May 24, 2018

Published on: May 23, 2018

Dorothy Elizabeth Hull

Dorothy Elizabeth Hull, age 92, of Ponte Vedra, Florida entered into the arms of her Lord and Savior peacefully on May 14, 2018 at Starling Assisted Living. She was born November 12, 1925 in Bloomfield, Indiana.

In 1953 Dorothy and her husband Harold Eugene (Gene) Hull founded H&H Motors, the local Bloomfield Ford Dealership that they successfully operated until retiring and then moved to Florida in 1986.

Dorothy was active in the Bloomfield community as a member of the Band Boosters Club, Secretary/Treasurer of the Bloomfield Swimming Pool, member of the Mother’s Club, and a Red Cross Summer Swim Lesson Supervisor, all while helping run the family business and raise two children.

While living in Sun City Center, Florida, Dorothy continued her community involvement as a Sun City Center Pool Monitor for 18 years. She was also a member of the Indiana Club, Aglow Christian Organization, Garden Club, and the Prayer Breakfast Team at Wimauma Church of God where she was a greeter and faithful member for many years.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband Harold Eugene (Gene) Hull, her father and mother, William B. and Elsie Strauser (Canada), a sister Hilda Mueller (Lefty) and family member David H. Fender. She is survived by a son, Ronald E Hull (Judy) of Pinehurst, N.C. and daughter Deborah L. Long (Rick) of Ponte Vedra, Fla. She has four grandchildren, Ryan E. Hull (Sierra) of Atlanta, Ga., Renee C. Gay (Christopher) of Panama City Beach, Fla., Jessica D. Long of Jacksonville, Fla., and Amanda M. Parker (Billy) of Delray Beach, Fla., along with three precious great-grandchildren, Peyton and Hayden Gay of Panama City Beach, Fla., and Caleb Joseph Parker of Delray Beach, Fla.

A private family graveside ceremony will be held at Grandview Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Wimauma Church of God, 5504 State Road 678, Wimauma, FL 33598, or the charity of your choice. Online condolences are available at

Aleta Jonie Maschek

Aleta Jonie Maschek, age 95, who was born in Mossyrock, Washington on May 22, 1922, went to be with  the Lord on May 20, 2018.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. 

She was married to her late husband Matthew J. Maschek for over 50 years. Jonie worked for NBC television and was still employed with The Observer News where she wrote a weekly column called Fish Tales. She also published several books on the history of the Ruskin and Apollo Beach areas. She was honored to be listed in the book The World Who’s Who Of Women .

She is survived by daughter Jackie Campbell; grandchildren James Durrence II, Julie Deriso, Reid Campbell; great-grandchildren Kayla Pettis, Kristin Durrance, Kelli Durrance, Ciera Hamblin; great-great-grandchildren Daren, Mia, Damen, Sawyer and Eli.

Aleta Jonie Maschek lived a very fulfilling and successful life and was blessed with many friends and loved ones. She will be greatly missed.


Thomas William Mitchell

Thomas William Mitchell, of Sun City Center, Fla. died on May 11, 2018.

Thomas was a Korean War veteran. He also served as City Comptroller for eight years and as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Trenton, N.J. for 24 years.

He is survived by his son Thomas W. Mitchell II (Joan) of Yardley, Pa.; daughter Nancy Coty (Thomas) of Bradenton, Fla.; grandchildren, Rachel and Dana Coty, Thomas and Kevin Mitchell. He is predeceased by his parents Clara Hunt and Clarence Mitchell; wife, Jean Carney Mitchell; brother, Samuel Mitchell of Middletown, N.Y.; and stepbrother George Hunt of Satellite Beach, Fla..  

A Memorial Service will be held at South Shore United Community Church on June 2 at 1 p.m.

Arrangements entrusted to the National Cremation & Burial Society, Ruskin, Fla. To leave a special condolence, please visit


Barbara Monahan

Barbara Monahan, longtime local realtor and community contributor dies after a long illness.

Barbara Ann Monahan passed away Sunday, May 6, at Beaumont Southshore Hospital in Michigan after a long courageous battle with cancer. Born June 8, 1954, in Trenton, Michigan to the late Geraldine and Robert Aben. Barbara attended Carlson High School and worked and owned various businesses in the Downriver area. In 1983 Barbara began a career in real estate that spanned 35 years both in Michigan and in Apollo Beach, Florida, where she currently resided. She was a member and supporter of many local charitable organizations including Kiwanis, Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch, Easterseals Hillsborough County, Florida and volunteered for many charity golf events.  

Barbara was a loving wife to her husband Ray, devoted mother to her daughters Tonya Kay Nappo and her husband Craig, Michelle Marie Baran and husband Tim and her eight grandchildren: Kent, Erin, Drew, Daniela, London, Blaine, Arianna and Paolo.  

She is survived by her siblings, brother Robert Aben and wife Elizabeth, Claudia Lienard and husband Jason and preceded in death by her brother Terry Aben.  Barbara also has a large extended family of aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

A devoted Christian, Barbara was an active member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Apollo Beach, Florida where she served as a Stephen Minister and organized the yearly Angel Tree Ministry that provided Christmas gifts to over 900 needy families in the area. Barb enjoyed entertaining her family and friends, golfing and travel and vacation(s) with her family here in the U.S. and abroad. 

Memorial Service will be held June 1, 11 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 5309 U.S. 41 N., Apollo Beach, FL 33572. A memorial meal will immediately follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvary Community Cupboard /Barbara Monahan, Calvary Lutheran Church, 5309 U.S. 41 N., Apollo Beach, FL 33572.


Colleen Jensen Schmeiser

December, 1 1951 – May 14, 2018. Colleen Schmeiser of Sun City Center passed away peacefully from complications associated with esophageal cancer. A real estate agent with Keller Williams South Shore, Colleen was known for integrity, professionalism and attention to detail in serving her clients. 

She was born in Seattle, Washington and lived in Anchorage, Homer, and for nearly 20 years in Fairbanks, Alaska before moving to Florida.  She is survived by her husband Rev. Robert Schmeiser of Sun City Center, daughter Heather Mecsko, son-in-law Greg, and her three beloved grandchildren Kyle, Madison, and Megan of Honolulu, Hawaii; niece Eva Lindesmith, brothers James Thomas and John Jensen, and sister Helen Anne Allman, and many other loving relatives and friends. 

A funeral mass for her will be held on Friday, May 25, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center, Fla. at 3:30 p.m. A reception is planned at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W., Sun City Center, Fla. immediately after. Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home. 


John Charles Skaryd

John Skaryd passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018 at his home in Michigan. Age 80 years.

The son of the late Mamie (Kubinger) and John Skaryd, he was born March 1, 1938, in Bannister, Michigan. He married Sharon Layman on September 10, 1985. She survives him. 

John served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He was employed as a commercial pilot and then in Flight Services with U.S. Government, retiring in 1988. 

John was an accomplished musician, and very involved with the Michigan hammered dulcimer community, music festivals and music clubs. For over 20 years in Michigan, John and Sharon ran a dulcimer club, Saginaw Subterranean Strings, which performed throughout the Saginaw Valley.

In Kings Point, Mr. and Mrs. Skaryd enjoyed the Country Couples dances. John was a member of the Kings Point Sportsman’s Club, the Loyal Order of the Moose, Kings Point Michigan Club, and several other organizations in Kings Point and Sun City Center.

Surviving besides his wife, Sharon, are two children: Michael Skaryd and Audra Skaryd and two step-children, Tammy Kaake and Kelly Jo Schmidt.  John’s siblings include three brothers and two sisters and their spouses: Jerry and Marie Skaryd, David and Yung Cha Skaryd, Barbara Galehouse and Norm Martin, Robert and Linda Skaryd, Mary Sue (Suzie) Skaryd and C.T.  John had many nieces and nephews. He especially valued his many Kings Point friends.

In accordance with John’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held in his hometown of Bannister, Michigan, and a celebration of his life will take place at a later date in Kings Point.