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June 10, 2001
SUNCOAST OBITUARIES

Sunday, June 10, 2001

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

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  • DAVIS, HORACE SR., 67, of Crystal River, died Thursday (June 7, 2001) at Seven Rivers Community Hospital, Crystal River. Born in Inverness, he was a lifelong resident of Crystal River. He was a retired supervisor and welder for Florida Rock Industries, Brooksville. He was a member of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Crystal River. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Pauline; two sons, Horace Jr., Homosassa, and Dwayne, Atlanta; a daughter, Patricia, Ocala; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.
  • THOMAS, WILLIAM EDWARD "BILL," 83, of Inverness, died Thursday (June 7, 2001) at Mariner Health Care, Inverness. Born in Marion, Ohio, he came here 31 years ago from Palatka. He was a general manager for a meat packing company and retired with 25 years of service from Snapp Realty of Inverness. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Delaware, Ohio, and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and Shrine Temple Valley, both of Columbus, Ohio. He was Protestant. Survivors include a brother, Howard J. Thomas, Pinehurst, N.C. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
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  • MEUCHE, FREDERIC WERNER, 89, of Brooksville, died Friday (June 8, 2001) at Oak Hill Hospital, Spring Hill. Born in Switzerland, he came here 13 years ago from Holiday. He was a retired schoolteacher with 28 years of service in Philadelphia, and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Masonic Harmony Lodge 199, New York, and the Schlaraffia Club of Porta Pasconia, Hudson. He was Lutheran. Survivors include his wife, Marie; and a daughter, Linda Geffner, Hartford, Conn. National Cremation Society, Brooksville.
  • OWENS, ROBERT A., 75, of Spring Hill, died Saturday (June 9, 2001) in Spring Hill. Born in Fallon, Nev., he came here 17 years ago from Washington state. He was a retired house painter and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was Mormon. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Gluck. Wellwood Funeral Home, Spring Hill.
  • RUZICKA, ANTHONY J., 77, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (June 5, 2001) at James A. Haley VA Medical Center, Tampa. Born in Jersey City, N.J., he came here five years ago from Hoboken, N.J. He was a welder and an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Gloria. Veterans Cremation and Burial Society, Clearwater.
  • UREN, EDWIN W., 89, of Atascocita, Texas, formerly of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (June 5, 2001) in Atascocita. Born in Calumet, Mich., he moved to Spring Hill 28 years ago from Detroit, then moved to Atascocita three years ago. He was retired from Burroughs Corp. with 40 years of service in management, retiring as director of Patents Domestic Division. Survivors include his wife of nearly 65 years, Erma; two sons, Randy and Phillip, both of Texas; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Family Funeral Care, Calvary Hill Cemetery, Humble, Texas.
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  • AGOSTO-ALAMO, BERNARDINO, 74, of Tampa, died Thursday (June 7, 2001). Born in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, he has lived here since 1987. He was a jewelry designer, an Army veteran and Pentecostal. Survivors include his wife, Marina Agosto; four sons, John, Bernardino, Daniel and Samuel Agosto; a daughter, Minera DiMartino; a brother, Irene; two sisters, Victorioa and Guillermina Agosto; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • HANZLIK, MAE B., 89, of Valrico, died Thursday (June 7, 2001) in Brandon. Born in Cleveland, she came here in 1965. She was a homemaker and was Presbyterian. Survivors include her two daughters, Anne Marie Behrendt, Brandon, and Lois Jean Ragonese, Valrico; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Riverview.
  • HATCHER, ELIZABETH, 81, of Tampa, died Tuesday (June 5, 2001). Survivors include her niece, Faye Kathryn Hargrove; sister-in-law, Hattie Hatcher; two nieces, Ann and Everlyn; and many other nieces and nephews. Aikens Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • McCLOSKEY, FRANK, 58, of Odessa, died Thursday (June 7, 2001) at home. Born in Newport, R.I., he came here in 1957. He was an insurance agent for Nation-Wide Insurance and was a member of First Christian Church of Tarpon Springs. Survivors include his wife Kathleen, Odessa; three sons, Frank Jr., Apex, N.C., Michael, Hinesville, Ga., and Marc, Oldsmar; a daughter, Kristin McKeever, Tampa; and four grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
  • NUEMAN, RENE BERGER, 74, of Valrico, died Thursday (June 7, 2001) in Brandon. Born in Mansfield, Ohio, he came here in 1979. He worked in sales for Bishop Welding, was a member of Brandon Lodge F&AM 114, and was a Past and Current Worthy Patron Linsley Chapter 152 Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include his wife, Edith Ann; three daughters, Debra Irene Tomlinson, Shelby, Ohio, and Shirley Lee Rogers and Mary Ann Wagner, both of Valrico; and four granddaughters, Kelly and Stephanie Rogers, Shirley Tomlinson and Tira Stone. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • WOODS, CLYDE, 85, of Dover, died Friday (June 8, 2001). Born in Bradenton, he was a lifelong Florida resident. He was a chemist and a member of the Dover Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Ethel; a son, Patrick, Valrico; a daughter, Sara Bailey, Plant City; a brother, Elmer, Tampa; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Tampa.
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  • BERMAN, MADELINE C., 96, of New Port Richey, died Thursday (June 7, 2001) at Harborside Healthcare Gulf Coast, New Port Richey. Born in New York, she came here nine years ago from Fanwood, N.J. She was a retired stenographer and Protestant. Survivors include a son, Richard, New Port Richey; and a grandson. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • DAVID, DOUGLAS W., 73, of New Port Richey, formerly of Clearwater, died Wednesday (June 6, 2001) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. He was born in Clearwater and moved to New Port Richey in 1990. He was a retired guard and worked for the state of Florida. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Ernst, New Port Richey; a sister, Margaret Constanio, Morrisville, Pa.; and two grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Congress Street Chapel, New Port Richey.
  • ETZEL, JEANNE M., 52, of Holiday, died Wednesday (June 6, 2001) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. She came here eight years ago from her native Milwaukee. She was a nurse's aide and a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Jessie R., South Bend, Ind.; her mother, Noella, and a brother, Michael, both of Holiday; and a sister, Noella C. Roberts, Racine, Wis. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday.
  • HINDERLITER, BERNICE M., 78, of Port Richey, died Thursday (June 7, 2001) at Bayonet Point Health and Rehabilitation Center, Hudson. Born in Peoria, Ill., she came here eight years ago from Pekin, Ill. She was a retired registered nurse and a member of Gulfview Grace Brethren Church, Port Richey. Survivors include a son, Danny D., Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Erlene Oglesby, Sun City; three grandchildren; a nephew; and a niece. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • KOPF, CAROL ANN, 62, of New Port Richey, died Friday (June 8, 2001) at Desert Springs Hospital, Las Vegas. Born in New York City, she came here 11 years ago from Rockland County, N.Y. She was a retired personnel administrator for IBM and a member of Christ Church, Sparkhill, N.Y. Survivors include her father, Henry C., New Port Richey; a brother, H. Chris, Garnerville, N.Y.; and two sisters, Lynn Reist, New Port Richey, and Barbara Johns, Lecanto. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday.
  • VASICEK, ROBB W., 44, of New Port Richey, died Friday (June 8, 2001) at North Bay Hospital, New Port Richey. Born in Queens, N.Y., he came here three months ago from Pinedale, Wyo. He was a travel agent with an international company. He was a member of Father DeSmet's Congregation in Wyoming. Survivors include two sisters, Chris A. Flohr, New Port Richey, and Eileen S. Barber, Forest Hills, N.Y.; a nephew; a one niece. Faupel Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
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    Clearwater

    • HILL, CHANDLER W., 94, of Clearwater, died Thursday (June 7, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Norfolk, Va., and came here in 1980 from Ann Arbor, Mich, where he was an electrical engineer and senior partner at Jensen, Bowen & Farrell. He was an Army Corps of Engineers veteran of World War II, serving in North Africa, China and India. He was a Virginia Military Institute graduate. Survivors include two sons, Thomas, Anaheim Hills, Calif., and John, Santa Ana Heights, Calif.; a sister, Charlotte Hutchison, Norfolk; and a grandson, Thomas "TJ" Hill Jr., Denver, Colo. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • SCHNEPF, WILLIAM F., 84, of Clearwater, died Thursday (June 7, 2001) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. He was born in Alvord, Iowa, and came here in 1982 from Decatur, Ind. He was a real estate agent and an Army Air Forces master sergeant during World War II. He was a member of St. Matthias Lutheran Church, Clearwater. Survivors include two daughters, Betsy Peterson, East Haddam, Conn., and Sally Zintsmaster, Angola, Ind.; a son, William F. Jr., Angola; four brothers, Jack and Roger, both of Indiana, Wayne, Florida, and Dale, Iowa; two sisters, Arlo Sikkink, Iowa, and Marjori Olson, Florida; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • WELTIN, OTTO KARL, 96, of Clearwater, died Friday (June 8, 2001) at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor. He was born in Germany and came here in 1970 from Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif. He worked as a physicist for Hughes Aerospace Industries. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, Clearwater. Survivors include a daughter, Renate Geisenheyner, Munich, Germany. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.

    Largo

    • HANZLIK, MAE B., 89, of Valrico, formerly of Largo, died Thursday (June 7, 2001) in Brandon. Born in Cleveland, she moved to Valrico in 1995 after living in Largo since 1965. She was a homemaker and was Presbyterian. Survivors include two daughters, Anne Marie Behrendt, Brandon, and Lois Jean Ragonese, Valrico; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Riverview.
    • JEWETT, MARY, 89, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Largo, died Wednesday (June 6, 2001) at Bon Secours Maria Manor, St. Petersburg. Born in Elk City, Okla., she came to the area in the 1980s from Oklahoma. She was a homemaker and a Catholic. Survivors include five daughters, Delores Wagner, Albuquerque, N.M., Doris Jean Buhrman, Union, Ore., Betty Lou Burke, Leavenworth, Kan., and Marjorie L. Rush and Wanda Robertson, both of El Dorado, Kan.; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Home, Serenity Gardens, Largo.
    • McMAHON, CHEYENNE STAR, infant daughter of Amy McMahon of Largo and Eugene Beineke of Pinellas Park, died Wednesday (June 6, 2001) at Tampa General Hospital, where she was born May 1. She was a member of Abundant Life Ministries, Largo. Other survivors include a sister, Samantha Osner, Largo; maternal grandparents, Debbie McMahon, Pinellas Park, and Bill McMahon, Cincinnati; paternal grandparents, Russell and Vanessa Beineke, Largo; great-grandparents, John and Carol Woolum, Largo, Judi and Leon Latham, Clearwater, Bob and Helen Beineke, Ocala, and James Brogan, Fort Myers; great-great-grandparents, Phyllis Jackson, Pinellas Park, Garnett Woolum, Muncie, Ind., Walter Louks, Indianapolis, and Albert and Ann Beineke, Indianapolis; and several aunts and uncles. E. James Reese Funeral Home, Seminole.
    • WILLIAMS, ALFRED B., 67, of Largo, died Thursday (June 7, 2001) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Providence, R.I., and came here in 1997 from Albany, N.Y., where he retired as producer/director for television station WTEN and worked on the television crew at station WSYR, which is now WSTM. He was a member of St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church, Largo, and the Polish American Citizens Club, Albany. Survivors include his wife, Barbara, Largo; a sister, Patricia Reall, Warwick, R.I.; and a nephew, Patrick Reall, Warwick. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

    Seminole

    • COPPOLA, FRANCIS "FRANK," 76, of Seminole, died Friday (June 8, 2001) at home. He came here in 1995 from his native Drexel Hill, Pa. He worked as an electrician and was affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 654, Chester, Pa. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Largo. He was a 4th degree Knights of Columbus member of Trinity 3132 and Cardinal Dougherty 913 chapters, and a member of VFW Chapter 06317, and Disabled American Veterans, Delaware County, both Pennsylvania. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Clara; a son, Anthony "Tony," Seminole; and a granddaughter, Michelle Coppola, Seminole. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • WELCH, TIMOTHY "TY", 33, of Seminole, died Thursday (June 7, 2001) at St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg, under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in St. Petersburg and was a member of Northwest Church of Christ, St. Petersburg. He worked in real estate. He played baseball at Seminole High School, St. Petersburg Junior College and the University of South Carolina, where he graduated in 1991. Survivors include his parents, Lois M. and Alfred "Shorty" Welch, Seminole; six brothers, Bud, Palm Harbor, Richard, Myakka City, Robert, Allen, Texas, Ronald, Largo, Allyn, New Port Richey, and Dr. Jimmy, Burlington, Ky.; six nieces; three nephews; a great-niece; and a great-nephew. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.

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    Gulfport

    • MURA, JAMES W., 83, of Gulfport, died Thursday (May 17, 2001) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. He came here in 1980 from his native Rochester, N.Y. He retired after 43 years with Case-Hoyt Printing in Rochester and was an Army veteran of World War II. Locally, he was a member of Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church and an active volunteer at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. Survivors include a son, David, and a brother, George, both of Rochester; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.

    St. Petersburg

    • BACH, HARMON "BIG H," 90, of Lexington, Ky., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (June 6, 2001) at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington. He was born in Stevenson, Ky. He was a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Air Forces, serving 20 years, and a retired special agent for the FBI, serving from 1947 to 1969. He was a member and a past president of the Blue Grass Chapter of Former Special Agents of the FBI. He received a degree from the University of Kentucky in 1932 and was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church for 13 years. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Oleika Shrine Temple since 1956, the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, Breathitt 649, a 50-year member of Scottish Rite F&AM, the Kentucky Historical Society and the Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels. He was known as "Iron Duke" by his bridge playing family and friends because of his wild bidding and creative bridge style, and "Big H" by his fellow special agents of the FBI. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Patricia E. Cunningham Bach; two daughters, Ellen Bach-Taylor, St. Petersburg, and Carol Bach Spurr, Lexington; a son, Judson H., Largo; three sisters, Carmie Sewell, Lexington, Nelle Downey, Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Pherbia Caudill Mathis, Ashland, Ky.; and seven grandchildren. W.R. Milward Mortuary-Southland, Lexington, Ky.
    • COOK, DOROTHY P., 86, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (June 8, 2001) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. Born in Hazlehurst, Ga., she came here in 1950 from Elmurst, Ill. She was a Wac and an Army veteran of World War II. She was a homemaker and a member of Northside Baptist Church. Survivors include a sister, Louise Harrell, Waycross, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • EVANS, SHERRIE CHARLITA, 45, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (June 5, 2001) in a hit-and-run traffic accident. She came here in 1956 from her native Waynesboro, Ga. She worked in the environmental service department at Eckerd College. Survivors include her husband, Michael; her parents, John W. and Alberta Evans, St. Petersburg; six brothers, Antwann B. Evans, Calvin Evans, Alphonso Evans, Willie Evans, Charles Evans and Bernard Evans, all of St. Petersburg; three sisters, Melissa Evans, Debbie Wall and Betty Thompson, all of St. Petersburg; her maternal grandmother, Colene Hankerson, Augusta, Ga.; her maternal grandfather, William Mobley, St. Petersburg; and her paternal grandmother, Gaynell Martin, Augusta; 10 nephews; and five nieces. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • GEYER, IMOGENE, 82, of Cheboygan, Mich., a winter resident of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (June 5, 2001) at the Extended Care Unit of Community Memorial Hospital, Cheboygan. She was born in Des Arc, Ark., and moved to Cheboygan in the 1960s. She worked for the Federal Agriculture and Soil Conservation Department and became manager of the Cheboygan office, retiring in 1974. She founded the organization National Agricultural Soil Conservation Office Employees. Survivors include a son, Ronald, Sylvania, Ga.; two grandsons, Stephen and David, Pittsburgh; two granddaughters, Diane Kuprowicz and Deborah Storage, both of Pennsylvania; eight great-grandchildren; three nephews; and a niece. Nordman Funeral Home, Cheboygan, Mich.
    • GOEDKOOP, MINNIE ALMA, 82, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (June 8, 2001) at Gracewood Nursing Center. Born in Cottonwood, Ala., she came here in 1974 from Elmont, N.Y. She was a retired waitress with the Belmark restaurant. She was Protestant and a volunteer at the Masonic Home. Survivors include two sons, Dr. Richard J., Lancaster, Pa., and Brig. Gen. Thomas R., Seattle; and four grandchildren. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • ORDING, LOUISE, 86, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (June 8, 2001) at Greenbrook Nursing Center. Born in Providence, R.I., she came here in 1970 from Rhode Island. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a grandson, Brian Furnell, Lakeland; and a granddaughter, Ruth Raray, Florida; a niece, June Wright, Lake Worth; and two nephews, Gary Ording, Smithtown, N.Y., Donald Ording, Middle Island, N.Y. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • TELEDGY, MARY P., 84, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (June 8, 2001) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. She came here in 1956 from her native Cleveland. She was a member of the Catholic Slovak Ladies Association in Beechwood, Ohio. Locally, she owned and operated, along with her late husband, Derby Lane Trailer Park and M&J Food Market. She was a member of St. Therese Byzantine Catholic Church and the St. Therese Ladies Guild. She was a volunteer at Edward White Hospital in St. Petersburg and was an avid bingo player. Survivors include a brother, Joe Sedlak, Cleveland; a nephew, Charles Teledgy, St. Petersburg; a niece, Jan Shanley, North Royalton, Ohio; and three grandnephews. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
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