Obituaries week of Sept. 12, 2019

Published on: September 11, 2019

Janice Bartku

Janice “Jan” Bartku, age 82, of Sun City Center, Florida, passed peacefully on Saturday, August 31, 2019, surrounded by her loving husband of 44 years, David, and her daughters Sandra Logan of Seymour, CT; Sharon MacDonald of Cotuit, MA; and Karen Twiss of Brandon, FL. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Marchetto of Pittsfield, MA, and granddaughters: Demi Sperazza, Ellie Sperazza, Kelly MacDonald, Kara MacDonald and grandsons: Gunnar D’Addario, Hunter D’Addario and Aaron Logan. She is predeceased by her parents, Norman and Grace Anderson, of Austerlitz, NY, and her sister, Norma Seddon, of Pittsfield, MA.

Jan grew up in Austerlitz, NY; graduated from Chatham High School in Chatham, NY, in 1954; and lived in Fairfield, CT, for many years where she was a real estate broker. She and her husband David were part owners of Stillson Pharmacy until they moved to Sun City Center in 1994 and enjoyed many years of retirement together. She enjoyed volunteering at the Sun City Center Visitor Center and playing golf and loved spending time with her children and grand- children.

Jan’s outgoing personality and entrepreneurial mind were some of her greatest assets, and her presence will be missed by all who loved her.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation in her memory,


John (Jack) Collins

John (Jack) Collins, 66, born October 18, 1952, beloved husband of Georgana Collins, formerly of Waynesburg Pa., lost his battle to cancer on September 7, 2019, and went on to his Heavenly Father. They had been married since December 14, 1970, and have two grown children: Chad, wife Shannon; three grandchildren, Shaun, Ethan and Cooper from Washington, Pa.; and daughter Lori Ford and granddaughter Madison of Ruskin, Florida.

In 1988, Jack graduated from the Washington Institute of Technology with a specialized degree in Electronics and Computer Technology Prior to moving to Florida in 1993, Jack worked as an underground coal mining electrician for Beth Energy Industries. In 2009 he retired as an electrician. He was an avid Steelers fan and enjoyed riding his Harley. He was Baptist by faith.

He will be sadly missed by his wife and family. I will love you, Jack, forever and a day. Private services to be held at a later date.


Janet Hamilton

Janet Cain Hamilton, age 97, passed away peacefully on August 26, 2019. She is predeceased by her first husband, Robert Cain, and her second husband, Reese Hamilton.

She is survived by her beloved son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Polly Cain; her cherished grandchildren, Shayna Thompson and Tyler Cain; her treasured great-grandchildren, Nevaeh, Trinity, Kayla, Josie, Jack, and Suri Thompson; and her great-grand dog and cat, Howard and Sir Sedric.

She was born in Lakewood, Ohio, but lived all over the country, settling in Milford, Michigan, with her first husband. After his passing, she moved to Florida, where she married her second husband.

She was always very active and independent, becoming one of the first secretaries at NASA, before becoming a mother in 1953. Even later in life she was always very involved with the community, working at the store and the library at Sun Towers and volunteering with the church. She loved music and dancing and will be missed by many.


Betty E. Michelfelder

Betty E. Ricker Michelfelder, 88, passed away on August 24, 2019. She was born on Stonetown Road in Ringwood, N.J., in the family farmhouse and moved next door, marrying Ray, living there for 45 years. She was an office manager for a woven label company in Haskell; then started her own label company. They then moved to N.C., and on to Apollo Beach, Florida, in 1999. Even when Betty retired, she didn’t sit still. She was a South Bay Hospital volunteer for 10 years, coordinator of many St. Andrew Presbyterian Church lunch bunch outings and lunches with her church women’s group, Apollo Beach Women’s Club for 16 years, Friday Rummicube group.

Mom, you were a wonderful mother, wife, and friend. You are loved by your two daughters: Judy Michelfelder Sickora and Tom and JoAnn Michelfelder Christopher and Jeffrey. Four grandblessings: Lori Michelfelder Mathisen (Peter), Jeremy Jones(Christine), Evan Sickora, Brett Sickora, eight great-grandblessings: Luke (Sarah)Mathisen, Cody (Bre ) Mathisen, Julie Mathisen, Emma, Sam, Chloe, Isaac Jones and Aria, and one great-great-grandblessing, Wyatt Mathisen. Your special friends here in Florida will miss you, too. You have touched so many lives.

You and Dad gave us such a wonderful life, and we are so thankful that the Lord gave us such loving parents. You will be greatly missed, but we will see you again.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Metropolitan Ministries through St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W, Sun City Center, FL, 33573.