John Veenschoten, 85, of Erie, Pa. passed away on Feb. 20, 2009 at his residence.
He and his wife, Muriel, retired to Sanibel in 1985 where both became very involved volunteers. John was a member of the City of Sanibel's Wildlife Committee where he served two years as chairman. He also served on the Historical Committee as co-chairman and chairman of the Historical Village site. He formed a group of men known as the Hammerheads who completely restored seven old buildings at the site. He also served more than 12 years as a Planning Commissioner for the city. In 1999, COTI awarded him the "Citizen of the Year."
He is survived by his wife, Muriel, and three daughters; Judith Shipman and her husband, William of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., Susan Veenschoten of Erie and Marcia Tershel and her husband Paul of Canonsburg, Pa. He is further survived by his grandchildren: William Shipman and his wife Noor of Roxbury, Mass., Kathryn Colby Tershel of Canonsburg, Pa. as well as by Elizabeth Kelsey and Sara Ellen Tershel both of Canonsburg, Pa. He also leaves a brother; David Van Veenschoten of Naples and several nieces, nephews and his cousin Joan Cotter of Erie.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m. at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ on Periwinkle Way, with The Rev. Dale Kent officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, 950 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, FL 33957, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 35957 or to the charity of one's choice. Send condolences at www.burtonfuneralhome.com.