In loving memory of

Janet G. Schlosky
August 7, 1934 - March 16, 2023

Janet G. Schlosky, 88, of Portsmouth, RI, passed away on March 16, 2023. She was the wife of the late YNC Richard D. Schlosky, USN (Ret).

Born in Wayland, MA on August 7, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Diana (Morgan) Yarrish. Janet married her childhood sweetheart, Richard, and she was a proud Navy wife and mother throughout his career. They lived in Massachusetts, Virginia, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Virginia again, before making a home in Portsmouth in 1965.
Known as "Mrs. Ski", she was a teacher at Portsmouth Nursery School for 35 years, having lovingly taught and nurtured hundreds of children, many of whom stayed in touch with her over the years. Her maternal and caring instincts were poured out for her students, but even more so for her own grandchildren and most recently, her great grandson. Janet loved her season passes to PPAC, traveling with Richard, a good polka, collecting recipes, sending birthday cards, a cup of English tea, conversation with friends and holidays gatherings with her family. She was also a longtime member of the Portsmouth UMC, serving on various committees and participating in all social activities.

Janet is survived by her children Susie Rucando and husband Adam of Portsmouth, Mark Schlosky and wife Kit of Hingham, MA, Diana Grinnell and husband Laurance of Portsmouth, two sisters, Diana Smith of Hopkinton, MA, and Carol Dolan of Brevard, NC, and her beloved grandchildren Kelly Catalan and husband Marvin, Emily Murphy and husband Tom, Stephanie Schlosky, Tim Schlosky, and Morgan Grinnell; and her dear great grandson Henry Richard Catalan.

Janet is preceded in death by her husband Richard D. Schlosky, a son Richard F. Schlosky, a brother Andrew Yarrish and her sister Nancy Yarrish.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday March 24, from 5:00-8:00pm in the Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Rd, Portsmouth. Her funeral service will be Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 10:00 am in Portsmouth United Methodist Church, East Main Rd, Portsmouth. Burial will follow in Newport Memorial Park.

Donations in her memory may be made to: The Four Hearts Foundation, P.O. Box 912, Portsmouth, RI 02871, or

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The Perry Family wrote on Sep 2, 2023:

"Although we never met Mrs. Ski, we celebrated her last night at Frosty Freeze, thank you Mrs. Ski. May she rest in peace and her family keeps all her memories close and dear to their heart."

Jennifer Sheffield wrote on Apr 1, 2023:

"Diana, Susie and Mark - I am still in shock that Mrs Ski is no longer with us. I was in her preschool class almost 50 years ago and all of you became family to our family. I have so many fond memories of being in the house on Valhalla and having so many dinners and birthday celebrations. I will miss getting birthday cards every year and stopping in for a cuppa when in town. I am so sad and hope she is with Mr Ski and Ricky and at peace. Love you all! "

Michael Pike wrote on Mar 21, 2023:

"Janet (and Richard) are two of my favorite people - very loving and caring in every possible way ! Our world will be a little less loving with her gone - all her cards and notes were SO encouraging. I am glad she gets to be with Richard and Ricky in the most glorious place of all. Take heart and trust in Jesus - His promise of eternal life is TRUE ! Janet cared for and supported us so, so consistently. We will never forget her. Pastor Mike (and Mickey) Pike"

Fay (Sisson) Gosling wrote on Mar 20, 2023:

"Every so often, God puts someone in your life who truly knows how to make you feel special. Mrs. Ski had that ability and each and every preschool child felt her love and devotion. My son, Jonathan Sisson, was blessed to be greeted by that smiling face each day. Please accept our sincere sympathy at this time. Fay (Sisson) Gosling"

Brian Spero wrote on Mar 20, 2023:

"Portsmouth has lost a truly beloved person. She made such a positive impact on the lives of my children and hundreds of others. Just a happy, wonderful and caring educator committed to all our kids. She will be missed, but with a smile. "

Penny Fitch wrote on Mar 20, 2023:

"I have many happy memories working with Janet when we attended the PUMC years ago. Her and Richard were wonderful people who always showed their love for others. You can be certain that God welcomed Janet into her Heavenly Home with open arms. Penny Fitch "

Nancy Sheffield wrote on Mar 19, 2023:

"The photo I posted is one of my favorites of Janet. I am broken-hearted at losing this dearest friend. She was my "comfort person" with whom I, along with my family, have shared life for nearly 50 years! When Janet loves you, you know what true love and friendship are! Memories will forever remain in my mind and heart. Rest In Peace, my sweet, sweet friend! All love and sympathy to the family from our family. The Sheffield Family"

Shirley Lenzi wrote on Mar 19, 2023:

"Dear Schlosky Family, I cannot remember a time when I ever saw Janet without a smile on her face. She exuded comfort and warmth! My prayers are with you all. Much love, Shirley "

Christina M Martin wrote on Mar 19, 2023:

"Thanks, Mrs. Ski for your ever present smile and welcome!!! You are loved! Heaven has another angel! Christina M Martin"

Travers Susan wrote on Mar 18, 2023:

"Diana and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a caring and kind woman. She was my son's teacher in nursery school. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Susan Travers"

Judy Naugle wrote on Mar 18, 2023:

"May Janet's love, kindness, and caring ways live on within your hearts forever. Thinking and praying for you all at this sad time. Judy Naugle"