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April 5, 2003
SUNCOAST OBITUARIES

Saturday, April 5, 2003

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

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  • ARNOLD, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, 67, of Homosassa, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) in Lecanto. Born in Sylvester, Ga., he came here in 1966 from Savannah, Ga., and was a drywall contractor. Survivors include three sons, Ben, Douglasville, Ga., Daniel, Inverness, and Adam, Grand Rapids, Mich.; two daughters, Debra McMahan, Madison, Tenn., and Sheron, Moulton, Ala.; a brother, Jimmy, Homosassa; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes, Homosassa.
  • DuFOUR, NORMA MAY, 78, of Inverness, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003) at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. Born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., she came here in 1990 from Deltona. She was a retired bookkeeper and member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish. Survivors include her son, Gregory A., Huntersville, N.C.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness.
  • HENNEBERGER, GEORGE E. "BUBBY," 94, of Hernando, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003) in Inverness. Born in Silver Spring, Md., he came here in 1997 from St. Petersburg. He was a switchman for AT&T Bells Labs, Alexandria, Va., and was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Church of the Reformation, Washington D.C. Survivors include a daughter, Deborah Sickler, Hernando; a sister, Mary Kidwell, Dayton, Ohio; and five grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness.
  • KIESEL, RAYMOND CLEAVER JR., 77, of Floral City, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003) at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Born in Ocean Gate, N.J., he came here in 1984 from West Babylon, N.Y. He was a retired Navy veteran with 20 years of service. He served in World War II and the Korean War. He was a retired U.S. postal clerk with 19 years of service and member of the Floral City VFW Post 7122. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Joan C. (Gronsund); two sons, Raymond C. Kiesel III, Floral City, and Karl E., Yaphank, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness.
  • LINTON, JOYCE E., 66, of Crystal River, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003) at Tampa General Hospital. She came here 11 years ago from her native Logansport, Ind. She was a homemaker and member of Crystal River United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, David; a son, Paul, Florida; a daughter, Terry Gano, Logansport; a brother, Steven Williamson, Hernando; a sister, Kitty Williamson, Homosassa; three grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.
  • SHOEMAKER, JOSEPHINE, 84, of Homosassa, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003) in Seminole. Born in Emporium, Pa., she was a winter resident here since 1987 from Fayetteville, Pa. She was a physical education teacher in Pennsylvania and was a Navy ensign and veteran of World War II serving in Jacksonville. She was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and member Penn State Alumni Association. She was a member of the Sugarmill Woods Ladies Golf and Southern Woods Ladies Golf Associations. She was an avid golfer. She attended the Christian Science Church of Brooksville. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Robert B.; two sons, Robert B. Shoemaker Jr., Berwyn, Pa., and James, Dania; and four grandchildren. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
  • STEVENS, MADELEINE M., 70, of Beverly Hills, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003) in Lecanto. Born in Manchester, N.H., she came here in 1990 from Kennebunk, Maine. She was an office manager for an automobile dealership and Catholic. She was a member of Pine Ridge Civic Association and Craft Friends of Pine Ridge. She enjoyed crafts. Survivors include her husband, Richard C.; a daughter, Joyce E. Stevens, Dayton, Maine; two brothers, Gerard R. Gagnon, Kennebunk, and Armand B. Gagnon, Saco, Maine; and a granddaughter. Hooper Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills.
  • THEODULE, JACQUES M. "YOU YOU," 75, of Beverly Hills, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003) in Beverly Hills. Born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, he came here 18 years ago from Long Island, N.Y. He was a retired longshoreman employed by the New York Shipping Association with 25 years of service. He was an outdoorsman and was Catholic. Survivors include a son, Guarry; two daughters, Jocelyne Theodule, Queens, N.Y., and Carol, Miami; two brothers, Henrick Oriol, France, and Darly Jeanty, New York; and three sisters, Raymonde Nazaire and Ghislaine Jeanty Burgess, both of Miami, and Esther Dorleans, Citrus Hills. Fero Funeral Home With Crematory, Beverly Hills.
  • UPGRAFT, DOROTHY C., 80, of Homosassa, died Tuesday (April 1, 2003) at Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River. Born in Talladega, Ala., she came here in 1976 from Miami. She was a retired secretary for the city of Coral Gables and was Lutheran. Survivors include two daughters, Phoebe Y. Foster, Homosassa, and Mary Y. Taylor, Miami; a son, Russell H., Land O'Lakes; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.
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  • GAGLIANO, DOROTHY, 79, of Spring Hill, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. She was born in Bronx, N.Y., and came here in 1975. She was Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Carmen; two sons, Carmen Gagliano Jr., Ossinino, N.Y., and Michael, Spring Hill; a daughter, Vita Gagliano, Spring Hill; a brother, Joseph Benedetto, Port Richey; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Spring Hill.
  • GOWDY, RICHARD J. LT. COL., 74, of Spring Hill, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003) at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill. Born in Pittsfield, Mass., he came here two years ago from Pensacola where he lived for 20 years. He was a Marine Corps veteran and pilot. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a member of the Marine Corps Aviation Association and an avid golfer. Survivors include his wife, Martha; a son, Richard J. Gowdy Jr., San Clemente, Calif.; a daughter, Christine Hautekeete, Fullerton, Calif.; two stepsons, Douglas Boyer, Mulberry, and Stephen Boyer, Port Charlotte; a stepdaughter, Linda Boyer, Sarasota; his stepmother, Patricia Gowdy, Massachusetts; a sister, Mary Lee Belcourt, Sarasota; two stepbrothers, Louis Barlow, Massachusetts, and Ted Barlow, Connecticut; a stepsister, Judy DeGrenier, Syracuse, N.Y.; and three step-grandchildren. Pinecrest Funeral Chapels, Spring Hill.
  • JANDAS, HELEN R., 72, of Spring Hill, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. She came here recently from her native Union City, N.J. She was a cosmetologist and Protestant. Survivors include her husband, Jozef; a brother, Edward Mandel Jr., Morgan, N.J.; two sisters, Mildred Corveleyn, New Port Richey, and Marie Weston, Wilmington, N.C.; and two nieces. Pinecrest Funeral Chapels, Spring Hill.
  • JOHNS, BOBBYE FRANCIS, 72, of Brooksville, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. She was a lifelong resident of her native Brooksville. She was a 1948 graduate of Hernando High School, a homemaker and Baptist. Survivors include her husband, James E.; three sons, James Richard and William Ernest, both of Weeki Wachee, and Fredrick Raymond, Brooksville; a daughter, Cynthia Diane Knowles, Weeki Wachee; and five grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.
  • LONGHI, MARSHA K., 50, of Spring Hill, formerly of Tampa, died Tuesday (April 1, 2003) at Spring Hill Regional Hospital. Born in Ripley, Miss., she came here 17 years ago from Tampa. She was employed by the Masaryktown Postal Service Substation and member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Brad; a son, Francisco Diez; a daughter, Patricia Vazquez; her mother, Irene Walker, Pensacola; three brothers, Ron Walker, Denver, Ed Walker, Tampa, and Alan Walker, Fort Myers; three sisters, Patricia Dolittle, Pensacola, Geri Schorle, Tampa, and Jean Walker, Largo; and three grandchildren. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Spring Hill.
  • SCOTT, THOMAS J., 76, of Spring Hill, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at Spring Hill Regional Hospital. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he came here two years ago from Farmingville, N.Y. He retired from the New York Department of Corrections. He served in World War II and 30 years in the Army Reserves. He was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery. He achieved the rank of first sergeant in the Army Reserves. He was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Greta; two brothers, Andrew Scott Jr. and Frances Scott, and a sister, Bernadette Ederle, all of Ocala. Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill.
  • WAYNE, WILLIAM "BILL," 75, of New Port Richey, formerly of Brooksville, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at home. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he moved to Brooksville in 1983 from Lake Wallenpauck, Pa., then moved from Brooksville in 1988 to New Port Richey. He was a retired police officer from the Third Precinct of the Suffolk County Police Department, Bay Shore, N.Y., with 21 years of service. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and an Episcopalian. He was a member of the New York State Retired Police Association, Albany, N.Y.; member Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association, Long Island; and former Rotary Club member. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Gloria E.; a son, Keith W., New York City; and Florence Roman, Woodland Hills, Calif. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
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  • BATTERTON, HELEN F., 76, of Tampa, died, Saturday (March 29, 2003) at Tampa General Hospital. She was born in Boston and later moved to the area. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a son, George, Malden, Mass. Ambassador Mortuary Service, Oldsmar.
  • BONITATI, MARGARET L., 90, of Sun City Center, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003). Survivors include her son, Robert; a daughter, Peggy Person; a sister, Rita Larsen; two grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Zipperer's Funeral Home, Ruskin.
  • BRANDNER, CHARLES RAYMOND, 80, of Plant City, died Thursday (April 3, 2003). Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he moved to the area in 1982. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was a punch press operator for General Motors. Survivors include his daughter, Constance Brandner; and several adopted children and grandchildren. Hopewell Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • DEL RE, ROBERT N., of Tampa, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003). A native of Winnetka, Ill., he graduated from Marietta College and served in the Navy. He resided in Tampa for the past 32 years and was a consulting engineer for Greeley & Hansen and CDM. He was the design engineer's construction manager on the city of Tampa's Howard F. Curren Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. He was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, the University Club and American Society of Civil Engineers. He also served on national committees related to construction management and was a member of the Morning Star School Advisory Board. Survivors include his sister-in-law, Paula Smith, California. Mark III Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • DINNING, JEFFREY A., 42, of Tampa, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003). He was native of Tampa. Survivors include his wife, Beverly; his father, Ernest, Tampa; a brother, David, Tampa; and a sister, Carole Thomsen, Tampa. Glass Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • HORVITZ, HAROLD N., 69, of Tampa, died Thursday (April 3, 2003). He came to Tampa 21 years ago from Charleston, S.C. He was a former member of Congregation Rodeph Sholom. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Sara; two sons, Barry, Houston, and Jay, Boca Raton; a daughter, Jodi Mirman, Akron, Ohio; a sister, Freida Harris, Houston; and three grandchildren. Beth David Funeral Chapel, Tampa.
  • JIMENEZ, LILLYAM D., 51, of Tampa, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003). A native of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, she was Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Reveriano Jimenez; a son, Cesar Garcia; a daughter, Rosa Castillo; her mother, Zoila Castillo; a brother, Yalmar Castillo; a sister, Bigdalia Baltodano; and two grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • KOSSEN, WALTER HENRY, 64, of Tampa, died Tuesday (April 1, 2003) in Daytona Beach. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was an Air Force veteran and a retired graphic design salesman. Survivors include two daughters, Ericka Kossen-Armenia, Asbury, N.J., and Christina Kossen, Louisville, Ky.; and three grandchildren. Trinity Memorial Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • McCARTNEY, R. CRAIG, 60, of Tampa, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003). He was a lifelong resident of Tampa and was Catholic. He attended Catholic seminary at Saint Leo University for three years. He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and the editor of Reflections literary magazine at Hillsborough Community College. He worked at GE as a dispatcher/tech for 28 years. Survivors include a son, Brian; a daughter, Star Borg; parents, Robert G. McCartney, Mango, and Bertha Kaiser Chapman, White Springs; a brother, James, Thonotosassa; and a sister, Loretta McCartney, Tampa. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
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  • BADEN, ROBERT FRANCIS, 89, of Tarpon Springs, formerly of New Port Richey, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at home. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he moved to New Port Richey 24 years ago from Blue Point, N.Y, then moved to Tarpon Springs four years ago. He was a retired bus driver with the City of New York Transit Authority. He was a member of the Transport Workers Union of New York City and the Moose Lodge in Holiday, was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus Father Ulrich Council 5869 and a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Survivors include a daughter, Florence E. Hughes, Tarpon Springs; three sons, Robert F. Baden Jr., Madeira Beach; Gerald T., Boca Raton; and Francis R., Palm Harbor; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • BERKEY, CHARLES, 80, of Holiday, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in New Port Richey. Born in Philadelphia, he came here in 1980 from Maple Shade, N.J. He was a retired recreation director and barber. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Polish-American Pulaski Association in Holiday. He was Christian. Survivors include his wife, Anna; two daughters, Edna Schoenholtz, Pine Hill, N.J., and Cheryl Rockwell, St. Petersburg; a brother, Edward, Strafford, N.J.; two sisters, Marquerite Joseph, Cherry Hill, N.J., and Helen Neufang, Burlington, Ky.; a grandson; and two great-granddaughters. National Cremtion Society, New Port Richey.
  • FRENCH, CARL LOUIS, 85, of Hudson, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Farmington, N.Y., he came here five years ago from Rochester, N.Y. He owned a service station and was a 33rd degree F&AM Mason. He was Presbyterian. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; and a brother, Frederick, Rightwood, Calif. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • GOLEBIEWSKI, DANIEL, 52, of New Port Richey, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, New Port Richey. He came here 35 years ago from his native Michigan City, Ind. He was a roofing business construction worker and an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a basketball player for Gulf High School. Survivors include his brother, David, Hudson; and a nephew, Michael, Knoxville, Tenn. Prevatt Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hudson.
  • KINGSLEY, DONALD JOSEPH, of New Port Richey, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at home. Born in Scranton, Pa., he came here in 1984 from Paterson, N.J. He was a foreman for Singer-Kearfott Corp., Little Falls, N.J. with 30 years of service. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Mary M.; two sons; several nieces and nephews. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, New Port Richey.
  • MORIN, GERTRUDE, 93, of New Port Richey, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, New Port Richey. Born in North Adams, Conn., she came here 15 years ago from Port Jefferson, N.Y. She was Catholic. Survivors include her daughter, Eileen Aprile, Port Richey; and two sons, Arthur and Roy, both of New York. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.
  • PEIL, EDWARD VALENTINE, 96, of Holiday, died Friday (April 4, 2003) at home. Born in Bloomer, Wis., he came here 33 years ago from Elm Grove, Wis. He was a retired executive vice president with Wisconsin Communications Workers of America. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Knights of Columbus and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Genevieve M.; three daughters, Doris Caton, New Port Richey; Jeanette DeBonville, Spring Hill; and Judi Kaderli, New Town, Conn.; two sons, Milton, Eau Claire, Mich., and Edward, Pinellas Park; a sister, Gertrude Johnson, Minneapolis; 18 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • POBOZNY, EUGENE CLEMENS, 79, of Hudson, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Chicago, he came here 17 years ago from Hickory Hills, Ill. He was a retired service manager for Atlas Lift Truck and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of VFW Post 6180 Osceola, DAV Post and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; a daughter, Barbara Gibbs, New Port Richey; a son, Stephen, Naperville, Ill.; a sister, Jean Dryer, Dade City; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Prevatt Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Hudson.
  • SHERMAN, JOHN JAY JR., 86, of New Port Richey, died Monday (March 31, 2003) at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital in Tarpon Springs. He came here in 1970 from his native Middletown, N.Y. He was a retired buyer for Hughes Supply in Port Richey for six years. He was a member of the Mason Lodge 412. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Dorothy; a son, John J. Sherman III, Virginia Beach, Va.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • STREID, KEITH R., 43, of Hudson, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at home. Born in Edwards, Calif., he came here in 1967 from Akron, Ohio, and was an electrician. He was Protestant. Survivors include his daughter, Brooke Matissek; his father, Ronald, his mother, Judy, and two brothers, Kenneth and Mark, all of Hudson. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • SULLIVAN, EDITH G., 93, of Hudson, formerly of New Port Richey, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003) at home. Born in Wagner, S.D., she moved to New Port Richey from Park Forest, Ill., in 1979, then moved to Hudson in 1993. She was a retired elementary school teacher in the public school system in Wagner, S.D., and was a homemaker. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church of Hudson, where she was a member of the Faith Dusters Women's Club. Survivors include her daughter, Janet O. Gobbels, Hudson; two sisters, Wilma Clark, Carthage, Ill., and Ila Mae Sales, Sioux City, Iowa; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • WAYNE, WILLIAM "BILL," 75, of New Port Richey, formerly of Brooksville, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at home. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he moved to Brooksville in 1983 from Lake Wallenpaupack, Pa., then moved to New Port Richey in 1988. He was a retired policeman from the third precinct of the Suffolk County Police Department, Bay Shore, N.Y., with 21 years of service and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the New York State Retired Police Association, Albany, N.Y. and the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association, Long Island, and was a former member of the Rotary Club. He was Episcopalian. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Gloria E.; a son, Keith W., New York City; and Florence Roman, Woodland Hills, Calif. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
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    Clearwater

    • BELL, VALONA CHRISTINE, 85, of Clearwater, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at Integrated Health Services, Clearwater. She was born in Harrodsburg, Ky., and came here in 1945 from Kentucky. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ, Clearwater. She enjoyed gardening. Survivors include a niece, Juanita R. Funari, Clearwater; and four nephews, Lloyd Bell, Missouri, William Alvin Burton, Carlton Moore and Carrol O. Burton, all of Kentucky. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • HOBSON, BETTY A., 78, of Clearwater, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center, Belleair. She was born in Hartford, Conn., and came here last year from Meriden, Conn. She was a homemaker and a member of Center Congregational Church, Meriden. She was an alumna of Larsen College, Hamden, Conn. Survivors include two daughters, Susan H. Moser, Safety Harbor, and Joan H. Loos, Meriden; and four grandchildren, Thomas Loos and Susan Loos, both of Meriden, and Ellen Moser and Jaclyn Moser, both of Safety Harbor. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • PAYNE, CLARENCE PAUL, 67, of Clearwater, formerly of Hudson, died Monday (March 31, 2003) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Hudson. He was born in Flint, Mich., and moved to Clearwater in 1988 from Hudson. He worked more than 30 years as a fire protection sergeant for Fischer Body Division of Pontiac Motors, Pontiac, Mich. He was an Air Force veteran. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Elks Lodge 2520, Aripeka. He was a past commander of AMVETS Post 15, Hudson. Survivors include a nephew, Billy J. Nolen, Waterford, Mich.; and a niece, Sharie Nolen, Dearborn Heights, Mich. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson Avenue Chapel, Hudson.
    • SHIRAH, CLAIREA WEAVER, 75, of Clearwater, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at HarbourWood Nursing Center, Clearwater. She was born in Bartow and came here in 1955 from Haines City. She was a member of Skycrest Baptist Church, Clearwater, and enjoyed working for the church and bowling. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Wallace; two sons, Charles S. and Jeffery N., both of Clearwater; a sister, Zella Weaver Stiles, Greensboro, N.C.; and two grandsons. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • STACEY, DORA L., 85, of Clearwater, died Friday (April 4, 2003) at Sylvan Health Center. She was born in East Deering, Maine, and came here in 1983 from Lexington, Mass. She worked as a typist for Arkwright-Boston Insurance Co., Waltham, Mass. She was a member of Union Street United Methodist Church, Clearwater. Survivors include two sons, Allen, Jamestown, R.I., and Bruce, Billerica, Mass.; a daughter, Cynthia Bailey, Simsbury, Conn.; two sisters, Shirley Stiefel, Fort Walton Beach, and Marion Stacey, Dunedin; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.

    Largo

    • BRANCH, FRANCES C., 58, of Chestertown, Md., formerly of Largo, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at home. She was born in Lewisburg, Pa. She lived 20 years in Largo and worked as an accountant for Tyler Retail Systems. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and was a member of the Girl Scouts. Survivors include two sons, Steven R. Ross and Christopher A. Branch, both of Mifflinburg, Pa; three sisters, Sandra Lane, Chestertown, Gloria Young and Susan Reich, both of Milton, Pa.; a brother, Glenn Snyder II, Milton; and a granddaughter. Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, Galena, Md.
    • BRUNETTE, RITA, 84, of Largo, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. She moved here in 1989 from her native Rhode Island, where she had worked as a meat wrapper for A&P Supermarkets. She was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Largo, Elks Lodge, Madeira Beach, and Island in the Sun Homeowners Association. Survivors include her husband, Robert G.; three sons, Robert Jr., Pascoag, R.I., Richard, Warwick, R.I., and George, Deltona; two daughters, Jeannette Caron, Lake Mary, and Pauline Spencer, Warwick; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Veterans Cremation and Burial Society, Clearwater.
    • BURKHAM, E.C. "COURT," 88, of Largo, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at home. He was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, and moved to St. Petersburg in 1979 from Cincinnati. He moved from St. Petersburg to Largo a few years ago. He had worked as a real estate agent for Marie Powell, Tourtelot and Watson real estate agencies. He was a former division manager for Sears, Roebuck and Co. in Cincinnati. He was a member of Anona United Methodist Church, Largo, and a former member of Seminole United Methodist Church and Pasadena Community Church. He was a life member of Prospect Masonic Lodge 714, Indianapolis, Cincinnati Scottish Rite and St. Petersburg Exchange Club. Survivors include a son, Robert L., Clearwater; and four daughters, Shawna Burkham and Rita Jones, both of Columbus, Ohio, Judith A. Burkham, Cincinnati, and Barbara Burkham, Clearwater. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • DEEM, OLIVE MAE, 77, of Largo, died Tuesday (April 1, 2003) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Blue Mound, Ill., and came here in 1989 from Decatur, Ill. She was a cook and worked in local restaurants. Survivors include a son, George W., Monroe, Wis.; five daughters, Lori Deem and Roberta Hill, both of Clearwater, Venita Noble, Pinellas Park, Paula Reynolds, Palm Harbor, and Olivia Camp, Largo; two brothers, Charlie Hall and Ira Hall, both of Decatur; a sister, Mary Hall, Decatur; and a granddaughter. Veterans Cremation and Burial Society, Clearwater.
    • GORDON, MARLIN W., 71, of Largo, died Saturday (March 29, 2003) at home. He was born in Largo. He worked as an accountant for a construction business in New York City and abroad and moved back to Largo in 1976 from New York City. He was a staff sergeant in the Air Force. He was Protestant and a member of one of the pioneer Pinellas families of Largo. He attended the University of Texas at Austin. Survivors include three sisters, Frances Geraldine High, Eupora, Miss., Catherina Bryant, El Paso, Texas, and Vivian M. Gleason, Largo; and several nieces and nephews. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Seminole.
    • STUBBS, WILLIAM E. JR., 91, of Largo, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003) in Largo. He was born in Belhaven, N.C., and came here in 1972 from Raleigh, N.C. He worked as a manager for the Meyer chain of hotels. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was Episcopalian. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Undine; and a daughter, Emma-Jo Paschal, Camden, S.C. National Cremation Society, Largo.

    Palm Harbor

    • WALLING, WILLIAM N., 91, of Palm Harbor, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Cananea, Mexico, and came here in 1955 from East Lansing, Mich. He was a retired sales manager for Business Forms Inc. His memberships included First Presbyterian churches of Dunedin and Coral Oaks retirement community, Palm Harbor, Odd Fellows, Chicago, and Optimist Club, Michigan. Survivors include his wife, Helen; a son, William Jr., Jersey City, N.J.; and a granddaughter, Lauren V. Walling, Pompton Plains, N.J. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Palm Harbor Chapel.

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    Seminole

    • BOYER, RUTH A. "DOLLY," 91, of Seminole, formerly of Largo, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at Oak Manor Nursing Center, Largo. Born in Pittsburgh, she came here in 1982. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Largo. Survivors include a daughter, Penny Geiger, Largo; three grandsons, Budd Geiger, Timothy Geiger and Scott Geiger, all of Largo; and two great-grandsons. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • CASH, LOUIS, 86, of Seminole, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at Palm Gardens of Pinellas, Largo. He came here 18 months ago from his native Westfield, N.Y., where he retired from Reynolds Co. after 17 years. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Lenore; a son, Louis, Largo; a daughter, Sharon Delcamp, Orlando; two brothers, Carl and Anthony, both of Westfield; a sister, Grace Bader, Indialantic; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • KOSEL, JEAN W., 82, of Seminole, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at Palm Garden of Largo. She came here in 1949 from her native Cleveland. She was a homemaker and a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Seminole. Survivors include two sons, Anthony "Tony" Kosel, Seminole, and Gerald Kosel, Florida; a brother, Edmund Dopieralski, Ottawa Lake, Mich.; two sisters, Adeline Gispanski and Lucille Kucewicz, both of Cleveland; and four grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • LEE, CLIFTON M. SR., 81, of Seminole, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at Tandem Health Care in Seminole. Born in Monkton, Md., he came here in 1961 from Summerton, S.C. He was an artist and once owned Lee's Gallery in Seminole. He was a World War II Army veteran. He was an avid pool player and a member of the Pinellas Park Art Society. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Marian W.; two sons, C.M. Jr., Seminole, and James W., Largo; a daughter, Dianne Lee, Seminole; and five grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

    Tarpon Springs

    • BADEN, ROBERT FRANCIS, 89, of Tarpon Springs, formerly of New Port Richey, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at home. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to New Port Richey in 1979 from Blue Point, N.Y. He moved from New Port Richey to Tarpon Springs in 1999. He was a retired bus driver for New York City Transit Authority. He was a member of the Transport Workers Union of New York City, Moose Lodge, Holiday, and Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, New Port Richey. He was a fourth degree Knight of Columbus, Father Felix Ulrich 5869, Port Richey. Survivors include a daughter, Florence E. Hughes, Tarpon Springs; three sons, Robert F. Jr., Madeira Beach, Gerald T., Boca Raton, and Francis R., Palm Harbor; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
    • CONRAD, MABEL C., 74, of Tarpon Springs, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, Tarpon Springs. She was born in South Bronx, N.Y., and came here in 1988 from Central Islip, N.Y. She was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Tarpon Springs. Survivors include a daughter, Melinda B. Morrell, Holiday; a sister, Alice Sansone, New York; a brother, Edward Conrad, New York; and three grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
    • MILLER, ANNIE VIOLA "PEG," of Tarpon Springs, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at home. She was born in Isabella County, Mich., and came here in 1956 from Mount Pleasant, Mich. She worked 17 years as a dietitian at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, Tarpon Springs, and 11 years at Sunset Hills Elementary, Tarpon Springs. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, and Order of the Eastern Star Electra Chapter 18, both in Tarpon Springs. Survivors include a son, Gerald "Jerry," Tampa; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. Vinson Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs.

    St. Petersburg

    • BALLANTYNE, MARGARET, 80, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at home. She came here in 1960 from her native Detroit. She was a real estate agent for Marie Powell and Associates. She was a member of Lutheran Curch of the Good Shepherd and the 50 Plus Club. Survivors include a daughter, Jillann Ballantyne, St. Petersburg; and a sister, Megan Taylor, Pinellas Park. Royal Palm Funeral Chapel & Cemetery North, St. Petersburg.
    • BINDER, KENNETH REGIS SR., 73, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in Canonsburg, Pa., he came here in 1984 from Roper, N.C. He was a schoolteacher in Elizabeth City, N.C., and retired from 16th Street Middle School in St. Petersburg. He was an Army master sergeant during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars and received the Bronze Star, World War II Victory Medal and Combat Infantryman's Badge. He was a volunteer at the MacDill Air Force Base pharmacy and a member of AMVETS, the West Coast Square and Round Dance Association and Grace Lutheran Church. He was an avid golfer. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Betty Ward Binder; two daughters, Beverly Nase, Tierra Verde, and Barbara Selnow, St. Petersburg; three sons, Kenneth Jr. and Anthony, both of St. Petersburg, and Thomas, North Carolina; two sisters, Deloris Loar and Jean Orbin, and a brother, Paul, all of Pennsylvania; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • HAROUTUNIAN, RICHARD S. SR., 61, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. Born in Everett, Mass., he came here in 1988 from Framingham, Mass. He worked in air conditioning and was a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. He attended St. Petersburg Junior College. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Claire; two sons, Richard S. Jr. and Keith, both of Holliston, Mass.; a daughter, Juliet Haroutunian, Hollywood, Pa.; and two brothers, Harry, Wilmington, Vt., and Thomas, Billerica, Mass. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • HOFFMAN, LEWIS BERNARD, 66, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (April 4, 2003) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Born in Rockland, Mich., he came here in 1976 from Plymouth, Mich. Locally, he owned H.H. Maintenance Co. Survivors include his wife, Yvonne J.; three daughters, Bonnie Hoffman and Corinne Hoffman, both of St. Petersburg, and Sharon Morris, Pinellas Park; a son, Mike, St. Petersburg; five sisters, Susan, Corinne, Terese, Paulette and Vonnie; four brothers, Donald, Pat, Willy and Glen; and a granddaughter, Lauren Morris. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • JUST, JOSEPH, 83, of St. Petersburg, formerly of New Port Richey, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003) at home under hospice care. Born in Romania, he came here in 1990 from New Port Richey. He owned a barbershop. He was Catholic and enjoyed woodworking. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Eva; three nephews; and three nieces. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • ORCINO, FELICE B., 83, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (April 4, 2003) at home. Born in Italy, he came to the United States in 1949 as a diplomat and came here in 1994 from Hyattsville, Md. He owned a restaurant. He was a member of Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle and Knights of Columbus Council 5737. Survivors include his wife, Maria A.; two sons, Giovanni N., St. Petersburg, and Felice B. II, Silver Spring, Md.; a sister, Adriana Bonocore, Washington, D.C.; and two grandchildren. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • POLLITT, JAMES A., 51, of Eagle, Colo., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (March 26, 2003) in an airplane crash in Mesa County, Colo. Born in St. Petersburg, he moved to Eagle in the early 1980s. He was a 1969 graduated of St. Petersburg High School and received a pilot's license in 1977. He was the pilot and aircraft maintenance specialist for Eagle Computer Systems for nine years and was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Survivors include his father, Rowland H., and his mother, Jane C. Campbell, both of Colorado; his companion, Deborah Parker; and two sisters, Patricia Pollitt Richards, Tabernash, Colo., and Nancy Pollitt Araki, Conifer, Colo. Farnum-Holt Funeral Home & Crematory, Glenwood Springs, Colo.
    • REMINGTON, GRACE CASSELBERRY, 87, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., formerly of Pinellas Park, died Thursday (March 13, 2003) of pneumonia. Born in Bellefonte, Pa., she came here in 1962. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pinellas Park. Survivors include a son, Dean Casselberry, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two daughters, Doris O'Neill, Sterling Heights, Mich., and Connie Glass, Las Vegas; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
    • SENECHAL, ROBERT A., 87, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) at home. He came here in 1982 from his native Salem, Mass. He was a real estate agent for 20 years and a tool and die maker for United Shoe Machinery Co. for more than 20 years. He attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and was a member of the Fun Timers at Boca Ciega Point and Boca Ciega Point Boat Club. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Belle; two brothers, Raymond Senechal, New Hampshire, and Ernest St. Charles, Texas; a sister, Lucille Zielski, Salem. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • TINKHAM, MARY L., 69, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (April 1, 2003) at Largo Medical Center. Born in Elmyra, N.Y., she came here seven years ago from Sayre, Pa. She was Methodist. Survivors include a son, Rocky Pellett, Athens, Pa.; three daughters, Debbie Kepner, Lockwood, N.Y., Anna-Marie Pellett and Rosemary Pellett, both of St. Petersburg; two brothers, Joe Crum, Florida, and Sonny Crum, Orlando; three sisters, Ella Jackson, Horseheads, N.Y., Marge Bowes, Marietta, Ohio, and Rose Hershey, Flowermound, Texas; her companion, Paul Barnhart, St. Petersburg; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.

    Treasure Island

    • ROESS, FLORENCE ALICE "LORI," 40, of Treasure Island, died Wednesday (April 2, 2003) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South Pasadena, of heart failure. She was born in St. Petersburg. She was a graphic designer and a real estate agent. She also was a co-founder of Gabrielle's in Tyrone and worked for Paxson Communication Corp. at WPBF-Ch. 52, West Palm Beach. She attended the University of the South in Tennessee, St. Petersburg College and Mercer University. She was a former member of the St. Petersburg Junior League, the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, St. Peter's Episcopal Cathedral, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Huguenot Society of America and was a volunteer at Palms of Pasadena Hospital in South Pasadena. A fourth-generation member of a Pinellas pioneer family, her great-grandfather, land developer Frederick I. Kithcart, came to the area more than 100 years ago. Survivors include her parents, Alice and Martin John Roess; her birth father, Allen Martin Dillow; her maternal grandparents, Martha and Dr. George Hobach; and a companion, Richard. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
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