St. Petersburg Times Online: Obituaries
TampaBay.com
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
tampabay.com
January 29, 2001
SUNCOAST OBITUARIES

Monday, January 29, 2001

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

Citrus| Hernando | Hillsborough | Pasco
North Pinellas | South Pinellas

Citrus County Back to top

  • ERIKSEN, SUZANNE C., 66, of Crystal River, died Saturday (Jan. 27, 2001) at home under the care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County. Born in Michigan City, Ind., she came here five years ago from Wintergarden. She was a retired licensed practical nurse with Prucare HMO of Orlando Inc. She attended Gulf to Lake Baptist Church, Crystal River. Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Grant; three sons, William Walters, Merritt Island; Thomas Walters, Clermont, and Lance Eriksen, Pensacola; five daughters, Dianne Keffales, Houston; Kathy Keith, Riverside, Calif.; Julie Stork, Daytona Beach; Suzanne Walters, Orlando, and Rena Johansen, Seminole, Ala.; a brother, Harry Smith, Peachtree, Ga.; a sister, Patricia Lawson, Peachtree; and 10 grandchildren. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.
  • SALBANA, ANNE, 93, of Inverness, died Friday (Jan. 26, 2001) at Citrus Health and Rehabilitation Center. She came here 55 years ago from her native Chicago, and she was a secretary for Western Electric, Chicago. She was Catholic. Survivors include a niece, Charlotte Sustek, Floral City. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • WASCHER, RAYMOND JR., 76, of Inverness, died Friday (Jan. 26, 2001) at Mariner Health Care, Inverness. He came here 30 years ago from his native Champaign, Ill., and he was a retired heavy equipment operator. He was an Army veteran of World War II, and he was Protestant. Survivors include a daughter, Sherry L. Hudson, Farmer City, Ill.; two brothers, Russell, Urbana, Ill., and Bernie, California; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • WINHAM, CHESTER NELSON, 87, of Inverness, died Saturday (Jan. 27, 2001) at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Born in College Point, N.Y., he came here 27 years ago from Freehold, N.J. He was a retired assembly line inspector for General Motors, Linden, N.J., and he was Lutheran. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Anna Ruckdeschel Winham; two daughters, Ann Rofulowitz, Freehold, Linda Grant, Kallispell, Mont.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • Hernando County Back to top

  • DIAZ, ENRIQUE, 93, of Spring Hill, died Saturday (Jan. 27, 2001) at Beverly Health and Rehab. He was born in Toa Alto, Puerto Rico, and was a hospital worker in the transportation department. He was a veteran of World War II, a member of the Latin American Club, and he was Catholic. Survivors include a son, Jose Torres, Florida; a daughter, Maria Rivera, Florida; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Brewer Memorial Funeral Homes and Crematory, Seven Hills Chapel, Spring Hill.
  • Hillsborough County Back to top

  • ARNOLD, MARY M. 90, of Sun City Center, died Saturday (Jan. 27, 2001) at Sun Terrace Health Care Center. Born in Ireland, she came here in 1987 from St. Petersburg. She was a nursing assistant, was retired from the Navy after 20 years of service, and was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Adam E; and two sisters, Ellen and Annie Murphy, both of County Clare, Ireland. Family Funeral Care, Sun City Center.
  • BAKER, EDRA CARPENTER, 88, of Brandon, died Saturday (Jan. 27, 2001). Born in Keysville, she was a lifelong Florida resident. She was a homemaker, a member of Woodmen of the World, and a member of Southside Baptist Church in Brandon. Survivors include her husband, Arthur E.; a sister, Vera M. Cuthbertson, Lithia; and several nieces and nephews. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Riverview.
  • BLAS, CASSANDRA ELIZABETH, 5, of Plant City, died Thursday (Jan. 25, 2001) at her grandmother's home. Born in Plant City, she was a lifelong resident. She was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church. Survivors include her parents, Miguel and Maria Cristina, Plant City; three sisters, Claudia Isabel, Stephanie and Rachel Esmeralda, all of Plant City; paternal grandmother, Maria De Jesus Martinez, Plant City; and maternal grandparents, Jose Antonio and Maria Dolores Vasquez, Plant City. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • BOUDREAUX, DONNA BEATRICE, 3, of Lithia, died Friday (Jan. 26, 2001) at home. Born in Tampa, she was a lifelong resident. Survivors include her mother, Sonia White, Lithia; father, Donald L. Boudreaux, Texas; two sisters, Brandi and Jani, both of Texas; maternal grandmother, Rachel Causey, Lithia; and maternal grandfather, Doc Cook, Zephryhills. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • CHAMBERS, GERALD PHILLIPS, 69, of Plant City, died Friday (Jan. 26, 2001) at home. He was born in Michigan, N.D. He was an Air Force veteran and Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Ruth; two sons, Gerald P., Mulberry, and James E., Irvine, Calif.; a daughter, Diana G. Chambers, Riverview; a stepson, Carl E. Wiggins, Plant City; a brother, Charles K., Seattle; and nine grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • REYES, MANUEL, 57, of Tampa, died Friday (Jan. 25, 2001). Born Ponce, Puerto Rico, he came here in 1995 from New York. He worked in building maintenance and was Catholic. Survivors include three sons, Joseph, New York, Theodore Chacon, Miami, and William Chacon, New York; a daughter, Christie Reyes, New York; four brothers, Salvatore, Peter, Moses and Micheal Reyes, all of New York; and two grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • STURGELL, CHARLES CHESTER JR "CHUCK", 66, of Largo, died Thursday (Jan. 25, 2001) at Largo Medical Center. Born in Ashville, Ohio, he returned to the Tampa Bay area in 1997 from Lanham, Md. He was an electrical engineer and retired head of Advanced Development for NASA, was a graduate of H.B. Plant High School, an alumnus of the University of Florida, and served with the Navy submariner during the Korean War. He was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post 136, and was involved in the Youth Mentoring Program at NASA. Survivors include his companion, Teri Haw, Largo; a daughter, Laura Lee; a stepdaughter, Dawn Burke; a brother, Brandon Barszcz; and seven grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • Pasco County Back to top

  • ALDRICH, BOBBIE E., 77, of Hudson, died Friday (Jan. 26, 2001) at Regional Medical Center, Bayonet Point. He came here 30 years ago from his native Saginaw, Mich. He was a truck driver for Meiers Motor Freight with 30 years of service, was a veteran of World War II, and a member of the Teamsters Union and the DAV Post, both in Michigan. Survivors include his wife, Arlee; two sons, Donald, Midland, Mich., and Dean, Oscoda, Mich.; two daughters, Sue Stadnika, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Jean McBain, Oscoda; a sister, Barbara Jean Aldrich, Cherokee, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Family Funeral Care, Hudson.
  • CONLEY, ELTON B., 93, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (Jan. 27, 2001) at Oak View Terrace Assisted Living Facility, New Port Richey. Born in South Norwalk, Conn., he came to the Port Richey/New Port Richey area 23 years ago. He was the retired owner/operator of Elton Conley and Associates Co., Port Richey. He was a member of the BPO Elks Lodge 2284, New Port Richey, the Moose Lodge, Tarpon Springs, and he was Protestant. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy G. Conley; a son, Donald, Bennington, Vt.; two daughters, Jane D. Chatterton, Clearwater, and Dawn Bassman, North Hollywood, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Congress Street Chapel, New Port Richey.
  • ELMORE, ROBERT E., 77, of New Port Richey, died Thursday (Jan. 25, 2001) at home. Born in West Frankfort, Ill., he came here 16 years ago from Swartz Creek, Ill. He was a sheet metal worker for Swenson & Sons Construction Co., Detroit, an Army veteran of World War II, and he was Lutheran. Survivors include a son, Michael D., Panama City; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, New Port Richey.
  • FEBUS, ROSAURA FLORES, 94, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (Jan. 27, 2001) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, she came here five years ago from Rockaway, N.Y. She was a home decor trim seamstress for Superior Cord & Trim Co., New York City, and she was Roman Catholic. Survivors include a son, George, New Port Richey; and three grandchildren. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • SMITH, BETTE C., 74, of Zephyrhills, died Friday (Jan. 26, 2001) at East Pasco Medical Center, Zephyrhills. Born in Detroit, she came here 14 years ago from Pickney, Mich. She was a retired operator of Pinewood Manor Rest Home, Pinckney, and a member of Grace Baptist Church, Dade City. Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Gary; four sons, James Keena, Miami, David Keena, California, and Gary Scott Smith and John F.C. Smith, both of Michigan; four daughters, Lucy Earl, Ginger Hupp, Holly Sewell, and Robin Chrumbka, all of Michigan; 20 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Coleman & Ferguson Funeral Home, Richey Chapel, Zephyrhills.
  • SOWERBROWER, CHIEKO, 51, of Holiday, died Saturday (Jan. 27, 2001) at home. She came here 30 years ago from her native Okinawa, Japan. She was a postal clerk for the Tarpon Springs post office, a member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Tarpon Springs, the Postal Workers Union, and the Asian-American Postal Workers Union. Survivors include her husband, David J.; a son, Christopher David, Holiday; her mother, Kiyo Funakoshi, Japan; and one brother. Moss-Feaster Funeral Home, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
  • WRIGHT, CARL W., 83, of Port Richey, died Friday (Jan. 26, 2001) at Regional Medical Center, Bayonet Point. Born in Dayton, Ohio, he came here 22 years ago from Cincinnati. He was a retired truck driver for Chief Motor Freight, Cincinnati, and he was Christian. Survivors include his wife, Carrie Wright; a son, Jerry, New Port Richey; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, New Port Richey.
  • North Pinellas Back to top

    Belleair

    • GIRARD, LOUISE, 104, of Belleair, died Friday (Jan. 26, 2001) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. She came here in 1990 from her native Boston. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include three daughters, Betty Moran, Belleair, Helene Lyne, Cambridge, Mass., and Jeanne Quinzani, Duxbury, Mass.; a son, Stephen Jr., Germantown, Md.; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

    Clearwater

    • ANGELONE, ALBERT, 95, of Clearwater, died Friday (Jan. 26, 2001) at Manor Care Dunedin nursing home. He was born in Italy and came here in 1970 from Rockaway Beach, N.Y. He worked as a painter. Survivors include a son, Albert P., Massachusetts; and two grandchildren. Rhodes Funeral Directors, Belcher Chapel, Clearwater.
    • HAHN, JOHN, 71, of Crystal River, formerly of Clearwater, died Wednesday (Jan. 24, 2001) in Ocala. He was born in Indianapolis and moved in 1979 to Crystal River from Clearwater. He formerly owned and operated the Pet Center of Crystal River. He was an Army veteran of World War II, and Baptist. Survivors include four sons, Mark A., Crystal River, John W., Sacramento, Calif., Jeff M., Livermore, Calif., and David A., Ellettsville, Ind.; three daughters, Susie Hahn Cooper, Crystal River, Kim Hahn, Spencer, Ind., and Adrian Stearns, Warrenton, Va.; three brothers, Carl, Jimmy and Frank, all of Indianapolis; three sisters, Dottie Rogers, Patty Hahn and Ruth Ann Hahn, all of Indianapolis; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    • KEATING, CAROLYN ANN, 60, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Jan. 27, 2001) at home. She was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., and worked as an editor.Survivors include her husband, Kenneth; two sons, Patrick Justin, Lancaster, England, and Christopher Louis, Abingdon, Md.; a daughter, Laura Kirstin Keating, Fallston, Md.; two brother, Dr. Robert L. Maggs, Key Biscayne, and Alan Maggs, Port Jervis, N.Y.; and two grandchildren. Clearwater Funeral Home & Cremation Options.
    • KOPPENHAFER, WILLIAM D., 96, of Clearwater, died Friday (Jan. 26, 2001) at home. He was born in Syracuse, N.Y., and came here in 1973 from Fort Lauderdale. He retired as a bank manager. He was active in the American Red Cross and Boy Scouts of America. Survivors include two sons, William D. Jr., Clearwater, and Richard W., New Smyrna Beach; a sister, Ruth Quinn, Syracuse; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • MASON, JAMES CLAYTON, 94, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Jan. 27, 2001) Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. He was born in East Conway, N.H., and came here in 1972 from Redstone, N.H., where he retired as postmaster. Survivors include a son, Robert L., Clearwater; a grandson, James Richard Mason, Chelmsford, Mass.; and two great-grandsons. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street North Chapel, St. Petersburg.William Semple Co. Funeral Directors, Tarpon Springs.
    • NOYCE, EDWIN JOHN JR., 88, of Houghton Lake, Mich., a winter resident of Clearwater, died Friday (Jan. 26, 2001) at King Nursing Centre, Houghton Lake. He was born in Lansing, Mich., and was a winter resident since 1962 from Lansing, where he retired as sales manager for the FMC Fire Truck Division. He was a an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Houghton Lake Historical Society, the VFW and the Masonic Lodge. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Muth, Clearwater; a son, Edwin, Houghton Lake; a brother, Theodore, Millett, Mich.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake, Mich.
    • STICCA, FELICE A., 85, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Jan. 28, 2001)at Harborside Healthcare, Clearwater. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here in 1969 from Mount Vernon, N.Y., where she retired after 13 years as secretary for Con Edison Electric Co. of Westchester County, N.Y. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Clearwater, and a former member of the Italian American Club of Greater Clearwater. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, William L.; a son, Lawrence A., Bermuda; three sisters, Julia Quirk, Mount Vernon, Gloria Crowley, Toms River, N.J., and Helen Hagstrom, East Rutherford, N.J.; and two granddaughters, Nichell and Nia, both of Bermuda. Clearwater Funeral Home & Cremation Options.

    Dunedin

    • BUTLER, PAUL E., 97, of Dunedin, died Thursday (Jan. 25, 2001) at Seven Springs Manor, Dunedin. He was born in Chelsea, Nova Scotia, and came here in 1994 from Worcester, Mass. He was a retired carpenter and cabinetmaker. He attended First Baptist Church of Dunedin, where he was active in the Joy Singers Choir, the Joy Fellowship for Seniors and the Berean Bible Class, and he was a member of Pleasant Street Baptist Church of Worcester. Survivors include a daughter, Julia Pearson, Lexington, Mass.; and three grandchildren, John and Judith Pearson and Janice Pearson-Bennett. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • WILLIAMS, BLANCHE EMERSON, 95, of Dunedin, died Saturday (Jan. 27, 2001) at Manor Care Dunedin nursing home. She came here in 1969 from her native Cincinnati. She was a homemaker. She was a charter member of the Kirk Church of Dunedin, a member of the church choir and a member of the Caladesi Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Dunedin. Survivors include two sons, Donald, Dunedin, and Bruce, Orlando; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

    Indian Rocks Beach

    • FULLER, CLARENCE, 77, of Indian Rocks Beach, died Thursday (Jan. 25, 2001) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Detroit and came here in 1979 from Houston. He formerly owned and operated the Siesta Motel, Indian Shores, and was Methodist. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Betty; two daughters, Brenda Markle, Indian Rocks Beach, and Barbara Karnes, Goodview, Va.; two sons, Bruce, Aptos, Calif., and Brian, Houston; and eight grandchildren. Gulf Breeze Cremation & Burial Society, Largo.

    Largo

    • JOHNSON, MARY E., 60, of Largo and formerly of Tampa, died Saturday (Jan. 27, 2001) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Oakland City, Ind., and came here in 1974 from Evansville, Ind. She worked as a central supply technician at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, St. Petersburg. Survivors include two sons, Jack, Tampa, and Victor, Lutz; a brother, Orlan Chumbley, Tampa; two sisters, Anna O'Bryan, Pinellas Park, and Nina Chumbley, Oakland City, Ind.; and six grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • LINSE, KARL J. "PETER," 70, of Largo, formerly St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Jan. 25, 2001) at home. He was born in Germany and came to this area in 1976 from Toronto. He was the owner and president of St. Armand's Bakery in St. Pete Beach. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Eleonore; and a daughter, Charissa Insignares, Tampa. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home, Seminole.
    • MARTIN, HAZEL MYRTLE, 97, of Spring Hill, formerly of Largo, died Wednesday (Jan. 24, 2001) at Forest Oaks Care Center. She was born in North Clarendon, Vt., she moved to Spring Hill from Largo, where she formerly owned and operated Martin's Trailer Park, Largo. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Irvington, N.J. Survivors include a daughter, Lois Boone, Spring Hill. Family Funeral Care, Hudson.
    • STURGELL, CHARLES CHESTER JR. "'CHUCK", 66, of Largo, formerly of Tampa, died Thursday (Jan. 25, 2000) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Ashville, Ohio, and came here in 1997 from Lanham, Md. He was an electrical engineer and retired head of Advanced Development for NASA. He graduated from H.B. Plant High School and the University of Florida, Gainesville. He was a Navy submarine veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post 136, and was active in the Youth Mentoring Program at NASA. Survivors include a daughter, Laura Lee; a stepdaughter, Dawn Burke; a brother, Brandon Barszcz; his companion, Teri Haw, Largo; and seven grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.

    Palm Harbor

    • CONRAD, EDWARD A., 86, of Palm Harbor, died Thursday (Jan. 25, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Newark, N.J., and came here in 1983 from Bloomfield, N.J., where he owned and operated Conrad's Confectionary for 40 years. He was a member of Espiritu Santo Catholic Church, Safety Harbor, the Knights of Columbus, the Palm Harbor Barber Shop Quarter and activities at Blue Jay Estates. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Irene; four sons, Edward C. Jr., Cape Cod, Mass., Robert G., Middletown, N.J., Richard L., Bloomfield, and David W., Maplewood, N.J.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • FERNANDEZ, ANGELA, 92, of Palm Harbor, died Saturday (Jan. 27, 2001) at Manor Care Palm Harbor nursing home. She was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and came here in 1996 from Miami. She was a homemaker and Catholic. Survivors include a son, Dr. Joseph, Palm Harbor; a daughter, Angela Jones, Venice, Fla.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Fort Harrison Chapel, Clearwater.
    • JOHNSON, EDWARD E., 71, of Palm Harbor, died Friday (Jan. 26, 2001) at Harborside Healthcare, Clearwater. He was born in Key West and came here in 1998 from Deland. He retired from civil service and served as a deputy with the Monroe County and the Lake County Sheriff's Departments. He was a member of the Army National Guard and the Moose Lodge in Key West. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Barbara; two daughters, Cheryl L. Low, Palm Harbor, and Carolyn D. Font, Athens, Ga.; a son, Charles E., Richmond, Texas; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Palm Harbor Chapel.
    • ZAHRT, MERTON S., 90, of Palm Harbor, died Saturday (Jan. 27, 2001) at Harborside Healthcare of Tampa Bay, Oldsmar. He was born in Ellington Township, Wis., and came here in 1980 from Farmville, Va. He retired as professor and assistant dean at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and was listed in Who's Who in America. He was a member of St. Alfred's Episcopal Church, Palm Harbor. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Hilda E.; three daughters, Nancy J. Maxwell, Clearwater, Sally O'Leary, Smithtown, N.Y., and Barbara Zahrt, New Haven, Conn.; and a brother, Stanley, Palm Harbor. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

    Safety Harbor

    • WEKENMANN, DONALD A., 71, of Safety Harbor died Thursday (Jan. 25, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and came here in 1975 from West Palm Beach. He retired from the Air Force with the rank of senior master sergeant was a veteran of World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired in 1988 from the Belleair Police Department. He was Roman Catholic and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1605, Lancaster, N.Y. He was a member of National Postal Mail Handlers Union, Noncommissioned Officers Association of the United States of America, Noncommissioned Officers Club, Police Benevolent Association, Air Force Security Police Association, American Legion Post 400, and Elks Lodge 1525, both of Clearwater, and Florida Fraternal Order of Police Gulfstream Lodge 26, Palm Beach Gardens. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ramona E.; two sons, Kingdon Anthony, and Wayne David, both of Jupiter; a daughter, Melanie Ann Clawson, Simpsonville, S.C.; seven grandchildren, Stacy Wekenmann, West Palm Beach, Michelle Guillery, Simpsonville, Melodie Bireta and Heather Hubby, both of Hobe Sound, Dawn, Kristofer and Kyle Wekenmann, all of Jupiter; and two grandsons. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

    Seminole

    • JIMENEZ, GRACIELA "GRACE," 90, of Seminole, died Saturday (Jan. 27, 2001) at Beverly Healthcare of Largo. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and came here in 1984 from New York City. She was a homemaker and a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Seminole. Survivors include her husband, Baudilio; a son, Vincent Roig, Gilbert, Ariz.; a stepson, Dario, Orlando; five stepdaughters, Clara Gomez, Middletown, N.J., Marina Lozano, Wilbraham, Mass.; Martha Rajadhyax, Lake George, N.Y., and Esperanza Santiago and Flor Marina Sarmiento, both of Staten Island, N.Y.; 22 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

    Tarpon Springs

    • BESCIGLIA, SHEYLYNN, 20, of Tarpon Springs, died Thursday (Jan. 25, 2001) in Tampa. She came here in 1987 from her native Bridgeport, Conn., and was a student. She was a member of Hood Temple, Tampa. Survivors include her mother, Linda A. Besciglia, Tarpon Springs; her father, Joseph M. Sr., Palm Harbor; a brother, Joseph Jr., Tarpon Springs; her maternal grandmother, Barbara Contorno, Clearwater; her maternal grandfather, Carmen Ricca, Fairfield, Conn.; and her paternal grandmother, Maureen Besciglia, Bridgeport. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

    South Pinellas Back to top

    Pinellas Park

    • BAKER, JANET M., 62, of Pinellas Park, died Saturday (Jan. 27, 2001) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Born in Brockton, Mass., she came here in 1988 from Tennessee. She retired after 20 years as an elementary schoolteacher. She was a Congregationalist, a church organist and an avid golfer. Survivors include two daughters, Donna Oakes, Brentwood, Tenn., and Cheri Amarna, Groton, Mass.; her mother, Erma Dumont, Pinellas Park; a brother, Russell Dumont, Kenneth City; five grandchildren; and a companion, Richard Finucan, Pinellas Park. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • CLAXTON, LANDON KYLE, 33, of Pinellas Park, died Friday (Jan. 26, 2001). He came here in 1972 from his native Miami. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Pinellas Park. He was a graduate of St. Petersburg Catholic High School. At age 16, he won the Chi Chi Rodriguez Most Improved Golfer award. Survivors include his wife, Billie Jo Vok, and a daughter, Brittany L. Claxton, both of St. Petersburg; his parents, Lawrence and Luzette M., Pinellas Park; a brother, Lee L., Seminole; and two aunts, Ruth Parrish, St. Petersburg, and Jan Gembol, Clear Lake, Minn. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-McLeod Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • COLLINS, LOUSIE H., 72, of Pinellas Park, died Thursday (Jan. 25, 2001) at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in Poland, Ohio, she came here in 1945 from Youngstown, Ohio. She was a member of Central Christian Church. Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer R. Carduff, Port St. Lucie; a brother, Robert E. Holland, Pompano Beach; her mother, Greta Holland, Atlanta; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • FISHER, RUTH L., 80, of Pinellas Park, died Friday (Jan. 26, 2001) at home. Born in Columbus, Miss., she came here in 1965 from Goldsboro, N.C. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, John H.; a son, Jerry W., Pinellas Park; two daughters, Joanna Booher, Clearwater, and Peggy Wisenburg, Winter Park; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • KRAUSE, GERALD, 58, of Pinellas Park, died Friday (Jan. 26, 2001) at home under care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He came here in 1983 from his native Saginaw, Mich. He was a printer and a member of the Calvary Chapel of Pinellas Park. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Jean; three sons, Shannon and Shawn, both of Seminole, and Aaron, Pataskala, Ohio; two sisters, Karen Kessler, San Jose, Calif., and Beverly Krause, Fort Lauderdale; his mother, Wilma, San Jose; and eight grandchildren. Gulf Breeze Cremation and Burial Society, Largo.
    • MEURET, MARY E., 54, of Pinellas Park, died Friday (Jan. 26, 2001) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Born in Chicago, she came here in 1989 from Lombard, Ill. She was a housekeeper for a cleaning company. She was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 4147 in Seminole and Moose Lodge 1697 in Largo. Survivors include a son, Robert Pierce, Booneville, Ark.; a daughter, Cheryl Welch, Pinellas Park; a sister, Norma M. Smith, Pinellas Park; a brother, Henry Holz, and her mother, Ida Crothers, both of Mount Vernon, Ill.; and four grandchildren. International Mortuary Services, Pinellas Park.
    • THIRLAWAY, FRANCES VIRGINIA, 79, of Pinellas Park, died Saturday (Jan. 27, 2001) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Born in Hillsboro, Ill., she came here in 1987 from Davenport, Iowa. She retired as a nurse. Survivors include a daughter, Jean Jaeggi, and a grandson, David Jaeggi, both of Davenport. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

    St. Petersburg

    • McCLUNEY, JOAN TAYLOR, 71, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of St. Petersburg and Tampa, died Monday (Dec. 11, 2000) at home. Born in Chicago, she moved to Franklin from St. Petersburg in 1975. She was a therapist and administrator and developed the Sexual Assault Family Emergency Center at Family Services Center in Clearwater. She was a nationally recognized expert in rape crisis counseling and couples therapy. She also developed one of the first sex therapy programs for couples in the country. Survivors include two sons, Steve, Tampa, and Patrick, St. Petersburg; her mother, Ethel Neill Taylor, Raleigh, N.C.; a brother, David Taylor, Plant City; a sister, Barbara Greenlee, Raleigh; her companion, Ronnie Massey, Franklin; and a grandson. Macon Funeral Home, Franklin.
    • McCONNICO, JAMES "WHISKEY," 66, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Jan. 27, 2001) at Bayfront Medical Center. He came here in 1959 from his native Camden, Ala. He attended Camden County public schools and was Baptist. He was a laborer for McBride Construction Co. for more than 16 years. Survivors include two sons, Richard Morand and Timothy Morand, both of St. Petersburg; seven daughters, Doretha Strickland, Ocala, and Betty Jackson, Minnie Morand, Ernestine Cannon, Dorothy Williams, Janice Adams and Bridgett Morand, all of St. Petersburg; 35 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Zion Hill Mortuary, St. Petersburg.
    • OLAZABAL, ALICIA M., 86, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 28, 2001) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. She came here in 1963 from her native Ciego de Avila, Cuba. She was Catholic. Survivors include a son, Dr. Raul Olazabal, Enterprise, Ala.; a daughter, Alicia Olazabal, a brother, Raul Torres, and a sister, Rosa Morgado, all of St. Petersburg; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. John S. Rhodes, East Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • PETERSON, LEWIS A., 66, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Jan. 26, 2001) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. Born in Greensburg, Pa., he came here in 1973 from Clearfield, Pa. He retired after 23 years as a lead man for Polyplastics of St. Petersburg. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was a member of Faith Assembly of God and an avid NASCAR fan. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; two sons, Calvin, Allentown, Pa., and Guy, Orlando; three daughters, Debra Williams and Donna Guadagnole, both of St. Petersburg, and Laura Martell, Hyde, Pa.; a brother, Floyd Peterson, St. Petersburg; three stepchildren; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • WALCH, TIMOTHY E. "TIM," 86, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Jan. 26, 2001) at Colonial Care Center, Kenneth City. Born in Eatontown, N.J., he came here in 1990 from Peachtree City, Ga. He retired after 33 years as an engineer for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Survivors include his wife, Margaret W. "Midge;" three daughters, Pat Thomas, Bradenton, Ruth Schaefer, Ashburn, Va., and Jean Chandler, Gibsonville, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Taylor Family Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.
    •  


    Back to Top
    © Copyright 2001 St. Petersburg Times. All rights reserved.