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December 5, 2002
SUNCOAST OBITUARIES

Thursday, December 5, 2002

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

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  • BLYLICA, AMELIA S., 82, of Beverly Hills, died Monday (Dec. 2, 2002) in Inverness. Born in Hamtramck, Mich., she came here in 1978 from Detroit. She was a homemaker and worked as a typist for Chrysler Corp. She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband of 59 years, John T.; two sons, James, Sylvania, Ohio, and Joseph, Southfield, Mich.; and two grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills.
  • EKKER, RITA JEANNE, 77, of Inverness, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) in Inverness. Born in Huntington, W.Va., she came here in 1971 from Gibsonton. She was a homemaker and a member of Grace Bible Fellowship of Hernando. She was Protestant. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Robert M.; two sons, Charles M., Brooksville, and Ray, Inverness; a daughter, Donna Allmond, Ruskin; two brothers, Herman J. Derwort, Tampa, and George H. Derwort, Florida; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness.
  • GRIFFITH, MARY F., 84, of Homosassa, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Born in Rockville, Conn., she came here 22 years ago from Massachusetts. She was a homemaker and a member of Sugar Mill Woods Ladies Golf Association. She was a Eucharistic Minister and choir member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. She also was a member of its Ladies Guild. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Joseph H.; numerous nieces and nephews; and numerous grand-nieces and nephews. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
  • KAAT, MARION H., 76, of Hernando, died Sunday (Dec. 1, 2002) in Hernando. Born in Markesan, Wis., she came here in 1997 from Lake Wales. She was a retail sales department manager. She was an active member of LIFT of Citrus County, SHARE of Citrus County, Family and Education Center, and St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Beverly Hills. Survivors include four daughters, Linda Cashman, Heidelberg, Germany, Paulette Moses, Haines City, Laurie Walter, Winter Haven, and Mary Hamby, Hernando; two sisters, Gladys Rohde, Waupun, Wis., and Gilda Wegner, VanDyne, Wis.; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Fero Funeral Home With Crematory, Beverly Hills.
  • KEMLER, LEO J., 85, of Beverly Hills, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) in Beverly Hills. Born in Omaha, Neb., he came here in 1976 from Newport News, Va. He was a construction industry millwright and was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Survivors include two nephews, Rob Kemler, Omaha, and Jim Hudgens. Hooper Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills.
  • McGUIN, FREDERICK, 62, of Crystal River, died Monday (Dec. 2, 2002) at Seven Rivers Community Hospital, Crystal River. Born in Franconia, Va., he came here eight years ago from Miami. He retired from the government with 32 years of service and was a member of Jesus is Ministries, Inglis. Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Elaine; two sons, Daniel Vickery, Lecanto, and Van Vickery, Miami; a daughter, Patricia Williams, Crystal River; three brothers, Wilford, Lewis and Joseph; four sisters, Shirley Hatton, Jean Shifflett, Betty Payne and Barbara Thomas; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.
  • MORSON, MARIE CATHERINE, 93, of Inverness, died Sunday (Dec. 1, 2002) at Avante of Inverness. She came here in 1974 from her native New York City. She was a retired seamstress employed by Butterick and Vogue Co. and was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish. Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Patricia, Sunnyside, N.Y.; and two grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness.
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  • McCLELLAN, FRANCES P., 77, of Brooksville, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. Born in Detroit, she came here 18 years ago from Howell, Mich. She taught classical dance, ballet, ballroom and tap. She was a homemaker, and was a member of Sylvan Grove Ladies Group and St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church of Spring Hill. Survivors include her husband, Donald; a daughter, Virginia Clemens, Howell; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.
  • PANICO, CARMINE, 88, of Spring Hill, died Monday (Dec. 2, 2002) at home. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he came here 21 years ago from New York. He retired from Melwood Construction. He was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church and its Social Club. Survivors include his wife, Mary; a daughter, Frances, St. Petersburg; three brothers, Rudy, Westbury, N.Y., Mario, Staten Island, N.Y., and Carl, Stuart; a sister, Connie Carannte, Staten Island; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Brewer and Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Spring Hill.
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  • ANDERSON, JUNE, 75, of Tampa, died Friday (Nov. 29, 2002). Survivors include four daughters, Betty J. Feduccia, Shirley A. Miller, Nancy D. Anderson and Carolyn Sue Anderson; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Mark III Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • BERTRAM, FREDERIC A., 65, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Dec. 1, 2002) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, St. Petersburg. He was born in Detroit and came here in 1986 from Dallas. He was an architect and worked in Michigan, California, Texas and Florida and was locally associated with the Stewart Corp., Tampa, and the Genesis Group and Wannemacher Russell Architects, both of St. Petersburg. He designed the Tampa International Airport expansion and has received more than 50 design awards including an award for designing the Tampa YMCA-YWCA Fitness Center. He became a fellow of the American Institute of Architecture in the 1970s and was a member of the Tampa Bay AIA Chapter. Survivors include his companion, Sharoan Swidler, Clearwater. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
  • CHAMBERS, GORDON, 82, of Valrico, died Monday (Dec. 2, 2002) in Tampa. Born in Baton Rouge, La., he moved to the Tampa area in 1962. He was an Army veteran and a member of Bible Based Fellowship Church of Temple Terrace. Survivors include his daughter, Mikkie Chambers Fisher, Valrico; a sister, Veola Doak, Baton Rouge; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Wilson Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • CLING, WILLIAM R., 76, of Sun City Center, died Monday (Dec. 2, 2002). Survivors include his wife of 50 years, LeVon; two daughters, Sandra Mannel and Candice Beaudin; a son, Randall; a sister, Betty Crowell; and two grandsons, Nicholas and Neal Mannel. Zipperer's Funeral Home, Sun City Center.
  • DIAZ, EDNA V., 74, of Tampa, died Monday (Dec. 2, 2002) at Kindred Hospital, Tampa. A native and lifelong resident of Tampa, she was a a floral designer at Jennie's Flower Shop, retiring after 50 years. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, John David Hall, Wauchula; three daughters, Tanya Hancock, Youngsville, N.C., Peggy Peterson, Louisburg, N.C., and Kathy Luecke, Tampa; a brother, George Venegas, Tampa; a sister, Elvia Mohn, Tampa; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Tampa.
  • DISOTELLE, ELEANOR G., 88, of Sun City Center, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at South Bay Hospital. Born in Springfield, Mass., she moved to the Tampa area 32 years ago from Syracuse, N.Y. She was a homemaker, a member of the Ladies Elks Club Lodge No. 1912, Madeira Beach, and was Catholic. Survivors include a son, Walter Disotelle, Sun City Center; a daughter, Joan Martin, Madeira Beach; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Tampa.
  • MANKOS, EDNA M., 76, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002). Survivors include three brothers, Charles Edward, Willie Ray and Vernon Eugene Measels; nine nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews. Garden of Memories Funeral Home & Cemetery, Tampa.
  • NASH, CLINTON, 73, of Tampa, died Saturday (Nov. 30, 2002) in Oldsmar. Born in Philadelphia, Miss., he moved to the Tampa area in 1952. He was a custodian for the Hillsborough County Board of Education and was Protestant. Survivors include his companion, Angelia Edmond, Tampa; a sister, Cassie Viverette, Tampa; and other family members. Wilson Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • PACE, WILLIAM EUGENE, 57, of Plant City, died Monday (Dec. 2, 2002). Born in Knoxville, Tenn., he was a longtime resident of the Tampa area. He was a maintenance mechanic for 26 years at IMC Agrico. Survivors include his wife, Shirley; three sons, Michael, Justin and Mark Pace, all of Knoxville; three daughters, Sheryl Pace, Karen Lovering and Kristina Leamon, all of Lakeland; two brothers, John Pace, Knoxville, and Buddy Pace, Arkansas; two sisters, Linda Pace and Teenie Sharp, both of Knoxville; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Hopewell Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, Plant City.
  • RICHARDSON, CORA BOLESTA, 80, of Dunedin, formerly of Tampa, died Sunday (Dec. 1, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. Born in Tampa, she was a lifelong resident of the area and was a member of the Church of God. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Ray; a sister, Thelma Clark, Tampa; and a brother, James Wesley Bolesta, Bushnell. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.
  • ROBERTS, ROBERT E. JR., 56, of Tampa, died Monday (Dec. 2, 2002). Survivors include his longtime companion, Jeanette Hopkins, Tampa; a son, Robert E. III, Woodstock, Ga.; two daughters, Angela M. Ridley, Woodstock, and Tracey Hopkins, Tampa; his father, Robert E. Roberts Sr.; a brother, James Roberts; three sisters, Cathy Clark, Ellen Pla and Lori Gomez; and three grandchildren. Boza & Roel Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • SENKBEIL, ELAINE, 78, of Sun City Center, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002). Survivors include her daughter, Diane LeDuc; and two grandchildren. Garden of Memories Funeral Home & Cemetery, Tampa.
  • TUELL, JOSEPH, 87, of Brandon, died Saturday (Nov. 30, 2002). Born in Arkansas, he moved to the Tampa area several years ago. He was a colonel in the Air Force, a member of Kiwanis and the Lions clubs and was Methodist. Survivors include two daughters, Alison Goins, Brandon, and Terry Durrance, Six Mile, S.C.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Gramkow Funeral Home, Sanford.
  • WILLIAMS, RONNIE, 24, of Tampa, died Sunday (Dec. 1, 2002). Born in Jackson, Miss., he moved to Tampa several years ago. He was a welder at a shipyard and was Protestant. Survivors include his mother, Patsy Hayes, Mississippi; a sister, P. Williams, Tampa; and other family members. Wilson Funeral Home, Tampa.
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  • AZZARA, CLARE V., 68, of Port Richey, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in New York City, she came here two years ago from South Amboy, N.J. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Andrew; and a son, Gregory, San Francisco. Prevatt Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • BEREZOWSKI, GEORGE, 58, of Holiday, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at home. Born in Poland, he came here in 1996 from Chicago and was a teacher. He was Catholic. Survivors include his brother, Stanley Gronowski, Tarpon Springs; and a sister, Danuta Graber, Asheville, N.C. Preferred Funeral Alternatives, Holiday.
  • BLACK, MADELINE, 96, of New Port Richey, died Friday (Nov. 29, 2002) at home. She was born in Canada and was a homemaker. She was Catholic. Survivors include two sisters, Monica Barreca and Margaret; a nephew, Paul Barreca, all of Toronto; and a niece, Joanne. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Holiday.
  • BOYD, WILLIAM THOMAS, 43, of New Port Richey, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at home. Born in Tampa, he came here in 1982 from Fort Myers. Survivors include his brother, Bobby Rippy, Saginaw, Mich.; a sister, Della R. Lindsey, and a nephew, James Dewey Lindsey, both of Ozona. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday.
  • BURO, ANNE TERESA, 88, of Port Richey, died Wednesday (Dec. 4, 2002) at Tandem Healthcare of Hudson. Born in Philadelphia, she came here in 1982 from Feasterville, Pa. She was a secretary for the Tripolee Barber & Beauty Supply, Philadelphia. She was a member of the Palm Terrace Civic Association and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Nicolo; a son, Frank, New Port Richey; two brothers, Charles Martino, Holland, Pa., and Edward Martino, Cherry Hill, N.J.; three sisters, Florence Cemeno, Menora, N.J., Margaret Cutillo, Westchester, Pa., and Marie Tumolo, Cherry Hill, N.J.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Bell Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • CADWALLADER, EVA ANNE, 97, of New Port Richey, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at Madison Pointe Nursing Center, New Port Richey. She came here in 1963 from her native Akron, Ohio. She was a homemaker and volunteered at a hospital for 17 years. She was a charter member of the Unity Community Church of Dunedin. Survivors include two sons, Richard, West Salem, Ohio, and Donald, New Port Richey; three daughters, Marcia Adams, Marblehead, Ohio, Mary Lou Sellars, Tampa, and Priscilla VanOosten, Brooksville; a niece, Margaret Uhl, Fairlawn, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • COOPER, DAVID PAUL, 66, of Hudson, died Monday (Dec. 2, 2002) at home. Born in Saginaw, Mich., he came here nine years ago from Midland, Mich. and was a carpenter. He was Pentecostal. Survivors include his son, Troy, two daughters, Paula Elders and Treasa Cooper; three grandchildren, and a fiancee, Darlene Hodge, all of Spring Hill. Turner Funeral & Cremation Center, Spring Hill.
  • FLEMING, GLENN ELMER, 86, of Zephyrhills, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) in Zephyrhills. Born in Cannon, W.Va., he came here 23 years ago from Ohio. He was a chemical industry processor and Protestant. Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Tinley, Zephyrhills, and Phyllis Willoughby, Painesville, Ohio; a son, Wesley Shinkle, Rock Creek, Ohio; 15 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • HALVERSEN, CHANSE DON, infant son of Jeremiah and Meghan of Elfers, died Wednesday (Nov. 27, 2002) at All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Skyler, and a sister, Star, all of Elfers; maternal grandparents, Jeannine Maciorowski, Hudson, and Donn Sellers, New Port Richey; paternal grandparents, David Le Clear, Hudson, and Janet Le Clear, Elfers; maternal great-grandparents, Beatrice Ouellette, Newport, R.I., and Don and Corinne Sellers, New Port Richey; paternal great-grandparents, Earl and Dorothy Halversen, New Port Richey; two uncles, Branden Sellers, Hudson, and Arlo Le Clear, Elfers; and two aunts, Thyme Le Clear, New Port Richey, and Mandy Le Clear, Elfers. Wellwood/Grace Funeral Home & Cemetery, Hudson.
  • HUSSEY, LESLIE JAY SR., 84, of Zephyrhills, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Dade City. Born in Lawtons, N.Y., he moved in 1976 to Lakewood then moved two years ago to Zephyrhills. He retired as a general foreman with the Erie County Highway Department, Collins, N.Y., with 42 years of service. He was a maintenance man for the Lakewood (Florida) South Campgrounds for 20 years. He was a life member of VFW Post 5007. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, serving in the combat engineers in the Pacific Theater. He was one of the founders of the Lawtons Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Fairhaven Baptist Church of Zephyrhills. Survivors include his wife, Irene G. Thompson; three sons, Leslie J. Hussey Jr., Portsmith, Va., Stephen, Zephyrhills, and William, Brocton, N.Y.; two sisters, Alvena Miller, Gowanda, N.Y., and Dorothy Crosby, Lakewood; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Morse Funeral Home, Bocton, N.Y.
  • LABER, RONALD JOSEPH, 66, of Zephyrhills, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) in Zephyrhills. Born in Ironton, Ohio, he came here eight years ago from North Carolina. He was an industrial painting foreman and was an Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, Linda Lou; three daughters, Tamara Laber, Chicago, Theresa Aldrich, Brandon, and Cheryl Scruggs, Lakeland; a son, Christopher Burgess, Riverview; a brother, Michael Laber, Charleston, S.C.; a sister, Patricia Compliment, Coal Grove, Ohio; and seven grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • NORTON, GLENN D., 91, of Holiday, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital in Tarpon Springs. Born in Centerville, Iowa, he came here in 1997 from Ottumwa, Iowa. He was a retired truck driver and was a member of Teamsters Local 147. He was an instructor for 13 years and was Teacher of the Year for Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. He was a member of Davis Street Christian Church, Ottumwa, and was a third degree Mason. Survivors include his wife, Geraldine; two daughters, Bonnie Swanson and Connie Steele, both of Holiday; a sister, Della Long, Prairie City, Iowa; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • O'CONNELL, EILEEN, 91, of Hudson, died Friday (Nov. 29, 2002) at home. She came here in 1992 from her native Philadelphia and was a public school teacher. She was Catholic. Survivors include her nephew, Anthony Bauer, Texas; and a niece, Una Twork, Michigan. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • SACKS, OPAL REVA, 86, of Holiday, died Friday (Nov. 29, 2002) at North Bay Hospital, New Port Richey. Born in Milmine, Ill., she came here 15 years ago from Griffith, Ind. and was a retired bookkeeper. She was Methodist. Survivors include many brothers and sisters; three granddaughters, Joy Knight, New Port Richey, Tina Fields-Babb, Holiday, and Dayna Squires, Deltona; a grandson, Mark Cross, Ontario; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • SHIVELY, NELLIE, 89, of Wesley Chapel, died Sunday (Dec. 1, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Dade City. She was born in Pike County, Ohio and was a homemaker. She was Pentecostal. Survivors include her daughter, Shirley Schwaite, Wesley Chapel; a son, Kenneth, Toledo, Ohio; a sister, Bertha Everhart, Perrysburg, Ohio; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Loyless Funeral Home, Lutz-Land O'Lakes.
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    Belleair Beach

    • KALMAR, ETHEL G., 89, of Belleair Beach, died Monday (Dec. 2, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She came here in 1981 from her native Chicago. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Episcopal Church in Indian Rocks Beach. She was a benefactor of Calvary Episcopal Church, Mary Help of Christians in Tampa and the Morton Plant Mease Foundation in Clearwater. The Watson Center for the Visually Impaired in Largo named its children's wing in honor of her and her husband, Norman. Survivors include a niece, Charlene Allen, Bradenton; and two nephews, Michael S. Reiter, Mesquite, Texas, and Warren A. Kalmar, Farmdale, Ohio. Hubbell Funeral Home and Crematory, Belleair Bluffs.

    Clearwater

    • AUSTIN, LINDA COLEY, 50, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Nov. 26, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Dublin, Ga., and came here more than 15 years ago. She worked for St. Petersburg College. She was a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Clearwater. Survivors include her husband, Elijah; a son, Paul Coley, St. Petersburg; her mother, Pauline Coley, Largo; three brothers, Elbert and Joseph Coley, both of St. Petersburg, and Wilbert Coley, Clearwater; and a sister, Myrtle Coley, St. Petersburg. Woody's Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • BEATTY, CLAUDIA, 88, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at the home of her caregiver under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in Pisek, N.D., and came here in 1969 from New Orleans. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her caregiver, Tamara Seaman, Clearwater. Clearwater Funeral Home & Cremation Options.
    • BERTRAM, FREDERIC A., 65, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Dec. 1, 2002) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, St. Petersburg. He was born in Detroit and came here in 1986 from Dallas. He was an architect and worked in Michigan, California, Texas and Florida and was locally associated with the Stewart Corp., Tampa, and the Genesis Group and Wannemacher Russell Architects, both of St. Petersburg. He designed the Tampa International Airport expansion and has received more than 50 design awards including an award for designing the Tampa YMCA-YWCA Fitness Center. He became a fellow of the American Institute of Architecture in the 1970s and was a member of the Tampa Bay AIA Chapter. Survivors include his companion, Sharoan Swidler, Clearwater. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • DREW, JESSIE H., 92, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at Glen Oaks Health Care Center. She was born in Roanoke, Va., and came here in 1979 from Arlington, Va. She worked in federal government positions in Washington, D.C., including many years with Reconstruction Finance Corp., and worked one year at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. Survivors include her caregiver, Walter McNamara, Clearwater. American Heritage Cremation Society, Clearwater.
    • STIDOLPH, JOANNE C., 74, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at home. She was born in Chicago and came here in 1982 from Pittsburgh. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater, where she played bingo, and was active in the American Legion Auxiliary. She was an avid bowler and golfer. Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Warren B.; three daughters, Patty Groves, Florida, Sue Mazer, Illinois, and Carol Flaherty, Pennsylvania; four sons, Timothy Griffin, Missouri, and James and Donald Griffin and Warren Stidolph, all of Illinois; a brother, Christopher King, Illinois; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • THOMAS, ARCHIE JR., 58, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Dec. 1, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He came here more than 50 years ago from his native Williston and was Methodist. Survivors include his wife, Patricia, New Mexico; three daughters, Lisa and Cynthia Thomas, both of Orlando, and Heather Thomas, New Mexico; three brothers, Carlos, Eddie and Leroy, and a sister, Sarah Hooks, all of Clearwater. Woody's Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • THORSON, HARRY LUCAS, 94, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Nov. 30, 2002) at Sunset Point Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Minneapolis and came here in 1966 from Owensboro, Ky. He retired as an electrical engineer at General Electric Co., Schenectady, N.Y. He received a master's degree from the University of Minnesota. He was Protestant and a member of Dunedin Country Club. Survivors include a daughter, Elaine C. Wilderman, Portland, Ore.; a brother, Frederick L., and a sister, Mona L. Haxby, both of Minneapolis. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • TOCK, J. RICHARD, 74, of Clearwater, died Monday (Dec. 2, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, and came here in 1972 from Ashland. He was a retired banker and an Army veteran of World War II, where he served with the 82nd Airborne. He was a member of Heisler-Johnson American Legion Post 119, Largo. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Nancy; two sons, Rick, Homosassa, and Jeff, Franklin, Tenn.; a sister, Anne Tock, Lake City; and six grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
    • WEST, HARRY E., 75, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at home. He was born in Camden, N.J., and came here in 1990 from Gloucester City, N.J., where he retired as a maintenance worker for Gloucester Parks & Recreation Department. He was Catholic. Survivors include a sister, Mary Boody, Clearwater; and several nieces and nephews. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

    Dunedin

    • KIESS, EVELYN A., 94, of Dunedin, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in Sonestown, Pa., and came here in 1972 from Avon, Conn. She worked as manager of the Maple Hill Restaurant in West Hartford, Conn. She was Protestant and a member of the National Restaurant Association. Survivors include two nephews, two nieces, and a cousin, Marjorie Cook, Dunedin. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.
    • McAFEE, CAROLE R., 82, of Dunedin, died Sunday (Dec. 1, 2002) in Watertown, Conn. She was born in Chicago, and came here in 1980 from Oak Lawn, Ill., where she retired as a doctor's assistant. She was Lutheran and active in the Girl Scouts. Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen Suger, Middlebury, Conn.; a son, Donald R., DeMotte, Ind.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • MERRILL, CURTIS R., 60, of Hudson, formerly of Dunedin, died Sunday (Dec. 1, 2002) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Traverse City, Mich., he moved to Hudson 10 years ago from Dunedin. He was a truck driver for Waste Management, St. Petersburg, and was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include his wife, Patricia L.; a stepson, Scott Carrozza, Hillsboro, Ohio; two stepdaughters, Lisa Cadle, Venice, Fla., and Loree Rose, Hudson; his mother, Mary Trailer, Traverse City; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
    • SWEENEY, ELEANOR, 88, of Dunedin, died Monday (Dec. 2, 2002) at Manor Care Dunedin nursing home. She was born in Sayre, Pa., and came here in 1983 from Rochester, N.Y. She worked as a tax consultant. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Dunedin, the church's Women's Institute and Innovations of Dunedin. Survivors include two cousins, Neil Collins and Helen Hedley. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

    Largo

    • GALEENER, VIRGINIA "GINNY," 73, of Largo, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at the home of her daughter in Seminole under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She came here in 1972 from her native Danville, Ill., and worked as a manger for 20 years at Paradyne, Largo. Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl Legros, Seminole, and Laurie Settle, Largo; two sons, John, Clearwater, and Gary, Largo; three brothers, Joseph Welsch, Englewood, John Welsch, Danville, and George Welsch, Mira Loma, Calif.; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
    • MILLER, EILEEN E., 67, of Largo, died Monday (Dec. 2, 2002) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. She was born in Philadelphia and came here in 1984 from Pennsauken, N.J. She worked as a nurses aide and was Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Gerald M.; six daughters, Elaine Miller, Largo, Linda Wilson, Delanco, N.J., Donna Kennedy, Cinnaminson, N.J., Debbie Coyle, Pennsauken, Marie Zaqunis, Riverton, N.J., and Eileen Foster, Carbondale, Kan.; a son, Robert Burkhardt, Palmyra, N.J.; three sisters, Gertrude Cunningham, Edgewater Park, N.J., Jacqueline Parker, Cherry Hill, N.J., and Marie Tolan, Levittown, Pa.; and 12 grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • OEUVRARD, MARIE, 82, of Largo, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South Pasadena. She was born in Richmond, Ind., and came here in 1973 from Dayton, Ohio. She was a beautician, Catholic and a member of the Ohio Club and the AARP. Survivors include a daughter, D.J. Lapniewski, Largo; a son, James Robbins, Reno, Nev.; a sister, Elizabeth Telcher, Spring Hill; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

    Palm Harbor

    • BARLOW, ROBERT E., 80, of Palm Harbor, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at Tandem Health Care at Safety Harbor. He was born in Detroit and came here in 1991 from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He owned and operated Robert E. Barlow and Associates, an executive search firm in Troy, Mich. He was an Episcopalian, and a member of Detroit Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and the Old Club of Harsen's Island, Mich. Survivors include his wife, Joyce R.; two sons, Robert E. II, Seal Beach, Calif., and William Bryan, Grosse Pointe; a sister, Mary Ruth Oddy, Lilburn, Ga., and two grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • de IBERN, PRESTON, 12, of Palm Harbor, died Monday (Dec. 2, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. His death was the result of an accident in 1995 which led to a state law, the Preston de Ibern/McKenzie Merriam Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act, which was passed in 2000 and requires safety fences around new swimming pools. He was born in Clearwater and was a lifelong area resident. Survivors include his mother, Carole de Ibern, Palm Harbor; his father, Gus de Ibern, Oldsmar; a brother, Josh, Palm Harbor; a stepbrother, Lance de Ibern, St. Joseph, Mich.; and his paternal grandmother, Shirley de Ibern, Dunedin. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • DROSDOWSKI, DONNA MARIE, 48, of Palm Harbor, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. She was born in Stoneham, Mass., and came here in 1983 from Springfield, Mass. She was a homemaker. She attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Dunedin, and was a volunteer at Palm Harbor University High School. Survivors include her husband, Michael J.; a son, Bryan Thomas, Palm Harbor; a daughter, Kathleen Ann Drozdowski, Orlando; her mother, Jennie Shirley Grimes; and a sister, Cheryl Ann Grimes, both of Palm Harbor. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • WRIGHT FUHR, MARIE MARGARET, 100, of Palm Harbor, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at St. Mark Village continuing care community, Palm Harbor. She was born in Chicago and came here in 1960 from Lockport, N.Y., where she retired from Harrison Radiator Division of General Motors and was the first female supervisor in that division. She was past president of the Business and Professional Women's Organization of Lockport, a former member of the St. Mark Village Association and was active in programs at the village. Survivors include a sister, Sabina Burns, Palm Harbor; a foster daughter, Loretta Sperin, a grandson, Philip Berler; and two great-grandchildren, all of Long Island, N.Y. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.

    Tarpon Springs

    • ROBINSON, JACQUELINE J. "JACKIE," 65, a winter visitor of Tarpon Springs, died Monday (Dec. 2, 2002) at the home of her son in Tarpon Springs. She was born in East St. Louis, Ill., and was visiting from Fairview Heights, Ill. She worked in grocery sales and was Protestant. Survivors include her son, Mark; two daughters, Vicki Sedlacek, New Port Richey, and Debbie McMillian, Granite City, Ill.; her stepfather, Robert Eugen, Illinois; and eight grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

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    Gulfport

    • HOMSY, CHARLES A. SR., 69, of Gulfport, died Monday (Dec. 2, 2002) at home under hospice care. He came here 20 years ago from his native Boston. He was a Korean War Army veteran. He was a hairdresser for more than 45 years and worked at a local Fantastic Sam's for more than two years. He was a member of Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Gulfport and Elks Lodge 2217. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Joan; a son, Charles A. Jr., Gulfport; four daughters, Christina L. Homsy, Tampa, Susan A. Fabianek, Lowell, Mass., Laura M. Whitcomb, St. Petersburg, and Stacey L. Holderman, Hickory, N.C.; a brother, Thomas, Ventura, Calif.; a sister, Georgett Kahouri, Santa Ana, Calif.; and seven grandchildren. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, Gulfport Chapel.
    • ROWLAND, RUTH ELAINE, 80, of Gulfport, died Sunday (Dec. 1, 2002) at home. She came here from her native Tacoma, Wash. She was an inspector for Honeywell for 23 years. She was a member of Pathways Community Church. She was a volunteer for Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was an artist. Survivors include three sons, Larry A., Columbia, Md., Rex R., Clearwater, and John H., Largo; a brother, Richard Rasmussen, Gig Harbor, Wash.; three sisters, Beverly Nayer, Gig Harbor, Carol Goulet, Santa Cruz, Calif., and Gladys Robinson, Olympia, Wash.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.

    Madeira Beach

    • RUSSO, MICHAEL F., 92, of Madeira Beach, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at Freedom Court in Seminole. He came here in 1973 from his native Chicago, where he retired as an engineer after 30 years with the Chicago Fire Department. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Seminole. He was a World War II Army veteran. Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Bernice; a daughter, Maureen Russo, St. Petersburg; a brother, Joseph Russo, Blue Island, Ill.; two sisters, Antionette Fromble and Veronica Parratore, both of Chicago; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Zongo, St. Petersburg. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Seminole.

    Pinellas Park

    • CARR, DOROTHY E., 87, of Pinellas Park, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at Mease Hospital, Dunedin. Born in Lawrence, Mass., she came here in 1986 from Methuen, Mass. She was a homemaker and enjoyed travel and shopping. Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Vernon R.; two daughters, Barbara A. Mercurio and Nancy Dougle, both of Dunedin; a son, William R. Carr, Pinellas Park; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

    St. Petersburg

    • BRANAGAN, NORMA, 53, of Glenwood, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at the Duvall Home, Glenwood. She came here in 1949 from her native Philadelphia. She was Catholic. Survivors include a sister, Louise Koehl-Simmons, St. Petersburg; a nephew, James C. Burns III, Marietta, Ga.; three nieces, Diane Friedman, St. Petersburg, Linda Burns-Hyland, Jasper, Ala., and Gloria Williams, Key West. C.E. Prevatt Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • CIMERMANCIC, FREDDIE RUTH, 67, of Gainesville, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Nov. 18, 2002) at Shands at the University of Florida. Born in Ridgely, Tenn., she came here in 1972 from Flint, Mich., and moved this year to Gainesville. She was a department store sales associate and a Catholic. Survivors include two daughters, Suzann Davis, Glen Ellyn, Ill., and Mary Kaleel, Gainesville; two sons, John Cimermancic, Orlando, and Matthew Cimermancic, Los Angeles; a sister, Carolyn Rasak, Flint; and seven grandchildren. Williams-Thomas Funeral Home, Gainesville.
    • CLUTTERBUCK, DAPHNE W., 78, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at home after a long illness following cancer surgery. Born in London, she came here in 1991 from Scotland. During World War II she was a telephone operator for the British government. She was a member of First United Methodist of Gulfport, where she was active in the United Methodist Women's Society, was president of the Martha Circle for two terms and sang in the church choir. Survivors include her husband, Fred; two sons, Bruce Nash, Phoenix, and John Nash, St. Petersburg; and two grandchildren. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.
    • DeMENT, PAUL DAVID, 37, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 1, 2002) at Bayfront Medical Center after a car crash in Gulfport. Born in Oklahoma City, he came here in 1991 from Tulsa, Okla. He was an accountant since 1989, both here and in Tulsa. He attended Pasadena Community Church in St. Petersburg. He was an avid golfer. Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Karen L.; two daughters, Dominique and Kaitlin, both of St. Petersburg; his parents, Bobbie and Frank DeMent, Humble, Texas; two sisters, Brenda Vaughan, Humble, and Nicole Ray, Houston; and his maternal grandmother, Mel Brasher, Tulsa. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • DUNCAN, MARGARET A., 91, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 2, 2002) at the Freedom Inn of St. Petersburg. Born in Brandy Station, Va., she came here in 1924 from Washington, D.C. She was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Cathedral of St. Petersburg and a volunteer for various organizations. Survivors include two sons, Bob and Barry, both of St. Petersburg; and four grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • HAZELLIEF, AMOS LAVERNE, 75, of Lawrenceville, Ga., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 1, 2002). He retired from the Coast Guard after 26 years and worked for Keesler Electric in St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Barbara; two daughters, Dorett Zwak and Dawn Wilson; and two grandchildren. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Lawrenceville Chapel, Lawrenceville, Ga.
    • HELLE, MITCHEL, 55, of Norwood, Colo., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Nov. 30, 2002) at home. Born in Chicago, in 1996 he moved to Norwood, where he was the supervisor of Clark's Market. Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Marsha; a son, Mitchel II, Glenwood Springs, Colo.; a daughter, Jennifer Andrade, Norwood; a sister, Vickie Linden, Magnolia, Texas; two brothers, Fred, Lutz, and Noel, Tampa; and three grandchildren. Crippin Funeral Home, Montrose, Colo.
    • ISHAM, JACK I., 77, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Nov. 30, 2002) at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in Bristol, Tenn., he came here in 1987 from Manchester, N.H. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a retired weaving mill lineman. Survivors include a brother, Earl Isham, Bedford, N.H. John S. Rhodes, East Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • MacNABB, ROBERT J., 79, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Nov. 27, 2002) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. Born in Canada, he came here in 1982 from West Bend, Wis. He was an electrical engineer and was Christian. He was a World War II Army veteran and received the Purple Heart when he was injured in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the DAV and American Legion 273 and was a life member of VFW 4256. Survivors include a stepsister, Jeanne Kline, Madeira Beach. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • McCABE, JAMES M. "JIM," 52, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Largo, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at home. Born in Hamlet, N.C., he came here in 2001 from Largo. He was a Navy veteran and was Catholic. Survivors include his mother, Helen McCabe, Largo; and a sister, Barbara Fisher, Dunedin. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • ROBERTS, SAMUEL E., 86, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 1, 2002). Born in Pittsburgh, he came here in August from Fremont, Ohio. He was a pharmaceutical salesman. He was a first lieutenant in the Army during World War II. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg, a lifetime member of Elks Lodge 169 and Eagles Aerie 712, and was a member of Moose Lodge 1286, Masonic Lodge 336 and American Legion Post 273. Survivors include a daughter, Linda Roberts, and a brother, James J. Jr., both of St. Petersburg; two granddaughters, Tammy Bunce, Pinellas Park, and Karrie Laurain, Largo; a great-granddaughter and two great-grandsons. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • STOCKDILL, CATHERINE, 97, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Zephyrhills, died Saturday (Nov. 30, 2002) at Grace Healthcare, St. Petersburg. Born in Burgettstown, Pa., she came to Florida in 1979 from Warren, Pa. She was a homemaker and was a member of St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church of Zephyrhills. Survivors include two daughters, Frances Seavy, Alliance, Ohio, and Barbara Stockdill, St. Petersburg; a brother, Leonard Gerlowski, Carnegie, Pa.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Hodges Family Funeral Home, Dade City.

    Seminole

    • HAGEMEYER, LOIS I., 99, of Seminole, died Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2002) at Freedom Square Nursing Center. Born in Vermillion County, Ill., she came to Clearwater in 1986 and then moved to Seminole. She attended Illinois State Normal University and taught elementary school in Peoria, Ill. Survivors include a daughter, Donna Kruck Sirironrong, Bangkok, Thailand; a son, Robert N. Hagemeyer, Clearwater; a sister, Zola Bird, Hoopeston, Ill.; and five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. John S. Rhodes, East Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • KRASULA, THERESA A., 82, of Seminole, died Monday (Dec. 2, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital. She came here in 1978 from her native Chicago. She was a bookkeeper and a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, where she was a trustee and vice president. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Andrew; three sons, David Krasula, Long Island, N.Y., Jack Krasula, Detroit, and Jim Krasula, Greensboro, N.C.; a daughter, Danielle Medini, Charleston, S.C.; a sister, Sister Antonia Klausner, Chicago; and six grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • STEIGNER, CLARISSA, 77, of Seminole, died Friday (Nov. 29, 2002) at Freedom Square Nursing Center. Born in Italy, she came to the United States in 1951. She was Catholic. Survivors include two sons, John Steigner II, Tallahassee, and George Steigner, Tampa; four daughters, Lillianna Woody, Atlanta, Rosella Steigner, Malibu, Calif., Clarissa Steigner, Fall River Mills, Calif., and Loretta Davis, St. Petersburg; two sisters, Lydia Capuzzuto, Naples, Italy, and AnaMaria Mongera, Ischia, Italy; and 12 grandchildren. Gulf Breeze Cremation & Burial Society, Largo.

    South Pasadena

    • BAKAS, GENOVAITE VILKAS, 83, of South Pasadena, died Wednesday (Dec. 4, 2002) at her daughter's home under hospice care. Born in Lithuania, she came here in 1982 from Detroit. She was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church and the Lithuanian-American Club and its Vyciai Women's Club. Survivors include a daughter, Salna Cosmo, St. Petersburg; three grandchildren, Dr. Cynthia Zahnow, Kathy Martel and Thomas Zahnow; and four great-grandchildren. Beach Memorial Chapel, St. Pete Beach.
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