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April 26, 2003
SUNCOAST OBITUARIES

Saturday, April 26, 2003

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

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  • BERTINE, LILLIAN S., 83, of Crystal River, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at home. She was born in Red Level and was a lifelong resident of Crystal River. She was a retired teacher and began her career at the Red Level School when she was 18 years old. She was the first special education teacher in Citrus County. She was a member of the founding board of the Key Training Center. She was a graduate of the University of Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. Survivors include her daughter, Diane Damron, Crystal River; two sisters, Jessie Luther and Dorothy Milner, both of Orlando; several nieces and nephews; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and caregivers, Maureen Nolan, Patricia Strickland and Rhonda Banker. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.
  • BEVAN, EDMUND J., 85, of Homosassa, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) in Crystal River. Born in Wilkes Barre, Pa., he came here in 1980 from Mayfield Village, Ohio. He was a retired accountant with the McDermott Corp. and was a Navy veteran during World War II. He was a member of Sugarmill Woods Country Club and the First United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Gladys; a son, Edmund J. Bevan Jr., Westerville, Ohio; a daughter, Mary Joy Steicher, Buffalo Grove, Ill.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
  • MARTIN, WINIFRED M., 77, of Floral City, formerly of Madeira Beach, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Born in Wauchula, she came here in 1986 from Madeira Beach. She was a retired finance manager in hospital administration. She was a lifetime member of the Floral City VFW Post 7122 Auxiliary and received her 50-year membership. She was Protestant. Survivors include her daughter, Karen Seely, Inverness; three sons, Tim, Alan and Robert Delaney, all of St. Petersburg; and a grandson. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • ROTH, ROBERT E., 90, of Lake Panasoffkee, died Sunday (April 20, 2003) in Wildwood. He came here in 1950 from his native Buck County, Pa. He was a painter and carpenter. He was a member of the Port Orange Elks Lodge and Harvest Baptist Church of Lake Panasoffkee. Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Peggy Hall; a son, Richard, North Carolina; three brothers, David Sligh, Florida, Mike Stephens and Ruben Emerson, both of Virginia; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness.
  • SEVER, WILLIAM B., 81, of Crystal River, formerly of Clearwater, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at the Crystal River Health Center. He moved to Crystal River a year ago from his native Clearwater. He was an Air Force colonel who was a decorated fighter pilot during World War II. He was a staff and command officer during the Korean and Vietnam wars. His actitives included: member of the Scottish Rite, 32nd degree Mason; Judge Advocate General for the Disabled American Veterans; life member of the Clearwater Historical Society; member of Flight 25 Order of Daedalions; served several years at Calvary Baptist Church, Clearwater; member of First Baptist Church of Crystal River. Survivors include his daughter, Patricia C. Jones, Crystal River; a son, William B. Sever Jr., LaBelle; four brothers, Robert I. Sever, Homosassa, James Sever, Clearwater, Jackson Sever, Dunedin, and Ralph Herrera, Tampa; a sister, Margaret Sparks, Clearwater; and five grandchildren. Moss Feaster Funeral Homes, Clearwater.
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  • ARVANITES, JAMES, 75, of Spring Hill, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. Born in Elizabeth, N.J., he came here 17 years ago from Clark, N.J. He was a retired senior systems/programmer analyst for General Motors, Linden, N.J. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Charlotte; three daughters, Cynthia Dorio, Washington, N.J., Adrienne Setzer, Pompton Lakes, N.J., and Donna Lowell, Raleigh, N.C.; a sister, Anastasia Minor, Port Monmouth, N.J.; two brothers, Anthony, West Palm Beach, and Thomas William, Parlin, N.J.; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Wellwood/Grace Funeral Home & Cemetery, Hudson.
  • BIRD, DOROTHY F., 97, of Spring Hill, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. Born in New York City, she came here in 1985 from Colorado. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church. Survivors include her daughter, Dixie L. Keener, Spring Hill; a brother, Carl H. Johannesson, Henderson, Nev.; a sister, Edith C. Twist, Englewood, Colo.; and three grandchildren. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Spring Hill.
  • BIVONA, THOMAS E., 64, of Spring Hill, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at home under the care of Hernando-Pasco Hospice. Born in New York, he came here in 1985 from Long Island, N.Y., and was a retired schoolteacher. He was the owner of Meat World, Hernando Beach, and TeeMart Resort for Handicapped Children. He was a Navy veteran who served from 1954 to 1960. Survivors include his son, John, Spring Hill; three daughters, Camille Beyerl, Brooksville, Kathy Rosen, Spring Hill, and Susan Gales, Eldred, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Veterans Cremation & Burial Society, Clearwater.
  • CAREY, E. LLOYD, 88, of Spring Hill, died Monday (April 21, 2003) at home. Born in Mussellshell, Mont., he came to Florida in 1937 from Nashua, N.H., and was a painter in the construction industry. He was Baptist. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, M. Mae; a son, Robert David, Ketchikan, Alaska; a daughter, Vivian Ruth Rolley, British Columbia; a sister, Gwen Ballantine, Rockport, Texas; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
  • COHOON, ROBERT B. JR., 77, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (April 22, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. Born in Salem, Mass., he came here from Marblehead, Mass. He retired from General Electric and was a Marine Corps veteran who served in World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in the South Pacific Theater. He was a member of Marblehead Masonic Lodge and the Massachusetts Club of Spring Hill. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Phyllis; two sons, Robert B. Cohoon III, Orlando, and Peter S., Tampa; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Brooksville.
  • HAWK, MARY A., 91, of Brooksville, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. Born in Bradley, Mich., she came here 30 years ago from Grand Rapids, Mich. She was a homemaker and was trained as a singer. She served as the Michigan District Missionary President and on the General Church Missionary Council. She was a member of the Brooksville Church of the Nazarene. Survivors include three daughters, Freda McGrew, Spring Hill, Marilyn Wilson, Hernando Beach, and Beverly Chapin, Brooksville; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.
  • KRZYZANIAK, RONALD CHARLES "SKI," 62, of Spring Hill, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at home. Born in Chelsea, Mass., he came here in 1984 from Billerica, Mass. He was a retired contractor in Spring Hill. He was a member of Billerica Elks, Spring Hill Eagles and St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Carol; two daughters, Kim Stcyr, Milford, N.H., and Linda Krzyzaniak, Burbank, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Tina Petrowski, and two stepsons, John and Thomas Sannuto, all of Spring Hill; three nieces and three nephews; and five grandchildren. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Spring Hill.
  • LINDAUER, CATHERINE S., 85, of Spring Hill, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. Born in Philadelphia, she came here 31 years ago from Springfield, Pa. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Charles S. Lindauer Jr.; two sons, Charles S. Lindauer III, Theodore, Ala., and Christopher S., Woodlyn, Pa.; and a grandchild. Pinecrest Funeral Chapels, Spring Hill.
  • NACLERIO, PETER H., 87, of Spring Hill, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. Born in New York City, he came here 46 years ago from New Jersey. He retired from Lederle Laboratories of New Jersey and was an Army Air Corps veteran. Survivors include his wife, June; two sons, Edward, Marietta, Ga., and Peter, St. Louis; two daughters, Judith Rinaldi, Weeki Wachee, and Ellyn Ross, Lebanon, Pa.; a sister, Gloria Herrick, Columbia, Md.; and nine grandchildren. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Spring Hill.
  • RUTLEDGE, EULA MAE, 85, of Brooksville, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at home. Born in Waynesboro, Miss., she came here 57 years ago from Live Oak. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Masaryktown, where she worked with pre-schoolers. Survivors include her son, Sidney, Brooksville; two daughters, Sonja Grant, Brooksville, and Sheila Suarez, Cincinnatus, N.Y.; two brothers, Grady Rutherford Walker, Mobile, Ala., and Frederick Welton Walker, Jacksonville; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Turner Funeral Homes, Brooksville.
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  • ANKER, ARGIE MERKLE, 74, of Brandon, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003). Born in Goshen, Ala., she moved to the Tampa area 55 years ago from Mobile, Ala. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church, Palm River, Palm River Garden Club and the American Legion Auxiliary, Tampa. Survivors include a son, Robert Joseph Youngblood, Laurel, Miss.; a daughter, Margie Rochcleau, Brandon; two brothers, Thomas Alvin Norris, Lake Panasoffkee, and Joe M. Norris, Tampa; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Riverview.
  • BROWN, ANNA, 94, of Tampa, died Thursday (April 24, 2003). Born in Hann-Munden, Germany, she moved to Tampa 58 years ago. Survivors include her son, Henry; her daughter, Mary Ann Whitlock; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • CORBETT, SHAUN MICHAEL, 17, of Plant City, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) as a result of an automobile accident. A lifelong resident of the Tampa area, he was a student at Durant High School, a member of the JROTC and Fort Alafia Assembly of God Church. Survivors include his parents, Joseph and Ellen Corbett; a sister, Jonelle Corbett; maternal grandparents, Mike and Ellen Kosan; and several other family members. Hopewell Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, Plant City.
  • CREAMER, NANCY, 67, of Dover, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) in Plant City. Born in Ashtabula, Ohio, she was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Billie; four sons, David, Terry, Steve and Gary; a brother, Tom Luce; a sister, Donna Taylor; and seven grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • HOOD, WILLIAM E. JR., 69, of Tampa, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) at home. Survivors include two sons, Michael Feazell and Dennis Weber; six daughters, Shelly Zapp, Sherry Hayes, Pam Hayes, Denise Garcia, Paula Sears and Anita Henderson; two brothers; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Florida Mortuary & Cremation Services, Tampa.
  • MAGNER, BRUCE RICHARD, 58, of Brandon, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003). Born in Ossining, N.Y., he moved to the Tampa area 21 years ago from Fort Wayne, Ind. He was an operations manager for a tire company and a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church, a Eucharist minister and a catechist. Survivors include his wife, Joan Marie Sullivan; two daughters, Erin Kathleen, Brandon, and Elizabeth Jean, Houston; his father, John Magner, Valrico; and two sisters, Joan A. Magner M.D., Brookfield, Conn., and Kerry S. Lantz, Plant City. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Riverview.
  • SORIANO, JUANITA C., 89, of Tampa, died Thursday (April 24, 2003). Born in San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba, she later moved to the area. Survivors include her daughter, Mirta Moran; three grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
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  • CALO, MIGUEL A. SR., 63, of Port Richey, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) at VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. Born in Puerto Rico, he came here in 1992 from Irvington, N.J. He was a foreman for New Jersey Transit with 20 years of service and was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was Christian. Survivors include a son, Miguel Calo Jr., St. Petersburg; two daughters, Milagros Matos, St. Petersburg, and Elizabeth Mariani, Brielle, N.J.; his mother, Maxine Calo, Branchburg, N.J.; a brother, Carmelo, Washington Township, N.J.; two sisters, Paquita Calo, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Carmen Calo-Alpizar, Branchburg; and four grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, New Port Richey.
  • CARLSON, GERTRUDE K., 92, of Huntley, Ill., formerly of New Port Richey, died Tuesday (April 22, 2003) at Rosewood Care Center, Elgin, Ill. She was born in Bengtfors, Sweden. She was a sales clerk at Wieboldt's Department Store in Chicago for many years. She was a member of the VASA Lodge 699, Pasco-Scandinavian-American Society, Finnish American Club, Gulfview Florida Chapter of Embroiderers Guild and was an auxiliary member of High 12 West Pasco Lodge 418. Survivors include her daughter, Barbro Keinath, Huntley; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. James A. O'Connor Funeral Home, Huntley, Ill.
  • GRZANKA, WILLIAM A., 80, of Zephyrhills, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Born in Hamtramck, Mich., he came here 18 years ago. He was a retired paint supervisor for Ford Motor Co. with 35 years of service. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was awarded 16 medals and two Purple Hearts. Survivors include his wife, Leota; two sons, Jerome, Warren, Mich., and William A. Grzanka Jr., Fort Myers; two stepsons, Robert Hartwick Jr., Davison, Mich., and Randall Hartwick, Flint, Mich.; a stepdaughter, Sharon Ribble, Metamora, Mich.; a brother, Walter, Sterling Heights, Mich.; two sisters, Francis Krula, Hamtramck, and Mary Pavetto, Harris Township, Mich.; and several grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • HARNESK, RALPH M., 71, of Port Richey, died Tuesday (April 22, 2003) at home. Born in Chicago, he came here in 1970 from West Chicago, Ill. He was a retired postal worker in Port Richey with 35 years of service. He was a member of the Rifleman Association and New Port Richey Moose Lodge. Survivors include his wife, Donna; and two cousins, Kari Weens, Jonesboro, Tenn., and Joan Ryan, West Virginia. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • HERNANDEZ, GEORGE F. "BIGOTE," 84, of Hudson, formerly of Tampa, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at home. He came to the Pasco area in 1970 from his native Tampa. He was a shipping clerk for the House of Delmage in Tampa. He was a past president and a 38-year member of UNICO. He was Christian. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Sylvia; a son, Edward, Hudson; three daughters, Helen Ryals, New Port Richey, Martha Reyes and Nancy Orihuela, both of Hudson; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Bell Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • HOLUB, LEWIS J. "LEW," 89, of Hudson, died Friday (April 25, 2003) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Corona, N.Y., he moved here in 1985 from Woodbury, Conn. He was a retired captain/pilot for Eastern Airlines with 34 years of service. He flew the New York City to San Juan route for several years. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and served in the Military Transport Division. He was a member of Eastern Airlines Retirees Association, Miami; and OX5 Aviation Pioneers. He was Christian. Survivors include two daughters, Mary H. Peacon, Abbeville, S.C., and Elizabeth A. Holub, Hudson; a son, L. Joseph Holub Jr., Newtown, Conn.; a sister, Marie Van Sprewenburg, Mount Sinai, N.Y.; and two grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • JAMESON, MABEL O. MARTIN, 94, of New Port Richey, died Friday (April 25, 2003) at home. Born in Oelwein, Iowa, she came here 52 years ago from Fort Wayne, Ind. She was a homemaker and a member of Eastern Star Chapter 117. She was Baptist. Survivors include her son, Dennis Charles, and a daughter, Bobbie Ann Zion, both of New Port Richey; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • KEEVEN, RHIANNON FAITH, infant daughter of Richard B. Keeven and Donna Tabor of New Port Richey, died Monday (April 21, 2003) at Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg. In addition to her parents, other survivors include two brothers, Austyn Keeven and Justyn Keeven, both of New Port Richey. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, New Port Richey.
  • KEHOE, ERLEEN J., of New Port Richey, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) at home. Born in Huntley, Minn., she came here in 1982 from Washington, D.C. She was retired after being a special education teacher for 30 years. She was a member of the American Association of University Women and participated in the Guardian Ad Litem program. Survivors include her husband, P.M. Kehoe; two sons, Jon Hall, Granite Falls, Minn., and William Hall, Lower Burrell, Pa.; three daughters, Barbara Britain, White Bear Lake, Minn.; Bonnie Olson, Cedar, Minn.; and Becky Harmon, Hudson; a brother, Robert Hatch, Long Beach, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • KIMMEL, MARIE M., 84, of Holiday, formerly of Clearwater, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in New Port Richey after a short illness. Born in southeast Tennessee, she came here 10 years ago from Clearwater and was retired from Sears. She was a member of First Assembly of Tarpon Springs and Clearwater. Survivors include three daughters, Kitty Bruce, Kennesaw, Ga.; Ruth Link, Gainesville; and Ann Jones, Shreveport, La.; two sons, Bobby Lea, Ocoee, Tenn., and Kenneth Lea, Hendersonville, Tenn.; a sister, Grace Bryant, Dalton, Ga.; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • McNARY, CHARLES CECIL, 60, of Dade City, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Dade City. Born in Crestview, he came here in 1952. He retired from the Florida HRS with 22 years of service. He attended St. Mary's Episcopal Church of Dade City. Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Jean; two sons, Mark and Jason; his stepfather, Joseph C. Scharber; three brothers, Edwin Lyle McNary, Joseph P. Scharber and Alan Scharber; and one grandchild. Hodges Family Funeral Home, Dade City.
  • SMITH, VIOLA CATHERINE MCWHIRTER, 81, of Hudson, died Tuesday (April 22, 2003) at home. Born in Bridgeport, Conn., she came here in 1979 from Valley Stream, N.Y. She was a retired bank teller and a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. She was a charter member of the Spring Hill Moose Auxiliary 1765, Suncoast 500 Club, and the Women's Bowling Association at Hudson Bowl. Survivors include her husband of 65 years, William S.; five sons, George, Massapequa, N.Y.; William A., Cedarhurst, N.Y.; Richard, Spring Hill; James and Russell, both of Hudson; a daughter, Patricia Fischer, Bradenton; a sister, Alvena, Port Jefferson, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Wellwood/Grace Funeral Home & Cemetery, Hudson.
  • TAFILOWSKI, JUANITA M., 87, of New Port Richey, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) at Bayonet Point Health Center. Born in Pueblo, Colo., she came here in 1973 from Sterling Heights, Mich. She was retired from Chrysler and was a member of the Calvary Chapel Worship Center. Survivors include her husband, Theodore J.; two daughters, Joann Martin, New Port Richey, and Karen Padgett, Hayesville, N.C.; a son, Raymond, Ocala; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Wellwood/Grace Funeral Home & Cemetery, Hudson.
  • WICINSKI, ADAM W., 90, of New Port Richey, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in New Port Richey. Born in Detroit, he came here 34 years ago from Lake Orion, Mich. He retired from Chrysler and was an Army veteran of World War II. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Alice; a daughter, Patricia Tomalis, Rochester, Mich.; two stepdaughters, Mary Lou Peterson, Holiday, and Susie Rockafeller, Milford, Mich.; a stepson, William Kight, New Port Richey; a brother, William, and a sister, Jeanne Borowski, both of Detroit; four grandchildren and eight stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren and eight stepgreat-grandchildren. Morgan Funeral Home & Cremation Services, New Port Richey.
  • WILLOUGHBY, MARY S., of Hudson, formerly of Holiday, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at home. She moved to Holiday in 1965 from her native Cairo, Ill., then in 1999 moved to Hudson. She was a retired private secretary for Swift & Co., Cairo. She was a member of the New Port Richey Blind Club, Blind Veterans Association and First Lutheran Church of New Port Richey. Survivors include two nephews, L.G. and James DeCrow, both of Memphis, Tenn. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday.
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    Clearwater

    • KASABULA, HENRY P., 76, of Clearwater, died Monday (April 21, 2003) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He came here this year from his native Worcester, Mass. He retired as a storekeeper at Westboro State Hospital, Westboro, Mass. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a past state commander of the Polish American Veterans of Massachusetts and a member of the Polish American Veterans of Worcester and Southbridge, Mass., American Legion Post 8, Winter Haven, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Spencer, Mass., and Disabled American Veterans, Worcester. Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Barbara J.; a stepson, William Pederson, Ontario; a stepdaughter, Tina Menzies, New York City; a brother, Joseph, Sutton, Mass.; and two sisters, Albina M. Zukowski, Charlton, Mass., and Barbara Novak, Englewood, Ohio. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • KIMMEL, MARIE M., 84, of Holiday, formerly of Clearwater, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice Care Center, New Port Richey. She was born in southeast Tennessee and lived 40 years in Clearwater before moving last year to Holiday. She worked 10 years for Sears, Roebuck and Co. She was a member of First Assembly of God, Tarpon Springs, and a former member of First Assembly of God, Clearwater. Survivors include three daughters, Kitty Bruce, Kennesaw, Ga., Ruth Link, Gainesville, Ann Jones, Shreveport, La.; two sons, Bobby Lea, Ocoee, Tenn., and Kenneth Lea, Hendersonville, Tenn.; a sister, Grace Bryant, Dalton, Ga.; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
    • LAYTON, MICHELE J., 39, of Clearwater, died Monday (April 21, 2003) at Largo Medical Center. She came here in 1987 from her native McKeesport, Pa. She worked 22 years as a graphic artist. She was Methodist. Survivors include a brother, Wayne E. Layton, Winter Springs; and two sisters, Joyce D. Shearer, Tampa, and Janice M. McGhen, McKeesport. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
    • RASMUSSEN, FRANCIS L., 82, of Clearwater, died Friday (April 25, 2003) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Clinton, Iowa, and came here in 1976 from Evanston, Ill. He was a retired accountant and controller at Bishop Freeman in Evanston and Miller Machinery, Tampa. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a graduate of Northwestern University and a member of the Rosicrucians. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Kirk; a son, Stephen, St. Petersburg; and two grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • ROBERTS, ODESSA B. "MADEAR," 79, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (April 22, 2003) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She came here in 1954 from her native Reddick. She owned and operated Odessa's Cafe in Clearwater. After retiring, she worked as a home child care provider. She was a member of St. John Primitive Baptist Church, Clearwater, where she served on the Senior Mission and was one of its presidents. She also supervised the church's kitchen. She was a member of Spring Blossom Temple No. 360, IBPOE of W, Clearwater, and Lily Security Benefit Association No. 22, Clearwater. Survivors include a son, Clifford, a daughter, Ophelia Blunt, her mother, Leatha Spike, two brothers, Odell Blunt and Johnie Blunt, all of Clearwater; eight grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. Young's Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • ROYAL, DORIS E., 78, of Clearwater, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in Hickory Township, Pa., and came here eight months ago from DeLand. She was a member of Plymouth Avenue Christian Church, DeLand. Survivors include a son, Gary R., Ormond Beach; a daughter, Nancy A. Stewart, Clearwater; a brother, Ralph Shartle, Jamestown, Pa.; a sister, Mary Stamford, DeLand; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
    • SEVER, WILLIAM B., 81, of Crystal River, formerly of Clearwater, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at Crystal River Health and Rehabilitation. He was born in Clearwater and moved to Crystal River last year. He was a retired Air Force colonel. He was a decorated World War II fighter pilot and a staff and command officer during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Clearwater, and First Baptist Church, Crystal River. He was a judge advocate general for Disabled American Veterans, a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Scottish Rite. He was a life member of the Clearwater Historical Society and a member of Flight 25 of the Order of Daedalions. Survivors include a son, William B. Jr., La Belle, Fla.; a daughter, Patricia C. Jones, Crystal River; four brothers, Robert I., Homosassa, James A., Clearwater, Jackson, Dunedin, and Ralph Herrera, Tampa; a sister, Margaret Sparks, Clearwater; and five grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
    • SHEPHERD, CATHERINE C., 87, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in Atmore, Ala., and came here in 1959 from Lockport, Ill. She was a research scientist and had worked for Mease Dunedin Hospital. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Clearwater, where she headed a children's division in the 1970s and led the prayer group. She wrote poetry and contributed poems to regional publications. She participated in the Suncoast Writers Conference and was a member of American Academy of Poets. Survivors include a daughter, MaryLu Lee, Littleton, Colo.; two sons, Paul Hill, Largo, and Joseph Emmett, La Canada, Calif.; a sister, Eva McGhee, Atlanta; two brothers, Lige Cunningham and Preston Cunningham, both of St. Louis, Mo.; and five grandsons. National Cremation Society, Largo.

    Dunedin

    • PICKERING, RICHARD B., 61, of Dunedin, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) at home. He was born in Salem, Mass., and came here in 1976 from Fort Lauderdale. He was a certified public accountant and owner of Mexico Grande restaurant, Clearwater. He was a member of Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Clearwater, and a graduate of Stetson University. Survivors include two sons, Mark B., Dunedin, and Matthew, Providence, R.I.; and a sister, Susan Singer, South Hamilton, Mass. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.

    Largo

    • FACKLER, WILLIAM A., 68, of Largo, died Tuesday (April 22, 2003) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in New York City and came here in 1986 from Kansas City, Mo. He was a management consultant in the education field. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Tampa Bay Magic Club and Pinellas County Sheriff's Advisory Board. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; a daughter, Sue Victor, Logansport, Ind.; two sons, Chaz, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Bill, Eagle, Colo.; a stepson, Bobby Dimaggio, Kansas City, Kan.; a brother, Charles, New York City; and eight grandchildren. International Casket & Urn Gallery, Clearwater.
    • HEDGE, MICHAEL RAY "COACH HEDGE," 47, of Largo, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at Largo Medical Center. He came here in 1962 from his native Indianapolis. He worked for N-Tegrity Construction. He was a member of Clearwater First Church of the Nazarene. He was a 1974 graduate of Largo High School and a member of the school's madrigal singers. He coached football for Clearwater For Youth, Clearwater and Largo high schools. He was a member of the University of Central Florida Alumni Association. Survivors include his wife, Roxanne; three sons, Michael Hedge, Quincy, Ill., David M. Hedge, Clearwater, and Erick Swinton, Tarpon Springs; a daughter, Melissa Joy Hedge, Atlanta; his mother and stepfather, Betty R. and Roscoe Miller, Clearwater; and three grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
    • LINCOLN, LOUISE IRENE, 78, of Largo, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in Richwoods, Mo., and came here in 1977 from California. She was an accountant. She was a member of First Assembly of God, Clearwater. Survivors include a daughter, Donna Gray, Topeka, Kan.; a brother, Harold Turntine, Largo; a sister, Viola Levering, Pleasanton, Kan.; and two grandsons. Veterans Cremation & Burial Society, Clearwater.
    • LOGAN, MARY FRANCIS, 75, of Largo, died Tuesday (April 22, 2003) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Forrest, Ill., and came here several years ago from Illinois. She was an innkeeper. Survivors include her husband, Richard E. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.
    • MACARIN, HELEN A., 75, of Largo, died Tuesday (April 22, 2003) at Largo Medical Center. She came here in 1992 from her native Brooklyn, N.Y. She had worked as a clerk for the New York Telephone Co. She was Protestant. Survivors include a daughter, Stephanie A. Bosman, Valley Stream, N.Y.; a brother, Lester Buckman, Largo; and two grandchildren, Brenda A. Marzano and William E. Bosman, both of Valley Stream. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • PARKER, GENEVIEVE T., 97, of Largo, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Bayview and came here in 1965 from Greenwich, Conn. She was a retired laboratory technician and had worked for American Cyanamid. She was Christian. She was a member of the Clearwater Power Squadron. Survivors include a stepdaughter, Gloria Shelly, Edgewater; three stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

    Safety Harbor

    • ADRIAN, KENNETH B., 60, of Safety Harbor, died Friday (April 25, 2003) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Lynn, Mass., and came here in 1999 from Westboro, Mass. He was a consultant for ADP Inc. He was a member of Countryside Country Club and Sigma Phi Epsilon. Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Jean; a brother, William, Westboro; and a sister, Nancy Payne, Hopkinton, Mass. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.
    • FILE, ROBERT M., 68, of Safety Harbor, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at home. He was born in Scranton, Pa., and came here in 1980 from Buffalo, N.Y. He worked in sales for Welco Metalurgical. He was a Marine Corps veteran and a member of Espiritu Santo Catholic Church, Safety Harbor. Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Rita; two daughters, Sharon Siebert, Phoenix, Ariz., and Debra Isula, Buffalo; and three brothers, Richard, Indian Rocks Beach, Tim, Tampa, and Peter, Annapolis, Md. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
    • SMITH, LISLE R., 80, of Safety Harbor, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He came here in 1970 from his native Indianapolis. He retired from the Safety Harbor Water Department. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a recipient of the Victory Medal and American Campaign Medal. He was Protestant and a member of the American Legion. Survivors include his wife, Nancy; four daughters, Ethel Weisch, Safety Harbor, Alice Sanders, Brownsburg, Ind., Patricia Hitzelberger, Indianapolis, and Barbara Risobe, Austin, Texas; a sister, Batty Gilliam, Indianapolis; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Veterans Cremation & Burial Society, Clearwater.

    Tarpon Springs

    • TADROS, FAKHRY F., 69, of Tarpon Springs, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor. He was born in Egypt and came here last year from Milwaukee, where he retired from Firststar Bank as an accounting officer. He was a member of St. Mary and St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Church and St. Joseph Club for Retirees. He enjoyed field hockey, fishing and playing backgammon and ping pong. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Aida; three daughters, Amani Barsoum, Franklin, Wis., Mary Madrzak, Rogers, Ariz., and Susie Tadros, Milwaukee; two brothers, Shaker, and Wagih, both of Cairo, Egypt; and six grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

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    Indian Rocks Beach

    • RAINEY, DONALD G. "BUD," 83, of Indian Rocks Beach, died Tuesday (April 22, 2003) at Largo Medical Center. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he came here in 1983 from Tonowanda, N.Y. He retired as a captain after 34 years with the Buffalo Fire Department. He was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran. He was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Seminole. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Garnet S.; a son, Michael D., Orlando; and a granddaughter, Samantha Rainey. National Cremation Society, Largo.

    Pinellas Park

    • HAYES, ROY C., 64, of Pinellas Park, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. Born in New Brighton, Pa., he came here in 1998. He worked for J.C. Geopfert Co. and was the district manager for Cogun Industries, a church construction company in North Lima, Ohio. He was an Army veteran. He was a member of First Church of the Nazarene in Clearwater. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Pat; a daughter, Rebecca Hayes, Walnutport, Pa.; a son, Dennis, Macungie, Pa.; his mother, Ruth Hayes, and a sister, Sandra Hines, both of Marietta, Ohio; a brother, Terry, Owensboro, Ky.; and three grandsons. Veterans Cremation & Burial Society, Clearwater.
    • JONES, LLOYD WILLIAM, 65, of New Port Richey, formerly of Pinellas Park, died Tuesday (April 22, 2003) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. Born in Manhattan, N.Y., he came here five years ago from Pinellas Park. He was a lawn service supervisor and a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was Christian. Survivors include his wife, Rudena; two daughters, Candice Croft and Michele Bergstrom, both of Hudson; a son, David; and three grandchildren. Kelly Memorial Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
    • RADETSKI, ANDREW JOSEPH, 30, of Tarpon Springs, formerly of Dunedin and Pinellas Park, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) in an accident on State Road 54. He was born in Dunedin and moved here in 1980 from Pinellas Park. He worked as a mechanic for Sun State Fork Lift in Holiday. Survivors include his companion, Deena Navarro; a son, Justin, Holiday; a daughter, Mariah Radetski, New Port Richey; his mother, Donna Radetski and his father, Frank, both of Tarpon Springs; his stepmother, Julie Medeirus, and his stepfather, Arnold Medeirus, and two brothers, Duane and Arnold Medeirus, all of Pinellas Park; three sisters, Jenny Arnold and Theresa Stiverson, both of Tarpon Springs, and Dawn Medeirus, Tampa; and his grandmother, Alice Johnson, Tomahawk, Wis. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon Avenue Chapel, Tarpon Springs.
    • SIMS, KEITH, 48, of Pinellas Park, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. There are no known survivors. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.

    Redington Shores

    • MONTONI, RITA, 68, of Redington Shores, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She came here in 1991 from West Simsbury, Conn. She retired from Encore as a charge nurse. Survivors include her husband, Dr. Edward; a son, Christopher Montoni, Prague, Czech Republic; a daughter, Adrienne Montoni, and a sister, Maryann Lee, both of Bristol, Conn.; and two grandchildren. American Heritage Cremation Society, Clearwater.

    St. Petersburg

    • COOLIDGE, RUBY E., 92, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at Integrated Health Services of Pinellas Park. She was born in Naylor, Mo., and came here in 1984 from Warsaw, Mo. She was a telephone operator in Los Angeles County, Calif., and was Protestant. Survivors include a son, Jack A. Friedman, Largo; three grandchildren, Patti L. Blickhan, Lees Summit, Mo., Ed M. Friedman, Kirkland, Wash., and Ron S. Friedman, Overland Park, Kan.; and a great-granddaughter. E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • DAVIS, DEACON JAMES JR., 72, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at Bayfront Medical Center. He came here in 1950 from his native Tallahassee. Locally, he was an automobile mechanic for the former Davis Garage. He was a member of the Lord's House, where he served on the deacon board. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Beatrice; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Fowler, a brother, Willie, and two sisters, Marietta Jones and Mary Williams, all of St. Petersburg; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • FARUS, MAURICE, 83, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) at Seminole Nursing Pavilion. Born in Algeria, he came here in 1982 from Chevy Chase, Md. In World War II, he served in the Free French navy, transporting Allied troops between North America, Glasgow, Scotland, and Vladivostok in the Soviet Union. He was a member of the boat club of Boca Ciega Point. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Jeannine; a daughter, Marie Helene Farus, Poolesville, Md.; and two brothers, Jacques and Edouard, both of France. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • HALL, AVALINE M., 92, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at Laurelwood Nursing Home. She came here in 1941 from her native Ashville, Ala. She owned Hall's Lawn Service in Largo for 20 years. She was Baptist. Survivors include a daughter, Velda J. Huard, St. Petersburg; and two granddaughters, Rachel Bryson, St. Petersburg, and Michelle Mainor, Columbus, Ga. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • KLIMIK, MARY C., 67, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Born in Jackson, Miss., she came here in the early 1970s from Washington, D.C. She traveled throughout the world. She was a graduate of Mississippi State University and a member of its alumni association. She was a member of St. Anne of Grace Episcopal Church in Seminole. Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Steven; a daughter, Barbara A. Holmes, McAllen, Texas; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • MASSEY, HAROLD E., 73, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (April 22, 2003) at Bayfront Medical Center after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle. He came here in 1953. He was an installation supervisor for GTE for many years. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include a stepsister, Betty Nelson, Georgia. Veterans Cremation & Burial Society, Clearwater.
    • MATHENY, WILMA B., 72, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (April 24, 2003). Born in Barberton, Ohio, she came here in 1964 from Columbus, Ohio. She was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Petersburg Country Club and the Women's Golf Association for 23 years. Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Dr. Howard; a son, David, St. Petersburg; a daughter, Lisa, Houston; a granddaughter, Kellee Matheny, and a grandson, Jackson Matheny, both of St. Petersburg. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • PALAMARA, CARMELL "NANA," 90, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (April 18, 2003) at Menorah Manor Nursing Home. She came here in 1987 from her native Utica, N.Y. She was an assembler at Sperry computer company. She was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church's Women's Club, the Mothers and Grandmothers Club and and the Menorah Manor Walking and Baking clubs and she helped with bingo at the Gulfport Senior Citizens Center. Survivors include a daughter, Domenica "Dee" Glozak, Gulfport; four grandchildren, Michele Glozak Silverman and Rick Silverman, both of Tampa, and Regina Costello and Dennis Costello, both of Gulfport; and two great-grandchildren. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.
    • SOUZA, HENRY, 82, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Born in Dartmouth, Mass., he came here in 1986 from New Bedford, Mass. He was an automotive mechanic. Survivors include two daughters, Claire Frois and Beverly Langis, both of New Bedford; a son, Henry, Fairhaven, Mass.; two sisters, Mary Walega and Josephine Medez, both of New Bedford; a brother, Manuel, South Dartmouth, Mass.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

    Seminole

    • HAHN, DIXIE T., 85, of Macon, Ga., formerly of Seminole and St. Petersburg, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at Park Healthcare, Macon, Ga. Born in Wilmerding, Pa., she came to St. Petersburg in 1955 from Pittsburgh, moved to Seminole in 1970 and moved to Macon in 1997. Survivors include two sons, Raymond Hahn Jr., Woodstock, Ga., and William T. Hahn, Macon; a daughter, Mary Lou Gray, Edmund, Okla.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • McKENZIE, JAMES EDWARD, 83, of Seminole, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at Largo Medical Center. He came here in 1971 from his native Holyoke, Mass. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army after 33 years of service. He was Protestant and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association. Survivors include two sons, Phillip E., Fairfield, Calif., and Robert J., St. Petersburg; a daughter, Charlotte M. Foe, Brooksville; and three grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

    South Pasadena

    • CYMBALKO, KATHERINE SZNERCH, 95, of South Pasadena, died Thursday (April 24, 2003). She was born in Ukraine and came here in 1961 from Chester, N.Y. She was a domestic worker. She was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church. Survivors include five grandchildren, Andrew E. Sznerch and Richard Sznerch, both of Orlando, and Laura Cihak, Deborah McCann and Frances Andresen, all of St. Petersburg; and five great-grandchildren. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

    Treasure Island

    • GALLAGHER, FRANCIS "JOE," 99, of Treasure Island, died Monday (April 21, 2003). He was born in Philadelphia. He was a playwright in New York. He served in World War II in China and in the Korean War. Survivors include two nieces, Catherine Connelly, Treasure Island, and Josephine Mangold, Pennsylvania; two grandnieces; and nine great-grandnieces. Neptune Society, Palm Harbor.
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