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May 3, 2003
SUNCOAST OBITUARIES

Saturday, May 3, 2003

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

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  • ALKIRE, JOY D., 100, of Crystal River, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) in Crystal River. Born in Upland Grove, W.Va., she moved to Yankeetown in 1958 from Fairmont, W.Va., then moved in 1997 to Crystal River. She was an elementary schoolteacher and music teacher in Yankeetown for 17 years. She was Christian and played the organ in her church. She enjoyed music and flowers. Survivors include four sons, Thomas W. Alkire Jr., and James E., both of Pulaski, Va., Robert H., Moreland, Ga., and Kenneth V., Gales Ferry, Conn.; two daughters, Adella Douglas, Horseheads, N.Y., and Mary Lue Station, Beckley, W.Va., 18 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchilren. Fero Funeral Home With Crematory, Beverly Hills.
  • BARNETT, CHARLOTTE VanNESS, 75, of Inverness, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) in Tallahassee. She was born in Tampa and was a longtime resident of Citrus County. She was part of the pioneer VanNess Family. She was a 1944 graduate of Citrus High School and a real estate manager. She attended Florida State College for Women. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Inverness. Survivors include her son, J. Paxton Barnett, St. Petersburg; a daughter, Karen V. Barnett, Tallahassee; and granddaughter, Caroline Barnett. Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness.
  • HELLER, MORRIS WOOD, 87, of Homosassa, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003) at home. Born in Wilkinsburg, Pa., he came here 24 years ago from Upper Marlboro, Md. He was an aircraft mechanic for USAir and member St. Anne's Episcopal Church of Crystal River. He was a member of the Hernando Sportsmen's Club and the National Rifle Association. Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Martha L. (Ludt); a stepson, John B. Duvall, Inglis; three stepdaughters, Elnora D. Carico, Groveland, Mary P. Duvall, Naylor, Md., and Martha Franklin, King George, Va.; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
  • HENEDRICKER, ROBERT R., 64, of Hernando, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) at home under the care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Born in Petersburg, Ill., he came here in 1990. He was a retired manager for AT&T Long Distance Service in Cincinnati. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers in Chicago and Cincinnati. He was an avid golfer. Survivors include his wife, Rebecca; a son, Mark, Palm Bay; two sisters, Patricia Casper, Springfield, Ill., and Lorena Dearing, Mason City, Ill.; and three grandchildren. Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness.
  • NETREFA, MARIE V., 98, of Inverness, died Monday (April 28, 2003) in Inverness. Born in Chicago, she came here in 1966 from Vandalia, Mich. She was a homemaker and member of Inverness Golf and Country Club. Survivors include her sister-in-law, June Ladd, Ballwin, Mo.; and three nephews, William R. Ladd, Maryland Heights, Mo., Ralph Ladd and Allan Ladd, both of Missouri. Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness.
  • SCHULTZ, JAMES EVERT, 77, of Brooksville, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. Born in Kokomo, Ind., he came here 35 years ago from St. Clair, Mich. He was an automobile mechanic and a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Grace Brethren Church. Survivors include his wife, Florine; a son, Paul, Lakeland; three daughters, Kathryn Schmuck, Sunfield, Mich., Shirley McLaughlin, Sterling Heights, Mich., and Janice Waldemar, Inverness; two sisters, Anna Waked, Clinton Township, Mich., and Mary Skonieczny, New Baltimore, Mich.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.
  • STARKE, PETER M., 53, of Hernando, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003) at home under the care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Born in Hampstead, N.Y., he came here in 1970 from New York. He was the owner of Star Tree Service in Hernando. Survivors include his daughter, Michelle Levy, New Mexico; a brother, Christopher, Concord, Ga.; a sister, Cecelia Pazenski, Bayport, N.Y.; and a granddaughter. Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness.
  • WESOLOWSKI, VIRGINIA LORRAINE, 79, of Lecanto, formerly of Inverness, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) at Nature Coast Lodge in Lecanto. Born in Muskegon, Mich., she came to Florida in 1978 from Dolton, Ill. She was a representative of Helen Rubenstein in the cosmetic sales industry and was Protestant. Survivors include two daughters, Leslie, Houston, and Lisa Wehlau, Inverness; two sons, Scott S., Tampa, and Bruce C., St. Petersburg; two sisters, Dorothy VanDam, Muskegon, and Marlene Phillips, Fairfield, Conn.; and a granddaughter. Chas E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness.
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  • ERICKSON, ELWOOD R., 81, of Brooksville, died Monday (April 28, 2003) at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill. Born in Upsala, Minn., he came to Florida in 1980. He owned a grain mill and farm store. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of High Point Lions Club and High Point Golf Association. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Brooksville. Survivors include his wife, Virginia; a daughter, Linda Berg, St. Cloud, Minn.; a son, Craig, Upsala; and three grandchildren. Brenny-Johnson Home, Upsala.
  • GAWRYCH, ANDREW A., 92, of Spring Hill, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) at home. He came here 32 years ago from his native Weirton, W.Va. He was a retired steel mill worker and Catholic. Survivors include his sister, Stella, Florida; four grandchildren, Doug Gawrych, Greensboro, N.C., Ronee Scigliano, Charlotte, N.C., Garry Gawrych, Tampa, and Patrick Gawrych, Lutz; and 10 great-grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill.
  • JAKWAY, JOHN HENRY, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (April 15, 2003) at home. He was retired from Allied Chemical with 42 years of service. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of YMCA and Elks. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, June Rose (Worden); three sons, Bruce, California, John, Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Keith, Syracuse, N.Y.; and two daughters, Kathy Calarese, Liverpool, N.Y., and Ann Greeley, Baldwinsville. Dewitt Memorial Fuenral Home, Jamesville, N.Y.
  • STONE, IRVING M., 88, of Brooksville, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he came here 23 years ago from Long Island, N.Y. He was an English professor at Nassau Community College and Hoffstra University. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was an Army veteran of World War II and member of Clover Leaf Veterans Association. He was a published author. Survivors include his daughter, Daina Lynne Driscoll, Brooksville; a sister, Sylvia Adler, Albuquerque, N.M.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Brooksville.
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  • BELTRAN, AIDA M., 81, of Tampa, died Wednesday (April 30,2003) at University Community Hospital. A native and lifelong resident of Tampa, she was a registered nurse, retiring from Gonzales Clinic, and was a member of Carnaval en Tampa. Survivors include a daughter, Ana Rosa Adams, Tampa; two grandchildren, Fernando and Vanessa; and four great-grandchildren. American Heritage Cremation Society, Clearwater.
  • BRUCE, RICHARD A., 87, of Tampa, died Tuesday (April 29, 2003). A World War II and Korean War veteran, he was retired from the dental supply business. Survivors include his wife, Melba; two sons, Robert and Fred; two daughters, Barbara Elmer and Beverly Crider; a brother, Fred, Columbus, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Neptune Society of Palm Harbor.
  • BUCHANAN, BETTY M., 76, of Brooksville, formerly of Tampa, died Tuesday (April 29, 2003). Born in Tampa, she moved to Brooksville five years ago. She was a homemaker, a civil servant of World War II, a member of Kappa Delta Phi of Tampa and a carrier for the Tampa Tribune. She was also a volunteer for Lake Shore Villa Retirement Community and a member of First Baptist Church of Lutz. Survivors include two sons, Gary Buchanan, Tampa, and Glen Buchanan, Brooksville; and a daughter, Wanda Buchanan, Brooksville. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville Chapel
  • DELAUNAY, WILHELMINA "MINA," 103, of Tampa, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003). Born in Maryport, England, she moved to the Tampa area more than 70 years ago from Canada. Survivors include a daughter, Margaret Boyd; two grandsons, Bill and Bob Boyd; and one great-grandson, Billy Boyd. Garden of Memories Funeral Home & Cemetery, Tampa.
  • FARLOW, F. MARGENE, 85, of Kokomo, Ind., formerly of Tampa, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003). She moved to Tampa in 1973 and to Indiana 11 years ago. Survivors include two sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, W. Robert and Lucille Farlow, Kokomo, Ind., and Mary I. and Marlin Ransopher, Frankfort, Ind.; a caregiver, Gina Robinson, Kokomo; three cousins; and several nieces and nephews. Stout & Son Funeral Home, Russiaville, Ind.
  • GRISWOLD, ROBERT A., 80, of Sun City Center died, Thursday (May 1, 2003). Born in Providence, R.I., he moved to the Tampa area several years ago from Fort Thomas, Ky. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include two sons, John E., Ruskin, and Robert M., Belmont, Mass.; two daughters, Roberta J. McLeenan, Palo Alto, Calif., and Robin Griswold, Sun City Center; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Lewers Funeral Home, Ruskin.
  • PAOLIN, ALFRED, 91, of Clearwater, formerly of Tampa, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003) at University Community Hospital, Tampa. Born in Sulmona, Italy, he moved to Florida in 1985 from Malden, Mass. He retired as an oil blender for Exxon after 42 years. He operated the Linden Youth Club, coached soccer at Malden Catholic High School and orchestrated fundraisers for St. Jude's Children Hospital. He served on the Linden Improvement Association and created the Malden Taxpayer Association. He was a member of the Malden Auxiliary Police and was the Malden Liquor Board inspector. He was a 32nd-degree Mason with Eastgate Lodge 355 F&AM, Clearwater, was a Shriner with the Egypt Temple Valley of Tampa, Clearwater Shrine Club, and attended Light of Christ Catholic Church. Survivors include is wife of 64 years, Eleanor; a daughter, Ellie Hurley, Lutz; a son, John, Massachusetts; a stepson, Alfred LaCarose, Concord, N.H.; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Clearwater.
  • PARRYCH, BRENDA F., 62, of Valrico, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) at Hospice House of Sun City Center. Born in New York, N.Y., she later moved to Tampa 12 years ago coming from Ferndale, N.Y. She was a teacher for the New York City School System for 20 years and was a teacher at Tampa Bay Christian School for 11 years. She attended Bell Shoals Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Joseph; a son, Joseph III, Valrico; a daughter, Christina Parrych, Valrico; two brothers, Leonard Bellusci, Princeton, N.J., and Lawrence Bellusci, San Francisco, Calif.; a sister, Diane Scuderi, Tampa; and one grandchild. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
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  • ANDRESE, ANDREW, 79, of Spring Hill, formerly of Palm Harbor, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) at Oak Hill Hospital, Spring Hill. Born in Stratton, Ohio, he came here one year ago from Palm Harbor. He was a superintendent of manufacturing for A. Schrader Son. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II and a member of the Dunedin Masonic Lodge. He was Protestant. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Helen; two sons, Doug, New Port Richey, and Craig, Burr Ridge, Ill.; two brothers, Joseph, Guadalajara, Mexico, and Charles, Paterson, N.J.; and two grandchildren. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.
  • BLAKE, MARY A., 93, of Bay City, Mich., formerly of New Port Richey, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) in Hampton Township, Mich. Born in Forest Park, Ill., she lived in New Port Richey for 22 years. She was a merchandise manager for Woolworth in Chicago for 35 years. She was a member of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church. Survivors include a sister, Florence Triebes, Sunnyvale, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • BLOM, EUGENE W., 71, of Hudson, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) at Windsor Woods Healthcare Center, Hudson. Born in Long Island, N.Y., he came here in 2001 from Fayetteville, N.C. He was a painting contractor and an Army veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen Norden, North Carolina; three sons, Wayne, Keith and Dean, all of New York; three sisters, Louise Jobmann and Ruth Allen, both of Florida, and Joyce Hoefler, New York; six brothers, Walter, Illinois, Edward W. and Irving, both of Florida, Joseph, Pennsylvania, and Paul and George, both of New York; and 11 grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • DOWD, EUGENE, 82, of New Port Richey, died Friday (May 2, 2003) at Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home, Land O'Lakes. Born in Corinth, Ky., he came here in 1994 from Cincinnati. He was a mail clerk for the Social Security Administration and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Tarpon Springs. Survivors include his wife, Anne; a daughter, Diane Manney, Miami; six brothers, Gayle, Donald, William and Robert, all of Ohio, Douglas, California, and James, Kentucky; three sisters, Louise Pickett and Lena Walden, both of Kentucky, and Dorothy Howell, New Port Richey; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, New Port Richey.
  • FLYNN, GERALD WILLIAM, 68, of New Port Richey, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in New York City, he came here in 1994 from Monroe, N.Y. He was a retired labor relations specialist for AT&T in White Plains, N.Y., with 35 years of service. He also was a bus driver for the Monroe-Woodbury school district for seven years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth; a daughter, Linda H. Osuba, Holiday; two sons, Gerald W. Jr. and Kevin P., both of Monroe; and two grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday.
  • McLEAN, ESTHER IRENE, 86, of Zephyrhills, died Tuesday (April 29, 2003) in Zephyrhills. Born in Harbor Beach, Mich., she came here in 1983 from Ubly, Mich. She was a retail store owner and Catholic. Survivors include a daughter, Penny Lynn McLean; a son, John; four sisters; a brother; and three grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • MEYER, URBAN, 88, of New Port Richey, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) in New Port Richey. Born in Chicago, he came here in 1984 from Wheaton, Ill. He was a certified public accountant and a member of Living Word Bible Church. Survivors include his wife, Esther; two daughters, Marge Garrett, Oro Valley, Ariz., and Eileen Jones, Bradenton; two sons, Steve, Tampa, and Paul, Bloomington, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Trinity Memorial Gardens, New Port Richey.
  • NILSSON, MARGARET A., 87, of New Port Richey, died Tuesday (April 29, 2003) at home. Born in St. Louis, she came here in 1975 from Chicago. She was a retired secretary for a public school. Survivors include two sons, Jerry R., Cadillac, Mich., and Thomas H., Belgium; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • RODRIGUEZ, ALBERT D., 64, of Holiday, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003) at home. Born in Los Angeles, he came here seven years ago from Yelm, Wash. He was a clerical worker for the state of Washington and a member of Living Church of God, Tampa. Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Connie R.; a son, Chris Ornelas, and a daughter, Desiree Rodriguez, both of Holiday; several brothers and sisters; and five grandchildren. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • ROWLEY, MERYLE CLARE, 86, of New Port Richey, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Toledo, Ohio, he came here nine years ago from Fort Myers Beach. He was a retired purchasing agent for National Cement Co., Toledo. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Faith Lutheran Church of New Port Richey. Survivors include his son, M. Tyrone, and a daughter, B. Jeanne Rowley-McArdle, both of Maumee, Ohio; a brother, Robert W., Perrysburg, Ohio; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a companion, Grace Mary Daso. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • RUSH, CHARLOTTE, 92, of Holiday, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) in New Port Richey. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she came here in 1970 from Philadelphia. She was a retired topper in the hosiery industry. Survivors include a son, Raymond L., Philadelphia; a brother, Lee Disturnell, Langhorn, Pa.; a sister, Laura Gillian, Holiday; and two grandchildren. Trinity Memorial Gardens, New Port Richey.
  • RYAN, DONALD T., 77, of New Port Richey, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003) at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, New Port Richey. Born in Boonton, N.J., he lived here for seven years. He was a police officer and an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Survivors include a cousin, Jack Crowley, Garden City, N.Y. Prevatt Funeral Home, Hudson.
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    Clearwater

    • GEIGER, ROBERT F., 70, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (April 29, 2003) at home. He came here in 1947 from his native Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a security officer. Survivors include two sons, Rodney A., Trinity, and John E., St. Petersburg; and three grandchildren, Michael Geiger, Dylan Geiger and Rachel Geiger, all of Trinity. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
    • LAUZON, CLIFFORD J., 79, of Clearwater, died Friday (May 2, 2003) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Quebec and came here in 1986 from Garden City, Mich. He was a serviceman for Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Theresa; four sons, Clifford J. Jr., Farmington Hills, Mich., Daniel, Houghton Lake, Mich., Gerald, Traverse City, Mich., and John, Westland, Mich.; a daughter, Lucille Knechtel, Allen Park, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.
    • MASON, JOSEPH, 86, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003) at Union House, Clearwater. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here in 1998 from Garden City, N.Y. He was a retired customer service supervisor for ITT. Survivors include a daughter, Susan Brescia, Dunedin; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • PAOLIN, ALFRED, 91, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003) at University Community Hospital, Tampa. He was born in Sulmona, Italy, and came here in 1985 from Malden, Mass. He worked 42 years as an oil blender for Exxon in Everett, Mass. He was a 32nd degree Mason with Eastgate Lodge 355, Clearwater, and a Shriner with Egypt Valley Temple, Tampa, and Clearwater Shrine Club. He attended Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater. He enjoyed bowling. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Eleanor; a daughter, Ellie Hurley, Lutz; a son, John, North Easton, Mass.; a stepson, Alfred LaCarose, Concord, N.H.; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-granddaughters. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • PAVY, VIRGINIA L., 80, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003) at home. She was born in Knott County, Ky., and came here in 1977 from Centerville, Ohio. Survivors include a sister, Lonnie A. Collier, Clearwater. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
    • SCHAMEHORN, EMMA L., 76, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Canada and came here in 1987 from British Columbia. She worked as a religious medical liaison. Survivors include two daughters, Clare McFarland, Los Angeles, and Rebecca Harrington, Sheridan, Ore.; two brothers, Bill Baumie, Edmonton, Canada, and Ed Baumie, Alberta, Canada; four sisters, Esther Tusk, Violet Stone and Elenor Mallory, all of Alberta, and Madona Schulte, British Columbia; and three grandchildren. Clearwater Funeral Homes, Sunset Point Road Chapel, Clearwater.
    • SMITH, STONE M., 95, of Clearwater, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) at Sylvan Health Center, Clearwater. He was born in Moss Point, Miss. He worked 30 years for Standard Life Insurance Co., Jackson, Miss., and retired as treasurer and vice president. He was a member of Central Christian Church, Clearwater. He worked 19 years with the Service Corps of Retired Executives, Biloxi, Miss. Survivors include his wife, Jean Longeway Smith; a son, Arthur, Pearland, Texas; a daughter, Shirley Rawlins, Buena Vista, Colo.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. C.E. Prevatt Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

    Dunedin

    • FERRARO, THERESA M., 85, of Dunedin, died Friday (May 2, 2003) at Manor Care of Palm Harbor. She was born in Greenwich Village, N.Y., and came here in 2001 from Milford, Conn. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a daughter, Janet F. Macomber, Dunedin; a son, Alfred, New Haven, Conn.; three brothers, Alfred Secondi, William Secondi and Albert Secondi, all of New York City; and four grandchildren. Clearwater Funeral Homes, Sunset Point Road Chapel, Clearwater.
    • HOGG, DARREN J., 35, of Dunedin, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003) at home. He was born in Charleroiq, Pa., and came here several years ago from Belle Vernon, Pa. He was a deputy and a field training officer with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. He was Catholic. He was a graduate of Dunedin High School and a member of Fraternal Order of Police and Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Survivors include his wife, Mary E.; a son, Jacob D., Dunedin; a daughter, Sarah M., Dunedin; his father and stepmother, Cordell and Louise Hogg, Belle Vernon; and a sister, Lara Kovalchuk, Belle Vernon. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • SMITH, ALICE SUTMAN, 89, of Dunedin, died Saturday (April 26, 2003). She was born in Monongahela, Pa., and came here in 1954. She was a certified school psychologist and taught special education for three years in Hershey, Pa., and Haddonfield, N.J. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1935. She was a charter member and treasurer of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Clearwater, and a member of Clearwater Country Club, Dunedin Country Club and the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin. She was an avid golfer, dancer and bridge player. Survivors include her husband, Francis L.; two sons, Dr. William S. Colvin, Griffin, Ga., and Julien G. Colvin, Baltimore; a daughter, Libby Thomas, Holland, Mich.; nine grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

    Largo

    • PHILLIPS, DR. MICHAEL E., 56, of Largo, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) at home. He came here in the 1950s from his native New York City. He was an optometrist and practiced more than 30 years in St. Petersburg. He was a graduate of the Illinois School of Optometry. He was a member of Congregation B'nai Israel of St. Petersburg and Suncoast Rotary Club. He was the founding president of the Pinellas County Jewish Day School. Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Helen; three daughters, Jody, Boston, Kari, New York City, and Nina, Largo; and a brother, Jerald, St. Petersburg. Beth David South Chapel of David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg.
    • ZAWACKI, GLENDA S., 60, of Largo, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003) at Kindred Hospital Bay Area-St. Petersburg. She came here in 1985 from her native Madisonville, Ky. She was a florist and a member of Apostolic United Pentecostal Church, St. Petersburg. Survivors include her husband, John J.; a son, Richard Loughary, Madisonville; two daughters, Teresa K. Hunt, Nortonville, Ky., and Alicia Loughary Swiggett, Chillicothe, Ohio; four stepsons, John Zawacki, Sarasota, Clifford Zawacki, Kodiak, Alaska, Greg Zawacki, New Jersey, and Jeffrey Zawacki, Florida; and a brother, J.T. Workman, Hopkinsville, Ky. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.

    Ozona

    • ALLISON, LAVENIA FAYETTA "FAY," 81, of Ozona, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) at Morton Plant Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Belleair. She was born in Palm Harbor and was a lifelong resident of the Palm Harbor-Ozona area. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Ozona Village Improvement Society and Rivere Adult Sunday school class at Palm Harbor United Methodist Church. Survivors include two sons, Richard "Barney," St. Petersburg, and William "Billy," Simpsonville, S.C.; two daughters, Linda Duschl, Issaquah, Wash., and Anna Kernicki, Franklin, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.

    Palm Harbor

    • FLOOD, WALTER E., 67, of Homosassa, formerly of Palm Harbor, died Monday (April 28, 2003) at home. He moved to Palm Harbor in 1981 from his native Chicago and in 1997 moved to Homosassa. He worked as a machinist for Tanko Screw Products, Clearwater. He was a member of Espiritu Santo Catholic Church, Safety Harbor, and The Good Guys, Crystal River. Survivors include two sisters, Eloise Clark, Forsyth, Mo., and Delores Parker, Chicago; and several nieces and nephews. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • FOWLER, NORMAN J. "JIM," 71, of Palm Harbor, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) at home. He was born in Syracuse, N.Y., and came here in 1994 from Succasunna, N.J. He worked as a product manager for General Chemical. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Dunedin. He was a board member of the Dunedin Country Club and was voted the club's Man of the Year. He was a district commissioner for the West Central Florida Council of the Boy Scouts. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Frances; two sons, James, Whidbey Island, Wash., and Michael, Bremerton, Wash.; four daughters, Martha Fowler, Chalfont, Pa., Susan Gregory, Collegeville, Pa., Sharon Rohrbacker, Brea, Calif., and Alyssa Matthews, Maumelle, Ark.; and eight grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

    Tarpon Springs

    • DROLET, JEAN-MARIE "HONEY BUNCH," 86, of Tarpon Springs, died Friday (May 2, 2003) at Integrated Health Services of Tarpon Springs. He was born in Quebec and came here in 1999 from Woonsocket, R.I. He worked 30 years as a setup person for Imperial Knife Co., Providence, R.I. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church, Tarpon Springs, Knights of Columbus Council 113, Woonsocket, and Nature Lovers Camping Club of Rhode Island. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Raffaella C. "Val;" a son, Gerard A., Palm Harbor; a brother, Francois, Providence; and a sister, Marie Antoinette "Tony" Dauphin, Woonsocket. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Tarpon Avenue Chapel, Tarpon Springs.
    • MOSACK, FRANCIS PHILEDIOUS, 93, of Philadelphia, formerly of Tarpon Springs, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003) at Pennsylvania Hospital. He was born in Frenchtown, Mich., and moved to Tarpon Springs in 1977. He was a retired home furnishings salesman. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was Jewish and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks. Survivors include a daughter, Marilynn Teacher, Philadelphia; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks, Philadelphia.

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    Pinellas Park

    • LATTERI, SARA A., 95, of Pinellas Park, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) at Integrated Health Services of Pinellas Park. Born in Fredonia, N.Y., she came here in 1982 from Rochester, N.Y. She was an office supervisor for Prudential Insurance Co., retiring after 43 years of service. She attended Holy Cross Catholic Church in St. Petersburg. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, John; and a nephew, Alfred Palmero, Rochester. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.
    • SIMMS, ALBERT MILTON, 70, of Pinellas Park, died Tuesday (April 29, 2003) at home. He came here in 1955 from his native Maryland. He was a salesman for Wexler Coffee Co. and a parts driver for Chrysler Corp. He was a Korean War veteran. He enjoyed computers. Survivors include two daughters, Terry Swedish and Sherri South, both of Pinellas Park; a son, Mitchell, and a sister, Carol, both of Maryland; and three grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • SIMS, KEITH EDWARD, 48, of Pinellas Park, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. Born in Irvington, N.J., he came here in 1994 from New Jersey. Survivors include a daughter, Faith Turey, Florida; his father, William E. Jr., Pinellas Park; two sisters, Christina Curtiss, Largo, and Lynn Jones, Cortez, Colo.; three brothers, Billy E. III, Fort Collins, Colo., Fred, Pennsylvania, and Timothy, Pinellas Park; and a grandchild. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.

    St. Petersburg

    • ALLEN, RALPH W., 85, of Clearwater, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (April 29, 2003) at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor. He was born in St. Petersburg and was a lifelong area resident. He was a self-employed general contractor and real estate agent. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. He was Baptist and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the World War II Pilots Association and the Pinellas Pioneers Club. Survivors include three sons, Douglas, St. Petersburg; Stephen, Redington Shores; and David; three daughters, Judith Allen, New Port Richey; Sarah Manson, Tampa; and Rachel Allen, Ridge Manor; four brothers, Donald and Burton, both of St. Petersburg; Harold, Alabama; and Robert, Gatlinburg, Tenn.; three sisters, Rena, Eva Marie and Esther; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Arlington Funeral Home, Port Richey.
    • BARCUS, RUTH JANE, 83, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) at Palm Shores Retirement Center after a long illness. She was born in Amarillo, Texas, and came here in 1952 from Gainesville. She was a homemaker and was a member of First United Methodist Church of St. Petersburg. She was a volunteer at St. Anthony's Hospital. Survivors include two daughters, Susan B. Knowlton and Barbara B. Byelick, and four granddaughters, Kimberly Kennedy, Darby Jung, Kerry Dobbs and Corrie Stover, all of St. Petersburg; and 10 great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • BOUCHARD, MICHAEL, 54, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Born in Caribou, Maine, he came here in 1976 from Watertown, Conn. He was a designer for Bovie Medical and a Marine Corps veteran. Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Sandra; a son, Steven, Pinellas Park; and a sister, Linda Kenney, Meriden, Conn. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • GAMBLE, CHARLES BAKER JR., 86, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) at Mease Countryside Hospital. Born in Montgomery, Ala., he came here in 1965 from Tuscaloosa, Ala. He was a retired clerk for the U.S. government. He was a World War II Army veteran. Survivors include a cousin, Jack Porterfield, Houston. John S. Rhodes, East Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • GIRARDEAU, RICHARD Y. JR., 56, of Lake Panasoffkee, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Friday (May 2, 2003). Born in Hendersonville, N.C., he moved to Sumter County in 1991 from St. Petersburg. He was a Marine Corps veteran and a member of the DAV. He was Presbyterian. Survivors include his wife, Linda M.; a son, Richard Y. III, Pensacola; two daughters, Christine Gill, Bradenton, and Kimberly Camacho, Pensacola; two sisters, Anne Cunningham, St. Petersburg, and Sarah Wienreb, Jacksonville; and six grandchildren. Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell.
    • HARPER, JON "JONNY SHOK," 47, of Brooksville, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Friday (April 18, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. Born in Morristown, N.J., he came to Florida in 1995 from Mesa, Ariz. He was a bass player for the bands Sofa King and Manny Moonz-N-Dzire. He was Christian. Survivors include a sister, Julie Harper, Brooksville; and a brother, Roy Harper, Largo. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Brooksville.
    • LARSON, ADELINE, 86, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) at Palm Garden of Largo. She came here in 1973 from her native Waterbury, Conn. She was a homemaker and a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church and its Women's Guild. Survivors include a son, Roy H. Larson, Bradenton; a daughter, Janet M. Fass, Seminole; and a sister, Jean Schmollinger, Waterbury, Conn.; and four grandchildren. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • MARSH, SANDRA GAIL, 43, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003) at Hudson House, Hudson, of natural causes. Born in Honolulu, she came here in 1994 from Cartersville, Ga. She was Baptist and worked for Kentucky Fried Chicken. Survivors include two brothers, James Marsh, St. Petersburg, and Mike Marsh, Montgomery, Ala.; and three sisters, Debra Thompson, Fort Payne, Ala.; Patsy Aldridge, Troy, Ala.; and Susan Marsh, Montgomery. Veterans Cremation and Burial Society, Clearwater.
    • McCLAIN, KATHRIN K., 62, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (April 29, 2003) at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in Safety Harbor, she came here in the early 1940s. She was a retired food service coordinator for Pinellas County schools for 17 years. She was a 1959 graduate of Gibbs High School and attended Tomlinson School of Nursing. She attended St. John Missionary Baptist Church and was a member of the Pac Man Van Club and received service awards. Survivors include a sister, Mary McClain, and three nephews, Ronald Hester, Larry Lancaster and Walter Sermon, all of St. Petersburg; five nieces, Joe Ann Walker, Bascom; and Brittany Johns, Renee Sapp, Michelle Sermon and Cynthia Merrill, all of St. Petersburg. Zion Hill Mortuary, St. Petersburg.
    • ROWELL, OLIVER E., 74, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003) at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in Mobile, Ala., he came here 13 years ago from Circleville, Ohio. He was a security guard for Sentry Security at Tropicana Field and the Bayfront Center. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Inice R.; three sons, Larry E., Donnie A. and Tony R., all of Mobile; a stepson, Allen Davis, and two stepdaughters, Rosalee Cullums and Sondra Fultz, all of Circleville; 16 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
    • SULLIVAN, WILLIAM H., of Waban, Mass., and St. Petersburg, died Sunday (April 20, 2003). He was the retired executive director of the Daniel F. Sullivan Co. advertising agency in Boston. He graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. Survivors include two brothers, Robert N., Natick, Mass., and John N., Wellesley Hills, Mass.; and a sister, Jean Donohoe, Bethesda, Md. George F. Doherty and Sons Funeral Home, Wellesley, Mass.

    Seminole

    • MYERS, MARTHA C., 85, of Seminole, died Thursday (May 1, 2003) at Largo Medical Center under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. Born in Philadelphia, she came here in 1977 from Gloucester, N.J. She was a former bookkeeper for hotels, restaurants and a car dealership. She was Lutheran and a member of the Bay Ridge Women's Club of Seminole. She was an avid reader. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Hehl, Seminole; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • PESA, ALMA C., 86, of Seminole, died Friday (May 2, 2003) at Seminole Nursing Pavilion. Born in New York City, she came here in 1970 from Belleville, N.J. She was a registered nurse at St. Mary's Hospital in Passaic, N.J. She was in the Nurse Corps in the Navy Reserve and was an ensign in the WAVES during World War II and also served with the Red Cross. Survivors include a brother, Donald T. Oakes, Newburgh, N.Y. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.

    Treasure Island

    • McLEAN, JAMES F. JR., 54, of Treasure Island, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Born in Aberdeen, Md., he came here in 1966 from Fort Knox, Ky. He was an architect in Treasure Island for nine years. He graduated in 1978 from the University of Florida with a master's degree in architecture. He was a navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and Phi Kappa Phi National. Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Christine; a sister, Patricia Brown, Spartanburg, S.C.; and his father, James F., Brooksville. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
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