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March 8, 2002
SUNCOAST OBITUARIES

Friday, March 8, 2002

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

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  • FORTUNE, DONALD JOSEPH, 85, of Inverness, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at Mariner Health Care in Inverness. Born in Chicago, he came here in 1978 from Horseshoe Bend, Ark. He was a retired melter in the steel manufacturing industry and member of the First Lutheran Church of Inverness. Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Irma B. (Drachenberg); a daughter, Sally Fortune, Park Forest, Ill.; a stepdaughter, Judy Lohr, Inverness; two grandsons; and two great-granddaughters. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • HOLDEN, JESSIE M., 76, of Beverly Hills, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) in Inverness. Born in Chicago, she came here in 1985 from Homewood, Ill. She was an administrator in the medical field. She was a member of the United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association, Polish American Social Club and Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Frank, Hawaii; two daughters, Sherry LaCorte, Poway, Calif., and Janet Young, Morris, Ill.; three sisters, Kathleen Williams, Colorado, Mary Nelson, Minnesota, and Patricia O'Brien, California; a brother, George, Chicago; and four grandchildren. Fero Funeral Home with Crematory, Beverly Hills.
  • KELLER, ARTHUR FREDERICK, 72, of Floral City, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at Life Care Center of Citrus County in Lecanto. Born in Newark, N.J., he came here in 1989 from Fort Lauderdale. He was a retired shipyard foreman with 15 years of service and was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was Lutheran. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Loretta (Triola). Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • MARCYNIUK, MARGO, 44, of Homosassa, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at home. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., she came here seven years ago from New Jersey. She was a retail store cashier and a member of the True Vine Apostolic Church of Homosassa. Survivors include her husband, Jeremy; her mother and stepfather, Joan and Gary Schmidt, Cream Ridge, N.J.; her father and stepmother, William E. and Margaret Brepherton, Homosassa; a brother, Michael Brepherton, York, Pa.; two sisters, Annette Fuqua, Homosassa, and Tracy Brepherton, Inverness; two stepbrothers, John Parish, McClean, N.Y., and Ronald Parish, Romulus, N.Y.; a stepsister, Deborah Hohwald, Lodi, N.Y.; a niece, Jennifer Scholl, and a nephew, Anthony Arzillo, both of Homosassa; several aunt and uncles. Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
  • REINHART, MARTHA ELLEN, 85, of Inverness, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesay (March 5, 2002) at Woodland Terrace in Hernando. Born in Carey, Ohio, she resided in St. Petersburg for 47 years, then moved to Brentwood, Tenn., then moved to Inverness recently to be with family. She was an instructor for the Pinellas Vocational Technical Institute and was Catholic. Survivors include two sons, Paul R., Inverness, and James, Pinellas Park; a daughter, Donna J. Driscoll, Brentwood; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • TRESKON, JEROME J., 78, of Beverly Hills, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) in Beverly Hills. Born in Richmond, Calif., he came here in 1986 from Westwood, Mass. He was an electronics technician for TIW and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a life member of the Nesbitt Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10087 and a member of the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, both of Beverly Hills. He attended Boston College. Survivors include his wife, Ellen (Kohler); a son, Jerome J. Treskon Jr., Townsend, Mass.; two brothers, Emil, Hawaii, and Albert, California; two sisters, Amelia Drake and Bernadette Lorenzini, both of California; and two nieces, Corinne Golden, Massachusetts, and Elizabeth Horan, Texas. Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory, Beverly Hills.
  • WARD, CHESTER, 87, of Crystal River, died Monday (March 4, 2002) at Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River. Born in Citronell, he came here four years ago from Brooklyn, N.Y., and was a retired construction laborer. Survivors include his wife, Hattie Terry; a nephew, J.W. Ward, Tampa; and five nieces, Mary Watkins and Grace Jenkins, both of Crystal River, Catherine Cargile, Bradley Junction, Betty Jewel Carter, Boston, and Wilbur Lee Faison, Philadelphia. Cason Funeral Chapel, Inverness.
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  • FLORA, RICHARD O., 74, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. Born in Huntington, W.Va., he came here seven years ago from Virginia Beach, Va. He was a retired Navy veteran achieving the rank of chief petty officer and served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann; three sons, Matthew and Patrick, both of Spring Hill, and Richard O. Flora II, Chesapeake, Va.; two daughters, Catherine Flora, Spring Hill, and Janet Murphy, Coinjock, N.C.; a brother, Dan, Hampton, Va.; a sister, Debbie Cremmins, Huntington, W.Va.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Turner Funeral and Cremation Center, Spring Hill.
  • NUNN, JOSEPH JR., 14, of Brooksville, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at Brooksville Regional Hospital. Born in Rahway, N.J., he came here nine years ago. Survivors include his father, Joseph, and a sister, Ashley, both of Brooksville; his grandparents, Ballester and Aurea Stuart, Miami, and Genevive Nunn, Tucson, Ariz. Turner Funeral Homes, Brooksville.
  • ORMEROD, PATRICIA C., 60, of Brooksville, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at home. Born in Wayne County, Mich., she came here six years ago and was a member of the St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Gordon; a son, Michael, Mesa, Ariz.; two daughters, Karen, Portland, Ore., and Catherine, Chicago; two brothers, Jim Luckett, Westland, Mich., and John Luckett, Detroit; two sisters, Joan Berolatti, Royal Oak, Mich., and Linda Masoon, Colorado Springs. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Spring Hill.
  • SCHARF, SYLVESTER A., 82, of Spring Hill, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at home. Born in Lomira, Wis., he came here 21 years ago from Fond du Lac, Wis. He was a retired marketing representative with Mobile Oil Corp. and attended the St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Virginia; a son, Jeffrey, Fond du Lac; four daughters, Sylvia Scharf, Pomona, Calif., Mary Jo Scharf, Tampa, Judy Halfman, Horicon, Wis., and Diane Billard, Chantilly, Va.; a brother, Franklin, Bryant, Wis.; two sisters, Monica Haesley and Marie Jones, both of Fond du Lac; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Spring Hill.
  • SMITHER, PHYLLIS P., 79, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) in Wesley Chapel at her daughter's home. Born in Kalamazoo, Mich., she was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Robert M.; a daughter, Melanie, Wesley Chapel; a son, Bob, Boca Raton; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Turner Funeral Homes, Spring Hill.
  • WALTON, MARY JANE, 79, of Spring Hill, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. She came here seven years ago from her native Knoxville, Tenn., and was a homemaker. She was a member of Black Oak Ridge Baptist Church, Knoxville. Survivors include a son, the Rev. Donald Walton, Spring Hill; two sisters, Helen McAfee, Beaumont, Texas, and Mona Barnes, Knoxville; three grandchildren. Family Funeral Care, Hudson.
  • ZAVADOSKI, WILLIAM, 90, of Spring Hill, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. Born in New York City, he came here 28 years ago from Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a retired oil burner repairman with Petro Home Heating Corp. with 25 years of service and was Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Josephine; three sons, William, Connecticut, Richard and Roger, Manassas, Va.; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Spring Hill.
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  • BARBER, MARGARET MARINE, 78, of Riverview, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at Brandon Regional Hospital. Born in Johnson City, Tenn., she was a seamstress. Survivors include a daughter, Donna B. Marko, Riverview; a sister, Julia Hatcher, Bristol, Tenn.; and a granddaughter, Amanda C. Marko, Florida. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • FERNANDEZ, MERCEDES, 84, of Tampa, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002). Survivors include a son, George Russell, Kissimmee; and four grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • KING, THE REV. LESTER EARL, 84, of Tampa, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) in Tampa. Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., he was a minister. He was a member of Conasauga Lodge 396 for 50 years, F&AM York Rite Bodies of Tampa and Egypt Temple Shrine in Tampa. Survivors include his wife, Katherine King; a daughter, Patricia Elliott, Thonotosassa; a son, Russ King, Tampa; a brother, Prince King, California; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Marsicano -- B. Marion Reed -- Stowers Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • KING, EUGENE "GENE," 75, of Plant City, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) in Tampa. Born in Miami, he came to the Tampa area from Port St. Lucie. He was a delivery supervisor for Sears and a member of St. Clement Catholic Church. Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Folino, Plant City, and Sheryl K. Moody, Miami; and two brothers, Karl King and Stanley King. Haught Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • MALVENTANO, NANCY, 75, of Tampa, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002). She attended St. Paul Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Aldo Malventano, Tampa; and two grandsons, Joey and Allyn. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Carrollwood Chapel, Tampa.
  • MASSENGILL, MOSSIE, 74, of Tampa, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) in Tampa. Born in Kentucky, she came here in 1970. She was a nursing assistant and was Baptist. Survivors include her husband, David; a son, Wayne; two daughters, Thelma and Rebecca; a brother, Leslie; two sisters, Azle and Bessie; nine grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • McCOY, THOMAS ELDEN, 43, of Dover, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) in Brandon. Born in Pahokee, he was a longtime resident of the Tampa area. He was a steel fabrication welder and a member of the Church of God. Survivors include his fiance, Robin Mulvihill, Dover; a son, Michael McCoy, Dover; five daughters, Amy McCoy, Ashley McCoy, Linette Mulvihill, Brandi Mulvihill and Brittany Mulvihill, all of Dover; three brothers, Roger McCoy, Lake Wales, Timmy McCoy, Mississippi, and David Akins, Dover; five sisters, Brenda Pitts and Bridget Stewart, both of Dover, Barbara Brannan, Plant City, Joyce Gambrell, Tampa, and Juanita Scrape, Georgia; and his maternal grandmother, Edith Imas, Okeechobee. Hopewell Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • SHULL, JUDITH, 60, of Brandon, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) in Brandon. Born in Washington, D.C., she came to the Tampa area in 1982. She was a data processor and a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include her parents, William and Virginia Shull; and a brother, Donald Shull. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • SIKES, KATIE M., 89, of Thonotosassa, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at University Community Hospital, Fletcher. Born in Nashville, she was a homemaker. Survivors include a son, Thomas M. Sikes, Thonotosassa; four daughters, Mary Taylor Frances, Woodridge, N.J., Glenda McFarland, Valrico, Patricia Primavera, Tucson, Ariz., and Marcia Baker, Thonotosassa; 23 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
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  • BORRACK, CHRISTINA, 50, of Port Richey, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Born in Paterson, N.J., she came here 29 years ago from Pequanock, N.J. She was an insurance secretary for Radiology Associates, New Port Richey. Survivors include her husband, Mark; a son, Matt, Tampa; and her parents, Al and Gerda Schoenfeldt, Port Richey. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • BOTTONE, ANTHONY, 72, of Bayonet Point, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in New York, N.Y., he came here 15 years ago from Garden City, N.J. He was a fashion coordinator, an Air Force veteran and member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Bottone, Hudson; his mother, Nancy Bottone, Franklin Square, N.Y.; a brother, Leonard, Melville, N.Y.; and two sisters, Angela Sebastiano, Bayonet Point and Lenore Bloore, Franklin Square, N.Y. Bell Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • BUCKHOUT, PHYLLIS D., 83, of New Port Richey, died Thursday (March 7, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in New Port Richey. Born in Tarrytown, N.Y., she came here in 1982 from South Salem, N.Y. She retired as a clerk for Reader Digest, Pleasantville, N.Y. with 18 years of service and was an Episcopalian. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Charles E.; two sons, Kurt, South Salem, and Glenn, Stormville, N.Y.; and five grandsons. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, New Port Richey.
  • DOYLE, LEE P., 89, of Holiday, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in New Port Richey. Born in New York City, N.Y., she came here 36 years ago from Lake Hopatcong, N.J. She was a credit clerk for JC Penney Co., Dover, N.J. and was Jewish. Survivors include two sons, Barry, Tampa, and Larry, St. Louis; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • EBERSPEACHER, LOUISE A., 88, of New Port Richey, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at New Port Inn in New Port Richey. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she came here 30 years ago from Rutherford, N.J. She was a homemaker and retired bank teller for Boiling Springs Savings & Loan, Rutherford, N.J. with 15 years of service. She was a member of King of Glory Lutheran Church and was active in the choir and the WELCA (women's church group). Survivors include a son, Louis, Rutherford, N.J.; a daughter, Louise E. Mosher, West Sand Lake, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • ENGDAHL, HAROLD "DUKE," 76, of San Antonio, Fla. died Thursday (March 7, 2002) at home. Born in Chicago, he had been a 10-year winter resident from Kenosha, Wis. Survivors include four daughters, Pam Wisse, Kenosha, Kim Corradini and Susan Barreto, both of San Antonio, and Jill Swails, Andrews, S.C.; and seven grandchildren. Hodges Family Funeral Home, Dade City.
  • FRANCE, GEORGE ROBERT, 78, of Zephyrhills, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at home. Born in Jasper, N.Y., he was a 43-year Florida resident. He was a retired construction superintendent for Cocoa Masonry and attended St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was an Eagle Scout and scout master and volunteered for Meals On Wheels. Survivors include a son, James, Cocoa Beach; three daughters, Marcia Hood, Brooksville, Marianne Booth, Dade City, and Elizabeth Murray, Tampa; a sister, Marjorie Loper, Jasper, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Hodges Family Funeral Home, Dade City.
  • HALBERT, DOROTHY MARGARET, 87, of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of New Port Richey, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) in Albuquerque, N.M. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she lived in New Port Richey for 16 years before moving to Albuquerque five years ago. She was a sales clerk and Catholic. Survivors include two sons, Thomas J., Wildwood, Mo., and Peter, Port Murray, N.J.; three daughters, Jeanne McKeever, Albuquerque, Kathleen Gatterdam, Leesburg, Va., and Suzanne Hamilton, Massapequa Park, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • JAKUBOWSKI, ANDREW L., 82, of Hudson, died Thursday (March 7, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in New Port Richey. He came here 17 years ago from his native Cheektowaga, N.Y. He was a storeroom manager for the Erie County, N.Y., Public Water Authority and member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Andrew, Amherst, N.Y. Prevatt Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • MEYER, WALTER L. "WALT," 84, of Port Richey, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at Bayonet Point Health Center. Born in Toledo, Ohio, he came here in 1992 from Luna Pier, Mich. He retired as a set-up man for Dana Corp., Toledo, Ohio, with 25 years of service and was an Army veteran of World War II serving as an ambulance driver. Survivors include a stepson, Ronald L. Cutlip, Port Richey; and a brother, Henry Meyer, Casselberry. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • NICHOLS, VIRGINIA ELEANOR, 76, of Zephyrhills, died Friday (March 1, 2002) at home. She came here several years ago from her native Elmira, N.Y. and was an education secretary. Survivors include her husband, Howard R. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.
  • NIERADKA, VALABIA, 84, of New Port Richey, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Hudson. Born in Wallington, N.J., she came here in 1978 from Lincoln Park, N.J. and was a retired factory worker. Survivors include a son, Richard, Pittstown, N.J.; two daughters, Selene Hulbert, Holiday, and Lucille Walker, Zephyrhills; and five grandchildren. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, New Port Richey.
  • O'LONE, JACK, 77, of Dade City, died Monday (March 4, 2002) at Royal Oaks Nursing Center in Dade City. He came here in 1969 from his native Philadelphia. He was a steam fitter in the pipe fitter industry and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was Christian. Survivors include two sons, Jack and Charles; four daughters, Marilyn, June, Mary Lee and Betty Ann; and seven grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • ORWIG, MARTHA I., 90, of Holiday, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at home. Born in Coleman, Mich., she came here in 1972 from Lansing, Mich. She retired from the housekeeping department for Burns Services and was a member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church of Tarpon Springs. Survivors include a son, Dean, Holiday; two daughters, Thelma Baird, St. Louis, Mich., and Karen Hudson, New Port Richey; a sister, Glada Sartor, Rochester Hills, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday.
  • TWEEDDALE, ANNA, 94, of Largo, formerly of Holiday, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at Mariner Health Center in Belleair. Born in Middle Village, N.Y., she moved to Holiday 50 years ago from Long Island, N.Y., then in 1998 relocated to Largo. She was a homemaker and member of the Suncoast Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Carol Turner, Largo, and Gail Bruns, Lubbock, Texas; a brother, Henry Holterman, New York; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Trinity Memorial Chapel, Holiday.
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    Clearwater

    • BAIRD, ANN M., 87, of Clearwater Beach, died Sunday (March 3, 2002) at home. She was born in Philadelphia and came here in 1974 from Kettering, Ohio. She was a member of St. Brendan Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include two sons, John, Green Oaks, Ill., and Ronald, Grosse Isle, Mich.; a brother, Joseph Kirincich, Philadelphia; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Rhodes Funeral Directors, Druid Chapel, Clearwater.
    • BLOUGH, JAMES DUKE, infant son of Athena and William T. Blough of Clearwater, died Friday (March 1, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. Other survivors include his paternal grandparents, Cyndi and Paul Krause, Holiday; and his maternal grandmother, Ruby Brown Gonzalez, Titusville. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon Avenue Chapel, Tarpon Springs.
    • BOGGS, FRANCES D. "DOTTIE," 76, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Stamford, Conn., and came here in 1986 from Altoona, Pa. She was Catholic. Survivors include two daughters, Bernadette M. Boulware, Clearwater, and Barbara M. Warren, Duncansville, Pa.; four sons, Howard J. Boggs, Largo, Kenneth S. Warren, Fort Myers, Leo R. Warren, Dayton, Ohio, and Frederick J. Boggs, Altoona; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • ERIKSON, RANDI M., of Clearwater, died Monday (March 4, 2002) at Mariner Health Care of Clearwater. She was born in Oslo, Norway, and came here in 1959 from Brooklyn, N.Y. She was an infant nurse in Norway and a licensed practical nurse in the United States. She was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Largo, and Sons of Norway, Suncoast Lodge. Survivors include a daughter, Ruth-Marion Erikson, Largo; and a sister, Ruth "Maggie" Pedersen, Clearwater. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • HEDBERG, LINNEA REBECCA, 97, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at St. Mark Village continuing care community, Palm Harbor. She was born in Ishpeming, Mich., and came here in the early 1970s from Detroit, where she worked for more than 25 years at Fisher Ad Agency. She was a member of Union Street United Methodist Church of Clearwater, played the piano and was a member of several choral groups. Survivors include a niece and guardian, Barbara Long, Athens, Ga.; and other several nieces and nephews. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • HOGE, GLADYS AUGUSTA, 93, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at Sunset Point Rehabilitation Center, Clearwater. She was born in Lansing, Ill., and came here in 1991 from Calumet City, Ill. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, Clearwater, and was formerly active in St. John's Lutheran Church and the St. John's Ladies Aide Guild. Survivors include two brothers, Robert Lange, Holland, Mich., and Walter Lange, Homeland, Calif.; a sister, Irma Deichen, Lansing; two grandchildren, Susan Wilson and Lawrence Monaldi, both of Clearwater; and two great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
    • MILLER, FRANK L., 67, of Clearwater, died Friday (March 1, 2002) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. He came here in 1992 from his native Cleveland. He worked as an auto mechanic and was a drummer in the Memory Lane Band. He was Catholic. Survivors include three sons, Michael W., Brooklyn Heights, Ohio, Frank T., Broadview Heights, Ohio, and Robert A., Parma, Ohio; a daughter, Elizabeth R., Maple Heights, Ohio; and five grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
    • TALLENT, KATHRYN NELSON, 75, of Jacksonville, a native of Clearwater and a descendant of the Pinellas pioneer Nelson and Turner families, died Tuesday (Feb. 26, 2002) at Shands Hospital, Jacksonville. She was a 1945 graduate of Clearwater High School and worked many years as a repair clerk for GTE in Clearwater before she married. She lived in Jacksonville for the past 20 years. Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Gene; a daughter, Melanie Abbey, Fredonia, N.Y.; a sister, Peggy Nelson, Clearwater; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Callahan Funeral Home.
    • THROWER, RUTH L., 85, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at home. She was born in Weston, W.Va. She worked as a sales consultant for Estee Lauder Cosmetics and locally in sales at several Clearwater dress shops. She was a member of Kirk of Dunedin. Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Floyd; a daughter, Jeanette Roberts, Clearwater; a sister, Virginia Laing, Clearwater; two grandchildren, Jennifer McClelland, Pittsburgh, and Deborah Latsha, Middleton, Pa.; and three great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

    Dunedin

    • DAUGHERTY, MILDRED "JUNE," 82, of Dunedin, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at Manor Care Palm Harbor nursing home. She was born in Plant City and came here in 1975 from Tallahassee. She was a homemaker, a past president of the PTA, a Girl Scout leader and a member of the Garden Club, all in Ocala. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Dunedin. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Oliver; two daughters, Dee Polhill, Riverview, and Sharon "Sharie" Moore, Atlanta; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • PETERSON, OLGA E., 84, of Dunedin, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at Dunedin Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Detroit and came here in 1977 from Denver, where she was a real estate broker and owned and operated Peterson Realty. She was Lutheran, a Red Cross volunteer, and a member of SWAP Motivational, the National Organization for Women, the Polish Club, the Republican Party and the Newcomers Association. A world traveler, she visited 132 countries. Survivors include a son, Jack, Conifer, Colo.; a sister, Jean Bosnik, Dearborn, Mich.; and seven nieces and nephews. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.
    • SHIRLEY, BERNICE, 82, of Dunedin, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. She was born in Saugus, Mass., and came here in 1985 from Nahant, Mass. She retired as a nursing administrator in Lynn, Mass. She was a volunteer for Hospice of the Florida Suncoast and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Dunedin, and the church's Women's Guild. Survivors include a sister, Florence Taylor, Dunedin; and a nephew, Frank Taylor, Indiana, Pa. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • TIMMERMAN, DR. FREDERICK W. SR., 86, of Dunedin, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at Manor Care Palm Harbor nursing home. He was born in Burlington, Vt., and came here from Vermont. He was a physician and retired from the Army. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a member of Mount Vernon Lodge 8 AF&AM, the Shrine Lodge and the American Medical Association. Survivors include his wife, Esther; two sons, Frederick W. Jr. and Phillip, both of North Carolina; and nine grandchildren. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Dunedin.

    Largo

    • FIEDLER, LOUISE E., 88, of Largo, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor. She was born in Providence, R.I., and came here in 1969 from Bolton, Conn. She was a homemaker and Catholic. Survivors include three sons, Eugene DesRoches, Clearwater Beach, David DesRoches, Fresno, Calif., and Gerald DesRoches, Los Angeles; two daughters, Barbara Sargeant, Austin, Texas, and Eleanor Pacheco, Los Angeles; a stepdaughter, Sandra Holderith, St. Petersburg; two sisters, Eleanor Pettigrew, Warwick, R.I., and Mary Carroll, Cathedral City, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • JONES, MARIE HAMPTON, 98, of Largo, formerly of Tampa, died Thursday (Feb. 28, 2002) at Mariner Health Care of Belleair. She was born in Chester, S.C., and came here in 1982. She worked as a housekeeper for many years and was a member of Beulah Baptist Church, Tampa. Survivors include two sisters, Lelar Johnson and Julia V. Rowry; and several nieces and nephews. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • JOST, PHILIP J. SR., 70, of Largo, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in North Bergen, N.J., and came here in 1968 from New Jersey. He retired as a repair technician for ABC Packing, Clearwater, and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Loraine; a son, Philip J. Jr., Alabama; two stepsons, Edward Votaw and Jim McCormick, both of Ohio; three stepdaughters, Darlene Votaw, Kenneth City, Loretta Mayo, Mexico, and Patricia Ann Spears, Cincinnati; and a sister, Madeline Pauli, Christiansburg, Va. Taylor Family Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.
    • TWEEDDALE, ANNA, 94, of Largo, formerly of Holiday, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at Mariner Health Center in Belleair. She was born in Middle Village, N.Y., moved to Holiday in 1976 from Long Island, N.Y., and noved in 1998 to Largo. She was a homemaker and a member of the Suncoast Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Carol Turner, Largo, and Gail Bruns, Lubbock, Texas; a brother, Henry Holterman, New York; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Trinity Memorial Chapel, Holiday.
    • VELOTTE, WILLIAM H., 83, of Largo, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Lyons, N.Y., and came here in 1981 from Paramus, N.J., where he retired as production director after 38 years with Nabisco. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Highland Presbyterian Church of Largo, and a life member of Elks Lodge 869, Lyon, N.Y. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mary Jane; and two sisters, Jean Ohst, St. Petersburg, and Anne Velotte, Lyons. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

    Oldsmar

    • SMITH, KEITH H., 80, of Oldsmar, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at Clearwater Center nursing home. He was born in Villisca, Iowa, and came here in 1978 from Minneapolis. He was a retired plumber and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was Methodist. Survivors include his wife, LaVonne, Dunedin; three stepsons, Joe Benson, Oldsmar, and David Benson and Rick Benson, both of Illinois; three stepdaughters, Vicki Seyller and Ruth Summers, both of Illinois, and Jean Crawford, Pennsylvania; two brothers; a sister; 12 stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Dunedin.

    Safety Harbor

    • JEROME, CLEO M., 70, of New Port Richey, formerly of Safety Harbor, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. She came to Florida in 1953 from her native Burlington, Vt., and moved to New Port Richey in 1999 from Safety Harbor. She was a private duty nurse for almost 50 years. She received her nursing certificate from Bayfront Medical. She was Catholic. Survivors include a son, John "Ray" Morgan, New Port Richey; a brother, LeRoy Morgan, Burlington; and two grandsons. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

    Tarpon Springs

    • LIMPERIS, ELIZABETH VIRGINIA, 72, of Tarpon Springs, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in Lowell, Mass., and came here in 1992 from Louisville, Ky. She worked as a consultant for Arista Custom Home Builders, Holiday/Tarpon Springs. In Louisville, she worked for the Chamber of Commerce, and in Lowell for Electro Circuits. She was Catholic and a member of the Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonels. Survivors include her husband, Charles; two sons, George W. Iversen, South Orange, N.J., and Paul J. Iversen, Acton, Mass.; a sister, Susan L. Spence, Orlando; and three grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon Avenue Chapel, Tarpon Springs.
    • McCOY, ROBERT E., 63, of Tarpon Springs, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at home. He was born in Des Plaines, Ill., and came here in 1989 from Romeoville, Ill. He retired from Fogarty Van Lines of Tampa after 30 years as a long distance truck driver. He was a Navy veteran. He attended St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Tarpon Springs. Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Dawne M.; a daughter, Patricia McCoy, Holiday; three sons, Ronald McCoy, LaPorte, Ind., Travis Morgan, Joliet, Ill., and Chase Morgan, Woodridge, Ill.; a brother, James, Berwyn, Ill.; and six grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon Avenue Chapel, Tarpon Springs.

    Belleair Beach

    • WILLIAMS, MARIAN, 76, of Belleair Beach, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at home. Born in Stratford, N.J., she came here recently from Big Pine Key. She was a retired self-employed accountant and was Catholic. Survivors include two sons, Martin Flaherty, Exton, Pa., and Patrick Flaherty, Williamstown, N.J.; five daughters, Marian Virnelli, Pennsauken, N.J., Shirleyann Adams and Joanne Martin, both of Belleair Beach, Susan Vecchione, Audubon, N.J., and Janet Thaxton, Costa Rica; a brother, Robert Hosford, Sanford; a sister, Bette Jayne Dromgoole, Collinswood, N.J.; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Gulf Breeze Cremation & Burial Society, Largo.

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    Gulfport

    • DRELLER, DR. GERALD, 63, of Gulfport, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in New London, Conn., he came here in 1981 from Erie, Pa. He was an academic adviser at the University of South Florida's Bayboro campus in St. Petersburg. He had a doctorate in Brazilian studies and was director of the Program for Experienced Learners at Eckerd College. He was a docent at the Salvador Dali Museum. Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Aletta M.; a daughter, Sara Dreller, San Francisco; and a son, Josh, New Orleans. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

    Pinellas Park

    • HYNE, HAROLD A., 72, of Pinellas Park, died Wednesday (March 6, 2002) at Northside Hospitaland Heart Institute. He came here in 1982 from his native Cincinnati, where he was a tool and die maker. Survivors include a daughter, Saundra Lawhorn Foster, Shepherdsville, Ky.; two brothers, William D. Jr., Cincinnati, and John W. Sharpe, Aurora, Ind.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.

    St. Petersburg

    • BACKIUS, NORMAN E., 88, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 7, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. Born in Roslindale, Mass., he came here in 1979 from Manhattan Beach, Calif. He was a production control manager at Cal-Power Corp. in El Segundo, Calif., for 18 years. He was a member of St. Vincent's Episcopal Church. Survivors include his wife, Madeline; two daughters, Nancy Hendrix, Tampa, and Judith Schutz, Orlando; and three grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Bobbitt Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • BAER, LLEWELLYN A., of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at home. Born in Highspire, Pa., he came here in 1998 from Brookline, Mass. He was an administrator for the American Red Cross in Springfield, Mass., retiring in 1976. He was a member of the Association of Retirees of the American Red Cross. Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Ann Donnelly; and two nephews, Frank Wierman, Middletown, Pa., and Ted Harvey, Cocoa. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • BLOM, HAROLD L., 76, of Belleair Bluffs, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (March 4, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Providence, R.I., came to St. Petersburg in 1991 and later moved to Belleair Bluffs. He retired as a sales representative with H.J. Heinz Corp. He was a U.S. Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Seminole, and the Scandinavian Club. He was president of the Sun Coast Swedish Veterans Chorus and a past president of Pine Crest Men's Golf League. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; a son, Eric, Portland, Maine; two daughters, Rhoda Silva, Richmond, Vt., and Lynda Ross, Cranston, R.I.; a sister, Lily Zarli, North Scituate, R.I.; four grandchildren; and a niece and three nephews. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Seminole.
    • DANKER, LOUISE, 94, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (March 1, 2002) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South Pasadena. Born in Nuremburg, Germany, she came here in 1937 from New York, where she owned Louise's Beauty Salon. She was a sales clerk at Webb's City in St. Petersburg for 10 years. She was a graduate of a German music conservatory and was a violinist and pianist. She was Catholic. Survivors include a son, Rudy Danker, St. Petersburg; and four grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • ELROD, VERNA M., 85, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (March 4, 2002) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Born in Dain, W.Va., she came here in 1974 from Akron, Ohio. She was a clerical worker for the city of Akron Water Department. She was a member of Apostolic United Pentecostal Church in St. Petersburg. Survivors include two sons, Robert Elrod, Piqua,Ohio, and Richard Elrod, St. Petersburg; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • LANANTE, MAKAYLA MARIE, infant daughter of Heather M. McClellan and Petronilo Q. Lanante, of Nokomis, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (March 4, 2002) at Bon Secours-Venice Hospital. Born in St. Petersburg, she moved to Nokomis two months ago. Other survivors include her maternal grandmother and stepgrandfather, Sharyn and Perry Vellenga, St. Petersburg; and her paternal grandparents, Petronila and Fernando Lanante, Flushing, N.Y. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • LaVIGNE, SHIRLEY J., 71, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 7, 2002) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. Born in Englewood, N.J., she came to Pinellas County in 1957 from Bergenfield, N.J. She retired as a mail room supervisor in the banking industry. She was a member of Church of the Holy Cross. Survivors include two daughters, Georgiana L. Starling, St. Petersburg, and Janet J. Francisco, Pinellas Park; a son, Allan G. LaVigne, St. Petersburg; a sister, Bernice Foerch, Safety Harbor; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • MASSEY, MARY L. SMITH "BA-BA," 65, of Glassboro, N.J., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (March 3, 2002) at home. She came here from her native Americus, Ga., and was a 1954 graduate of Gibbs High School. She received a business education degree from Edward Waters College and was a supervisor at Alcox Center for the Visually Impaired in Glassboro. She was a member of North Baptist Church in Woodburg, N.J., where she was president of the pastor's aides, assistant president of the choir and a member of the mission society. Survivors include a son, Titus Massey, Newark, N.J.; a daughter, Rhonda Massey, Detroit; her mother, Gracie M. Wright, St. Petersburg; two sisters, Betty Keys, St. Petersburg, and Opal Daneil, Captain Heights, Md.; and three grandchildren. McRae Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • POWELL, MARJORIE I., 75, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Born in East Moline, Ill., she moved to this area in 1977 from Minot, N.D. She retired from Kmart. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Claude E.; and a brother, Charles L. Nicholson, Veedersburg, Ind. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • TOMPKINS, MOSES DAVID, 75, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 7, 2002) at Edward White Hospital. Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., he came here in 1969 from Miami. He was a former tool and die maker and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Shirley A. Tompkins, St. Petersburg. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • WADDLE, JEAN F., 87, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at Kindred Hospital Bay Area -- St. Petersburg. Born in Somerville, Mass., she came here in 1962 from Wichita Falls, Texas. She was a nurse in the U.S. Navy during World War II, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. She was a member of Pasadena Presbyterian Church. She was a graduate of St. Petersburg Junior College, the University of South Florida and Medical College of Virginia. She was a member of the St. Petersburg Garden Club, the League to Aid Retarded Children, Daughters of the American Revolution and the American Legion. Survivors include a daughter, Beverly Waddle, St. Petersburg; a sister, Dotty Bradford, Newburyport, Mass.; and a brother, Bob Halpin, Vermont. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • WELDON, STEVEN G. "GINO," 43, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (March 4, 2002) at home. He came here in 1960 from his native Muskegon, Mich. He was a self-employed fisherman and was Catholic. Survivors include a daughter, Melissa Lindsey, two sons, Anthony and Steven, and his father, Earl, all of St. Petersburg; his mother, Donna Weldon, Palm Harbor; a sister, Lynn Allison, St. Petersburg; a brother, Tony Weldon, Tampa; a companion, Terry Geldart, St. Petersburg; three nieces; and a nephew. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • WILLIAMS, CLAYTON SR., 74, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at Bayfront Medical Center. He came here in 1954 from his native Glenwood, Ga., where he was a member of Glenwood Grove Baptist Church. He was the head custodian at Mirror Lake Adult Center for 21 years, retiring in 1992. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Mattie Williams; three sons, Clayton Jr. and Larry, both of St. Petersburg, and Lt. Col. Harry B., Fort Riley, Kan.; and five daughters, Judith Williams, Shirley Williams, Angela Williams and Patricia Williams, all of St. Petersburg, and Melinda Brown, Augusta, Ga. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

    Seminole

    • GERSTNER, KATHRYN R. "KAY," 79, of Seminole, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at Tandem Health Care of St. Petersburg. She came here in 1954 from her native Easton, Pa. She was a homemaker and a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Seminole. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Simon; a daughter, Carol Cameron, St. Petersburg; a son, Barry Gerstner, England; two sisters, Frances Lovett, Ottsville, Pa., and Dolores Van Doren, Phillipsburg, Pa.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.

    South Pasadena

    • MORGAN, CELIA R., 89, of South Pasadena, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Born in Dothan, Ala., she came here in 1999 from Apple Valley, Calif. She was a switchboard operator and a member of First Baptist Church in Apple Valley. Survivors include a daughter, Bernice Such, South Pasadena; and two grandsons, Tony Such, South Pasadena, and Dan Such, Apple Valley; and four great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Beach Memorial Chapel, St. Pete Beach.
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