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March 23, 2003
SUNCOAST OBITUARIES

Sunday, March 23, 2003

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  • BARRETT, BENJAMIN SMITH, 82, of Crystal River, died Thursday (March 20, 2003) at Seven Rivers Community Hospital, Crystal River. Born in Chicago, he came here nine years ago from Jackson, Miss. He was a retired executive in the automotive industry. He was a graduate of Northwestern University and an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a volunteer with the Citrus County Meals on Wheels program. He attended the Crystal River United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Helen; two sons, Dr. William Page Barrett, Seattle, and Benjamin Bradford Barrett, Los Angeles; two sisters, Ann Hubben, Philadelphia, and Barbara Pedersen, Chapel Hill, N.C.; a stepson, David H. Byron Jr., Jackson, Miss; five grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.
  • COLEBROOKE, FREDERICK D. "FRED," 73, of Inverness, died Saturday (March 22, 2003) at home under the care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. He came here in 1968 from his native Boston. He retired after eight years as a police officer for the city of Boston. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War achieving the rank of sergeant. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Patricia A. (Small); three sons, Jeff, Crystal River, Hank, Los Angeles, and Freddie, Inverness; two brothers and one sister; several nieces and nephews; and five grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness.
  • CROSS, C.L., 73, of Lecanto, died Saturday (March 22, 2003) at home. Born in Cleveland, Tenn., he was a longtime resident of Citrus County. He was a diesel mechanic. He was a member of the Crystal River Moose Lodge and First United Pentacostal Church of Crystal River. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Catherine; two sons, Charles L., Forest Park, Ga., and James H., Homosassa; two daughters, Patricia Daniels, Young Harris, Ga., and Anna Marie Hawkins, Carabelle; four brothers, Bob and David, both of Cleveland, Tenn., Hurby and Kenneth, both of Citronelle; five sisters, Alice Lamb, Florida, Irene Brannon, Cleveland, Tenn., Jesse Mae Wollard, Homosassa, Wilma Barber, Williston, and Louise Comp, High Point, N.C., numerous nieces and nephews; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.
  • DAW, RAY EDWARD, 60, of Crystal River, died Thursday (March 20, 2003) in Crystal River. Born in Pensacola, he came here 12 years ago from Tampa. He was an industrial He was a member of the Citrus County Genealogical Society, Save Our Waters, WHOA and Citrus County Historical Society. He was a board member for Citrus 20/20. Survivors include his son, Kedrick, Marietta, Ga.,; his mother, Gladys, Crystal River; a brother, Paul, Grand Rapids, Mich.; and a grandson. Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon.
  • ELLIS, CHARLES H., 71, of Inverness, died Friday (March 21, 2003) at home. Born in Miami, he came here 15 years ago from Atlanta and was a farmer. He was Christian. Survivors include his wife, Anne Ellis; two sons, Tony and John, both of Inverness; three daughters, Patricia Kidd, Griffin, Ga., Melissa R. Ellis, Riverdale, Ga., and Jeanette Ellis, Inverness; three brothers, James E., Gulf Hammock, Robert, Pensacola, and Tommy, Augusta Ga.; three sisters, Maria Duteau, Elizabeth Owen and Ruth Ann Zackley, all of Inverness; numerous nieces and nephews; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.
  • FOSTER, MIRIAM ELIZABETH, 74, of Spring Hill, died Friday (March 21, 2003) at Sterling House in Spring Hill. Born in Bay City, Mich., she came here in 1986 from Tampa and was a homemaker. She was Christian. Survivors include two sons, James Johnson II, Inverness, and Kevin, Citrus Springs; a daughter, Janie Hansen, Duluth, Ga.; and four grandchildren. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Brooksville.
  • GROSSHART, IRENE A., 79, of Inverness, died Sunday (March 23, 2003) at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. Born in Columbus, Ohio, she came to Florida in 2000 from Sun City West, Ariz. She was a retired office worker for Rockwell International. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, James L.; a son, James Grosshart Jr., Beverly Hills; a daughter, Linda Madsen, Beavercreek, Ohio; a sister, Margaret Evans, Westerville, Ohio; and four grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness.
  • JEFFERSON, WILLIAM A. "BILLY," 65, of Floral City, died Saturday (March 22, 2003) at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Born in Tampa, he came here 23 years ago from Thonotossa. He was the owner/operator of Zackers Bottled Gas Company of Tampa for more than 30 years. He was a member of the Floral City VFW Post Mens Auxiliary, Citrus County Airboat Alliance and a lifetime member of the Lions Club. He was Methodist. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Jeannette A. "J.J." (Roddenberry); two daughters, Kathy Hardy, Inverness, and Patricia "P.K." Capers, Bristol; a brother, Wayne Jefferson, Dade City; a sister, Charlotte Voytek, Bryson City, N.C. and six grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • NIELSEN, ROBERT S., 80, of Lecanto, died Thursday (March 20, 2003) at home under the care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Bornin Brooklyn, N.Y., he came here 12 years ago from Hempstead, N.Y. He was a retired construction superintendent and a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Rifle Association and the Power Squadron. He was Lutheran. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie M.; a daughter, Carol O'Brien, Riner, Va.; a son, Robert W., Huntington Station, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Kathleen Boyd, Knosville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Brown Funeral Home & Crematory, Crystal River.
  • POLK, PATRICK D., 58, of Crystal River, died Saturday (March 22, 2003) at home. Born in Oshkosh, Neb., he came here nine years ago from Norfolk, Neb. He was the director of the environmental health and safety department for Proline and Donzi corporations. He attended the University of Nebraska. He was a Marine Corps veteran and attended Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Va. He served in the Vietnam War and achieved the rank of captain. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and an Oak Leaf Cluster. He was a member of the VFW and past president of the Sertoma Club. He was owner of Video's 4 Le$$ of Crystal River and Inverness. He was an active member of St. Benedict Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Darlene; a daughter, Barb Harris, Grand Island, Neb.; his mother, Grace I. Polk, Oshkosh; four brothers, Cliff P., Littleton, Colo., Jerry R., Amarillo, Texas, Mike, North Platte, Neb., and Tom, Lincoln, Neb.; a sister, Peggy Cawthra, Lincoln, Neb.; numerous nieces and nephews; and two grandchildren. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.
  • THOMPSON, HELEN MARGARET, 84, of Inverness, died Sunday (March 23, 2003) in Crystal River. Born in New York City, she came here in 1989 from Central Islip, N.Y. She was a hospital staff attendant. She was a member of Inverness Senior Citizens Center and First Christian Church of Inverness. Survivors include her son, Lawrence W., Inverness; two daughters, Darlene Blackburn, Palm Bay, and Beverly Ann Howard, East Patchogue, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness.
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  • GRABOWSKI, ANGELA, 72, of Spring Hill, formerly of Port Richey, died Saturday (March 22, 2003) at home. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she came here three years ago from Port Richey and was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church and a member of its Bereavement Group. Survivors include two sons, Sal Censoprano, Foster City, Calif., and Michael Censoprano, Spring Hill; four brothers and five sisters; many nieces and nephews; and three grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill.
  • MAGGARD, PAULINE, 71, of Brooksville, died Saturday (March 22, 2003) at Brooksville Regional Hospital. Born in Stone, Ky., she moved here 30 years ago. She was a homemaker. She was Protestant. Survivors include two sons, Charles and Johnny, both of Brooksville; four daughters, Charlene Johnson, Troy, Mich., Sally Daniel, Brooksville, Nina Gilrane, Ocoee, and Katina Coburn, Dallas; a sister, Irmadean Bedford, Centerline, Mich.; and 13 grandchildren. Turner Funeral Homes, Brooksville.
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  • COMELLAS, CONSTANTINO G., 81, of Tampa, died Monday (March 24, 2003). He was a World War II U.S. Army Veteran, an elder and member of St. John Presbyterian Church and worked at Sears for more than 20 years. Survivors include his wife, Hilda; a son, Jerry Comellas; three daughters, Irene Gonzalez, Cynthia Garcia and Patty Caruso; five brothers, Jerry, Roland, Daniel, Robert and Tony; a sister, Gloria Perez; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • IANUZI, PAUL FRANCIS, 68, of Tampa, died Saturday (March 22, 2003). Born in Syracuse, N.Y., he was a U.S. Army veteran. He owned a bulldozing business before moving to Tampa, where he lived for the last 41 years. Survivors include four children, Kathleen Ianuzi Kafka, Susan Ianuzi Pryles, Paul Ianuzi Jr. and David Ianuzi; his mother, Olga Ianuzi Bresovski; a sister, Judy Ianuzi Garn; eight grandchildren, Keirsten Kafka, Preston Kafka, Pierce Kafka, Paul Kafka, Dean Pryles, Christina Pryles, Nicholas Pryles and Alyssa Ianuzi; Boza & Roel Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • MOLICA, ANN Z., 85, of Sun City Center, died Sunday (March 23, 2003). She retired as vice president from the Yardley Cosmetic Corp. Survivors include her nephew, George and family. Sun City Center Funeral Home.
  • NEWMAN, VICTOR P., 85, of Tampa died Tuesday (March 18, 2003). Survivors include his wife, Viola R. Newman; and a daughter, Beverly Cheek, Tennessee. He was a U.S. Marine and a teacher at Tampa Bay Tech High School and Hillsborough High School. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
  • PINEGAR, RUTH, of Brooksville, formerly of Tampa, died Saturday (March 22, 2003) at home. Born in Nashville, she moved to Brooksville three years ago from Tampa. She was a greeter at Wal-Mart. She was Baptist. Survivors include two sons, Charles "Bubba" Seward, Tampa, and Hershell Pinegar, Brooksville; two daughters, Patricia Rapelje and Marianda "Rinnie" Stille, both of Dothan, Ala.; three brothers, Tom Jones, Hemet, Calif., Ray Jones, Lebanon, Tenn., and James Jones, Tennessee; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.
  • PRESSLY, MATILDA ATKINSON, 77, of Louisa, Ky., formerly of Tampa, died Thursday (March 20, 2003) at Three Rivers Medical Center in Louisa, Ky. She was born in Haines City and was a lifelong resident of Tampa. She was a homemaker and member of Thonotosassa United Methodist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Hatten and Nancy Kennedy; two sisters, Stuart Wier and Jeanett Jordan; a brother, Thomas Atkinson; and eight grandchildren. C.E. Prevatt Funeral Home, Temple Terrace.
  • PRIETO, JUANA, 98, of Tampa, died Sunday (March 23, 2003). She was born in Key West and owned Ideal Groceries in Ybor City for over 35 years. Survivors include three daughters, Floralia Tambuzzo, Dolores Menendez and Oneida Valdes; eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • TORRES, ALTAGRACIA, 64, of Plant City, died Friday (March 21, 2003). Born in Puerto Rico, she was a longtime resident of the Tampa area and was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband Pedro Santiago; seven sons, Luis Medina, Angel I. Medina , Hector M. Medina, Jorge H. Medina, Geraldo Medina, Jose A. Santiago, Alex Q. Santiago; three daughters, Mildred Medina, Aida L. Medina, and Samira Cervantes; two brothers, Anderson Torres and Raul Torres; three sisters, Ada Myriam Torres, Aida Esther Agostini, and Alice D. Torres; 22 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Hopewell Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • TORRES, SUSANA, 28, of Tampa, died Saturday (March 22, 2003). She is survived by a daughter, Jayleen Velez; parents, Ramon and Esperanza Torres; and many family members. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • WILLIAMS, MARY "AUNT LEO," 87, of Plant City, died Sunday (March 23, 2003). A lifelong resident of Florida, she was a member of Northside Baptist Church and worked as a salesperson at McCrory's for 29 years. Survivors include a brother, Johnny Johnson, Crystal River; four sisters, Evelyn Morgan, Plant City, Betty Hinson, Turkey Creek, Geraldine Biebricher, Alabama and Thelma Aycock, Brandon. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.
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  • DOWCHES, RAMONA, 66, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (March 22, 2003) at home. Born in Woodsville, Pa., she came here six years ago from Pinellas County. She was a manager for Prudential Insurance Co. and was a member of the Hope Lutheran Church of Hudson. Survivors include her husband of 12 years, Robert; and three sisters, Helen Murray, New Jersey; Mary Figard and Peggy Taylor, both of Pennsylvania. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.
  • GARDNER, MARTHA FRANCEK, 94, of Zephyrhills, died Sunday (March 23, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, Dade City. Born in Anita, Pa., she came here in 1968 from Lapeer County, Mich. Survivors include several generations of nieces and nephews. Moss-Feaster Funeral Home, Largo.
  • GRABOWSKI, ANGELA, 72, of Spring Hill, formerly of Port Richey, died Saturday (March 22, 2003) at home. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she came here three years ago from Port Richey and was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church and a member of its Bereavement Group. Survivors include two sons, Sal Censoprano, Foster City, Calif., and Michael Censoprano, Spring Hill; four brothers and five sisters; many nieces and nephews; and three grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill.
  • KENNO, RONALD, 85, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (March 23, 2003) at home. Born in St. Michael, Pa., he came here in 1974 from Detroit and was a hospital cook. He was Lutheran. Survivors include his sister, Alma Hemeyer, Spring Hill; several nieces and nephews; and companion, Janice Barber. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
  • KETZNER, HELEN, 78, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (March 22, 2003) at Orchard Ridge Nursing Center in New Port Richey. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she came here in 1998 from Lake Worth. She was an admissions secretary at Bennett Community Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. She was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church, Lake Worth. Survivors include four daughters, Eileen Kay, New Port Richey; Joanne Mannello, Hurley, N.Y.; Christine Rich, Saugerties, N.Y.; and Kathy Walton, Kingston, N.Y.; a son, James, Lake Worth; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Preferred Funeral Alternatives, Holiday.
  • KOHN, MARVIN, 68, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (March 23, 2003) in New Port Richey. He came here in 2002 from his native Baltimore. He was a military intelligence officer. He was an Army and Marine Corps veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was Jewish. Survivors include a daughter, Renee Taylor, New Port Richey; two sons, Mitchell, New Port Richey, and Bryan, Daytona; and six grandchildren. Trinity Memorial Gardens, New Port Richey.
  • MADARASZ, MARY T., 89, of Holiday, died Monday (March 24, 2003) at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, Tarpon Springs. She came here in 1970 from her native Detroit and was a homemaker. Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Madarasz, Carp Lake, Mich., and Rosemarie Yasoni, Farmington Hills, Mich.; a sister, Margaret Sanders, Paulding, Ohio; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday.
  • MAGNER, ANNA M., 86, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (March 22, 2003) at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, Tarpon Springs. Born in Franklin, Ill., she came here 24 years ago from Dayton, Ohio. She was a retired beautician and member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. She was a volunteer and manager for 20 years with Corner Cupboard Charities, Dayton. Survivors include her husband, George; two sons, George Magner Jr., Cincinnati, and Michael, Centerville, Ohio; a daughter, Teresa Sullivan, Westerville, Ohio; a brother, Jerome Ryan, Bunkie, La.; and seven grandchildren. Morgan Funeral Home & Cremation Services, New Port Richey.
  • MARTIN, CATHERINE M., 92, of Port Richey, died Monday (March 24, 2003) at Amber Woods ALF in Port Richey. Born in Pequabuck, Conn., she came to Florida in 1975 from Stockbridge, Mass. She was a homemaker and member of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. Bell Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • RYAN, ELAINE M., 69, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (March 23, 2003) in New Port Richey. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she came here seven years ago from Boonton, N.J. She was a school teacher and assistant principal at the Brooklyn Elementary School. She worked with Alzheimer's patients. She was a member and active with St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Survivors include her brother, Donald Ryan, New Port Richey.l Prevatt Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Hudson.
  • STUBLER, PATRICIA MARY, 69, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (March 22, 2003) at home. Born in Kane, Pa., she came here in 1965 from Oil City, Pa. She was a retired cafeteria worker at Pasco County schools, including Hudson High. She was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. Survivors include two sons, Joseph John, South Vienna, Ohio, and Stephen Allen, New Port Richey; three daughters, Mary Katherine Riley, Palm Harbor; Susan Marie Battey, Charlotte, N.C.; and Mary Patricia Butcher, Niceville; two brothers, Charles Fridley, Sarasota, and William Fridley, Towanda, Pa.; and seven grandchildren. Wellwood/Grace Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • TARASKAS, HELEN, 85, of Hudson, died Friday (March 21, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, New Port Richey. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • WILLIAMS, GEORGE T., 74, of Zephyrhills, died Sunday (March 16, 2003) at home. Born in Grand Junction, Colo., he came here several years ago from Denver and was a security guard. Survivors include his wife, Rita. Ambassador Mortuary Service, Oldsmar.
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    Clearwater

    • ALLEN, ANTOINETTE R., 97, of Clearwater, died Sunday (March 23, 2003) at home. She came here several years ago from her native Carbondale, Pa. She was a homemaker. Survivors include caregiver son-in-law Andrew Zurba; and several nieces and nephews. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.
    • GIUDITTA, MARY M., 79, of Clearwater, died Thursday (March 13, 2003) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Watervliet, N.Y., and came here in 1984 from Albany, N.Y. She worked 15 years for the Milbrook Bakery. She attended St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Largo. She was active with the Welcome Newcomers Alumni and Suncoast New Neighbors. Survivors include four daughters, Dawn N. Kremer, St. Petersburg, Anna M. Fairbanks, Feurabush, N.Y., Carolyn Tourmel, Schenectady, N.Y., and Arlene Beauparlant, Amsterdam, N.Y.; a brother, John H. McCauley, Schenectady; a sister, Margaret M. O'Connell, Albany; and seven grandchildren. American Heritage Cremation Society, Clearwater.
    • HAZELTON, EARL W., 83, of Clearwater, died Sunday (March 23, 2003) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He came here in 1948 from his native Binghamton, N.Y. He was the retired owner and operator of Hazelton Plastering Co. He was a boater and member of the Clearwater Cruise Club. He was also a woodworker and in 1998 appeared on the television show Good Morning America. He was an avid golfer. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Wanda; two sons, Ken, Clearwater, and Ron, New York City; a daughter, Jeannette Solonen, and a brother, Robert, both of Binghamton; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • HENRY, ELVIRA M., 80, of Clearwater, died Saturday (March 22, 2003) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. She came here in 1953 from her native Albion, N.Y. She was a homemaker and Catholic. Survivors include a daughter, Diane Henry Bedard, Tampa; a son, Thomas F., New Port Richey; and a nephew, Patrick Riviere, New York City. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
    • HOMA, HELEN L., 79, of Clearwater, died Sunday (March 23, 2003) at Nurses Helping Hands, Dunedin. She was born in Homer City, Pa., and came here in 1985 from Cleveland. She was a homemaker and Catholic. Survivors include her husband, John A.; a son, John L., and a daughter, Linda Zelenka, both of Berea, Ohio; a sister, Mary Sklar, Homer City,; two brothers, John Boris, Homer City, and Dr. T.E. Boris, Baltimore; and three grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • SOLIVAN, GILBERTO, 81, of Clearwater, died Friday (March 21, 2003) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. He was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and came to Florida in 1945 from Allentown, Pa. He retired as a security guard supervisor after 20 years with Cordis Corp., Miami. He was an Army veteran of World War II and Catholic. Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Margaret A.; a daughter, Gail Asselin, Mount Pocono, Pa.; a sister; a grandson; and two great-granddaughters. National Cremation Society, Largo.

    Largo

    • COBB, VERA McMULLEN, 91, of Dade City, formerly of Largo, died Wednesday (March 19, 2003) at Pasco Regional Medical Center, Dade City. A member of the pioneer McMullen family, she was born in Pinellas County and moved to Dade City in 1980. She was a beautician, stenographer and homemaker. She was active in the literacy program and volunteered at the Chamber of Commerce and Dade City Hospital. She was an avid piano player and loved the outdoors and gardening. She was a member of Seminole United Methodist Church. Survivors include a son, Circuit Judge Wayne Cobb, Dade City; a daughter, Jane Gergley, Winter Park; three brothers, Robert McMullen and Webster McMullen, both of Largo, and Carl McMullen, New Port Richey; a sister, Betty Jean Johnson, Largo; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Hodges Family Funeral Home, Dade City.
    • GLENN, RAY, 72, of Largo, died Sunday (March 23, 2003) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Birmingham, Ala., and came here in 1979 from Cheyenne, Wyo., and worked for AmSouth Bank. He was an Air Force senior master sergeant in the Korean War. He was an avid bowler and a member of Indian Rocks VFW Post 10094. Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Shirley; three sons, Roy G.W., Seminole, Trez D., Birmingham, and Scott, Auburn, Ala.; two sisters, Judy Glenn, Bakersfield, Calif., and Helen Sue Cooner, El Cajon, Calif.; and two grandchildren. Rhodes Funeral Directors, Belcher Chapel, Clearwater.
    • HIGBY, ELIZABETH B., 91, of Largo, formerly of Indian Rocks Beach, died Friday (March 21, 2003) at Regal Palm Assisted Living Facility in Largo. She was born in San Diego, came to Indian Rocks Beach in 1967 and moved in 2000 to Largo. She was a homemaker and an avid golfer who hit six holes in one at the Largo Municipal Golf Course. Survivors include a daughter, Judy Mercer, Indian Rocks Beach; a son, Peter, Pensacola; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Taylor Family Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.
    • MESAGNO, MARY A., 76, of Largo, died Monday (March 24, 2003) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here in 1992 from Long Island. She worked for the past 10 years in the cafeteria of Orange Grove Elementary School, Seminole, and was also a kitchen worker for Mariner Health Care of Clearwater. Formerly she worked at Osceola High School, Seminole, and the Wendy's Restaurant in Seminole where she was named employee of the month. She also worked for the Orange County School System in Orlando. She was a certified home health aide. She was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Largo, and an avid bingo player. Survivors include a son, Bruce, Largo; a daughter, Linda Mesagno, Shirley, N.Y.; a brother, Joseph LaGrega, Apopka; two sisters, Jossie, Ruggerio, Brooklyn, and Angelina Rolf, Smithtown, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • RAWLEY, PAULINE V., 82, of Tarpon Springs, formerly of Largo, died Sunday (March 23, 2003) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in Augusta County, Va., and came here in 1957 from Muncie, Ind. She was a homemaker and with her late husband, the Rev. Eugene, co-founded the Bible Fellowship Church of Largo in 1960 and served many years as church pianist and organist. Survivors include three sons, the Rev. David W., Tarpon Springs, the Rev. Phillip E., Mesquite, Texas, and Allen L., Spartanburg, S.C.; two daughters, Darlene V. Smith, Clearwater; and Anita J. Yunk, Largo; a brother, Ralph Crosby, Westfield, Ind.; a sister, Bessie Dettmer, Watertown, N.Y.; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

    Palm Harbor

    • HITZEL, JOHN E. "DOC," 79, a winter resident of Palm Harbor, died Sunday (March 23, 2003) at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, Tarpon Springs. He was born in Chicago and had been a winter visitor since 1994. He owned and operated an automotive service station. He attended St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church, Tarpon Springs. Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline; a brother, Raymond, California; and three nephews and two nieces. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon Avenue Chapel, Tarpon Springs.
    • LYON, MARY TERESA, 44, of Palm Harbor, died of cancer Saturday (March 22, 2003) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in St. Louis and came here in 1968 from Omaha, Neb. She graduated from St. Cecelia Catholic School and Clearwater Central Catholic High School and earned an associate in arts degree from St. Petersburg Junior College. She attended Espiritu Santo Catholic Church, Safety Harbor, enjoyed music and played the piano, built dollhouses and was a sports fan. Survivors include her mother, Elinor Lyon, Safety Harbor; a brother, Paul M. Lyon, King George, Va.; two sisters, Laura Lyon Garland, Dade City, and Patricia Lyon Ferguson, Atoka, Tenn.; and her caregiver, Dana Andrews, Palm Harbor. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

    Tarpon Springs

    • DELIGIANNIS, CHARLES J., 89, of Tarpon Springs, died Thursday (March 20, 2003) at home. He came here in 1978 from his native Chicago, and was a retired railroad conductor. Survivors include a daughter, Carole Menna, Tarpon Springs; a brother, Steve, Chicago; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

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    Gulfport

    • EGGLESTON, MARTHA DOROTHY, 78, of Gulfport, died Friday (March 21, 2003) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South Pasadena. Born in Watertown, N.Y., she came here in 1972 from Hastings, N.Y. Locally, she was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church. She was an Avon representative for more than 20 years. Survivors include two sons, James Ryan, St. Petersburg, and Ray Gilbert, Baldwinsville, N.Y.; three brothers, Danny Grieco, St. Petersburg, Louis Grieco, New York, and Nicholas Grieco, Oxford, Mass.; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.

    Madeira Beach

    • HIGBEE, BETTY, 84, of Madeira Beach, died Friday (March 21, 2003) at Wright's Health Care and Rehab Center, Largo. Born in West Elizabeth, Pa., she came here in 1973 from Beaver, Pa. She was a member of the Disciples of Christ. Survivors include a son, David Higbee, Galveston, Texas; a daughter, Susan Atenburger, Medford, N.J.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

    Pinellas Park

    • GRAHAM, ONEITA VIRGINIA, 75, of Pinellas Park, died Friday (March 21, 2003) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. Born in Cisco, Texas, she came here in 2002 from Fort Worth, Texas. Survivors include a brother, Vance Graham, Pinellas Park. Clearwater Funeral Home & Cremation Options.
    • TERANTINO, PETER JR., 53, of Pinellas Park, died Saturday (March 22, 2003) under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast from primary progressive aphasia. He was born in Morristown, N.J., and moved here in 1989 from Lake Hopatcong, N.J. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and received the National Defense Service Award. Survivors include his wife, Sharon; two sons, Richard Rebels, Pinellas Park, and Bruce Rebels, Orlando; his mother, Rose, Largo; three brothers, Albert, Seminole, Joseph, Largo, and Nicky, Lake Hopatcong; four sisters, Mary Innamorato, Jennifer Terantino and Josephine Terantino, all of Largo, and Edith Terantino, Mount Olive, N.J.; and a grandson. International Casket & Urn Gallery, Clearwater.

    St. Petersburg

    • ARMSTRONG, DOROTHY S., 85, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (March 23, 2003). She was born in Pittsburgh and came here in 1989 from Bryn Mawr, Pa. She was a homemaker and a member of Lutheran Church of the Cross. Survivors include her husband, C. Glenn; a daughter, Nancy Meuse, St. Petersburg; two stepsons, Greg, New Port Richey, and Clem, Hudson; a stepdaughter, Glenda, Waynesville, N.C.; and three grandchildren. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
    • BARNES, RUTH F. "TOOTSIE," 80, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (March 23, 2003) at home under hospice care. Born in Savannah, Ga., she came here in 1958 and worked as a bookkeeper for a legal service company. She was a member of Northwest Presbyterian Church. Survivors include a son, Robert C., and a daughter, Carole Autrey, both of St. Petersburg; two brothers, William G. Foster, Savannah, and Charles E. Foster, Tampa; two sisters, Julia Clanton, Savannah, and Nancy M. Zarich, St. Petersburg; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • BERG, EVA A. MAGLIO, 83, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (March 14, 2003) at Tyrone Medical Inn. Born in Merrill, Wis., she came here in 2001 from Green Bay, Wis. She was a restaurant server. She was Lutheran. Survivors include two daughters, Dyan Maglio, St. Petersburg, and Sherrie Schneider, Moreno Valley, Calif; a son, Dennis Maglio, Hernando; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • BOX, CLEO G., 86, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 20, 2003) at Bon Secours Maria Manor. Born in Fitzgerald, Ga., she came here in 1936 from Titusville. She worked in the banking industry as an IBM machine operator and bookkeeper. She retired from Florida National Bank, St. Petersburg, after 17 years. She was a member of Self Help for the Hard of Hearing Association, First Baptist Church, the North Central Neighborhood Association and Retirees of Florida National Bank. Survivors include an aunt, Emma Farquhar, Gastonia, N.C.; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Bobbitt Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • BROOKS, BILL J., 76, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Largo, died Sunday (March 23, 2003) at Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Glouster, Ohio, he came to Largo in 1979 from Laona, Wis., and came to St. Petersburg in 1986. He was a power plant supervisor for Connor Lumber Co. in Laona. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Marion; two sons, Rodney, Hernando, Miss., and Keith, Atlanta; three brothers, Donald, Harold and Roger, all of Indiana; a sister, Zelma Ruzic, Illinois; and two grandsons. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • BUTLER, PAULINE VIRGINIA, 92, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (March 22, 2003) at South Heritage nursing Home. A native of Madison, Ga., she came here in 1930 from Atlanta. She was a certified nursing assistant for local nursing homes and was a private duty housekeeper. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was a longtime resident of Jordan Park. Survivors include two sons, Harrall Butler and David Butler, and a daughter, Barbara Butler, all of St. Petersburg; a brother, Lamont Overton, Detroit; two sisters, Tommie Berrie and Lessie Overton, both of Atlanta; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • COX, CLARENCE E. "HARRY," 71, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (March 22, 2003) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. He was born in Barry, Ill., and came here in 1991 from Rantoul, Ill. He retired as an Air Force tech sergeant after 21 years. He was Baptist. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Maureen; two sons, George R. "Rusty," St. Pete Beach, and John A., St. Petersburg; three daughters, Elizabeth A. Richardson, Port Richey, Beverley M. Henry, St. Petersburg, and Donna M. Rohl, Sarasota; a sister, Betty L. Teitelbaum, St. Louis; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • FRIEDMAN, GEORGE, 89, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (March 19, 2003) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. He was born in Cleveland. He was an Army veteran of World War II, was involved in the Battle of the Bulge and received four Bronze Stars. He was a steelworker for TRW Corp. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Katie G.; and several nieces and nephews. Veterans Cremation and Burial Society, Clearwater.
    • KALMBACH, KAY T., 83, of Redwood City, Calif., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Friday (March 7, 2003) at Sierra Vista Rehabilitation Center, Napa, Calif. Born in New York, she came here in 1959 from Buffalo, N.Y. She worked in the accounting and employee benefits fields for more than 50 years. She attended Buffalo University, majoring in English. She was an avid reader and fan of baseball and golf. Survivors include a son, Ward, Largo; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and caregivers Joan Kelly, Largo, and Charles and Gloria Bennett, St. Helena, Calif. Richard Pierce Funeral Service, Napa, Calif.
    • KROTZ, STEVEN L., 57, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (March 21, 2003) at home. He came here in 1972 from his native Decatur, Ill. He worked for Anderson Safe and Lock in St. Petersburg for 26 years and was the owner and operator of S.A.S. Security Lock and Key for one year. Survivors include two sons, Tod, St. Petersburg, and Troy, Belleair Bluffs; and six grandchildren. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • LAPAS, EDWARD, 81, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (March 21, 2003) at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in Ukraine, he came here in 1995 from Melrose Park, Ill. He owned and operated a television repair and sales store. He was a member of the Lithuanian Church, St. Pete Beach, the Kulturos Bupelis and the Lithuanian Golfer's Association. He enjoyed fishing, tennis, bridge and golf. Survivors include two sons, Raymond M., Oak Park, Ill., and Thomas E., Winfield, Ill.; a brother, Hari, Toronto; a sister, Stase Semenas, Baraboo, Wis.; and two grandchildren. Beach Memorial Chapel, St. Pete Beach.
    • McKNIGHT, HELEN JEAN, 80, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (March 22, 2003) at Edward White Hospital. Born in Philipsburg, Pa., she came here in 1964 from Pennsylvania. Survivors include three sons, William McKnight, Plano, Texas, Frank Leone, Coatesville, Pa., and James Leone, Du Bois, Pa.; a daughter, Rose Mary Wisniewski, Tampa; a brother, Paul Shaw, Tyrone, Pa.; and three grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • ROSS, TOMMIE LEE, 88, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (March 21, 2003) at Bay Pointe Nursing Pavillion. Born in Salem, Ala., he came here in 1988 from Chicago. He was a bus driver and a member of the Bayway Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Survivors include his wife, Adele; and a son, Robert, and a daughter, Olivia Bruce, both of St. Petersburg. Abbey Affordable Cremation and Funeral Services, Largo.
    • THUBET, MARGARET "PEGGY," 64, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (March 23, 2003) at home under hospice care. She came here 32 years ago from her native Philadelphia. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Paul; two daughters, Maureen Bryarly, St. Petersburg, and Lori Pettit, Safety Harbor; and a granddaughter. Abbey Affordable Cremation and Funeral Services, Largo.
    • WATTS, CAROLYN C., 82, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (March 19, 2003) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. She was born in Richmond, Maine, lived there for 60 years and came here in 1986. She was a retired inspector for the Eaton Shoe Co. Survivors include her husband, Carl H.; two daughters, Carole Uhle, Emmaus, Pa., and Patricia, Richmond; two brothers, Norman Curtis, Richmond, and Fulton Curtis, Warren, Maine; six sisters, Myrna Waltz, Gertrude White, and Glenna Bodge, all of Richmond, Jean Powers, Embden Pond, Maine, Barbara Crosby, Randolph, Maine, and Roxanna Stevens, Machias, Maine; and two grandchildren. Veterans Cremation and Burial Society, Clearwater.
    • WHITE, VIRGINIA REESE, 72, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (March 23, 2003) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South Pasadena. Born in Toledo, Ohio, she came here 25 years ago from Valley Forge, Pa. She was a teacher and was active with the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Survivors include two sons, David, Bradenton, and Scott, St. Petersburg; a sister, Carolyn Reese, St. Petersburg; a brother, Allen Reese, York, S.C.; and four grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremations and Funeral Services, Largo.
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