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February 26, 2002
SUNCOAST OBITUARIES

Tuesday, February 26, 2002

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

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  • BEETOW, JOANN, 71, of Inverness, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at home. Born in West Frankfurt, Ill., she came here 12 years ago from St. Charles, Ill. She was a homemaker and Catholic. Survivors include her husband of 43 years, William; a son, Charles, Inverness; and a granddaughter. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • HUFFMAN, JOYCE, 76, of Maryville, Tenn., formerly of Crystal River, died Thursday (Feb. 21, 2002). Born in Westover, Md., she came to Crystal River in 1969. She owned and operated Huffman's Health Foods. Survivors include her husband, Fred; a son, Fred, Crystal River; a sister, Jean Webster, and two brothers, Tom and Everett White, all of Salisbury, Md.; two granddaughters; and one great-grandson. McCammon-Ammons-Click, Maryville, Tenn.
  • REED, ROBERT LEE, 72, of Inverness, died Wednesday (Feb. 20, 2002) as a result of an automobile accident in Crystal River. Born in Casey, Ill., he came here in 1980 from Toledo, Ill. He was an insurance salesman for Ameri-Life and Health Services of Citrus County and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post 400, Orlando and was Protestant. Survivors include three sons, Michael, Wacissa, Darrell, Chillicothe, Ill., Victor, Gurnee, Ill.; two daughters, Beverly Crose, Chillicothe, and Lisa Weiland, Daytona Beach; a stepson, Jim Harlan, Greenup, Ill.; a brother, Ray, Inverness; three sisters, Hazel Bishop, Martinsville, Ill., Catherine Carty, Springfield, Ill., and Wanda McKenzie, Mattoon, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
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  • PAYNE, BYRL LLOYD, of Westbrook, and a winter resident of Florida, died Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2002) at a hospital in Brooksville. Born in Poplar Bluff, Mo., he was a body shop manager, with 42 years of service for Pape Chevrolet, South Portland, Maine, and a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Jeannette; three daughters, Linda Payne, Gray, Maine, Corrine Bailey, Steep Falls, Maine, and Kathy Trail, New Market, Md.; a son, William, Bath, Maine; and a sister, Doris Kampman, Atlantic City, Iowa. Blais & Hay Funeral Home, Westbrook, Maine.
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  • ALDERMAN, MICHAEL EUGENE, 48, of Tampa, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002). He was a lifelong resident of the Tampa area. Survivors include two brothers, Johnny Blanton, Pinellas Park, and Wayne Alderman, Largo; and two sisters, Sheila McVay, Pinellas Park, and Rhonda Block, New Jersey. Haught Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • DESHONG, MARY ELLA, 89, of Plant City, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002). Born in Nettleton, Miss., she came to the Tampa Area at a very young age. She was a bus driver for the Hillsborough County School Board and a member of Salem Primitive Baptist Church. Survivors include three daughters, Margie Louise Leheup, Alice Faye Lord and Sue Ann Brock, all of Plant City; two sisters, Margie Inez Menefee, Springhead, and Louise Hickman, Lakeland; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Haught Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • HOPKINS, BETTY, 79, of Brandon, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002). Born in Chicago, she came to the Tampa area in 1958 from Elizabeth, Ill. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Warren, Brandon; two sons, Fred, Casper, Wyo., and Richard, Valrico; three daughters, Gale Vaccaro, Thonotosassa, Judy Cabot, Tampa, and Susan Anderson, Dade City; two sisters, Darlene Burm, Kansas City, Kan.; and Gloria Smith, Des Moines, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Riverview.
  • JAMBHEKAR, SADASHIV, G, 92, of Valrico, died Sunday, (Feb. 24, 2002). Born in Gandevi, India, he came to the Tampa area in 1997 from Connecticut. He was a lawyer and was a Hindu. Survivors include his wife, Sudha; five sons, Suhas, Forest Hills, N.Y., Sudhir, Forest Hills, Suni, West Roxbury, Mass., Ajay, Valrico, and Vijay, Friendswood, Texas; a brother, Hari G. Jambhekar, Ahmedabad, India; and four grandchildren. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Riverview.
  • RHODES, JEAN, 70, of Plant City, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002). Born in Durant, she lived in the Tampa area most of her life. She was a retired teacher's aide for J.S. Robinson Elementary School and a member of First Church of God. Survivors include a son, Robert Rhodes, Plant City; a daughter, Ladonna Hickox, Plant City; a brother, Alfred Bryant, Durant; a sister, Carolyn Compton, Dover; and two grandchildren. Hopewell Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • SCALLAN, EDWARD JOSEPH "E.J.," 29, of Lithia, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002). Born in Hyannis, Mass., he came to Lithia 27 years ago from Cape Coral, Mass. He was a superintendent for Gayford Containers and was a Little League baseball coach at Pinecrest. Survivors include his wife, Kristen, Lithia; a son, Riley, Lithia; a daughter, Kayla Scallan, Lithia; and two sisters, Melissa Salinas, Seffner, and Angella Scallan, Seffner. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • WOOD, MARGARET I., 75, of Riverview, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002). Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, she came to the Tampa area in 1970 from Reston, Va. She was a hostess and social secretary for Lady Paks in the Bahamas and was employed at Carson's Restaurant until retirement. She was a member of First Assembly of God in Clearwater. Survivors include her daughter, Donna Wood, Riverview. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
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  • BENTZEL, ADDIE LYNN, infant daughter of Scott and Rebecca of New Port Richey, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. In addition to her parents, other survivors include a sister, Lauren; grandparents, Thomas and Marlene Bentzel, and maternal grandmother, Judith Sipes, all of Clearwater; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
  • BOOTH, EVELYN MAE DOERFFEL PALMER, of Spring Hill, formerly of Holiday, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. Born in Bronx, N.Y., she moved to Holiday in 1983 from Hyde Park, N.Y., then moved to Spring Hill in 1990. She was a retired secretary at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, where she was a member of Jolly Friends and Alpha Circle of Nativity Lutheran Church, both of Spring Hill. Survivors include two daughters, Judith Mae Dietz, Spring Hill, and Janet E. Reifeiss, Shreveport, La.; a stepdaughter, Emmy Lou Vaughan, Dunnellon; a stepson, Robert Booth, Matthews, N.C.; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • BROWN, RUTH A., 86, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey. Born in Pittsburgh, she came here in 1978 from Boynton Beach and was a homemaker. She was Catholic. Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Ann Packard, New Port Richey, and Dianne Snider, Pensacola; three grandchildren; and seven grandchildren. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, New Port Richey.
  • CALDERON, HECTOR L., 56, of Hudson, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Puerto Rico, he came here seven years ago from Queens, N.Y. He was an institutional aid for Queens General Hospital in New York. Survivors include his wife, Carmen; three sons, Michael, Jersey City, N.Y., Gilbert and Jason, both of Hudson; a daughter, Angela Calderon, Brooklyn, N.Y.; his mother, Maria, New York; a brother, David, New York City; and a sister, Rosa, Bronx, N.Y. Prevatt Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • CHAPMAN, IRENE I., 78, of Port Richey, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Somerville, Mass., she came here in 1973 from Wilmington, Mass., and was a homemaker. She was Protestant. Survivors include her husband, Laurence; a daughter, Linda Chapman, Port Richey; a son, Dean, Arizona City, Ariz.; a sister, Ethel Carr, Medford, Mass.; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Bell Funeral Home, Bayonet Point.
  • GOSNEY, EDWARD HARRIS, 82, of Holiday, formerly of Dunedin, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at home. Born in Detroit, he moved to Dunedin in 1973 from West Bloomfield, Mich., then moved to Holiday in 1982. He was a warehouse manager and an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Anita; two sons, Edward, Grand Blanc, Mich., and Donald Needham, Marietta, Ga.; five daughters, Linda Franz, Waterford, Mich., Diane Sward, Lawrenceville, N.J., Karen Stevens, Eastpointe, Mich., Anita Florez, Tampa, and Laura Gonzalez, Odessa; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Vinson Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs.
  • HANNOCK, MARIE M.P., of New Port Richey, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in New Port Richey. Born in Paterson, N.J., she came here in 1993 from Butler, N.J. She was a retired teacher from Ramapo-Indian Hills High School, Oakland, N.J., and life member National Education Association and member New Jersey Teachers Association. She was a graduate of Montclair State College, Montclair, N.J. She was a member of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Richard J. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, New Port Richey.
  • HICKMAN, EDWARD F., 78, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey. Born in Cairo, W.Va., he came here 20 years ago from Atlanta. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include a sister, Rae McLaughlin, Jasper, Ga.; and a companion, Leone L. Finfrock. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
  • HOLDAWAY, MORRIS, 87, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in New Port Richey. Born in Terre Haute, Ind., he came here in 1991 from West Terre Haute, Ind. He was a retired self-employed home construction carpenter. Survivors include his wife, Mary; two sons, Kenneth, New Goshen, Ind., and Phillip, Sandford, Ind.; a daughter, Janice Cavaletto, Carthage, Ind.; two sisters, Elma Guyette, Indianapolis, and Dorothy Miller, Clinton, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Preferred Funeral Alternatives, Holiday.
  • KALLIOMAKI EMMA ELIZABETH, 96, of Lake Worth, formerly of New Port Richey, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at the Finnish American Rest Home in Lake Worth. Born in Kullaa, Finland, she moved 12 years ago to Lake Worth from New Port Richey. There are no known immediate survivors. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.
  • SHULAW, MARY FRANCES, 93, of Hudson, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at Windsor Woods Convalescent Center in Hudson. Born in Indian Fields, Ky., she came here one year ago from Naples. She was a homemaker, past president and member of the Homemakers Club of Lexington, a member and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church of Naples. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara J. Badali, Hudson; a son, Richard A., Owosso, Mich.; a sister, Grace Little, Knoxville; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • WALTON, BETTY JANE, 78, of Holiday, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) in Palm Harbor. Born in Detroit, she came here in 1984 from Farmington Hills, Mich. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a daughter, Gail Ann Schimpf; a sister, Florence Ann LaPonsa; and two grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
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  • WOOD, MARGARET I., 75, of Riverview, formerly of Belleair Bluffs, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) at University Community Hospital, Tampa. She was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, came to Belleair Bluffs in 1970 from Reston, Va., and moved recently to Riverview. She retired after 29 years and had worked as a hostess and social secretary to Lady Oaks, Bahamas, and as a waiter for the Purple Pickle (now Apple Cobbler) and Carson's Restaurant. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church, Clearwater. Survivors include a daughter, Donna Wood, Riverview. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
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    Clearwater

    • BEGOVICH, MARY, 59, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in Ironton, Ohio, and came here in 1982 from Kentucky. She was a registered nurse and worked for the hospice and several other area nursing services and hospitals. Survivors include a son, John, New Palestine, Ind.; a sister, Judith Alexander, Hollywood, Fla.; and three grandchildren. Gulf Breeze Cremation & Burial Society, Largo.
    • FITZSIMMONS, LORRAINE, 71, of Clearwater, died Thursday (Feb. 21, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Falls River, Mass., and came here in 1987 from Maplewood, N.J. She worked as a hair stylist. Survivors include a daughter, Darlene Hendershott, Dunedin, and a sister, Irene Machado, Safety Harbor. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • KING, JOSEPH C., 83, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Advanced Health and Rehabilitation Center, Clearwater. He was born in Spartanburg, S.C., and came here in 1962 from Atlanta. He worked as an auto parts salesman and was an Army veteran of World War II. He was Protestant. Survivors include a sister, Sarah Gentry, and a nephew, Roy C. Gentry, both of Elko, Ga., and a niece, Sarah C. Gentry, Staunton, Va. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
    • LOOMIS, VERA G., 85, of Clearwater, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. She was born in Dearborn, Mich., and came here in the 1980s from Detroit. She was a freelance artist and sculptor. She graduated in 1937 from University of Michigan. She was a member of Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater and Dunedin Fine Arts Center. Survivors include her husband, Richard; a son, Richard Gilpin; a daughter, Sue Patterson, and a sister, Ruth Fraser. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • MILLER, EDITH J., 44, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Feb. 17, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Amsterdam, Holland, and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Largo. Survivors include a daughter, Alexandra P. Miller, Pittsburgh; her parents, the Rev. Paul and Edith Kovacs, Conemaugh, Pa.; two brothers, Dr. Paul Miler, Murrysvile, Pa., and Daniel Miller, Johnstown, Pa.; two sisters, Eva Nace, Lilburn, Ga., and Ruth Jost, Cranbury, N.J.; and her companion, Basil Lesyshyn, Clearwater. Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill Chapel, Brooksville.
    • REPPER, WILLIAM DOMINIC SR., 85, of Durham, N.C., formerly of Clearwater and Jacksonville, died Wednesday (Feb. 20, 2002) in Durham. He was born in Orbisonia, Pa., came to Clearwater in 1986 and in 1999 he moved to Durham. He owned a neighborhood tavern in Jacksonville and was a welder and member of the Carpenters Union. He was Catholic. Survivors include a son, William Jr., Clearwater; two daughters, Sharon Repper Rountree, Charlotte, N.C., and Ginny Repper Phipps, Raleigh, N.C.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
    • VAN HAZEBROECK, JOHN M., 84, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at home. He came here in 1979 from his native Chicago, where he retired as a dispatcher for Illinois Bell Telephone Co. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater, VFW Post 8141, Calumet City, Ill., a life member of Telephone Pioneers of America and a member of Ameritec Pensioners Club of Florida. Survivors include his wife, Lucille; a daughter, Carol Koscielniak, Lansing, Ill.; three brothers, Gary Van Brock, Tequesta, Louis Van Hazebroeck, Lansing, Ill., and E. Mike Van Hazebroeck, Union Pier, Mich.; a granddaughter and a great-grandson. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
    • WALKER, GRACE B., 96, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at the Oaks of Clearwater. She came here in 1925 from her native Fort White. She owned and operated Belleair Beauty Salon and worked as beautician for Highland Pines Nursing Home. She was a founder of the Beauticians Association of Pinellas County and a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Clearwater. Survivors include a daughter, Marjorie Gery, and a grandson, David Gery, both of Clearwater; three great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • WHITCRAFT, ROSE MARIE, 71, of Clearwater, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Harrisburg, Pa., and came here from Westerville, Ohio, where she retired after 25 years with Tech International. Survivors include a son, John David Bean, California; a sister, Peggy Mazzie, Pennsylvania; an aunt, Lehela Gelester, Clearwater; two grandchildren; a great-grandson; and several cousins. Crouse-Kauber-Sammons Funeral Home, Johnstown, Ohio.

    Largo

    • BATES, HOMER J., 86, of Largo, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Vernon, Ohio, and came here in 1980 from Cincinnati. He was a registered professional engineer and worked as a design engineer for Cincinnati Milacron and Hydraulic Press Manufacturing Co. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Largo, and Millennium Masonic Lodge 779, F&AM, Dayton, Ohio. Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Wilma; two sons, Robert Homer Bates, Tullahoma, Tenn., and David Sheridan Bates, Atlanta; a daughter, Barbara Wollmershauser, Tulsa, Okla.; and seven grandchildren, Brian, Brandon, Brenda and Brittany Bates, Bridget Ricks, and Jon and James Wollmershauser. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • HUSMAN, VIOLET G., 93, of Largo, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. She came here in 1985 from her native Cincinnati. She was a homemaker and a member of Faith United Church of Christ, Clearwater. Survivors include a brother, Robert L. Ruehle, Cincinnati; two nephews, Gary Seslar, Plymouth, Mass., and Danny Seslar, Rumson, N.J.; three nieces, Sherry Bednarick and Lynn Broderick, both of Cincinnati, and Patti Held, Indianapolis. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • JOSEPH, VIOLET, 80, a winter resident of Largo, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Boston and was a winter resident from Quincy, Mass., where she retired as a department store payroll manager. Survivors include a brother, Joseph Joseph, Quincy. Clearwater Funeral Home & Cremation Options.
    • L'HEUREUX, RUTH, of Largo, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Barrington Terrace, Largo. She was born in Elwood, Ind., and came here in the 1970s from Memphis, where she owned and operated an employment agency. She was Protestant. Survivors include a nephew, Karl McSwain, Jonesboro, Ark. Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, Cemetery & Cremation Services, Seminole.
    • MANION, OLIVE R., 92, of Largo, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at Oak Manor Nursing Center, Largo. She was born in England and came here in 1966 from Pittsburgh. She was a homemaker and attended First United Methodist Church of Clearwater. Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen M. Spivey, Largo; a sister, Evelyn Byers, Naples, Fla.; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • MELE, HARRY A., 51, of Largo, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Tarentum, Pa., and came here in 1993 from Greensburg, Pa. He was a disabled Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Theresa; two daughters, Stacie Jones, Largo, and Julie Grant, Pinellas Park; his mother, Mary Kaminski, Tarentum; his father and stepmother, Harry A. and Mary Ann Mele, North Carolina; six brothers, Wayne, Martinez, Ga., Martin, Alan and Clyde, all of Tarentum, George, Maine, and John, North Carolina; two sister, Judy Mandella, Tarentum, and Lottie Dobrinsky, Connorsville, Pa.; two grandchildren, Shania Jones, Largo, and Earl E. Grant, Pinellas Park; and several nieces and nephews. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • MINGIS, GEORGE W., 83, of Largo, died Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2002) at home. He was born in Philadelphia and came here in 1990 from Tuckerton, N.J. He owned and operated the It'll Do Pub for 14 years in Egg Harbor, N.J., and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Michael J. Cicero American Legion Post 173, Holiday, and Aerie 3153 Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) Port Richey. Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Barbara; two sons, Daniel, Woodlyn, Pa., and George, Tuckerton; two daughters, Geraldine Vernon and Georgine Mingis, both of Woodlyn; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • RODRIGUEZ, EFRAIN, 76, of Largo, died Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Puerto Rico and came here in 1989 from Buffalo, N.Y. He was a retired steel worker and Catholic. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Veronica; three daughters, Mary G. Torres, Largo, and Lisa Torres and Susan Marie DeLafuente, both of West Seneca, N.Y.; two sons, David, Tonawanda, N.Y., and James, Buffalo; two brothers, Luis, Philadelphia, and Santiago, Puerto Rico; three sisters, Rosa Rodriguez and Marie Rodriguez, both of Philadelphia, and Lydia Candalaria, Puerto Rico; and 11 grandchildren. Gulf Breeze Cremation & Burial Society, Largo.
    • STOLTZ, EILEEN O., 88, of Largo, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) at Wright's Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, Largo. She came here in 1977 from her native Evansville, Ind., where she graduated from University of Evansville and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker and a professional genealogist. She was a volunteer genealogist at Largo Library and a member of Daughters of the American Revolution. Survivors include a grandson, Kevin T. Gilfoy, Indianapolis; a granddaughter, Sarah L. Schaub, Astoria, N.Y.; and two great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • WHITMAN, GEORGE F., 84, of Largo, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) at home. He was born in Philadelphia and came here in 1981 from Mount Holly, N.J. He was an electronics technician and worked for RCA and was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II. He was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church, Indian Rocks Beach, and the Masonic Lodge in Vincentown, N.J. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Carrie; a daughter, Patricia Schultz, Butler, Pa.; a sister, Louise Besselink, Pennsauken, N.J.; and two grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • WINCHESTER, EVELYN KARP, 84, of Largo, died Wednesday (Feb. 20, 2002) at Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg. She was born in New York City and came here in 1976 from Ottawa, Can. She retired after 20 years as sales manager for Field Enterprise Educational Corp., publishers of World Book Encyclopedia and worked in the areas of Bronx, West Chester County and western New York and Canada. She was a 25-year member of Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater where she served as membership chair for 11 years. She was a former officer in the following organizations, Unitarian Universalist Women's Organization, the Florida Silver Haired Legislature and the local chapter of AARP. She received the national Clara Barton award, and was co-founder of Unitarian Universalist Church in the Pines and a social director for 10 years with the Boca Ciega Residents Association. Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Robert D.; a son, Dr. Robert K. Mark, Flagstaff, Ariz.; two stepdaughters, Laura E. Winchester, Buffalo, N.Y., and Priscilla E. Weyerneth, Albuquerque, N.M.; a stepson, Robert D. Winchester Jr.; a step-grandson; and step-great-granddaughter. National Cremation Society, Largo.

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    Gulfport

    • HALL, GILBERT, 61, of Gulfport, died Wednesday (Feb. 20, 2002) at home. He came here in 1967 from his native Baker. He was a waiter and an Army veteran. Survivors include his companion of 30 years, Billy P. Kibler, Gulfport; two brothers, Herbert Hall, Louisville, Ky., and Robert Hall, Crestview; three sisters, Wayree Madden, Baker, Sarah Gilley, Laurel Hill, and Rhonda Hughes, Baker; and numerous nieces and nephews. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.

    Indian Shores

    • KLOPFENSTEIN, FOSTER C., 81, of Grabill, Ind., a seasonal resident of Indian Shores, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. He was a native of Grabill and was a seasonal resident of Indian Shores for several years. He was the president of a wholesale distributor. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Willodean. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.

    North Redington Beach

    • FISHER, LAWRENCE SHOFER, 73, of North Redington Beach, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. A Baltimore native, he came here 14 years ago from Las Vegas. He was a member of Rabbinical College in Baltimore, where his grandfather was the founder. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and served in military intelligence. Survivors include his wife, Consuelo; a daughter, Alyson Leslie Fisher, London; and a grandson. Abbey Affordable Cremation and Funeral Services, Largo.

    Pinellas Park

    • MURPHY, LORRAINE R., 66, of Pinellas Park, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. She was born in Norwalk, Conn., and came here in 1987 from Queens, N.Y. She was a bartender at various restaurants. Most recently, she worked at Silor Optical. She was Protestant. Survivors include three sons, James, Vestal, N.Y., Tim, Austin, Texas, and Sean, Syracuse, N.Y.; three granddaughters, Shannon Murphy, Erin Murphy and Rachel Murphy, and a great-granddaughter, Sunnie, all of St. Petersburg. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.

    St. Petersburg

    • BEE, LIZZIE ARMINTIE, 102, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) at Alhambra Nursing Home. Born in Riffle Run, W.Va., she came here in 2000 from Buckhannon, W.Va. She was a homemaker. She was Methodist and was an avid gardener. Survivors include a daughter, Freda Mae Fox, a granddaughter, Julie Ann Rancourt, and a grandson, Paul Leslie Fox, all of St. Petersburg; five great-grandsons, Bryan Caine, Springfield, Va., Matthew Fox, Manassas, Va., Joel Fox, Chattanooga, Tenn., John Fox, Warrenton, Va., and Nathan Fox, Berryville, Va.; and a great-granddaughter, Amanda Fox, Berryville. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • BRADFORD, ANGELA ANNETT, 37, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Feb. 21, 2002) at home. She was a St. Petersburg native and a teacher with Hillsborough County Head Start. She was a 1983 graduate of Dixie Hollins High School and a member of Dominion Worship Center, where she was a Sunday school teacher. She sang with the Chanitiaire Gospel Group and other local groups. Survivors include her father, Joe Bradford Sr., Georgia; four brothers, Andre Simmons Sr., Antonio Simmons and Joe Bradford Jr, all of St. Petersburg, and Gary Bradford, New York City; and three sisters, Waundnell McGee, St. Petersburg, Joanne Bradford, Fort Lauderdale, and Lorrainne Bradford, Pompano Beach. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • BRENDEL, MICHAEL L., 61, of Holt, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002). He was born in Highland Park, Mich. He was a Navy veteran, who served in Antarctica as part of Operation Deepfreeze. He was an avid sailor and fisherman, was interested in aviation and was a sports car enthusiast. Survivors include his wife of many years, Sandra; a sister, Carole Perry; three daughters, Leeann Brendel, Laura Haynes and Jeanne Votaw; and three grandchildren, Michael Dale, Justin and Victoria. Trahan Mortuary Services, Pensacola.
    • BURTON, LEONA M., 59, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) at home under the care of hospice. She was born in Spencer, W.Va., and came here eight years ago from Perris, Calif. She was a homemaker and was Baptist. Survivors include her husband, Ralph E.; two sons, Daniel Fleck, Largo, and Ralph "Butch" Burton, Indian Rocks Beach; two daughters, Sherry Kendrick and Sandra Burton, both of Perris; six sisters, Ann Smith and Orba Cross, both of Ohio, Ethel Boggs, Mary Webb, Tresie Blosser and Essie Nichols, all of West Virginia; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Abbey Affordable Cremation and Funeral Services, Largo.
    • BYNUM, ANNIE MAE, 75, of Webster, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002). She came here in 1936 from her native Edgefield, S.C. She attended local schools. She was a manager for the former Carter Cleaners and retired in 1989 after 28 years of service. She was a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Cornell Sr.; two sons, Cornell Bynum Jr. and Dwight Bynum Sr., both of St. Petersburg; three daughters, Connie B. Frye and Beverly B. Manuel, both of St. Petersburg, and Patricia B. Williams, Webster; two brothers, Bennie Morgan and Ernest Morgan, and three sisters, Mattie Brown, Henrietta Pickett and Ruth Florence, all of St. Petersburg; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • DRONE, GERTRUDE H., 89, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South Pasadena. She was born in Old Monroe, Mo., and came here in 1972 from Orlando. She was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church and the American Legion Post 125 Auxiliary. Survivors include two sons, Edward R., St. Louis, and Robert B., Live Oak; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. C.E. Prevatt Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • FRIEDMAN, FLOYD H., 67, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at home. He was born in Washington, D.C. and came here in 1964 from Peru, Ind. He was a graduate of Tampa College with a bachelor's degree in marketing and management. He was a tool room operator at the Walter Pownall Service Center with the Pinellas County School Board for 17 years. Prior to that he was a special education teacher at Rio Vista Elementary School. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War and was Jewish. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Peggy C.; four sons, Daniel J. and Scott A., both of St. Petersburg, Timothy A., Seminole, and James B., Honolulu; three brothers Meyer, Irving and Leon, all of Silver Spring, Md.; three grandchildren; Rebecca L. Friedman, Ashley N. Friedman and Alexander M. Friedman, all of St. Petersburg. E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • HEWKO, WASYL, 80, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Feb. 21, 2002) at IHS of Pinellas Park. Born in Lubianky, Nyzszi, Ukraine, he came here in 1990 from Hollywood. He was a carpenter in the marine industry. He was a member of the Ukrainian Providence Association and Epiphany of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church. Survivors include a cousin, Lubomyr Hewko, Clarkston, Mich. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • MESSINA, CARMELLA, 77, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Shore Acres Nursing and Rehab Center. She was a Brooklyn, N.Y., native, and came here in 1981 from Spotswood, N.J. She was a homemaker and attended St. Rafael Catholic Church. Survivors include three sons, Anthony Messina, St. Petersburg, Frank Messina, Trenton, N.J., and Joseph Messina, Whiting, N.J.; a brother, Rosario D'Urso, Bogue, N.C.; a sister, Rose Contanzo, Port Richey; and four grandchildren, Frank Messina, Cherie Messina and Patrick Messina, all of Trenton, and Sara Messina, Whiting. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • MOOREFIELD, CLARA C. "NANNY," 86, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at home. She was born in Hyattsville, Md., and came here in 1970 from Silver Spring, Md. Locally, she was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and was a volunteer at St. Jude's Shrine Shop. Survivors include two sons, John Moorefield, St. Petersburg, and James Moorefield, Milford, Del.; a daughter, Judith Jones, Ironsides, Md.; four sisters, Helen Palmer and Anna Moorefield, both of St. Petersburg, Mary Marks, Queens Chapel, Md., and Dorothy Welch, Spring Hill; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-McLeod Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • PUGLISI, NANCY M., 78, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at her daughter's home in Orlando. She came here in 1956 from her native Brooklyn, N.Y. She was a homemaker and was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. She was a charter member of the Environmental Lions Club of Madeira Beach. Survivors include two daughters, Jo Anne Puglisi, Orlando, and Diane Granger, Wilmington, N.C.; and five grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • SEITLER, JAMES J., 43, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa. Born in Staten Island, N.Y., he came here in 1981 from Algonquin, Ill. He was an auto body technician for Lindell Motors in Tampa, and formerly at Crown Pontiac in St. Petersburg and Bill Currie Ford in Tampa. He was the former owner and operator of Seitler Manufacturing in Pinellas Park. He was Catholic. He was an organ donor and was an avid golfer. Survivors include his wife of six years, Deborah L.; his parents, Edward P. Sr. and Marilyn J. Seitler, Homosassa; two brothers, Edward P. Jr. and Robert M., both of Pinellas Park; a sister, Donna M. Woodford, Phoenix; his paternal grandmother, Mary Ann Seitler, Wesley Chapel; and a stepson, Brian Allen, Knox, Ind. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.
    • SOMERVILLE, ELIZABETH, 74, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Feb. 21, 2002) at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in Madison, Wis., she lived in Dubuque, Iowa, for many years before she came here in 1992. She retired from Crescent Electric in Madison and Dubuque after 30 years of service. Locally, she was a receptionist and bookkeeper for the Lee Manor Inn in downtown St. Petersburg, and for the Bayfront Apartments. Survivors include three brothers, John Heronemus, San Marcos, Calif., William Heronemus, Amherst, Mass., and Richard Heronemus, Sheboygan, Wis.; a sister, Rosemary Pech, Green Bay, Wis.; two sons, James Somerville, Dubuque, and Robert Somerville, Sioux Falls, S.D.; a daughter, Janet Edwards, and a granddaughter, Laura Brusini, both of St. Petersburg; three grandsons, Steven Somerville and Thomas Somerville, both of Mitchell, S.D., and Brian Somerville, Dubuque; six great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Dunedin.
    • STURM, ROSE C., 98, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at home. Born in Columbus, Ohio, she came here in 1968 from Dayton, Ohio, where she was the supervisor of the printing department of Rikes Federated Department Store and retired after many years of service. Locally, she was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and its Women's Club. Survivors include a daughter, Margaret Noyes, Las Vegas; two sons, Tom Sturm, St. Petersburg, and George Sturm, Clearwater; 25 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.
    • TREADWELL, NETTIE M., 94, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in Hillsboro, N.H., and came here in 1959 from Dover, N.H. She was a graduate of Concord Business College. She sold real estate and worked at the St. Petersburg Evening Independent newspaper. Later, she was a bookkeepper at Great Outdoors Printing and Publishing Co. and retired at the age of 91 after 34 years of service. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. Survivors include two daughters, Patricia A. "Patti" Treadwell and Frances L. Zubillaga, both of St. Petersburg; two stepdaughters, Marion James, St. Petersburg, and Phyllis McFarland, Brentwood, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • WALDRON, DELBERT "BERK," 75, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Born in Jackson, Mich., he came here in 1998 from Kalkaska, Mich. He was a truck driver for Brooks Foundry in Albion, Mich. and retired after 35 years of service. He was a volunteer at St. Anthony's Hospital and Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Jo; a daughter, Dawn Osborn, Parma, Mich.; a son, Todd, Jackson, Mich.; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

    South Pasadena

    • PLUMMER, MARY J., 89, of South Pasadena, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Bon Secours--Maria Manor. She came here in 1959 from her native Franklin, Mass. She was a registered nurse in private care for many years. She was Catholic. Survivors include a brother, John Debaggis, Largo; and two sisters, Angela Travasso, Milton, Mass., and Quinta Messere, Franklin. National Cremation Society, Clearwater.
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