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SUNCOAST DEATHS

Friday, May 12, 2000

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

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

Citrus County Back to top

  • BARCIA, GRACE MARIE, 75, of Crystal River, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at home. Born in New York City, she came here 15 years ago from Long Island, N.Y. She was a homemaker and member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Crystal River. Survivors include her husband, Nicholas; a son, Richard, New York City; two daughters, Lynn Turck, Homosassa, and Susan Shearman, Rochester, N.Y.; two brothers, Anthony Oliveri, Staten Island, N.Y., and Charles Oliveri, La Mirada, Calif.; and three grandchildren. Robert & Son Cremation Service, Spring Hill/Crystal River.
  • BELOCK, MARION V., 76, of Sugarmill Woods, Homosassa, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000). Born in Beverly, Mass., she came here 18 years ago from Salem, Mass., and Marblehead, Mass. She was an Army registered nurse in the medical corps during World War II. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Homosassa, and its women's group, the Sugarmill Woods Golf and Country Club and AARP. Survivors include her husband, Dr. John E. Belock; a son, John E., Topeka, Kan.; three daughters, Nancy B. Kroos, Tokyo, Caroline B. Alexander, South Windsor, Conn., and Ellen B. Demeritt, Bedford, N.H.; and five grandchildren. Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
  • INSKO, RUSSELL O. SR., 79, of Boynton Beach, formerly of Crystal Springs, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000). Born in Millersburg, Ky., he lived in Citrus Springs for 10 years before moving to Boynton Beach three years ago. He was a retired civil serviceman for the Army Air Forces and former member of Community Congregation Church, Citrus Springs. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, serving as grand master in Georgia, a former member of the Edward W. Penna Post 4864, Citrus Springs, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors include his wife, Nancy; a son, Russell O. Jr., Boynton Beach; a daughter, Marilyn S. Covel, Warner Robins, Ga.; a sister, Leona M. Florence, Albuquerque, N.M.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Fero Funeral Home With Crematory, Beverly Hills.
  • KRITZLER, HERBERT MATHER, 82, of Inverness, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at Citrus Health and Rehab Center following a long illness. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he came here three years ago from Sarasota. He was a retired vice president for Prudential Savings and Loan, New York, and member of First Presbyterian Church, Inverness. He was an Army veteran of World War II, participating in the Normandy invasion, and a member of the American Legion Post 0276, Englewood. Survivors include his wife, Helen Warren; a son, Robert, Downers Grove, Ill.; two stepsons, Dan Danklefs, Raleigh, N.C., and James Danklefs, Reston, Va.; two daughters, Susan Hoadley, Dearborn, Mich., and Nancy Kritzler, Cranston, R.I.; a stepdaughter, Gretchen Tinsley, Calhoun, Ga.; a brother, Everett, Ocala; and a grandson. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • ROBERTS, NELLIE MAY, 89, of Citrus Springs, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000). Born in Harbor Springs, Mich., she came here three years ago from Tampa and was a homemaker. She was Protestant. Survivors include two sons, Robert L., Citrus Springs, and Gilbert Jay, Inglis; a daughter, Dawn Joyce Davis, Orlando; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Fero Funeral Home With Crematory, Beverly Hills.
  • Hernando County Back to top

  • CONKEY, MONICA, 86, of Brooksville, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at home. Born in Boyne City, Mich., she came here 20 years ago from Muskegon, Mich., and was a homemaker. She was Protestant. Survivors include a son, Robert, Riverview; two brothers, Leo Shaw, Hesperia, Mich., and Lloyd Shaw, Muskegon; and three sisters, Phoebe J. Frick, Spring Hill, Frances Dean, Muskegon, and Helen Cox, Montague, Mich. Robert & Son Cremation Service, Spring Hill/Brooksville.
  • DAVIS, GERTRUDE E., 79, of Spring Hill, formerly of Norwood, Pa., died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at Haverford Nursing and Rehab, Haverford, Pa. Born in Philadelphia, she was a riveter at the Philadelphia Navy Yard during World War II. She was a member of United Methodist Church, Spring Hill, and former member of Norwood United Methodist Church. She founded the NHCA Canteen Association and was an active member of the Spring Hill Community Club House. Survivors include a son, William C., Aston, Pa.; three daughters , Lynn J. Galunas and Roberta J. Blum, both of Norwood, and Lori J. Perloff, West Chester, Pa.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Cavanagh Family Funeral Homes, Norwood, Pa.
  • KMET, MARTIN, 91, of Brooksville, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at Heartland of Brooksville. Born in Czechoslovakia, he came here five years ago from Hillside, N.J. He was a retired cabinetmaker and member of Christ Lutheran Church. Survivors include two daughters, Paula Drankwalter, Brooksville, and Marlene Sabnosh, Westfield, N.J.; and four grandchildren. Pinecrest Funeral Chapel, Brooksville.
  • RODOLA, FRANCES ROSE, 86, of Spring Hill, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at Spring Hill Regional Hospital. Born in Pittston, Pa., she came here 20 years ago from San Dimas, Calif. She was a retired floor lady for Economy Bookbinding and a member of Christian Life Assembly of God Church. Survivors include her husband, Anthony; two sons, Daniel, Spring Hill, and David, Palos Park, Ill.; two brothers, Dominick Maccarone, Pittston, and Bruno Maccarone, Pennsylvania; a sister, Marian Valero, Waterloo, N.Y.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Merrit Funeral Home, Spring Hill.
  • SANCHEZ, ARSENIO JR., 45, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) at home. Born in Puerto Rico, he worked at a restaurant. Survivors include his wife, Ana; a son, Jose D., Caguas, Puerto Rico; three daughters, Brenda Sanchez, Bronx, N.Y., Kayla Sanchez, Hartford, Conn., and Wanda Sanchez, Caguas; 12 brothers and sisters; and four grandchildren. Turner Cremation & Memorial Chapel, Spring Hill.
  • Hillsborough County Back to top

  • APPLE, JACOB RAY, infant son of Holly Apple-Jelks of Tampa died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was Methodist. Survivors include his grandmother, Doris Chvilicek, a brother, Jeremy Johann, and a sister, Jessica Jelks, all of Tampa. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Garden of Memories Chapel, Tampa.
  • AUGUSTINE, MARY ARLINE, 86, of Sun City Center, died Monday (May 8, 2000) at Palm Garden. She was born in Akron, Ohio, and moved to Tampa in 1980 from Sharon Center, Ohio. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Ladies' Shrine. Survivors include a godson, Jerry Weaver of Ohio. National Cremation Society, Tampa.
  • BELLO, RUTH CORMACK, 53, of Temple Terrace, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) at her residence. She was born in Key West and moved to the Tampa area in 1978. She was a computer programmer. She attended Nativity Catholic Church. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi. Survivors include two sons, Duane Bello, Valrico, and Aaron Bello, Riverview; a daughter, Jennifer Adesi, Seffner; her father, Donald Cormack, Bonifay; two brothers, Donald and William Cormack, both of Key West; two sisters, Margaret Cates and Janet Hadas, both of Bonifay; and seven grandchildren. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Riverview/Brandon.
  • BOYLES, RHUMELLE FERGUSON, 81, of Tampa died Monday (May 8, 2000) at St. Anthony's Hospital. She was born in Leaksville, N.C., and moved to Tampa in 1988 from Eden, N.C. She was a homemaker and was Protestant. Survivors include a son, Richard G. Boyles, Thomaston, Ga.; a daughter, Billie-Don Flynn, Lutz; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Glass Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • CHESTNUT, MARY LEE, 68, of Tampa died Tuesday (May 9, 2000). She was born in White Springs and moved to Tampa in 1960 from Orlando. She was a child care supervisor for Hillsborough County. She was Methodist and a member of Allen Temple A.M.E. Church. Survivors include three daughters, Genietha Chestnut, Marcia Boone and Gretta Moncriffe, all of Houston; a brother, the Rev. Jimmy Lee Rivers; two sisters, Lillian Harris, Orlando, and Maggie Lee Ashley, Miami; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Wilson's Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • DONALDSON, ANDREW LEE, 50, of Tampa died Sunday (May 7, 2000) at Tampa General Hospital. He was born in Quincy, Fla., and moved to Tampa in 1988. He was a member of Jerusalem M.B. Church. Survivors include his mother, Dorothy M. Jacobs, Tampa; 17 brothers, Willie B. Donaldson, and Willie and Christopher Jacobs, all of Tampa; Herman Jacobs, Tennessee, Claude, Jimmie Lee, John, Arthur, Jerome, Tommy, Devane, Timothy, Shawn, Marcus, Deltonian, Bruce, and Darry Donaldson, all of Quincy; eight sisters, Carrie Bell, of Fairfield, Calif., Veriginell Donaldson, Willie Mae Boobyyaa and Josie Quarles, all of Tampa, Terri Rickets, of Auburndale, and Betty Smith, Annie McLeroy and Debbie McLeroy, all of Quincy. Everett-Derr & Anderson Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • HORNE, EDD A., 80, of Tampa died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was born in Donalsonville, Ga. He was an owner and operator for City Roofing. He was Baptist and an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Lyla; two sons, Larry Dale and Ted, both of Tampa; two sisters, Bronnie Faircloth, Monticello, and Dee Brunson, Bainbridge, Ga.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Hamilton Funeral Home, Riverview.
  • MANDUJANO, PEDRO C., 67, of Plant City died Friday (May 5, 2000). He was born in Mexico and moved to the Tampa area in 1988 from Wimauma. He worked in a nursery and was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church. Survivors include wife, Rozario; three sons, Cruz and Carmen, both of Plant City, and Salvador, Mexico; two daughters, Angelica Mandujano, Mexico, and Dolores Rodriguez, Dover; a brother, Gil, Lakeland; four sisters, Francizka Ruiz and Angelina Karmona, both of Mexico, Marina Jimenez, Immokalee, and Enriketz Jimenez, Lakeland. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • MASON, ELLIS, 74, of Chiefland, died Monday (May 8, 2000). He was born in the Tampa area and remained a lifelong resident. He was a PABX telephone installer. He was Prostestant and was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Alice; a daughter, Sharon Smith, Lakeland; a brother, Leron Mason, Inglis; and a grandchild. Hillsboro Memorial Home, Brandon.
  • MOORE, THURMAN SR., 69, of Tampa died Thursday (May 4, 2000) at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was born in Dublin, Ga., and moved to Tampa in 1955. He was a retired operator for Gardiner Inc. He was a member of Northside Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Maggie; a son, Thurman Jr., Tampa; two daughters, Gloria M. Long and Terry O. Moore, both of Tampa; a mother, Eddie Mae Moore, Dublin; three brothers, Edsel, Butner, N.C., Simon, Dublin, and Willie G., New York City; two sisters, Fannie M. Diggs and Betty J. Wright, both of Tampa; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Aikens Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • PEREZ, GLORIA, 88, of Tampa died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was born in Tampa and remained a lifelong resident. She was a housewife. Survivors include a daughter, Aida Rizzo, Tampa; and two sisters, Ramona Alvarez and Mercy Rodriguez, both of Tampa. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • PRAZNIC, MARY ANN, 77, of Brandon died Wednesday (May 10, 2000). She was born in Trenton, N.J., and moved to the Tampa area 13 years ago from Bristol, Pa. She was a member of Bloomingdale Brethren Church. Survivors include a son, Archur Luis Franqui, Douglasville, Ga.; and a grandchild. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes and Cemeteries, Garden of Memories Chapel, Tampa
  • Pasco County Back to top

  • AUSTIN, MYRA M., 83, of Hudson, died Thursday (May 11, 2000) at North Bay Medical Center. Born in Rogers City, Mich., she came here 31 years ago from Pontiac, Mich., and was a homemaker. She was Lutheran. Survivors include her husband, Alfred; two sons, Ronald R., Sarasota, and James E., Pontiac; a daughter, Kathy A. Belyea, Hudson; two sisters, Trudy Huston, Zephyrhills, and Evelyn Hagen, California; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Family Funeral Care, Hudson.
  • GORE, FLORENCE U., 83, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (May 6, 2000) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Toronto, she came here 20 years ago from Huntington Beach, Calif., and was a vice president of Bank of America. She was Roman Catholic. She was a member of NCOA Auxiliary Post 646, Port Richey. Survivors include a brother, Edmund Black, London, Ontario. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, New Port Richey.
  • GREVAS, JOHN STATHIS, 79, of Holiday, died Sunday (May 7, 2000) at home. Born in Greece, he came here 28 years ago from New York City and was a chef. He was a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, New Port Richey, and the Prometheus Hellenic Cultural Center, Tarpon Springs. Survivors include a son, George Grevas, and two daughters, Alexandra Eglezas and Kay Stavrakas, all of New York City; two sisters, Haido Molfesis, Tarpon Springs, and Adriana Eliades, Holiday; and six grandchildren. Semple Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs.
  • HILKOVITCH, ANN L., 78, of Port Richey, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at home. Born in Munster, Germany, she came here 18 years ago from Mount Clemens, Mich. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a daughter, Ann Leonard, Lawrenceville, Ga.; and two grandchildren. Wellwood/Grace Funeral Home and Cemetery, Hudson.
  • PETTERS, MARIAN ELIZABETH, 63, of St. Josephs, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) at home. A native of St. Josephs, she was an artist and homemaker. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, St. Josephs. Survivors include her husband, Raymond; a son, Randy, St. Josephs; three daughters, Karen Petters, St. Josephs, Kathy Petters, Dade City, and Linda Renicke, St. Charles, Mo.; her mother, Lennie Davenport, Dade City; her stepfather, Robert Benard, Zephyrhills; two brothers, Jack and Donald Davenport, both of Dade City; three sisters, Jeanette Hatfield, Dade City, Elaine Bernier, Manchester, N.H., and Gloria Riley, Salt Lake City; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Hodges Family Funeral Home, Dade City.
  • ROBBINS, ALSTON S., 79, of Zephyrhills, died Thursday (May 11, 2000) at home. He was born in Searsport, Maine, and moved to the Tampa area in 1987 from Eliot, Maine. He was a retired commercial fisherman. He was a Navy veteran and a member of the Lions Club in Maine and Zephyrhills. He was a Mason and Shriner. Survivors include his wife, Clara; two sons, Chris, Vermont, and Glenn, Maine; a daughter, Pamela Kryskow, New Hampshire,; a brother, Royal, Maine; three sisters, Marlene Hanson, Maine, Rosemond Teter, Tampa, and Sylvia Hintzke, Miami; and 13 grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Tampa.
  • ROBUS, EVELYN MARY, 79, of Clearwater, formerly of Hudson, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at home. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she lived in Hudson for 27 years before moving to Clearwater three years ago. She was a homemaker and member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include a son, Kenneth, Holiday; a sister, Marie Pappas, Port Richey; and five grandchildren. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • SCHNEIDER, GERHARD F., 78, of New Port Richey, died Friday (April 21, 2000) at Hospice House, Hudson. Born in Chemnitz, Germany, he came here 27 years ago from Tampa and was service adviser for Lindell Volkswagen, Tampa. He was Lutheran. Survivors include his wife, Kate; a son, Gerard F., Spring Hill; a daughter, Kate Fulcomer, Brandon; and three grandchildren. Family Funeral Care, Tarpon Springs.
  • WILLIAMS, MOLLIE, 102, of Hudson, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at home. She was born in Connecticut and had lived in Florida for 20 years. There are no known survivors. National Cremation Society, Holiday.
  • WRIGHT, DR. HERBERT J. JR., 87, of New Port Richey, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Schoharie, N.Y., he came here four years ago from Middlebury, Vt. He was a general surgeon and chief of surgery at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, N.Y., and member of Holiday United Church of Christ. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include two sons, Herbert III, Pittsfield, Maine, and Charles, Carmel, N.Y.; a daughter, Leslie W. Fiske, Salisbury, Vt.; nine grandchildren; and a companion, Edith Campman. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • North Pinellas Back to top

  • ALGERMISSEN, ANTONIA, 90, of Clearwater, died Thursday (May 11, 2000) at Integrated Health Services of Clearwater. She was born in Munich, Germany, and came here in 1985 from Dearborn, Mich. She retired as a food service technician for Trinity Pawling private school in New York. Survivors include a daughter, Helga Lijana, Clearwater; two grandchildren, Carol Mears, Clearwater, and Timothy Grogan, Michigan; and a great-granddaughter. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
  • CARQUE, ANTOINETTE MARIE, 76, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) at Bayfront Medical Center. She was born in Cleveland and came here in 1983 from Brunswick, Ohio, where she was a secretary for the public school system. She was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Fred; a son, Fred, Akron, Ohio; two daughters, Denise Carque, Columbus, Ohio, and Terri Schultz, Maumee, Ohio; a sister, Joan Lang, Parma, Ohio; and six grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
  • CASHON, NORA LEE, 60, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. She was born in Cedar Grove, Tenn., and came here in 1973 from Chicago. She was vice president for more than 10 years at Brokers Service Office, Clearwater. She was a member of Clearwater Church of Christ. Survivors include two daughters, Gina Frontiero, Clearwater, and Karen Cashon, Plant City; two sisters, Lois Marie Brady, Tiptonville, Tenn., and Birdie Mae Pierce, Horenwald, Tenn.; and seven brothers, Samuel Hayes, Dresden, Tenn., Milton, Carlton, Robert and Jessy Hayes, all of Tiptonville, and Bill and Curtis Hayes, both of Martin, Tenn. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
  • WURZELL, KENNETH, 87, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in New Brighton, Pa., and came here in 1959 from Minnesota. He retired from the property records division of the Pinellas County School Board. He attended Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, Clearwater. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Coral, Clearwater; a son, Jacob Kenneth, Minnesota; two grandsons, Christopher, China,and Nicholas, Wisconsin; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
  • ZABRISKIE, ROSE S. BENSON, 76, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Bloomington, Ill., and came here in 1957. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University, where she was a member of Sigma Kappa and editor of the Argus newspaper. She was a member and organist at Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Clearwater, where she served as president of the Relief Society. She was also a temple worker in the Atlanta and Orlando temples. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth L.; four daughters, Rose Ann Benson, Clearwater, Mary Jane Babbel, Bryn Mawr, Pa., Marjorie Sue Neuenswander, Pickerington, Ohio, and Rebeca Jo Hansen, Castle Rock, Colo.; two sons, Gordon S. Benson, Palm Harbor, and W. Fred Benson, Provo, Utah; two stepsons, Steven and Dale Zabriskie, Longwood; two stepdaughters, Sharon Barden, Merrimack, N.H., and Susan Homa, Hollis, N.H.; a sister, Marjorie Collins, Birmingham, Ala.; 45 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
  • Largo

    • BARR, ED, 79, of Largo, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Arthur, Ill., and came here in 1985 from Wilmington, Ill. He was a truck driver for Amoco Chemical Corp. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Indian Rocks VFW Post 10094 and Augustus Ruser Jr. American Legion Post 273, Madeira Beach. Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Peggy; four sons, Sam, Largo, Jim, Fort Myers, Tony, Beason, Ill., and Lonnie, Wilmington; three daughters, Candy Doty and Patricia Jones, both of Lincoln, Ill., and Lisa Barr, Chestnut, Ill.; three brothers, Marion, Crete, Ill., Dale, Markum, Ill., and Charles, Indiana; three sisters, Alberta Miller, Galesburg, Ill., Norma Jean Matney, Illinois, and Janie Fuller, Mattoon, Ill.; 16 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • GILLEY, RELMA EARLEEN, 69, of Largo, died Monday (May 8, 2000) at Largo Medical Center. She came here in 1950 from her native Centre, Ala. She was a homemaker and Baptist. Survivors include two sons, Ewell Drexton Gilley and Christopher Gilley, both of Largo; two daughters, B. Gilley, Largo, and Kay Nichols, Spencer, Okla.; four grandchildren, Jayne Pulido, Tampa, David Rogers, Apopka, Nicole Rogers, Spencer, and Kim Phelan, Corinth, Texas; a great-grandson; and a niece, Nancy Conduzzi, Largo. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • GULLIVER, PRISCILLA L., 78, of Largo, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at Largo Medical Center. She came here in 1950 from Fitchburg, Mass., and worked 20 years as a buyer for Belk Lindsey department store, Largo. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Robert A.; a son, Robert A., St. Petersburg; a daughter, Connie Hogan, Loxahatchee; a sister, Jane Blanchard, Largo; and five grandchildren, Nathan and Sara Gulliver, St. Petersburg, and Jessica, Melissa and Dawn Hogan, all of West Palm Beach; and two great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • MIANOWSKI, LUDMILA, 82, of Largo, died Thursday (May 11, 2000) at Highland Pines Nursing Manor, Clearwater. She was born in Poland and came here in 1995 from Chicago. She was a homemaker and Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Bronislaw, Largo; a son, George, Seminole; two daughters, Mary Gawron, Seminole, and Wanda Swirydenko, Largo; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

    Pinellas Park

    • BECKLUND, DANIEL R., 78, of Pinellas Park, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at home under hospice care. Born in Greenfield, Mass., he came here in 1954 from Union Beach, N.J. He retired as a steam fitter and was a member of United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of USA Local 111. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and attended Holy Cross Catholic Church. Survivors include two daughters, Elaine Adrian, Long Beach, Calif., and Denise Query, Springfield, Ore.; a sister, Margaret Sullivan, Palisades Park, N.J.; and two granddaughters, Tracy and Jamie Query, both of Springfield. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.
    • PEMBROOK, OPAL, 79, of Pinellas Park, died Thursday (May 11, 2000) at Heartland Healthcare of Orange Park. Born in Kentland, Ind., she came here in 1958 from Indiana. She was a cashier for a department store and was Protestant. She served with the Women's Air Corps during World War II and was a member of AMVETS Post 3692 and a life member of the DAV. Survivors include two sons, Ronald, Mobile, Ala., and Larry, Creve Coeur, Ill.; two daughters, Donna J. Eversole, Pinellas Park, and Dorene Huffaker, Middleburg; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home & Cemetery, Seminole.

    St. Petersburg

    • ALLAN, EDNA MARIE, 90, of Rockford, Ill., formerly of Seminole and St. Petersburg, died Sunday (May 7, 2000) at Provena St. Anne Center, Rockford. She was born in Chana, Ill. and lived in St. Petersburg for several years. She moved to Seminole after she retired from Mutual Trust Insurance Co., Rockford, and in 1996, she returned to Rockford. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Rockford. Survivors include a nephew, Jack Conway, North Aurora, Ill.; a grandnephew and two grandnieces. Fred C. Olson Funeral Chapels, East Chapel, Rockford, Ill.
    • BENJAMIN-BLAKE, RUBY D., 62, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in Georgia, she came here in 1965 from East Orange, N.J. She retired in 1989 as a housekeeper after 26 years with St. Anthony's Hospital and was a member of Southside Tabernacle Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Blake; four stepsons, Kenneth Blake Jr., Darlington, S.C., Keith Blake, St. Petersburg, Kory Blake, Atlanta, and Kimmey Blake, Charleston, S.C.; a stepdaughter, Tonja Brown, Charleston; two brothers, Horace Lee Lawson and Alf Lawson, both of East Orange; four sisters, Ora Lee Duncan and Carrie Powell, both of East Orange, Catherine Raines, Plant City, and Ann Yarboro, Boston; and nine grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • BERGMANN, F. VIRGINIA S., 89, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (May 7, 2000) at Greenbrook Nursing Center. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she came here in 1970 from New York City, where she was a teacher with New York City schools. She was Methodist. There are no known survivors. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-McLeod Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • CAMPBELL, MacFADDEN E. "MAC," 66, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at home. Born in Salisbury, Md., he came here in 1982 from Atlanta. He retired from the Army, having served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Survivors include his wife of 13 years, June B.; a sister, Dorothy Richardson, Salisbury; and several nieces and nephews. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • CHAMPION, ELEANORE, 70, of Brooksville, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) at home. Born in Hightstown, N.J., she moved to St. Petersburg in 1965 from Trenton, N.J., and to Brooksville in 1992. She was general manager of the Pasadena Yacht and Country Club, South Pasadena, and was an accountant for Whalen and Associates, Clearwater. She was Catholic and a former member of the Women's Business Association, St. Petersburg, where she was elected Woman of the Year in 1972. She also was past president of the Brookridge Community Park Association, Brooksville. Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Donald; three sons, Richard Bystrzycki and Mark Champion, both of St. Petersburg, and Donald Champion Jr., New Jersey; two daughters, Debby Smith, Clearwater, and Nancy Champion, New Jersey; two brothers, George Hummel, St. Petersburg, and William Hummel, Clearwater; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.
    • CURTIS, DORA JEAN, 69, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Born in La Salle, Ill., she came here 10 years ago from Ohio. She was a homemaker and was Methodist. Survivors include her husband, Richard; a son, Greg Gatten, South Charleston, Ohio; a daughter, Ruth Angelo, Dayton, Ohio; two sisters, Ruth Kallams, Illinois, and Norma Carter, Minnesota; and six grandchildren. Belleair Cremation and Burial Society.
    • DEESE, WILLIE LEROY JR. "BILLY," 44, of Las Vegas, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (May 3, 2000) at University Medical Center, Las Vegas. A St. Petersburg native, he moved to Las Vegas in 1995. He worked as a tile setter. Locally, he attended Gibbs High School and worked for Asplundh tree service. He was an avid angler and guitar player. Survivors include his mother and father, Marcella Deese and Willie L. Deese Sr., and two sisters, Cheryl Holland and Linda Brownell, all of St. Petersburg; a brother, Joseph P., Las Vegas; and his maternal grandfather, Joseph Ramies, St. Petersburg. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • DUDZIK, FRANK A. SR., 68, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. He came here in 1980 from his native Brooklyn, N.Y., where he was a men's tailor for his family-owned FAD Fashions for 25 years. He was Catholic. Survivors include a son, Frank Jr., Galloway, Ohio; a daughter, Debbie Dudzik, Ohio; a sister, Helen Cruz, St. Petersburg; and two grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • FORD, JHONNEY "SPOKE," 58, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at Swainsboro County Hospital, Swainsboro, Ga. He came here in 1957 from his native Midville, Ga. He was a construction worker with Lindy Bowen. Survivors include his mother, Mattie Ford, Midville; a daughter, Renae Heath, Swainsboro; three sisters, Martha Davis, St. Petersburg, and Linda Ford and Alice Spence, both of Midville; six brothers, Allen Ford, Miller Ford, Roger Ford and Willie Ford, all of St. Petersburg, and Albert and Eddie Ford, both of Midville; a grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. Jogresan Mortuary, Wadley, Ga.
    • GAVORNIK, CYRIL J., 80, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. Born in Mauch Chunk, Pa., he came here in 1963 from Fort Dix, N.J. He retired as a supply manager for St. Petersburg General Hospital and was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, serving as a paratrooper and medic. He also worked for Mound Park Hospital, Bayfront Medical Center and Operation PAR. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Erika; two sons, Mike and Tom, and three daughters, Dottie Tutt-Hutchinson, Bernice Morrison and Michelle Routh, all of St. Petersburg; a sister, Veronica Gogatz, Allentown, Pa.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • GREIZ, ZOYA, 87, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (May 11, 2000) at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in Russia, she came here in 1992 from Rosedale, N.Y. She was a member of the Russian-American Congress and attended St. Andrew's Russian Orthodox Church, both in St. Petersburg. In Long Island, she worked as a hospital dietitian. Survivors include a cousin; two nephews; and a niece. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.
    • HANSEN, GEORGIA M., 71, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (May 11, 2000) at her daughter's home in Pinellas Park. Born in Paw Paw, Mich., she came here in 1959 from McHenry, Ill. She retired as a waitress, having worked for many years at Sambo's and Uncle John's restaurants in St. Petersburg. Survivors include two sons, Michael Hansen, Concord, N.C., and Larry Hansen, South Carolina; a daughter, Victoria Cronauer, Pinellas Park; and three grandchildren, Lisa Marie Cronauer, Pinellas Park, and Katie and Chris Hansen, both of North Carolina. Taylor Family Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.
    • HUFFMAN, DALE DARWIN, 82, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines under hospice care. Born in Walnut Grove, Minn., he came here in 1962 after 26 years in the Navy and was a recipient of the Silver Star. He was a 50-year member of Morning Star Masonic Lodge 159, Jefferson, Iowa, and OES Adah Chapter 219. He was a member of Fleet Reserve Association, the VFW and St. James United Methodist Church, St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Irene; a son, Stanton Dale Huffman, and a daughter, Barbara Clark, both of St. Petersburg; a sister, Esther Brannen, Jefferson; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • LOVERIDGE, ROGER LEE, 59, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at home. Survivors include a brother, Robert Loveridge, Kingston, Ill. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • MAIER, LORA J., 92, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (May 8, 2000) at Heartland of St. Petersburg. Born in Newark, N.J., she came here in 1977 from New Jersey. She was a homemaker and was Methodist. Survivors include two grandchildren, Jeff Maier, Houston, and Jennifer Velez, Goldsboro, N.C.; and a great-niece, Audrey Maier Magin, Largo. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • MARTINEZ, ROSA M. MALDONADO, 60, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) at Bayfront Medical Center from injuries in a pedestrian-automobile accident on Fourth Street and 93rd Avenue N. Born in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, she came here in 1993 from Vega Alta, Puerto Rico. She was a homemaker and a member of Iglesia Pentecostal Church, Tampa. Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Angel; three sons, Eliud, Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Angel M., Vega Alta, and Angel J., St. Petersburg; two daughters, Maritza Martinez, Orlando, and Carmen J. Edwards, St. Petersburg; four sisters, Margo, Luz and Francisca Maldonado, all of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and Celia Maldonado, Chicago; and eight grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • MECHLING, CELESTE I., 19, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) as the result of an automobile accident on Roosevelt Boulevard and Dr. M.L. King (Ninth) Street N. She came here in 1998 from her native Warren, Ohio. She attended Cornerstone Community Church. Survivors include her mother, Diane L. Edenfield, Bradenton; her father, Monte Mechling, and two stepbrothers, Mont Mechling and Matthew Cesta, all of Warren; three stepsisters, Tina Mechling and Whitney Edenfield, both of Warren, and Chelle Cesta, Panama City; her maternal grandmother, Virginia Daugherty, Dunedin; and her paternal grandmother, Ruth Mechling, Warren. Brett Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • RYE, DAVID ROHLAND, 52, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (May 6, 2000) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. He came here in 1982 from his native Detroit, where he worked as a laborer for Great Lakes Steel Corp. for four years. He retired from the Army and was a lifetime member of DAV Chapter 13, St. Petersburg. He was Baptist. Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Cynthia A.; his parents, Lloyd and Jamie Rye, Farmington Hills, Mich.; a sister, Joann Morss, Northville, Mich.; and two nieces. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • SMITH, ELEANOR M., 90, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at the Laurels Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She came here in the 1950s from her native Manchester, Conn. She was a homemaker and was Protestant. Survivors include a daughter, Betty Miller, Maine. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • SPORTIELLO, ANNE D., 86, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (May 11, 2000) at Vencor Hospital -- St. Petersburg. Born in Byesville, Ohio, she came here in 1975 from Woodside, N.Y., where she was a saleswoman for Macy's department store for 25 years. She attended Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Gulfport. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, John J.; two sisters, Mary Kostelnik, Euclid, Ohio, and Julia Maurer, Cleveland; a brother, August Dranda, Zanesville, Ohio; a niece; and a nephew. Brett Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • VEST, RUTH, 93, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at hom. Born in Cullman, Ala., she came here several years ago from Hanceville, Ala. She was a homemaker. Survivors include three daughters, Deloris Avery, Gertie Hart and Donna Zachaczyk, all of St. Petersburg; a son, G.M. Vest, Seminole; a sister, Eunice Williams Reynolds, Huntsville, Ala.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Ambassador Mortuary Services, Oldsmar.
    • WEBER, GEORGETTE "JO," 93, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) at Menorah Manor. Born in Traverse City, Mich., she came here in 1981 from Grand Rapids, Mich. She retired as a detective and was an Army veteran of World War II. She was named to the 1988 Senior Hall of Fame in recognition of her contributions to St. Petersburg's quality of life. She volunteered at the Humane Society and Meals on Wheels and as a coordinator for the police department's Neighborhood Crime Watch program. Survivors include two sons, Ronnie Weber, Northfield, Ohio, and Dick Watrous, Lowell, Mich.; a daughter, Jean Albreght, Coopersville, Mich; a nephew, Jimmy Price, Niles, Ohio; a niece, Ginny Erwin, Birmingham, Mich.; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

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  • BECKLUND, DANIEL R., 78, of Pinellas Park, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at home under hospice care. Born in Greenfield, Mass., he came here in 1954 from Union Beach, N.J. He retired as a steam fitter and was a member of United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of USA Local 111. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and attended Holy Cross Catholic Church. Survivors include two daughters, Elaine Adrian, Long Beach, Calif., and Denise Query, Springfield, Ore.; a sister, Margaret Sullivan, Palisades Park, N.J.; and two granddaughters, Tracy and Jamie Query, both of Springfield. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.
  • PEMBROOK, OPAL, 79, of Pinellas Park, died Thursday (May 11, 2000) at Heartland Healthcare of Orange Park. Born in Kentland, Ind., she came here in 1958 from Indiana. She was a cashier for a department store and was Protestant. She served with the Women's Air Corps during World War II and was a member of AMVETS Post 3692 and a life member of the DAV. Survivors include two sons, Ronald, Mobile, Ala., and Larry, Creve Coeur, Ill.; two daughters, Donna J. Eversole, Pinellas Park, and Dorene Huffaker, Middleburg; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home & Cemetery, Seminole.
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    • ALLAN, EDNA MARIE, 90, of Rockford, Ill., formerly of Seminole and St. Petersburg, died Sunday (May 7, 2000) at Provena St. Anne Center, Rockford. She was born in Chana, Ill. and lived in St. Petersburg for several years. She moved to Seminole after she retired from Mutual Trust Insurance Co., Rockford, and in 1996, she returned to Rockford. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Rockford. Survivors include a nephew, Jack Conway, North Aurora, Ill.; a grandnephew and two grandnieces. Fred C. Olson Funeral Chapels, East Chapel, Rockford, Ill.
    • BENJAMIN-BLAKE, RUBY D., 62, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in Georgia, she came here in 1965 from East Orange, N.J. She retired in 1989 as a housekeeper after 26 years with St. Anthony's Hospital and was a member of Southside Tabernacle Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Blake; four stepsons, Kenneth Blake Jr., Darlington, S.C., Keith Blake, St. Petersburg, Kory Blake, Atlanta, and Kimmey Blake, Charleston, S.C.; a stepdaughter, Tonja Brown, Charleston; two brothers, Horace Lee Lawson and Alf Lawson, both of East Orange; four sisters, Ora Lee Duncan and Carrie Powell, both of East Orange, Catherine Raines, Plant City, and Ann Yarboro, Boston; and nine grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • BERGMANN, F. VIRGINIA S., 89, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (May 7, 2000) at Greenbrook Nursing Center. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she came here in 1970 from New York City, where she was a teacher with New York City schools. She was Methodist. There are no known survivors. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-McLeod Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • CAMPBELL, MacFADDEN E. "MAC," 66, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at home. Born in Salisbury, Md., he came here in 1982 from Atlanta. He retired from the Army, having served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Survivors include his wife of 13 years, June B.; a sister, Dorothy Richardson, Salisbury; and several nieces and nephews. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • CHAMPION, ELEANORE, 70, of Brooksville, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) at home. Born in Hightstown, N.J., she moved to St. Petersburg in 1965 from Trenton, N.J., and to Brooksville in 1992. She was general manager of the Pasadena Yacht and Country Club, South Pasadena, and was an accountant for Whalen and Associates, Clearwater. She was Catholic and a former member of the Women's Business Association, St. Petersburg, where she was elected Woman of the Year in 1972. She also was past president of the Brookridge Community Park Association, Brooksville. Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Donald; three sons, Richard Bystrzycki and Mark Champion, both of St. Petersburg, and Donald Champion Jr., New Jersey; two daughters, Debby Smith, Clearwater, and Nancy Champion, New Jersey; two brothers, George Hummel, St. Petersburg, and William Hummel, Clearwater; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.
    • CURTIS, DORA JEAN, 69, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Born in La Salle, Ill., she came here 10 years ago from Ohio. She was a homemaker and was Methodist. Survivors include her husband, Richard; a son, Greg Gatten, South Charleston, Ohio; a daughter, Ruth Angelo, Dayton, Ohio; two sisters, Ruth Kallams, Illinois, and Norma Carter, Minnesota; and six grandchildren. Belleair Cremation and Burial Society.
    • DEESE, WILLIE LEROY JR. "BILLY," 44, of Las Vegas, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (May 3, 2000) at University Medical Center, Las Vegas. A St. Petersburg native, he moved to Las Vegas in 1995. He worked as a tile setter. Locally, he attended Gibbs High School and worked for Asplundh tree service. He was an avid angler and guitar player. Survivors include his mother and father, Marcella Deese and Willie L. Deese Sr., and two sisters, Cheryl Holland and Linda Brownell, all of St. Petersburg; a brother, Joseph P., Las Vegas; and his maternal grandfather, Joseph Ramies, St. Petersburg. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • DUDZIK, FRANK A. SR., 68, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. He came here in 1980 from his native Brooklyn, N.Y., where he was a men's tailor for his family-owned FAD Fashions for 25 years. He was Catholic. Survivors include a son, Frank Jr., Galloway, Ohio; a daughter, Debbie Dudzik, Ohio; a sister, Helen Cruz, St. Petersburg; and two grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • FORD, JHONNEY "SPOKE," 58, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at Swainsboro County Hospital, Swainsboro, Ga. He came here in 1957 from his native Midville, Ga. He was a construction worker with Lindy Bowen. Survivors include his mother, Mattie Ford, Midville; a daughter, Renae Heath, Swainsboro; three sisters, Martha Davis, St. Petersburg, and Linda Ford and Alice Spence, both of Midville; six brothers, Allen Ford, Miller Ford, Roger Ford and Willie Ford, all of St. Petersburg, and Albert and Eddie Ford, both of Midville; a grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. Jogresan Mortuary, Wadley, Ga.
    • GAVORNIK, CYRIL J., 80, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. Born in Mauch Chunk, Pa., he came here in 1963 from Fort Dix, N.J. He retired as a supply manager for St. Petersburg General Hospital and was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, serving as a paratrooper and medic. He also worked for Mound Park Hospital, Bayfront Medical Center and Operation PAR. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Erika; two sons, Mike and Tom, and three daughters, Dottie Tutt-Hutchinson, Bernice Morrison and Michelle Routh, all of St. Petersburg; a sister, Veronica Gogatz, Allentown, Pa.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • GREIZ, ZOYA, 87, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (May 11, 2000) at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in Russia, she came here in 1992 from Rosedale, N.Y. She was a member of the Russian-American Congress and attended St. Andrew's Russian Orthodox Church, both in St. Petersburg. In Long Island, she worked as a hospital dietitian. Survivors include a cousin; two nephews; and a niece. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.
    • HANSEN, GEORGIA M., 71, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (May 11, 2000) at her daughter's home in Pinellas Park. Born in Paw Paw, Mich., she came here in 1959 from McHenry, Ill. She retired as a waitress, having worked for many years at Sambo's and Uncle John's restaurants in St. Petersburg. Survivors include two sons, Michael Hansen, Concord, N.C., and Larry Hansen, South Carolina; a daughter, Victoria Cronauer, Pinellas Park; and three grandchildren, Lisa Marie Cronauer, Pinellas Park, and Katie and Chris Hansen, both of North Carolina. Taylor Family Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.
    • HUFFMAN, DALE DARWIN, 82, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines under hospice care. Born in Walnut Grove, Minn., he came here in 1962 after 26 years in the Navy and was a recipient of the Silver Star. He was a 50-year member of Morning Star Masonic Lodge 159, Jefferson, Iowa, and OES Adah Chapter 219. He was a member of Fleet Reserve Association, the VFW and St. James United Methodist Church, St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Irene; a son, Stanton Dale Huffman, and a daughter, Barbara Clark, both of St. Petersburg; a sister, Esther Brannen, Jefferson; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • LOVERIDGE, ROGER LEE, 59, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at home. Survivors include a brother, Robert Loveridge, Kingston, Ill. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • MAIER, LORA J., 92, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (May 8, 2000) at Heartland of St. Petersburg. Born in Newark, N.J., she came here in 1977 from New Jersey. She was a homemaker and was Methodist. Survivors include two grandchildren, Jeff Maier, Houston, and Jennifer Velez, Goldsboro, N.C.; and a great-niece, Audrey Maier Magin, Largo. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • MARTINEZ, ROSA M. MALDONADO, 60, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) at Bayfront Medical Center from injuries in a pedestrian-automobile accident on Fourth Street and 93rd Avenue N. Born in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, she came here in 1993 from Vega Alta, Puerto Rico. She was a homemaker and a member of Iglesia Pentecostal Church, Tampa. Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Angel; three sons, Eliud, Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Angel M., Vega Alta, and Angel J., St. Petersburg; two daughters, Maritza Martinez, Orlando, and Carmen J. Edwards, St. Petersburg; four sisters, Margo, Luz and Francisca Maldonado, all of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and Celia Maldonado, Chicago; and eight grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • MECHLING, CELESTE I., 19, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) as the result of an automobile accident on Roosevelt Boulevard and Dr. M.L. King (Ninth) Street N. She came here in 1998 from her native Warren, Ohio. She attended Cornerstone Community Church. Survivors include her mother, Diane L. Edenfield, Bradenton; her father, Monte Mechling, and two stepbrothers, Mont Mechling and Matthew Cesta, all of Warren; three stepsisters, Tina Mechling and Whitney Edenfield, both of Warren, and Chelle Cesta, Panama City; her maternal grandmother, Virginia Daugherty, Dunedin; and her paternal grandmother, Ruth Mechling, Warren. Brett Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • RYE, DAVID ROHLAND, 52, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (May 6, 2000) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. He came here in 1982 from his native Detroit, where he worked as a laborer for Great Lakes Steel Corp. for four years. He retired from the Army and was a lifetime member of DAV Chapter 13, St. Petersburg. He was Baptist. Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Cynthia A.; his parents, Lloyd and Jamie Rye, Farmington Hills, Mich.; a sister, Joann Morss, Northville, Mich.; and two nieces. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • SMITH, ELEANOR M., 90, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at the Laurels Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She came here in the 1950s from her native Manchester, Conn. She was a homemaker and was Protestant. Survivors include a daughter, Betty Miller, Maine. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • SPORTIELLO, ANNE D., 86, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (May 11, 2000) at Vencor Hospital -- St. Petersburg. Born in Byesville, Ohio, she came here in 1975 from Woodside, N.Y., where she was a saleswoman for Macy's department store for 25 years. She attended Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Gulfport. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, John J.; two sisters, Mary Kostelnik, Euclid, Ohio, and Julia Maurer, Cleveland; a brother, August Dranda, Zanesville, Ohio; a niece; and a nephew. Brett Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • VEST, RUTH, 93, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (May 10, 2000) at hom. Born in Cullman, Ala., she came here several years ago from Hanceville, Ala. She was a homemaker. Survivors include three daughters, Deloris Avery, Gertie Hart and Donna Zachaczyk, all of St. Petersburg; a son, G.M. Vest, Seminole; a sister, Eunice Williams Reynolds, Huntsville, Ala.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Ambassador Mortuary Services, Oldsmar.
    • WEBER, GEORGETTE "JO," 93, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (May 9, 2000) at Menorah Manor. Born in Traverse City, Mich., she came here in 1981 from Grand Rapids, Mich. She retired as a detective and was an Army veteran of World War II. She was named to the 1988 Senior Hall of Fame in recognition of her contributions to St. Petersburg's quality of life. She volunteered at the Humane Society and Meals on Wheels and as a coordinator for the police department's Neighborhood Crime Watch program. Survivors include two sons, Ronnie Weber, Northfield, Ohio, and Dick Watrous, Lowell, Mich.; a daughter, Jean Albreght, Coopersville, Mich; a nephew, Jimmy Price, Niles, Ohio; a niece, Ginny Erwin, Birmingham, Mich.; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
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