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SUNCOAST OBITUARIES

Saturday, August 12, 2000

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

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

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  • JUDE, WILLIAM ALEXANDER, 71, of Spring Hill, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) at Oak Hill Hospital, Spring Hill. Born in Port Washington, N.Y., he came here 20 years ago from Huntington, N.Y. He was a retired sales manager for New York Telephone and a retired first sergeant in the Marine Corps and veteran of World War II. He attended St. Andrews Episcopal Church and was a member of the Aripeka Elks Lodge 2580, the American Legion 0186, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, Spring Hill, chaplain and charter member of the Spring Hill Marine Corps League 708, and past commander of the US Marine Corps League-Department of Florida. Survivors include three sons, Dennis Laugen, Fort Collins, Colo., Geoffrey Laugen, Ontario, Calif., and Roger Bennett, Bellport, N.Y.; six daughters, Susan Laugen, Baltimore, Bonnie Laugen, Oneonta, N.Y., Christina Fayard, Spring Hill, Holly Joseph, Greenlawn, N.Y., Lori Papp, East Moriches, N.Y., and Allison Sieger, St. Cloud; two brothers, Eric, Spring Hill, and David, Floral City; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Pinecrest Funeral Chapel, Spring Hill.
  • RUSZALA, ROBERT L., 67, of Homosassa, died Friday (Aug. 11, 2000) at Seven Rivers Community Hospital, Crystal River. He came here 10 years ago from his native Detroit, where he was a machine repairman for General Motors. He was Catholic and a Navy veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include his wife, Delores J. Beaulieu Ruszala; two sons, Michael R., Homosassa, and John R., Zephyrhills; a daughter, Lynn Weston, Waterford, Mich.; a brother, Ronald, Warren, Mich.; a sister, Jacqueline Wills, Macomb, Mich.; and four grandchildren. Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
  • SMALL, DAVID VERNON, 45, of Crystal River, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000). Born in Lewiston, Maine, he came here seven years ago from Seymour, Conn. He was Protestant, a Navy veteran and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. Survivors include his mother, Irene Small, Crystal River; and a sister, Lettie A. Mei, Hernando. Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory, Homosassa.
  • SWIGER, RICHARD "DICK," 88, of Inverness, died Thursday (Aug. 10, 2000) at home. Born in Smithfield, W.Va., he came here 27 years ago from Clarksburg, W.Va., where he was a cutter for Hazel-Atlas Glass Co. He attended Hernando Church of the Nazarene and was an Army veteran of World War II. He was an avid fisherman and played guitar and sang on WMMN radio, Fairmont, W.Va. Survivors include two brothers, Charles, Clarksburg, and Dale, Lost Creek, W.Va.; two sisters, Edna Woodlin, Inverness, and Marie Harbert, Nutter Fort, W.Va.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and companion, Lillian Twaddle, Inverness. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
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  • BLASKETT, VERA H., 80, of Spring Hill, died Thursday (Aug. 10, 2000) at Spring Hill Regional Hospital. Born in Chaumont, N.Y., she came here this year from Oneida, N.Y. She was Protestant. Survivors include two sons, Roy Reed, Tampa, and Ray Reed, Canastota, N.Y.; a daughter, Joan Carllino, Spring Hill; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Brewer Memorial Funeral Homes and Crematory, Seven Hills.
  • LEONHARDT, EDNA JANET, 58, of Ridge Manor, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) at Pasco Community Hospital, Dade City. Born in Orange, N.J., she came here three years ago from Paterson, N.J. She was a licensed practical nurse and member of St. Anne's Catholic Church, Ridge Manor. Survivors include her husband, Joseph; and her father, Edward Daire, Brooksville. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.
  • MacKNIGHT, BEATRICE MAE, 66, of Brooksville, formerly of Tampa, died Tuesday (Aug. 1, 2000) at Brooksville Health Care Center. Born in Philadelphia, she came here two months ago from Tampa. She was a clerical worker for a Philadelphia newspaper and a Lutheran. Survivors include a son, Richard, Tampa; her mother, Lorena Hoyer, Brooksville; a brother, Charles Hoyer, Philadelphia; and a sister, Lorena Witty, Churchville, Pa. National Cremation Society, Brooksville.
  • NELSON, GEORGE P., 82, of Spring Hill, died Thursday (Aug. 10, 2000) at Eastbrooke Health Care Center. Born in Ridgway, Pa., he came here 17 years ago from Lower Burrell, Pa., and was a sales manager for Alcoa Technical Center. He was a member of Dayspring Presbyterian Church, Spring Hill, and an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Jean; two sons, Brett G., Miami, and Robert P., Ardmore, Pa.; two brothers, Milford, Ridgway, and Norman, Phoenix; two sisters, Edith Anderson, Phoenix, and Doris Metro, Erie, Pa.; and six grandchildren. Turner Funeral Homes, Spring Hill.
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  • ADORNO, MARIA, 76, of Dade City, formerly of Tampa, died Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at Heritage Park Specialty Care Center, Dade City. Born in San Tuce, Puerto Rico, she moved to Dade City two years ago from Tampa. She was a homemaker and member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Kingston, N.Y. Survivors include a son, Raymon, Dade City; three daughters, Elizabeth Adorno, Dade City, Margaret Garcia, Tampa, and Carmen Adorno, Kingston; a sister, Olga Miranda, Tampa; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Hodges Funeral Home, Dade City.
  • APLIN, HENRY R., 88, of Lutz, died Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at University Community Hospital. Born in De Funiak Springs, he came here in 1931. He was a trim carpenter and was a member of Carpenter's Hall Local No. 696. He was Baptist. Survivors include three sons, Henry Jr., Robert, and Bennie, all of Lutz; four daughters, Jane White, Lutz, Joann Rairigh, Tampa, Janet Scoggins, Mango, and Betty Jo Barton, Dade City; 24 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Carrollwood Chapel, Tampa.
  • BLANCHARD, WILNER, 42, of Tampa, died Saturday (Aug. 5, 2000). Born in Haiti, he came here over 19 years ago. He was a cook for Village Inn Restaurants. He was a member of Tampa Gospel and was Protestant. Survivors include his wife, Mary Carol; three sons, Geoffrey W. Black, Chris J. Black and Jefte Blanchard; a daughter, Ashley M. Black; father, Joseph Meridoine Blanchard; two brothers, Fritz and Ernst; and three sisters, Rosie Blanchard, Jesula B. Menes, and Elaine Blanchard. Wilson Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • CEPERO, EDUARDO L., 67, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000). Born in Cuba, he came here recently. He was a salesclerk for a grocery store and was Catholic. Survivors include a son, Eduardo Jr., Cuba; a daughter, Beatriz Cepero, Cuba; four brothers, Miguel and Alejandro Cepero, both of Tampa, Andres Diaz, West Palm Beach, and Ramon Diaz, Cuba; three sisters, Ondina Cepero, Tampa, Edilia Diaz, Miami, and Hilda Diaz, Cuba; and two grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Armenia Chapel, Tampa.
  • EACHON, DAVID ROY, 32, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Born in Englewood, Colo., he came here in 1980 from Miami. He was an aircraft pilot and designer. He belonged to the A.A.O.P.A. and was Christian. Survivors include his companion, Dyana Monzo; mother, Joy Eachon Kear, Denver; three brothers, Michael and Stephen, both of Tampa, and John, Denver; and a sister, Trish Hawkins, Phoenix. Mark III Funeral Home, South Tampa Chapel.
  • EARLEY, DORIS L., 78, of Sun City Center, died Thursday (Aug. 10, 2000) at South Bay Hospital. She was born in Cleveland. She was a librarian. Survivors include a son, Daniel, Hiram, Ohio; a daughter, Debby, Sun City Center; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Zipperer's Agape Mortuary & Crematory, Ruskin.
  • INMAN, LARRY R., 48, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) at home. Born in Sanford, N.C., he came here in 1972. He was a bartender and minor league baseball player for the Atlanta Braves. Survivors include his wife, Josephine Beasley "Andi"; a daughter, Lisa Student, St. Petersburg; stepfather, Samuel B. Strickland, Dunn, N.C.; two brothers, Tim Inman, Erwin, N.C. and Jimmy Branch, Spring Lake, N.C.; a sister, Joyce Lawrence, Seattle; and three grandchildren. Mark III Funeral Home, South Dale Mabry, Tampa.
  • KITCHEL, KENNETH LEE, 53, of Valrico, died Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at Brandon Regional Medical Center. Born in Logansport, Ind., he came to the area in 1970 from Venice, Fla. He was an electrician. He was a member of the De Soto Lodge No. 105 F&AM, the Kockritz Rifles, 7th Florida Company-B, C.S.A., John T. Lesley Camp No. 1282, IBEW Local No. 915, American Legion Post 159. He was a Vietnam War Navy veteran and was a member of Oakwood Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Jane Ann; two sons, Brian C. and Matthew, both of Valrico; mother, Betty Kitchel, Logansport, Ind.; father, Lawrence Kitchel, Venice, Fla.; a brother, Donald, S. Venice, Fla.; two sisters, Jane Hollin, Port Charlotte, and Carol Johnson, Venice, Fla. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • MAYE, CLARA MAE, 95, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000). Born in Morgan, Ga., she came here in 1990 from Macon, Ga. She was a retired seamstress for Davidson's department store and was a member of First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace. Survivors include a brother, Henry Almand, Macon, Ga.; a sister, Rubye Pearl Stevenson, Amelia Island, Fla.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, MacDill Avenue Chapel, Tampa.
  • METZ, ROBERT JAMES, 47, of Lutz, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000). He was born in Detroit. He was a self-employed maintenance worker and Vietnam Marine veteran. Survivors include two daughters, Julie Metz and Jennifer Metz, both of Taylor, Mich.; a brother, Don, Lutz; two sisters, Nancy Capstick, White Lake, Mich. and Diane Andersen, Livonia, Mich.; and two grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Lutz-Land O'Lakes Chapel, Lutz.
  • METZGER, ANN, 85, of Thonotosassa, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) at home. She was a Tampa native and came here in 1989 from Cleveland. She was a homemaker and was a member of Thonotosassa Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Survivors include her husband, Austin; a son, John Metzger, Toms River, N.J.; a daughter, Louise Hein, Thonotosassa; and three grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • MOORE, MILDRED I., 76, of Gibsonton, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) at home under the care of LifePath Hospice. Born in Columbus, Ohio, she came here 30 years ago. Survivors include four sons, David Lee, Columbus, Ohio, Gerald L., Savannah, Ga., Ronald and John Paul, both of Ruskin; a daughter, Nancy Fisher, Gibsonton; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Zipperer's Agape Mortuary & Crematory, Ruskin.
  • PALMER, LOIS MARIE, 87, of Brandon, died Monday (Aug. 7, 2000). She was born in Laurel Hill and longtime resident of the Tampa area. She was a homemaker. She was a Red Cross volunteer and was a member of Brandon Assembly of God. Survivors include two daughters, Betty Faye Allen, Lithia, and Mary Allen, Plant City; a brother, Fletcher W. Carter, Columbus, Ga.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
  • PIREZ, AMELIA, 86, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) at Memorial Hospital. She was born in Taunton, Mass. and lifelong resident of Tampa. She was a homemaker and was Catholic. Survivors include three sons, Manuel and Louis, both of Tampa, and Carl, St. Petersburg; three daughters, Delores Harmon and Gail Woodham, both of Tampa, and Carmen Woodard, North Carolina; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Mark III Funeral Home, South Dale Mabry Chapel, Tampa.
  • REILLY, WILLIAM P. JR., 77, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) at home. Born in Milwaukee, he came here in 1956. He was a Merchant Marine and member of the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Mary H.; a son, William P. III, Dunnellon; five daughters, Theresa Gagne and Mary Tramer, both of Lutz, Pat Mathewson, Odessa, Louise Koschler and Catherine Ahwash, both of Tampa; two brothers, Tom, Los Angeles and Dennis, Columbus, Ohio; two sisters, Natalie Nelson, Milwaukee and Mary Cermak, Washington D.C.; and 10 grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Tampa.
  • RINGELSPAUGH, DONALD "DON," 89, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000). Born in Sydney, Ohio, he came here in 49 years ago. He was a well-known artist by trade in the area for 51 years. He designed the Kapok Tree Inn restaurants as well as many private homes. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, the International Brotherhood of Painters, and was Brethren. Survivors include a daughter, Beverly Martino, Tampa; two brothers, Kenneth and Gerald Ringelspaugh, both of Tampa; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Nebraska Chapel, Tampa.
  • ROMAN, MARIA A., 70, of Tampa, died Monday (Aug. 7, 2000) at Vencor Hospital. Born in Puerto Rico, she came here in 1990. She was a homemaker and was Catholic. Survivors include six daughters, Carmen Suarez Colon, Brandon, Wency Rodriguez and Gladys Rodriguez, both of Puerto Rico, Magaly Rodriguez, Elsie Irrizary, and Nelly Perez, all of Tampa; a son, William Rodriguez, Chicago; a sister, Adelaida Roman, Puerto Rico; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Armenia Chapel, Tampa.
  • TIGUE, MILTON SR., 64, of Brooksville, formerly of Tampa, died Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at home. Born in Winchester, Tenn., he moved to Brooksville 13 years ago from Tampa. He was a sub-contractor in the construction of metal buildings. He was Baptist and an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include his wife, Loretta Batten Tigue; a son, Milton Jr., Plant City; three daughters, Darlene Garrison and Fawn Andino, both of Tampa, and Terri Carter, Brooksville; two brothers, Clifton and Charles, both of Tampa; a sister, Brenda Sanders, Winchester; eight grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.
  • VINCENT, JACK ROLAND SR., 79, of Zephyrhills, died Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) in Tampa. Born in Kansas City, Mo., he came here 40 years ago. He was a self-employed exterminator. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, a member of American Legion Post III, Z.H. Moose Lodge and First Baptist Church of Zephyrhills. Survivors include his companion, Martie Mickle, Zephyrhills; two sons, Jack R. and Joseph Michael, Tampa; a sister, Shana Lee, Land O'Lakes; two brothers, Stanley L., Land O'Lakes and Lawrence A., Tampa; a sister, Alice Shaffer, Zephyrhills; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Garden of Memories Chapel, Tampa.
  • WILBUR, PATRICIA, 75, of Riverview, died Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at home under the care of LifePath Hospice. Born in Stanford, Conn., she came here seven years ago from Miami. She was homemaker and was Lutheran. Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Seaman; two sons, Dale, Laurel, Md. and Eric, Riverview; a sister, Charlotte Bouey, Douglasville, Ga.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Riverview.
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  • BARKER, GEORGE H., 76, of Zephyrhills, died Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at home. Born in Brownville, Maine, he came here 16 years ago from Bangor, Maine. He was the owner of a security guard company and attended Faith Baptist Church. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and very active in the Boy Scouts. Survivors include his wife, Vera M.; four sons, the Rev. George H. Jr., Davie, James W., Bucksport, Maine, Steven E., Brewer, Maine, and Richard A., Adairsville, Ga.; a daughter, Barbara D. McNure, Bangor; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • BEMISS, FRANCES ALBERTA, 74, of Zephyrhills, died Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at home. Born in Louisville, Ky., she came here three months ago from Land O'Lakes. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Zephyrhills, and the Shelby County Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband, Chester; a son, David, Shelbyville, Ky.; two sisters, Emma Light, Westport, Conn., and Marie Murray, Zanesville, Ohio. Hodges Family Funeral Home, Dade City.
  • BURKHART, FRANCIS EUGENE, 58, of Hudson, died Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at home. He was born in Martinsburg, W.Va., and retired as staff sergeant from the Air Force. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church and the Pasco Senior Men's Club, both in Hudson, and was an avid bowler and golfer. Survivors include his wife, Mary Dick Burkhart; four sons, Anthony, Inwood, W.Va, Larry, Martinsburg, Francis Jr., and Jessie, both of Hudson; a daughter, Penny Brown, Martinsburg; six brothers, George, Kearneysville, W.Va., Freddie and Robert, both of Martinsburg, Douglas, Charles Town, W.Va., Kenneth, Charleston, W.Va., and Richard, Inwood; and six sisters, Ann Jones, Millville, W.Va., Joan Burkhart and Beatrice Hite, both of Martinsburg, Phyllis Risinger, Washington D.C., Idabelle Bohrer, Falling Waters, W.Va., and Aletha Perkins, Hudson. Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, W.Va.
  • COLLINS, MOSES, 82, of Hudson, formerly of Homosassa, died Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. He came to this area 20 years ago from his native Logan County, W.Va., and was an appliance repairman. He was a member of the Church of God and an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include several nieces and nephews including Robert Collins, Hudson. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.
  • GARRETT, PAUL E., 43, of Dade City, formerly of Brooksville, died Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at home. He was a lifelong resident of Brooksville before moving to Dade City. He was a self-employed landscaper and Baptist. Survivors include a son, Paul E. Jr., Brooksville; a daughter, Amanda Garrett "Mindy," Davenport, Iowa; a brother, William P., Brooksville; four sisters, Carolyn Griffith, Bushnell, Judy Maraquin and Deborah Schneider, both of Dade City, and Gloria Whitaker, Jasper, Ga.; and one grandson. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.
  • GAUDIOSI, SHIRLEY, 65, of New Port Richey, formerly of Palm Harbor died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) at Pasco-Hernando Hospice House, Hudson. Born in Wickhaven, Pa., she came to Florida 20 years ago from Cleveland and lived in the Clearwater area prior to moving to New Port Richey. She was retired from the medical equipment manufacturing industry and was Presbyterian. Survivors include two sons, Edward Robbins and Tony Gaudiosi, both of Palm Harbor; a daughter, Angie Jonas, New Port Richey; a brother, Robert Roberts, Pennsylvania; two sisters, Leveda Eicholtz, Jacksonville, and Laverne Cole, Pennsylvania; and three grandchildren. Morgan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, New Port Richey.
  • GOERING, LILLIAN M., 86, of New Port Richey, died Saturday (July 15, 2000) at home. Born in Union City, N.J., she came here 30 years ago from Bergenfield, N.J., and was a homemaker. She was Presbyterian and participated in square dancing for many years. Survivors include a son, Nimrod, New Port Richey; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • HALLETT, CLELAND E. "BUD," 79, of Holiday, died Thursday (Aug. 10, 2000) at Edward White Hospital, St. Petersburg. Born in Four Falls, New Brunswick, Canada, he came here 44 years ago from Orange, Mass. He was a retired general mechanic for Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, and previously was owner of Bud's Garage, Orange. He was Methodist and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Tampa, the York Rite Bodies, the Masonic Lodge 112 F&AM, Tarpon Springs, member and assistant chief photographer for press corps of the Egypt Temple Shrine, Tampa, life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10167 and the Military Order of Cooties, both of Holiday, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home. Survivors include his wife, Pauline; a daughter, Alice McCoy, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; three brothers, Gilbert, Holiday, Gerald, Orange, and Charles, Hartly, Del.; a sister, Erma Labonet, Orange; five grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Bartelt Road Chapel, Holiday.
  • HENRY, JODI EUGENE, 34, of Hudson died Monday (Aug. 7, 2000) as a result of an automobile accident. Born in Yuba City, Calif., he came here two years ago from Willaims, Calif. He was the owner of Holy Ground homeless shelter and attended area churches. Survivors include his wife, Lisa Gaye Barabas-Henry; four sons, Vincent Wright, Hudson, Larry, Landon, and Lance Barabas-Henry, all of Hudson; a daughter, Jodi Nicole Henry, Visalia, Calif.; his parents, Alfonso and Judy Diaz, Williams; four brothers, Patrick Arrenquin, Maxwell, Calif., Dennis, Aripeka, Robert, Portland, Ore., and Nicholas, Concord, Calif.; and two sisters, Patricia Rodarte and Mia Pena, both of Madera, Calif. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • IANNACCONE, ANNA, 80, of Port Richey, died Thursday (Aug. 10, 2000) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in Italy, she came here 27 years ago from Long Island, N.Y. She was a retired seamstress working in the garment district of New York City and a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Hudson. Survivors include two sons, Ronald and Joseph, both of Port Richey; a daughter, Louise Iannaccone, Port Richey; and three grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Congress Street Chapel, New Port Richey.
  • PECK, PATRICIA A., 62, of Holiday died Monday (Aug. 7, 2000) at home. She was born in Detroit, came to this area in 1977 from Algonac, Mich., and lived in Clearwater, Dunedin and Tarpon Springs before moving in 1996 to Holiday. She retired as a loan secretary for the Corporate Lending Division of Republic Bank Countryside, Clearwater. Survivors include her husband, Richard A.; a son, Jeffrey A. Kempkens, Palm Harbor; three daughters, Candice L. Kempkens, Dunedin, Lisa A. Peck, Oldsmar, and Michelle L. Mackino, Hudson; and a grandson. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Bartelt Road Chapel, Holiday.
  • SCHMIDT, BETTY MAY, 74, of Zephyrhills, died Monday (Aug. 7, 2000) at Pasco Cimmunity Hospital. Born in Auburn, Mich., she came here 13 years ago from Colorado and was a secretary for a construction company. She was Lutheran and a member of the Moose Lodge, Zephyrhills. Survivors include a son, Jim, Galt, Calif.; two daughters, Marcy Sampler, Harrison, Mich., and Judy Schwab, Sanford, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • SELLERS, SHIRLEY M., 80, of New Port Richey, died Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at home. She came here 12 years ago from her native Brooklyn, N.Y., where she was a mortgage servicing officer for Anchor Savings. She was member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church and the Eagles Aerie Auxiliary, both in New Port Richey. There are no known immediate survivors. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • SHULTZ, MARION J., 85, of Zephyrhills, died Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at Westbrooke Manor, Zephyrhills. Born in Kendallville, Ind., he came here 17 years ago from Mishawaka, Ind. He was a retired laboratory technician for UniRoyal Rubber & Plastic Manufacturing and a member of the First United Methodist Church, Zephyrhills, and the Masonic Lodge 130, Mishawaka. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; a son, Robert, Wesley Chapel; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Coleman & Ferguson Funeral Homes, Zephyrhills.
  • TAUNTON, ORVRIA "COOKIE," 90, of Hudson, died Monday (Aug. 7, 2000) at home. Born in West Bay, he came here 14 years ago from St. Petersburg, and was a plumber for Ray's Plumbing. He was an Army and Navy veteran and a member of the Hudson Church of God and the American Legion, Gulfport. Survivors include a daughter, Betty Mitchell, Hudson; a sister, Vivian Holt, Tampa; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry and Roel Funeral Homes and Cemeteries, Woodlawn Chapel, St. Petersburg.
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    Belleair Beach

    • HIDALGO, PETER, 77, of Belleair Beach, died Thursday (Aug. 10, 2000) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. He was born in Tampa and was a lifelong local resident. He was a captain in the Tampa Fire Department for 25 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include two sons, Peter Jr. and Wayne, both of Belleair Beach; a brother, Joe Rubio, Tampa; seven grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

    Clearwater

    • FLOYD, BIRCHEL O., 76, of Clearwater, died Thursday (Aug. 10, 2000) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. He was born in Laurel County, Ky., and came here in 1983 from Morristown, Ind. He worked as a machine operator for Chrysler Corp., Indianapolis. He was Baptist. He was an Army veteran and a member of United Auto Workers union. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Tabitha; four sons, J.R., Phoenix, Edward, Clearwater, Elmer, Kokomo, Ind., and Dale, King, N.C.; two daughters, Louise White and Lorene Lowe, both of Clearwater; a brother, Elmer, Indianapolis, six sisters, Thelma Reynolds, London, Ky., Flossie Cutter and Beylah Jones, both of Morristown, Ky., Mildred Sisson, Greenfield, Ind., Betty McKeeman, Fort Myers, and Ruby Van Meter, Tacoma, Wash.; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Moss Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
    • CLEM, MARTHA RUTH, 66, of Clearwater, died Thursday (Aug. 10, 2000) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Carthage, Ind., and came here in 1958 from Camden, Ind. She was a retired registered nurse for Mease Dunedin Hospital, Druid Hills Healthcare and Glen Oaks Health Care. She owned and operated Catherine's Beauty Salon, Clearwater. She was a member of First Christian Church, Clearwater. She received her nursing degree from Indianapolis General Hospital and her associate's degree from St. Petersburg Junior College. Survivors include her husband of 46 years, William B.; two daughters, Angela Sue Clem, Clearwater, and Kathy Marie Edwards, Misawa, Japan; her mother, Kathryn Osborn, Clearwater; two brothers, Jerry Osborn, Palm Harbor, and John D. Osborn, Clearwater; and two grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • IRVIN, TINA MARIE, 41, of Clearwater, died Monday (July 31, 2000) at home. She was born in Santa Monica, Calif., and came here in 1987 from Pittsburgh. She was Lutheran. Survivors include two daughters, Freedom M. and Harmony A. Irvin, both of Clearwater; and a grandchild. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • KNOX, ERMA J., 80, of Lake City, formerly of Clearwater, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) at National Healthcare, Lake City. She was born in Laurens, Iowa, came to Clearwater in 1974 from Chatham, N.J., and moved two months ago to Lake City. She retired after 20 years as an Army nurse and was a World War II and Korean War veteran. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Pinellas Park. Survivors include a stepdaughter, Rhona Prescott, Martinsburg, W.Va.; a sister, Laura Ellis, Laurens; a brother, James Snow, Cresco, Iowa; and a niece, Myrl Schleisman, Lake City. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
    • RICHEY, RALPH OREN, 78, of Clearwater, died Thursday (Aug. 10, 2000) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. He was born in Feesburg, Ohio, and came here in 1956 from Georgetown, Ohio. He was a Pinellas County building inspector and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Clearwater. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mary Ann; two daughters, Candace Ripoli and Kathy Schlierer, both of Clearwater, two brothers, Gordon Richey, Cincinnati, and Patrick Richey, Titusville; two sisters, Inez Marriott, Higginsport, Ohio, and Wanda Battstone, Amelia, Ohio; and four grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

    Dunedin

    • RUSSELL, JOHN, 84, of Dunedin, died Friday (Aug. 11, 2000) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. He was born in Dutton, Ala., and came here in 1961 from Milton. He was a principal for Tyrone Middle School, Lealman Junior High, and Largo Middle School. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Dunedin; the Pinellas County Principals Association; National Association of Secondary Schools; North Pinellas Retired Teachers Association; and DAV Chapter 103, Dunedin. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Christine; a son, John B., Dunedin; two daughters, Emily R. Goff, Nashville, Tenn., and Christy R. King, Riverside, Calif.; and three grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.

    Largo

    • MIELEN, MARY D., 76, of Largo, died Friday, (Aug. 11, 2000) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. She was born in Toronto and came here in 1976 from Detroit. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Moose Lodge 1030, Clearwater, and Augustus Ruser Jr. American Legion Post 273, Madeira Beach. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Zygmond Mi, Largo, a daughter, Elaine Mielen, Largo; and a brother, George Brennand, Havelock, Ontario. E. James Reese Funeral Home and Crematory, Seminole.
    • MYERS, THOMAS L. SR., 81, of Largo, died Friday (Aug. 11, 2000) at Largo Medical Center. He came here in 1981 from his native Salamanca, N.Y. He was an engineer for New York Telephone. He was an Army veteran and a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Largo. He was president of the Salamanca Youth Movement. He was a member of Telephone Pioneers, a union representative for CWA and was on the board of Lincolnshire Mobile Home Park. He was a member of Elks Lodge 530 and American Legion Post 0535, New York. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Maxine; two sons, Thomas L., Oneida, N.Y., and Michael, Cedar Rapids Iowa; and six grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home and Crematory, Seminole.

    Palm Harbor

    • GAUDIOSI, SHIRLEY, 65, of New Port Richey, formerly of Palm Harbor, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) at Pasco-Hernando Hospice House, Hudson. Born in Wickhaven, Pa., she came to Florida 20 years ago from Cleveland and lived in the Clearwater area before moving to New Port Richey. She was retired from the medical equipment manufacturing industry and was Presbyterian. Survivors include two sons, Edward Robbins and Tony Gaudiosi, both of Palm Harbor; a daughter, Angie Jonas, New Port Richey; a brother, Robert Roberts, Pennsylvania; two sisters, Leveda Eicholtz, Jacksonville, and Laverne Cole, Pennsylvania; and three grandchildren. Morgan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, New Port Richey.
    • GILCHRIST, ROMELLE, of Palm Harbor, died Thursday (Aug. 10, 2000) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Hastings, Minn., and came here in 1984 from International Falls, Minn. She worked for 15 years as a secretary for School District 361, International Falls, Minn. She was a member of Ranchero Chapel Church, Ranchero Village, Largo. Survivors include her husband of 62 years Oliver, Palm Harbor; and two sons, Brian and Gary, both of Palm Harbor. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • HEARNS, RICHARD M., 73, of Palm Harbor, died Thursday (Aug., 10, 2000) at home. He was born in Royal Oak, Mich., and came here in 1977 from Mount Morris, Mich. He was a retired truck assembler for General Motors Corp. and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Tarpon Springs. He was a past Grand Knight of Council 7621 Knights of Columbus, Tarpon Springs, and was a past Faithful Navigator of Father Farrell Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly 1774. He was a member of Moose Lodge 433, Palm Harbor, B.P.O.E. 1719, Tarpon Springs, and VFW Post 10167, Holiday. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis M.; a son, Richard T., Bowling Green, Ky.; four daughters, Christine Rossell, Saginaw, Mich., Kathy Lynn Coats, Clearwater, Susan M. Bane, Baytown, Texas, and Sharon J. Raedike, Keego Harbor, Mich.; a sister, Marie Towne, Mecosta, Mich., and Donna Berti, Royal Oak, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon Avenue Chapel, Tarpon Springs.
    • PORTER, HELEN L., 84, of Palm Harbor, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, Tarpon Springs. She was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and came here in 1994 from Spencer, Mass. She was a seamstress. Survivors include a son, Clifford T., Westerville, Ohio; a daughter, Patricia Streeter, Palm Harbor; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Palm Harbor Chapel.
    • RAY, DANNY, 22, of Palm Harbor, died Thursday (Aug. 10, 2000) at home. He came here in 1988 from his native Dallas. He worked as an assembler for the Long Center, Clearwater. He was a member of Cornerstone Christian Center, Dunedin. Survivors include his father, Robert, Tulsa, Okla., his mother, Anna Ray, Okmulgee, Okla.; and three brothers, John, Lee, and Matthew, all of Tulsa. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon Avenue Chapel, Tarpon Springs.

    Seminole

    • STARN, HELEN FRANK, 79, of Seminole, formerly of Delaware County, Pa., died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) in South Harrison, N.J. She was born in Philadelphia and came here in 1982 from Delaware County, Pa. She worked for 30 years as a secretary of research for Bartol Co., Newark, Del. Survivors include her husband, Walter J. Starn; a daughter, Patricia Parker, Mullica Hill, N.J.; a brother, Jack Frank, Brea, Calif., three sisters, Dorothy Mayo, Dagsboro, Del., Eleanor Robertson, Arcadia, Calif., and Louise Hern, California; two grandsons; and five great-grandchildren, Associated National Cremation Service, Westville, N.J.

    Tarpon Springs

    • MAI, ELVESTA P. "ELLIE," 60, of Tarpon Springs, formerly of Largo and Ozona, died Thursday (Aug. 10, 2000) at Morton plant Hospital, Clearwater. She came here in 1940 from her native Elba, Ala. She was a homemaker and was a member of Bethany Temple Church of God, Tarpon Springs. Survivors include her husband, August C.; her mother, Lomax Catrett, Largo; son, Eric B., Spring Hill; a daughter, Judy L. Anderson, Largo; a sister, Lorene Mai, Largo; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Vinson Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs.

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    Gulfport

    • FALCONER, JOHN B., 83, of Gulfport, formerly of Tampa, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South Pasadena. Born in Nova Scotia, he came here in 1987 from Tampa. He owned a retail business and was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 111 and the VFW in Tampa. Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Sylvia; four daughters, Donna Veenstra, Gulfport, Janet John and Joann Ciccarelli, both of Pittsburgh, and Carol Houston, St. Petersburg; a sister, Esther Ridgewell, Dowling Park; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

    Pinellas Park

    • REED, LINCOLN C. "BUD," 73, of Pinellas Park, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) at home. Born in Allentown, Pa., he came here in 1990 from Milford, N.J. He was a retired project manager for Fredrick Krause Associates, Frenchtown, N.J., for 32 years. He was Protestant. He was past commander of American Legion Post 113, Frenchtown, and a member of Chapeaux of Voyager No. 480, Frenchtown. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Peninnah "Penny"; a brother, Charles Reed, Griesheim, Germany; an aunt, Ruth Kriner, Orefield, Pa.; and a niece, Jackie Reed, Griesheim. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.
    • THORNTON, HAZEL ALBERTA, 84, of Pinellas Park, formerly of New Port Richey, died Friday (Aug. 11, 2000) at home. Born in Martins Ferry, Ohio, she came here in 1993 from New Port Richey. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Pinellas Park. Survivors include a daughter, Virginia Faler, Pinellas Park; two brothers, James Wilson, Scottsville, Va., and Charles Wilson, Massillon, Ohio; two sisters, Bernice Spiedel and Deborah Carnes, both of Martins Ferry; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.

    St. Pete Beach

    • ROBERTS, ELEANOR B., 85, of St. Pete Beach, died Thursday (Aug. 10, 2000) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South Pasadena. Born in Lawrence, Kan., she came here in 1965 from Kansas City, Mo. She was a homemaker and earned a master's degree in food chemistry from the University of Kansas. She was a Golden Age Master of the American Contract Bridge League and enjoyed silk flower arranging, fishing and gourmet cooking. Survivors include two sons, Charles F. Falkenberg, Lake Lotawana, Mo., and James J. Falkenberg, Grandview, Mo.; three daughters, Ann E. Ellis, Gulfport, Mary C. Falkenberg, St. Pete Beach, and Sara May, Bonner Springs, Kan. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Beach Chapel, St. Pete Beach.

    St. Petersburg

    • BRYANT, JAMES ALLEN "J.B.," 67, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) at home under hospice care. He came here in 1955 from his native Marianna. He was a laborer for Henderson Construction. He was a member of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church and union Local 517, AFL-CIO. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Eva; 10 sons, Charles Bryant and Calvin Bryant, both of Marianna, and Guy Bryant, James Alvin Bryant, Gerald Bryant, Bobby Bryant, Dwight Bryant, Craig Bryant, Johnny Harper and Kelvin Culler, all of St. Petersburg; three daughters, Sandra Bryant Bray, Annette Battle and Trece McKay, all of St. Petersburg; three sisters, Catherine Tanner and Julie Hall, both of Marianna, and Mary Smith, North East, Md.; 48 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren. Zion Hill Mortuary, St. Petersburg.
    • CHEVALIER, EDGAR A., 101, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Aug. 7, 2000) at his daughter's home in San Ramon, Calif. He came here 42 years ago from Canada. He was a self-employed mechanic in Canada. Survivors include four daughters, Adoralice Gibeau, San Ramon, Yvonne Morin, Edmonton, Alberta, Lorraine Presley, Grants Pass, Ore., and Colleen Walworth, Bahamas; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Graham-Hitch Mortuary, Pleasanton, Calif.
    • CLARKE, DOROTHY EBERSOLE, 94, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Aug. 6, 2000) at Palm Shores Retirement Center. Born in Iowa, she came here in 1972 from Middle Haddam, Conn. She was a graduate of the Teachers College of Columbia University. She was program director for the YWCA in White Plains, N.Y., and Jersey City, N.J., and was executive director of the YMCA in Troy, N.Y. and New Britain, Conn. Survivors include a son, Robert E., Halifax, Nova Scotia; and two grandchildren. John S. Rhodes, East Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • FAIRCLOTH, KENNETH MAURICE, 40, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South Pasadena. He came here in the early 1960s from his native Gainesville. He was employed by Martin Marietta in Largo. He was a 1977 graduate of Gibbs High School and was Baptist. He was an associate member of the Nite Riders Van Club. Survivors include a son, Kenneth Jr., St. Petersburg; four brothers, Larry Clark, St. Petersburg, and Julius Clark, Tarvis Check and Edwin Faircloth, all of Gainesville; and five sisters, Wanda Cooper, Freida Cooper, Emily Faircloth and Tangela Clark, all of St. Petersburg, and Connie Faircloth, Gainesville. McRae Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • HENRY, GERALDINE, 86, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Aug. 10, 2000) at Integrated Health Services of Pinellas Park. Born in Detroit, she came here in 1971 from Warren, Mich. She was a nurse and was Presbyterian. Survivors include a sister, Sheila Cannozzaro, Houghton Lake, Mich.; and a niece, Sandra Jones, and a nephew, James Kowalew, both of Detroit. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Woodlawn Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • LONDON, JOSEPHINE V., 77, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) at home. She came here in 1944 from her native Linden, N.J. She was a homemaker and member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Clyde B.; two daughters, Nancy Norris and Julie London, both of St. Petersburg; a son, Donald C., St. Petersburg; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • LOVE, RUTH G., 90, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) at Tyrone Medical Inn. She came here in 1933 from her native Jacksonville. She was a payroll clerk at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines for 34 years. She was a member of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church and its King's Daughters Sunday School class and served as secretary in the nursery Sunday school department. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara G. Love; three nieces; and two nephews. E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.
    • PRYOR, MOZELLE, 78, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) at Bay Pointe Nursing Pavillion. She came here in 1952 from her native Brundidge, Ala. She was a retired dental assistant of the late Dr. Robert J. Swains. She was a member of Southside Tabernacle Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Alfonso; five sisters, Carolyn Dunn, Nashville, Tenn., Ethel Mary Smith and Sylvia Thurman, both of Brundidge, and Willie Bell and Elizabeth Hughes, both of Detroit. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • SUMMERS, EDITH J., 92, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at home. She was born in Denmark and moved here from Clearwater. She was a violin teacher and Lutheran. Survivors include a caregiver, Lois Revels. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Crematory, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • TAUNTON, ORVRIA "COOKIE," 90, of Hudson, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Aug. 7, 2000) at home. Born in West Bay, he moved to Hudson 14 years ago from St. Petersburg and was a plumber for Ray's Plumbing. He was an Army and Navy veteran and a member of the Hudson Church of God and the American Legion, Gulfport. Survivors include a daughter, Betty Mitchell, Hudson; a sister, Vivian Holt, Tampa; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry and Roel Funeral Homes and Cemeteries, Woodlawn Chapel, St. Petersburg.

    South Pasadena

    • BERGER, ANNA, 96, of South Pasadena, formerly of the Mainlands, Pinellas Park, died Thursday (Aug. 10, 2000) at home. Born in Austria, she came to the area in 1969 from Queens, N.Y. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pinellas Park. Survivors include two grandchildren, Thomas Barrett, Lake Grove, N.Y., and Jacqueline Barrett, Northport, N.Y.; and four great-grandchildren. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.
    • TIBBITS, ELIZABETH BETTYE, 81, of South Pasadena, died Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at home. She came here in 1941 from her native Princeton, Ind. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and the American Legion Auxiliary, St. Pete Beach. Survivors include two sons, Peter Duane III, Palm Harbor, and Philip K., St. Pete Beach; two daughters, Judy T. Hanson, Tampa, and Lyn T. Northam, Bear, Del.; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Beach Chapel, St. Pete Beach.
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