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February 27, 2002
SUNCOAST OBITUARIES

Wednesday, February 27, 2002

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

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  • COSENTINO, PETER J., 80, of Homosassa, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) in Crystal River. Born in Chicago, he had been a winter resident here for 10 years from Sandusky, Ohio. He was a retired automobile salesman. Survivors include his wife, Velma (Moll); two sons, Jack "Fritz", Urbana, Ohio, and Joseph, Toledo, Ohio; two daughters, Jody Wurm and Mary Beaver, both of Freemont, Ohio; two stepdaughters, Frances Numbers-Hall, Hale, Mich., and Jane Mahan, Toledo; a sister, Ursula DeBauan, Huntington Park, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory, Homosassa.
  • GARNER, MARY J., 65, of Homosassa, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) in Crystal River. Born in DeLand, she came here almost two months ago from Avon Park and was a homemaker. She was Baptist. Survivors include three daughters, Gina Sack, Beverly Hills, Linda Ruffner and Lisa Rabideau, both of Gainesville; a brother, Robert Jones, Ocala; several nieces and nephews; and six grandchildren. Fero Funeral Home with Crematory, Beverly Hills.
  • GORMAN, JAMES JOSEPH IV, 44, of Homosassa, died Thursday (Feb. 21, 2002) in Ozello. Born in Paterson, N.J., he came here two years ago from Clifton, N.J. He was an electrician for Nature Coast Electric, Crystal River. He was commissioner of the Sharks Football League. He coached football, basketball and baseball for 20 years. He dedicated many years to the Clifton Colts in New Jersey. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Cheryl J.; a daughter, Melissa S., and three sons, James J. "Jimmy" Gorman V, Michael A. and Samuel H., all of Homosassa; his mother, Mildred Demarest, Morris Plaines, N.J.; his father, James Gorman, Homosassa; two sisters, Robin Gorman and Juliann Cage, both of New Mexico; four brothers, Glenn Gorman, Paterson, Ronald Carbone and Kevin Musser, both of Florida, and Jon Demarest, Andover, N.J.; several nieces and nephews. Brown Funeral Home & Crematory, Crystal River.
  • HALL, LORETTA, 62, of Inverness, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) at home under the care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County. Born in Grimsby, Ontario, she came here in 1992 from Canada. She was the floral designer and owner of Park Florist. She was a member of Altrusa International of Citrus County, the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce and the Florida State Florist Association. Survivors include her husband, Brian D.; two daughters, Charlene Adams, Sarnia, Ontario, and Renee Fontenelle, St. Lucia; a brother, Alan Jordan, Grimsby, Ontario; a sister, Margaret Feir, Midland, Ontario; and four grandchildren. Heinz Funeral Home, Inverness.
  • HARR, IVA M., 96, of Beverly Hills, formerly of Clearwater, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Seven Rivers Community Hospital in Crystal River. Born in Steam Corners, Ohio, she came here in 1990 from Clearwater, where she had resided since 1954. Survivors include a daughter, Marcia A. DeVore, Beverly Hills; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. All Faiths Cremation Society, Lady Lake.
  • PISCIONERE, JAMES FRANCES, 61, of Homosassa, died Thursday (Feb. 21, 2002) at Woodland Terrace in Hernando. Born in Brockton, Mass., he came here 27 years ago from East Bridgewater, Mass. He was a Navy veteran serving as a radio operator. Survivors include two sons, Scott, Alton, Mass., and Shawn, Brockton, Mass.; and a daughter, Lisa Kenney, LaGrange, Mass. Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
  • SLAUGHTER, THELMA BLANCHE, 98, of Floral City, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) at Mariner Health Care of Inverness. Born in Bartow, she came here in 1995 from Deerfield Beach. She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church of Deerfield Beach. Survivors include two daughters, Jean Byrd and Shirley Newman, both of Floral City; a brother, Joel Horne, Fort Myers; two sisters, Sally Waibel and Edna Johnson, both of Deerfield Beach; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • SPIEGEL, CHARLES C., 87, of Hernando, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) in Inverness. Born in Trenton, Ontario, he came here in 1984 from Pompano Beach. He was a construction contractor. Survivors include two stepsons, Lynn E. Montgomery, Elmira, N.Y., and Walter Montgomery, Everington, N.Y.; a sister, Vivian E. Freeman, Lowman, N.Y.; seven stepgrandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inverness.
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  • BUNSFIELD, JOSEPH G., 51, of Spring Hill, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) at James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a respiratory therapist with Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. He was an Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War and was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. Survivors include two daughters, Jessica and Amy Bunsfield, both of Spring Hill; and a sister, Joan Principe, Hicksville, N.Y. Memorial Chapels Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Hernando.
  • CUNNINGHAM, WILLIAM WALTER, 71, of Spring Hill, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at home. Born in Cabin John, Md., he came here 22 years ago from Kettering, Md. He was a retired plant operator for the Naval Ship & Research Development Center and member of its Navy Golf Team. He was a Navy veteran serving in the Korean War. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Jean; two sons, Geary L., West River, Md., and Kenneth W., Spring Hill; three sisters, Helen M. Cornwell, St. Cloud, Joan Mattison, Mount Airy, Md., and Nancy Swain, Gaithersburg, Md.; and one grandchild. Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill.
  • GARCIA-DECLETT, ENRIQUE, 83, of Spring Hill, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, he came here from Long Island, N.Y. He was the owner of Ricky's Barber, Deerpark, N.Y. He was a member of the American Legion and Knights of Columbus of New York. He volunteered at several New York area hospitals as a barber. He attended the St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. Survivors include a daughter, Norda Garcia-Sierra; a brother, Carlitos Garcia, Orlando; two sisters, Minita Pacheco, Spring Hill, and Mercedita Garcia, Yonkers, N.Y.; and three grandsons. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Brooksville.
  • KOVACH, ELIZABETH H., 94, of Brooksville, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. Born in Eveleth, Minn., she came here 17 years ago from Milwaukee. She was a homemaker and member of the St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth Simon, Brooksville; a son, Steve Nagy, Milwaukee; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.
  • MAPP, LOUISE, 71, of Tampa, formerly of Brooksville, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at St. Joseph Hospital in Tampa. Born in Franklin, Ga., she came here in 1989 from Tampa and was a homemaker. She was Baptist. Survivors include her husband, Curtis M.; three daughters, Marinell Rucker and Betty Sue Cooper, both of Brandon, and Dessia L. Whatley, Tampa; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.
  • MESSENKOP, ELLANORA ROMAINE, 85, of Spring Hill, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill. She came here 18 years ago from her native Lancaster, Pa. She was a food service manager at McCaskey High School with 18 years of service. She was a member of the United Church of Christ, Lancaster. Survivors include her husband, William; a daughter, Jacqueline Morris, Hernando Beach; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Brooksville.
  • MORGAN, DONALD R. II, 30, of Spring Hill, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at Bayport. Born in Decatur, Ga., he came here two months ago from St. Petersburg and was a computer consultant. He was Catholic. Survivors include his mother, Millie Morgan, Spring Hill; two sisters, Laura Morgan, Glendale, Ariz., and Brenda Harrold, St. Petersburg; an uncle, James Pelenychka, Woodruff, Wis.; and three nephews. Turner Funeral Homes, Spring Hill.
  • MURRAY, HELEN, 86, of Spring Hill, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) at Beverly Health & Rehabilitation Center in Spring Hill. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she came here 10 years ago from Smithtown, N.Y. She was a restaurant owner and member of the St. Theresa Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, John, Spring Hill; a sister, Rose Wagner, Lake Grove, N.Y.; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Bell Funeral Home, Bayonet Point.
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  • DALFINO, JENNIE, 97, of Tampa, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002). Born in Bari, Italy, she came to the United States in 1921. She lived in Bristol, Conn., prior to moving to Tampa in 1957. She was a member of the North Tampa Gospel Hall for 42 years. Survivors include six sons, Joseph, Vito, Nicholas, Oronzo, Gaetano and Daniel; three daughters, Aurora Trask, Grace Batterton and Ruth Williams; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Carrollwood Chapel, Tampa.
  • GABOR, RITA WALDRON, 77, of Brandon, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) in Brandon. Born in Ohio, she came to the Tampa area in 1973. She was a bookkeeper and was Catholic. Survivors include a daughter, Muriel; three sons, Samuel, Randolph and Michael; three brothers, Robert, James and Jerry; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • GARRETT, JACK, 80, of Tampa, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002). He served in the Army and Air Force for 28-1/2 years. Survivors include his longtime companion, Marguerite Padgett; two children; two sisters, Georgia Johnston and Louise Lonski; and two grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • GUERRA, PAMELA J. "PAM," of Tampa, died Thursday (Feb. 21, 2002). She was a Tampa native and a lifelong resident. She was a former legal secretary at the State Attorney's Office and also worked for Holland & Knight Law Firm before retiring in 1995. She was a past member of the Calvary Temple, where she was involved in the children's ministry and attended Without Walls International Church. She was also a participant in a healing and rehabilitating program, "Crossroads." Survivors include her husband, Vince; a daughter, Wendy; a stepdaughter, Tracy; her parents, Fred and Anne Spoto; and a sister, Marianne. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • HENRY, E. CLYDE, 88, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Tampa, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) in St. Petersburg. Born in Tampa, she was a homemaker, past member of O.E.S. Areme Chapter. She was Presbyterian. Survivors include a daughter, Sue; a son, Robert; two sisters, Lora and Zada; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • JENKINS, JAMES H. SR., 77, of Plant City, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) in Tampa. Born in Gadsden, Ala., he came to the Tampa area in 1968 from Indiana. He was a self-employed contractor, member of VFW, World War II Marine Corps veteran and was also a certified roofing contractor. He was Baptist. Survivors include six sons, Timothy B., Kenny S., Ronnie D., James H., Roger D. and Richard C.; two sisters, Peggy and Helen; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • KERR, LEROY MILLER, 94, of Tampa, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002). He was a lifelong native of New Castle, Pa., and a resident of Tampa for the past 12 years. Survivors include two sons, Gary and Chris Kerr; and five grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • MAPP, LOUISE, 71, of Tampa, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at St. Joseph's Hospital. Born in Franklin, Ga., she moved to Brooksville in 1989 from Tampa. She was a homemaker and Baptist. Survivors include her husband, Curtis M.; three daughters, Marinell Rucker and Betty Sue Cooper, both of Brandon, and Dessia L. Whatley, Tampa; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.
  • NIEMI, GREGORY D., 42, of Tampa, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at home. Born in Allentown, Pa., he came here several years ago from Kintnersville, Pa. He was a reservationist for Continental Airlines and was Catholic. Survivors include his parents, Russell and Dolores Niemi, Hellertown, Pa.; and two brothers, Russell J. Niemi, Springtown, Pa., and Bruce A. Niemi, Kintnersville. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.
  • REEDY, EDWARD O., 82, of Tampa, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002). Survivors include his wife, Melissa Reedy; a son, Joel Reedy; a daughter, Mary Ann Mason; and two grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Carrollwood Chapel, Tampa.
  • RICHARDS, DONALD RAY, 69, of Apollo Beach, formerly of Pinellas Park, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at home. Born in Powellton, W.Va., he lived in Pinellas Park from 1953 to 1963 before moving to Apollo Beach. He was a project manager in the commercial and industrial construction industry, a Korean Conflict Army veteran, a member of DeSoto Masonic Lodge 103 F&AM, Riverview, 32nd degree Mason, Scottish Rite Consistory of Tampa and Ruskin United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Charlotte L.; a daughter, Dona Wittebort, Valrico; three sons, Darryl and Jeffery, both of Tampa, and Bryan, Deltona; three sisters, Charlotte Weant, Inverness, Betty Scurlock, Inglis, and Vickey Gebo, Fort Myers; and nine grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.
  • TAYLOR, ELLEN L., 79, of Lutz, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002). Survivors include a son, James Robert Taylor; two daughters, Janice T. Ashley and Beverly T. Stofferahn; a sister; two brothers; and seven grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • TINDALL, RUTH A., 91, of Inverness, formerly of Tampa, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) in New Horizons Senior Citizens Home, Inverness. Born in Dolphin, Pa., she moved to Inverness in 1988 from Tampa. Survivors include a son, Merle Hendry, Inverness; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • WELDON, MARILYN A., 71, of Tampa, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002). Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she was a registered nurse, she moved to Tampa in 1965. Survivors include her husband of 45 years, William H. Weldon; a daughter, Ann E. Boyle; a son, Robert S. Weldon; two sisters, Kathleen Shadduck and Patricia Allard; a brother, Allan Miller; and four grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Carrollwood Chapel, Tampa.
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  • BECKER, FRED W., 82, of Lexington, N.C., formerly of New Port Richey, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) at Forsyth Memorial Hospital in Winston Salem, N.C. Born in Flat River, Mo., he was retired from the sales department of JC Penney. He was Catholic. Survivors include two daughters, Rose Marie Buffalo, Georgia, and Shirley Ann Mallory, Lexington, N.C.; a son, Fred W. Becker III, North Dakota; a sister, Mildred Becker; four grandchildren; and three grandchildren. Morgan Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • BOWERS, CHARLES B., 75, of Monroe, Conn., died Tuesday (Feb. 26, 2002) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Bridgeport, Conn., he was a winter visitor. He was a machinist employed by Bridgeport Machines and a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Gumkowski, Port Richey; and a brother, Richard Bowers, Stratford, Conn. Prevatt Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • BOWYER, LETA J., 89, of Port Richey, died Friday (Feb. 15, 2002) at Tandem Health Care at Bayonet Point. Born in Lamont, Iowa, she came here 20 years ago from Tampa and was a homemaker. She was Methodist. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.
  • BUCY, BOBBIE ELOISE, 74, of Zephyrhills, died Thursday (Feb. 21, 2002) at home. Born in Buchanan, Tenn., she came here in 1999 from Kentucky. She was retired from the automotive industry. Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Henry; a son, Rick, Auburndale; and a sister, Shirley Raspberry. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • CERRA, GENEVIEVE M., 95, of Deltona, formerly of Port Richey, died Tuesday (Feb. 26, 2002) at Americare Assisted Living Waters Edge in Deltona. Born in Cliffside Park, N.J., she moved to Port Richey 22 years ago from Bricktown, N.J., and moved to Deltona in 2000. She was a department store clerk for Macy's, a member of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church and member of Dames of St. James. Survivors include a son, Stephen J., Deltona; a daughter, Bessie Rzeplinski, Hudson; five sisters, Rose Madsen, Middletown, N.J., Mary Dita, Port Richey, Frances Badrow and Margaret Lazorko, both of River Edge, N.J, and Geraldine Kerkes, Connecticut; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.
  • DANCIAK, ANNE S., 86, of Hudson, died Tuesday (Feb. 26, 2002) at Madison Pointe Nursing Home in New Port Richey. Born in Plainfield, N.J., she came here 1980 from Greenbrook, N.J. She was a homemaker and member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Survivors include two sons, John, Hudson, and Michael, New Jersey; two brothers, Robert Sheriff, Tarpon Springs, and Frank Sheriff, New Jersey; a sister, Violet Giger, Dunedin; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Curlew Hills Funeral Homes, Palm Harbor.
  • EAKIN, LENARD LAMAR, 68, of Hudson, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Climax, Ga., he came here in 1994 from Tifton, Ga. and retired as a landscape company supervisor. He was Presbyterian. Survivors include two sons, Christopher L., Bainbridge, Ga., and David L., Hudson; four daughters, Carol Sue Henry, Doerun, Ga., Cynthia D. White, Hudson, Bonnie G. Lane, Colquitt, Ga., and Patty A. Cox, Bainbridge; a brother, L.W. Eakin, Panama City; three sisters, Marita Barber, Becky Bullock and Joyce Day, all of Climax; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • FLANAGAN, MARY E., 94, of New Port Richey, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in New Port Richey. She came here in 1974 from her native Chicago. She was a secretary for the Illinois Central Railroad. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, its Ladies Guild and St. Anthony's Guild, and promoter for the Miraculous Medal Association. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Illinois Chapter. Survivors include a son, Frank Flanagan Jr., Orland Park, Ill.; two daughters, Marilyn Flanagan, Winter Springs, and Bonnie Bell, Melbourne Beach; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Bell Funeral Home, Bayonet Point.
  • KARVELAS, DANIEL, 69, of Palm Harbor, formerly of Holiday, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) at home. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he came to Holiday in 1993 from Roslyn, N.Y., then moved to Palm Harbor in May 2001. He was an electrical engineer and a member of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, Palm Harbor. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Joan Y.; two sons, Daniel Jr., Clearwater, and Steven, Sound Beach, N.Y.; a daughter, Andrea Fonseca, Tarpon Springs; a brother, James W., New York City; a sister, Constance Traycheff, Palm Harbor; and two grandsons, Anthony and Matthew Fonseca, both of Tarpon Springs. Clearwater Funeral Home & Cremation Options.
  • KERBACHER, FRED H., 78, of Port Richey, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in New Port Richey. Born in Long Island City, N.Y., he came here 15 years ago from Jackson Heights. He was a diesel engineer for Manitowac Crane Co. and a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of Marion Lodge F&AM, Bronx, N.Y. Survivors include his wife, Hilde; a daughter, Karla Pelzer, Tampa; one brother and four sisters; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.
  • LESLIE, MARGARET DIANE, 36, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at home. Born in Owensboro, Ky., she came here in 1994 from Rockport, Ind. She was a restaurant server. Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Charlotte and John Pipes, New Port Richey; her father, Charles Leslie, Rockport; a brother, Jim Scherm, and a sister, Rhiannon Hammmers, both of New Port Richey. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, New Port Richey.
  • LORENZ, HELEN D., 95, of Zephyrhills, died Thursday (Feb. 7, 2002) at Hospice of Pasco in Dade City. Born in North Olmsted, Ohio, she came here in 1952 from Detroit. She was a homemaker and member of Alliance Church of Zephyrhills. Survivors include two sons, Duane, Inverness, and Robert, Zephyrhills; a nephew, Don Hall, Fairview Park, Ohio; a niece, Dora McCrone, North Olmsted; two grandsons, Kevin, Hudson, and David, New York City; a granddaughter, Mariam Rogers, Inverness; and five great-grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • LOWE, RICHARD W., 71, of Holiday, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in New Port Richey. Born in Roxbury, Mass., he came here 10 years ago from Beverly, Mass. He was an inspector with Amtrak Railroad and member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; two sons, Kevin, Providence, R.I., and Richard W. Lowe Jr., Beverly, Mass; a daughter, Debra Ann Kondracki, Plum Island, Mass; a brother, Thomas, Quincy, Mass.; and nine grandchildren. Morgan Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • MACOMBER, MARGUERITE C., 98, of Concord, N.H., formerly of Holiday, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Havenwood Nursing Home in Concord. Born in Manchaug, Mass., she was a longtime winter resident of Holiday before moving in 1999 to Concord. She taught eight grades in a one-room schoolhouse before earning a bachelor's degree in German at Colby College, Waterville, Maine. Survivors include two sons, William A. Macomber Jr., Arlington Heights, Ill., and Dr. Charles W. Macomber, Concord; two daughters, Susan M. Vogt, Henniker, N.H., and Mary Keller, Maryville, Tenn.; many nieces, nephews and cousins; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Waters Funeral Home, Concord, N.H.
  • McDANIEL, HENRY LEON, 69, of Zephyrhills, formerly of Tampa, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Sunbelt Healthcare Center in Zephyrhills. Born in Sydney, Fla., he came here 12 years ago from Tampa. He was a barber, a Navy veteran of the Korean War and member of the Open Door Baptist Church, Tampa. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; four daughters, Mary Stout, Pittsburgh, Patricia Bass, Alice Delatorre and Jacqueline Gardner, all of Tampa; and three grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • POTESTIO, KATHLEEN M., 68, of New Port Richey, formerly of Holiday, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) at home. Born in New York City, she came here in 1987 from East Northport, N.Y., and was a retired legal secretary. She was Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Pat; two sons, Michael, Richmond, Va., and Steven, Holbrook, N.Y.; two daughters, Lisa Potestio, New Port Richey, and Victoria Antovel, Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; two sisters, Mary Ann Lamotta, Hicksville, N.Y., and Christine Randolph, Arnold, Md.; a brother, Victor Monfrida, Crofton, Md.; and seven grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • SIIK, RACHEL, 88, of Deerfield, Ill., formerly of New Port Richey, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at Lake Forest Hospital in Lake Forest, Ill. Born in Mountain Iron, Minn., she came here in 1976 from Chicago, then returned to Illinois four years ago. She was a homemaker. She was Lutheran. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Palmer, Deerfield; three sisters, Ruth Ruha and Rebecca Haugen, both of Virginia, Minn., and Esther Zager, New Port Richey; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, New Port Richey.
  • SUTTON, JUNE R., 68, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Flushing, N.Y., she came here in 1971 from Harrington Park, N.J. She was a retired drafter for GTE in New Port Richey and member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Michael J., San Antonio, Texas; a daughter, Bernice Killory, Lakeland; and four grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • THOMAS, DAVID "GUY," 90, of Tarpon Springs, formerly of Hudson, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at Integrated Health Services of Tarpon Springs. He was born in Hudson and was a lifelong area resident and boat builder for Stamas Yachts, Tarpon Springs. He was a member of Bethany Temple Church of God, Tarpon Springs. Survivors include a son, David L., Tarpon Springs; a brother, Clifton, Panama City; a sister, Josephine Willing, Solomons Island, Md.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon Avenue Chapel, Tarpon Springs.
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    Clearwater

    • BASCOMB, PINKIE L., 67, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She came here in 1952 from her native Tuskegee, Ala. She was member of True Vine Baptist Church, Clearwater. Survivors include a daughter, Dorothy Benjamin, Clearwater; a brother, John L. Bascomb, Chrisville, Md.; a sister, Lucille Ledbetter, Clearwater; and four grandchildren. Young's Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • BROWN, KENNETH C., 97, of Clearwater, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He came here in 1940 from his native Rochester, N.Y. He was an industrial engineer and Protestant. Survivors include a sister, Sara Fleming, Clearwater. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
    • BYRNE, AGNES COLLINS, 79, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at home. She was born in Quincy, Mass., and came here in 1991 from Falmouth, Mass., where she was a real estate agent. Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen Conroy, Oldsmar; three brothers, Bernard Collins, Yarmouth Port, Mass., Philip Collins, Hampton, N.H., and Shelton Collins, Dexbury, Mass.; two sisters, Elizabeth Sullivan, Worcester, Mass., and Helen Lonathan, South Yarmouth, Mass.; and five grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.
    • HARR, IVA M., 96, of Beverly Hills, formerly of Clearwater, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River. She was born in Steam Corners, Ohio, came to Clearwater in 1954 and moved in 1990 to Beverly Hills. Survivors include a daughter, Marcia A. DeVore, Beverly Hills; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. All Faiths Cremation Society, Lady Lake.
    • PETERSON, DR. MELVILLE, 82, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at home. He was born in Huntington, W.Va., and came here in 1994 from Missouri. He was a college professor of finance and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, Mo., and a member of Kiwanis. Survivors include a daughter, Deborah J., Clearwater; a son, David, Kansas; and four grandchildren. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Dunedin.
    • QUESENBERRY, GARVET E. "QUIZ," 83, formerly of Clearwater, died Wednesday (Feb. 20, 2002) at Los Alamitos Hospital, Los Alamitos, Calif. He was born in Radford, Va., and retired from the Air Force with the rank of master sergeant. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a former county judge in Grenada, Miss., and a former Sunday school director at Elliott Baptist Church, Elliott, Miss. Locally, he was a member of Skycrest Baptist Church of Clearwater. He was a Mason and past president of the Shrine Club. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Sarah Lee; a son, James, Costa Mesa, Calif.; a daughter, Jean Davenport, Redwood City, Calif.; a brother, Dean; two sisters, Blanche Bishop, Radford, and Janice Collier, DeLand; and two grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • WEISS, GERTRUDE CLAIRE, 80, of Clearwater, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) at Palm Garden of Clearwater nursing home. She came here in 1972 from her native Boston and worked for the Pinellas County Purchasing Department. She was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Foster, and a son, Bill, both of Palm Harbor; a brother, William T. Welch, Wayland, Mass.; and a granddaughter, Allison Foster, Palm Harbor. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • YUSAS, MARY ANN, 59, of Clearwater, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) at Integrated Health Services of Clearwater. She was born in Paterson, N.J., and came here in 1975 from Falls Church, Va. She retired as a federal government claims adjudicator and worked locally as a store associate for Publix Super Markets Inc. She was a volunteer at Morton Plant Hospital and Integrated Health Services and for the SPCA. She was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include her father, Charles A. Metzdorf, Clearwater; and a brother, the Rev. William Metzdorf, San Diego. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

    Dunedin

    • GOSNEY, EDWARD HARRIS, 82, of Holiday, formerly of Dunedin, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at home. He was born in Detroit, came to Dunedin in 1973 from West Bloomfield, Mich., and in 1982 he moved to Holiday. He worked as a warehouse manager and was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Anita; five daughters, Anita Florez, Tampa, Laura Gonzalez, Odessa, Linda Franz, Waterford, Mich., Diane Sward, Lawrenceville, N.J., and Karen Stevens, Eastpointe, Mich.; two sons, Edward Gosney, Grand Blanc, Mich., and Donald Needham, Marietta, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Vinson Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs.
    • LUDWIG, TERRY, 51, of Dunedin, died Friday (Feb. 25, 2002) at home. There are no known survivors. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • MARTIN, JOHN H., 95, of Spring Hill, formerly of Dunedin, died Monday (Feb. 18, 2002) at Forest Oaks Care Center, Spring Hill. He was born in Bronx, N.Y., came to Dunedin in 1968 from New York and moved in 1998 to Spring Hill. He retired as a machine supervisor after 25 years with Sunshine Biscuit Co., Long Island City, N.Y. He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church of Dunedin. Survivors include two sons, John R., Ohio, and Allen R., Sanford, N.C.; a sister, Florence Goonan, Lakewood, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Brooksville.
    • MILLER, THOMAS E., 57, of Dunedin, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) at VA Medical Center at Bay Pines under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Montrose, N.Y., and came here in 1965 from New York. He retired from the Air Force and was a Vietnam veteran. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Dunedin, and the National Rifle Association. Survivors include his wife, Mary; three daughters, Linda Slezak, Lake Ridge, Va., Liz Barrett, Indian Rocks Beach, and Vicki Dronsick, Delray Beach; and a brother, Thomas, Dunedin. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.

    Largo

    • ANDERSON, OLE, 97, of Lakeland, formerly of Largo, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) at Carpenters Home Villas Assisted Living Facility, Lakeland. He was born in Norway and worked for the railroad. He was a member of Assembly of God. Survivors include three nephews, Rudolph Holthe, New Jersey, and Harold Thorstensen and Rudi Gulbrandsen, both of New York. C.E. Prevatt Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • FURMAN, FRANCES, 77, of Largo, died Tuesday (Feb. 26, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She came here in 1979 from her native Cleveland. She was a homemaker and Catholic. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, William "Bill;" two sons, Bruce, Parma, Ohio, and Richard, Rittman, Ohio; a daughter, Gayle Jameson, Solon, Ohio; two sisters, Florence Janics and Dorothy Komons, both of Largo; and four grandchildren, Douglas and Samantha Jameson and Andrew and Melanie Furman. Gulf Breeze Cremation & Burial Society, Largo.
    • MARKHAM, BILLIE LEE, 78, of Largo, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Beaver Falls, Pa., and came here in 1978 from Akron, Ohio. She worked 15 years for Sensidyne, Pinellas Park. She was Protestant. Survivors include three sons, James Bieder, Holiday, Thomas Bieder, Manchester, Tenn., and Charles Bieder, Woodstock, Ga.; a brother, Joe Parham, and a sister, Betty Ann Van Schaack, both of Port Charlotte; and five grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • MILLER, RALPH, 91, of Largo, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. He came here in 1982 from his native Harrisburg, Pa., where he retired as an X-ray technician for Bethlehem Steel. He was a member of Christian Fellowship Church, Seminole. Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Miler, Largo; a son, Ray, Winter Springs; a sister, Betty Birnie, Clarksville, Va.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Gulf Breeze Cremation & Burial Society, Largo.
    • ROMAN, CHARLOTTE C., 88, of West Melbourne, formerly of Largo, died Thursday (Feb. 21, 2002) at Alterra Clare Bridge Memory Care Center. She was born in Philadelphia and was a Largo resident for 24 years before moving in 2000 to Brevard County. Survivors include a son, Ronald, Merritt Island; a daughter, Arlene Szela Sr., Clearwater; four grandsons, Robert and David Roman, both of Merritt Island, and Randy Szela Jr. and Ryan Szela, both of Clearwater. National Cremation Society, Beacon Chapter, Winter Park.
    • WATSON, HELEN W. (JUDAH), 89, of Largo, died Wednesday (Feb. 20, 2002) at home. She was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and came here in 1974 from Europe. She was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include two sons, Paul, Millis, Mass., and Michael, London; two daughters, Mary Ammannato, Genoa, Italy, and Margaret Watson, London; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Rhodes Funeral Directors, Druid Chapel, Clearwater.

    Oldsmar

    • CRUM, WILLARD G., 77, of Oldsmar, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in New York City and came here in 1958 from Mahopac, N.Y. He was a cabinetmaker. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of VFW Post 10093 and American Legion Post 238, both of Safety Harbor, and North Day Moose Lodge 2373, Oldsmar. Survivors include his wife, Ann D.; two sons, Curtis, Oldsmar, and W. Keith, Dallas; a daughter, Kali Plummer, Dallas; and two grandchildren, Rex Kerr, Oldsmar, and Maddie Crum, Dallas. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.

    Palm Harbor

    • CAM, GIEM, 84, of Palm Harbor, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Advanced Health and Rehabilitation Center, Clearwater. She was born in North Vietnam and came here in 1975 from Laos. She was a homemaker and Protestant. She enjoyed sewing and fishing. Survivors include her husband, Khounxeuang Hoang; two daughters, Thouang Vanilay, Clearwater, and Ting Hoangvan, Iowa; two sons, Ban Hoang, Palm Harbor, and Boun Hoang, Iowa; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Dunedin.
    • KARVELAS, DANIEL, 69, of Palm Harbor, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) at home. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., came to Holiday in 1993 from Roslyn, N.Y., and moved to Palm Harbor in May. He was an electrical engineer and a member of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, Palm Harbor. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Joan Y.; two sons, Daniel Jr., Clearwater, and Steven, Sound Beach, N.Y.; a daughter, Andrea Fonseca, Tarpon Springs; a brother, James W., New York City; a sister, Constance Traycheff, Palm Harbor; and two grandsons, Anthony and Matthew Fonseca, both of Tarpon Springs. Clearwater Funeral Home & Cremation Options.
    • RACINE, ERNEST H., 96, of Palm Harbor, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at home. He was born in Dorchester, Mass., and came here in 1967 from Youngstown, Ohio, where he was a self-employed vending machine technician. He was a member of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, Clearwater, Dunedin Country Club, the Citrus Growers Association, the Roebling Society of Morton Plant Hospital, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, the Tippecanoe Country Club of Youngstown, and a life member of Rotary Club, Dunedin. Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis MacNeil, Palm Harbor, and Carole Conley, Chardon, Ohio; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

    Safety Harbor

    • KERR, CORDELIA, 85, of Safety Harbor, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Tandem Health Care at Safety Harbor. She was born in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, and came here in 1986 from Brooklyn, N.Y., where she retired as a housekeeper in a hospital. She was a volunteer for outreach programs at nursing homes, and enjoyed singing and dancing. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Safety Harbor and the Harbor Heights Seniors Club. Survivors include three daughters, June Cooke, Safety Harbor, and Hyacinth Morehead and Janet Bowen, both of Brooklyn; a son, Lloyd Gause, Kingston, Jamaica; a sister, Amanda Carr, Holiday; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

    Tarpon Springs

    • DIAKOS, JAMES K., 67, of Holiday, formerly of Tarpon Springs, died Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2002) at home. He moved to Tarpon Springs in 1982 to Tarpon Springs from his native Buffalo, N.Y., and in 1998 moved from Tarpon Springs to Holiday. He was a painting contractor and Greek Orthodox. Survivors include his wife, Stamatia; two daughters, Maria Gerakios, Holiday, and Gina Bechakas, Depew, N.Y.; a brother, Louis, Eggertsville, N.Y.; two sisters, Bessie Halkias; and three grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Tarpon Springs.
    • ERWIN, LAWRENCE F. SR., 80, of Tarpon Springs, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at home. He was born in Beloit, Ohio, and came here in 1990 from Hanoverton, Ohio, where he owned and operated Larry Erwin Trucking for 30 years. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. Survivors include his companion, Chizuko Jacobs, Tarpon Springs; two sons, Lawrence F. "Larry" Jr., Kensington, Ohio, and Butch Ugran. Salem, Ohio; two daughters, Marie E. Satz, New Bern, N.C., and Theresa Hinton, Carrollton, Ohio; three brothers, Alfred Erwin, Beaver Falls, Pa., George Semler, Grand Rapids, Minn., and Joe Semler, Little Torch Key; a sister, Mary Burton, Coon Rapids, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon Avenue Chapel, Tarpon Springs.
    • JONES, RODERICK B., 70, of Tarpon Springs, died Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2002) at home. He was born in Montreal and came here in 1987 from Alexandria, Va., where he retired as vice president of the Military Collectibles Armory. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a master sergeant in the Air Force intelligence service and served in several European embassies. He was Episcopalian. Survivors include his wife, Mary G. "Sue;" a daughter, Louise B. Brooks, Tipp City, Ohio; a stepson, Richard G. Chisolm, Tampa; three sisters; and six grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon Avenue Chapel, Tarpon Springs.
    • LOUCAS, CONSTANTINE "GUS," 86, of Tarpon Springs, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, Tarpon Springs. He was born in Greece and came here in 1995 from Astoria, N.Y. He retired as a shoe repairman for Pennstat Shoe Repair, Manhattan, N.Y. He was a member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Tarpon Springs, and Tarpon Springs Senior Citizens. Survivors include his wife, Evangeline; a daughter, Loretta Christopoul, Tarpon Springs; a son, Leonard A., and two sisters, Casey Paul and Olga Kastgros, all of New York; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Preferred Funeral Alternatives, Holiday.
    • RODRIQUEZ, JOSE L. "PAPA JOE," of Holiday, formerly of Tarpon Springs, died Thursday (Feb. 21, 2002) at home. He was born in Padroso, Spain, came to Tarpon Springs in 1982 from Macon, Mich., and in 1983 he moved to Holiday. He was a livestock farmer in Macon, a Spanish Army veteran, and Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Aurora "Mama Rora;" three daughters, Benita Jenkins, DeWitt, Mich., Ramona Jenkins, Tarpon Springs, and Josefa Keller, Ann Arbor, Mich.; a niece; and five grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs.
    • THOMAS, DAVID "GUY," 90, of Tarpon Springs, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at Integrated Health Services of Tarpon Springs. He was born in Hudson and was a lifelong area resident and boat builder for Stamas Yachts, Tarpon Springs. He was a member of Bethany Temple Church of God, Tarpon Springs. Survivors include a son, David L., Tarpon Springs; a brother, Clifton, Panama City; a sister, Josephine Willing, Solomons Island, Md.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon Avenue Chapel, Tarpon Springs.

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    Gulfport

    • BOCKMAN, CHARLOTTE, 77, of Gulfport, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at home under hospice care. She came here in 1957 from Schenectady, N.Y., and was a practical nurse in New York. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg and the American Legion in Pinellas Park. Survivors include a son, Merrill Shafer, Gulfport; a daughter, Janice Gonzalez, Gulfport; a brother, William Fargo, Connecticut; two sisters, Carol Preddice, Venice, and Myrtle Ives, Rexford, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home & Cemetery, Seminole.

    Pinellas Park

    • MEYER, CLARK H., 61, of Pinellas Park, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at Bayfront Medical Center. He came here 23 years ago from his native Detroit. He was a maintenance worker. He was an Army veteran and was Protestant. Survivors include his wife, Carole L.; three sons, Mark, Hill City, Minn., Scott, St. Petersburg, and Brian, Marathon; five stepchildren, Robert Van Conett, Paul Van Conett, Kimberley Peterson, Patricia Hill and Michelle Polk, all of St. Petersburg; and 14 grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation and Funeral Services, Largo.
    • RICHARDS, DONALD RAY, 69, of Apollo Beach, formerly of Pinellas Park, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at home. Born in Powellton, W.Va., he lived in Pinellas Park from 1953 to 1963 before moving to Apollo Beach. He was a project manager in the commercial and industrial construction industry. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of DeSoto Masonic Lodge 103 F&AM in Riverview and was a 32nd degree Mason in the Scottish Rite Consistory of Tampa and a member of Ruskin United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Charlotte L.; a daughter, Dona Wittebort, Valrico; three sons, Darryl and Jeffery, both of Tampa, and Bryan, Deltona; three sisters, Charlotte Weant, Inverness, Betty Scurlock, Inglis, and Vickey Gebo, Fort Myers; and nine grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.

    St. Petersburg

    • CLINK, MARY E., 86, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Largo, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Born in Logan, Mich., she came here in 1975 from Detroit, where she was a keypunch operator for Ford Motor Co. She was a member of Largo Alliance Church. Survivors include a son, Richard, Marietta, Ohio; a sister, Juanita, Michigan; three grandchildren, David Clink, Clearwater, Deanne Copen, Elizabeth, W.Va., and Eric Clink, Virginia Beach, Va.; and three great-grandchildren. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.
    • DENNIS, CHARLIE H., 86, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) at Edward White Hospital, St. Petersburg. He came here in 1947 from his native Eatonton, Ga. He was a chef at the Pennsylvania Hotel and a member of Elim Seventh-day Adventist Church. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Mary; three sons, Charles and Terry, both of St. Petersburg, and Archie, Atlanta; a daughter, Margaret Threadcraft, Denver; a brother, Howard, Eatonton; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. McRae Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • HOCH, ROBERT L., 79, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) at Kindred Hospital Bay Area -- St. Petersburg. Born in Marks Bridge, Pa., he came here in 1969 from Mercersburg, Pa. He was a machinist for Honeywell in Clearwater for 16 years. Survivors include two sons, Jeffrey, Largo, and Kevin, St. Petersburg; five daughters, Mary Wolfe, St. Petersburg, Kathy Gruber, Indian Rocks Beach, and Angela Taylor, Marjorie Buechner and Caroline Stull, all of St. Petersburg; a brother, Richard, Markes, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson. National Cremation Society, Clearwater.
    • MINOR, MARION SANCHEZ, 80, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at Bayfront Medical Center. She was a St. Petersburg native. She was a homemaker and was Protestant. She was a 1939 graduate of St. Petersburg High School. Survivors include a son, Robert A., St. Petersburg; a daughter, Barbara A. Roberts, Pinellas Park; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • NEWKIRK, JOHN, 82, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at Coquina Key Health and Rehabilitation Center. He came here many years ago from his native Jones, Ga. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a retired chauffeur and a part-time bricklayer. He was a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ida Belle; a daughter, Vivian Shelley, Richmond, Calif.; four sons, John L. Jr., Robert "Bobby" and Luetrell K., all of St. Petersburg, and Joseph K., Richmond; a sister, Hattie Lee Jones, and four brothers, Albert, James, the Rev. Eddie and Eugene, all of St. Petersburg; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • PETRIE, VANESSA S., 46, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) at home. Born in Newton, Mass., she came here in 1985 from Munnsville, N.Y. She was a social worker with United Methodist Cooperative Ministries of St. Petersburg for 10 years and was co-owner of Tropical Sea Products in St. Petersburg for 11 years. Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Lawrence; her father, Garet Shepherd, St. Petersburg; a son, Geoff Petrie, Tallahassee; a daughter, Julie Petrie, New York City; and a grandson, Cameron Petrie. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • SIMMONS, LONNIE L., 39, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) at Bayfront Medical Center. He was a St. Petersburg native and attended Boca Ciega High School. He was a former employee of a local seafood market. Survivors include his mother, Irene Simmons; three brothers, Robert Simmons Jr., Michael Henderson and Mark Edwards, all of St. Petersburg; five sisters, Fay S. Lewis, Michelle Grant, Maxine Copeland, Queen Edwards and Maria Edwards, all of St. Petersburg; and his maternal grandmother, Martha Brooks, Crystal River. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • THORNTON, HELEN O., 82, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Tampa, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) at Edward White Hospital. Born in Marion County, she came here in 2001 from Tampa. She retired from St. Joseph's Hospital as a supply clerk and was Protestant. Survivors include a daughter, Felicia Liddell, Tampa; a son, John Thornton, Leesburg; a brother, M.L. Williams, Tallahassee; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • VANCE, EDNA BRITTAIN, 87, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2002) at Edward White Hospital. An Indianapolis native, she came here in 1998 from Park Forest, Ind., where she worked in retail sales for Sears Roebuck & Co. for 15 years. She attended Butler University in Indianapolis. Survivors include a daughter, Susan Vance, St. Petersburg; a brother, Ernest Brittain, Columbia City, Ind.; and three nephews, Bob Brittain, Columbia City, Dick Brittain, and John Stechman, Avila Beach, Calif. American Heritage Cremation Society, Clearwater.
    • WOJCIECHOWSKI, WALTER J., 46, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Feb. 15, 2002). Born in Hempstead, N.Y., he came here in 1957 from Freeport, N.Y. He was a paramedic for the past 25 years. He was an avid scuba diver and collector of vintage cars. Survivors include a daughter, Crystal Ann Wojciechowski, Orlando; a brother, Theodore, Clearwater; a sister, Edith Ross, Littleton, Colo. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.

    Seminole

    • BRANCH, MARY K., 95, of Seminole, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at Freedom Square Nursing Center. She came here in 1995 from her native Martinsville, Ind. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a son, James C. Branch Jr., Seminole; a daughter, Mary P. Bundy, Gulf Shores, Ala.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. National Cremation Society, Clearwater.
    • CAHOON, ELWOOD "WOODY," 72, of Seminole, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Lowell, Wis., and came here in 1982 from Watertown, Wis. He was a retired ship's officer and served with the Milwaukee Fire Department on the Tugboat Deluge for 25 years. He was Protestant and a member of the Elks Lodge in Watertown. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mary Ann; a son Brian, Milwaukee; and daughter, Susan Stasinski, Wauwatosa, Wis.; a sister, Lorene Carter, Interlochen, Mich.; and five grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • HISE, GENEVIEVE I., 94, of Seminole, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2002) at Seminole Nursing Pavilion. She was born in Poweshick, Iowa, and came here more than 30 years ago from Iowa. She was a homemaker and was a past member of Unity Clearwater Church. There are no known survivors. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
    • LAURENZO, DOMINICK, 90, of Seminole, died Thursday (Feb. 21, 2002). He came here in 1984 from his native Mechanicville, N.Y. He was a freight handler for the Boston and Maine Railroad. He was a member of Bay Ridge Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Antonette; two sons, Ronald E., Tarpon Springs, and Peter J., Seminole; two brothers; eight sisters; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • MARTIN, MARJORIE H., 86, formerly of Seminole and Largo, died Saturday (Feb. 2, 2002) at her daughter's home. She came to the area in 1961 from her native Anderson, Ind. She lived in Largo for 25 years and in Seminole for eight years. She was a graduate of New York City School of Design and was the proprietor of the Lamp Studio in Anderson. She was a volunteer Red Cross worker from 1942 to 1944. She was a docent at the St. Petersburg Art Museum and an officer of the Women's Club of Snell Isle. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Melanie Wolf Schwab, White Lake, Mich.; a son, John Wesley Martin; two sisters, Virginia Bender, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Barbara Fox, Port Richey; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Elton Black & Sons Funeral Home, White Lake, Mich.
    • WITTICH, E. ANNA, 95, of Seminole, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2002) at Freedom Square Nursing Center in Seminole. Born in Chicago, she came here in 1996 from Arizona. She was Lutheran. Survivors include two nephews, Dr. James V. Steele, Seminole, and Dr. Louis R. Nelson, Lutz. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Dunedin.

    South Pasadena

    • EARNST, LUCILLE, 87, of South Pasadena, died Tuesday (Feb. 26, 2002) at Swanholm Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Cincinnati, she came here in 1972 from Los Angeles. She was Protestant. Survivors include a niece, Patricia Julian, South Pasadena; and two nephews, Robert Hook, Jacksonville, and David Hook, Clearwater. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.
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