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January 30, 2003
SUNCOAST OBITUARIES

Thursday, January 30, 2003

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  • ELDERS, CHARLES G., 77, of Lake Panasoffkee, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003) in Inverness. Born in Esther, Mo., he came here in 1998 from Goose Creek, Mo. He was a restaurant and bar owner and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and VFW. He was Methodist. Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Brush; two sons, Keith, Mount Olive, Ill., and Glen, Staunton, Ill.; a daughter, Marla Bridges, Springfield, Mo.; three brothers, Don, Desloge, Mo., Vernon, Robertsville, Mo., and Dean, Florissant, Mo.; a sister, Marie Ratcliff, Desloge; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness.
  • LEEK, ELLEN I., 83, of Crystal River, died Saturday (Jan. 25, 2003) at Seven Rivers Community Hospital, Crystal River. Born in Killbuck, N.Y., she came here in 1970 from Meadville, Pa. She was a retired clerk for Wal-Mart. She was a member of the Moose Auxiliary Lodge 96, a 20-year volunteer at Seven Rivers Community Hospital and a member of Crystal River United Methodist Church. Survivors include her daughter, Margaret Scouten, Crystal River; a sister, Ada Childs, Humpfrey, N.Y.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Brown Funeral Home & Crematory, Crystal River.
  • ROBINETTE, MARIE ELIZABETH, 58, of Crystal River, formerly of Dade City, died Saturday (Jan. 18, 2003) in Crystal River. Born in Baltimore, she was a longtime resident of Dade City. She was an Air Force lieutenant colonel and served in Operation Desert Storm. She was a member of Gideons, and an alumni of Gordon Keller School for Nursing at the University of Tampa. She received the Gordon Keller Award for the Best Bedside Nurse of Class of 1965. Survivors include her husband, Jerome; four daughters, Susan, Gena, Lare and Becky; four sons, Michael, Robert, Bobby and Jamie; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • SMITH, ROBERT EDWARD SR., 75, of Lecanto, died Tuesday (Jan. 7, 2003) in Crystal River. Born in McCleansboro, Ill., he came here in 2000 from Dearborn Heights, Mich. He was a 1950 graduate of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, Rolla, Mo., where he earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He was a civil engineer for the Missouri Highway Department, Illinois Division of Highways, Ford Motor Co. and an appraiser for American Appraisal Associates. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Citrus Shrine Club, Shrine Mausoleum Temple, Shrine Egypt Temple Tampa and First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River. He had coached Little League baseball. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Emma Lou Gholson; a son, R. Edward Smith Jr., Wellington; a daughter, Ruth Eadie Regenburgh, Houston; a brother, John William, Mascoutah, Ill.; two granddaughters and a step-granddaughter. Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness.
  • SWISHER, LEROY EDWARD "SWISH," 67, of Inverness, died Sunday (Jan. 26, 2003) at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. He came here 17 years ago from his native Warren, Ohio. He was a retired steel worker and an Army veteran. He was employed by the Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club. He was Protestant. Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Thelma Jean (Garvey); a son, Les, Warren, Ohio; a daughter, Lisa Scribben, Newton Falls, Ohio; three stepsons, Ronnie and Terry Bishop, both of Springfield, Ohio, and Robert Bishop Jr., Fowler, Ohio; two stepdaughters, Robyn Scurlock, Springfield, Ohio, and Kathy Zock, Inverness; a grandson and 18 step-grandchildren; and 15 step-great-grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness.
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  • WASHINGTON, LAVERNE W., 92, of Brooksville, died Thursday (Jan. 23, 2003) at home under the care of Hernando-Pasco Hospice. She was a lifelong resident of her native Brooksville. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Shady Rest, past president of the Widows Club, past president of the Sunlight Pallbearers Society 11 and past site manager of Congregate Meals. Survivors include two sons, Cifford and Harry, and four daughters, Bettye Morgan, Mamie Sanders and Brenda Mobley, all of Brooksville, and Jo Ann Harris, Tampa; a brother, Nathaniel Mayo, Brooksville; a sister, Hortense Mathis, Daytona Beach; 25 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren. Community Funeral Service, Brooksville.
  • JUSINO, JUAN A., 75, of Spring Hill, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Sangerman, Puerto Rico, he came here eight years ago from Newport News, Va. He was a retired supervisor for a base commissary. He was an Army veteran of World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a member of the Spring Hill Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Elpidia; four sons, Armando, Columbia, S.C., Arnold, Pittsburgh, David and Edgar, both of Newport News; a daughter, Wanda Vyborny, Spring Hill; a sister, Virgen Mina, Puerto Rico; and 12 grandchildren. Pinecrest Funeral Chapels, Spring Hill.
  • NESBIT, HOWARD R., 85, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at home. Born in Corunna, Mich., he came here 21 years ago from Parma Heights, Ohio. He was a retired field and service representative for a Cadillac dealer. He was a member of the Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582. Survivors include his wife, Ruby; two sons, Richard, Westlake, Ohio, and Robert, Parma, Ohio; two daughters, Jeanne Sterling, Brookville, Ohio, and Karen Wagoner, Miamisburg, Ohio; and four grandchildren. Pinecrest Funeral Chapels, Brooksville.
  • WASHINGTON, LAVERNE W., 92, of Brooksville, died Thursday (Jan. 23, 2003) at home under the care of Hernando-Pasco Hospice. She was a lifelong resident of her native Brooksville. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Shady Rest, past president of the Widows Club, past president of the Sunlight Pallbearers Society 11 and past site manager of Congregate Meals. Survivors include two sons, Cifford and Harry, and four daughters, Bettye Morgan, Mamie Sanders and Brenda Mobley, all of Brooksville, and Jo Ann Harris, Tampa; a brother, Nathaniel Mayo, Brooksville; a sister, Hortense Mathis, Daytona Beach; 25 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren. Community Funeral Service, Brooksville.
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  • BARNES, HUBERT C., 78, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Jan. 22, 2003) at University Community Hospital. Born in Calloway County, Ky., he moved to Tampa several years ago and was a factory worker. Survivors include his wife, Martha. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.
  • HERTUS, JEAN MARY, 69, of Brandon, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at Brandon Regional Hospital. Born in Bangalore, India, she moved to the Tampa area 23 years ago from Virginia and attended Holy Innocent's Episcopal Church. Survivors include her husband, John I. Hertus; two daughters, Jane A. Dial, Brandon, and Susan Dykens, St. Petersburg; a sister, Patricia Parkes, Ottawa, Canada; and three grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • MANETTA, ARTHUR W. JR., 48, of Monarch Beach, Calif., formerly of Tampa, died Thursday (Jan. 23, 2003). Born in Tampa, he earned master's degrees in architecture from Pennsylvania State University and Rice University, and a master's degree in business administration from the University of California Irvine. He was vice president of TriQuest Development, Irvine. Survivors include two daughters, Etianne and Alia Manetta; his parents, Mildred and Arthur Manetta, Boca Raton; a sister, Leah Markert, Boca Raton; and several other family members. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • MITCHELL, FRANCES, 81, of Tampa, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003) at West Bay Rehab & Nursing Center in Oldsmar. She moved to the Tampa area 50 years ago from Bluefield, W.Va. She was a housekeeper and a bingo player. Survivors include a brother, Perry Bowling, Cleveland; a niece, Priscilla Pack, Tampa; and a grandniece, Danee Haumesser, Tampa. Morgan Funeral Home & Cremation Services, New Port Richey.
  • NEWTON, RITA DAWN, 58, of Parkton, N.C., formerly of Valrico, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003) at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in Mullins, S.C., she lived in Valrico for 20 years. She was a loan officer for Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union. Survivors include a son, Bill Newton, Valrico; two daughters, Rita Lazio, Georgetown, Ky., and Jamie Humphrey, Plant City; mother, Myrtle Church, North Carolina; a brother, James Church, North Carolina; a sister, Jean McNeill, Seffner; and three grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • SANDERS, MEDA F., 86, of Brandon, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003). Born in Bowling Green, Ohio, she moved to the Tampa area 57 years ago from West Virginia. Survivors include a son, Paul G. Sanders Jr.; a daughter, Judy Matthews, both of Brandon; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • WRIGHT, WILLIAM E. SR., 84, of Tampa, died Sunday (Jan. 26, 2003). Born in Pike County, Ala., he moved to the Tampa area in 1951. He retired as a foreman for the city of Tampa. He was Baptist. Survivors include a son, Denny; a brother, L.M. Wright; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.
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  • BARTKUS, PETER J., 89, of Holiday, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Waterbury, Conn., he came here 25 years ago from Putnam, Conn. He was a supervisor for Brass Factory, Waterbury. He was a member of the Eagles Aerie 3153, Knights of Columbus Holiday and Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Anna C.; a daughter, Patricia Rose Sprung, Whitkoff, N.J.; three sons, Howard, Surprise, Ariz., Darrell and Richard, both of Waterbury; and eight grandchildren. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • BRUSSOW, JAMES W., 66, of Lake Placid, formerly of New Port Richey, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003) at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa. He came to Florida in 1988 from his native Saginaw, Mich. He was the assistant principal and athletic director for Bridgeport High School with 30 years of service. Survivors include his wife, Jeanette; two sons, Jamie, Clearwater, and Brad, Grand Rapids, Mich.; a daughter, Jill England, Florence, Ky.; two brothers, William, Saginaw, and Marvin, Frankenmuth, Mich.; and seven grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Clearwater.
  • CODDINGTON, LAWRENCE, 92, of New Port Richey, died Wednesday (Jan. 29, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, New Port Richey. Born in White Plains, N.Y., he came here 30 years ago from New Milford, N.J. He was an accountant for Mutual of New York Insurance and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the VFW Chester McKay Post 7987 and Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Survivors include a daughter, Janice R. Chalker, Atlanta; two brothers, Michael V. McGrath, Carbondale, Pa., and Edward T. McGrath, Bronx, N.Y.; and two grandchildren. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • GESNAKER, PATRICIA, 78, of Hudson, died Saturday (Jan. 25, 2003) in Hudson. Born in Indianapolis, she came here from Mooresville, Ind. She was a billing clerk for Renners Express Trucking. Survivors include her husband, George; a son, Kevin Tussey, and a daughter, Sheila Richardville, both of Danville, Ind.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Prevatt Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hudson.
  • GIGLIO, ANNA, 76, of New Port Richey, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she came here in 1990 from Carle Place, N.Y. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Nicholas; a son, Robert, Bethlehem, Pa.; a daughter, Joanne Giglio, New Port Richey, a brother, Joseph D'Amico, Port Richey; a sister, Bessie Mistretta, Alpharetta, Ga.; and five grandchildren. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, New Port Richey.
  • GOOCH, SHIRLEY ANN, 60, of Port Richey, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003) at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, New Port Richey. Born in Detroit, she came here in 1995 from Taylor, Mich. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Chapel Worship Center of New Port Richey. Survivors include four sons, Scott, Spring Hill, Mark, David and Patrick, all of Port Richey; two daughters, Michelle Gooch, New Port Richey, and Ruth Ann Gooch, Port Richey; her mother, Eileen Carl, Michigan; and four grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • HARPER, MICHAEL D., 73, of Hudson, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at home. Born in Antigua and Barbuda, he came here in 1991 from New York City and was an elevator starter. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia; four sons, Carl, Michael D. Harper Jr. and Keith, all of New York, and Herman, Maryland; three daughters, Claudette Hopkins, North Carolina, Judy Hewit, Hudson, and Michelle Harper, Tampa; a brother, Howard Beazer, Antigua; three sisters, Lillian Punter, Bronx, N.Y., Leona Downey and Victoria Edwards, both of United Kingdom; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • HARRIS, JOSEPH H., 80, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (Jan. 25, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in New Port Richey. Born in Coal City, Pa., he came here in 2002 from Mason, Mich. He was a retired automotive mechanic and an Army veteran. He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Survivors include four sons, Joseph, New Port Richey, Robert, Maine, Carey, Nashua, N.H., and Charles, Merrimac, N.H.; three sisters, Donna Federenko, California, Pa., Claire Claypoole, Westview, Pa., and Virginia Conn, South Haven, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • HART, ALFRED C. "CAPT. AL," 65, of Zephyrhills, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003) in Tampa. He was born in Syracuse, N.Y. He was an Air Force veteran and was a fire chief in Central Square, N.Y. He was a meat cutter, school bus driver and captain for Alex Bay Boat Tours. He served on the Village Board of Trustees in Central Square. Survivors include his wife, Joan (Seguin); three sons, Michael C., Constantia, N.Y., Andrew J., Marine Corps, Columbia, S.C. and Peter J., Marine Corps, Hawaii; a stepson, Peter Seguin, Clay, N.Y.; two stepdaughters, Barbara J. Seguin, North Syracuse, N.Y., and Patricia Sotherden, Liverpool, N.Y.; many aunts and uncles; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and 11 grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • MARKUS, RAYMOND A., 79, of New Port Richey, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. He came here 28 years ago from his native Chicago. He was retired from U.S. Steel. Survivors include his wife, Juanita; two daughters, Barbara Rockett, Spring Hill, and Darlene Brewster, Bluefield, W.Va.; a son, Raymond A. Markus Jr., Brooksville, Ohio; several stepchildren; three brothers, Norman, Spring Hill, Gilbert and Herbert, both of Chicago; and four grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • MATER, MELISSA C. "SUE," 85, of Hudson, formerly of Holiday, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at home. Born in Brockport, N.Y., she moved to Holiday in 1972 from Rochester, N.Y., and moved to Hudson in 1996. She was a retired head counselor for Eastman Kodak with over 25 years of service. She was a Navy WAVE veteran of World War II and a member of Eastern Star. Survivors include her sister, Leona M. Coner, Hudson. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday.
  • MURPHY, DOLORES IRENE, 67, of Hudson, died Sunday (Jan. 26, 2003) at home. She came here in 1983 from her native Chicago. She was a homemaker and a member of the Highlands Civic Association. She was Roman Catholic. Survivors include three sons, Danny Earl, Chicago, Eric Phillip, Hudson, and Mark James, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and two brothers, Steven Benton, Hudson, and Thomas Benton, Benton, Ky. Bell Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • QUARTARARO, IDA MAE, 78, of New Port Richey, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, New Port Richey. Born in New Orleans, she came to Florida in 1983 from Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. She worked as a cafeteria aide for the Sachem School District and was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Joseph; two sons, Joseph P., Virginia Beach, and Michael, New Port Richey; a daughter, Donatile Ruscito, Geneva, N.Y.; a brother, Wilson Peterson, Phoenix; a sister, Yvonne Dietrich, Long Island, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Bell Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • ROBINETTE, MARIE ELIZABETH, 58, of Crystal River, formerly of Dade City, died Saturday (Jan. 18, 2003) in Crystal River. Born in Baltimore, she was a long-time resident of Dade City. She was an Air Force lieutenant colonel and served in Operation Desert Storm. She was a member of Gideons, and an alumna of Gordon Keller School for Nursing at the University of Tampa. She received the Gordon Keller Award for the Best Bedside Nurse of Class of 1965. Survivors include her husband, Jerome; four daughters, Susan, Gena, Lare and Becky; four sons, Michael, Robert, Bobby and Jamie; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • ROGOWSKI, FRANCIS J., 75, of Bayonet Point, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) in Bayonet Point. Born in Maspeth, N.Y., he came here 15 years ago from Hicksville, N.Y. He was a supervisor for ITT Communications and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Port Richey VFW Post 6180 and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia J. Rogowski, Bayonet Point; three sisters, Wanda S. Stanton, Alabama, Barbara Muller, Schenectady, N.Y., and Helena Nichols, Montauk, N.Y.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Prevatt Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hudson.
  • VANDYKE, DOLORES L., 71, of Port Richey, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at Tandem Health Care, Hudson. Born in Paterson, N.J., she came here 20 years ago from West Milford, N.J. She was a cashier for Publix. Survivors include her sister, Betty Campagna, Port Richey. Prevatt Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hudson.
  • WILCOX, ETHEL MAE, 90, of Zephyrhills, formerly of Tampa, died Sunday (Jan. 26, 2003) in Dade City. Born in Detroit, she came here in 1988 from Tampa, where she was a welder at the Tampa Shipyards. She was Greek Orthodox. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • WILD, EDWIN J., 79, of New Port Richey, formerly of Tampa, died Wednesday (Jan. 29, 2003) at Madison Pointe Nursing Center, New Port Richey. Born in Gorham, N.H., he came here two years ago from Tampa. He was a retired carpenter and an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. He attended the Fellowship Baptist Church of New Port Richey. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Mary P.; a daughter, Christine M. Gregorio, Rutland, Vt.; three brothers, Norman, Laguna, Calif., Earle, Cortland, N.Y., and Yves, Berlin, N.H.; two sisters, Hilda Wild, West Bethel, Maine, and Blondie Wild, Bath, Maine; two grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, New Port Richey.
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    Clearwater

    • ANDREWS, EDNA MAE, 75, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, Tarpon Springs. She came here in 1983 from her native Indianapolis, where she retired as a molder for a plastics company. Survivors include two daughters, Patricia M. Andrews and Peggy Andrews, both of Clearwater; a son, Robert L., Green Castle, Ind.; a sister, Mariam McNeely, Clearwater; and a grandchild. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • BRANKO, WILLIAM "BILL," of Clearwater, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003) at home under the care of family and Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He came here in 1984 from his native Chicago, where he retired after 31 years with the Chicago Police Department. He was an Army intelligence officer in World War II and served in Europe. He performed as Santa Claus and in other musical productions for the Suncoast New Neighbors. Survivors include his wife, Sonia "Sunny;" a daughter, Holly Berry Schmid, Northbrook, Ill.; five grandchildren, Jacqueline Schmid, Abby Schmid and Christine Schmid, all of Northbrook; and Zachary Berry and Dylan Berry, both of Arlington Heights, Ill. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • BROADWELL, ANITA M., 91, of Hudson, formerly of Clearwater, died Sunday (Jan. 19, 2003) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. She was born in Burlington, Vt., and moved to Hudson in 1967 from Clearwater. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Wendell; a son, James, Hudson; and a sister, Doris Marqurie, Burlington. Wellwood/Grace Funeral Home & Cemetery, Hudson.
    • CHAWK, ROBERT A., 80, of Ocala, formerly of Clearwater, died Sunday (Jan. 26, 2003) in Ocala. He retired as a salesman for ECOLAB Inc. He was a Navy veteran of World War II with the rank of fire control third class and served in the Pacific Theater aboard the light cruiser USS Montpelier. He was a charter member of Southwest Christian Church of Ocala. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Nancy; two sons, William, Safety Harbor, and Michael, Temple Terrace. Hiers-Baxley Funeral Service at TimberRidge, Ocala.
    • GREENE, GLENN A., 76, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. He was born in Middleton, Mich., and came here in 1961 from Lansing, Mich. He worked as a welder for a boat trailer manufacturer. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was Baptist and a member of Heisler-Johnson American Legion Post 119, Moose Lodge 2205 and Elks Lodge 2159, all of Largo. Survivors include two daughters, Donna Murch, Clearwater, and Kathy Seeloff, Brooksville; two sons, Roger Ketchum, Clearwater, and Kenny Greene, Brooksville; a sister, Donna Jenks, Georgia; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • HASKINS, AGNESE "NELLIE," 75, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in Italy and came here in 1987 from West Bloomfield, Mich. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Robert; a daughter, Nanette Grantham, Tampa; a son, Robert Jr., Jackson, Mich.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
    • JENKINS, DANE S., 64, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Jan. 26, 2003) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Huntington Park, Calif., and came here in 1984 from Los Angeles. He was a singer and songwriter. Survivors include his companion of 22 years, Carol Steinrock; a son, Kevin Danzig, North Carolina; two daughters, Siouxie Boshoff, Clearwater, and Karen Dane, Hollywood, Calif.; his mother, Kim Eisner, Palm Springs, Calif.; a sister, Sandra Lavine, Mission Viejo, Calif.; and six grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • LAMAR, OLIDIA G., 77, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, Tarpon Springs. She was born in Cuba and came here in 2002 from California. She was a teacher and a member of the Abrazar Senior Center. Survivors include a son, Mario F. Gonzalez, Clearwater; a sister, Iria Gomez De Ortiz, Puerto Rico; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Clearwater Funeral Home at Belcher, Dunedin.
    • MITCHELL, MIRIAM P., 83, of Clearwater, formerly of Holiday, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor. She was born in Butler, N.J., moved to Holiday in 1982 from New Jersey and moved in 1986 to Clearwater. She was a retired registered nurse and also played piano at the Hamptons. She was a member of Butler United Methodist Church and Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, both in Massachusetts. Survivors include a son, Robert E. "Bob," Kinnelon, N.J.; and a grandson, Drew, New Jersey. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • RUGE, KENNETH W., 50, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He came here in 1975 from his native Detroit. He worked more than 25 years in hotel management. He was Lutheran and a former member of a drum and bugle corps in Detroit. Survivors include a son, Kenneth Carl, and a daughter, Nancy Leigh Ruge, both of Charlotte, Mich.; his parents, Ruby and Carl Ruge, Hudson; two brothers, Mark, Largo, and Arthur, Mableton, Ga.; three sisters, Kathy Ruge, Dunedin, Jane Ruge, Ocoee, and Christine Stitt, Chugiak, Alaska. American Heritage Cremation Society, Clearwater.
    • SOLTIS, ALBERT PAUL, 81, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Jan. 25, 2003) at Tandem Health Care at Safety Harbor. He was born in Lorain, Ohio, and came here in 1966 from Detroit. He was an insurance salesman and retired in 1983 after 16 years with Allstate Insurance, Clearwater. He was an Army veteran of World War II with the rank of sergeant. He was a non-athlete member of USA Swimming for more than 25 years and an officials chairman for Florida Swimming for more than 10 years. He received the Maxwell Award 20003, the highest national USA Swimming officials award. This year 2003 Florida Swimming will present the Al Soltis Award for excellence as a stroke and turn official. Survivors include two daughters, Carol Grabowski, San Antonio, Fla., and Jeanette Miller, Fort Myers; three sons, James, Grand Rapids, Mich., Raymond, High Point, N.C., and Douglas, Seymour, Tenn.; two stepdaughters, Dawn Shaw, Tampa, and Debbie Dickey, Petoskey, Mich.; two stepsons, David Dickey, Quincy, Mass., and Douglas Dickey, San Jose, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • WILLIAMS, ANNIE RUTH, 69, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Jan. 26, 2003) at home. She came here in 1971 from her native Columbia, Tenn. Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Willie; a brother, Hubert Jackson Jr., Clearwater; a niece, Annie Jewel Jackson, Tampa; and a nephew, Cletus Jackson, Nashville. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.

    Dunedin

    • BECKWITH, CHARLES A., 71, of Dunedin, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. He was born in Chicago and came here in 1986 from Fairfax, Va. He retired from the Air Force with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; three sons, Charles J. and Bruce A., both of Dunedin, and Steven E., Corona, Calif.; and five grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.
    • GAGNE, PAUL A., 74, of Dunedin, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He came here in 1999 from his native Concord, N.H., where he retired as a business administrator. He was an Army veteran. He was president of the Lake Highlander Mobile Home Park Association. Survivors include his wife, Judith A.; a son, Jeffrey Wonson, Warner, N.H.; a daughter, Debby Wonson, Concord; three brothers, Robert, Concord, Richard, Rochester, N.H., and Thomas, Chichester, N.H.; and three sisters, Madelaine DesMarais, Duxbury, Mass., and Rose-Marie Everett and Rita St. Laurent, both of Bow, N.H. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • TURTURILLO, ANTHONY P., 79, of Dunedin, died Friday (Jan. 24, 2003) at University of Chicago Hospital. He was born in Chicago and came here in 1986 from Lansing, Ill. He worked as a truck driver for W.W. Young in Chicago and locally for Clearwater Lawn Bowl. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member and usher of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Dunedin. Survivors include five sons, Daniel Turturillo, Chicago, George Parzygnat and John Parzygnat Jr., both of Lansing, Michael Turturillo, Crown Point, Ind., and Dominic Turturillo, Dyer, Ind.; two daughters, Sandi Davenport, Yakima, Wash., and Angela Payne, Lake Zurich, Ill.; two sisters, Lucy Bell, Calumet City, Ill., and Dolly Stafford, Iron River, Mich.; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

    Largo

    • ALLEN, GRACE A., 88, of Largo, died Saturday (Jan. 25, 2003) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Boston and came here in 1978 from Marshfield, Mass. She was a homemaker and member of St. Angela's Catholic Church of Mattapan, Mass. She enjoyed knitting. Survivors include four daughters, Patricia M. Barclay, Bolivia, N.C., Grace Louise Nazzaro, Saugus, Mass., Mary E. Siekman, Wrentham, Mass., and Nancy Connerty-Banios, Troy, Ohio; three brothers, Paul Horrigan, William Horrigan and Robert Horrigan, all of Florida; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. RJ Ross Funeral Home, Wrentham, Mass.
    • BARKER, MILDRED A., 83, of Largo, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. She came here in 1980 from her native Philadelphia, where she retired as an auditor for Redding/Conrail. She was a member of Seminole First Baptist Church and Brotherhood of Railway Clerks. Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Edward; and a nephew, Donald Stenzel, St. Petersburg. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • BIRKET, MARY LOUISE, 93, of Richmond, Texas, formerly of Largo, died Friday (Jan. 24, 2003) in Richmond. She came here in 1955 from her native Peoria, Ill. She was a homemaker and a member of First Christian Church of Largo and a charter member of Glen Oak Christian Church of Peoria. Survivors include two daughters, Diane L. Gibbs, Richmond, and Suzanne J. Fender, Waynesville, N.C.; a son, Jerald H., Orlando; a niece, Virginia Bailey, Livermore, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • DOWNING, DOROTHY L., 72, of Largo, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at Palm Garden of Pinellas, Largo nursing home. She was born in Cleveland and came here in 1963 from Buffalo, N.Y. She formerly co-owned and operated Belleair Coins & Antiques. She was a member and eucharistic minister of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and a member of Elks Lodge 2159, Largo. She volunteered at the church gift shop and for Hospice of the Florida Suncoast and was a docent at Heritage Village, Largo. Survivors include two sons, Richard D., Largo, and Michael D., Atlanta; two daughters, Patricia J. Mickie, Treasure Island, and Cheryl Langlois, Keller, Texas; and four grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • FICCO, VINCENT SR., 91, of Largo, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at Pasadena Manor, South Pasadena. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here in 1975 from Westbury, N.Y. He was a retired lithographer for Weyerhauser, Long Island, N.Y., and a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He was Methodist and a woodworker. Survivors include a daughter, Madelyn Reid, Seminole; a son, Vincent Jr., St. Petersburg; and two grandchildren, Shane T. Ficco, St. Petersburg, and Kristina M. Parr, Gainesville. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • HARAKAS, JUNE J., 74, of Largo, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. She was born in Coaldale, Pa., and came here in 1953 from Pennsylvania. She worked as a restaurant server. She was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church, Largo, and the auxiliary of Holiday Isles Elks Lodge 1912, Madeira Beach. Survivors include her husband, Marion "Pete;" a daughter, Annette Hall, St. Petersburg; a brother, William Hughes, Pennsylvania; a sister, Merle Anne Whitebread, Burwick, Pa.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • JENNINGS, MARY C., 79, of Largo, died Thursday (Jan. 23, 2003) at home. She was born in Largo and returned here in 1985 from Plymouth, Mass., where she retired as a teacher and counselor after 20 years. She was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Largo, and St. Mary Catholic Church of Plymouth, Mass. Survivors include a sister, Leonna Jennings; and six nieces and nephews. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • PARKER, DOROTHY H. PENNINGTON, 91, of Hillsdale, Pa., formerly of Largo, died Monday (Jan. 20, 2003) at Beverly Healthcare Mountain View, Hillsdale. She was born in Glen Campbell, Pa. She came here 1990 and returned in 2000 to Pennsylvania. SHe retired as a director of nursing in New York and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. She was an Army veteran of World War II with the rank of lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps. She served in the Eruropean and Asian theaters and received a Purple Heart. She was Presbyterian and a member of DAV Chapter 143 and the All Nurses Legion Jane Delarro Post 122, both of Largo. Survivors include a daughter, Sharron M. Prugenic, Florida; two sons, Curtis C., Southampton, N.Y., and John James Paul Parker, New York. Bennett & Houser Funeral Home, Clearfield, Pa.
    • ROSS, ALLEN H. SR., 72, of New Port Richey, formerly of Largo, died Sunday (Jan. 26, 2003) in New Port Richey. He came to Florida in 1988 from his native Rochester, N.Y. He owned a St. Petersburg restaurant and was a National Guard veteran. He was Protestant. Survivors include his wife, Mildred; four sons, Ronald, Patrick and Allen Ross Jr., all of Rochester, and Timothy, Tiverton, R.I.; three daughters, Cheryl Toal, Crofton, Md., Linda Enright, Rochester, and Kimberly Ross, Tampa; three brothers, John, Dunedin, Henry, Palm Harbor, and William, Rochester; a sister, Elizabeth Riexinger, Spencer Port, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
    • SPRADLING, TERRY DEAN, 35, of Largo, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at home. He was born in Lawton, Okla., and came here in 1998 from Apache, Okla. He worked as a derrick hand for Bayard Oil Co., Oklahoma City, and was a National Guard veteran. He was Baptist and an avid fisherman and hunter. Survivors include a daughter, Dayna R. Spradling, and a son, Devin, both of Apache; his mother, Sharon M. Mitchell, Largo; three sisters, Sonya R. Anderson, Largo, Lena R. Spradling, Phoenix, and Gayla M. Toles, Anadarko, Okla.; two brothers, Mark L., Largo, and Wendell R., Holiday; and his maternal grandmother, Gertrude Wilson, Anadarko. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Largo Chapel.

    Palm Harbor

    • FEWELL, LEVIN "TOBY," 82, of Palm Harbor, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor. He was born in Alamo, Tenn., and came here in 1986 from Lone Oak, Ky. He retired as a food service supervisor at Western Baptist Hospital, Paducah, Ky. He also retired after 20 years in the Navy and was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Northwest Tampa Church-Christ, the Fleet Reserve of Dunedin and the Lions Club. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Bonnie; three daughters, Daphene Sue Gage, Palm Harbor, Mary Kalil, Dunedin, and Elizabeth McGill, Opelika, Ala.; two brothers, Billy and Harry, both of Alamo; and six grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

    Safety Harbor

    • BUNCICH, MARY R., of Safety Harbor, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Gary, Ind., and came here in 1991 from South Holland, Ill. She was a homemaker and Catholic. Survivors include two daughters, Debra A. Jinkerson, Safety Harbor, and Phyllis Yingling, Chandler, Ariz.; a son, Steven Buncich, Hammond, Ind.; a brother, John Evorik, Valparaiso, Ind.; a sister, Dorothy Lacey, Safety Harbor; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • GATES, MARIE L., 92, of Safety Harbor, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at Edgewater Retirement Manor, Clearwater. She was born in Tenants Harbor, Maine, and came here in 1996 from Nashua, N.H. She was a registered nurse. Survivors include a daughter, Linda J. Connaughton, Safety Harbor; and two granddaughters, Cindy Cressmen, Palm Harbor, and Amy Connaughton, Safety Harbor. Clearwater Funeral Home & Cremation Options.
    • LIVINGSTON, PATSY R., 54, of Safety Harbor, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at home. She was born in Steele, Mo., and came here in 1976 from Ann Arbor, Mich. She was office manager for a family-owned business Retirement Resources Advisory Inc., for more than 16 years in Clearwater. She was a world traveler and enjoyed scuba diving and golf. Survivors include her husband of 22 years, J. Henry; a sister, Doris A. May; nine nephews; and two nieces. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • MARYANSKI, HELEN E., 78, of Safety Harbor, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003) at home. She was born in Clearfield, Pa., and came here in 1977 from Philadelphia. She was a homemaker and a member of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include two daughters, Gale Heim, Safety Harbor, and Elaine Cook, Colorado Springs, Colo.; three brothers, George Merva, Springfield, Pa., Michael Merva, Cochranville, Pa., and John Merva, North Olmsted, Ohio; two sisters, Agnes Bunyak, Hawk Run, Pa., and Margaret Lynch, Lakewood, Ohio; and two grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

    Tarpon Springs

    • GEAR, LUNA, of Tarpon Springs, died Sunday (Jan. 26, 2003) at Tampa General Hospital. She was born in Philadelphia and came here in 1967 from Millington, Tenn. She was a certified ophthalmic assistant and worked since 1968 for St. Luke's Eye & Cataract Institute, Tarpon Springs. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Tarpon Springs. She enjoyed traveling and bird watching. Survivors include two sons, Steven Snow, Cordova, Tenn., and Dr. John Snow, Pinetop, Ariz.; two sisters, Mary Wallace, Clearwater, and Eileen McQueary, Sun Valley, Calif.; and three grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

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    Pinellas Park

    • NIENOW, MILDRED V., 88, of Pinellas Park, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003) at Park Place of Pinellas Park. She was born in Plainview, Minn., and came here in 1977 from Milwaukee. She was an assembly packer until she retired. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and the Town Apartments Women's Club. Survivors include two nieces, Cheryl Clement and Phyllis Vonwald, both of Rochester, Minn. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-McLeod Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • SHAFFER, DOROTHY M., 80, of the Mainlands, Pinellas Park, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at St. Anthony's Hospital. She was born in Passaic, N.J., and came here in 2001 from Teaneck, N.J. She was a Women's Army Corps veteran of World War II. She was a homemaker and a member of the Gold Star Wives. Survivors include a daughter, D. Gail Barbagallo, Pinellas Park; a son, Jay D. Shaffer Jr., Sea Bright, N.J.; a brother, Robert E. Murray, Crossville, Tenn.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.

    St. Pete Beach

    • BARTLETT, ELIZABETH M., 99, of Columbia, S.C., formerly of St. Pete Beach, died Sunday (Jan. 26, 2003) in Columbia. She came here in 1957 from her native Rockford, Ill. She was a member of Pass-a-Grille Community Church, the Junior League of St. Petersburg and the Pass-a-Grille Women's Club. She was a founding member of the St. Pete Beach Library. Survivors include a brother, William M. Bartlett, Winnetka, Ill.; a daughter, Elizabeth Shell, Columbia; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Beach Memorial Chapel, St. Pete Beach.

    St. Petersburg

    • BENNETT, CHARLES W. JR., 63, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Dade City, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at Carrington Place Convalescent Center. Born in Eustis, he came here in 1993 from Dade City. He was an automotive technician in Sanford for 12 years. Survivors include two sons, Jim and Skip, both of St. Petersburg; and a sister, Deborah Bennett, Georgia. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • BERGER, ETHEL, 90, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at Menorah Manor. Born in Poland, she came here many years ago from New Jersey, where she was the owner of a candy store. She was a member of the United Hebrew Community Society. Survivors include a son-in-law, Earle C. Bowers III, New York City. Beth David South Chapel of David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg.
    • BRUNDIN, PHOEBE A., 85, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 26, 2003) at Crystal Oaks of Pinellas Park. Born in Jersey City, N.J., she came here in 1984 from Lake Hopatcong, N.J. She was a winter resident since 1969. She was a member of Order of Eastern Star Dover in Dover, N.J. Survivors include two sons, Carl E. Jr., Hampton, Va., and Douglas, Odenton, Md.; two daughters, Alberta Brundin, St. Petersburg, and Carolyn Colfax, Ringwood, N.J.; a brother, the Rev. Ralph A. Stalter, Virginia Beach, Va.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.
    • CAVENDER, H. WAYNE, 66, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Jan. 25, 2003) in New York City. He was a native of Charleston, W.Va., and came here in 1978 from Anderson, Ind. He was a member of the First Church of God, St. Petersburg. He was once the middle-heavyweight champion of AAU power-lifting in Indiana. He was the 1957 YMCA middleweight lifting champion and was a two-time winner of the Hawaii State AAU middleweight championship. He was an Army veteran. He received a master's degree in business management from Ball State University. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Ruth Ann; a brother, Bernard, and a sister, Patty, both of St. Albans, W.Va.; three sons, Bernie, Milford, Conn., Joby, Delray Beach, and Vance, Clearwater; a brother, Bernard, and a sister, Patty, both of St. Albans; and two grandchildren. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • CORK, PEGGY L., 54, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at Palm Garden of Largo. She came here in 1960 from her native Washington, Pa. She was a hairstylist at Cut Ups and was a member of Cornerstone Community Church. She was a member of the Ladies of the Oriental Shrine and Daughters of the Nile. Survivors include her husband of 19 years, Larry; two sisters, Patti Robison and Charlene Durilla, both of St. Petersburg; and four brothers, Frank Durilla, George Durilla and Richard Durilla, all of St. Petersburg, and Charles Durilla, Buffalo, N.Y. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • GILYARD, THERESA LYNETTE, 39, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Jan. 29, 2003) at St. Anthony's Hospital. A native of Eustis, she came here in 1995 from Mount Dora. Survivors include three sons, Michael Pittman, David Smith and Daryl Gilyard, and a daughter, Brittany Gilyard, all of St. Petersburg; two brothers, Jack L. Brown, St. Petersburg, and Larry L. Gilyard, Mount Dora; three sisters, Telash Harrington and Devash Harrington, both of St. Petersburg, and Kameash Harrington, Oklahoma; her maternal grandmother, Rose L. Brown, Mount Dora; and her companion, Johnny Jackson, St. Petersburg. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • HENGST, CALVIN E., 75, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at St. Anthony's Hospital. He was born in Queens, N.Y., and came here in 1973 from Fort Walton Beach. He was a hotel and restaurant inspector until he retired in 1990. He was Presbyterian. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Phyllis; three daughters, Laura Bruno and Linda Johnson, both of St. Petersburg, and Jackie Howard, Fort Walton Beach; and two grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • HOHNKE, GORDON L., 49, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003) at home. He was born in Traverse City, Mich., and came to St. Petersburg 23 years ago. He studied business at Ferris State University and Cleary College. He worked at Bob Lee Tire and Battery. Survivors include four brothers, Elmer, Leland, Mich., George, Sacramento, Calif., Alan, Russell, Pa., and Douglas, Traverse City. Martinson Funeral Home, Suttons Bay, Mich.
    • HOVER, RANDY, 28, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Jan. 24, 2003). Investigators said he likely jumped from the Sunshine Skyway bridge. He came here in 1983 from his native Grand Rapids, Mich. He was self-employed in sales. Survivors include his father, Dr. Robert Hover, St. Petersburg; his mother, Marilyn Hover, Grand Rapids; and a sister, Marilyn Hover, St. Petersburg. Abbey Affordable Cremation and Funeral Services, Largo.
    • JORDAN, ROMA L., 87, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at home. Born in Springfield, Ohio, she came here in 1946 from Ohio. She was a resort manager in Pennsylvania, New York and Florida for 40 years. Survivors include a stepson, Robert B. Jordan, St. Petersburg. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • KRYWY, HEDWIG, 94, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Born in Kingston, Pa., she came here in 1956 from Roselle, N.J. She retired as a seamstress and dressmaker. She was a member of St. Mary's Polish National Catholic Church and the Polish-American Society. Survivors include a daughter, Genevieve Morano, and a son, Nicholas Krywy, both of St. Petersburg; a sister, Stella Kolesnik, Lithuania; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • LEWIS, CAROL J., 41, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Tampa, died Wednesday (Jan. 22, 2003) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. Born in Miami, she was a legal assistant for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and was a member of Without Walls International Church in Tampa. Survivors include her mother, Josephine Lewis, Tampa; her father, Matthew Lewis, Richmond, Va.; a brother, Travis Lewis, Rochester, N.Y.; and a stepsister, Lisa Lewis. Ray Williams Funeral Home, Tampa.
    • LLEWELLYN, PAUL EUGENE SR., 84, of Cleveland, Tenn., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003) at Cleveland Community Hospital. He was a Merchant Marine veteran of World War II and was a member of the American Legion in St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife, Verlie; a son, Paul E. Jr., Stockbridge, Ga.; a daughter, Pamela Brasher, Cleveland; a brother, William E., Clinton, Mich.; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Highland Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations, Knoxville, Tenn.
    • RIMBACK, LORRAINE M. BELLINA, 73, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003) at Palm Garden of Pinellas. A native of Newark, N.J., she came here in 1991 from New Jersey. She was a nurse's aide and was Catholic. She was an avid bingo player. Survivors include three sons, 1st Sgt. Daniel J. Bellina, Miami, Louie Bellina, Howell, N.J., and Robert A. Rimback, St. Petersburg; three daughters, Deborah Cook, St. Petersburg, Patricia Brant, Indianapolis, and Theresa Kellijcheain, Kunkletown, Pa.; a brother, James A. Festa, Georgia; a sister, Mildred C. Dougherty, St. Petersburg; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • SALTER, WILBUR A. "SONNY," 86, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. He came here 85 years ago from his native Indiana. He was a plumber and pipe fitter and was a member of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 123 (formerly Local 111). He formerly worked for Billy the Sunshine Plumber in St. Petersburg. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was a member of VFW 6827 and the DAV, both in St. Petersburg. He was a member of the Florida Frontiersmen. Survivors include three daughters, Mayetta V. Jeffery, Alabama, Melissa S. Lenges, Largo, and Melody A. Rodgers, Inverness; a sister, Naomi Brochers, Kansas City, Mo.; and four grandchildren. Taylor Family Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.
    • SCHWARTZ, ELEANOR FRANK, 102, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Jan. 29, 2003) at home. She came here seasonally since 1963 from her native Ogdensburg, N.Y., and moved here in 1980. She was a past president of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of the board of the Ogdensburg Public Library. She was a member of the Remington Art Museum and the United Helper Home, both in Ogdensburg, and was a member of the Girl Scouts. She was an avid bridge player. Survivors include a son, J. Frank Schwartz, and a daughter, Marion Class, both of St. Petersburg; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Beach Memorial Chapel, St. Pete Beach.
    • SKINNER, JAMES CHARLES, 60, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. He came here in 1945 from his native Dames Ferry, Ga. He was a retired truck driver for Florida Steel and was a member of the Church of God. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Eva; two daughters, Ann Donald, St. Petersburg, and Betti Skinner, Safety Harbor; a sister, Betty Olson, Old Town; two brothers, Jerry Jacobs, Old Town, and Jeffery Jacobs, St. Petersburg; and a granddaughter. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • SINESHA "CY," 66, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 26, 2003) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, he came here in 1980 from Ohio. He was an Army veteran and worked at U.S. Steel Ohio Works. He retired in 2001 from Pinellas County Utilities. He was a treasurer of Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association and was a member of American Legion. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Betty Lou; a daughter, Sharon Witko, Pinellas Park; three sons, Dan, San Diego, Adam, Wimberley, Texas, and Joseph, St. Petersburg; a sister, Rosemary Balakso, Youngstown; and four grandchildren. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

    Seminole

    • DELLA-PIA, JOHN, 77, of Seminole, died Monday (Jan. 27, 2003) at home. Born in Tewksbury, Mass., he came here in 1972 from Middletown, N.Y. He was the owner and operator of Beach Masonizing. He was a Merchant Marine veteran of World War II. Survivors include two sons, John, Seminole, and Armond, New Hampton, N.Y.; two brothers, Ralph, Port St. Lucie, and Alfred, Sussex, N.J.; a sister, Antoinette Smith Heitmann, Port St. Lucie; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • KEESEE, WALTER L., 89, of Seminole, died Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. Born in Tazewell, Va., he came here last year from Perryville, Md. He retired in 1973 as the owner and operator of Keesee/Webb Dry Cleaners in Perryville. He was Protestant. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Masons in Maryland. Survivors include his wife, Gladys; a daughter, Linda Pokorny, Seminole; a brother, Richard, North East, Md.; and three grandchildren. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Seminole.

    South Pasadena

    • GRAHAM-THIELE, KATHRYN T., 53, of South Pasadena, died Friday (Jan. 24, 2003) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital of natural causes. A Pittsburgh native, she came here from North Braddock, Pa., several years ago. She was a registered nurse. Survivors include her mother, Eleanore Zona, South Pasadena. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.
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