindy) of Mechanicsburg and Renee Sklar of Chesapeake, VA; four grandchildren, Kelly (Jim) Rogers, Katie (Matt) Cleary, Dani and Sam Sklar and three great-grandchildren, Parker and Jackson Rogers and Claire Cleary.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 225 Salt Road, Enola, with the Rev. Robert Yohe as Celebrant. A second service will be held in Indiana, PA in the coming weeks.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.