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February 13, 2001
SUNCOAST OBITUARIES

Tuesday, February 13, 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

  • WARRICK, FRANK G., 71, of Citrus Springs, died Friday (Feb. 9, 2001). Born in Chicago Heights, Ill., he came here 11 years ago from Muskegon, Mich. He was the retired director of research engineering for SPX Corp., Muskegon, and a member of the Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, Lecanto. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, a member of the Citrus Springs Golf and Country Club, and life master in the American Contract Bridge League. Survivors include his wife, Natalie H.; a son, Frank G., Muskegon Heights, Mich.; a stepson, Robert Michaels, Clarklake, Mich.; two daughters, Susan Benton, Whitehall, Mich., and Linda Elsasser, Chandler, Ariz.; two stepdaughters, Marcia Sevcik, Clearwater, and Peg Arnold, Laramie, Wyo.; a brother, Leslie, Plano, Ill.; a sister, Dottie, Maple Grove, Minn.; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Hooper Funeral Home and Crematory, Beverly Hills.
  • Hernando County Back to top

  • DeROSSO, LENOJ., 95, of Spring Hill, died Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) at Evergreen Woods Health Care Center. Born in France, he came here five years ago from Hurley, Wis. Survivors include a son, Gordon, Spring Hill; a daughter, Gloria Stella, Babbitt, Minn.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Brewer Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory, Seven Hills Chapel, Spring Hill.
  • MACHA, IRENE M., 79, of Brooksville, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001). Born in Tifton, Ga., she came here 31 years ago from Los Angeles . She was a retired waitress and a Jehovah's Witness. Survivors include her husband, Dennis; two sons, Randy Gaulding, Ohio, and Danny Gaulding, Ls Vegas, Nev.; seven daughters, Angelyn Cone, Ocala; Carolyn Long, JannBrooks, Mary Sue Trieber and Sandy Nevil, all of Brooksville; Jackie Batson, Tennessee and Debbie Blankenship, Florence, Ky.; a sister, Mae Marie Sinclair, Norman Park, Ga.; 48 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.
  • SCHLEMMER, WARREN, 89, of Brookridge, Brooksville, died Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) at Heartland of Brooksville. Born in in Stoneham, Mass., he came here 26 years ago from Natick, Mass. He was a retired Natick firefighter for 29 years and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Elks Lodge 2582, Brooksville, a former member of the Masonic Lodge, and a life member of the American Legion Post 107, both of Natick. Survivors include his wife, Amelia; three sons, William Egan, Pembroke, Mass.; David Egan, Staffordville, Va., and Karl Schlemmer, Natick; a daughter, Roberta Jones, Brooksville; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Pinecrest Funeral Chapel, Brooksville.
  • SMITH, BERNARD WESLEY, 81, of Wesleyan Village, Brooksville, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Brooksville Regional Hospital. Born in Argyle Township, Mich. he came here 15 years ago from Sandusky, Mich. He was a retired dairy farmer and a member of the Brooksville Wesleyan Church. He was an Army veteran of World War II, a member of the Faith Free Methodist Church, Snover, Mich., and Hemans Free Methodist Camp Board of Cass City, Mich. Survivors include his wife, Ardith; four daughters, Audrey Griffith, San Diego ; Cynthia Volz, North Branch, Mich.; Helena Innes, Sandusky, and Joan Prewitt, Fairview, N.C.; a brother, Merlyn Smith, Snover; two sisters, Rowena Euler, Clio, Mich., and Ada Carley, Flint, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.
  • VOGEL, RINEHART, 88, of Hudson, formerly of Brooksville, died Sunday (Feb. 4, 2001) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Montana, he moved to Hudson a year ago from Brooksville. He was a farmer and a Catholic. Survivors include a son, Richard, Albuquerque, N.M.; a stepdaughter, Viola Clark, Hudson; and one grandson. Arlington Funeral Home, Congress Street Chapel, New Port Richey.
  • Hillsborough County Back to top

  • CHANEY, DENNIS LEIGH SR., 81, of Tampa, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001). Born in Sutherland Springs, Texas, he came here in 1964 from Dover, Del. He was a retired senior Air Force master sergeant for 31 years, serving during World War II and the Korean War. He received the Bronze Star. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Lillie; a daughter, Yvonne Burnett, Brandon; a son, Dennis Jr., Tampa; a sister, Esther Fairless, Pleasanton, Texas; a brother, Jack Chaney Boerne, Texas; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • CHARD, ROLAND "RON," 60, of Tampa, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at home under the care of LifePath Hospice. Born in Chicago, he came here 29 years ago from Tinley Park, Ill. He was a retired insurance salesman and member of Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa. Survivors include his wife, Sam; his father, Reginald Chard, Las Vegas; a son, Ronald Scott, Tampa; two daughters, Kerry Lee Ferguson and Regand Latson, both of Tampa; two sisters, Karen Maxwell and Linda Amie, both of Las Vegas; and six grandchildren. Robert & Son Cremation Services, Spring Hill.
  • CHESTER, LUELLA, 90, of Tampa, died Thursday (Feb. 8, 2001) in Tampa. Born in Cordele, Ga., she came here over 70 years ago. She was a homemaker. Survivors include three nephews, Rev. Ozell Tolbert, Rudolph Tolbert Jr., and William Tolbert, all of Tampa; and four nieces, Gwen Seymore, Audrey Black, Claudette Duffie, and Rose Tolbert. Wilson Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • DIPIETRA, DIANA ALVAREZ, 76, of Tampa, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at home. She was a Tampa native and lifelong resident. She was a chef for Hillsborough County District schools. Survivors include a son, Danny Alvarez; two daughters, Elaine Webber and Deanna Albano; a sister, Gloria Perez; six brothers, Constantino Comellas, Roland Comellas, Robert Comellas, Daniel Comellas, Tony Comellas, and Jerry Comellas; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Swilley Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • HAMMOND, LAWRENCE, 59, of Tampa, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001). He was a Tampa native and lifelong resident. He was a laborer. Survivors include his mother, Mary Hammond, Tampa; four brothers, Clyde, Rudolph, and Ernest, all of Tampa, and Richard, Miami; and five sisters, Daisy, Mamie, Sadie, Cynthia, and Delores, all of Tampa. Wilson Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • HARP, PAULINE A., 83, of Plant City, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001). Born in Georgia, she came to the Tampa area in 1945. She was a homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church of Gibsonton. Survivors include a daughter, Marjorie Owens, Donalsonville, Ga.; four sons, Robert C. Moore, Jimmy E. Moore, and James E. Moore, all of Plant City, and Jerry L. Moore, Holly Ridge, N.C.; a sister, Agnes Morris, Cordele, Ga.; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • KOTVAN, BERNICE MAXINE, 89, of Tampa, died Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) at home. Born in Chicago, she came here in 1985 from Santa Maria, Calif. Survivors include a daughter, Judy Donaldson, New Port Richey; a son, Walter Kotvan, Des Plaines, Ill.; a sister, Eunice Kantrim, Nipomo, Calif.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Swilley Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • LASSITER, SAMUEL C., 54, of Tampa, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001). He was a lifelong resident. He was an automobile claims adjuster and member of the Porsche Club of America. Survivors include his wife, Tisa; a daughter, Lauren; two sons, Dax and Derek; and a brother, William M. Lassiter. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes, Carrollwood Chapel, Tampa.
  • MARQUEZ, GABRIEL "GABE," 33, of Seffner, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) in Brandon. Born in Tucson, Ariz., he came here 10 years ago. He was an insurance adjuster, served in the Marine Corps and was Christian. Survivors include his mother, Cecilia Williams, Brandon; his father, Ruben Marquez, Tucson; a sister, Monica M. Alday, Valrico; a brother, Ruben Marquez Jr., Faisons, N.C.; and paternal grandparents, Juan and Victoria Marquez, Tucson. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Riverview.
  • MATTHEWS, BRUNICE MORGAN, of Tampa, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001). Born in Buford, Ga., she came here in 1948. She was a homemaker and member of the First Christian Church of Tampa. Survivors include a daughter, Frances Matthews Gamester, Tampa; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, MacDill Avenue Chapel, Tampa.
  • MCCOY, ROBERT R., 73, of Tampa, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001). Survivors include his wife, Lam T.; two daughters, Van Sanders, Minnesota and Nancy Gonzalez, Tampa; four sons, Minh Tran and Tuan Tran, both of Tampa, Dieu Tran and Can Tran, both of Massachusetts; a brother, Harold McCoy, Ohio; and two sisters, Betty Strickland and Doris, both of Ohio; and four grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • MCCULLOUGH, RICHARD LEON, 55, of Mulberry, formerly of Plant City, died Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) at home. He was a Plant City native and lifelong Florida resident. He was a maintenance worker for IMC and member of Sydney Assembly of God. Survivors include his wife, Annie; two sons, Sammy, Willow Oak, and Allan, Dover; three sisters, Janice Hall, Fort Myers, Karen McCullough, Lakeland, and Deborah Loetscher, Tampa; three brothers, Marley McCullough and Billy McCullough, both of Lakeland, and Bobby McCullough, Brandon; and four grandchildren. Hopewell Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • OJEDA, ALDO "GUINES" SR., 74, of Tampa, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at home under the care of LifePath Hospice. Born in Cuba, he came here in 1967. Survivors include his wife, Maria; three sons, Aldo Jr., Angel, and Jesus; a sister, Hilda Del Castillo; and six grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • PUCKETT, JAMES "JIM" ROBERT, 64, of Brandon, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) in Tampa. Born in Lebanon, Va., he came here 12 years ago from Tazewell, Va. He was a carpenter and was Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Pearl; a daughter, Pamela Kitts, Brandon; a sister, Connie Gilbert, Claypool Hill, Va.; and two grandchildren. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Riverview.
  • RANGEL-REYES, IGNACIO, 96, of Plant City, died Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) in Plant City. Born in Mexico, he came here in 1984 from Winter Garden. He was a farmer and member of St. Clement Catholic Church in Plant City. Survivors include a son, Gabriel Rangel, Plant City; two brothers, Antonio Rangel and Jose M. Rangel, both of Mexico; three sisters, Maria DeJesus Rangel and Victoria Rangel, both of Mexico, and Donaciana Rangel, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Haught Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • SCHLEISSING, JASON ROBERT, 16, of Riverview, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) in Tampa. Born in Jacksonville, he came here over two years ago from Key West. He was a student at Riverview High School, he was a member of National Honor Society and Junior Steering Committee, and was Catholic. Survivors include his parents, Bert and Rose Schleissing, Riverview; a brother, Bret Schleissing, Riverview; and paternal grandmother, Sandra Foster, St. Petersburg. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Riverview.
  • WEBB, HELEN MARIE STAFFORD, 90, of Tampa, died Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) in Tampa. She was born in Indiana. She was owner of a milling company and member of Tims Memorial Presbyterian Church. Survivors include two stepsons, William Cecil Webb, Chipley and Charles Mayo Webb, Williston; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Lutz-Land O'Lakes Chapel, Lutz.
  • YOAKAM, WINIFRED M., 100, of Tampa, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at home. She was born in England. She worked in a grocery store and was a member of Idlewild Baptist Church. Survivor includes a niece, Reford Craig, Toronto, Canada. Swilley Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • Pasco County Back to top

  • ALBERT, WAYNE E., 69, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at H. Lee Moffit Cancer Center, Tampa. Born in Blairsville, Pa., he moved here 21 years ago from Freehold, N.J. He was a Navy and Marine Corps veteran and a teacher in North Brunswick, N.J. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Holiday, and the Marine Corps League, a member of American Legion Post 79, member of Moose Lodge 2366, the Forty and Eight Club, and the Marion Divine Servants at the House of Prayer, Clearwater. He was a member of the Fr. Farrell Knights of Columbus Council 6476, and member, eucharistic minister and altar server at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Holiday. Survivors include two brothers, Marvin G. Marr, New Port Richey, and Russell Alberts, Irwin, Pa., a sister, Donna Hooper, Roselle Park, N.J.; several nephews and nieces. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Holiday.
  • BAUMGARD, SHIRLEY M., 80, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. She came here 25 years ago from Chicago, where she was a retired keypunch operator with People's Gas. She was a former "Pink Lady" at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, Tarpon Springs. She was Catholic. Survivors include a sister, Elaine Szeszycki, New Port Richey; nephews and nieces. Morgan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, New Port Richey.
  • BERLIN, ROBERT W., 85, of Tarpon Springs, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Tarpon Bayou Center. Born in Galesburg, he moved here 21 years ago from Kewanee, Ill. He was a tool and die maker at Martin Engineering, Neponset, Ill., and was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Egypt Temple Shrine, Tampa, and the Lions Club, Moose Lodge and Elks Lodge, all of Kewanee. He was Protestant. Survivors include his son, Robert L., Bayonet Point; a brother, John, Kewanee; and one grandchild. Preferred Funeral Alternatives, Holiday.
  • BOURDON, LAWRENCE "LARRY," 84, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at home. Born in Hudson, N.H., he moved here 22 years ago from Nashua, N.H. He was a winter resident of the area since 1973. He was a first class mechanic, owner/operator of Granite State Salvage Yard, life member of Nashua Lodge of Elks 720, member of the Forests Hills Civic Association and member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor; a daughter, Beverly Wagner, Honolulu; a stepson, Blane Courtemanche, Nashua; two stepdaughters, Denise LaPorte and Deborah Smith, both of Weare, N.H.; two brothers, Robert, Nashua, and Donald, Oldsmar; five stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Holiday.
  • BRANDER, SEERI M., 89, of New Port Richey, died Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) at home. Born in Finland, she moved here 53 years ago from Chicago. She was a retired home health aide and a member of the Republican Club. She was Lutheran. Survivors include a son, Charles Duffy, New Port Richey; a daughter, Hedda Duffy, New Port Richey; and one granddaughter. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • BRUSH, DONALD L., 70, of Deltona, formerly of Port Richey, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, Orange City. Born in Meriden, Conn., he moved to Central Florida in 1971 from West Hartford, Conn., and lived in Port Richey before moving to Deltona last year. He was a self-employed organist who once played with Tommy Dorsey. He was a member of the Elks Club and Eagles, both of Pasco County. Survivors include two sons, Christopher, Tarpon Springs, and Donald III, Holiday; three daughters, Arline Bacsh, Clearwater, Elizabeth Mansfield, Spring Hill, and Penny Samel, Port Richey; a brother, the Rev. Dr. Stuart Brush, Woodbury, Conn.; a sister, Aline Camp Hunt, West Charleston, Vt.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Baldauff Family Funeral Home and Crematory, Orange City.
  • CHAPPELL, ALMA B., 89, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Pittsburg, N.H., she came here 25 years ago from New Hampshire. She was a teacher for 33 years. Survivors include a daughter, Dawn Andrews, Pinellas Park. Morgan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, New Port Richey.
  • CORON, HENRY W., 87, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Providence, R.I., he came here 23 years ago from Smithtown, N.Y. He was district manager at American Airlines at Kennedy Airport in New York City, and was an Army Air Forces Veteran of World War II in the Air Transport Command. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Tarpon Springs Lodge No. 14, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 3153. He was Presbyterian. Survivors include his wife, Mary; and son Michael, Spring Hill. Michels and Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • DAVIS, DOROTHY L., 78, of Westerville, Ohio, formerly of Port Richey, died Wednesday (Feb. 7, 2001) at home. She was a hair stylist. Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Lambert, Columbus; a brother, Preston Edmonds, and a sister, Edith Schultz, both of Maryland; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Bell Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • EADS, EDNA A., 87, of Port Richey, died Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) at home. Born in Featherstone, New Zealand, she came here 28 years ago from Falls Church, Va., and was a homemaker. She was Protestant. Survivors include two daughters, Louise Post, Orange Park, and Kathryn Rushe, Port Richey; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Preferred Funeral Alternatives, Holiday.
  • FOX, MILDRED, 84, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at the Arbors of Bayonet Point. Born in Lakewood, Ohio, she came here 12 years ago from Spring Hill. She was a retired hairdresser and member of American Legion Post 421, Cleveland. She was Protestant. Survivors include her daughter, Dolores Fruitkin, Fishers, Ind.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Robert and Son Cremation Service, Brooksville.
  • HACKSHAW, WALTER A., 93, of Hudson, died Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) at Tandem Health Care, Hudson. Born in England, he moved here 20 years ago from Lancaster, Pa. He was a book binder for R.R. Donnelley and Sons Co. Survivors include two sisters, Betty Lynch, New Port Richey, and Florence Delia, Dowling Park. Bell Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • KOPP, THERESA, 93, of Port Richey, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Hilltop Manor. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she moved here 18 years ago from Bronx, N.Y., and was a seamstress. She was Catholic. Survivors include her daughter, Maria Nobrega, Port Richey; two brothers, James and Domenic Dolce, both of Highland, N.Y.; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Bell Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • LAW, GERALD, 70, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Kenville, N.J., he came here 11 years ago from Stanhope, N.J. He was a Marine Corps veteran of the First Marine Division in the Korean War, and retired as a dispatcher for County Concrete, Kenville. He was a special officer with the Stanhope Police Department, volunteer member of the Stanhope Fire Department, school bus driver for Pasco County, a life member of the Sussex County Firemen's Association, member, Sussex County Fire Police, American Legion Musconecong Post 0278, New Jersey, Master Mason North Star Lodge 255 Free and Accepted Masons, and Scottish Rite Valley of Trenton, N.J. Survivors include his wife, Gay, five daughters, Susan Wasching, East Stroudsburg, Pa., Debra Kalin, Lake Mary, Donna Best, Stanhope, Cindy Cairns, Rocklin, Calif., and Barbara Beck, Belvidere, N.J.; three brothers, Horace Jr., Anderson, S.C., Thomas, Indiatlantic, and George, Susquehanna, Pa.; and seven grandchildren. Morgan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, New Port Richey.
  • MCCRACKEN, MIDGE J., 68, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at Heather Hills Nursing Home. Born in Milwaukee, she came here 28 years ago from Marysville, Ohio. She was a medical secretary at Community Hospital of New Port Richey, and was a Navy veteran in the Korean War. She was Catholic. Survivors include a son, Wayne, New Port Richey; a daughter, Janice Wanucha, Naperville, Ill.; three brothers, Norbert Konitzer, New Port Richey, John Konitzer, New Mexico, and Brother Richard Augustine Konitzer, Arkansas; a sister, Ann Taticek, Milwaukee; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Homes and Cemetery, New Port Richey.
  • ROOKER, STELLA T., 79, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Boston, she moved to New Port Richey six years ago from Holiday. She worked in food preparation with the Marshfield School System. She was Catholic. Survivors include two sons, Kenneth, Fredericksburg, Va., and Michael, Sioux Falls, S.D.; three daughters, Joann Nickerson, Manomet, Mass., Georgette Fenolen, Plymouth, Mass., and Ruthann Brumfield, New Port Richey; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, New Port Richey.
  • SHEA, BARBARA A., 64, of Holiday, died Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in New York, she came here 28 years ago from West Islip, N.Y.. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. She was the local registrar with the Department of Vital Statistics, Pasco County. Survivors include two sisters, Frances M. Kenney, Sayville, N.Y., and Ellen M. Kempf, New Port Richey. Morgan Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, New Port Richey.
  • SHIPMAN, BILLIE JOSEPHINE, 67, of Port Richey, died Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) at home. Born in Barrackville, W.Va., she moved here five years ago from Lexington, Ky. She was a division supervisor for Charming Shoppes, Philadelphia, and a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Lexington. Survivors include three sons, William Garrett, Little Hocking, Ohio, Robert J. Garrett, Port Richey, and Jonathan C. Michels, Port Richey; a sister, Shirley P. Auel, Port Richey; and three grandchildren. At Peace Cremation Service, Sarasota.
  • TUCKER, REBECCA JUANITA, 75, of Zephyrhills, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at the East Pasco Medical Center. Born in Zephyrhills, she was a poll supervisor and member of First Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Lonnie; a daughter, Anna Jo Bracknell, Zephyrhills; two brothers, Clyde and Clarence Geiger, both of Zephyrhills; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • YEAGER, NAOMI, 76, of Holiday, died Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) at home. Born in Mifflin County, Pa., she moved here 31 years ago from Detroit. She was a homemaker and member of Living Word Church, New Port Richey. Survivors include a son, James, Detroit; a brother, James A. Elmer, and a sister, Doris Morgan, both of Pennsylvania. Trinity Memorial Chapel, Holiday.
  • Clearwater

    • BROWN, RUBY S., 63, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at home. She was born in Westmoreland, N.H., and came here in 1979 from Keene, N.H. She was a real estate broker and Episcopalian. Survivors include her husband, William J.; a daughter, Terry B. Lynch, Oldsmar; a son, Jason W., Oviedo, a brother, Leonard Stoddard, Chesterfield, N.H.; and four grandchildren. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.
    • COPE, GLADYS O., 80, of Clearwater, died Thursday (Feb. 8, 2001) at Integrated Health Services of Clearwater. She came here as a youngster from her native Plant City. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include two sons, Ronald W., Rathdrum, Ohio, and Darryl, Modesto, Calif.; two sisters Eva Mae Cofield and Dorothy Hunt, both of Branford; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. International Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.
    • COPE, RONALD J., 80, of Clearwater, died Thursday (Feb. 8, 2001) at home. He came here as a youngster from his native Plant City. He worked as a welder in construction and was a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include two sons, Ronald W., Rathdrum, Ohio, and Darryl, Modesto, Calif.; three sisters, Audis Glisson, Citrus County, and Reva Phillips and Freda Fae Campbell, both of Clearwater; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. International Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.
    • GRIMES, LAWRENCE C., 88, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at Crystal Oaks of Pinellas, Pinellas Park. He was born in Lyndonville, N.Y., and came here in 1975 from Rochester, N.Y., where he worked 25 years in the film emulsion department of Eastman Kodak. He was Baptist and a member of the St. Petersburg Deaf Association and the Bay Area Deaf Senior Citizens group. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Perney M.; a daughter, Delane V. Grimes, Rochester; three grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
    • HEADLEY, MARILYN CRAWFORD, 51, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. She came here in 1973 from her native Minneapolis and worked as an administrative assistant for Bay Area Manufacturing Association. She was a member of Northwest Church of Christ, St. Petersburg. Survivors include her husband, Larry; a son, Jason Montgomery, Lutz; a stepdaughter, Cathy Headley, and a stepson, Michael Headley, both of Clearwater; a sister, Ginny Samsel, Danville, Ky.; and a step-grandchild. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street North Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • JENNINGS, DAN RICHARD, 81, of Clearwater Beach, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at home. He was born in Cleveland and came here in 1978 from Pittsburgh. He was a real estate developer and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. Brendan Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include his wife, Sally; two daughters, Linda Jackson, Clearwater, and Wendy See, Colorado; a son, Dr. Michael of Ohio; and five grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • LADD, FRED G. JR., 75, of Clearwater, died Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. He was born in Washington, D.C., and came here in 1977 from Mount Arlington, N.J. He retired as an engineer from the Department of the Army at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., where he received a commendation from the secretary of the Army for a suggestion that saved more than $1-million. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Upon entering the Army Air Forces reserves in 1951, he was selected to establish a radar net around Tripoli in North Africa and was stationed there for two years. He was a ham radio operator (KURC), a charter member of South Pinellas Aeronautical Radio Kontrol Society (SPARKS), the Tampa Radio Control Aircraft Club, National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, the NRA and the Skyway Trap & Skeet Club. Survivors include his wife, Margaret "Peggy"; two sons, Kevin Carey, Tallahassee, and Michael Ladd, Warren, Maine; a daughter, Barbara Hall, Port St. Lucie; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • LARSON, VICTOR, 56, of Clearwater, died Friday (Feb. 2, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Chester, Conn., and came here in 1991 from Middletown, Conn. He was retired, Protestant and an avid outdoorsman. Survivors include his wife, Peggy; a son, Kenneth and a daughter, Dawn, both of South Carolina; four sisters; two brothers; two grandchildren; 28 nephews; 18 nieces; nine great-nephews; and six great-nieces. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • PETTIS, RICHARD A., 52, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was a lifelong resident and graduated in 1967 from Pinellas High School in Clearwater. He worked as an auto mechanic at Sears Countryside. He was a member of Bethany Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Largo, where he sang in the senior choir and served on the trustee board. He sang in the Community Mass Choir. He was a softball umpire for Clearwater Parks and Recreation and was a coach for the Clearwater Greenwood Panthers pee wee football league team. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; three daughters, Katrina Pettis, Clearwater, and Kimberly Bell and Kristel Pettis, both of Orlando; his mother, Ophelia Trueblood; four brothers, John H. Trueblood Jr., James Trueblood and Michael Trueblood, all of Clearwater, and Harold McElroy, Cresskill, N.J.; and three sisters, Catherine Harvey and Mabel Ann King, both of Clearwater, and Gloria Bogan, Miami. Young's Funeral Home, Clearwater.

    Dunedin

    • KLEIER, FLORENCE M. "TILLIE," 81, of Dunedin, died Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) at Integrated Health Services of Clearwater. She came here in 1970 from her native Louisville, Ky., and retired as owner-operator of a dress shop in Largo. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Dunedin. Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Robert A.; three sons, Michael Fangman, Dunedin, Douglas Fangman, Largo, and Wayne Fangman, Louisville; a daughter, Mary Ann Sullivan, Clearwater; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

    Largo

    • BARRY, PATRICIA J., 65, of Largo, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Palm Garden of Pinellas, Largo nursing home. She was born in Dowagiac, Mich., and came here in 1948 from South Bend, Ind. She was a homemaker and a member of Harvest Temple Church, Largo. Survivors include her husband, John; a son, Donald W., Old Town; two sisters, Janet Bower, Largo, and Jacquelyn Schmidt, Dunedin; a brother, Kenneth Bower, Largo; and three grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • COUTU, FRANCES P., 80, of Largo, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Mariner Health Care of Belleair. She was born in Quebec and came here in 1991 from Worcester, Mass. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include her husband, George E.; and two nieces and two nephews, Donna and Bill McDermott, and Rose and Gilbert Dion, all of Spencer, Mass. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
    • DeWALT, LEROY D., 90, of Largo, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Sabal Palms Health Care Center, Largo. He was born in Schuylkill County, Pa., and came here in 1994 from Jonestown, Pa. He retired as plant manager after 44 years with Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Watervliet, N.Y. Survivors include a son, Dale D., St. Petersburg; a daughter, Janis G. Ely, Fountain Hills, Ariz.; three sisters, Dora Aungst and Marie Kintcel, both of Pine Grove, Pa., and Arvella Kilmer, Auburn, Pa.; three grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; and a great-great-granddaughter. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Largo Chapel.
    • FISHER, EVELYN JEAN, 80, of Largo, died Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) at home. She came here in 1980 from her native Rochester, N.Y., where she retired as a secretary after 25 years with Eastman Kodak Corp., and where she was a member of the board of education in the Rochester public schools. She was a member of Clearwater/Largo Free Methodist Church, the Woman's Club, Friends of the Library, and director of Programming and Travel Coordinator at Eldorado Village, all of Largo, and former grand matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Redman Club, Toastmasters, Silver Haired Legislature and Business & Professional Women's Club, Rochester, and active in the Republican Party in both New York and Florida. Survivors include caregiver, Barbara Fox, Clearwater; two foster sisters, Doris Michaelson and Gloria Starrett, both of Rochester; and a niece, Jean Dickinson, Spring Arbor, Mich. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
    • MUSGRAVE, ANTHONY E., 79, of Largo, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in London and came here in 1986 from Fairhaven, Mass. He worked as a construction estimator in Canada and the United States and one of his major projects was the Toronto International Airport. He was a Royal Air Force veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Jean; a son, Nigel, Newport, R.I.; a daughter, Anthea Dickey, Morrisville, Pa.; and two grandsons. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • SWERINGEN, NANCY VAN, 91, of Largo, died Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. She was born in Lynchburg, Va., and came here in 1976 from New York City. She was a gourmet chef. Survivors include a sister, Eleanore Macey, Largo; two nieces and two nephews, Betsey Allen, Largo, Nancy Sellars, Hobe Sound, George Purinton, Fort Walton Beach, and Robert Purinton, Marietta, Ga. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
    • TROTTER, LEWIS, 75, of Live Oak, formerly of Largo, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at home. He was born in Largo and moved to Live Oak after he retired from Florida Power Corp., Largo, where he was a senior engineer for 37 years. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. He was a member of Seminole United Methodist Church and the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou; two daughters, Jennifer Long, Old Town, and Mary Pat Schallert, Largo; two sons, Lew, Live Oak, and Charles R., Largo; two sisters, Lilla Mae Tillinghast and Nina Moore, both of Largo; two brothers, Sam and Warren, both of Largo; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Daniels Funeral Home, Live Oak.

    Palm Harbor

    • STEIN, SYLVIA, 94, of Palm Harbor, died Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) at Manor Care Palm Harbor nursing home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She came here in 1998 from her native Milwaukee, where she founded and actively owned and operated Stein Jewelers until age 91. She was also active in many charities and was a member of Temple Shalom and Temple Menorah, both in Milwaukee. Survivors include a daughter, Vicky Benedon, Palm Harbor; a son, Kenneth, Mequon, Wis.; a sister, Marsha Zimmer, Milwaukee; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Goodman-Bensman Funeral Home, Milwaukee.
    • WEEKLEY, LEONA B., 74, of Palm Harbor, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Countryside Health Care Center, Palm Harbor. She was born in Mount Clemens, Mich., and came here in 1975 from Michigan. She was a homemaker and Christian. Survivors include a son, Ronald, California. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, New Port Richey.

    Safety Harbor

    • BEARD, JAMES R. SR., 66, of Safety Harbor, died Wednesday (Feb. 7, 2001) at Mariner Health Care of Belleair. He came here in 1971 from his native Covington, Conn., and worked 20 years as a carrier for the St. Petersburg Times. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include a son, James R. Jr., Safety Harbor; two daughters, Amy Louise Beard, Clearwater and Crystal L. Thomlinson, Safety Harbor; a sister, Bettyjane Hall, Largo; three brothers, Vannie Jr., Wilford and David, all of Kentucky; a grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • WHEELER, MADELINE B., 76, of Great Falls, Mont., formerly of Safety Harbor, died Wednesday (Feb. 7, 2001) in Great Falls. She was born in Safety Harbor, graduated from Clearwater High School, lived in California and Texas and returned here in 1998 from Great Falls. She worked as a secretary and medical office assistant at Mease Medical Center, Dunedin. Survivors include a son, Harold E. Jr., Great Falls; a granddaughter, Wendy S. Haas; and two great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

    Seminole

    • ARMSTRONG, VIRGINIA D., 89, of Seminole, died Sunday (Feb. 4, 2001) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Virginia and came here in 1981 from Alexandria, Va. She worked as a civil service secretary and was a Realtor. She was an animal activist and active with the Humane Society, Friends of Strays, SPCA and PETA. She was Christian. There are no known survivors. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • BELL, WILLIAM J. "JIM," 85, of Seminole, died Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. He came here in 1971 from Wyckoff, N.J., and managed the Mainlands Golf Course for 15 years in Pinellas. Survivors include his wife, Edna M.; two stepdaughters, Carolyn Woods and Donna Gollahon; a brother, Jessie Riether, Mahwah, N.J.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a niece and nephew. Vander Plaat Funeral Home, Wyckoff, N.J.
    • CLARK, WILLIAM RONALD SR. "RON," 67, of Seminole, died Wednesday (Feb. 7, 2001) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He came here in 1959 from his native Columbus, Ohio. He was a brick layer. Survivors include his wife, Frances; two sons, William Jr., Largo, and Kenneth, Delray Beach; a daughter, Debbie Schultz, Delray Beach; his mother, Arrahwana Clark, Largo; and five grandchildren. International Mortuary Services, Pinellas Park.
    • DOMINICK, JOYCE M., 76, of Seminole, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Derby, England, and came here in 1987 from Niagara Falls, N.Y. She was a homemaker and a member of Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Clearwater. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Ray; a son, Roger E., Auburn, N.Y.; two daughters, Janice L. King, Hamburg, N.Y., and Jane E. McDonell, Taberg, N.Y.; a sister, Betty Hough, Niagara Falls; and 13 grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • FIACCO, THOMAS M., 82, of Seminole, died Tuesday (Feb. 6, 2001) at Largo Medical Center. He came here in 1981 from his native Katonah, N.Y. He worked as a supervisor for the New York City Water Supply and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a volunteer for the Katonah Fire Department and a member of the Elks Lodge, Mount Kisco, N.Y. Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Ruth; four sons, Thomas M. Jr., Indialantic, Gordon J., Mesa, Ariz., Donald, Katonah, and Arthur J., Ridgefield, Conn.; two stepsons, Steven Batts, Cass City, Mich., and Stewart Batts, Parrish; two stepdaughters, Sheryll Batts, San Diego, and Shelby Roby, Deford, Mich.; a brother, Arthur, and a sister, Marie Malone, both of Seminole; 19 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • GATES, WALTER, 77, of Seminole, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, St. Petersburg. He was born in Dallas and came here in 1997 from Chicago. He was a stationary engineer and worked 20 years for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was Catholic. Survivors include a son, Edward, and a companion, Robert Pelch, both of Seminole. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • HEATH, HENRY NELSON, 86, of Seminole, died Thursday (Feb. 8, 2001) at Seminole Nursing Pavilion. He was born in Middleburg, Ohio, and came here in 1979 from Xenia, Ohio, where he served 16 years on the Xenia School Board and was instrumental in desegregating the school system. He was a general manager of the Greene County Farm Bureau and later director of operations for the Ohio Farm Bureau (now Countrymark). He was honored for extensive volunteer work at Freedom Square and Tamarac-by-the-Gulf, Seminole. He was a member of Oakhurst United Methodist Church of Seminole, where he taught the Keystone adult Sunday school class for more than 10 years. He was an organist and a 32nd-degree Scottish Rite Mason and member of Xenia Masonic Lodge 49. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Thelma; a daughter, Judy Wagner, Dayton, Ohio; a son, David, Shoreview, Minn.; a brother, Paul, Seminole; and five grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • VICKERS, C. LAWRENCE, "LARRY," 90, of Seminole, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Lincoln County, W.Va., and came here in 1993 from Venice, Fla. He owned and operated a restaurant in Wooster, Ohio, and in Sarasota he owned and operated a Culligan Water business. He was a member of Oakhurst United Methodist Church of Seminole. Survivors include his wife, Edith; a daughter Nancy Gardner, Largo; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

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  • DeCESARE, MARY, 86, of Gulfport, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Born in Binghamton, N.Y., she came here in 1980 from Rochester, N.Y. She retired from Schegel Manufacturing Co. after 23 years of service as a bookkeeper. She was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church. Survivors include a brother, Alphonse Furino, Gulfport; and several nieces and nephews. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.
  • STOJSIC, STVAN, 75, of Gulfport, died Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) at St. Anthony's Hospital. He was born in Yugoslavia and came here in 1996 from New Jersey. He was a retired machinist and a member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Danica. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.
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    • DEFIBAUGH, JEAN ELIZABETH, 85, of Pinellas Park, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001). Born in Belmont, Ohio, she came here in 1964 from Columbus, Ohio. She was a homemaker and was Methodist. Survivors include a son, Gary "Dan" Defibaugh, Pinellas Park; a sister, Mabel Dickerson, Cleveland; and two grandsons, Joe Defibaugh and Dan Defibaugh, both of Pinellas Park. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • MOSER, CLARA MAE, 68, of Pinellas Park, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at home. She came here in 1960 from her native Queens, N.Y. She was a retired telephone saleswoman for Sears and Roebuck Co. She was Lutheran. Survivors include a daughter, Susan Moser, Pinellas Park; a brother, Henry Krahn, Rego Park, N.Y.; and a sister, Barbara Dobrovloc, Little Falls, N.Y. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.
    • RAYMOND, MARGARET W., 80, of Pinellas Park, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at Hospice House Woodside. Born in Blackstone, Mass., she came here in 1980 from Bellingham, Mass. She was a stitcher in the sewing industry and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was a member of the Young at Heart Club, the New Life Club, the Pinellas Park Senior Center and the Mainlands Social Club. Survivors include a son, Allan T. Adams, Seminole; a daughter, Gail Karnegie, Pinellas Park; two sisters, Marcella Moore, Pawtucket, R.I., and Elizabeth "Betty" Belrose, Odessa; 13 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • ROSS, ESTHER G., 79, of Pinellas Park, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at home. She came here in 1997 from her native South Bend, Ind. She was a homemaker and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was a lifetime member of the Altar Rosary Society of St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church, South Bend. Survivors include two sons, Thomas A. Ross, South Bend, and Patrick J. Ross, Pinellas Park; a stepson, John Ross, Louisville, Ky.; five daughters, Arleen J. M. Fujawa, North Liberty, Ind., Juanita M. Rittenhouse and Joy E. DeLaurelle, both of Mishawaka, Ind., Barbara A. Katawicz, Hudson, and Diane Bajwa, Stroudsburg, Pa.; a brother, Victor Putz, and a sister, Angelia Parsons, both of South Bend; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.

    St. Pete Beach

    • HALL, RALPH, 82, of St. Pete Beach, died Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) at College Harbor Retirement Center. A native of Summit, N.J., he came here in 1988 from Sea Girt, N.J. He was a salesperson for the Duo-Fast Corp., Long Island, N.Y. He attended Pass-a-Grille Community Church. He was a member of the American Legion Post 432, the Veterans of the Foreign Wars and the Elks Club, all in Manasquan, N.J. He was a volunteer for the Sea Girt Fire Police and the Chatham Township Fire Department, both in New Jersey. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Dorothy; a daughter, Barbara Hillman, Sea Girt; and four grandchildren, Eric Hillman, Greg Hillman, Sandy Hall and Melissa Hall, all of Sea Girt. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Beach Chapel, St. Pete Beach.
    • PATRICK, GERDA "PAT," 90, of St. Pete Beach, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at home under the care of her family and hospice. Born in Viborg, Denmark, she moved to the United States when she was 12 years old and came here in 1980 from Scotch Plains, N.J. She was a bank teller at Midlantic Bank in Newark, N.J., for 30 years. She was a member of the XYZ Card Club and the Senior Bowling League. She was an avid golfer and bowler. Survivors include a daughter, Elaine Tatz, St. Petersburg; two grandchildren, Debbie Curtis, Tierra Verde, and Charlaine Tatz, St. Pete Beach; and two great-grandchildren, Charlie Curtis and Kelly Curtis, both of Tierra Verde. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Beach Chapel, St. Pete Beach.
    • RENFROW, ROBERT P., 72, of St. Pete Beach, died Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) at home. Born in High Point, N.C., he came here in 1963 from Metuchen, N.J. He was a lawyer and a retired Marine Corps captain. He was Catholic. He was a graduate of Duke University and its law school and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was admitted to the North Carolina and Florida bars and was a member of the legal committee of American Association of Homes for the Aging and the Florida Association of Homes for the Aging. He also was an eight-year member of the St. Pete Beach Planning and Zoning Board. He was a director of Menorah Center and a member of the St. Pete Area Chamber of Commerce, and he received the chamber's 1994 Citizen of the Year Award. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Gennifer J.; a son, R. Gary Renfrow, Tierra Verde; two daughters, Leigh O. Renfrow, Herndon, Va., and Jennifer A. Ibarguen, St. Petersburg; a sister, Ann Farlow, Clearwater; and four grandchildren. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

    St. Petersburg

    • BAKEWELL, BEVERLY E. "HICKS," 72, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. A native of Monroe, La., she came here in 1945 from Tennessee. She was a 1946 graduate of St. Petersburg High School and was a member of Pasadena Presbyterian Church. She retired in June 1992 as a chemistry teacher at Dixie Hollins High School. Survivors include her husband of 49 years, William; two sons, Kevin W., Largo, and George A., McMinnville, Ore.; two daughters, Marlise E. Bushman, Floral City, and Cristianne E. Bakewell, St. Petersburg; and five grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • BARNEY, COLENE, 40, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at home under the care of hospice. She came here in 1971 from her native Baxley, Ga. She attended St. Petersburg High School. She was a housekeeping supervisor at the Newport Inn and was a member of Christ Gospel Church. Survivors include three daughters, Shronda Butler and Nicole Barney, both of St. Petersburg, and Robin Barney, New Port Richey; her father, Carlton Barney, Baxley; five brothers, Carlton Barney Jr., St. Petersburg, James Barney and Edward Barney, both of Baxley, Robert Barney, Rochester, N.Y., and Thomas Barney, New Port Richey; three sisters, Juanita Larry, Cora Bell and Ophelia Thomas, all of St. Petersburg; five grandchildren; and her companion, Harold Donahue, St. Petersburg. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • BOSSERT, STANLEY B., 79, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at home under the care of hospice. He came here in 1950 from his native North Wales, Pa. He was a building supervisor for Maas Brothers. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific for three years. He was a charter member of Pass-a-Grille Community Church. He was a member of the American Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Survivors include three sons, Stanley D., Jeffrey A. and Robert M., all of St. Petersburg; two stepdaughters, Carol Coyne and Debbie Taylor, both of Traverse City, Mich.; a sister, Georgine Limberger, Deer Park, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • CANDLER, MAUDE PHILLIPS, 98, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Feb. 8, 2001) at Bon SecoursMaria Manor. She came here many years ago from her native North Carolina. She was a homemaker and was Protestant. Survivors include a brother, Robert Messer, Waynesville, N.C.; and a sister, Isabelle, Georgia. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • FAIRLEY, ANTHONY D., 46, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 4, 2001) at home. He was born in Albany, N.Y., and came here from Kingston, N.Y. He was a telemarketing salesman. He was Catholic. Survivors include a daughter, Toni Fairley, Kingston; two sons, Michael and Tyler, both of St. Petersburg; his mother, Ramona D. Fairley, Kingston; a sister, Robin Fairley, Lake Katrine, N.Y.; a brother, Michael, Bradford, N.Y.; and four grandchildren. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • FUTCHER, FLORRIE, 101, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Egret Cove Center. Born in Barnbow, England, she came here in 1956 from Irwin, Pa. She was a homemaker and a member of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church and its King's Daughters Sunday school class. Survivors include three daughters, Gladys L. Butler, Lewisburg, Pa., Mildred F. Steckman, St. Petersburg, and Marion A. Brown, Gulfport; a son, James W. Futcher, Murrieta, Calif.; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • GAUTHIER, MARY J., 72, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. She came to St. Petersburg in 1991 from her native St. Clair, Mich. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Howard W.; three daughters, Pat Raymo, Karen Niebauber and Gail Allen, five sons, Howard, John, Gerald , Tom and Jeff , three sisters, Dorothy Williams, Catherine Danderon and Joan Bachund, and three brothers, Robert Mayhew, Carl Mayhew and Ralph Mayhew, all of St. Clair; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • HOCUM, RICHARD E., 55, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Feb. 8, 2001) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. He came here many years ago from his native Baraboo, Wis. He was a circus promoter. Survivors include a son, Robert, Baraboo. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • HUFFMAN, VERA A. "JERRI," 89, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at Hospice House Woodside. A Baltimore native, she came here in 1966 from Goshen, N.Y. She was a secretary for Raymond James and was a member of First Presbyterian Church. She was a member of Roberts Adult Center and Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority. Survivors include a son, Robert K. Dowell, Macon, Ga.; a daughter, Mary B. McLean, St. Petersburg; a brother, Albert Razgaitis, Lutherville, Md.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • KIRKEY, DONALD J. "DONNIE," 38, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001). Born in Rome, N.Y., he moved here Feb. 22, 2000, from Jacksonville, where he was a member of Kirkwood Presbyterian Church. Locally, he was a carpenter for Blair Construction Co. He was a Navy veteran. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Marilyn V. and Robert Beecher, Largo; a son, Damien J., Troy, Pa.; three sisters, Cheryl L. Kirkey, Deborah A. Hubler and Cindy M. Noll, all of Chambersburg, Pa.; and a companion, Ann L. Miller, St. Petersburg. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • KOSSUTH, STEPHEN, 94, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Feb. 5, 2001) at Mariner Health of Belleair, Clearwater. He came here in 1980 from his native Bay City, Mich. He was an artist. He was a Coast Guard veteran and was Methodist. He was a member of the Humane Society. Survivors include two nieces, Alberta McEuen, Odessa, and Denise Grover-Bell, Pembroke Pines; and a nephew, Michael Grover, Davie. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • LITAK, LOUISE D., 83, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Born in Patton, Pa., she came here in 1982 from Detroit, where she was a retired inspector for General Motors. She was the treasurer for her condo association. She dressed as a clown to entertain nursing home residents in the area. She attended Blessed Sacrament Church and St. Anne of Grace Church, both in Seminole. Survivors include a daughter, Carole Craig Kercorian, Troy, Mich.; two sons, Wallace Litak, Detroit, and Robert K. Litak, Cave Junction, Ore.; a brother, Donald McCluskey, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and two grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • MORAN, MARGARET T., 71, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in Bucks County, Pa., she came here in 1989 from Cornwall Heights, Pa. She was a homemaker and a memeber of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. She was a member of the Velvet Cloake Condo Association. Survivors include her husband, John J.; two sons, John Moran, Philadelphia, and Kevin Moran, Middletown, Del.; two daughters, Susan Dando and Cheree Marsh, both of Cornwall Heights; a sister, Delores Ferante, Willow Grove, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • NICHOLS, ROBERT ARNOLD, 79, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Feb. 8, 2001) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, he came here from London, Ontario, where he was an accountant for the Canadian government. He was Anglican. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Lillian; two sons, Robert "Bob" and Richard, and three daughters, Jane Gulla, Judy Melville and Peggy Greven, all of Canada. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • PATTON, WILLARD LEE, 86, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) at Crystal Oaks of Pinellas, Pinellas Park. He was born in Ellijay, Ga., and came here in 1945 from Atlanta. He was an adjudicator for the Veterans Administration in St. Petersburg for 33 years. He was an Army Air Forces veteran, serving as a first lieutenant in World War II. He was a member of the American Legion. An avid fisherman, he was a member of the Florida League of Anglers. He was an avid bowler and a founder of the Super Seniors league for bowlers age 75 and older. He won a gold medal in Senior Olympics bowling. Survivors include a daughter, Kay Dillinger, St. Petersburg; two sons, the Rev. Lee, San Antonio, Texas, and Don, Harlingen, Texas; two sisters, Lillie Mae Cox, DeLand, and Elizabeth Peppers, Riverdale, Ga.; a brother, John, DeLand; and nine grandchildren. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • PICK, THELMA M., 56, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at home. Born in Avon, N.Y., she came here in 1976 from Rochester, N.Y. She was a homemaker and a member of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, William; a son, Sean, and four daughters, Tracy Campbell, Heidi Pick, Carrie Callahan and Lisa Pick, all of St. Petersburg; and 10 grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • REGATUSO, ANGELO J., 84, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. He was born in Mount Morris, N.Y., and came here in 1973 from Pittsburgh. He was a retired truck driver and was Catholic. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include a brother, Joseph, Winter Haven. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • STRAWN, RUSSEL E. 97, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at home. He was born in Wapinitia, Ore., and came here in 1924 from Evansville, Ind. A plastering-stucco craftsman and contractor, he owned and operated R.E. Strawn Inc. from 1924 until he retired in 1970. He worked on such projects as Webb's City, Christ Methodist Church, Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, the St. Mary's Catholic Church renovation and theSt. Petersburg Times building on Fifth Street and First Avenue S. He was a former member of the Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee and was honored in 1997 for his long service. He was a frequent contributor to the Times "Letters to the Editor" section. At First Baptist Church, he was a greeter for 50 years. He previously belonged to Pine City (now Norwood) Baptist Church, St. Petersburg, where he was a deacon, teacher and Sunday school superintendent. A Mason, he was elected worshipful master of St. Petersburg Lodge 139 in 1947 and state grand commander of the Knights Templar in 1957. He helped found the Springtime Commandery in Clearwater. He was a founding member of the St. Petersburg Shrine Club and was awarded the 33rd degree in the Scottish Rite and Knight York Cross of Honor in the York Rite. He was an emeritus member of Egypt Shrine Temple, Tampa. Survivors include his wife of 76 years, Valeda; two sons, Eldon E., St. Petersburg, and Russel W., Independence, Va.; eight grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • SZNERCH, ALICIA NICOLE, 13, of Graham, N.C., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Dec. 16, 2000) at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women in Orlando as the result of an automobile accident. She was a St. Petersburg native and moved to Graham in 1998. She attended the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle and its elementary school. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Burlington, N.C., where she was an honor student in the eighth grade. She was lead cheerleader, played soccer and basketball and danced ballet and tap. She was an award winning artist and poet. Survivors include her mother, Cathleen, and a brother, Nicholas, both of Graham; her paternal grandmother, Gloria Sznerch, St. Petersburg; her maternal grandmother, Virginia Novak, Graham; her great-grandmother, Katherine Cymbalko, St. Petersburg; and several aunts and uncles. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • SZNERCH, PETER MICHAEL, 40, of Graham, N.C., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Dec. 16, 2000) in the Orlando area as the result of an automobile accident. He came to St. Petersburg in 1967 from his native Port Chester, N.Y., and moved to Graham in 1998. He was a Chapel Hill, N.C., firefighter, and earned a "Heroic Award" for saving the life of a North Carolina woman last year. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Burlington, N.C., and the Knights of Columbus. He was a volunteer at Blessed Sacrament School, where his children attended. He was a 1979 graduate of Boca Ciega High School and was a graduate of the Pinellas County Fire Academy. He was a volunteer firefighter for the South Pasadena Fire Department and worked for the Pinellas Park Fire Department in the 1980s. He taught at the Pinellas County Fire Academy and was a member of the Pinellas County Hazmat team and technical research team. He was a former member of the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Cathleen, and a son, Nicholas, both of Graham; his mother, Gloria Sznerch, St. Petersburg; two brothers, Andy and Richard, both of Orlando; andthree sisters, Laura Cihak, Deborah McCann and Frances Andresen, and his paternal grandmother, Katherine Cymbalko, all of St. Petersburg. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • VORASANE, KEO, 80, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at IHS of St. Petersburg at William & Mary. Born in Savannakhet, Laos, she came here in 1990. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Lao American Association of Florida, the Lao Family Funeral Group and Misaiyaram Buddhist Temple. Survivors include four sons, Keung Vorasane and Bounna Vorasane, both of St. Petersburg, Khamsene Vorasane, Salt Lake City, and Boupha Vorasane, Savannakhet; two sisters, Mom Salapkham and Sonh Salapkham, both of Savannakhet; and four grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Bobbitt Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • WILCOX, CHARLES M., 75, of Largo, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Redford, Mich., and came to the area in 1966 from Michigan. He retired after 21 years in the Marine Corps and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater with the 1st Marine Division. He was a past commander of Long Key American Legion Post 305, St. Pete Beach, and a member of Elks Lodge 2159 andHeisler-Johnson American Legion Post 119, all of Largo, and the Moose Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Irene R.; three sons, Charles Wilcox Jr., Waterford, Mich., Paul Poropat, Palm Harbor, and Mark Poropat, Oklawaha; six daughters, Charleen Stanley, Pontiac, Mich., Marlene Haines, Lake Orion, Mich., Kathlene LaFever, Columbia, Tenn., Deborah Wilcox, Portland, Ore., Carla Poropat, Palm Harbor, and Eva Poropat, Oklawaha; a brother, Joe, Lake Placid; a sister, Virginia Hunt, Phoenix; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Largo Chapel.Tierra Verde
    • HELGESON, ELLIS EUGENE "GENE," 95, of Tierra Verde, died Thursday (Feb. 8, 2001) at College Harbor. Born in Ephraim, Wis., he came here from Cincinnati in 1970 when he retired. He attended Marquette University and was a Moravian. The last 31 years of his business career were spent with Proctor & Gamble in Cincinnati, the majority of which he was department manager of military sales worldwide. He was a member of the St. Petersburg Country Club, now Lakewood Country Club. Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Ruth; a son, Guy, Tierra Verde; four grandsons; and four great-grandchildren. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.Treasure Island
    • BLAIR, DORA LEE, 79, of Treasure Island, died Thursday (Feb. 8, 2001). She came here in 1962 from her native Winston-Salem, N.C. She was a secretary at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines for 30 years. She was a member of the Waughtown Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. She was a member of the AARP, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the Beta Sigma Phi international civic sorority. She was an avid coin collector. Survivors include a son, Ayden J. Blair, Treasure Island; a daughter, Bonnie Blair McLaughlin, Port Richey; and a brother, Sidney Teague, Winston-Salem. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Palm Harbor Chapel.
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