Mona Russell, 68, passed away on January 14, 2023, in Vero Beach, FL.
She was born September 7, 1954, in Toledo, Ohio to Al Russell and Helen Russell.
She is survived by her loving husband, Robert Hess; mother, Helen Russell; sister, Sharon Aloni; brother, Gary Russell; and nieces and nephew.
Mona was a realtor in the Toledo area for many years beginning with Grogan Realty and ending with Welles-Bowen Realty.
Mona and Bob lived for many years at Hidden Harbour in Holland, OH and loved the lake life with their many friends. In 1999 they moved aboard their sailboat, Mutual Fun, and lived on board for three years. They cruised the US East Coast, Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Caribbean from Maine to Venezuela. Their adventures can be followed online on Mona’s log at Mutualfun.fws1.com.
In 2007, they became snowbirds and spent winters in Vero Beach, FL, a town they discovered while sailing. They sold their Ohio home in 2019 and moved to Vero year-round.
Mona was an avid pickleball player in Holland and became very involved in the newly forming pickleball community in Vero. This is where she met many wonderful friends that she cherished and missed greatly during her last illness. Mona saw an opportunity through pickleball for a business providing sporty jewelry connected to the sport. She started her company, PB&J, Pickleball and Jewelry, which became a favorite of players across the country. The business was very successful and just recently closed because of her illness.
According to her wishes there will not be a showing or funeral service. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled by the family at a later date.
The family suggests any tributes be made to VNA Hospice of IRC or Pickleball U of Vero Beach, FL.
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