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February 7, 2002
SUNCOAST OBITUARIES

Thursday, February 7, 2002

This list is compiled from the
regional editions of the St. Petersburg Times.

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  • ARCHER, THEODORE ROOSEVELT JR., 74, of Floral City, formerly of Largo, died Monday (Feb. 4,2002) in Inverness. Born in Indianapolis, he came here in 1984 from Largo. Survivors include a son, Robert S.; a daughter, Deborah S. Memole, Largo; two sisters, Betty Wood and Joann Byars, both of Indianapolis; and four grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inverness.
  • GARY, RUDOLPH CHARLES, 87, of Homosassa, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) in Inverness. Born in New York City, he came here 21 years ago from Vernon, N.J. He was a retired biochemist and former owner of Gary Vernon Lodge in New Jersey. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy (Tissiere); a son, Dennis, Vernon; two daughters, Anita Lenhardt, Hayes, Va., and Lisa Quinn, Hardyston, N.J.; 18 grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
  • PROCTOR, THEODORE D., 79, of Floral City, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) in Floral City. Born in Henry, Va., he came here 40 years ago from Fort Stewart, Ga. He was a retired Army veteran, achieving the rank of first sergeant. He served in World War II and the Korean War and was a member of VFW Post 4252 of Hernando. Survivors include a brother, James W., Pinetops, N.C.; and a sister, Pennie, Elm City, N.C. Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inverness.
  • SCHELL, STEPHANIE, 85, of Floral City, died Friday (Jan. 25, 2002) in Inverness as the result of an automobile accident. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she came here 15 years ago from Hollywood, Fla. She was a retired florist. Survivors include a nephew, Allen Coogen, Succasunna, N.J.; and a companion, John Casey. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • TOLER, DIANE (BRANTLEY), 68, of Brooksville, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at home. Born in Telfair County, Ga., she came here 37 years ago from Royston, Ga. She was a bookkeeper for Cloverleaf Farms and a member of Brooksville Golf & Country Club and the American Business Women's Association. She was Baptist. Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Nation and Susan Lewie, both of Brooksville, and Terry Hunt, Floral City; two brothers, Benjamin E. Brantley Jr., Madison, Ga., and Ronnie Brantley, Hernando Beach; two sisters, Geri McCrackin, Covington, Ga., and Peggy Helms, Brooksville; and six grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.
  • TYNER, GRACIE E., 71, of Inverness, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) in Inverness. Born in Bradshaw, W.Va., she came here in 1981 from Bristol, Va. She was a retired snack bar manager for Wal-Mart in Inverness, a seamstress and a member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary 4337. She was Baptist. Survivors include her husband, Wallace; two sons, Randolph L. Browning, Keeling, Va., and Everett I. Browning, Meadowview, Va.; a daughter, Pauletta Hawk, Sunrise; a sister, Margie Payne, Rocky Gap, Va.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
  • WRIGHT, THOMAS EUGENE, 65, of Crystal River, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at home. Born in Ravenna, Ohio, he came here in 1988 from St. Petersburg. He owned a business in Pinellas Park for 21 years and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a lung transplant recipient in October 1994 and founded the Second Wind Lung Transplant Association. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a 24-year member of AA. Survivors include his wife, Judy; four daughters, Kim McKinley, Pennsylvania, and Anna Becker, Holly Joiner and Janet Wright, all of St. Petersburg; a stepson, Richard Lamkin, Homosassa; a brother, Robert, Nevada; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Brooksville.
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  • ANDRE, EDOUARD H., 71, of Spring Hill, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he came here 10 years ago from Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a carpenter and a member of Spring Hill Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline; four sons, Serge, Spring Hill, Edouard Jr., Tampa, Lionel, Fairfax, Va., and Ronald, Lutz; three daughters, Gladys Andrew and Nicole Alceus, both of Spring Hill, and Nancy Smith, Laurel, Md.; three brothers, Ulysses, Haiti, Emanuel, New Jersey, and Oreste, New York; a sister, Brunia, Haiti; 27 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Pinecrest Funeral Chapels, Mariner Boulevard, Spring Hill.
  • BUESSER, GRACE, 82, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Forest Oaks Care Center in Spring Hill. Born in England, she came here 24 years ago from Plainview, N.Y. She was a member of St. Andrew Episcopal Church. Survivors include a son, George, Beech Mountain, N.C.; a daughter, Diane Grella, New Port Richey; and three grandchildren. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Spring Hill.
  • CAMPBELL, ALTA SHOCKLEY, 74, of Spring Hill, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at home. She came here several years ago from her native Lexington, Mich. She was an elementary school teacher with 34 years of service. She was an honorary member and past president of the Spring Hill Art League and the Hernando County Fine Arts Council. She was a member of Spring Hill Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Donald J.; a son, Robert; three daughters, Pamela Zawacki, Doris Garner and Addie Meetch; two stepsons, Douglas Campbell and Donald Campbell Jr.; two stepdaughters, Dana Lowry and Donna Dumas; a sister, Jennette Walden; 11 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and a great-grandson. Pomeroy Funeral Homes, Croswell, Mich.
  • KREMIS, DORIS A., 84, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Tandem Health Care of New Port Richey. Born in Greenville, Pa., she came here six years ago. She was a retired produce manager for Golden Dawn Grocery and a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Masaryktown. Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Vasbinder, Spring Hill; a sister, Sally Ruff, Greenville; a grandchild; and four great-grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill.
  • O'NEILL, CARL E., 73, of Dunnellon, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at home. Born in Oriskany, N.Y., he moved to Dunnellon in 1998 from St. Petersburg, where he had lived for 35 years. He was a retired carpenter for Burke Frame and Trim of St. Petersburg with 35 years of experience. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Julie E.; four daughters, Cheryl Slater and Kimberly White, both of Dunnellon, Frances Yacko, San Francisco, and Deborah O'Neill, Kentucky; two sons, Carl E. Jr., St. Petersburg, and Edward, Utica, N.Y.; two brothers, Michael, Rome, N.Y., and Donald, Vernon, N.Y.; two sisters, Anne Trinkaus, Oriskany, and Margaret O'Neill, Syracuse, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Fero Funeral Home with Crematory, Dunnellon.
  • PIETROWSKY, ALGERD, 79, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Oak Hill Hospital, Spring Hill. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he came here 13 years ago from Long Island, N.Y. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the VFW. He was a volunteer firefighter in Stewart Manor, N.Y. Survivors include his wife, Muriel; a son, Alan, Spring Hill; a daughter, Kathryn Cassese, Spring Hill; a brother, Witold, North Carolina; and five grandchildren. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Spring Hill.
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  • KNIGHT, WALLACE F., 73, of Tampa, died Sunday (Feb. 3, 2002). He was a lifelong Tampa resident. He was a graduate of Florida State University, and was actively involved in real estate development, both commercial and residential, for several years. Survivors include his wife, Pam Knight; two daughters, Sharon Spencer and Kelly Knight; a brother, Bob Knight; and two granddaughters. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • MACK, JEFFREY P., 37, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Jan. 23, 2002) in Tampa. Born in Chicago, he came here several years ago from Chicago. He was a carpenter. Survivors include his mother, Karen Hann, Tampa; his father, Timothy Mack, Chicago; two sisters, Donna and Catherine; and two brothers, Steven and Kevin. Florida Mortuary Funeral & Cremation Services, Tampa.
  • MARLOWE, ANNA MAE, 91, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at home. Born in Kentucky, she came here in 1987 from Louisville, Ky. She was a homemaker, and member of First Baptist Church of Tampa. Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth W. Abernathy, Tampa; and two grandchildren, Joe Abernathy and Lisa Payne, both of Tampa. Marsicano -- B. Marion Reed -- Stowers Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • MARTIN, LOYE HARRISON, 83, of Tampa, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at home. He was born in Georgia. He was a postal carrier, an Army veteran, and member of Riverhills Church of God. Survivors include his wife, Blanche M. Martin; a daughter, Joyce Thompson, Lutz; and a granddaughter, Kimberly Lambert, Lake Wales. Swilley Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • McGINTY, LEONARD LEO JR., 72, of Thonotosassa, died Saturday (Feb. 2, 2002) in Florence, S.C. Born in Daytona Beach, he came to the Tampa area from Zephryhills in 1941. He was a former owner of Torque-Quip Ball & Roller Bearing Co. and Vanderberg Airport, Inc., member of E.A.A. (Experimental Aircraft Association), Quiet Birdmen, and East Thonotosassa Baptist Church. He was one of the founders of City of Zephyrhills Aviation, past president and past air show director of Sun 'N" Fun, where he was also a member. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Lena McGinty; a daughter, Lori McGinty, Thonotosassa; a son, Mike McGinty, Bronson; a sister, Lorraine Eckart, Tampa; and two grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • WRIGHT, ANNIE BARNETT, 86, of Valrico, died Wednesday (Feb. 6, 2002) at home. She was a Tampa native and lifelong resident of the area. She was a homemaker, member of Homemakers Club in Brandon, and member of Nativity Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Quentin Wright. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Riverview.
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  • ANDREWS, AVANELL C., 81, of Sun City Center, formerly of Port Richey, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at South Bay Hospital in Sun City. She came to Florida in 1978 from her native East Liverpool, Ohio. She was a retired public school teacher, and a member of the American Association of University Women. She was Protestant. Survivors include three daughters, Kimberly Andrews, Lisle, Ill., Janet McDonald, Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Carol Wolf, Wexford, Pa.; and four grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
  • BERNARDO, THERESA V., 65, of Port Richey, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey. She came here from her native Brooklyn, N.Y. and was a bookkeeper employed by Millwork Specialties. She was Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Daniel; three sons, Anthony, Tobyhanna, Pa., Daniel and Thomas, both of Port Richey; a brother, Joseph Simeone, M.D., Oregon, Ill.; and four grandchildren. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, New Port Richey.
  • COLE, THELMA I., 92, of Hudson, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at her daughter's home in Hudson. Born in Groveland, N.Y., she came here in 1973 from Rochester, N.Y. She was Presbyterian. Survivors include a daughter, Doris Rothi, Hudson; two sons, Clifford Krandell, Bonita Springs, and George, Hudson; a brother, Stuart Morrison, Elmira, N.Y.; a sister, Inez Reed, Horseheads, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Neptune Society, Palm Harbor.
  • COLUCCI, ANTHONY A., 90, of Holiday, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Baytree Nursing Center in Palm Harbor. Born in New York City, he came here in 1971 from Staten Island, N.Y. He retired as a tool and die maker for dental equipment. He was a member of Crest Ridge Gardens Civic Association and member St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Anthony A. Colucci, Jr., Staten Island; a daughter, Mary Ann Wernoch, Greenbrook, N.J.; two brothers, Edward and Nicholas, both of Staten Island; a sister, Norma Regan, Jamesburg, N.J.; and four grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday.
  • DOLAN, NICOLE DANIELLE, infant daughter of Sherry and Thomas Dolan of Holiday, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) in St. Petersburg. Other survivors include a brother, Timothy, and a sister, Ciera; paternal grandparent, Mikki Dolan, New Port Richey; maternal grandparents, Bobby and Sue Beason, Texas; and maternal great-grandmother, Rena Beason, Texas. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday.
  • GILLILAND, RICHARD ALAN, 48, of Zephyrhills, died Saturday (Feb. 2, 2002) in Zephyrhills. He came here 14 years ago from his native Gary, Ind. He was employed in the telemarketing industry. Survivors include a brother, Daniel Harris, and a sister, Brenda Smith. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • JETT, MATILDA E., 79, of Hudson, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., she came here in 2000 from Bangall, N.Y. She was the Bangall postmaster and past PTA president. She was a member of Bangall United Methodist Church for 45 years. Survivors include a son, Don, Hudson; a brother, Henry W. Siegel, Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; and a caregiver, Marilee Jett. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • LEISCHNER, MARILYN G., 73, of Port Richey, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at home. Born in Richmond Hill, N.Y., she came here in 1989 from Babylon, N.Y. She was a retired secretary and member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Hewlett Bay Fire Department in Long Island. Survivors include her husband, Richard V.; a son, Richard G., New Port Richey; a daughter, Marilyn A. Giretti, Port Richey; a sister, Elna Fleck, Federal Way, Wash.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • MALONE, EVELYN K., 82, of Hudson, died Wednesday (Feb. 6, 2002) at Bayonet Point Health Center. Born in Queens, N.Y., she came here 15 years ago from Long Island, N.Y. She was an electronic manufacturing supervisor and member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Daniel, Hudson; a daughter, Robin T., Chandler, Ariz.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Prevatt Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hudson.
  • McNALLY, LEONE, 92, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Dade City, died Saturday (Feb. 2, 2002) at the Masonic Home of Florida. Born in Belding, Mich., she came here in 2000 from Dade City. She was a homemaker and a member of the OES Dade City Chapter 13. She was Baptist. Survivors include her husband of 74 years, Harold; two sons, Edward McNally, Dade City, and Gerald McNally, Edmond, Okla.; and a daughter, Sue Whittiker, Winter Park. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
  • MYERS, FRANCIS H., 86, of Zephyrhills, died Saturday (Feb. 2, 2002) at home. Born in Spartansburg, Pa. He was an engineer in the manufacturing industry and a Merchant Marine veteran. Survivors include three daughters, Joan Lucas, Linda Schuller and Nancy Triana. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • PORTER, DIANE M., 52, of Hudson, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at home. Born in Detroit, she came here in 1993 from San Jose, Calif. She retired as a collection liaison at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point with three years of service. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene of New Port Richey. Survivors include her husband of 10 years, Daniel W.; two daughters, Melissa Oringer, Ravenna, Ohio, and Laurie Pena, San Jose; a stepson, Christopher, LaBelle; five brothers, David Novak, Edinburg, Texas, Dennis, Duane and Dale Novak, all of Rootstown, Ohio, and Douglas Novak, DeRidder, La.; and two grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • RAICHLE, BEATRICE, 98, of Port Richey, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Windsor Woods Nursing Home in Hudson. Born in Bronx, N.Y., she came here 20 years ago from Maine. She was the retired owner/operator of an antique business and was a member of the Moose Lodge of New Port Richey. She was Catholic. Survivors include two cousins, James Murray, Port Richey, and Sister Mildred Winter, Gladwyne, Pa. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • SAKATOS, TZANETOS, 73, of New Port Richey, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Chefallonia, Greece, he came to America in 1960 and moved here in 1994 from Orient, N.Y. He served in the Greek Navy and Merchant Marines. He was a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church of New Port Richey. He was a member Hellenic Greek Club of Elfers and the Prometheus Greek Club of Tarpon Springs. Survivors include his wife, Eleni; three sons, Andrew, Brooklyn, N.Y., Jim, Secaucus, N.J., and Hercules, Bayside, N.Y.; two brothers, George and Spiro, both of Patra, Greece; two sisters, Evgenia Papastefanatos, and Venetia Tsoufis, both of Athens, Greece; and two grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday.
  • VANACORE, JOSEPHINE R., 72, of New Port Richey, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in New Haven, Conn., she came here 10 years ago from Milford, Conn. and was a homemaker. She was Catholic. Survivors include two sons, Raymond, Orange, Conn., and Peter, Houston; a daughter, Norma Jean Gurge, New Port Richey; two brothers, Jack Libero, New Port Richey, and James Libero, Jacksonville; a sister, Theresa Fretez, Holiday; two granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, New Port Richey.
  • WINTERS, GORDON DAVID, 88, of Zephyrhills, died Sunday (Feb. 3, 2002) at East Pasco Medical Center in Zephyrhills. Born in Union Springs, N.Y., he came here in 1952 from Detroit. He was the owner of Winters Mobile Home Park. He was one of the original founders of the Citizens Bank of Pasco, now part of First Union, where he served as a director. He was also a founding director of the Zephyr Haven Nursing Home. Member and past president of the chamber of commerce and the 1981 recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award. He was a life member Lola Valley Lodge 583 F&AM in Michigan. He was active with the Zephyrhills Rotary Club. He was Protestant. Survivors include his wife, Helen; a son, Robert, Zephyrhills; two daughters, Suzanne Jarrett, Zephyrhills, and Patricia Morgan, Houston; many nieces and nephews; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
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  • HAMER, DOLORES, 74, of Belleair Bluffs, died Friday (Feb. 1, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. She came here in 1982 from her native Chicago. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a son, Michael, Chicago; a daughter, Anita Hamer, Chicago; and three grandchildren. Gulf Breeze Cremation & Burial Society, Largo.
  • Clearwater

    • BASINGER, LESTER R., 57, of Clearwater, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Evergreen, La., and came here recently from Dalton, Ga. He was a truck driver and worked six years for Humphrey Trucking, Knoxville, Tenn. He was Catholic. Survivors include a sister, Janet Zar, Lafitte, La.; and his companion, Tammey Painter, Dalton. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • COUR-PENNING, RENA ANNE, 60, of Santa Fe, N.M., formerly of Clearwater, died Friday (Feb. 1, 2002) at a health care facility in Santa Fe. She was born in Miami and moved to Santa Fe in 1986 from Clearwater, where she worked as a real estate agent. She was an artist. Survivors include a daughter, Ashley Strauss-Martin, Santa Fe; two sons, Bryson Strauss, Los Angeles, and Grant Peterson, Portland, Ore.; her mother, Hallie Cour-Penning, Deltona; a granddaughter, Savannah Martin, Santa Fe; and her longtime companion, John Merrett, Cedar Crest, N.M. Berardinelli Family Funeral Services, Santa Fe, N.M.
    • CRANKFIELD, JABREAL R., infant son of Krystal Yeldon and Janiero Crankfield Sr., of Clearwater, died Sunday (Feb. 3, 2002) in a drowning accident in Clearwater. He was born in Clearwater. Other survivors include a brother, Janiero Jr., his maternal grandmother, Etta M. Brown; his maternal grandfather, Leroy Yeldon, all of Clearwater; his paternal grandmother, Atlean Crankfield, Jacksonville; his maternal great-grandmother, Ernestine (Salt) Brown, Clearwater; and his paternal great-grandmother, Claire Crankfield, Jacksonville. Young's Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • FOXWORTHY, RUBY E., 87, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Mariner Health Care of Belleair. She was born in Sullivan, Ind., and came here in 1995 from Indiana. She was a homemaker and Protestant. Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Hughes, Clearwater. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Dunedin.
    • GEORGE, RUTH E., 92, of Clearwater, died Friday (Feb. 1, 2002) at home. She was born in Cardington, Ohio, and came here in 1971 from Mount Gilead, Ohio. She was a homemaker. She was Methodist and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Cardington. Survivors include a daughter, Marjorie McMullen, Clearwater; two grandchildren, Cathy Guy, Dunedin, and Frank Giffin, Enon, Ohio; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • HILL, MARY E., 67, of Clearwater, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in China Grove, N.C., and came here in 1945. She was a professional cook and worked 20 years at the German American Club, Pinellas Park. Survivors include a son, David, Holiday; three daughters, Marcia Stahl, Clearwater, and Patricia Carlson and Dawn Hill, both of St. Petersburg; three brothers, Jay, Arthur and Jimmy Carver, all of Crystal River; two sisters, Crystal Coffee, Spring Hill, and Betty Coopwrighter, Crystal River; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Veterans Cremation & Burial Society, Clearwater.
    • MYERS, FLORENCE JEAN, 79, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Feb. 3, 2002) at Wildflower Inn Assisted Living Facility, Dunedin. She was born in Crowland, Ontario, and came here in 1970 from Canada. She was a homemaker and a Protestant. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, John Howard Myers; a brother, Douglas Farr, London, Ontario; eight sisters, Helen Davidson, Norma Cameron, Shirley Cairns, Ruth Ames, Lois Golob and Eleanor Reid, all of St. Catherines, Ontario, and Doris Wherry, Burlington, Ontario, and Joan MacKenzie-Milne, Stoney Creek, Ontario; 38 nieces and nephews; and 48 great-nieces and great-nephews. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • SNYDER, JOHANNA T., 50, of Clearwater, died Friday (Jan. 25, 2002) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. He came here in 1989 from his native Waterbury, Conn., and worked in construction. He was Catholic. Survivors include two sons, Robin, Clearwater, and Jason, Waterbury; a daughter, Loretta Snyder, Connecticut; his mother, Katherine Snyder, Waterbury, and two brothers, John and Steve, both of Connecticut. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • WARD, SHARON A., 61, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Feb. 3, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She came here in 1987 from her native Sandusky, Ohio, and worked six years as a document processor for Home Shopping Network, Pinellas Park. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sandusky. Survivors include a daughter, Constance Ward, Clearwater. National Cremation Society, Largo.

    Dunedin

    • ELDRIDGE, CLARENCE, 82, of Dunedin, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Rowan County, Ky., and came here in 1981 from Flemingsburg, Ky. He was a self-employed auto mechanic and a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Helen; two sons, Donald and Larry, both of Fleming County, Ky.; a daughter, Billie Arnold, Lexington, Ky.; two brothers, Vencil and Delmar, both of Fleming County; three sisters, Sadie Tranbarger, Fleming County, Dorothy Blake, Indianapolis, and Dessie Cate, Richmond, Ind.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.
    • GLADDEN, JAMES RALPH, 74, of Dunedin, died Sunday (Feb. 3, 2002) at Integrated Health Services of Clearwater. He was born in Cleveland and came here in 1990 from San Diego, where he worked 10 years as a tool and die engineer for General Dynamics. He was a Navy Seabee veteran of World War II, a Christian Scientist and a Mason. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Arlene L.; four sons, Jamie, Clearwater, James Ralph Jr., Merritt Island, Michael, Greenville, S.C., and John, Cleveland; a daughter, Suzie Gladden, Cleveland; three stepsons, Gary Lorenz, Cleveland, Dan Lorenz, San Diego, and Tim Lorenz, Picayune, Miss.; a sister, Rita Ward, North Eaton, Ohio; and two grandchildren. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • LIEG, DOROTHY A., 80, of Dunedin, died Sunday (Feb. 3, 2002) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. She was born in Milwaukee, moved to Port Charlotte in 1983, and in 2001 she moved to Dunedin. She worked as a private secretary to the president of Inland Street Products (now Enryco Corp.,) Milwaukee. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Dunedin. Survivors include a brother, Russell Poniewaz, Dunedin; six nephews, Glen, Scott, Todd and Russell Poniewaz Jr., all of Milwaukee, Dale Poniewaz, California, and Karl Parks, Wind Lake, Wis.; and two nieces, Joy Bell and Jill Poniewaz, both of Milwaukee. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.
    • MAYE, FRANK "BILLY," 76, of Dunedin, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor. He was born in New York City and came here in 1977 from Bronx, N.Y. He was a detective sergeant for the New York Police Department and an investigator for the Florida Department of Professional Regulation. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and served aboard the USS Santa Fe. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Dunedin, New York Police Department 10-13 Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a former president of the Clearwater Irish American and Westcoast Irish American clubs. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Mary; a son, Frank Jr., Miami Lakes; a daughter, Laura "Sunshine" Maye, Miami Lakes; three grandchildren, Frankie Maye, Gainesville, and Sean May and Tammy Maye, both of Miami Lakes. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.

    Largo

    • ALESSI, ARTILIO, 92, of Largo, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Oak Manor Nursing Center, Largo. He was born in Middletown, Conn., and came here in 1960 from Norfolk, Va. He retired from the Navy with the rank of chief warrant officer and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Locally, he worked as an accountant. He was a member of Central Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, Clearwater, and Turner Brandon American Legion Post 7, Clearwater. Survivors include his wife, Dottie; a stepdaughter, Marilyn Goodman, Tallahassee; a stepson, Jack Osteen, Fort White; two brothers, Joe, Long Island, N.Y., and Dr. Salvatore, Hartford, Conn.; two sisters, Gloria Lombardo and Eleanor Brush, both of Middletown; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Hubbell Funeral Home and Crematory, Belleair Bluffs.
    • ARCHER, THEODORE ROOSEVELT JR., 74, of Floral City, formerly of Largo, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) in Inverness. He was born in Indianapolis and moved to Floral City in 1984 from Largo. Survivors include a son, Robert S.; a daughter, Deborah S. Memole, Largo; two sisters, Betty Wood and Joann Byars, both of Indianapolis; and four grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inverness.
    • FAGAN, MARGARET HARDING, 67, a winter visitor to Largo, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. She was born in New York City and came here from Avalon, N.J. She was a homemaker and a member of th Maris Stella Catholic Church, Avalon. Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Edward, Avalon; a daughter, Marianne Fagan, Largo; four sons, Robert, Guilford, Conn., Kenneth, Westfield, N.J., Daniel, Chicago, and Michael, Camp Hill, Pa.; a brother, Joseph Harding, Greenwich, N.Y.; and five grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • JOHNSON, WALTER S., 74, of Largo, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. He came here in 1987 from his native Chicago, where he owned and operated a real estate agency in the western suburbs. He was a member of the Elks Lodge. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Greta; a son, Dennis, Spring Grove, Ill.; a daughter, Brenda Nelms, Hernando Beach; a sister, Grace Porter, St. Petersburg; and a granddaughter, Aimee Nelms, Hernando Beach. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
    • LEVINE, DR. ABRAHAM, 80, of Largo, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa. He was born in New York City, He was a retired podiatric physician and surgeon. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. He was a volunteer mentor with the Pinellas County School Board and a volunteer for the Florida Holocaust Museum. He was a member of Temple B'nai Israel, Clearwater, where he was active in the Brotherhood and Temple Board. He was a member of Jewish War Veterans, the Podiatric Medicine Assocation and the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He was a past president of Pinellas County Podeiatric Association and Queens County (N.Y.) Podiatry Society. Survivors include his wife, LislSchick; two sons, Dr. Robert, Clearwater, and Dr. Bruce, Dunedin; two stepsons, Dr. Robert Schick and Kenneth Schick, both of Atlanta; two stepdaughters, Nancy Greenberg, Clearwater, and Kathryn Madow, Pinellas Park; and 19 grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • PETERSEN, SUZANNE W., 85, of Largo, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Fairmont, Minn., came here in 1961 from Waseca, Minn., moved to Prescott, Ariz., in 1976, and in 1989 she returned to Largo. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two daughters, Darlene Garland, Largo, and Diane Crawford, Clearwater; two sons, Ronald, Federal Dam, Minn., and Gary, Waseca; three sisters, Helen Miller and Patricia Wirth, both of Fairmont, and Sister Julie Ann Wirth, Rochester, Minn., 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Clearwater Funeral Home & Cremation Options.
    • SCHMITT, BERTHA, 83, of Largo, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at Sabal Palms Health Care Center, Largo. She was born in Canada, Ky., and came here in 1977 from Illinois, where she owned and operated a beauty salon in Arlington Heights, Ill., and also worked as personnel director for Goldblatt's Department Store, Chicago. During World War II she worked as a gun sight precision inspector. She was Protestant, a volunteer at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo, and a past president of the Illinois Hairdressers Assocation. Survivors include a sister, Sarah Dotson, Louden, Tenn.; three nieces, Pat DePoole, Largo, Sandra Adamek, Atlanta, and Peggy Kowalski, Glenview, Ill.; and a nephew, Bruce Vance, Beauford, S.C. Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, Cemetery & Cremation Services, Seminole.
    • STEWART, CHARLOTTE E., 94, of Largo, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Belfast, Ireland, and came here in 1980 from New York City, where she worked 50 years for the Cosmopolitan Club. She was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church, Largo. Survivors include a brother, William Stewart, Northern Ireland; four sisters, Ella Stewart and Maggie Scott, both of Northern Ireland, Anne Woods, Canada, and Georgiana Stewart, England; and several nieces and nephews including, Doreen Newiger, Largo. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • ZIEMS, MARSHA J., 52, of Largo, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at home after a long illness. She came here in 1962 from her native Salem, Ohio. She was a homemaker and Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Ronald; two sons, Eric F. Short, Clearwater, and Isaac D. Short, Tampa; her mother, Dorothy Harber, Inglis; two brothers, Patrick Hickling, Seminole, and Michael Hickling, Indiana; a sister, Deborah Shalosky, Largo; and two granddaughters, Brienna Short, Clearwater, and Chelsea Short, Vermont. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Seminole.

    Oldsmar

    • BRUGGEMAN, RONALD FREDERICK, 74, of Oldsmar, died Sunday (Feb. 3, 2002) at his son's home in Palm Harbor under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Pittsburgh and came here in 1980 from Fremont, Mich. He owned and operated the Quick Red Fox Lounge in Clearwater. He was a graduate of Florida Southern University in Lakeland with a degree in business. He was a member of Tarpon Woods Golf and Country Club and enjoyed playing golf. Survivors include his wife, Margaret; a daughter, Jill Stauffer, Palm Harbor; a son, Timothy, Palm Harbor; two brothers, Ken, Palm Harbor, and Fred, Pittsburgh; and a grandson, John David Stauffer. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • LETZO, NANCY, 81, of Oldsmar, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation and Care Center, Clearwater. She was born in West Frankfort, Ill., and came here in 1954 from Chicago. She was a homemaker and Presbyterian. Survivors include a son, Richard, and two daughters, Lilliam Lopreato, and Gloria Letzo, all of Florida; a sister, Mary; and three grandchildren. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Dunedin.

    Palm Harbor

    • ROBINSON, ELVIRA JANE, 73, of Palm Harbor, died Sunday (Feb. 3, 2002) at Bay Tree Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Palm Harbor. She came here in 1974 from her native Holden, Mass., and worked as a secretary for the Norton Co., Worcester, Mass. She was a member of Palm Harbor United Methodist Church, active worthy matron of Palm Harbor Chapter 67 Order of the Eastern Star (OES), a past matron of Wachusett Chapter 131 OES, Holden, a member Holden Grange 78, a former board member of the Lake Tarpon Mobile Home Village Association and an active member of the Goldtones. Survivors include two sons, Leslie Albrecht, East Brookfield, Mass., and Charles Albrecht, Princeton, Maine; four sisters, June Sloan, Palm Harbor, Hannah Edwards, North Brookfield, Mass., Harriet Stark, Holden, and Eleanor Stearns, Worcester; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

    Safety Harbor

    • HUBBARD, MARJORIE "'MARGE," 87, of Safety Harbor, died Sunday (Feb. 3, 2002) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. She was born in Springfield, Ohio, and came here in 1994 from Scottsdale, Ariz. She was a member of Northwood Presbyterian Church, Clearwater. Survivors include two daughters, Bonnie Williams, Safety Harbor, and Susan Mac Boyle, Phoenix; three sisters, Maxine Little, Boca Raton, Lucille Gall, Castle Rock, Colo., and Betty Hays, Van Der Wagen, N.M.; three grandchildren, Raandi Morales, Gulfport, Kimberly Mac Boyle, Morgan Hill, Calif., and Christopher Mac Boyle, Mesa, Ariz; and two great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Palm Harbor Chapel.
    • MAKOFSKE, FLORENCE V., 71, of Safety Harbor, died Friday (Feb. 1, 2002) at home. She was born in Roosevelt, N.Y., and came here in 1996 from Claremont, N.H. She was a former Mary Kay beauty consultant and worked many years as a secretary for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Leonard; three daughters, Kathy Pledger, Safety Harbor, Patti Erlandsen, Santa Maria, Calif., and Caryl Bettez, Bedford, Va.; her mother, Clara Vollmer, and a sister, Catherine Harder, both of Halifax, Vt.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
    • McCONNELL, LAURENE G., 50, of Safety Harbor, died Friday (Feb. 1, 2002) at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here in 1996 from Kentucky. She worked as a cash manager for a financial services company and was Catholic. She loved to travel. Survivors include two sisters and three brothers Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Dunedin.
    • MONTGOMERY, ANN S., 64, of Safety Harbor, died Thursday (Jan. 31, 2002) at Bear Creek Nursing Home, Hudson. She was born in Columbus, Ga., and lived most of her life in Safety Harbor. She was a retired carpenter and worked for Jacobson's Mobile Home Co. She was a Protestant and a member of Moose Lodge, Trenton, and American Legion, Safety Harbor. Survivors include her mother, Lena Smith, Safety Harbor; a son, Charles Thomas Higdon Jr., Trenton; a stepson, Doyle Montgomery II, Chiefland; three stepdaughters, Monica Grier, Sheila Murphy and Debbie Guth, all of Clearwater; a brother, Grover C. Smith Jr., Safety Harbor; four sisters, Margie Vance, New Port Richey, Helen Ziegler, Belleair; Donna Holton, Soperten, Ga., and Betty Wexler, Safety Harbor; and several nieces and nephews. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

    Tarpon Springs

    • GOLKA, ROBERT J., 85, of Holiday, formerly of Tarpon Springs, died Sunday (Feb. 3, 2002) atHelen Ellis Memorial Hospital in Tarpon Springs. He was born in New York City and he came to this area in 1970 from Plainview, N.Y. He worked as a service engineer in the packaging industry and retired from Standard Knapp Co. He was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church of Tarpon Springs. He was a member of Tarpon Springs Golf Club. Survivors include his wife, Jean; and a nephew, Paul, Sayville, N.Y. Trinity Memorial Gardens Holiday Chapel, Holiday.

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  • GASKINS, JAMES E., 45, of Gulfport, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Egret Cove Center. A native of St. Petersburg, he was a fork lift operator for Mariner's Cove Marina in Gulfport and the Harborage Marina for 17 years. He was Baptist. Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Wendy; a son, James D., and a daughter, Jennifer Gaskins, both of Gulfport; three sisters, Jean Yarborough, Brooksville, Linda Simpson, De Leon Springs, and Susan Caldwell, Venice, Fla. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.
  • Largo

    • ALESSI, ARTILIO, 92, of Largo, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Oak Manor Nursing Center, Largo. He was born in Middletown, Conn., and came here in 1960 from Norfolk, Va. He retired from the Navy with the rank of chief warrant officer and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Locally, he worked as an accountant. He was a member of Central Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, Clearwater, and Turner Brandon American Legion Post 7, Clearwater. Survivors include his wife, Dottie; a stepdaughter, Marilyn Goodman, Tallahassee; a stepson, Jack Osteen, Fort White; two brothers, Joe, Long Island, N.Y., and Dr. Salvatore, Hartford, Conn.; two sisters, Gloria Lombardo and Eleanor Brush, both of Middletown; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Hubbell Funeral Home and Crematory, Belleair Bluffs.
    • ARCHER, THEODORE ROOSEVELT JR., 74, of Floral City, formerly of Largo, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) in Inverness. He was born in Indianapolis and moved to Floral City in 1984 from Largo. Survivors include a son, Robert S.; a daughter, Deborah S. Memole, Largo; two sisters, Betty Wood and Joann Byars, both of Indianapolis; and four grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inverness.
    • FAGAN, MARGARET HARDING, 67, a winter visitor to Largo, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. She was born in New York City and came here from Avalon, N.J. She was a homemaker and a member of th Maris Stella Catholic Church, Avalon. Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Edward, Avalon; a daughter, Marianne Fagan, Largo; four sons, Robert, Guilford, Conn., Kenneth, Westfield, N.J., Daniel, Chicago, and Michael, Camp Hill, Pa.; a brother, Joseph Harding, Greenwich, N.Y.; and five grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • JOHNSON, WALTER S., 74, of Largo, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. He came here in 1987 from his native Chicago, where he owned and operated a real estate agency in the western suburbs. He was a member of the Elks Lodge. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Greta; a son, Dennis, Spring Grove, Ill.; a daughter, Brenda Nelms, Hernando Beach; a sister, Grace Porter, St. Petersburg; and a granddaughter, Aimee Nelms, Hernando Beach. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
    • LEVINE, DR. ABRAHAM, 80, of Largo, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa. He was born in New York City, He was a retired podiatric physician and surgeon. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. He was a volunteer mentor with the Pinellas County School Board and a volunteer for the Florida Holocaust Museum. He was a member of Temple B'nai Israel, Clearwater, where he was active in the Brotherhood and Temple Board. He was a member of Jewish War Veterans, the Podiatric Medicine Assocation and the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He was a past president of Pinellas County Podeiatric Association and Queens County (N.Y.) Podiatry Society. Survivors include his wife, LislSchick; two sons, Dr. Robert, Clearwater, and Dr. Bruce, Dunedin; two stepsons, Dr. Robert Schick and Kenneth Schick, both of Atlanta; two stepdaughters, Nancy Greenberg, Clearwater, and Kathryn Madow, Pinellas Park; and 19 grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • PETERSEN, SUZANNE W., 85, of Largo, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Fairmont, Minn., came here in 1961 from Waseca, Minn., moved to Prescott, Ariz., in 1976, and in 1989 she returned to Largo. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two daughters, Darlene Garland, Largo, and Diane Crawford, Clearwater; two sons, Ronald, Federal Dam, Minn., and Gary, Waseca; three sisters, Helen Miller and Patricia Wirth, both of Fairmont, and Sister Julie Ann Wirth, Rochester, Minn., 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Clearwater Funeral Home & Cremation Options.
    • SCHMITT, BERTHA, 83, of Largo, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at Sabal Palms Health Care Center, Largo. She was born in Canada, Ky., and came here in 1977 from Illinois, where she owned and operated a beauty salon in Arlington Heights, Ill., and also worked as personnel director for Goldblatt's Department Store, Chicago. During World War II she worked as a gun sight precision inspector. She was Protestant, a volunteer at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo, and a past president of the Illinois Hairdressers Assocation. Survivors include a sister, Sarah Dotson, Louden, Tenn.; three nieces, Pat DePoole, Largo, Sandra Adamek, Atlanta, and Peggy Kowalski, Glenview, Ill.; and a nephew, Bruce Vance, Beauford, S.C. Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, Cemetery & Cremation Services, Seminole.
    • STEWART, CHARLOTTE E., 94, of Largo, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Belfast, Ireland, and came here in 1980 from New York City, where she worked 50 years for the Cosmopolitan Club. She was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church, Largo. Survivors include a brother, William Stewart, Northern Ireland; four sisters, Ella Stewart and Maggie Scott, both of Northern Ireland, Anne Woods, Canada, and Georgiana Stewart, England; and several nieces and nephews including, Doreen Newiger, Largo. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • ZIEMS, MARSHA J., 52, of Largo, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at home after a long illness. She came here in 1962 from her native Salem, Ohio. She was a homemaker and Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Ronald; two sons, Eric F. Short, Clearwater, and Isaac D. Short, Tampa; her mother, Dorothy Harber, Inglis; two brothers, Patrick Hickling, Seminole, and Michael Hickling, Indiana; a sister, Deborah Shalosky, Largo; and two granddaughters, Brienna Short, Clearwater, and Chelsea Short, Vermont. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Seminole.

    Pinellas Park

    • GUSKY, ANNE, 84, of Pinellas Park, died Friday (Feb. 1, 2002) at IHS of Pinellas Park. She was born in Bronx, N.Y., and was Catholic. Survivors include a sister, Betty Werner; and a nephew, Jeff Ruben. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • KAPINOS, ELEANOR FRANCES, 86, of Pinellas Park, died Friday (Feb. 1, 2002) at home. Born in Bronx, N.Y., she came here in the 1970s from Emerson, N.J. She was a secretary and bookkeeper. She was a former member of the Executive Committee of Mainlands Unit 4 in Pinellas Park and was a longtime volunteer. She was a member of the National Secretary's Association. Survivors include a daughter, Eleanor Kositch, Whiting, N.J.; a brother, Willard Hingular, New Jersey; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. International Mortuary Services, Pinellas Park.
    • OLSON, MELISSA ANN, 25, of Pinellas Park, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) as the result of an automobile accident. She was a St. Petersburg native and a waiter at a Bennigan's restaurant. Survivors include two sons, Michael Olson and Jacob Olson, both of St. Petersburg; her father, George G. Tessier Jr., West Valley, Utah; her mother, Brenda Tessier, Pinellas Park; a brother, Gary Tessier, St. Petersburg; two sisters, Tina Williams and Nikki Tessier, both of Kernersville, N.C.; her maternal grandmother, Violet Davis, Statesville, N.C.; and her paternal grandmother, Dorothy Tessier, Naples, Fla. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.

    Redington Shores

    • O'BRIEN, RUTH F., 76, of Redington Shores, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Suncoast Hospital. Born in Boston, she came here in 1996 from Westchester, Pa. She was a hospital administrator and director of volunteers at the Rusk Institute in New York City. She also had a career in theater on Broadway in Gypsy and taught ballet. She was Christian. Survivors include a nephew, the Rev. Dr. George A. Hill III, Cincinnati; and a companion, Jo Ellen Temple, Redington Shores. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

    St. Pete Beach

    • TALLUTO, FRANK, 94, of St. Pete Beach, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Egret Cove Center. Born in Sicily, he came here in 1977 from Rochester, N.Y. He was the owner of Youngsters Shoe Manufacturing in Rochester, N.Y., for 36 years. He was Roman Catholic. He was a member of Elks Lodge 1224 in St. Petersburg and Elks Lodge 1912 in Madeira Beach. Survivors include two daughters, Veronica Gerberich, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Marie Riley, Peachtree City, Ga.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

    St. Petersburg

    • BREWER, JAMES WILLIAM, 54, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at home. Born in Newport, Ky., he came here in 1975 from Dayton, Ohio. He was a subcontractor and was Protestant. Survivors include three sons, Shawn S., Ryan J. and Jeremy W., all of St. Petersburg; a daughter, Casondra E. King, Beaver Creek, Ohio; a stepson, Donovan Hamm, Jacksonville; his father, William C., and a brother, Stephen R., both of Tampa; three sisters, Brenda Lou Hatton, Salt Lick, Ky., Linda Sue Carpenter, Morehead, Ky., and Sandra Jeanne Pierce, Pendleton, Ind.; and a grandson. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • BROWN, PHILLIP SR., 97, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 3, 2002) at Bayfront Medical Center. He came here in 1964 from his native Cordell, Ga. He attended Dooley County schools and was a landscaper. He was a member of the State Temple Baptist Church. Survivors include five sons, James E. Brown, Miami, Raymond Brown, Americus, Ga., Jimmy Brown, Jacksonville, and James Otis and Phillip Brown Jr., both of St. Petersburg; and three daughters, Beverly Davis and Betty Brown, both of St. Petersburg, and Odessa Roberts, Tampa. Zion Hill Mortuary, St. Petersburg.
    • BURNS, JAMES ROBERT, 73, of Hernando, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 3, 2002) at Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness. Born in Worcester, Mass., he moved to Hernando in 1977 from St. Petersburg. He was a retired pest control technician and an Air Force veteran. Survivors include a son, James Stallings, Chipley; a daughter, Diane Wiley; a brother, Fred Burns, La Porte, Texas; two sisters, Margaret Eustes, Fort Worth, Texas, and Kathleen Hogan, Hernando; several nieces and nephews; several grandchildren; and a companion, Evelyn Robinson. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
    • COX, HENRY MILLER, 79, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at home. Born in Carthage, Tenn., he came here in 1953 from Fernandina Beach. He was a teacher in public schools for 36 years and a graduate of the University of Kentucky at Lexington and Peabody College in Nashville. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in Italy and Africa. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Mary L.; a son, James D., Carmel, Ind.; a daughter, Ruth Cox Leaders, Tampa; and six grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • DESCHENES, RETA EVELYN, 70, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Feb. 6, 2002). Born in London, Ontario, she came here in 1963 and became an American citizen in 1966. She was Catholic. Survivors include two sons, Danneil Kenneth Burns, and Charles David Shedd; three daughters, Brenda Anne Burns, Laura Marie Shedd and Christie Lynn Burns; and five grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
    • FISCHER, JANE ELLEN, 80, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Born in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., she came here in 1967 from Nutley, N.J. She was a homemaker and a member of OES Chapter 794 in Mount Vernon, N.Y., Beta Sigma Phi sorority and the Preceptor Pi Chapter. Survivors include two sons, Charles Fischer, Carlisle, Pa., and Lawrence Fischer, St. Petersburg; a brother, John E. Losee, Pinellas Park; a sister, Betty Roth, Largo; a granddaughter, Lisa Fischer, Mount Holly Springs, Pa.; and her companion, James Steves. International Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.
    • FOLLETT, MILDRED FRANCES "MILLIE,", 77, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) in Tucson. She came here from her native Waynesville, N.C., in 1949. She was an assembler with an aerospace company. Survivors include a daughter, Doris Wilson, Tucson, Ariz.; two sons, James Allen, Jupiter, and Thomas Troy Allen, Melbourne; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Bobbitt Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • GERINI, ROSE DENTE, 93, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at Tandem Health Care of St. Petersburg. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she came here in 1975 from Chicago. She was a former Catholic nun for 20 years at the Monastery of Precious Blood in Brooklyn. She got a dispensation to leave the order because of illness. Survivors include a son, John, St. Petersburg; four sisters, Angelina Nocella, St. Petersburg, Anna Maliaros, Seffner, and Ann Genovese and Susan Milone, both of Brooklyn; and many nieces and nephews. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • KLEEN, DOROTHY E., 90, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at home. Born in Union, N.J., she came here in 1952 from New Jersey. She was a homemaker and a member of the St. Petersburg Garden Club. She enjoyed sewing, baking, gardening and reading. Survivors include a son, Barry Kleen, Safety Harbor; a daughter, Edna Heins, Plantation; two grandchildren, Jeff Heins, Plantation, and Douglas Kleen, St. Petersburg; and two great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • KNOX, NANCY LAMPLEY, 87, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at home under hospice care. She came here in 1997 from her native Brundidge, Ala., where she was a member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church. She was a member of OES and Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, where she served in the Deaconess and Mission societies. Survivors include three sons, George Lampley, Brundidge, R.Z. Lampley, St. Petersburg, and John D. Lampley, Jonesboro, Ga.; two daughters, Loretha Reed and Hattie Wilson, both of St. Petersburg; three sisters, Addie Pearl Lampley and Lovie Jewel Wheeler, both of Brundidge, and Robbie Jackson, Cincinnati; several stepchildren; 21 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Zion Hill Mortuary, St. Petersburg.
    • LEE, JOHN W., 48, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. Born in Rosedale, Miss., he came here 17 years ago from Kankakee, Ill. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife, Lucille L.; two sons, John W., Kankakee, and Javelle W., St. Petersburg; three daughters, Stacy A. Baker, Shelyn Lee and Carrie Davis, all of St. Petersburg; his mother, Willie Lee, and two brothers, Lloyd Lee and Twian, all of Kankakee; a sister, Jackie Thorton, Chicago; and seven grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
    • MacLENNAN, DUNCAN, 103, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in Coat Bridge, Scotland, he came here in 1956 from Detroit. He was an interior decorator and was in the Canadian army during World War I. He was Protestant. Survivors include his wife, Loretta. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • O'NEILL, CARL E., 73, of Dunnellon, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at home. Born in Oriskany, N.Y., he moved to Dunnellon in 1998 from St. Petersburg, where he had lived for 35 years. He was a retired carpenter for Burke Frame and Trim of St. Petersburg with 35 years of experience. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Julie E.; four daughters, Cheryl Slater and Kimberly White, both of Dunnellon, Frances Yacko, San Francisco, and Deborah O'Neill, Kentucky; two sons, Carl E. Jr., St. Petersburg, and Edward, Utica, N.Y.; two brothers, Michael, Rome, N.Y., and Donald, Vernon, N.Y.; two sisters, Anne Trinkaus, Oriskany, and Margaret O'Neill, Syracuse, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Fero Funeral Home with Crematory, Dunnellon.
    • OROMANER, CLAIRE, 85, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 3, 2002) at IHS of Pinellas Park. Born in New York City, she came here in 1972 from Glen Rock, N.J. Locally, she was a researcher for Carlene Research and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4256 Ladies Auxiliary in Madeira Beach. Survivors include a daughter, Gale R. Zambreno, Mount Prospect, Ill.; a son, Steven Oromaner, St. Petersburg; three granddaughters; and a grandson. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.
    • ROSE, JAMES CROCKETT, 76, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Feb. 6, 2002) at Egret Cove Center. Born in War, W.Va., he came here in 1971 from Charleston, W.Va. He was a former bus driver for Greyhound bus lines and retired in 1986 after 33 years of service. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and a member of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Lois J.; a daughter, Tammy Jo Isbrecht, Pinellas Park; a son, James Daniel, Seminole; a sister, Peggy Peek, Virginia Beach, Va.; and a granddaughter, Ashley Nacole Rose, Del Ray, Calif. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • SHELBERG, EDNA A., 81, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Jan. 31, 2002) in Haledon, N.J. She was born in New York City. She was a homemaker and a member of Grace Lutheran Church. She came here in 1978 from Fairlawn, N.J. Survivors include a son, Robert, Haledon. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

    Seminole

    • BARTIMOLE, LEONARD JOHN JR., 57, of Seminole, died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002). He was born in Bridgeport, Conn. He was a real estate office manager for Homes & Land magazine and was an Army veteran. Survivors include two daughters, Terri Laughner, West Haven, Conn., and Tina Dint, Glen Allen, Va.; a sister, Joan McCarn, Bridgeport; a grandchild, Danielle Laughner; and two nieces. Larson Funeral Home, Bridgeport, Conn.
    • POTTER, ESTELLE R., 92, of Seminole, died Thursday (Jan. 31, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. She came here in 1967 from her native New York. She was a retired executive secretary for Bell Labs in New York with more than 30 years of service. She was a member of Bayridge Baptist Church in Seminole and a life member of Telephone Pioneers of America. Survivors include three nieces, Lousie Wiley, Northwood, N.H., Patricia Bauman, Patterson, N.Y., and Anne Moore, Spring Arbor, Mich.; and two nephews, Robin Wiley, Northwood, and Willard Platt, Sandisfield, Mass. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • DOUGLAS, JOHN A. JR., 78, of Seminole, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002) at the VA Medical Centerat Bay Pines. He came here in 1971 from his native Detroit. He was a printer and a disabled Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. He was a tail gunner on more than 30 B-29 bomber missions, flying with the 313th Bomb Wing of the 6th Bomb Group, 24th Squadron. He received the Purple Heart, Air Medal with Silver Oak Clusters and Asiatic Pacific and American theater ribbons. He was a 25-year member of the Pinellas County Historical Society and volunteered at the Seminole Library. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Gloria; three sons, Craig, Howell, Mich., David, Seminole, and Kenneth, Southfield, Mich.; a sister, Sally Grattan, West Bloomfield, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

    South Pasadena

    • DENNELLY, PATRICIA T., 70, of South Pasadena, died Sunday (Feb. 3, 2002) at home. Born in Flushing, N.Y., she came here in 1988 from Long Island, N.Y. She was a bookkeeper at Majestic Towers Nursing Home. Survivors include her husband, of 48 years, John Sr.; a son, John Jr., St. Petersburg; a daughter, Diane Becker, Pinellas Park; and two grandchildren. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • FOSTER, CHARLES W., 98, of South Pasadena, formerly of Madeira Beach, died Wednesday (Feb. 6, 2002) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South Pasadena. Born in Kibbie, Mich., he came to Florida in 1966 from Platte City, Mo. He was a laboratory chemist and field electrician at the Corn Products Refining Co. in North Kansas City, Mo., for more than 50 years. He was a 32nd-degree Mason and a member of Pasadena Community Church in St. Petersburg, where he served as an outside usher for more than 20 years. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Avanel; a son, William C., Annapolis, Md.; a daughter, Sandra Palmer, Guthrie Center, Iowa; and seven grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
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