OBITUARY

Joel Daniel Skibbe

August 27, 1957March 27, 2015
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Lake Mary resident, Joel Daniel Skibbe, 57, passed away in his home on March 27, 2015, after a 2 ½ year struggle with ALS. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, April 11, at 11:00 a.m. at Northland Church in Longwood, FL. Joel was born on August 27, 1957, in Michigan City, Indiana, to James Edward and Joan Heiermann Skibbe. His father was a P.E. teacher and his mother was a registered nurse. Joel, along with his two brothers, Jeff and Jay, grew up in LaPorte, Indiana. He played many sports in his youth, but basketball was his favorite. In fact, when Joel played in the Maverick Basketball League in the 4th grade, he scored 261 points in 10 games. His basketball ability and leadership continued through high school, where he helped the LaPorte High School basketball team win the Sectionals after a 27-year drought. Joel attended Southwestern Michigan Jr. College before moving to Florida and graduating from the University of Central Florida in 1983. He was immediately hired to teach P.E. at Wilson Elementary School in Seminole County, where he stayed for 30 years. The thousands of students he taught over the years meant so much to him, and the staff he worked with were like family. Joel married Mary Ann Unrein nearly 25 years ago, on April 7, 1990. He took much pride and joy in her his 3 children, Janelle Catherine, 21, Joel Daniel Jr. (J.D.), 12, and Jenna Grace, 10, all of whom survive him. Joel enjoyed playing basketball, biking and running, but his favorite past-time was spending time with family and friends. Joel was preceded in death by his mother, Joan. He is also survived by his father, James; brothers, Jeffrey David and Jay Edward; and his many, many friends and coworkers. In lieu of flowers, the Skibbe family would appreciate donations to the ALS Association.

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  • Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, April 11, 2015

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Leslee Mendez

April 23, 2016

When this guest book was first opened, there was so much I should say but so little I was able to say. I only worked side by side with Joel for 6 years but he had a huge impact on me and will forever be a piece of me. Joel was the most caring, sincere, funny, devoted, and aggravating mentor and friend I will ever have. He was a true friend. He sincerely cared about the well being of every other person and child. And he somehow knew and respected the ins and outs of every other person. He taught me more about life than just Physical Education but did it in the funniest kindest way. He pointed out things for me to think about and stood up for me when I couldn't myself. There were times that he aggravated the jeebies out of me because he'd do things in such a crazy mixed up way - which appeared completely normal to him. I gradually learned to take on some of those ways and truly smile at the others. There was not a day that I worked with Joel, that he didn't make me smile. Joel, your legacy will carry on for generations in many households including mine... I've taught my kids some of your phrases... and I know they will pass you on. God bless you and your family. I miss you.

Leslee Mendez

April 23, 2016

Leslee Mendez

April 23, 2016

Phillip O'Neal

July 3, 2015

In honor of one of the La Porte High School 1976 Sectional basketball champions Joel Skibbe!! Great player but a better person.

Phillip O'Neal

Angela Larsen

May 10, 2015

Joel was a kind, and caring person with a great sense of humor. Which made him a fun , easy going coworker and friend. I will miss him.

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May 10, 2015

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nolen huuston

April 13, 2015

its me nolen huston and i cant belive this would happen to such a great person, but i still poured that ice on my head!

Kari Boyle

April 11, 2015

God speed Mr. Skibbe!!! You are so loved by many and will be greatly missed!!! Prayers to the Skibbe family. Go Pack Go!!

Connie Brown

April 11, 2015

Dear Joel,
You and I didn't know each other well, but Mary Ann and I were best friends in junior high school and the beginning of high school; we were inseparable. I sang at your wedding to Mary Ann. You could have no better mother for your beautiful children. I am so sorry you and your family were struck by this terrible disease. I hope they are comforted, even a little, by the fact that you are no longer suffering pain or fear. I know the day will come when the memories they have of you and your love for them will no longer be a source of grief, but instead, will bring them comfort and peace.
Love,
Connie Brown Dearmin

Dolores Johnson

April 10, 2015

It was an honor to know such an amazing person that truly made a difference in so many lives! My own 3 children absolutely adored you as their coach and we all thank you for the wonderful memories. Our prayers are with the Skibbe family!

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