Obituary: Doris Jean Bishop

Doris Jean Zintek Bishop, 86, of Boca Grande passed away at her home on February 2, 2017.

Doris was born in West Allis, Wisconsin on September 7, 1930 to Dr. Sylvester and Pearl Zintek. She spent her school years in Milwaukee, Wisc. and received a master’s degree in speech pathology from Marquette University.

Doris was married to James Duane Pell Bishop on February 4, 1956. They enjoyed many happy years together,spending time at their home in Mount Kisco, N.Y. and wintering in Marathon Key. In 1981, at the urging of close friends, Doris and Jimmy moved their winter home to Boca Grande.

Doris had many hobbies and interests, including writing. Those who have spent years in Boca Grande will not soon forget the columns written by Squeakie and Dustmop, Doris’s much-loved Lhasa apsos, that appeared in the Boca Beacon and was written about island life from a dog’s perspective.

Doris also enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling around the world and cooking delicious meals for her close friends. She donated countless hours to local organizations,including the Boca Grande Woman’s Club, the Florida Parks Service, the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association, the Barrier Island Parks Society, the Boca Grande Historical Society and the Suncoast Humane Society.

Doris is survived by her stepchildren: James Duane Bishop, Elizabeth Bishop Coburn and Laura Bishop Matson; her brother-in-law, Dr. Edward Schoenheit, and other family members.

Doris is preceded in death by her husband, James; her sister, Dr. Marion B. Schoenheit; and her parents, Dr. Sylvester and Pearl Zintek.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church or the Suncoast Humane Society.

A memorial mass was held on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, a place where Doris was a devoted parishioner. Her love of the Church and her skill with needlepoint are demonstrated on the beautiful kneeler cushions in front of the alter.

The family of Doris Jean Zintek Bishop wishes to thank the physicians at the Boca Grande Health Clinic and Hope Hospice for their care and support. They give a special thanks to Lt. Mike D’Angelo of the Boca Grande Fire Department for always being there for Doris.

Doris’ family and friends are also grateful for the love and attention provided by her private caregivers, expecially Kathy and Robert of Help at Home Homecare.