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SUNCOAST DEATHS

Sunday, June 11, 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

  • COOPER, GEORGE HOWARD JR., 63, of Dunnellon, died Wednesday (June 7, 2000) at Citrus Memorial Hospital. He came here 15 years ago from his native Suffolk, Va., and was a retired truck driver and an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion, Dunnellon, and a Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Terrell; three sons, Anthony, Suffolk, Duane, Dunnellon, and Calvin, New York City; and nine grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.
  • EISMAN, DOROTHY AILEEN, 70, of Homosassa, died Thursday (June 8, 2000) at Seven Rivers Community Hospital, Crystal River. Born in Kansas City, Kan., she came here two years ago from Flemington, Mo., and was a retired bank teller. She was a Methodist and a member of the VFW Auxiliary and Amvets, both of Flemington, and the American Legion Auxiliary, Shawnee, Kan. Survivors include two sons, Roy, Alexandria, Va., and Phillip, Las Vegas; three daughters, Judy Parson, Olathe, Kan., Joyce Caffey, Homosassa, and Jill Springer, Vista, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.
  • MOORE, BERT C., 65, of Homosassa, died Thursday (June 8, 2000) at home. Born in Kentucky, he came here two years ago from Mount Vernon, Ohio, and was retired from the Senior Foreign Service as Minister Counselor of the United States of America. He was a recipient of a Presidential Meritorious Award, a Christian A. Herter Award for creative accomplishment and a Department of State Award for Valor. He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow, Gay Street United Methodist Church and the Rotary Club, both of Mount Vernon, and the Sugarmill Woods Country Club. Survivors include his wife, Majorie Kerr; three sons, David, Lake Los Angeles, Calif., Bob, Chatham, N.J., and Charles, Barton, N.Y.; a daughter, Diane Wilke, Lincroft, N.J.; a brother, Raymond, Newark, Ohio; a half-brother, Roby Watson Jr., Michigan; and five grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness Chapel.
  • PAPASTEFANOU, STANLEY, 80, of Beverly Hills, died Friday (June 9, 2000). Born in Damascus, Syria, he came here from Falls Church, Va., and was a retired civil engineer for the Government Foreign Service Department of Transportation. He was a member of the Civil Engineers Associaiton of the United States, AHEPA, Virginia and Maryland, the Full Gospel Businessmen's Association and Iglesia Casa De Mi Amigo Assembly of God, Costa Rica. Survivors include his wife, Athena Karambatzaki; two brothers, Constantinos and Antonios, and two sisters, Efterpi and Elizabeth Papastefanou, all of Athens, Greece. Hooper Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills Chapel.
  • ROTOLO, NICHOLAS CHARLES, 83, of Inverness, died Thursday (June 8, 2000) at Citrus Health and Rehabilitation Center. He came here 20 years ago from his native New York City and was a retired entertainer and piano player. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Jeanette C. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness.
  • Hernando County Back to top

  • JACOBS, MEGHAN, 1, of Spring Hill, died Friday (June 9, 2000) at home. She was born in Brooksville. Survivors include her mother, Mylin Jacobs; a sister, Brittany Segovia, and her grandmother, Tam Jacobs, both of Spring Hill; and two aunts, Kimberly Jacobs, Spring Hill, and Sharon Jacobs, Odenton, Md. Robert & Son Cremation Service, Spring Hill/Brooksville.
  • Hillsborough County Back to top

  • CARDINALE, TONY, 81, of Tampa, died Thursday (June 8, 2000) at home. He was born in Tampa and remained a lifelong resident. He was owner and operator of an automotive body shop. He was an Army staff sergeant during World War II, a charter member of Lions Club of Tampa, director of admissions at Tampa Greyhound Track, a member of American Legion Post 248 and was Christian. Survivors include his wife, Jean; two sons, Michael, Cape Canaveral, and Richard, Tampa; a brother, Frank, Tampa; a sister, Theresa Fauci, Tampa; and six grandchildren. Marsicano-B.Marion Reed-Stowers, Tampa.
  • NORRID, CHARLES R., 80, of Tampa, died Thursday (June 8, 2000). Born in Union City, Tenn., he came here in 1974. He was vice president of Norrid Paint & Body Shop in Tampa and was a World War II Army veteran. He was a member of Union City United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Sarah; a son, Steve, Tampa; and a brother, Ben H., Kenansville. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, MacDill Avenue Chapel, Tampa.
  • SHORES, OLA VERSIE, 81, of Holly Springs, N.C., formerly of Tampa, died Friday (June 9, 2000). Born in Holmes County, Fla., she lived here from 1927 to 1998. She was an assistant to a podiatrist and was a member of Northgate Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Grover C.; a son, Richard D., Fuquay-Varina, N.C.; a sister, Ruby Leavins, Geneva, Ala.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Garden of Memories Chapel, Tampa.
  • Pasco County Back to top

  • GUNTER, LOIS, 68, of Dade City, died Thursday (June 8, 2000) at home. Born in Perry, she came here 14 years ago from Tampa. She was a member of Dade City Pentecostal Church of God. Survivors include her husband, Hubert; two sons, Robert Milner and Randy Gunter, both of Tampa; two daughters, Althea Lutz, Temple Terrace, and Terri Mixon, Dade City; three brothers, Lonnie, T.W. and Arthur, all of Perry; four sisters, Mildred Sydenstricker and Nettie Brady, both of Lake Panasoffkee, Myrtice Carningham, Tampa, and Dorothy Walter, Dover; 20 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • HOFFMAN, FRANCES DUFFY, 98, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Port Richey, died Thursday (June 8, 2000) at Colonial Care Center, Kenneth City. Born in Londonderry, Ireland, she moved to Port Richey in 1972 from New York City and to St. Petersburg in 1994. She worked as a secretary for the Waldorf Towers and was a first class stewardess for the United States. She was a member of the National Maritime Unionand Transfiguration Catholic Church. Survivors include six nieces, Muriel Fletcher-Webb, Treasure Island, Patricia Scott, Lockport, N.Y., Ginger Pichey and Joan Heery, both of St. Petersburg, Fanny Kelly, Plymouth, Mich., and Frances Rowe, England; and a nephew, David Llewellyn, England. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.
  • JANDT, BERNADETTA A., 81, of Port Richey, died Thursday (June 8, 2000) at Regional Medical Center, Bayonet Point. Born in Chicago, she came here 16 years ago from Niles, Ill. She was a Lutheran. Survivors include three sons, Walter Thompson, Massillon, Ohio, Vernon Thompson, Arlington Heights, Ill., and Clifton Thompson, Trussville, Ala.; two daughters, Martha Blanck, Colgate, Wis., and Arlite Rutledge, Rockford, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • KIRKENDALL, VIOLET, 89, of Holiday, died Thursday (June 8, 2000) at Home. Born in Pleasant Township, Ohio, she came here several years ago from Findlay, Ohio. Survivors include a son, Wayne, Holiday. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.
  • LUKACEK, STEVEN F., 88, of Bayonet Point, died Friday (June 9, 2000) at National Health Care, Hudson. Born in Milwaukee, he came here 23 years ago, and was president of Wehr Steel. He was a member of the American Foundry Society. Survivors include his wife, Katherine; a son, Gary, Milwaukee; a daughter, Katherine Pfell, Chatham, N.J.; a brother, Edward, Bayonet Point; a sister, Theresa Thoney, Milwaukee; and four grandchildren. Prevatt Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • MIECZYNSKI, IRENE C., 81, of New Port Richey, died Friday (June 9, 2000) at Heather Hill Nursing home. She came here 17 years ago from her native North Chicago, Ill. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Richardson, New Port Richey, and Margaret Kostelac, Fort Mill, S.C.; two sisters, Ann Sliva, Waukegan, Ill., and Eleanor Gont, North Chicago; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday Chapel.
  • SCHOLZ, ELIZABETH, 81, of Port Richey, died Thursday (June 8, 2000) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. She was born in Yugoslavia and was a retired factory worker. She was a Lutheran. Survivors include a sister, Susanne Sauermoser, Graz, Austria. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • TEDESCO, FRANCES, 85, of Holiday, died Friday (June 9, 2000) at Integrated Health Services of Tarpon Springs. She came here 28 years ago from her native Farmingdale, N.Y. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and its Ladies Guild, the Crestridge Gardens Community Club and Father Farrell K of C Auxiliary. Survivors include three daughters, Catherine Holstead, Oneonta, N.Y., Josephine Welsh, Farmingville, N.Y., and Paula Kaye, Santa Rosa, Calif.; a brother, Sam Bonventre, Holiday; two sisters, Mary Bishop, Summerville, S.C., and Josephine Mancuso, Farmingdale; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday Chapel.
  • TRUDE, MONA B., 66, of New Port Richey, died Friday (June 9, 2000) at Hernando Hospice House Brooksville. Born in Wallaceton, Pa., she came here 28 years ago from Niagara Falls, N.Y., and was a retired sales manager for Sears, Port Richey. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, New Port Richey, and the VFW Auxiliary, Holiday. Survivors include two sons, Gregg, Green Cove Springs, and Scott, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; a daughter, Lori Cecil, Spring Hill; her mother, Alma Good, Niagara Falls; two brothers, Robert Good, Niagara Falls, and Edward Good, Phillipsburg, Pa.; a sister, Barbara Goss, Phillipsburg; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. North/Meadowlawn, New Port Richey.
  • TYCHE, LAUREL ANN, 60, of New Port Richey, died Friday (June 9, 2000) at home. She came here 26 years ago from her native Chicago and was a secretary for Lokey Nissan Kia, Palm Harbor. She was a Lutheran. Survivors include a son, John, New Port Richey; and her mother, Helen Loff, Tarpon Springs. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday Chapel.
  • North Pinellas Back to top

    Clearwater

    • DiJOHN, ARLENE M., 60, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (June 7, 2000) at home. She was born in Holland, Mich., and came here several years ago. She was an executive secretary for Sears department stores. Survivors include her husband of 33 years, John; a son, John Jr., Palm Harbor; a brother, Arthur Johnson, Hudsonville, Mich.; and a sister, Doris Var Hite, Holland, Mich. Gulf Breeze Cremation & Burial Society.
    • HOLEVA, MARGARET K., 88, of Clearwater, died Friday (June 9, 2000) at Hospice House Viewtop, Clearwater. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here in 1981 from New Jersey. She worked as an illustrator for Lockheed-Martin in New Jersey. She was a member of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Joseph; a sister, Helen Lang, Dunedin; a niece, Helen Sayer, Palm Harbor; and two nephews, Michael Sayer, Pinellas Park, and Robert Lang, Marietta, Ga. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • MYRICK, STEVEN R., 52, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Safety Harbor, Clearwater and New Port Richey, died Wednesday (June 7, 2000) as a result of an automobile accident on U.S. 19. Born in Independence, Mo., he moved to the Tampa Bay area in 1985. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include two daughters, Alyssa Myrick and Amanda Myrick, East Lake; his mother, Audrey Myrick, Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Diane Wiard, Clearwater, and Joni Burroughs, Overland Park, Kan.; a brother, Larry Vaughan, Kansas City; and three nephews and a niece. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes and Cremation Tribute Center-McLeod Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • RUBIN, ABE, 84, of Clearwater, died Friday (June 9, 2000) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. He came here from his native Washington, D.C., in 1973. He worked as a pharmacist for Naylor Pharmacy for 40 years and also worked for K-mart, Clearwater. He graduated from George Washington University pharmacy school, was a Mason for 50 years and was a member of Congregation Beth Shalom, Clearwater. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Nettie; a son, Larry Rubin, Madison, Wis.; three daughters, Marsha Garland, Rosamond, Calif., Marlene Hunt, Culpepper, Va., and Ruth Lavie, Rahovot, Israel; 11 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. David C. Gross Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • SOLIS, BLAKE P., infant son of Amy and Louis Solis of Clearwater, died Wednesday (June 7, 2000). He was born in Dunedin. Other survivors include his grandparents, Linda Solis, IslipTerrace, N.Y., and William and Kathleen Howdeshell, Largo; and his great-grandparents, Lois Solis and Edith Solis, both of Brentwood, N.Y., John and Jeanne Slofkin, Pinellas Park, and Kathleen Sofarelli, Clearwater. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

    Largo

    • PERSSON, GERALDINE MARIE "GERI," 57, of Largo, died Friday (June 9, 2000) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, St. Petersburg. She came here from her native Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1971. She was a Catholic and worked as a marketing director for the Casa Celeste living facility, Largo. Survivors include her fiance, Lou Moon, Largo; a daughter, Karen Elliot, Seneca, S.C.; two sons, Kenneth Persson, Winter Springs, and Peter Persson, Baton Rouge, La.; her mother, Rita Polidori, Staten Island, N.Y.; two sisters, Vivian Silvestri, New Fairfield, Conn., and Kathleen Brecia, New York; two brothers, Michael Polidori and Raymond Polidori, both of Staten Island; and five grandchildren. Hook Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Seminole.

    Oldsmar

    • CLEMENTE, JACK M. SR., 90, of Oldsmar, died Thursday (June 8, 2000) at home. He was born in Tampa. He moved to Lyndhurst, N.J., and came here in 1993. He worked as a tool and die machinist. Survivors include a son, Jack M. Jr., Upper Montclair, N.J.; a daughter, Nina Robinson, Oldsmar; a sister, Jennie LiCalsi, Tampa; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • ZIMMERMAN, THEDA, 82, of Oldsmar, died Thursday (June 8, 2000) in Largo. She was born in Bronx, N.Y., and came here in 1996 from Tamarac. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a son, Dr. Warren Zimmerman, Clearwater; a daughter, Barri Kraut, Oldsmar; a brother, William Baker, St. Petersburg; a sister, Helen Somer, East Rockaway, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Beth David Chapel, St. Petersburg.

    Palm Harbor

    • SWEIGART, MICHAEL D., 34, of Palm Harbor, died Thursday (June 8, 2000) at home. He was born in South Bend, Ind., and came here in 1996. He worked as a grocery clerk and was a member of Church of Christ, Palm Harbor. Survivors include his parents, Lee S. and Barbara England Sweigart, Palm Harbor; a brother, Raymond Seifer, and a sister, Debra Saunders, both of Elkhart, Ind. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

    Seminole

    • HAND, GRACE L., 83, of Seminole, died Wednesday (June 7, 2000) at the Lodge of Mainlands, Pinellas Park. She was born in Bona Vista, Newfoundland, and came here from Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1975. She was a member of St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, Largo, the St. Dunstan's Women's Auxiliary and the Squaws of Seminole. Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth Kramer, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a sister, Mary Terrell, Seminole. National Cremation Society, Clearwater.
    • ROHROFF, JOANNE S., 59, of Seminole, died Tuesday (June 6, 2000) at home. She was born in Detroit and came here in 1960 from Michigan. She worked 21 years as a clerk and typist at Starkey Elementary School. Survivors include her husband, Raymond H.; two daughters, Rebecca Stone, Seminole, and Mary Riser, Indian Rocks Beach; a brother, Geoffrey McGowan, Georgia; two half-sisters, Catherine Lucas and Madeline Apple, and a half-brother, George Apple, all of Michigan; and three grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

    South Pinellas Back to top

  • FERRON, CLARA G. FOX, 84, of Pittsburgh, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (June 8, 2000) at home. Born in Whitaker, Pa., she lived here for 24 years before moving to Pittsburgh a year ago. Locally, she worked as a travel agent. She was a member of Mount Lebanon Christian Church and a past president of the Munhall Garden Club, both of Pennsylvania. Survivors include a daughter, Arlene Ferron, Pittsburgh; a sister, Melva R. Vogt, Fox Chapel, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. Smith Funeral Home and Crematory, Pittsburgh.
  • St. Petersburg

    • LOWREY, JOHN L., 82, of Tampa and St. Petersburg, died Thursday (June 8, 2000) at the Laurels Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He came here in 1963 from his native Dayton, Ohio. He retired as a tool and die machinist after 10 years with Honeywell, Tampa, and was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Dorothy E.; a daughter, Janice Muncy, St. Petersburg; a sister, Florence Diltz, Dayton; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • RICHARD, MARY H., 84, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (June 7, 2000) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, St. Petersburg. Born in Taunton, Mass., she came here 15 years ago from Bridgeport, Conn. She worked as a presser in a shirt factory and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Joseph R. Guimares Sr., St. Petersburg; a brother, Tony Rose, Bridgeport, Conn.; two sisters, Josephine Susie, Bridgeport, and Pauline Petroff, Newport News, Va.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 62nd Avenue S Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • SMITH, LENA M., 84, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (June 9, 2000) at home. Born in Jersey City, N.J., she came here in 1976 from West New York, N.J. She was a homemaker and a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. Survivors include four sons, Richard J., Spring Hill, Robert J., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Leo A., Andover, N.J., and Thomas J., Pinellas Park; four brothers, Charles Cerbo, West New York, N.J., Peter Cerbo, North Bergen, N.J., Patrick Cerbo, Hudson, and Michael Cerbo, Port Richey; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.
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