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December 13, 2002
SUNCOAST OBITUARIES

Friday, December 13, 2002

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

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  • BURNETT, BARBARA D., 70, of Homosassa, died Saturday (Dec. 7, 2002) at Mariner Health Care Center of Inverness. Born in New Jersey, she came to Citrus County from Zephyrhills. There are no known immediate survivors. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • DeLUCIA, MARION A., 93, of Collierville, Tenn., formerly of Homosassa, died Sunday (Dec. 8, 2002) in Collierville. He was Catholic. Survivors include two daughters, Arline Ledbetter, Collierville, and Elaine Valentine, Cross City. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
  • GIVEN, JAMES K., 73, of Inverness, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. Born in Lackawanna, N.Y., he came here in 1989 from Hamburg, N.Y. He retired from Bethlehem Steel and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Theresa M.; a son, William Pinakiewicz, Williamstown, Mass.; three daughters, Lynn Caito, Buffalo, N.Y., Patricia Nicotra, Eden, N.Y., and Kathleen Given, Point Pleasant, N.J.; a sister, Margaret McCarthy, Hamburg; and seven grandchildren. Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness.
  • MASON, ROGER LEE, 64, of Bushnell, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Dec. 7, 2002) in Pensacola. Born in Middlesboro, Ky., he came to St. Petersburg in 1959 and moved to Bushnell in 1999 from Sarasota. He was a retired master electrician. Survivors include include three daughters, Sherri Russo, Gainesville, Mo., Sandy Harris, and Crista Cole, both of St. Petersburg; two sons, Roger Jr., Inverness, and Michael, Largo; three stepchildren, Tami Marshall, Seminole, Karen Zeller, Clearwater, and Billy Hardy, Seminole; two sisters, Patricia Rees, Greenbank, Wash., and Judy Hawkins, St. Petersburg; two brothers, Jerry, Merritt Island, and David, Bushnell; 16 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and 11 nieces and nephews. Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell.
  • PARKER, STELLA M., 80, of Beverly Hills, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of Citrus County. Born in Bayonne, N.J., she came here 22 years ago from Lake Wales. She was a homemaker and a life member of Beverly Hills Surveillance. She was Protestant. Survivors include her brother, Joseph Kazacka; two nieces, Donna Kilmer and Sally Schovlin, both of Bayonne; and a caregiver, Marie Cei. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
  • PARKER, TIMOTHY BURT, 43, of Beverly Hills, formerly of Plant City, died Saturday (Dec. 7, 2002). Born in Plant City, he moved to the Beverly Hills area 26 years ago. He was a member of a pipefitters union in Tampa and the First Baptist Church of Bradley. Survivors include a son, Josh Wells, Michigan; two daughters, Miranda Parker and Shownee Parker, Beverly Hills; his mother, Oveda Parker, and a brother, Nathan, both of Beverly Hills; a sister, Cyndi Briggs, Tampa; his maternal grandmother, Hazel Jenkins, Lithia; and several nieces and nephews. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.
  • SIMMONS, SADIE, 77, of Inverness, died Sunday (Dec. 8, 2002) at home under the care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County. Born in Lodge, S.C., she came here 40 years ago. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Floral City. Survivors include two sons, Vernon, Inverness, and Merrick Simmons III, Tampa; a daughter, Lillie Mae Johnson, Inverness; a brother, Jimmie Martin; 11 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. Cason Funeral Chapel, Inverness.
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  • BUTLER, MAE, 76, of Spring Hill, died Thursday (Dec. 12, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, Brooksville. Born Manhattan, N.Y., she came here 13 years ago from Patchogue, N.Y. She was retired from Norman King & Son Furniture. She was Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Edward R.; two sons, Edward Butler Jr., Oradell, N.J., and Raymond, Patchogue; a sister, Helen Woods, Tarpon Springs; and a granddaughter. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Spring Hill.
  • FISHER, SUSAN M., 60, of Brooksville, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, Brooksville. Born in Duluth, Minn., she came here in 1976. She worked at Evergreen Woods Nursing Home and attended St. Theresa Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, David L.; a daughter, Beverly Fisher-Gordon, Seattle; and a grandson. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Brooksville.
  • MacLANE, FRANCIS L., 90, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, Brooksville. Born in Boston, he came here 27 years ago from Braintree, Mass. He was a retired accountant for Jervis B. Webb Co., Scituate, Mass. Survivors include his wife, Caroline; a daughter, Carol Ann Bonner, Brooksville; a sister, Audrey Gaumont, Foxboro, Mass.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Brooksville.
  • McKENNEY, CORY A., 15, of Bushnell, formerly of Pinellas Park, died Friday (Dec. 6, 2002) at Brooksville Regional Hospital as the result of a hit-and-run accident. Born in St. Petersburg, he lived in Pinellas Park and moved to Bushnell 10 years ago. He was a student and was Baptist. Survivors include his father, Stephen B., St. Petersburg; his mother, Deana McKenney, his stepfather, George Carrico, a sister, Shannon Harrigal, and his maternal grandmother, Nona Sechrist, all of Bushnell; his paternal grandmother, Eilene McKenney, Brunswick, Maine; and his paternal great-grandmother, Audrey Wilson, Topsham, Maine. Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell.
  • NOVAKOSKI, JOSEPH G., 82, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at home. Born in Mocanaqua, Pa., he came here 20 years ago from Bloomingdale, N.J. He was a bakery mechanic and was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Anna A.; two sons, Joseph J., Newbern, N.C., and Brian J., Franklin, N.J.; two brothers, Anthony J., Spring Hill, and Peter, Pompton Plains, N.J.; a sister, Mae Panettieri, Oakdale, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Turner Funeral & Cremation Center, Spring Hill.
  • PITTS, RANDOIL SR., 84, of Brooksville, died Saturday (Dec. 7, 2002) at Heron Pointe Health Center, Brooksville. Born in Wadley, Ga., he came here 34 years ago from Gainesville. He was a retired construction worker and was a member of Allen Temple AME Church. Survivors include his wife, Inez; two sons, Randoil Pitts Jr., Ocala, and Isaac, Bushkill, N.J.; four daughters, Adell Edwards, Uniondale, N.Y., Tauheedah Muhammad, Elizabeth, N.J., Rebecca Pringle, Orlando, and Pastor Dorothy La-Pierre, Hempstead, N.Y.; a brother, Pedro Velesques, Queens, N.Y.; four sisters, LeUnice Royal, Tampa, Lillie Davis, Gainesville, Maybell Williams, Wichita, Kan., and Dorothy Young, Massachusetts; 37 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Community Funeral Service, Brooksville.
  • SCALES, MORRIS DALE, 73, of Weeki Wachee, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at home. Born in Toledo, Ohio, he came here 22 years ago from Clearwater. He was the retired owner of Dale's Carpet and was a Merchant Marine veteran of World War II. He was a member Eagles 4372, American Legion Post 186, Moose Lodge 521 and Elks Lodge 2582. He was Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; four sons, Kenny and Bill, both of Bloomington, Ind., Mike, Bell, and John, Weeki Wachee; a brother, Don, Bloomington; a sister, Bonita Lawrence, Indianapolis; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill.
  • SEEMAN, ROBERT S., 74, of Brooksville, died Friday (Dec. 6, 2002) at Oak Hill Hospital, Spring Hill. Born in Chicago, he came here several years ago from Oak Lawn, Ill. He was the owner and operator of a towing company and was a World War II veteran. Survivors include his son, Robert Seeman Jr., Mokena, Ill. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.
  • THOMAS, ANNIE M., 95, of Brooksville, formerly of Zephyrhills, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, Brooksville. Born in Washington, D.C., she came here nine years ago from Zephyrhills. She was a dietary aide at Tampa General Hospital and was a member of Zephyrhills Church of God. Survivors include her son, Eddie Kirkland, Brooksville; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.
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  • BIGE, MARIE RITA, 85, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002). Born in Somerset, Pa., she moved to the Tampa area in 1950 from Iowa. She was a cashier at a department store and a member of East Sligh Avenue Baptist Church. Survivors include a brother, Harry Ernest Walker, Chincoteague, Va. Swilley Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • BURGUE, RUBEN B. SR. "RUDY," 84, of Tampa, formerly of Clearwater Beach, died Sunday (Dec. 8, 2002) at home. He was born in Tampa and lived on Clearwater Beach for many years. He formerly owned and operated Rudy's Surfside, a nightclub on the beach, from 1962-1972, and owned and operated Rudy's Hideaway in Largo from 1971-1978. He was an Army master sergeant in World War II. He was Christian. Survivors include his wife, Margaret; two sons, Ruben "Rudy" Jr., Palm Harbor, and David Andujar, Tampa; a daughter, Martha "Marti" Smith, Inverness; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Palm Harbor Chapel.
  • DIAZ, ANIBAL "ANDY," 83, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002). He was an Army veteran of World War II and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a past member of Centro Espanol and Ybor City Sertoma Club. He was a commercial artist working for WTBT-Ch. 13 and WEDU-Ch. 3, the PBS channel, before retiring. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Delia; a brother, William "Bill;" and several nieces and nephews. Boza & Roel Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • DICKENS, LINDA DIANE ST. GEORGE, 41, of Riverview, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at Tampa General Hospital. A native and lifelong resident of Tampa, she was a homemaker and was Baptist. Survivors include her husband, Billy A.; two sons, Nathan Fink, Tampa, and Daniel St. George, New York City; two daughters, Tiffnay Cannon, Riverview, and Vanessa St. George, Centerville, Va.; her mother, Virginia M. Cannon, Valrico; four brothers, Wayne, Plant City, Jimmie, Tampa, Steve, Ontario, and Donnie, Valrico; two sisters, Cindy Tuten, Riverview, and Patricia Rusher, Valrico. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • DRINNENBERG, MARGARET O., 83, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002). She was a member of the North Congregation of Jehovah's Witness. Survivors include four daughters, Marlene Stead, Peggy Robinson, Linda DeLosReyes and Cynthia Doyle; a sister, Rita Ferrera; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Boza & Roel Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • GARDNER, SARITA A., 36, of Tampa, died Sunday (Dec. 8, 2002). A native and lifelong resident of Tampa, she was a graduate of Brandon High School and was a customer service representative for GTE Mobilnet. She was Jehovah's Witness. Survivors include her parents, JoAnn and Charles Gardner Jr.; an adopted daughter, Jor'Donna M. Garcia; and a sister, Carletta D. Paxton. Wilson Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • HALL, W. JUANITA S., 80, of Tampa, died Monday (Dec. 9, 2002). Born in Hazlehurst, Ga., she moved to the Tampa area several years ago. She was retired as a supervisor for Central Life Insurance Company. She was a member of the National Council of Negro Women, secretary for the Pallbearers Grand Union, Layman Organization at St. Luke A.M.E. Church, Crime Watch Awareness Group and a poll worker for Precinct 22. Survivors include two sons, Victor Hall Sr. and Myron J. Hall, both of Tampa; a sister, Ellastine S. Monroe; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Wilson Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • HELMONDOLLAR, JOSHUA BYRON, 20, of Thonotosassa, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) in Tampa. Born in Beckley, W.Va., he moved to the Tampa area in 1987. Survivors include his father, Jake Helmondollar, Clermont; his mother, Naomi R. Helmondollar, Thonotosassa; a brother, Eddie, Thonotosassa; three sisters, Brittany Helmondollar, Thonotosassa, Natalie Rose and Tracey Crosno, both of Clermont; his paternal grandfather, Elza B. Helmondollar, Princeton, W.Va.; his maternal grandmother, Dorothy Gibson, Davin, W.Va.; a nephew, Dalton E. Helmondollar, Tampa; and a niece, Jasmyn N. Helmondollar, Winslow, Ind. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • HUNSINGER, HELGA, 55, of Tampa, died Monday (Dec. 9, 2002). Born in Ehrang, Germany, she moved to Tampa in 1979. Survivors include her husband, Jack; a son, B.J.; three sisters, Elsemie Trow, Puyallup, Wash., Lia Russ, California, and Marlene Krost, Rittersdorf, Germany; a brother, Fred Schmitz, Ehrang, Germany; and two grandchildren. C.E. Prevatt Funeral Home, Temple Terrace.
  • KARCHMER, HARRY, 46, of Valrico, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002). Born in Lawrence, Mass., he moved to the Tampa area several years ago. He was a merchandiser for Advantage Sales and Marketing and was an avid fisherman. Survivors include is wife, Wende; his mother, Anna Karchmer; and a brother, Julian Karchmer, both of Gastonia, N.C. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • LICATA, CARMEN, 84, of Tampa, died Monday (Dec. 9, 2002). A native and lifelong resident of Tampa, she was the co-owner of Licata Steak House for more than 34 years. She was a member of La Nuova Sicilia Lodge No. 1251, Sons of Italy in America and was Catholic. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Joe; two sons, Joe Licata III, Houston, and Frank Licata; a daughter, Christine de la Grana; three sisters, Frances Licco, Lucy Castellano and Rose Menendez; and eight grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • MARTIN, ARLET L., 87, of Plant City, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002). Born in Keokuk, Iowa, he was a plumber and steamfitter. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his son, Arlet; a daughter, Janet; a stepson, Jerry Blevins; and a sister, Lennie Schneider. Swilley Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • McKINNEY, HELEN S., 80, of Tampa, died Monday (Dec. 9, 2002). Born in Arcadia, she moved to Tampa many years ago. She was a domestic worker for private families and a member of the Young-At-Heart at St. Luke AME Church. Survivors include her stepmother, Lee H. Tyler, Arcadia; two sisters, Eliza McGill and Norma Wilson, both of Tampa; and seven brothers, Bill, George A., Richard C. and Calvin Tyler, all of Tampa, Reuben R. Tyler Jr., St. Petersburg, Carroll W. and Ernest C. Tyler, both of Arcadia. Wilson Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • NUNEZ, RAUL SR., 69, of Plant City, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at Brandon Regional Hospital. Born in Linares, Mexico, he moved to Florida 22 years ago. He was a crew leader for Gerald Williams Farms and was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses. Survivors include his wife, Salome; three sons, Raul Jr., Spring Hope, N.C., Jesus, California, and Jorge, Plant City; three daughters, Dora N. Rodriguez, Wilson, N.C., Sandra Gonzalez and Gloria Renderos, both of Plant City; two brothers, Juan Rincon, Monroe, Mich., and Salvador Perales, Houston; two sisters, Martha Villareal, Progreso, Texas, and Lupe Nunez, Nuevo Progreso, Mexico; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • SHIPPEE, KARON BONITA, 56, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002). A native and lifelong resident of Tampa, she was a program assistant at University of South Florida. Survivors include her husband, William Sr.; a son, William Jr.; a daughter, Amy; a brother, Douglas Segrest; and two grandchildren. Glass Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • VAZQUEZ, ENRIQUETA P., 90, of Miami, formerly of Tampa, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002). Survivors include four sons, Raul, Orlando, Mario and Rene; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • WEDDLE, CRAIG, 85, of Brandon, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002). Born in Porter County, Ind., she moved to the Tampa area in 1991 from Valparaiso, Ind. He was the comptroller for the Valparaiso Water Department, a member of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, Brandon, and St. Andrew's United Methodist Church Joy Group. Survivors include his wife, Mildred; two daughters, Liane Wong, Greenwood, Ind., and Denise Jacks, Danville, Ind.; a stepson, Richard Brindle, Thornton, Colo.; a stepdaughter, Mary Stark, Brandon; an adopted daughter, Carolyn Feldman, Seffner; a sister, Bettyjane Garriott, Kouts, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Riverview.
  • WILKES, MYRTLE BASS, 85, of Tampa, formerly of Fort Meade, died Monday (Dec. 9, 2002). Born in Kissimmee, she was a lifelong resident of Fort Meade and moved to Tampa two years ago. She was a retired licensed practical nurse and was a member of the First Baptist Church, Fort Meade. Survivors include two daughters, June DeShong, Tampa, and Connie Fort, Jacksonville; three sisters, Louise Sandlin and Martha McCauley, both of Fort Meade, and Bonnie Prendes, Orlando; a brother, Barney C. Bass, Punta Gorda; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. C.E. Prevatt Funeral Home, Temple Terrace.
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  • AMATO, CECELIA, 88, of New Port Richey, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. She came here in 1988 from her native Forest City, Pa. and was a homemaker. She was Catholic. Survivors include two daughters, Jo Anne Orlosky, New Port Richey, and Victoria McGeough, Babylon, N.Y.; a son, Lawrence, Port Richey; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Trinity Memorial Gardens, New Port Richey.
  • BELLAVIA, BARBARA, 66, of New Port Richey, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at Madison Pointe Nursing Center, New Port Richey. Born in New York City, she came here in 1991 from San Clemente, Calif. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her son, Eric Wegener, Escondido, Calif.; a daughter, Kim E. Israels, Hidden Hills, Calif.; two brothers, Robert Bellavia, Orange City, and Louis Bellavia, Pierson; and a granddaughter. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, New Port Richey.
  • CHAMPEAU, ANNIE E., 86, of Zephyrhills, formerly of Tampa, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) in Zephyrhills. Born in Anadarko, Okla., she came here in 1958 from Tampa. She was a homemaker and a member of Church of the Nazarene, Tampa. Survivors include two sons, Roy, Amarillo, Texas, and Ralph, Tampa; two daughters, Judy McHenry and Margie Poe, both of Zephyrhills; two sisters, Jean Suooks, Moore, Okla., and Rosemary Byrnes, Rockport, Texas; a brother, Jack Lemons, Nampa, Idaho; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • COLLEY, GEORGE A., 86, of Holiday, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at home. Born in Somerville, Mass., he came here 14 years ago from Barnstable, Mass. He was the owner/operator of Seafood Packers, Provincetown, Mass. He was Episcopalian. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Marjorie; three sons, Stephen, Provincetown, George Colley III and John, both of North Truro, Mass.; six grandchildren; and five great-granddaughters. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • FORSYTH, MARY D., 78, of Holiday, died Saturday (Dec. 7, 2002) at Gulfside Regional Hospice, New Port Richey. Born in Waltham, Mass., she came here nine years ago from Manchester, N.H. She was a group leader for Jewell Electric and was a member of St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church. Survivors include five sons, Fred, Los Gatos, Calif.; John, Greenfield, N.H.; Tom and Ritchie, both of Holiday; and Jim, Hudson; two daughters, Joanne Sinkey, Athens, Ga., and Patsy Tracy, Tarpon Springs; three brothers, Richard Aucoin, Grenada Hills, Calif.; Robert Aucoin, Nashua, N.H.; and Connie Aucoin, Natick, Mass.; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • FORTIER, BRUCE MICHAEL, 43, of Bayonet Point, died Sunday (Dec. 8, 2002) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Concord, N.H., he came here 12 years ago. He was a self-employed master carpenter, home rebuilder and remodeler. Survivors include his son, Shane, and two daughters, Nichole and Jamie Fortier, all of New London, N.H. his mother, Marjorie Pratt Hurst, Concord; a brother, Frank Fortier II, Falmouth, Maine; and two sisters, Brenda Fortier-Dube, Lexington, Mass., and Kathy Freese, Concord. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • GAMBINO, ARMANDO, 83, of Port Richey, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Chicago, he came here 30 years ago from Elmhurst, Pa. He was a salesman and an Army veteran. He was a member of the Sons of Italy and the Humane Society. He attended St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Monique; two sons, Armando, Cape Coral, and Frank, Port Richey; three daughters, Josphine Rauwerda, Beverly Hills; Jacqueline Carlucci, Ocala; and Regina Gambino, New Port Richey; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.
  • HAPEMAN, DONNA MARIE, 51, of Zephyrhills, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) in Tampa. Born in Owego, N.Y., she came here in 1973 from Cato, N.Y. and was a medical office manager. She was Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Charles; a daughter, Tammy Hulin, Zephyrhills; a son, Charles Hapeman Jr.; her mother, Barbara McCadden, Cata, N.Y.; four sisters, Deborah, Patricia, Maureen and Tina; a brother, John; many nieces and nephews; and seven grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • HUNTINGTON, VIRGINIA GRACE, 80, of Dade City, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) in Zephyrhills. Born in Newfane, N.Y., she came here 17 years ago from Lockport, N.Y. She was a machine operator for a brass valve manufacturing company. He was Protestant. Survivors include her husband, Harold; and a son, Loren, Davies. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • KELLY, JOHN MICHAEL, 66, of Port Richey, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. He came here in 1995 from his native Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a retired truck driver for Ritter-Sysco Foods and was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include three daughters, Debbie Fluke, Hudson; Patty Harrison, Port Richey; and Reenie Kelly, New Port Richey; two sisters, Marie Marinos, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Nancy Mogilnicki, Freehold, N.J.; seven grandsons; and a companion, Kitty Colleran. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • KRISTAN, EDWARD W. JR., 69, of Port Richey, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) in Port Richey. Born in Yonkers, N.Y., he came here 17 years ago from Long Island, N.Y. He was in construction for Otis Elevator and was a Navy veteran. He was a member of the Eagles 3153 and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen "Cookie"; three sons, Brian Kristan, New York City; Richard Barrett, Spring Hill; and John Barrett, Holiday; two daughters, Wendy Perry, Nashville, and Deborah Saager, Phoenix; a sister, Theresa Osterman, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and five grandchildren. Prevatt Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • LEASE, RHODA, 85, of New Port Richey, died Monday (Dec. 9, 2002) at Baytree Nursing Center, Palm Harbor. Born in Lucas, Ohio, she came to Florida 23 years ago from Rahway, N.J. She and her husband were the owners/operators of the Goody Shop, Linden, N.J. She was a retired nursery school teacher and was on the Board of Directors at Park Lake Civic Association. Survivors include two sisters, Ethel Telesca, Glen Cove, N.Y., and Evelyn Martin, New York; and a brother, Larry Kanter, Delhi, N.Y. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • SMITH, ROBERT E., 82, of Port Richey, died Thursday (Dec. 12, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, New Port Richey. Born in Hartford City, Ind., he came here 20 years ago from South Bend, Ind. He was a sales representative for Beechnut Gum and Lifesavers. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was a member of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Catherine; a son, Mark R., South Bend, Ind.; two daughters, Sandra Smith, Elkhart, Ind., and Elizabeth Catanzarite-Smith, South Bend; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.
  • THOMAS, ANNIE M., 95, of Brooksville, formerly of Zephyrhills, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, Brooksville. Born in Washington, D.C., she came here nine years ago from Zephyrhills. She was a dietary aide at Tampa General Hospital and was a member of Zephyrhills Church of God. Survivors include her son, Eddie Kirkland, Brooksville; two grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.
  • ZAGER, ESTHER A., 81, of New Port Richey, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at Southern Pines Nursing Center, New Port Richey. Born in Mount Iron, Minn., she came here 31 years ago from Virginia, Minn. She was a billing and insurance clerk for Virginia Municipal Hospital and was a member of First Lutheran Church. Survivors include two daughters, Jacqueline K. Wozniak, Greensboro, N.C., and Rebecca C. Kallio, New Port Richey; a son, Richard, Clearwater; two sisters, Rebecca Haugen and Ruth Ruha, both of Virginia, Minn.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.
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    Clearwater

    • BERGREN, GARY A., 53, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at James A. Haley VA Medical Center, Tampa. He came here in 1982 from his native Minneapolis. He was a landscaper and an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include his caregiver, Denis Govan, Clearwater. Veterans Cremation & Burial Society, Clearwater.
    • BROWN, JANICE L., 77, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at Tampa General Hospital. She was born in Steuben, Wis., and came here in 1969 from Freeport, Ill. She retired from Micro-Switch. Survivors include a brother, Don Churchill, Clearwater; and three sisters, Ramona McLarnon, Largo, Sue Boyett, Palm Harbor, and Barbara Printy, Geneseo, Ill. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • CLEMENTS, KENNETH K., 86, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at Manor Care Palm Harbor nursing home. He was born in Vandergrift, Pa., and came here in 1955 from Harrisburg, Pa. He owned and operated Quality Used Furniture for 30 years in Clearwater. He was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Church, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Moose and the Italian American Club. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Kathryn; two daughters, Sandra McFee, Belleair, and Elinor Mills, Fair Haven, Mass.; two brothers, Don, Bradenton, and Everett, Springfield, Ohio; two sisters, Inez Brown, Canton, Ohio, and Louise Lendo, Pittsburgh; and three grandchildren. Rhodes Funeral Directors, Belcher Chapel, Clearwater.
    • DUNCAN, ELSIE M., 100, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Dec. 7, 2002) at Palm Garden of Clearwater nursing home. She was born in New York City and came here in 1958 from Brooklyn, N.Y. She worked as a secretary for a pathologist and was active in community services and politics. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and an avid bridge player and crossword puzzle enthusiast. Survivors include a son, Donald; a daughter, Audrey Flannery; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Arlington Funeral Home, Congress Street Chapel, New Port Richey.
    • FUHRMANN, NORMAN R. SR., 82, of Ocala, formerly of Clearwater, died Thursday (Dec. 5, 2002) in Ocala. He was born in Detroit, came to Clearwater in 1975 and moved in 1992 to Ocala. He retired from the Detroit Police Department and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, the Train Collectors Association of America and the Detroit Retired Police Officer and Fireman's Association. Survivors include his wife, Wana; three sons, Norman R. Jr., Summerfield, Martin G., Fenton, Mich., and Kurt F., Bernville, Pa.; three sisters, Laura Weight and Ruth Noyes, both of Columbus, N.C., and Loucille Korhalls, Auburn Hills, Mich.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, TimberRidge Chapel, Ocala.
    • LUEDTKE, HAROLD P., 84, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at Mariner Health Care of Clearwater. He came here in 1992 from his native Milwaukee. He was a professional musician for 70 years and also worked as a machinist for 37 years for General Electric in Milwaukee. He was a member of Rogate Lutheran Church, Clearwater, General Electric Retired Employees Association, Musicians Union Local 8 and the Machinist Union, both in Milwaukee. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Pearl; two daughters, Judith A. Wilkowski, Clearwater, and Cynthia A. Helsinger, Waukesha, Wis.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • McGORRIAN, CATHERINE A., 86, of Clearwater, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 8, 2002) at Harbour Wood Nursing Center. She was born in Ireland and came here in 1986 from Woodside, N.Y. She worked as an executive legal secretary to a partner in the White and Case law firm in New York for 20 years and previously was a legal secretary for Union Carbide. She was Catholic. Survivors include a brother, James F. McGorrian, Gibsonia, Pa.; a sister, Olivia McGuire, Chester, N.J.; three nieces; and eight nephews. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • McNEILL, LOUISE M., 90, of Westminster, Colo., formerly of Clearwater, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at Lifecare of Westminster. She was born in Cicero, Ill., came here in 1971 from Crown Point, Ind., and moved in March to Westminster. She was a homemaker and worked with her husband at his company, Vail Rubber Products. She was a member and active volunteer of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include a daughter, Annmary Roberts, Westminster; a brother, Gerald Ruzicka, Westchester, Ill.; a sister, Emily "Babe" Bradac, Cicero; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
    • RUBENSTEIN, MORRIS, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. He was born in Denora, Pa., and came here in 1979 from Miami, where he retired as a waterproofing contractor and was a member of the Bricklayers and Masons Union 7 for 40 years. He graduated cum laude in 1933 from St. John's College. He practiced law in New York until he entered military service in World War II. He was a supporter of the Southern Poverty Law Center and an avid reader. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Ann; a daughter, Karen Beveridge, Clearwater; a son, Frederick, Greensboro, N.C.; and four grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
    • BEVERLY J. "GRANNY," 64, of Clearwater, died Monday (Dec. 9, 2002) at Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg, as the result of an traffic accident in Largo. She came here in 1940 from her native Middletown, Ohio, and worked as a customer service representative for McGill Plumbing Co., Largo. She was Catholic. Survivors include two sons, Steven, Tarpon Springs, and Scott, Largo; a daughter, Monica Wood, Clearwater; two brothers, Michael Peck, Denver, and Tony Peck, Clearwater; and three grandchildren, Shane Wood, Clearwater, Christopher Wood, Tarpon Springs, and Samantha Wood, Largo. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

    Dunedin

    • BENEDETTI, ARTHUR, 57, of Dunedin, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Jersey City, N.J., and came here in 1983 from Passaic County, N.J. He was an automobile mechanic and worked for Autoway Chevrolet, Clearwater. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Dunedin. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann; two daughters, Shari Benedetti, Dunedin, and Gina Benedetti, Largo; two sons, Arthur and Vincent, and his mother, Margaret, of Dunedin; a sister, Margaret Grace, Whiting, N.J.; and a grandson. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • KUCERA, SHIRLEY A., 72, of Dunedin, formerly of Tarpon Springs, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. She came to this area in 1992 from her native Cleveland. Survivors include two sons, Bill R., Palm Harbor, and Robert D., Port St. Lucie; a brother, William Bailey, Berea, Ohio; three sisters, Veda Kelly, Greenville, Ohio, Alice Wielgosiek, Cleveland, and Patricia Kelly, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and six grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.
    • MILLER, BERNICE JOANN, 89, of Dunedin, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation and Care Center, Clearwater. She came here in 1969 from her native Chicago, where she worked as an account specialist for Sears, Roebuck and Co. She was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater, where she crocheted items for the Hollyfair fundraising event for many years and served as chairwoman of the Highlighters. She was a skilled seamstress and embroiderer. Survivors include three daughters, Phyllis Ficht, Dunedin, Barbara Read, Tampa, and Rose Marie Bertrand, Madison, Wis.; and three grandchildren. Clearwater Funeral Home & Cremation Options.
    • WEGNER, DOROTHY F., 96, of Seminole, formerly of Dunedin, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at Freedom Square Nursing Center. She was born in Chicago, came to Dunedin in 1966 and moved in 1983 to Seminole. She was a homemaker and a member of Seminole United Methodist Church and its Women's Society. She received a bachelor's degree in economics from Northwestern University and a master's degree in library science from the University of Chicago. Survivors include two sons, Daniel F. Wegner, Galena, Ill., and Richard Wegner, Largo; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

    Largo

    • BABCOCK, JESSE H., 72, of Largo, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at home. He was born in Athens, Pa., and came here in 1990 from Penns Grove, N.J. He retired as a truck driver for Chemical Lemans Trucking Co., Bridgeport, N.J. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Moose, all in Penns Grove. Survivors include three sons, Jesse H., Corning, N.Y., Jay, Greenville, S.C., and Carl, Lexington, Ky.; a daughter, Kathy Mason, Corning, N.Y.; and nine grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • LEYHE, HARRY W. "DUKE," 90, of Largo, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. He came here in 1979 from his native Baltimore, where he retired as a salesman for Peoples Electric. He was an Army veteran of World War II and Methodist. Survivors include a daughter, Linda W. Smith, Largo; two grandsons, Brian Eusini, St. Petersburg, and Ronald Eusini, Palm Harbor; and six great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • METZ, GROVER C. JR., 84, of Largo, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. He came here in 1970 from his native Baltimore, where he retired as a spice miller and baker for McCormick Spice Co. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, Largo, and the Drum Majorettes of America. Survivors include a daughter, Diane M. Sorvillo, Beverly Hills,; a son, Ronal L. Johnson, Baltimore; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • NEAL, RAYMOND A., 97, of Largo, died Thursday (Dec. 5, 2002) at Tierra Pines Health Care Center, Largo. He was born in St. Louis and came here in 1992 from Chicago, where he worked as a heating and air conditioning repairman and was a member of the Pipe Fitters Union. Survivors include a daughter, Joan N. Murray, Largo; two sons, Charles A. and Thomas D., both of Phoenix; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • VOTAVA, ROSE, 93, of Largo, died Thursday (Dec. 5, 2002) at Mariner Health of Titusville. She came here in 1977 from her native Chicago, where she retired from Sears, Roebuck and Co. Survivors include two stepdaughters, Marie Klouda and Anna Mae Votava; a niece, Marie Hochstetler; and two nephews, James and Robert Prasky. Nosek & Son Funeral Home, Berwyn, Ill.

    Oldsmar

    • WALKER, BARBARA A., 72, of Oldsmar, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at home. She was born in Schenectady, N.Y., and came here in 1990 from Scotia, N.Y. She was a retired professional clothing model and attended St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, Palm Harbor. Survivors include her husband of 55 years, James M.; a daughter, Melody Delporte, Palm Harbor; three sons, James, William and Glenn, all of Scotia; two stepsisters; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.

    Palm Harbor

    • KEY, CLYDE HUBERT, 76, of Palm Harbor, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. He was born in Hacklesburg, Ala., and came here in 1952 from Fitzgerald, Ga. He retired as an equipment installer for GTE and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was Protestant and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the AARP. Survivors include his wife, Joan; two sons, Scott, Palm Harbor, and Christopher, Crystal Beach; two daughters, Lisa Deaton, Dunedin, and Jennifer Key, Ocala; a brother, Fred Key, Marietta, Ga.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • PIRAUX, JANET S., 67, of Palm Harbor, died Sunday (Dec. 8, 2002) at home. She was born in Rochester, N.Y., and came here in 1947 from Avon, N.Y. She worked as a sales associate for Wal-mart and enjoyed gardening and casino gambling vacations. Survivors include two sons, Joe, Palm Harbor, and Rick, Atlanta; two daughters, Deborah Weber, Clearwater, and Linda Moore, Wesley Chapel; her father, Arthur Smith, Palm Harbor; a brother, Ronald Smith, New Port Richey; two sisters, Carol Guy, Palm Harbor, and Patsy Buol, Tarpon Springs; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

    Safety Harbor

    • BIXBY, GEORGE RAYMOND JR., 74, of Safety Harbor, died Monday (Dec. 9, 2002) at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor. He was born in Providence, R.I., lived many years in Chelmsford, Mass., and came here in 1994 from Vergennes, Vt. He retired as a professor of physicis with the University of Vermont and previously worked as an electrical engineer for Raytheon, Billerica, Mass. Survivors include three sons, George Raymond III, Lyndeborough, N.Y., Michael, Pepperell, Mass., and Gregory, Millville, N.J.; three daughters, Marilyn Bixby, Nashua, N.H., Jean Cairney, Brookline, N.H., and Elizabeth White, Eldersburg, Md.; a sister, Carol Olsen, Clearwater; a brother, Robert, Greenville, R.I.; and 11 grandchildren. American Heritage Cremation Society, Clearwater.

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    Seminole

    • BULL, GRETCHEN IRENE, 91, of Seminole, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at Freedom Square Nursing Center, Seminole. She came here in 1971 from her native Minneapolis. She was a homemaker and a member of Lake Seminole Presbyterian Church. She was a graduate of the University of Minnesota and was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She was an artist and studied and exhibited at the University of Minnesota, the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts and at the Walker Art Gallery. She was a member of the Florida Gulf Coast Art Association and the Bath Club of Redington Beach. During World War II, she served in the Women's Army Corps and received the Bronze Star. Survivors include her husband of 64 years, John M. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Seminole.

    Gulfport

    • PICKENER, JAMES I., 53, of Gulfport, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at home. Born in Springfield, Vt., he came here in 1993 from Granby, Mass. He was a security officer at Stetson College of Law, Gulfport. He was Protestant and a retired Air Force Reserve technician and served in the Vietnam War and in Desert Storm. Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Dona; a son, Bredon Ostigy, and a daughter, Christin, both of North Carolina; three brothers, Donald and Kenneth, both of Massachusetts, and Robert, Vermont; a sister, Linda Buop, San Diego; and two grandchildren. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.

    Madeira Beach

    • DALTON, DONALD T., 77, of Madeira Beach, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at home. Born in Bronx, N.Y., he was a seasonal resident here from Ossining, N.Y., for 12 years and moved here in 1999. He was a funeral director and a graduate of Simmons School of Embalming and the New York School of Restorative Art and Embalming. He served in a Navy medical battalion during World War II and participated in the D-day invasion at Normandy and also served in the Korean War. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Elaine. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

    Pinellas Park

    • AULETTA, MARIE REGINA, 82, of Pinellas Park, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. Born in Massachusetts, she came here 46 years ago from Long Island, N.Y. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Survivors include two daughters, Marie Williams, Pinellas Park, and Marguerite Robinson, Williston; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
    • HERCHOLD, GENEVIEVE, 88, of Pinellas Park, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Born in Chicago, she came here in 1972 from Glenview, Ill. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Survivors include two daughters, Judie Stottler, Clearwater, and Melanie Rudes, Dallas; a sister, Stephanie, Chicago; and three grandchildren. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.

    St. Petersburg

    • BISHOP, HARRY, 80, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Dec. 7, 2002) at home. There are no known survivors. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • CHASE, ELIZABETH H. "BETTY," 63, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Dec. 12, 2002) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. She was a St. Petersburg native. She was a certified nurses' assistant and was Pentecostal. She founded a Citizens Band radio club in Hernando and Pasco counties. Her handle was "Tin Lizzie." She enjoyed taxidermy and bingo. Survivors include a son, John Markwell, Homosassa; two daughters, Tammy Wetterauer, New Port Richey, and Penny Smith, Port Richey; two brothers, John Arthur Hopkins, St. Petersburg, and Charley Hopkins, Florida; four sisters, Louise Gibson, Gloria Jean Darley, Loretta Taylor and Yvette Bolte, all of St. Petersburg; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
    • DENNARD, DR. KHA, of Tallahassee, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 9, 2002) at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. She was a St. Petersburg native and a graduate of Gibbs High School. She lived in Tallahassee the past 10 years. She was an educator for 34 years. She received a bachelor of science degree from Florida A&M University, a master of science degree in music education at Tennessee A&I State University and a doctorate in education, administration and supervision from Florida Atlantic University. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She received a Florida teacher of the year award in Palm Beach County. She founded the Florida Association to Preserve the African-American Spiritual as well as Project to Enhance Awareness and Self-esteem for Middle School Girls. Survivors include a son, Dana Dennard, Tallahassee; a daughter, Giji Mischel Dennard, Silver Spring, Md.; a brother, Richard Dennard, Detroit; a sister, Barbara Bolden, St. Petersburg; and four grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • EDMONDS, CHARLES ELROY "SNUFFY," 48, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at Bayfront Medical Center. He was born in Rochester, Pa., and came here in 1985 from Aliquippa, Pa. He worked for Jones and Lockland Steel Corp. in Pennsylvania and at Patty's Bait and Tackle of St. Petersburg. He was a member of Mount Zion Primitive Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include a companion, Rosa Anderson; two sons, Scott Humphries and Shawn Humphries, both of Aliquippa; a brother, James Edmonds, St. Petersburg; three sisters, Sandia McKay and Balinda Edmonds-Henderson, both of St. Petersburg, and Carol Howard, Kenly, N.C. Zion Hill Mortuary, St. Petersburg.
    • KORDASIEWICZ, MARY ROSE, 90, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at Shore Acres Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Born in Bradford, Ontario, she came here in 1974 from Buffalo, N.Y. She was a retired department store customer service representative. Survivors include a daughter, Natalie Lachut, Kenmore, N.Y.; two sons, Richard Kordasiewicz, Lakeview, N.Y., and Julius R. Kordasiewicz, Evans, N.Y.; a sister, Stella Platek, and a brother, Kaiser Stempowski, both of Buffalo; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. John S. Rhodes, East Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • LOVE, La,DORIS, 47, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at St. Anthony's Hospital. She was born in St. Petersburg and worked as a supervisor with Com-u-Link. She was Baptist. Survivors include a daughter, La,Keasha Love, St. Petersburg; three brothers, Marvin Kelley, Lancaster, Pa., and Larry and Anthony Love, both of St. Petersburg; a sister, Gloria Love, her mother, Vera Cromartie, and her father, Elzie Love, all of St. Petersburg. McRae Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • McMILLIAN, MARY, 80, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 8, 2002) at Jacaranda Manor. There are no known survivors. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • MOORE, JANET, 67, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at Bay Point Nursing Pavilion. She was a St. Petersburg native. She was a self-employed home health care provider. She attended Gibbs High School and St. Joseph Catholic Church. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 10174 and the Ladies Auxiliary of AMVETS Post 1. Survivors include her mother, Lizzie Clark, and two brothers, Bernard Crawford and Otis Crawford, all of St. Petersburg; four sisters, Jenny Johnson and Lomia Starling, both of St. Petersburg, Gloria Irving, Orlando, and Janis Bonapart, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 19 nieces; and four nephews. McRae Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • NASLUND, JACK C., 79, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines under hospice care. Born in Spokane, Wash., he came here in 1999 from Toledo, Ohio. He owned a funeral home and a furniture store in Wilson, N.Y. He was an World War II Army veteran and a POW at the Battle of the Bulge. Survivors include a son, Thomas, Stonington, Conn.; two daughters, Natalie Keyes, St. Petersburg, and Carol Burch, Red Creek, N.Y.; a stepson, Bill Robison, Toledo; a stepdaughter, Ellie Kasch, San Francisco; a stepsister, Betty Peterson, Livonia, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Veterans Cremation & Burial Society, Clearwater.
    • QUALIANA, JOSEPH A., 71, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 8, 2002) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. He came here from his native Lockport, N.Y. He was a self-employed barber and a Korean War veteran. Survivors include a son, Joseph. Ambassador Mortuary Service, Oldsmar.
    • SCHERR, JOSEPH J., 70, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South Pasadena. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he came here in 1970 from Anaheim, Calif. He was a chief engineer for Honeywell for many years and was Protestant. He was a Shriner, a member of the Scottish York Rite and a Mason. Survivors include a caregiver, Sharon Gordon, St. Petersburg. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • SUMMERS, RAYMOND J., 77, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 9, 2002) at Edward White Hospital, St. Petersburg. Born in Bell City, Mo., he came here in 1967 from East St. Louis, Ill. He was the Illinois representative for Pierce National Life Insurance until 1967. He was a Navy and Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post 125, VFW Post 39 and AMVETS Post 8, all in St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Helen; a son, Elvis, St. Petersburg; a daughter, Marsha McDonald, Lake City; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Veterans Cremation & Burial Society, Clearwater.
    • WRIGHT, FREDERICK JAMES, 90, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. He came here in 1984 from his native Bedford, Mass. He was a light opera singer with the Rhodes Company of Boston. He was a psychiatric aide at the Jamaica Plain (Mass.) Veterans Hospital. He was a World War II veteran, receiving the Bronze Star. Survivors include a daughter, Ifetayo "Peggy" Yancey, Clearwater; a son, Robert, Woburn, Mass.; a sister, Estella Jackson, and a brother, Lloyd, both of Boston; two granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren. Zion Hill Mortuary, St. Petersburg.

    South Pasadena

    • PATON, ALISTER R. "SCOTTY," 77, of South Pasadena, formerly of St. Pete Beach, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. Born in Park Ridge, N.J., he came to St. Pete Beach in 1969 from Washington, N.J. He owned Scotty Paton Residential Contracting. Survivors include two sons, Jim, Auburndale, and Hooch, Sarasota; two daughters, Stephanie Tucker and Alice Anderson, both of St. Petersburg; a brother, Robert, Park Ridge, N.J.; a sister, Audrey Sansone, Roswell, N.M.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Veterans Cremation & Burial Society, Clearwater.
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