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Mona Russell

September 07, 1954 ~ January 14, 2023

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

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.


Alvin and Phyllis Russell

January 20, 2023, 1:56 am

Our deepest sympathy to Helen and Bob.
Alvin and Phyllis Russell

Troy A Drenner

January 20, 2023, 4:21 pm

So sorry to hear of Aunt Mona’s passing. She will always be a member of her extended family, even though Rich and she divorced years ago. Praying for all, she will be deeply missed.

Lorraine McLaughlin

January 20, 2023, 5:36 pm

It was with a very heavy heart that I learned of Mona’s illness and eventual passing. I loved her laugh and sense of humor. I will always fondly remember her. My sincere condolences to the immediate and extended family as they mourn her untimely passing.

David & Marcia Albrecht

January 20, 2023, 9:58 pm

We were so sad to learn about Mona’s health, and then her decline. We have fond memories of our times with her. R.I.P., dear Friend; you are missed.

Jeanie Plantz

January 20, 2023, 10:05 pm

Rest in Peace sweet Mona.

Judy Werner

January 20, 2023, 10:05 pm

Rich snd I are sending condolences to Mona’s family. We will miss her smile and friendship.

Doug & Karen Lane

January 21, 2023, 12:06 am

RIP dear Mona…you and your smile will always be missed. Condolences to the family.

Cindy Kelly

January 21, 2023, 1:11 am

God bless you Mona,
You were so delightful to know
I enjoyed so much buying the Pickleball jewelry from you and seeing you at all the events and around the courts.
Please look for John, my sweetheart in Heaven
God bless you,
your family.
and all who knew you!
Cindy Kelly

Tony Minerva

January 21, 2023, 3:33 am

An amazing person
Always with a smile on her face
She was fun to play with or against
We will all miss her
Prayers to her family

John and Carroll-Sue Rehm

January 21, 2023, 3:33 pm

We were so sad to hear of this news. She absolutely was an amazing member of PBU and always welcomed newcomers to the sport she loved.

You are an angel to many Mona. Rest peacefully.

John & Carroll-Sue Rehn


January 22, 2023, 4:17 pm

Mona was surely a force in the Pickleball community in Vero Beach. Her radiant smile and willingness to volunteer for the club will be sorely missed. Rest in peace dear Mona, and play with the best in your forever home.

Barbara Palumbo

January 23, 2023, 10:00 pm

Bob and the Russell Family: You are in my thoughts and prayers. Mona rest in peace.


January 30, 2023, 1:23 am

I enjoyed every minute spending time with Mona mostly on the courts as she was a great Pickleball partner and friend but her laugh and sense of humor was just great too. I’m so sorry as Mona was a shining light to all her many friends and i always looked forward to seeing her each year. I’m so glad to have seen her one last time at the courts a month ago or so where we all met years ago as she was smiling and touching all of our hearts in spite of being ill. My sincerest condolences to Mona’s family.

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