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May 12, 2003
SUNCOAST OBITUARIES

Monday, May 12, 2003

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

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  • GEIGER, DOROTHY J., 83, of Chassahowitzka, died Saturday (May 10, 2003) at home. Born in Saginaw, Mich., she came here 25 years ago from Edenville, Mich. She was a retired bookkeeper for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Saginaw, a former member of Coast Guard Auxiliary 1504, and a member of Faith Baptist Church, Homosassa. Survivors include her husband, Robert; two step-daughters, Barbara Schmidt, St. Petersburg, and Clema Przemytski, Bad Axe, Mich.; a sister, Jane Pugh, Saginaw; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa.
  • GRIMNES, STEVEN HALL III, 49, of Jacksonville, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at his mother's residence in Inverness. Born in New Orleans, he moved to Jacksonville in 1989 from Lakeland. He was a land and real estate investor, a 1975 graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in industrial engineering, and Presbyterian. He was an accomplished golfer, active in scouting, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, and was a member of the Order of the Arrow. Survivors include his mother, Doris "Dee Dee" Grimnes, Inverness; two brothers, James, Inverness, and Michael, Nashville, Tenn; and two nieces. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • HIRTH, SYLVIA C., 97, of Spring Hill, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at Hernando Hospice Care Center. Born in Detroit, she came here 4 years ago from Boca Raton. She was retired after 40 years of service as an accountant for Metropolitan Hotel Supply, Detroit, and a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Brooksville. Survivors include two nieces, Sylvia Powley, Homosassa, and Geraldine Stewart, Roseville, Mich.; and a nephew, Ronald Spruth, Fletcher, N.C. Pinecrest Funeral Chapel, Brooksville.
  • PROVEAUX, DAISY CAMILLE, 90, of Crystal River, formerly of Tampa, died Saturday (May 10, 2003) at home under the care of her family. Born in Blythe, Ga., she came here 12 years ago from Tampa. She was a retired employee with Hillsborough and Citrus County School Board lunch rooms. A 1931 graduate of Blythe High School, she enjoyed gardening and crocheting, and was a member of Red Level Baptist Church, Red Level. Survivors include a son, Francis, Crystal River; three grandchildren; a great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.
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  • BISSELL, EDWARD E. JR., 83, of Brooksville, died Saturday (May 10, 2003) at Born in Birmingham, Mich., he came here 24 years ago from Accokeek, Md. He was a retired Chief Electronic Engineer with NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, and a member of Hamm Radio Club. Survivors include his wife, Grace; a son, Edward III, Holiday; a daughter, Michelle Maternowski, Brooksville; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.
  • EDLY, ERNIE, 81, of Spring Hill, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville. Born in Dehue, W.Va., he came here 23 years ago from Lansing, Mich. He was a retired carpenter and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Carpenters Union and First Assembly of God, where he also assisted in church construction. Survivors include his wife, Gladys; two sons, Timothy Britton, St. Petersburg, and Peter Britton, Lincoln, Neb.; two daughters, Kathelyn Sheedy and Ruthann Jaquette, both of Grand Ledge, Mich.; a brother, Robert, Lansing; three sisters, Margaret Vida and Jeanie Ridenour, both of Portage, Mich., and Arlene Thompson, Sarasota; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Family Funeral Care, Hudson.
  • PROVENZANO, JOAN, 78, of Brooksville, died Saturday (May 10, 2003) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Hospital, Hudson. Born in Astoria, N.Y., she came here 13 years ago from Westwood, Mass. She was a homemaker and a member of Glenn Lakes Country Club and St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Spring Hill. Survivors include her husband, Sam; a son, Thomas, Barnegat, N.J.; daughters, Teresa, Brooksville and Marianne Kraft, Spring Hill; brothers, Anthony Capparelli, Astoria, N.Y., and William Capparelli, Delray Beach; sisters, Dorothy Russo, Middle Village, N.Y., and Muriel Paceleo, Montgomery, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Spring Hill.
  • STULL, DONALD JR., 78, of Spring Hill, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville. Born in Uniontown, Pa., he came here 13 years ago from Belford, N.J. He was a retired heavy equipment operator with Jesse Howland, a Navy veteran of World War II, a member of American Legion, and attended Spring Hill First Church of the Nazarene. Survivors include his wife, Vena; a son, Donald, Poway, Calif.; a daughter, Peggy Moreno, Sherwood, Ore.; a sister, Louise MacCauley, Pasadena, Md.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill.
  • WEDDINGTON, GEORGANNE, 66, of Spring Hill, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at home under the care of Hernando-Pasco Hospice. She was born in Franklin, Ohio, and came here in 1987 from Monroe, Ohio. She was retired from the medical field. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene and its choir. Survivors include her husband, Joseph B. Sr.; two sons, Douglas A. Rettich, Lebanon, Ohio, and Joseph B. Weddington Jr., Holiday; a daughter, Martha "Marty" Ratliff, Tarpon Springs; a brother, William Clevenger, Hudson; and three grandchildren. Wellwood/Grace Funeral Home & Cemetery, Hudson.
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  • CHACON, NESTORA N., 70, of Tampa, died Saturday (May 10, 2003). She was a native of Artemisa, Cuba, and a longtime resident of Tampa. Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Roberto; two daughters, Juley Chacon and Nelsa Chacon Losada; three brothers; four sisters; and two grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • COPELAND, CARL T., 48, of Dunedin, formerly of Tampa, died Tuesday (May 6, 2003) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Tampa and was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a commercial fisherman. He was Baptist. Survivors include a son, Justin D., Beach Grove , Ind.; a sister; and his caregivers, Ann and Tommy Scott, Dunedin. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
  • GUERRA, LAWRENCE J. "LARRY," 79, of Tampa, died Friday (May 9, 2003). He was an Army veteran of World War II and a past president of the cigar festival and Tampa Jaycees. Survivors include his wife, Elaine; a son, Larry Jr.; a stepson, Steven Kouris; a stepdaughter, Katherine Reddy; seven grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • KIECORIUS, ALBIN, 52, of Valrico, died Friday (May 9, 2003). Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he moved to the Tampa area nine years ago from Miami. He was a Marine Corps veteran and worked for the U.S. government. Survivors include his wife, Patti; and two sons, Justin Clay and James D'Ambrosio, all of Valrico. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • REGGUINTI, DANIEL M., 54, of Gibsonton, died Saturday (May 10, 2003). Born in Dayton, Ohio, he moved to the Tampa area in 2000 from Plant City. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Greenville, Ohio. He worked in construction. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Teressa; a daughter, Angela Woelfer, Tampa; his mother, Lady Jewel Lutz, Greenville ; and a granchild. American Heritage Cremation Society, Clearwater.
  • RIVERA, KENNY, 35, of Tampa, died Friday (May 9, 2003). Survivors include his wife, Jasmin; a son, Torey; his parents, Luz and Daniel; and three sisters, Mirca, Jenny and Abigail. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • ROJAS, ISABEL VALDEZ, 49, of Tampa, died Wednesday (May 7, 2003). Survivors include four sons; her father; eight sisters; six brothers; and four grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • ZAMBITO, ANTONIO "TONY," 89, of Tampa, died Saturday (May 10, 2003). A native of Santo Stefano Quisquina, Sicily, and a resident of Tampa since 1930, he owned and operated Palma Ceia Shoe Rebuilder for more than 38 years. He was a member of La Nuova Sicilia Lodge No. 1251 and an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include a stepdaughter, Diane Lund; a stepson, Charles Mucci; a sister, Mary Parrino; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many cousins. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
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  • ROBERTS, BEN L., 69, of New Port Richey, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at Hernando Pasco Hospice. He was born in Roanoke, Va., and came here in 2001 from York, Pa. He was a mechanical engineer for United Defense. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, serving as an airman 1st class. Survivors include a son, Scott Remington, New Port Richey; and three grandchildren, Christopher and Lindsey Remington, both of New Port Richey, and Taylor Remington, St. Petersburg. International Casket and Urn Gallery, Clearwater.
  • SHEPLER, VICTOR E., 55, of Port Richey, died Wednesday (May 7, 2003) at home. He came here 17 years ago from his native, Chicago. He was a retired cable splicer for Illinois Bell. He was Catholic. Survivors include two sons, Joseph and Dennis, both of Mount Vernon, Ill.; a daughter, Melissa Shepler-Powell, Mount Vernon; a brother, Charles, New Port Richey; a sister, Laura Livio, New Port Richey; and three grandchildren. Morgan Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
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    Clearwater

    • GRENIER, BERNICE T., 86, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (May 7, 2003) at Tandem Health Care of Safety Harbor. She was born in Barre, Mass., and came here in 1997 from Pawtucket, R.I. She retired as a factory worker for Texas Instruments, Attleboro, Mass., in 1981 and was Catholic. Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Wilmarth, Clearwater, and Dolores King, Attleboro; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. International Casket and Urn Gallery, Clearwater.
    • MAUERSBERGER, CAECILIE, 101, of Clearwater, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in Germany and came here in 1957 from Clifton, N.J. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a niece, Gertrude Proestler, Germany; several cousins, including Helga Stadel, Germany; and a caregiver, Mabel Schmidt, Clearwater. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel
    • REALE, THOMAS NICHOLAS, 43, of Clearwater, formerly of Seminole, died Wednesday (May 7, 2003) in Perry. He was born in Queens, N.Y, and came here in 1977 from Long Island, N.Y. He was a lieutenant and paramedic for the Tampa Fire Department, a Pinellas County 911 operator, the owner of Royale Photography, and worked in the TECO computer department. He was Catholic. Survivors include a son, Daniel R. Nichols, Dunedin; two daughters, Samantha Reale and AmberRose Reale, both of Tampa; his parents, Salvatore and Rosemarie Reale, and a brother, Nicholas James, all of Seminole; and two nephews. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • SANTO, DORIS J.A., 71, of Clearwater, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at home. She was born in Washington, D.C., and came here in 1978 from Woodbridge, Va. She was a homemaker. She was a member of TOPS and Friendship United Methodist Church, Clearwater, where she was a nursery caretaker. Survivors include four sons, Gregory, Concord, N.C., Gary, Clearwater, Alan, Palm Harbor, and Jon, New Port Richey; a daughter, Dona J. Foster, Clearwater; a sister, Gladys Killoran, Springfield, Va.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • WEIMER, ROBERT W., 83, of Apollo Beach, formerly of Clearwater, died Thursday (May 8, 2003) at Palm Garden of Sun City Center. He came here in 1957 from his native Dayton, Ohio. He retired as a counselor with Operation PAR after 15 years of service and was night manager of Hi-Lan Lanes Bowling Center. He was a member of the Church of the Brethren, St. Petersburg, and attended the Ruskin United Methodist Church. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the VFW, American Legion Post 400 and the Cooties in the Eagles Club, all in Clearwater. He was a league bowler for 15 years and enjoyed fishing. Survivors include a caregiver, Yvonne Boraik, Apollo Beach; and a cousin, Roberta Johnson, Kettering, Ohio. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • BIRD, DOROTHY E., 87, of Clearwater, formerly of St. Pete Beach, died Saturday (May 10, 2003) at Park Place of Clearwater under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., came to St. Pete Beach in 1951 and moved to Clearwater in 1998. She was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and its Ladies Guild and was active in the St. Vincent DePaul Society. She was a former Girl Scout leader and a member of Catholic Daughters of America. Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ann Whitehurst, Largo; and a grandson, Carey J. Whitehurst, New Port Richey. Beach Memorial Chapel, St. Pete Beach.
    • DODD, STEPHEN F., 80, of Clearwater, died Saturday (May 10, 2003) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Elkton, Va., and came here in 1972 from Falls Church, Va., where he retired as a comptroller for the Army after 21 years with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the MacDill Officers Club and Northwood Presbyterian Church of Clearwater. He was a world traveler and enjoyed golfing and square dancing at On Top of the World. Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Evon; and several nieces and nephews. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • EVANGELATOS, IOANNIS "JOHN," 64, of Clearwater, formerly of Seminole, died Saturday (May 10, 2003) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Luxouri, Island of Refalonia, Greece, came to Seminole in 1982 from Palisades Park, N.J., and moved in 1987 to Clearwater. He retired as co-owner and operator of J and D Shell, Clearwater, and Quick Silver Food and Deli, Holiday. He was a member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral and past president of the Kefalonia and Ithaki Society, Tarpon Springs. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Evlogista "Litsa"; a son, Dennis, Clearwater; a daughter, Popy E. Mazza, Trinity; two brothers, Michael, Kefalona, Greece, and Anthony, Athens, Greece; and two sisters, Ioulia Evangelatos, Patras, Greece, and Athena Evangelatos, Athens. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon Avenue Chapel, Tarpon Springs.
    • ORVIK, AUDREY A., 82, Clearwater, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at Mariner Health Care of Clearwater. She was born in Safety Harbor and returned to this area in 1982 from North Dakota. She was a homemaker and Lutheran. Survivors include two sisters, Mary A. Veltri, Largo, and Myrtle Pariocek, Clearwater; and several nieces and nephews. Royal Palm Funeral Chapel & Cemetery North, St. Petersburg.
    • ST. JOHN, KEVIN J., 60, of Clearwater, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at home of lung cancer. He was born in Waterbury, Conn., and came here 1998 from Bristol, Conn. He retired as director of manufacturing after 33 years with the Honeywell Skinner Valve Division in New Britain, Conn., and sered seven years in the Army National Guard. He graduated from St. Michael's College in 1954. He was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Largo. He was a Cub Scout leader and a member of the Sons of the Desert Chapter of the Society of Laurel and Hardy. He was a Yankees fan and a collector of old-time radio shows and movies. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy (Lambert); a daughter, Kina St. John, Clearwater; a son, James, Woodstock, Ga.; his father, Eugene, Clearwater; and a brother, Robert M., Trumbull, Conn. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • STEPHENS, ELIZABETH "BETTY," 71, of Brooksville, formerly of Clearwater and Seminole, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at Spring Hill Regional Hospital. She was born in Spring Lake, N.J., and came to this area in 1969 from Neptune, N.J. She retired from GTE (now Verizon) and was the company's first female testperson in this state. She was a member of St. Brendan Catholic Church, Clearwater. She was a life member of Independent Telephone Pioneers of America and a member of Women of Suwannee River Moose Lodge 494, the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 8682, Brooksville, the Ladies Auxiliary of Turner Brandon American Legion Post 7, Clearwater, and AARP. Survivors include two sons, Richard J. Hice, Seminole, and Mark T. Hice, Clearwater; a daughter, Tracey Oppman, Clearwater; and six grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • ZIMMERMAN, AMELIA, 84, of Clearwater, died Thursday (May 8, 2003) at Sunset Point Rehabilitation Center, Clearwater. She came here many years ago from her native Brooklyn, N.Y., and was a retired banker. Survivors include a son, James, St. Augustine. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.

    Dunedin

    • STEPIEN, MAREK A. "MARK," 55, of Dunedin, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at home. He was born in Radom, Poland, and came here in 1981 from Poland. He was a teacher of Polish literature and owned and operated Anna's Polish Delicatessen and Fresh Produce. He attended St. Paul's Catholic Church, St. Petersburg, and All Saints Catholic Church, Clearwater. He was a member of the Polish Center of John Paul II and enjoyed cooking and barbecues. Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Anna; a son, Robert M., Dunedin; a daughter, Izabela A. Brzostek, Palm Harbor; two sisters, Jolanta Oleszczuk and Ewa Wicherek, both of Poland; and a grandson, Matthew Brzostek. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

    Largo

    • CARNEY, FRANCIS H., 78, of Largo died Wednesday (May 7, 2003). He came here in 1984 from his native Utica, N.Y. He was a retired deliveryman for the Muellers and Hamalins Dairy of Utica and Whitesboro, N.Y., and was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Ida L.; a daughter, Mary Jones, Utica; a sister, Helen Paladino, Nashua, N.H.; and a grandson, Matthew Jones, Utica. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Seminole.
    • GILMARTIN, MILDRED H. "MILLIE," 70, of Largo, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at Sun Coast Hospital, She came here in 1999 from her native Hampton, Va., where she retired as a warehouse manager. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include her husband, Joseph; two sons, Claude Joseph Gilmartin and Henry Winn Gilmartin, both of Hampton; a daughter, Lisa Marie Gilmartin, Chesapeake, Va.; a brother, Vernon Hobbs, Hampton; a sister, Ann Keirsey, Madison Heights, Va.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Fort Harrison Chapel, Clearwater.
    • KELLEY, CHARLES F., 53, of Largo, died Monday (May 5, 2003) in Sebring. He was born in Jacksonville and came here in 1995 from Camp Lejeune, N.C., where he retired from the Marines Corps with the rank of master gunnery sergeant. He was a member of Seminole Assembly of God. Survivors include his wife, Clara; four daughters, Clarissa R. Byrd and Caroline F. Kelly, both of Seminole, Corrine R. Revoldt, Tampa, and Clarice F. Kelly, Knox, Ind.; his father and stepmother, Charles and LaDonna Kelly, Hamburg, Ill.; five brothers, Mike and David Burnett, both of Seminole, Ed Kelly, Hudson, John Kelly, Clinton, Conn., and Andy Bennett, Hamburg; four sisters, Janet Sinigaliano and Carol Kreger, both of Port Richey, Sandy Heap, Pinellas Park, and Maryjo Kelly, California; and five grandchildren. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Seminole.
    • LA SALLE, JERRY A., 94, of Largo, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. He came here in 1992 from his native Chicago, where he retired as an engineer with the Chicago Board of Education. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include a son, Ronald, Largo; two brothers, Alfred and Ernest, and a sister, Mary Jacobossi, all of Chicago; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • LLOYD, MARIE H., 87, of Maryville, Tenn., formerly of Largo, died Thursday (May 8, 2003) at Colonial Hills Nursing Center, Maryville. She was born in Millville, N.J., and came here in 1948 from Chapel Hill, N.J. She worked as a waitress in Largo and Clearwater Beach. She was Lutheran. Survivors include two sons, Frank Hirst, Maryville, and Edward Hirst, Largo; a daughter, Vivian Tourville, Salem, Va., a stepdaughter, Donna Lloyd, Long Branch, N.J.; two stepbrothers, Phillip White and Paul White, both of Asbury Park, N.J.; several grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and several great-great grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • PRINCE, CHARLES R., 74, of Largo, died Thursday (May 8, 2003) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He came here in 1932 from his native Orange, N.J. He worked as a veterans' advocate for the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War, serving as a naval engineer. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Leore; and a daughter, Sheri Marlett, and a granddaughter, Amanda Marlett, both of St. Petersburg. International Casket and Urn Gallery, Clearwater.
    • RAMP, ELSIE R., 86, of Largo, died Monday (May 5, 2003) at Sabal Palms Health Care Center, Largo. She was born in Shamokin, Pa., came here several years ago from York, Pa. She worked as a grocery store clerk. Survivors include her husband, Daniel E., Largo. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.

    Palm Harbor

    • BLUHM, MARGARET A., 90, of Palm Harbor, died Wednesday (May 7, 2003) at St. Mark Village, Palm Harbor. She was born in Cleveland and came here in 1994 from Bradenton, where she lived for more than 25 years. She was a member of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, Palm Harbor, and was a St. Mark Village volunteer for nine years. Survivors include a niece, Rosemary Hollender, San Antonio, Fla.; and a nephew Eddy Csank, Jalisco, Mexico. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Palm Harbor Chapel.
    • GUENTHER, CHARLES R., 92, of Palm Harbor, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor. He was born in Elmont, N.Y., and came here in 1986 from Long Island, N.Y. He worked as a loan officer at Dime Savings Bank in New York City. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, serving in the China Burma India theater. He was a member of Palm Harbor United Methodist Church and the High Twelve club, Palm Harbor, and was a 32nd Degree Mason. There are no known survivors. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • REICHLE, ROSEMARY THERESA, 84, of Palm Harbor, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at home. She came here in 1956 from her native Chicago. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater, and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Survivors include two daughters, Lorene V. Kitts, Palm Harbor, and Arlayne Collins, Knoxville, Tenn.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

    Tarpon Springs

    • AUDINO, JOHN JOSEPH, 77, of Tarpon Springs, died Thursday (May 8, 2003) at home. He was born in Monongahela, Pa., and came here in 1980 from Paterson, N.J., where he worked as a general foreman for Parks and Shade Tree Division for the city. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, Palm Harbor, Turner-Brandon American Legion Post 7, Clearwater, New Jersey Retired Civil Service Employee Association, and the Italian American Club of Greater Clearwater. Survivors include his wife, Nancy J.; a stepson, Robert E. DaBica, Ellington, Conn.; a daughter, Theresa Ann Dluhy, Palm Harbor; a stepdaughter, Mary-Beth Rocha, Oviedo; a brother, Frank P., Haledon, N.J; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • BELLETTE, MARY C., 80, of Tarpon Springs, died Thursday (May 8, 2003) at home. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here in 1979 from Long Island, N.Y. She was a retired supervisor for Marisa Garment Manufacturers, Manhattan, and was an avid bingo and shuffleboard player. Survivors include her husband, Joseph J.; a brother, Frank Eoviero, Palm Harbor; two nephews, Craig Eoviero, Oakdale, N.Y., and Todd Eoviero, Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; and three nieces, Toni Anne Gorgone and Cathy Schenone, both of New York, and Susan Allen, Orlando. Preferred Funeral Alternatives, Holiday.

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    Pinellas Park

    • BRANDTS, RUTH J., 91, of Pinellas Park, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. She was born in Celina, Ohio, and came here in 2002 from King George County, Va. She graduated from Ohio Northern University and was a public school English teacher. Survivors include a son, Conrad, King George County; a daughter, Beverly Fodor, Pinellas Park; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • MIGLINO, TERESA "TERRI," 71, of Pinellas Park, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at home. She came here in 1966 from her native Brooklyn, N.Y. She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church and the Women's International Bowling Congress. Survivors include a sister, Annette Bongiorno, Pinellas Park; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

    St. Petersburg

    • BRAGDON, MICHAEL H., 66, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at St. Anthony's Hospital. He was born in Westfield, Maine, and came here in 1956 from Maryland. He retired from Honeywell after 31 years as a technical illustrator. He was a member of Holy cross Episcopal Church, where he also was a former senior warden. He was a member of the Honeywell Minnregs, the St. Petersburg Chess Club, the Orchid Society and the Bromeliad Society. He was active in the Fossil Youth Baseball League and the YMCA Indian Guides. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Nancy D.; a son, Thomas H., Gainesville; two daughters, Susan Bragdon Smalstig, Cary, Ill., and Linda Bragdon, St. Petersburg; his mother, Margaret A. Bragdon, and a brother, Peter A., both of Clearwater; and a granddaughter. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-McLeod Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • LIARD, REGINA FRANCESS, 60, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (May 5, 2003). She was born in Bensonhurst, N.Y. She was a registered nurse. Survivors include a daughter, Holly Hamberg, Tampa; a brother, Nicholas Cannarozzi, Spring Hill, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Christian and Sean Hamberg. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, Carrollwood Chapel, Tampa.
    • MARING, RICHARD N., 78, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at home under the care of hospice. A St. Petersburg native, he graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 1943 and was the owner and president of Pinellas Machine and Welding Co., a family business since 1915. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He attended the University of Florida at Gainesville, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He was a charter member of the St. Petersburg Sertoma Club and a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and the Over the Hill Gang. He attended Northeastern Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Dorothy; two daughters, Virginia Hollister, Bradenton, and Linda Case, Lighthouse Point; a son, Richard, St. Petersburg; a sister, Frances Dorman, Hayesville, N.C.; and two grandchildren, Kelly Krueger, Myakka City, and C.J. Case, Lighthouse Point. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • RHODES, RICHARD A. II, 81, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (May 9, 2003). He was born in Hartford, Conn., and came here in 1963 from Gainesville. He retired in 1994 as a physics professor at Eckerd College. He taught physics to an Army unit at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and then worked in the sound division at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., where he held the rank of ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He retired from the Naval Reserve in 1972 as a commander. He did graduate work in physics at Yale University and then taught at the University of Connecticut for 15 years and completed his doctorate in physics at Brown University. He taught for four years at the University of Florida in Gainesville and in 1966 came to Florida Presbyterian, now Eckerd College. He spent two years teaching physics in visiting positions at Randolph Macon College, Virginia, and Virginia Military Institute, returning to Eckerd College in 1987. He was active in the Safety Services Program of the American Red Cross and served as chairman of the Water Safety Committee of the South Pinellas County Chapter of the Red Cross. He taught swimming courses and then became manager at the Eckerd College swimming pool. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and its chancel choir. Survivors include two cousins, Mollie Glendinnig, North Palm Beach, and Mary Lynne Myers, Springfield, Va. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • RIDGELY, FRANK Y. "YOYO," 79, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (May 8, 2003) at Bayfront Medical Center. He came here in 1927 from his native Redford, Mich. He was the owner of Ridgely Construction in St. Petersburg. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He attended Trinity United Methodist Church and was a member of Bay Air Flying Club in St. Petersburg. There are no known survivors. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • SWEENEY, IDA V., 94, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Clearwater, died Sunday (May 11, 2003) at the Fountains of Boca Ciega Bay. She was born in Porter, Pa., and came to Pinellas County in 1960. Survivors include two sons, Edward E. Sweeney, Floral City, and James Sweeney, St. Petersburg; a daughter, Mona Brandau, Lansing, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
    • WALLACE, THOMAS ALBERT, 52, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (May 8, 2003). He was born in Canada and came here in 1981 from Galveston, Texas. He received a master's degree from Texas A&M University and was a marine biologist with the National Marine Fishery Service, Galvenston. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M. Survivors include his father, T. Ross Wallace, and a sister, Judy Haas-Misztal, both of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; two nephews, Andy Haas, Sierra Vista, and Wes Haas, Portland, Ore.; and a niece, Laura Haas, Sierra Vista. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.

    Seminole

    • BLANCO, JULIO A., 56, of Seminole, died Sunday (May 11, 2003) at home. He was born in Quantanimo, Cuba, and came here in 1979 from Huntington, N.Y. He was a machinist at CNR Machining. Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Helen; two daughters, Kim Hutchison, Wimauma, and Lani Butler, Largo; his father, Tote, a brother, Angel, and a sister Lary Blanco, all of Havana; and four grandchildren. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Seminole.
    • HARDING, MARGERY ALINE LAUX, 85, of Seminole, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at Seminole Nursing Pavilion. She was born in Mobile, Ala., and came here in 1995 from Washington, D.C. She was a systems analyst for 30 years with the U.S. General Service Administration. She was a member of Oakhurst United Methodist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Bukovan, Seminole; two grandsons, Jeff and Keith Bukovan; and two great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • JENKINS, MAXINE BALL, 86, of Seminole, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at Palm Garden of Largo under the care of hospice. She came here in 1952 from her native Middlesboro, Ky. She retired in 1981 as an office supervisor after 28 years with Western Southern Life Insurance Co. She was a member of Norwood Baptist Church, where she had been an organist and pianist. Survivors include a daughter, Marjorie Tilka, Seminole; a sister, Janette B. King, Knoxville, Tenn.; two grandsons; and five great-grandchildren. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • MALOUTA, GEORGE C., 80, of Seminole, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at Largo Medical Center. Born in Nashua, N.H., he came here in 2001 from Forest Hills, N.Y. He was a furrier and worked for Republic Aircraft. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include a brother, Nick, Forest Hills; two sisters, Bessie Tsaousis, St. Pete Beach, and Catherine Giovanni, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and nine nieces and nephews. Beach Memorial Chapel, St. Pete Beach.
    • NEARMAN, RAYMOND E., 88, of Seminole, died Saturday (May 10, 2003) at home. Born in Bay City, Mich., he came here in 1979 from Detroit. He was a pipe fitter in the automobile industry. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and was awarded the Air Medal with five oak clusters. He was a life member of VFW Post 9252 and American Legion Post 273 and a member of Elks Lodge 2519. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Amelia; two daughters, Jeanne Boucher and Joy Garber, both of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; and two grandchildren, Julie Schlueter, Indianapolis, and John Garber Jr., Atlanta. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • PELLO, MICHAEL, 92, of Seminole, died Saturday (May 10, 2003) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Jersey City, N.J., and came here in 1985 from Long Island, N.Y. He was a retired distribution manager at Bordon Ice Cream for 35 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Seminole. Survivors include two sons, Stephen, Riverside, Conn., and Michael J., Seaford, N.Y.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • REALE, THOMAS NICHOLAS, 43, of Clearwater, formerly of Seminole, died Wednesday (May 7, 2003) in Perry. He was born in Queens, N.Y., and came here in 1977 from Long Island, N.Y. He was a lieutenant and a paramedic with the Tampa Fire Dept., a Pinellas County 911 operator, the owner of Royale Photography, and he worked in the TECO computer department. He was Catholic. Survivors include a son, Daniel R. Nichols, Dunedin; two daughters, Samantha Reale and AmberRose Reale, both of Tampa; his parents, Salvatore and Rosemarie Reale, and a brother, Nicholas James Reale, Seminole; and two nephews. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • STEPHENS, ELIZABETH "BETTY," 71, of Brooksville, formerly of Clearwater and Seminole, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at Spring Hill Regional Hospital. She was born in Spring Lake, N.J. and came to this area in 1969 from Neptune, N.J. She retired from GTE (now Verizon) and was the company's first female testperson in this state. She was a member of St. Brendan Catholic Church, Clearwater. She was a life member of Independent Telephone Pioneers of America and a member of Women of Suwanee River Moose Lodge 494, the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 8682, Brooksville, the Ladies Auxiliary of Turner Brandon American Legion Post 7, Clearwater, and AARP. Survivors include two sons, Richard J. Hice, Seminole, and Mark T. Hice, Clearwater; a daughter, Tracey Oppman, Clearwater; and six grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
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