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January 1, 2003
SUNCOAST OBITUARIES

Wednesday, January 1, 2003

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

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  • CHAPADOS, GEORGE F., 80, of Hernando, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) at home under the care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. He came here in 2000 from his native Island Falls, Maine. He was a baker for First National Bakeries, East Hartford, Conn. Survivors include three daughters, Margaret Batchelder, Phoenix, and Mary Gaito and Martha Chapados, both of Hernando; a son, William, East Hartford; three sisters, Agnes Pelletier, Island Falls, Maine, Flora Kettel, Warwick, R.I., and Rita Smith, Methuen, Mass.; a brother, Lawrence, New London, Conn.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness.
  • DINOFF, PETER, 76, of Inverness, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) in Inverness. Born in Syracuse, N.Y., he came here in 1990 from Liverpool, N.Y. He was a steelworker with Crucible Steel in Syracuse, N.Y. with more than 41 years of service. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and was Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Mary T. Polcaro; a son, Peter J., and a daughter, Kathy A. Palmer, both of Brewerton, N.Y.; a brother, George, Buffalo, N.Y.; and eight grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness.
  • HOLMES, DOROTHY ANN, 67, of Inverness, died Friday (Dec. 27, 2002) at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. Born in Montgomery, Ala., she came here in 1992 from Alabama and was a homemaker. Survivors include three daughters, Belinda Snuffer, Inverness, Linda Buckingham, Floral City, and Rena Holmes, Inverness; a son, John, Inverness; a sister, Carolyn Phariss, Trussville, Ala.; a brother, Louie Simmons, Marietta, Ga.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Heinz Funeral Home, Inverness.
  • MARTINEZ, STELLA T., 65, of Beverly Hills, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) in Beverly Hills. Born in Chicago, she came here five years ago from Crown Point, Ind. She was a patient accounts clerk with Ingall's Memorial Hospital, Harvey, Ill., and member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Leonard; a daughter, Rachel Linn, St. Anthony, Idaho; a son, Len, Crystal Lake, Ill.; and five grandchildren. Fero Funeral Home With Crematory, Beverly Hills.
  • McCRIMMON, STEVE FRANKLIN, 88, of Yankeetown, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002) at Seven Rivers Community Hospital, Crystal River. He came here 26 years ago from his native Miami. He was a retired hospital administrator and consultant with Baptist Hospital of Miami. He was co-owner/operator of the Arch Creek Nursing Home, North Miami and the Snappercreek Nursing Home, South Miami. He was a 1940 graduate of University of Miami. He was a former Yankeetown City Council member, and a member of Yankeetown-Inglis Republican Club, the Florida Republican Club and Withlacoochee Area Preserve. He was Presbyterian. Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Edith; a son, Gary, South Miami; a daughter, Dottie Rawls, Fernandina Beach; a sister, Margaret Carr, South Miami; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.
  • TURMAN, BILLIE JEAN, 82, of Lecanto, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) in Crystal River. Born in Delphos, Ohio, she came here in 1986 from Dayton, Ohio. She was a homemaker and Protestant. She was a member of the Beverly Hills Fishing Club, Crystal River Moose Auxiliary and Eastern Star. Survivors include her daughter, Deborah Miller, Dayton; and a granddaughter. Hooper Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills.
  • WILMARTH, PAUL C., 78, of Lecanto, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) at Seven Rivers Community Hospital, Crystal River. Born in Thompson, Pa., he came here recently from Wauchula. He was an insurance salesman and a graduate of the University of Miami. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Survivors include his daughter, Patricia Rivera, Homosassa; two sisters, Ruth Olson, Connecticut, and Anna Kaplan, Sebring; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Heinz Funeral Home, Inverness.
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  • ORMOND, RUSSELL, 70, of Spring Hill, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at home under the care of Hernando-Pasco Hospice. Born in Worcester, Mass., he came here in 1999 from Port Charlotte. He was a retired owner of a building contracting company and had a real estate company in Framingham, Mass. He was an Air Force veteran and Christian. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; his mother, Irene Blanche Ormrod, and a brother, Donald R., both of Tarpon Springs. Wellwood/Grace Funeral Home & Cemetery, Hudson.
  • RUNYAN, MILDRED R., 89, of Brooksville, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, Brooksville. Born in Cincinnati, she came here in 1974. She loved gardening and was a member of High Point Bible Study Club. Survivors include her nephew, Don Runyan, Cincinnati; two grandnieces; and a great-nephew. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Brooksville.
  • SORIA, GUSTAVO A., 32, of Spring Hill, formerly of Clearwater, died Thursday (Dec. 26, 2002) as the result of a car accident in Spring Hill. Born in Leominster, Mass., he came here five years ago from Massachusetts and moved to Spring Hill three months ago. He worked for a lawn care company in Tarpon Springs. Survivors include his parents, Maximo and Carmen Soria, Clearwater; and two sisters, Faviana Baril, Westminster, Mass.; and Andrea Soria, Spring Hill. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
  • TAYLOR, HUGH F., 87, of Brooksville, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, Brooksville. Born in Hornell, N.Y., he came here 24 years from Rochester, N.Y. He was a retired film company supervisor. He was a member of Heather Golf Club, Knights of Columbus and St. Joan of Arc Holy Name Society. Survivors include his wife, Ruth; two daughters, Marianne, Sabattus, Maine, and Jean, Rexford, N.Y.; and five grandchildren. Turner Funeral Homes, Spring Hill.
  • VANDERWARREN, ANNA C., 102, of Brooksville, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002) at home under the care of Hernando-Pasco Hospice. Born in Chicago, she came here 19 years ago from Oak Lawn, Ill. She was a homemaker and member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. Survivors include her son, Raymond, and a daughter, Audrey Hepburn, both of Brooksville; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. Pinecrest Funeral Chapel, Brooksville.
  • ZOLA, EDWARD J., 81, of Spring Hill, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002) at Oak Hill Hospital, Spring Hill. Born in Chicago, he came here 15 years ago from Ohio. He retired from Continental Can Co. with 40 years of service. He was an Army veteran and member of VFW Post 10209. He was a member of the Polish Club of Hudson. Survivors include his wife, Helen; a daughter, Barbara Trice, Wesley Chapel; two sons, John, Shelbyville, Ind., and George, Dublin, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Spring Hill.
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  • ADAMS, THAIR, 84, of Sun City Center, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002). Born in Clay City, Ky., he moved to the Tampa area in 1983 from Indiana. He was a cabinetmaker and a past elder at Central Christian Church. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; a son, Donald; four daughters, Betty, Joan, Linda and Carol; two brothers, Roy and Dick; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • ARMSTRONG, LAWRENCE TRUMAN, 66, of Plant City, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002). Born in Pittsburgh, he moved to the Tampa area in 2002. He was a house painter and a member of St. Theresa in Munhall, Pa. Survivors include his wife, Patricia; two sons, Matthew and Erik; two daughters, Erin and Elizabeth; his mother, Mary Armstrong; a brother, Kerry; three sisters, Maureen, Patricia and Elaine; and 10 grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • CAPASSO, JOSEPH M., 32, of Tampa, formerly of Port Richey, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) in Tampa. He came to Florida 16 years ago from his native Staten Island, N.Y. He was an asphalt/paving supervisor and member of St. Christopher's Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include a son, Joseph T., Spring Hill; his father, Philip, and his mother, Claire "Bubbles," both of Port Richey; two brothers, Philip, Howell, N.J., and Louis, Jackson, N.J.; two sisters, Elizabeth Schaare, Hudson, and Tina Capasso, Port Richey; and fiance, Barbara Kilgroe, Tampa. Prevatt Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • CLARK, EUGENIA KAY, 60, of Spruce Pine, N.C., formerly of Plant City, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) in South Carolina. Born in Miami, she lived in Plant City for several years. She was a teacher at Tomlin Junior High School in Plant City and was a social worker. She was a former member of First Baptist Church of Plant City. Survivors include her brother, Bob Clark, Atlanta. Haught Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • CRISS, JACK DARWIN, infant son of Richard and Michelle Criss, of Tampa, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002). Survivors include a sister, Marissa D. Fifer; three brothers, Richard L. Criss Jr., William G. Criss and Brandon L. Lewis; and grandparents, Jo Ann Criss, Deborah Ingram, Ronald and Edith Hoyt. Swilley Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • DEMMI, JOHN A., 57, of Tampa, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002). He was a teacher in Hillsborough County for 25 years and was Catholic. Survivors include his longtime companion, Richard Flowers. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • HARRIS, ANTHONY A., 88, of Tampa, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002). A native and lifelong resident of Tampa, he was an Army veteran of World War II. He was retired from Seaboard Coast Line railroad and was a member of the First Baptist Church of College Hill. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Mae; 14 nephews; four nieces; and a grandniece. Wilson Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • HATCHELL, FRANCIS E. "HATCH," 86, of Tampa, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002). Survivors include two daughters, Mary Wilson Fletcher and Kathy Patrick; four grandchildren, Shannon Wilson Jones, Stacy Wilson, Katie Patrick Lewis and Chris Patrick; and a great-grandson, Aidan Jones. Hamilton Funeral Home, Riverview.
  • KENT, SANDRA, 66, of Plant City, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002). Born in Milford, Ill., she moved to the Tampa area in 1987 from Northbrook, Ill. She was the former village clerk of Northbrook and a member of Northbrook Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Stanley E.; two daughters, Sherry L. and Shelly D. Kent; three sons, Steven T., Stuart M. and Scott D. Kent; and seven grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • KOHR, MARY G., 82, of Tampa, formerly of Clearwater, died Monday (Dec. 23, 2002) at Tampa General Hospital. She moved to Clearwater in 1951 and later to Tampa several years ago. She and her husband ran a public relations business. She was a Red Cross volunteer at Memorial Hospital, Tampa. Survivors include her daughter, Amy L. Kohr, Tampa; her son, William W. Kohr, Tallahassee; and her sister-in-law, Dr. Peggy Howard Gwillim of Waycross, Ga. Mark III Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • MONTE, MARGARET A., 65, of Plant City, died Sunday (Dec. 22, 2002). Born in Toronto, Ohio, she moved to the Tampa area 11 years ago. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Clement Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Ralph Sr.; a daughter, Gina Marie Scardina, San Antonio, Texas; five sons, Johnny, Youngstown, Ohio, Ralph Jr., East Liverpool, Ohio, Michael, Plant City, and Daniel and Vincent, both of Wellsville, Ohio; four brothers, Allen Nicholson, Naples, Fla., Harold Nicholson, Liverpool, Ohio, Joseph Bucher, Wellsville, and Colon Bucher, Wellsville; a sister, Lana Davis, New Waterford, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Haught Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • PITTMAN, ALAN C., 50, of Tampa, died Friday (Dec. 27, 2002) at Tampa General Hospital. Born in Clearwater, he graduated from Largo High School in 1971 and from the University of Tampa in 1975. He played professional football for the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Rough Riders of Canada. In 1999 Pittman was named one of the 100 greatest high school football players in Pinellas County history by the Times. Nicknamed "Long Gone," he twice led the county in rushing and scored 25 touchdowns as a senior. He was a salesman at Brandon Honda and was Baptist. Survivors include a son, Bryce, Brandon; five daughters, Letikkia House, Ciciley Green, both of Tampa, Shontaye, Stephanie and Grace Pittman, all of Tampa; his father, Ralph Floyd, Richmond, Va.; a brother, Sylvester Floyd, Richmond; five sisters, Delores Hobson, Dorothy Martin, Phyllis Harris, all of Largo, and Diann Synaker and Pamela Floyd, both of Richmond; and five grandchildren. Young's Funeral Home, Clearwater.
  • ROBERTSON, CHRISTOPHER DARIUS JR., 90, of Tampa, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) at Tampa General Hospital. Born in Tallahassee, he was a structural engineer. He was retired from the Navy Seabees. A 32nd degree Mason, he was a life member of Egypt Temple Shrine Patrol and a member of the Bradenton Lodge 99, Knights Templar and Trinity Commandery 16 of Palmetto. Survivors include two daughters; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Tampa.
  • SANDOVAL, MARIA ISABEL, 26, of Plant City, died Friday (Dec. 27, 2002) in Tampa. Born in Bartow, she moved to the Tampa area several years ago. She was a receptionist for Bay Health Care and was Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Angel; a daughter, Mia Lizette Sandoval, Plant City; her mother and father, Roy Sr. and Frances Dimas, Plant City; three brothers, Roy Jr., Nicholas and Richard Dimas; and her paternal grandfather, Manuel Dimas. Haught Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • TODD, HOWARD O., 76, of Tampa, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002). A native and lifelong resident of Plant City, he was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a deliveryman for Nabisco for 42 years, retiring in 1988. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary; a daughter, Linda Todd; his mother, Neva Stanley Todd; a sister, Lucile Olsen; a brother, Curtis Todd; a grandson; and two great-grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
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  • BALDENKO, ANNA, 83, of Holiday, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Born in New York City, she came here 24 years ago from Brooklyn, N.Y. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Peter; a daughter, Gloria Burns, New Port Richey; and one grandchild. Morgan Funeral Home & Cremation Services, New Port Richey.
  • BAMBINA, MARY, 85, of Port Richey, died Tuesday (Dec. 31, 2002) at home. Born in New York City, she came here 23 years ago from Brooklyn, N.Y. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Nicholas; a son, Vincent, Cuddebackville, N.Y.; two daughters, Annette Pugliese, Howell, N.J., and Maryellen Grandenette, Stuart; two brothers, Joseph Masucci, Long Island, N.Y., and Jack Masucci, Fort Lee, N.J.; a sister, Fanny D'Agueno, Florida; and three grandchildren. Prevatt Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • BIBA, KATHARINA, 77, of Holiday, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, New Port Richey. Born in Witersk, Russia, she came here in 1979 from Philadelphia. She was a licensed practical nurse. She was a deaconess and a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, New Port Richey. Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Gallo, New Port Richey, and Cathie Reiter, Holiday; a son, Nick, Palm Harbor; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, New Port Richey.
  • CAPASSO, JOSEPH M., 32, of Tampa, formerly of Port Richey, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) in Tampa. He came to Florida 16 years ago from his native Staten Island, N.Y. He was an asphalt/paving supervisor and a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church in Tampa. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include a son, Joseph T., Spring Hill; his father, Philip, and his mother, Claire "Bubbles," both of Port Richey; two brothers, Philip, Howell, N.J., and Louis, Jackson, N.J.; two sisters, Elizabeth Schaare, Hudson, and Tina Capasso, Port Richey; and fiance, Barbara Kilgroe, Tampa. Prevatt Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • CLEVELAND, JOANNE, 67, of Hudson, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at home. Born in Detroit, she came here 20 years ago from Saranac, Mich. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Wayne; three daughters, Rene Kasberski, Lansing, Mich., Mandy Stephnowski, Scotsdale, Ariz., and Beth Ann Fuller, Phoenix; two sons, Alan, Fort Collins, Colo., and Bryan, Grand Rapids, Mich.; a sister, Carol Ann Davis, Livonia, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • CONNOR, HERMAN J. JR., 83, of Zephyrhills, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002) in New Port richey. He was born in Woodland, Pa. He was an Army veteran and served in World War II. Survivors include his wife, Gisele; a son, Marcel, Louisville; and four grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • DAVIS, AUDREY, 91, of Hudson, died Wednesday (Dec. 18, 2002) at Windsor Woods Healthcare Center, Hudson. Born in Indianapolis, she came here in 1978 from Richmond, Ind. She was a retired registered nurse. Survivors include three sons, LaMont "Monty", Hudson, James, Richmond, Ind., and Donald, Snow Lake Shore, Miss.; a daughter, Charlotte Thompson, Culman, Ala.; 22 grandchildren; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren. Wellwood/Grace Funeral Home & Cemetery, Hudson.
  • FATOVIC, MARIJA, 77, of New Port Richey, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Croatia, she came here two years ago from Fairview, N.J. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Anthony, and a daughter, Rubina Beretin, both of New Port Richey; a brother, Ante, Serbia; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Morgan Funeral Home & Cremation Services, New Port Richey.
  • HEMPHILL, DOROTHY MAE PORTER, 87, of Evans City, Pa., formerly of New Port Richey, died Friday (Dec. 27, 2002) in Evans City. She was born in Connoquenessing, Pa. She was an associate member of the Living Word Church of New Port Richey. Survivors include her son, John A. Porter, Greensburg, Pa.; a daughter, Marsha S. Kennedy, Richmond, Va.; five grandchildren and one stepgrandson; three great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandsons. Boylan Funeral Home, Evans City, Pa.
  • MARTIN, CHRISTOPHER A., 32, of Lutz, died Wednesday (Dec. 25, 2002) in Tampa. He was a lifelong resident of Lutz. Survivors include a son, Nathan A. Martin, his parents, Don and Pam Lamb, and a brother, Michael T., all of Lutz; grandmother, Mary P. Martin, Tampa; two aunts, Terri Paxton, Zephyrhills, and Sharon Bowley, Tampa; and two cousins. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • MORAN, MARY JANE, 88, of Zephyrhills, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) at Heartland of Zephyrhills. She came here several years ago from her native Cleveland and was an office manager for an employment agency. Survivors include her daughter, Jill Day, Wesley Chapel. Holoway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.
  • OBERLIN, GEORGE O., 78, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002) at North Bay Hospital, New Port Richey. Born in Canton, Ohio, he came here in 2000 from Fort Myers. He was a retired Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, Mildred; a son, Larry, Port Charlotte; a daughter, Sue Snyder, Oldsmar; a brother, Robert, Floral City; two sisters, Alice Fautsko, Eustic, and Rita Hansen, Lady Lake; and four grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • PENNINGTON, JAMES F., 95, of Hudson, formerly of Pinellas Park, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at home. Born in Terre Haute, Ind., he came to Hudson seven years ago from Pinellas Park where he lived for 26 years. He was a foreman for Commercial Solvents Chemical Plant. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a member of several coin collection clubs in St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; a daughter, Barbara Joan Kelly, Spring Hill; two sons, James Foster, Olympia, Wash., and Donald Lee, Seminole; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Prevatt Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • ROBINSON, DAISY HUGHES, 90, of New Port Richey, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at Madison Pointe Nursing Center, New Port Richey. Born in Liberty Center, Ind., she came here 32 years ago from Fort Wayne, Ind. She was a homemaker and Protestant. Survivors include several nieces including Viola Derby, New Port Richey; and several nephews. Morgan Funeral Home & Cremation Services, New Port Richey.
  • SALB, C. JOSEPH SR., 86, of New Port Richey, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at home. Born in Frostburg, Md., he came here 22 years ago from Cheverly, Md. He was an inspector with Washington Gas & Light, Washington, D.C. He was a member of AARP, Park Lake Estates Civic Association and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Margaret; four sons, C. Joseph Salb Jr., Woodbridge, Va., Timothy, Valrico, Stephen Richard, Pasadena, Md., and Vincent McLane Salb, New Port Richey; two daughters, Patricia Murdock, Stevensville, Md., and Marcy August, Brandywine, Md.; a brother, Thomas, Crofton, Md.; two sisters, Mary Scanlon, Crofton, and Kathleen Mould, Annapolis, Md.; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Morgan Funeral Home & Cremation Services, New Port Richey.
  • SMITH, GLADYS C., 73, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, New Port Richey. Born in Binghamton, N.Y., she had been a winter resident here since 1991 from Whitney Point, N.Y. She was a teller for First National Bank with 12 years of service and was Methodist. Survivors include her daughter, Laura J. Maxon, Cortland, N.Y.; five sisters, Helen Stoeckel, Binghamton, Mildred Neubauer and Joyce Howland, both of Whitney Point, N.Y., Alice Ellerson, Raleigh, N.C., and Jean Stickley, Greene, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, New Port Richey.
  • SMITH, MARTHA D., 84, of Hudson, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, New Port Richey. Born in Olive Branch, Miss., she came here in 1970 from Decatur, Ga. She was a homemaker and member First United Methodist Church of Hudson. She volunteered at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and Hudson Senior Center. Survivors include her husband, Henry L.; a son, William R. Jones, Roberta, Ga.; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Family Funeral Care, Hudson.
  • SMITH, WILLIS R., "BILL," 92, of Zephyrhills, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) in Zephyrhills. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, he had been a winter resident here for 27 years from Fair Haven, N.Y. He worked for General Signal Railway and held 87 patents in transportation and traffic control. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Survivors include his wife, Francoise; a son, Richard; three daughters, Jane Butterwick, Leonore Jones and Carolynne Butters; four stepsons, Bertrand, Philippe, Denis and Louis Galipeau; a brother, Robert; 16 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • SPERK, JAMES M., 89, of Port Richey, died Friday (Dec. 27, 2002) at his son's home in Mentor, Ohio. Born in Chicago, he came here 25 years ago from Griffin, Ga. He was a quality control supervisor for Ohio Brass and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Embassy Hills Civic Association and St. James the Apostle Catholic Church. Survivors include two sons, James M. Sperk Jr., Mentor, and Gregory, North Olmsted, Ohio; and one granddaughter. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.
  • WATERMAN, THERESIA, 85, of Hudson, formerly of Port Richey, died Friday (Dec. 27, 2002) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Austria, she moved in 1978 to Port Richey from New York then several years ago to Hudson. She was a nurse in the German Army and was Catholic. Survivors include her daughter, Renata Dittmer, Woodbridge, Va.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • WOLF, ERNEST, 76, of Dade City, died Wednesday (Dec. 25, 2002) at home. Born in St. Louis, he came here in 1988 from Largo. He was a mechanic and a Navy veteran World War II. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4283. Survivors include her sister, Caroline Rae, Memphis; numerous nieces and nephews. Kelly Memorial Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • WOMPNER, CARL H., 90, of New Port Richey, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, New Port Richey. Born in Germany, he came here in 1968 from Brighton, Mich. He was the owner/operator of Brighton Bakery for 19 years and Lutheran. He enjoyed gardening. Survivors include two daughters, Carole Miller and JoAnn McCarty, both of New Port Richey; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Preferred Funeral Alternatives, Holiday.
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    Belleair

    • CADMAN, JEANNE BIVINS, 50, of Belleair, died Friday (Dec. 20, 2002) at home. She was born in Cambridge, Mass., and came here in 2002 from Los Angeles. She was an artist. She was a member of the Church of Scientology. Survivors include two sons, Jonathon, and Benjamin, both of Belleair; her mother, Margaret Cadman, Kennebunk, Maine; a sister, Paula Ellenburg, Belleair; and two brothers, David Cadman, Quincy, Mass., and Harold Cadman, Hollis, N.H. National Cremation Society, Largo.

    Clearwater

    • DeMILO, GERTRUDE "TRUDY," 87, of Clearwater, died Monday (Dec. 23, 2002) at Largo Healthcare Center. She was born in Kingston, N.Y., and came here in 1987 from Stony Point, N.Y. She was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include three daughters, Elizabeth Neal, Clearwater, Donna DeMilo, Largo, and Kathryn Fytros-Demilo, Hawaii; three sons, Richard, Seminole, Louis, White Plains, N.Y., and James, Maybrook, N.Y.; four brothers, Clement and John Heitzman, both of Kingston, Louis Heitzman, New Jersey, and Edward Heitzman, New Hampshire; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • HAYS, G. HAROLD, 95, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Homer, Ill., and came here in 1953 from Urbana, Ill., where he co-founded and owned Illini Airport and operated an air ambulance service from the airport. He was am Army Air Forces flight instructor veteran of World War II. Locally he owned and operated Rainbow Party Boats at Clearwater Marina. Survivors include several cousins. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Fort Harrison Chapel, Clearwater.
    • HEFFERNAN, MARIANNE L., 70, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. She came here in 1978 from her native Chicago. She was a retired mortgage broker. She was a member of Global Fellowship Church of Clearwater. Survivors include two daughters, Bernice Davies, Clearwater, and Karen Mantel, Hanover Park, Ill.; five sons, Vincent J. Wishnowski and Michael Francis Heffernan, both of Chicago, Andrew M. Heffernan, Stickney, Ill., Patrick L. Heffernan, Los Angeles, and Joseph F. Heffernan, Milwaukee; 19 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • JOHNS, TOMMY, 44, of Apollo Beach and formerly of Clearwater, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002) at Tampa General Hospital. He was born in Greenville, Miss., and moved to Tampa from Clearwater. He worked as a concessionaire. He was Roman Catholic. Survivors include a daughter, Stephanie Johns, his father, Steve Johns, and a brother, Johnny J., all of Apollo Beach; and two sisters, Loretta Johns, Hollywood Fla., and Linda Johns, Apollo Beach. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • KOHR, MARY G., 82, of Tampa, formerly of Clearwater, died Monday (Dec. 23, 2002) at Tampa General Hospital. She came to Clearwater in 1951 and moved to Tampa several years ago. She and her husband ran a public relations business. She was a Red Cross volunteer at Memorial Hospital, Tampa. Survivors include a daughter, Amy L. Kohr, Tampa; and a son, William W., Tallahassee. Mark III Funeral Home, Tampa.
    • LEE-HUNT, LINDA, 51, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (Dec. 25, 2002) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. She was born in Norwalk, Conn., and came here in 1979. She worked for Pinellas County government as director of abstract and deeds. She was a member of Countryside Christian Center, Clearwater, where she sang in the choir and was a member of the worship team. Survivors include her husband, Leon; two sons, Richard L. "RJ" Smith Jr., Clearwater, and Kory Jones, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; a daughter, Keri Lynn Smith, her mother, Elizabeth Lee, and a brother, all of Clearwater; and three grandchildren. Young's Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • PITTMAN, ALAN C., 50, of Tampa, formerly of Clearwater and Largo, died Friday (Dec. 27, 2002) at Tampa General Hospital. He was born in Clearwater and grew up in Largo, where he graduated in 1971 from Largo High School. He graduated in 1975 from the University of Tampa and played professional football for the Miami Dolphins, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Rough Riders of Canada. He worked as a salesman at Brandon Honda. He was Baptist. Survivors include a son, Bryce, Brandon; five daughters, Letikkia House and Ciciley Green, both of Tampa, and Shontaye Pittman, Stephanie Pittman and Grace Pittman, all of Brandon; his father, Ralph Floyd, and a brother, Sylvester Floyd, both of Richmond, Va.; five sisters, Delores Hobson, Dorothy Martin and Phyllis Harris, all of Largo, and Diann Synaker and Pamela Floyd, both of Richmond; and five grandchildren. Young's Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • RAMM, PHILOMENE MONETTE "PHIL," 97, of Clearwater, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) at Mountain View Genesis Health Care in Rutland, Vt. She was born in Rutland, came to St. Petersburg in 1966 and moved in 1974 to Clearwater. She worked as a dental hygienist in Yonkers and Albany, N.Y., and Bennington, Vt. She graduated from McGill University, Montreal, and the Eastman School of Dental Hygiene, Rochester, N.Y. She was a violinist and played in several string groups and orchestras. She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Rutland. Survivors include a niece, Jeanne Patch, Rutland; and two grandnieces, Charlene Patch, Rutland, and Nancy Coan, Florence, Vt. Clifford Funeral Home, Rutland, Vt.

    Dunedin

    • HENRICH, WILLIAM W., 91, of Dunedin, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. He was born in Long Island, N.Y. and came here in 1956 from Farmingdale, N.Y. He worked as manager of Grumman Aircraft on Long Island and locally was manager of Aerosonic Corp., Clearwater. He was Protestant. He played the saxophone. Survivors include his wife, Emily B.; a daughter, Barbara Anzalone, Tucson, Ariz.; two sisters, Marie Friedrich, St. Cloud, Minn.; and Dorothea Dick, Babylon, N.Y.; and a granddaughter. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

    Largo

    • BENADOM, VERONA, 80, of Largo, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Plainview, Neb. and came here in 1966 from Nebraska. She worked as a cosmetologist for more than 20 years at the Hair House. She was Christian. Survivors include two sons, Leon Benadom, Largo, and Pepper Forbes, Hudson; two daughters, Pat Benadom, Largo, and Kathie Forbes, Hudson; a brother Bob White, Nebraska; a sister, Mickie Huigens, California; five grandchildren; three nephews and two nieces. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • BOSTON, ANNA BELLE, 83, of Largo, died Tuesday (Dec. 24, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in Akron, Ohio, and came here from Canton, Ohio. She attended Reedurban Presbyterian Church of Canton. Survivors include two daughters, Charlene Schneiter, Neskowin, Ore., and Pam Baxter, Canton; a son, Gary Ferguson, St. Petersburg; a sister, Billie Lisic, Akron; 14 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Reed Funeral Home, Canton, Ohio.
    • BROWN, BENNER, 87, of Largo, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) at Palm Garden of Pinellas, Largo nursing home. He was born in Rosendale, Mo., and came here in 1984 from Big Lake, Mo. He retired in 1977 from production control after 42 years with Post/General Foods. He was a member of Woodson Chapel Christian Church, St. Joseph, Mo., and Elks Lodge 2159, Largo. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Olava; a son, Franklin, Scottsdale, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Greg Brown and Tracy Marshall, both of California; and a great-grandson. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Seminole.
    • CAMPBELL, JESSE JAMES, 81, of Largo, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. He was born in Johnson City, Tenn., and came here in 1976 from Glen Burnie, Md. He worked as a clerk in a hardware store. He was am Army and Marine Corps veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was Baptist. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Augustus Ruser Jr. American Legion Post 273, Madeira Beach. Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy Campbell, Largo, and Edna Wilson, Ohio; four brothers, Donald, Asheville, N.C., Sidney, Johnson City, Tenn., and Ernest and Jimmy, both of Tennessee; a sister, Betty Campbell, Asheville; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • DOYLE, JOHN MICHAEL, 50, of Largo, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in St. Petersburg and was a lifelong area resident. He worked as a security guard. Survivors include a daughter, Deborah Dillow, Brooksville; a son, John Jr., Camp Pendleton, Calif.; a sister, Johanna Foster, North Carolina; his companion, Maria Luke, Largo; and three grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • FERDINAND, SOPHIE, 87, of Largo, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Manhattan, N.Y., and came here in 1973 from Bronx, N.Y. She worked as a receptionist for Western Electric, Manhattan. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include two daughters, Karen Moody, Seminole, and Linda Hudek, Howell, N.J.; a sister, Jennie Galizia, Seminole; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • GALE, MARILYN, 74, of Largo, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She came here in 2002 from her native McKeesport, Pa. She was a retired waiter and worked for Nigro Restaurant in North Versailles, Pa. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, McKeesport. Survivors include a daughter, Cathy Giamportone, Largo; and two grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • GEBHART, MARIAN, 91, of Largo, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002) at home. She was born in Anderson, Ind., and came here in 1972 from West Hartford, Conn. She was an elementary school teacher, and taught in the Anderson and West Hartford school districts. She was Methodist. Survivors include two daughters, Jere Gebhart, Largo, and Judith Schuster, Guilford, Conn.; two sisters, Ruth Berry, Anderson, Ind., and Harriett Harper, Solvang, Calif. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • NEWTON, WILLIE M., 59, of Largo, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She came here in 1955 from her native Alabama. She was a registered nurse and worked at Suncoast Hospital in Largo. She was an instructor for the American Red Cross and president of the Clearwater Chapter of the Black Nurses Association. She was a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Largo, where she served on the usher board. Survivors include two sons, Gerald, Clearwater, and James, St. Petersburg; two daughters, Mattie Paschal, Largo, and Gail Ford, Hinesville, Ga.; three sisters, Martha Newton, Rosette Gordon and Katie Holmes, all of Largo; four brothers, George Holmes, Largo, Rayfield Holmes Jr., St. Petersburg, Walter Robinson, Gainesville, and Boyce Holmes, Atlanta; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Young's Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • SHIPLEY, JEAN E., 73, of Largo, died Friday (Dec. 20, 2002) at home. She was born in Betterton, Md., and came here in 1970 from Baltimore, where she retired as a title clerk for the Department of Motor Vehicles. She was Methodist. Survivors include a son, Stephen G., Palm Harbor; a stepson, Charles L., Cordova, Md.; a stepdaughter, Phyllis A. Lewis, Crystal River; two sisters, Louise Mills, Kennedyville, Md., and Dorothy Gears, Still Pond, Md.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • SMITH, NORMA HELEN, 86, of Largo, formerly of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Dec. 31, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and came here in 1964 from River Edge, N.J. She worked for British Air Commission in Washington, D.C., from 1942-1949. She was secretary-treasurer of Leonard H. Smith Jr. Inc. in River Edge, N.J., from 1956-1964. She was a member of Connecticut Genealogical Society, International Society for British Genealogy and Family History, National Genealogical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Tay Valley Family History Society of Scotland, the Huguenot and Walloon Association, Birmingham & Midlands Society for Genealogy and Heraldry, Essex Family History Society, London and North Middlesex Family History Society, Shropshire Family History Society, the Society of Genealogists and Suffolk Family History Society, all of England. Survivors include a stepson, Leonard H. III, Passaic, N.J.; a niece, Marilyn Jill Pearcy, Kitchener, Ontario; a nephew, James Gregory Young, Silver Springs, Nev.; and several grandnieces and grandnephews. Rhodes Funeral Directors, Druid Chapel, Clearwater.
    • WADE, BETTY J., 82, of Largo, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Mercer County, Ohio, and came here in 1982 from Kettering, Ohio. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Llewellyn J.; two sons, John, Largo, and Stephen, Miamisburg, Ohio; two brothers, John and Bobby Smith, both of Celina, Ohio; a sister, Carol Humbert, Troy, Ohio; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

    Palm Harbor

    • WIGGINS, RICHARD J., 58, of Palm Harbor, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002) at home. He came here in 1979 from his native Berlin, Md., and worked as a painter for a hospital. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth "Betty;" and two sisters, Donna Vital, Las Vegas, and Gobyna Williams, Selbyville, Del. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.

    Tarpon Springs

    • BROWN, VELMA M., 76, of Tarpon Springs, died Tuesday (Dec. 24, 2002) at Integrated Health Services of Tarpon Springs. She came here in 1956 from her native Vancouver, British Columbia. She retired as a teller from Bank America, Clearwater. Survivors include a son, John, Port Richey; two daughters, Sharon Gamboa, Higgins Lake, Mich., and Joanne Shell, Gladwin, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Palm Harbor Chapel.

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    Pinellas Park

    • GRASS, VIRGINIA D., 77, of Pinellas Park, formerly of Orlando, died Saturday (Dec. 21, 2002) at Lexington Terrace, St. Petersburg. Born in Huntington, W. Va., she came to St. Petersburg in 1997 from Orlando. She was a business manager for Grass is Greener Antique Auctioneers Co., which she owned with her husband. She was Baptist. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, James A.; two brothers, William R. Gladwell, Davenport, and the Rev. Jack L. Gladwell, Atlanta; two sisters, Peggy Jane Gray, Blairsville, Ga., and Ann Smith, Covington, Ky.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.
    • SCIBELLI, BARBARA "LYNN," 60, of Pinellas Park, died Wednesday (Dec. 25, 2002) at Hospice House Woodside. She came here 25 years ago from her native Cincinnati. She was a homemaker and was Episcopal. She enjoyed working with Native American crafts. Survivors include her husband of 25 years, James; a son, Robert J. Kiefer, a daughter, Marjorie B. Baker, and a grandson, Michael E. Baker, all of St. Petersburg. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.

    St. Pete Beach

    • LENCSE, ALBERT J., 81, of St. Pete Beach, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Born in Painesville, Ohio, he came here in 1981 from East Liverpool, Ohio, where he owned River Services Co. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of American Rose Society and was an elder at Longs Run Presbyterian Church. He was an elder with the Boy Scouts and was an avid bowler and landscaper. He enjoyed boating, fishing and jigsaw puzzles. Survivors include two sons, Carl, Fulton, Texas, and Reed, Baton Rouge, La.; and a brother, John, Mountville, Ohio. Beach Memorial Chapel, St. Pete Beach.
    • MINERD, LAURIE K., 42, of St. Pete Beach, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. Born in Jeannette, Pa., she came here 20 years ago from North Huntingdon, Pa. She was a sales representative for KTL Trucking Co. and previously worked for Florida Power. Survivors include her parents, Barbara C. and James Minerd, Seminole; a sister, Pam Squitiro, Palm Harbor; a brother, Jim Minerd, St. Petersburg; and two nephews, Max and Eli, and a niece, Mia, all of Palm Harbor. Abbey Affordable Cremation and Funeral Services, Largo.

    St. Petersburg

    • BLIGEN, CHARLYN SMITH "DEBBIE," 46, of Monsey, N.Y., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) in Monsey. Born in New York City, she came here in 1960 and moved to New York in 1999. She attended All Nations Church of God By Faith. Survivors include her husband, Robert; a daughter, Ginger Bligen, her mother, Jenethyl Moses Burnett, and two sisters, Valerie Dukes and Karol Spratley, all of St. Petersburg; and a brother, Timothy Smith, Starke. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • CALLHAM, GERTRUDE T., 98, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Dec. 27, 2002) at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in Marathon City, Wis., she came here in 1955 from Midlothian, Ill. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Jude Cathedral. Survivors include three sons, John P., Monticello, Ind., Eugene F., Midlothian, and Lawrence J., St. Petersburg; two daughters, Gloria Ann Lay, Dallas, and Mary Jane Crumpler, Hot Springs, Ark.; 17 grandchildren; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren. C.E. Prevatt Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • CORVI, JOHN J., 87, of Brooksville, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, Brooksville. Born in Philadelphia, he came to Brooksville five years from St. Petersburg, where he had lived for 46 years. He retired from Bayfront Medical Center and was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Ruth; a son, John J. Corvi Jr., Brooksville; a sister, Helen Azzato, Southport, N.C.; a brother, Joseph, Philadelphia; and two grandsons. Turner Funeral & Cremation Center, Spring Hill.
    • CROOM, MANLEY P. SR., 80, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. Born in Clinton, N.C., he came here in 1977 from Mount Pleasant, S.C. He was an Army veteran of World War II and retired after 29 years as an electrician at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. He was Baptist. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Ressie H.; four daughters, Louise Broda, Hudson, Gloria Morton, Perry, Mary McRae, Lake Worth, and Rebecca Truesdell, Mount Pleasant; four sons, Phil Jr., St. Petersburg, William, Ravenel, S.C., Richard, Fayetteville, N.C., and Chris, Linden, N.C.; three sisters, Lottie Ussery, Ellerbe, N.C., Carolyn Robinson, Rockingham, N.C., and Phyllis Steele, Summerville, S.C.; three brothers, William Croom, Grays Creek, N.C., J.P. Croom, Fayetteville, and Joseph Croom, Nokomis; 19 grandchildren; and 22 great grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Bobbitt Chapel.
    • DUENKEL, HAROLD L., 93, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Dec. 31, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. Born in East Orange, N.J., he came here in 1985 from Port Charlotte. He retired after 38 years from American Can Co. He was a member of Tides Country Club and was Presbyterian. Survivors include his wife, Mary; three sons, Dick Duenkel, Oakton, Va., Bob Duenkel, Fort Lauderdale, and Bob West, Brielle, N.J.; two daughters, Ginny D. Guldner, Monett, Mo., and Cheryl Koontz, Rochester, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • EHRINGER, GLADYS MAE, 92, of Romulus, Mich., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Dec. 27, 2002) at Heritage Hospital in Taylor, Mich. Born in River Rouge, Mich., she came here in 1972 from Cincinnati. She was a bookkeeper for the Federal Reserve. She attended St. Raphael's Catholic Church. Survivors include two nephews, Gerald Giesen and William Giesen, both of Michigan. International Casket and Urn Gallery, Clearwater.
    • KORMAN, MURRAY, 88, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Largo, died Tuesday (Dec. 31, 2002) at Menorah Manor, St. Petersburg. He came here many years ago from his native New York. He was a modelmaker for Precision Machinist and Bullova Watch. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Helen; two sons, Paul, Hicksville, N.Y., and Fred, Portland, Ore.; and a grandchild. Beth David South Chapel of David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg.
    • KUHN, HARRIET B. "HATTIE," 76, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Dec. 26, 2002) at Apollo Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center. She came here in 1979 from Angola, N.Y. She was a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker and was a member of OES. Survivors include a sister, Cecelia Peskir, Lackawanna, N.Y. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • LEE, ALBERTA, 81, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at Bayside Rehabilitation and Health Care. There are no known survivors. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • McNEAL, SUSIE MAE, 90, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at Salem Nursing Home, Tuskegee, Ala. Born in Lafayette, Ala., she came here in 1932 from Plant City. She was a domestic service worker for several families. She was a member of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church and served on the Deaconess Board, the Ministers' Wives Auxiliary, and was a director of the youth choir. Survivors include a son, Felix, Detroit; four daughters, Ruth Counts, Tuskegee, Patricia McNeal, Auburn, Ala., and Naomi Richardson and Leila Wilson, both of St. Petersburg; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. McRae Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • MARKO, ANNE M., 65, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Born in Boston, she came here in 1947 from Kingston, Mass. She was a homemaker and was Catholic. Survivors include her husband of 43 years, John E.; two daughters, Anita M. LeCain and Jennifer M. Masterton, her mother, Norma I. Holmes, and a granddaughter, Alyssa M. Zurla, all of St. Petersburg. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • MAYOVER, DAVID, 93, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) at Menorah Manor. Born in Philadelphia, he came here in 1973 from Levittown, Pa. He was a service station owner. He was a member of Congregation Beth Sholom in Gulfport and was a volunteer for the Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary and the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. Survivors include a son, Steven, Philadelphia; a daughter, Linda Kreshover, Langhorne, Pa.; two sisters, Minerva Snyder, Marlton, N.J., and Marlyn Codell, Philadelphia; and two grandchildren, Todd Mayover and Jesse Kreshover. Beth David South Chapel of David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg.
    • MOLLOY, THEOPHILUS BROWN LARIMORE "T.B.," 98, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at the Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay. Born in Spencer, Tenn., he came here in 1954 from McMinnville, Tenn., where he owned a laundry and dry cleaning business. He also owned Molloy Motel in Treasure Island. He was a member of the Committee of 100 and the Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce, where he served as president, vice president, treasurer and secretary, and was a member of the board of directors. He was a volunteer firefighter. In 1979, he was honored by the mayor of Treasure Island for outstanding leadership. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and sports. He was a lifetime member of Central Church of Christ and was a member of Northwest Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Mary; a son, Lari, Arcadia; three brothers, Robert N., Edward B. and Logan H., all of McMinnville; three grandsons; and three great-grandchildren. Beach Memorial Chapel, St. Pete Beach.
    • MOON, EDWARD L., 68, of Punta Gorda, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Dec. 27, 2002) at Tampa General Hospital. Born in Franklin, N.J., he came here in 1967 and moved to Punta Gorda 11 months ago. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean war. He retired as a research chemist for Jim Walter Corp. of Tampa. He was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church, where he was a youth group volunteer. He was a member of Scout Sertoma Club, Florida Safety Council and the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. He was a Little League baseball coach, and a scoutmaster. He received the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to youth and was president of the Placido Bayou Homeowners Association. He enjoyed fishing and boating. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen A.; three daughters, Kathy Moon and Trisha Bouffard, both of Orlando, and Cindy Moss, Lake Mary; a son, E.J., Tampa; two sisters, Vivian Reilly, Lafayette, La., and Mary Lou Sheridan, New Port Richey; and five grandchildren. Roberson Funeral Home, Punta Gorda Chapel.
    • NIXON, GERTRUDE NORRIS, 98, of Sugar Hill, Ga., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) in Lawrenceville, Ga. Born in River Forest, Ill., she came here in 1999 from Michigan. She was a homemaker and was a member of Level Creek United Methodist Church in Suwannee, Ga. Survivors include a son, John N. Nixon; her parents, Arthur and Emma Norris; four sisters, Dorothy, Alice, Mary and Florence; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, New Port Richey.
    • PRICE, SUSAN, 53, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at Hospice House Woodside. There are no known survivors. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • ROWE, LLOYD, 72, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Dec. 24, 2002) at St. Anthony's Hospital. He came here in 1958 from Temple, Ga. He worked in maintenance at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines and Roberts Printing. He was an Army veteran. He was Baptist. Survivors include two brothers, Thomas, Carrollton, Ga., and Manoah, St. Petersburg; and five sisters, Nazelene Dyer, Decatur, Ga., Hattie Roberts and Joyce Mapp, both of Atlanta, Agnes Turner, Smyrna, Ga., and Ophelia Jones-Rowe, Clearwater. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • THOMPSON, WILLIE L. "TOMMIE LAWRENCE," 59, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. He was a St. Petersburg native. He was a laborer and was Baptist. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include two brothers, Warren Hayes and Charles P. Hayes, a sister, Betty A. Thompson, and his mother, Johnnie Mae Hayes, all of St. Petersburg. McRae Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • TOWNE, ALLISON D. "AL," 83, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Dec. 27, 2002) at Lexington Health and Rehabilitation. Born in Dumond, Iowa, he came here in 1996 from Marysville, Calif. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and served as a sergeant. He was an accountant and was Lutheran. Survivors include two sons, Dana, St. Petersburg, and Kerry, Key Largo; three daughters, Vicki Smith, Key Largo, Pam Smith, Tallahassee, and Theresa Curtis, St. Petersburg; a brother, George, West Sacramento, Calif.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • ZACHARY, MARIE B., 64, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Dec. 27, 2002) in Duluth, Ga. She was a native of North Carolina. She attended Campbell University and the University of North Carolina, earning a bachelor's degree in elementary education, and graduated with a master's degree from the University of South Florida. She was a teacher at Shore Acres Elementary and later served as an educational diagnostician for the student services department of the Pinellas County school system. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Teri Z. Hernandez, Duluth, and Janine Z. Noyes, St. Petersburg; and five grandchildren. Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel, Duluth, Ga.
    • ZELLERS, DR. PARKER R., 75, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in Worcester, Mass., he came here in 1992 from Ypsilanti, Mich. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was a writer, director and producer for the Armed Forces Network in Germany. He earned a bachelor's degree from Emerson College in Boston, a master's degree in speech and theater from Indiana University, and a doctorate from the University of Iowa. He taught at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti for 28 years and appeared in leading roles at Boarshead Theatre in Lansing-Grand Ledge, Mich. He was a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg Little Theater, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Theatre Association. Survivors include a sister, Marilyn Macfarlane, and a brother, Donald, both of St. Petersburg. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

    Seminole

    • DiBUONO, MICHAEL A., 83, of Seminole, died Tuesday (Dec. 24, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. Born in Marlboro, Mass., he came here in 1983 from Herrin, Ill. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and retired as a national sales manager for Norge-Maytag Appliance Co. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and American Legion Post 252 in Seminole. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor; two sons, Michael Jr., Centerville, Mass., and Thomas, Hubbardston, Mass.; two daughters, Maryann Heber, Cotuit, Mass., and Eileen DiBuono, Sandwich, Mass.; a brother, Judge Anthony J. DiBuono, Punta Gorda; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Seminole.
    • POMPA, BENJAMIN V. "BENNY," 80, of Seminole, died Thursday (Dec. 26, 2002) at Wright's Nursing Home. He came here in 1960 from his native Philadelphia. He was an iron worker and was Catholic. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars in Clearwater. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Betty M.; two stepsons, Jim Vinyard, Seminole, and Gary Wayne Vinyard, Largo; a stepdaughter, Alice Marie Lane, Chattanooga, Tenn.; a brother, Anthony, Monroe, Va.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • REDDAWAY, BETTY BERTHA (BRAUN), 83, of Seminole, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. She was born in Dover, Ohio, and came here from Miami, where she had lived many years and retired from Super-X Kroger. She was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Seminole. Survivors include her husband, Richard; two sons, Thomas, Orlando, and Terry, Virginia Beach, Va.; three daughters, Susan Keith and Elizabeth Reed, both of Largo, and Nancy Meyer, Atlanta; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Neptune Society, Palm Harbor.
    • STENJEM, ELIZABETH BERGE, 82, of Seminole, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in Minneapolis, she came here in 1998 from Dallas. She retired after 10 years as a customer service representative for the Dallas County tax department. She was a Women's Army Corp veteran of World War II. She was a member of the American Business Womens Association in Dallas, and was a former director of volunteers for Madison (Wis.) General Hospital for six years. Survivors include three daughters, Nancy Kimmel, Keokuk, Iowa, Susan Sas, Seminole, and Sherry Stenjem, Lehigh Acres; two sons, Thomas Stenjem, Madison, and David Stenjem, Beloit, Wis.; a brother, Herbert Berge, Bridgman, Mich.; a niece, Kathy Bronner, Edina, Minn.; and four grandchildren. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

    South Pasadena

    • DIEPEN, LOIS JEAN, 75, of South Pasadena, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at Pasadena Manor. Born in Harvey, Ill., she came here in 1978 from Chicago. She was an office manager for radio station WWBA. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, George; a daughter, Dierdre G. Gibler, Normal, Ill.; a sister, Patricia A. Benjatka, Port Richey; a brother, Roger Waaso, Chicago Heights, Ill.; and five grandchildren. Brett Funeral Home and Cremation Service, St. Petersburg.
    • SOUZA, DAVID, 59, of South Pasadena, died Monday (Dec. 30, 2002) at Watkins Personal Care Home in Montrose, Ga. He was born in Boston. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and was Catholic. Survivors include his caregiver, Malcolm Watkins, Montrose. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
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