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December 28, 2001
SUNCOAST OBITUARIES

Friday, December 28, 2001

This list is compiled from the
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  • CIANCIARULI, RUBY LEE, 78, of Homosassa, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001) in Crystal River. Born in Atlanta, she came here 18 years ago from Fort Lauderdale. She was Methodist. Survivors include her husband, Leonard A.; two daughters, Jean Kirkpatrick, Austin, Texas, and Linda Hale, Richmond, Va.; two stepsons, Leonard A. Cianciaruli Jr., Davie, and John M. Cianciaruli, Port St. Lucie; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
  • CLARK, JOYCE C., 74, of Homosassa, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at home. Born in Hawk, N.C., she came here 15 years ago from Canton, Ohio. Survivors include her husband, Charles E.; a daughter, Kay Dubs, Canton; her mother, Margaret Buchanan, Ravenna, Ohio; a brother, Kenneth Buchanan, Massillon, Ohio; and two grandchildren. Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
  • DAVIS, SARAH L., 75, of Inverness, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) at Mariner Health of Inverness. She came here 48 years ago from her native Lakeland, Ga. She was a retired cook and member of St. James A.M.E. Church of Inverness. Survivors include a son, James B. Davis Jr., Inverness; a stepson, Robert Lee Davis, Miami; two stepdaughters, Betty McKinnon, Crystal River, and Mattie Richardson, Miami; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Cason Funeral Chapel, Inverness.
  • HOOPER, ROBERT J. SR., 86, of Hernando, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) in Inverness. Born in Stambaugh, Mich., he came here 26 years ago from Iron River, Mich. He was a retired iron ore miner and was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge of Iron River. He was Protestant and attended First Church of God of Inverness. Survivors include his wife, Lucille; a daughter, Bonnie Levandoski, Hernando; two sons, Robert J. Hooper, Jr., Iron River, and James, Crystal River; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. Fero Funeral Home with Crematory, Beverly Hills.
  • JONES, IRENE, 60, of Inverness, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at home under the care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County. Born in Bronx, N.Y., she came here 19 years ago from Belle Harbor, N.Y. Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Bryan; two daughters, Lisa Ziegler, Inverness, and Stephanieanne Jones, Cooperstown, Pa.; four sons, Charles Ayres, Marietta, Ga., Edward Ayres, Long Island, N.Y., Martin Ayers, Orlando, and Scott Jones, Doylestown, Pa.; three sisters, Ella Couley, Floral Park, N.Y., Grace Cardona, Inverness, and Stephanie, Phoenix; and 14 grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
  • ROGERS, ELSIE MAE, 75, of Inglis, died Sunday (Dec. 23, 2001) at home. Born in Warsaw, Ind., she came here 30 years ago from Sarasota. She was a bookkeeper and a member of the Community Church of Yankeetown. She was a former councilwoman for the city of Inglis. Survivors include a daughter, Rachel Nicholson, Dunnellon; a stepdaughter, Marion Peck, St. Petersburg; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
  • SBERNA, DOROTHY JOAN, 75, of Beverly Hills, died Sunday (Dec. 23, 2001) in Beverly Hills. Born in Elizabeth, N.J., she came here in 1987 from Manahawkin, N.J. She retired in 1981 as a staff assistant with Exxon Oil with 25 years of service. She was a member of the Friday Crafters of Beverly Hills and the Our Lady of Grace Church. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Anthony "Tony"; two brothers, Walter and James Charters, both of Beverly Hills; several nephews and nieces, including Debra Smith, Spring Hill. Hooper Funeral Homes, Beverly Hills.
  • TAYLOR, DOROTHY C., 91, of Inverness, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) in Inverness. Born in New York, she came here in 1969 from Sayville, N.Y., and was a telephone operator. She was Catholic. Survivors include a niece, Jane Boyle, Deer Park, N.Y. Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness.
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  • BENVIE, SANDRA W., 63, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at Tampa General Hospital. Born in Marietta, Ga., she came here 10 years ago from Yorktown, Va. She was a high school teacher and held a private pilot's license. Survivors include her husband of 40 years, William R. Turner Funeral & Cremation Center, Spring Hill.
  • BOLAND, NORA THERESA, 86, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville. She came here in 1972 from her native Brooklyn, N.Y. She was a homemaker and former bookkeeper in the banking industry. She was a charter member of St. Theresa's Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Henry; and numerous nieces and nephews. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Mariner Boulevard, Spring Hill.
  • GENTILE, JACK F., 81, of West Palm Beach, formerly of Hernando Beach, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) in Brooksville. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he came here in 1976 from Massapequa, N.Y. He was a brick mason and member of the Bricklayers Union of New York. He was an Army veteran of World War II and former member of St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church of Spring Hill. Survivors include a daughter, Olympia Russo, West Palm Beach; two brothers, Joseph, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Arthur, Spring Hill; four sisters, Antoinette Monti and Eleanor Geramita, both of West Palm Beach, Rose Vogelfanger, Spotswood, N.J., and Matilda Marinello, East Windsor, N.J.; and two grandchildren. Wellwood/Grace Funeral Home & Cemetery, Hudson.
  • HALGREN, WILLIAM, 71, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) in Brooksville. Born in Franklin Mine, Mich., he came here three years ago from Sterling Heights, Mich. He was a retired electrician for General Motors. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the Michigan Club of Spring Hill and Nativity Lutheran Church of Weeki Wachee. Survivors include his wife, Theresa; two sons, Robert Koran, Goodells, Mich., and Eric Krause, Albion, Mich.; two daughters, Dorene Kusiak, Croswell, Ga., and Susan Lee, Clinton Township, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Pinecrest Funeral Chapel, Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville.
  • HOBBS, MERRITT WINTON, 82, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at Brooksville Health Care Center. Born in Elwood, Ind., he came here 12 years ago from Keaau, Hawaii. He was a Navy veteran and a retired chief store keeper. He was a life member of the Fleet Reserve 290, Disabled American Veterans Post 67 of Brooksville, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 of Spring Hill and former Eagle Scout. Survivors include his wife, Betty Jane; two brothers, James, Loomis, Calif., and Weldon, Santa Maria, Calif.; and two sisters, Audrey Butora, Clarkston, Mich., and Virginia Hobbs, Green Valley, Ariz. Pinecrest Funeral Chapels, Mariner Boulevard, Spring Hill.
  • HOPE, WILLIAM E. III "BUDDY," 75, of Brooksville, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at Brooksville Regional Hospital. Born in Tampa, he was a lifelong resident of Brooksville and was a real estate broker. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8713 of Brooksville. He was Protestant. Survivors include three sons, Skip and Bob, both of Brooksville, and Sam, Troy, Ala.; a daughter, Marianne Bennett, Brooksville; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.
  • MEAD, ANN MARIE, 70, of Sarasota, formerly of Brooksville, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) in Sarasota. Born in Scranton, Pa., she moved to Brooksville in 1952 from Bloomfield, N.J., then one year ago moved to Sarasota to be with her son and caregiver, Richard. She worked for seven years with a Wal-Mart pharmacy and 21 years as cashier for Publix supermarkets. She was a member of Northcliffe Baptist Church of Spring Hill and Calvary Community Church Assembly of God of Sarasota. Survivors include her husband of 25 years, John; two sons, Norman Cyphers, Osprey, and Richard Cyphers, Sarasota; a daughter, Arlene Farrell, Jacksonville; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Sarasota.
  • SATEWICZ, MICHAEL E. "BIKER MIKE," 51, of Spring Hill (Hernando County) died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at home. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he came here in 1984 from Old Bridge, N.J. He was a truck driver and a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was Catholic. There are no known immediate survivors. Wellwood/Grace Funeral Home and Cemetery, Hudson.
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  • DOUGLAS, JANE MARIE, 44, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Dec. 19, 2001) in South Tampa. Born in Cambridge, Mass., she came here in 1988 from Cambridge. She was a restaurant cook. Survivors include her mother, Barbara Jane Douglas, St. Petersburg; three brothers, Edward Paul Douglas, Robert Allen Douglas, and James Francis Douglas; and five sisters, Sandra Douglas, Karen Pauline Hadayia, Ann F. Ryan, Barbara Douglas, and Tina L. Torres. Mark III Funeral Home, South Tampa Chapel, Tampa.
  • GROSBACH, WALLACE H., 88, of Temple Terrace, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001). Survivors include his wife, Hazel; two brothers, Dr. Alan Grosbach, Shreveport, La., and William Grosbach, Temple Terrace; and two sisters, Ruth Douglas, Arkansas, and Jean Dean, Indiana. C.E. Prevatt Funeral Home, Tampa.
  • HALL, COMA, 81, of Plant City, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) at South Florida Baptist Hospital. Born in Georgia, she came here in 1926 from Georgia. She was a homemaker and member of Springhead Baptist Church, Plant City. Survivors include two sisters, Geraldine Ramsey, Dover, and Pearl Herndon, Gulfport, Miss.; and a niece, Kathy Tyrone, Plant City. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • HOLLOWAY, EDNA GRACE, 79, died on Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001). She was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Survivors include a son Charles E. Holloway; a daughter, Diana Hollrah; a brother, Carlton Black; and two grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel, Carrollwood Chapel, Tampa.
  • HRIFKO, EVELYN JEAN, 76, of Temple Terrace, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001). Survivors include her two sons, Robert E. Hrifko, Youngstown, Ohio, and Mark D. Hrifko, Lutz; two sisters, Arlene Yaist, Youngstown, and Florence Cathey, Seattle; and two grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel, Nebraska Chapel, Tampa.
  • LEWIS, CORNELIUS T., 83, of Plant City, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) at South Florida Baptist Hospital, Plant City. Born in Starke, he was a lifelong resident of the Tampa area. He owned C.T. Lewis Contractor. He was a World War II Army veteran and member of Turkey Creek First Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Ronald C. Lewis, Dade City; a sister, Ora Lee Wansley, Plant City; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Hopewell Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • PORTER, ROBERT P. SR., 81, of Plant City, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) at Tampa General Hospital. Born in Lake City, he came to the Tampa area when he was a year old from Lake City. He was a citrus grower and member of Ahava Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Louise Porter; a daughter, Carole Louise Porter, Fort Myers; a son, Robert P. Porter Jr., Plant City; a sister, Margaret Gramling, Temple Terrace; a brother, James H. Porter, Wesley Chapel; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Hopewell Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • REYNOLDS, JULIA M., 83, of Ruskin, died Sunday (Dec. 23, 2001) at Heritage Park Specialty Care Center. She was born in Ashford, N.Y. She was a homemaker and was Protestant. Survivors include three daughters, Melodie Walter, Buffalo, N.Y., Cindie Cornelius, Crystal Springs, and Mary Reynolds, Ruskin; a brother, Raymond Turner, Leesburg; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
  • TINKER, BRITTANY MARIE, 9, of Plant City, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) at South Florida Baptist Hospital. She was a Tampa native and lifelong resident. She was a third-grade student at Trapnell Elementary School and was Mormon. Survivors include her mother and father, Gwendolen Griffin, Plant City and Christopher W. Tinker Sr., Port St. Joe; a brother, Christopher W. Tinker Jr., Plant City; two sisters, Marcine "Nikky" Tinker and Jessica Tinker, both of Plant City; her maternal grandparents, James A. and Marcele Griffin, Plant City; and paternal grandparents, Henry and Eunice Tinker, Wewahitchka. Hopewell Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • WALKER, JAMES H., 82, of Plant City, died Saturday (Dec. 22, 2001) at Integrated Health Services. Born in Elba, Ala., he came to the Tampa in 1938 from Alabama. He was a carpenter for 30 years before retiring in 1975. He was a World War II Navy veteran and member of First Baptist Church of Plant City. Survivors include his wife, Carmen Walker; a daughter, Sonya Mizell, Lakeland; two sons, Wallace Walker, Houston and Travis Walker, Port Huron, Mich.; a sister, Ernestine Armstrong, Troy, Ala.; a grandchild; and two great-grandchildren. Hopewell Funeral Home, Plant City.
  • WILBUR, SARAH E., 76, of Tampa, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) at home. Born in Scranton, Pa., she came here 19 years ago from Pennsylvania. She was a homemaker and member of the First Freewill Baptist Church, Seffner. Survivors include her husband, John R. Wilbur; three daughters, Sally Ann Maconeghy, Alice Murphy, and Debbie Dixon; five sons, Kenneth Lilly, Tommy Robbins, Sammy Robbins, Theodore Robbins, and Raymond Robbins; two brothers, Harold Maconeghy and Karl Maconeghy; three sisters, Eleanor Rosengrance, Florence Wheeland, and Ruth Taylor; 40 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.
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  • ADAMKOWSKI, FRANCES, 81, of New Port Richey, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) at Orchard Ridge Nursing Home in New Port Richey. Born in Port Washington, N.Y., she came here 21 years ago from Bayonne, N.J. She retired from the Maidenform Co. in Bayonne and was a member of the Polish American Society in Holiday. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Survivors include a sister, Irene Blickers, Port Washington; and a nephew, Frank Sardinka, Roslyn, N.Y. Morgan Funeral Home & Cremation Services, New Port Richey.
  • ARTWOHL, MARTHA, 95, of Holiday, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001) at Madison Pointe Nursing Center in New Port Richey. Born in Isensee, Germany, she came here in 1998 from North Arlington, N.J. She was a homemaker and life member of Fritz Reuter Altersheim, Union City, N.J. She was a founding member of Grace Lutheran Church and member of its Ladies Guild. Survivors include a sister, Hilda Fruehwald, Holiday; a nephew, Leonhard Fruehwald, Palm Harbor; a great-nephew; two great-grandnephews; and a great-grandniece. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday.
  • ASCHIM, LEIF, 93, of New Port Richey, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Norway, he came here in 1974 from Pennsauken, N.J. He retired as shipping superintendent for General Cargo of Philadelphia. He was a member of Mozart Lodge 121, F&AM, Pennsauken; past president and honorary member of Scandinavian Craft Club of Philadelphia; member and past treasurer of Holiday Hi-12 Club 418; member of Colonial Hills Civic Association; life member, past district officer and past international director of the Sons of Norway; past president of Holiday Lodge 669, VASA Order of America; and past president of Pasco Scandinavian American Society. He was a member of King of Glory Lutheran Church of New Port Richey. Survivors include several nephews and nieces. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday.
  • BELDUE, LAURAY W., 79, of New Port Richey, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in New Port Richey. She came here in 1978 from her native Rochester, N.Y. She was a legal secretary and member of Saleem Church, both of Rochester. Survivors include a brother, Elwood Wilson, Port Richey. Preferred Funeral Alternatives, Holiday.
  • BLANEY, CHARLES J., 85, of Hudson, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in New Rochelle, N.Y., he came here 14 years ago from Yonkers, N.Y. He was a technician for Sperry Electronics and a member of the Senior Bowling League. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Muriel M. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • DANIELS, FAYE S., 78, of New Port Richey, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) in New Port Richey. Born in Waycross, Ga., she came here in 1998 from Destin. She was the owner of a real estate brokerage. She was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. She was Methodist. Survivors include her husband, Russ; two sons, Russ Jr., Orlando, and Joe, Odessa; a daughter, Becky Pelissero, Maui, Hawaii; and a grandchild. Trinity Memorial Gardens, New Port Richey.
  • EARLY, MARILYN, 78, of Hudson, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Princeton, Mo., she was a secretary to the governor of Missouri. Survivors include two stepsons, Edward E. Ballenger, Ocean Pines, Md., and James Early, Damascus, Md.; and two stepdaughters, Peggy Chaney, New Market, Md., and Kay Tipton, Clarkton, N.C. Bell Funeral Home, Hudson.
  • FRESHOUR, PATRICIA A., 53, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (Dec. 23, 2001) at home. She came here 16 years ago from her native Pawtucket, R.I., and was a registered nurse employed by the Suwanee Medical Agency in New Port Richey. She was Roman Catholic. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia M. Dumont, Fort Myers; her mother, Cecile M. Lachance, Hudson; and a sister, Toni Kraemer, Hudson. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.
  • GALLAGHER, HELENA M., 85, of Port Richey, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at home. Born in Meriden, Conn., she came here in 1979 from Madison, Conn. She was a retired machine operator. Survivors include two sons, Dennis P. and Roger A., both of Severn, Md.; a sister, Shirley Sauch, Branford, Conn.; and three grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, New Port Richey.
  • GAMASCHE, HARRY E., 76, of New Port Richey, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001) at Hospice of Pasco in New Port Richey. Born in Chicago, he came here 30 years ago from Mundelein, Ill. He retired from Pet Dairy in St. Petersburg. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and member of Veterans of Foreign Wars in Mundelein. Survivors include two daughters, Dana Mercado and Darien Foster, both of New Port Richey; a sister, Estelle Andreas, Albuquerque, N.M.; three grandsons; and two great-granddaughters. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • HIGGINS, JANE, 80, of Hudson, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at Tandem Health Care of Bayonet Point. Born in Philadelphia, she came here in 1986 from Brewster, N.Y. She was a retired child care provider and member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Survivors include two sons, James, Hudson, and John, Deland; three daughters, Sharon Higgins, Brewster, Patricia Linn, Bedford, N.Y., and Nancy Aniello, Brooklyn, N.Y.; many grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.
  • HOGSTEN, WILLIAM FRANCIS, 69, of Zephyrhills, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at East Pasco Care Center in Dade City. Born in Ironton, Ohio, he came here in 1996 from Golden Valley, Ariz. He was a retired police officer with the Hawthorne (Calif.) Police Department with 14 years of service. He was an Army veteran, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the VFW Arizona Post 2555. He was Protestant. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Sybil Evelyn; and two sons, William Francis Jr., Tifton, Ga., and Richard David, Golden Valley. American Heritage Cremation Society, Clearwater.
  • INSALACO, RAYMOND, 97, of Hudson, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at Hospice of Pasco in New Port Richey. Born in Italy, he came here in 1976 from Niagara Falls, N.Y. He was a chauffeur for private transportation and an honorary member of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. He was a senior member of Rochester, N.Y. & Vicinity Club of the Tampa Bay Area. Survivors include a sister, Rose Marie Bevan; and a nephew, Charles Salvaggio Jr., both of Hudson; and a niece, Ann Marie Plantania, Pittsford, N.Y. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • McCRARY, LESLIE E. "MAC," 38, of New Port Richey, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001) at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. He came here in 1980 from his native Lawton, Okla. He was a jewelry store sales clerk at Friedman's Jewelers in Tampa and a waiter at the Blue Dolphin Restaurant in Hudson. Survivors include his mother, Betty F., Lawton; a brother, Wendell O., Apache, Okla.; three sisters, Sharon Barrow, Elgin, Okla., Nancy Frohnert, Portland, Ore., and Jane Snider, Lawton, Okla.; an uncle, Don Cottingham, Maryland.; several nieces and nephews. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • MULDOON, JAMES J., 78, of Hudson, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in New York City, he came here in 1999 from Staten Island, N.Y. He was a retired marine engineer for the Staten Island Ferry with 27 years of service. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and member of Retired Marine Engineers Benevolent Association. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Holy Name Society of St. Peters Church, both of Monticello, N.Y. Survivors include two daughters, Marie F. Nisi, New Port Richey, and Catherine S. Tripi, Palm Harbor; two sons, James B., Greensboro, N.C., and John L., Little Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; two sisters, Kate Weisenssee and Anne Brennen, both of Staten Island; several nieces and nephews; and seven grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • SALE, GENE ALVIN, 67, of Port Richey, died Saturday (Dec. 22, 2001) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. He came here many years ago from his native Louisville, Ky. He was an electrician for an electrical company. Survivors include a sister, Ophelin Lee, DeQueen, Ark. Ambassador Mortuary Service, Oldsmar.
  • SCHRAM, ROBERT "BOB," 63, of New Port Richey, died Sunday (Dec. 23, 2001) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Born in Pontiac, Mich., he came here in 1969 from St. Petersburg. He was a radio technician employed by Pasco County. He served in the Navy Seabees and was a Vietnam War veteran. He was a member of AMVETS Post 16 of Hudson, American Legion Post 12 of Lansing, Mich., American Legion Post 335 of New Port Richey and Eagles Aerie 33997 of Hudson. He was a member of St. Mark's Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife, P.J. Schram; three sons, Robert J. Schram and Kirk L. Schram, both of Hudson, and Edward Troy Lima, Spring Hill; two daughters, Kathleen K. Stein, New Port Richey, and Kandis M. Schram, Maryville, Tenn.; a brother, William Vernon, Lansing; and eight grandchildren. Family Funeral Care, Hudson.
  • STAMOS, JOAN B., 69, of Port Richey, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001) at Bayonet Point Health Center. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she came here in 1990 from Farmingdale, N.Y. She was a self-employed typist and member of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, James A.; three daughters, Barbara Molano, Levittown, N.Y., Patricia Fasano, Spring Hill, and Virginia Edmonds, Clearwater; and six grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.
  • WOLSCHLEGER, GEORGIANA M., 65, of San Antonio, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City. She was born in Cleveland and was a clerk. Survivors include her husband, James; and three sisters, Ellie, Rose and Gertrude. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
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    Belleair

    • TRUSKOWKI, JOHN, 93, of Belleair, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001) at Highland Pines Nursing Manor, Clearwater. He was born in South River, N.J., and came here in 1967 from Edison, N.J. He retired after 37 years of service as a millwright for Hercules Inc. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater, and was an avid fisherman. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mary; a son, Garrett W., Beachwood, N.J.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Hubbell Funeral Home and Crematory, Belleair Bluffs.

    Belleair Bluffs

    • BRINEY, PHYLLIS McQUAID, 86, of Leesburg, Ind., formerly of Belleair Bluffs, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001) at Leesburg Regional Medical Center. She was born in Alberta and came here in 1979 from Annapolis, Md. She was a registered nurse and a real estate broker in New York City. She was a member of Riverside Church, New York City. She founded Parents with a Purpose support group for parents of mentally retarded children. Survivors include her husband of 33 years, William; two daughters, Susan Beilley, New Tripoli, Pa., and Wendy Pacek, Shepherdstown, W.Va.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

    Clearwater

    • BRIGHAM, RICHARD D., 76, of Clearwater, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., and came here in 1982 from Lansing, Mich., where he worked for 20 years in sales for Eddy & Co. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific. He was past president of the Audubon Society and Friends of Moccasin Lake Nature Park, both in Clearwater. He was volunteer coordinator for Fenner Nature Center, Lansing, and a member of Appalachian Trail Conference National. Survivors include his wife, Joan; two sons, David, Lansing, and Rick, Traverse City, Mich.; a brother, Bernard, Findlay, Ohio; and two grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • COLWELL, HAROLD DOUGLAS, 93, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at Manor Care Dunedin. He was born in Ontario and came here in 1979 from Michigan. He was a retired real estate developer. He was a member of North Bay Community Church, Clearwater. He received U.S. citizenship in 1935 and graduated from Oakland University, Rochester, Mich., with a degree in psychology. He was a licensed pilot. He was a Knight Templar and member of the Egypt Shrine Temple. He was a member of the Masons, Elks and Birmingham Country Club. Survivors include his wife, June Biary; a son, Douglas A., Bloomfield Hills, Mich. three daughters, Sarah Chapman and Catherine Olson, both of Pinckney, Mich., and Helen Peters, Rochester; a sister, Jean Sekula, Naples, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • DUNN, MARY C. "CONNIE," 77, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Cleveland and came here in 1968 from San Jose, Calif. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater, and Windjammer of Clearwater. Survivors include five sons, Chris, Mark and David, all of Clearwater, Michael, Sioux City, Iowa, and Richard, Tallahassee; four daughters, Shelly Hoover, Penny Dunn and Laurie Dunn, all of Clearwater, and Charlene Thomas, Kingwood, Texas; a sister, Peggy Stalker, Cleveland; and 10 grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Fort Harrison Chapel, Clearwater.
    • GREENHOUSE, ETTA, 88, of Trotwood, Ohio, formerly of Clearwater, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) in Trotwood. She taught Hebrew school for many years and was a life member of Hadassah. Survivors include a son, Levi, Israel; a daughter, Lois Spetter, Dayton, Ohio; and three grandchildren, Stephanie Spetter, Chicago, Pamela Spetter, Dayton, and Joshua Spetter, Paraguay. David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Beth David North Chapel, Clearwater.
    • LYNN, HOWARD, 54, of Carlisle, Iowa, formerly of Clearwater, died Saturday (Dec. 15, 2001) at Kavanagh House, West Des Moines, Iowa. He was born in Wenatchee, Wash., came here in 1956 and moved to Iowa in 1999. He was a lineman for Florida Power Corp. and a Navy veteran. Survivors include two daughters, Erinn Lynn, St. Petersburg, and Heather Handy, Lake City; a son, Nathan Lynn, Lake City; his mother, Ruth Lynn, Chapel Hill; a sister, Mary Lynn, Chapel Hill; a brother, Dennie Roberts, Carlisle; and three grandchildren. Hamilton's Funeral Home, Des Moines, Iowa.
    • PEARSON, ROBERT T. JR., 74, of Clearwater, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, St. Petersburg. He was born in Highland Park, Mich., and came here in 1969 from Detroit. He was self-employed for 15 years in hearing aid service in St. Petersburg. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific. He was Protestant and was a member of the Elks Lodge, Michigan and St. Petersburg, Seminole Lake Country Club and East Lake Woodlands Country Club. Survivors include his wife of 27 years; a son, Bill, Clearwater; a daughter, Carol Degrandchamp, Livonia, Mich.; an aunt, Icie Hagen, Danville, Ill.; and seven grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.
    • SIGNORINI, ELSIE M., 79, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001) at home. She came here in 1945 from Monongahela, Pa. She was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater, where she served as an usher. Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Tony; three sons, Bill, Weaverville, N.C., Scott, Flagler Beach, and Jeff, Clearwater; a daughter, Terry Premru, Clearwater; and six grandchildren. Rhodes Funeral Directors, Druid Chapel, Clearwater.

    Dunedin

    • CHASE, DR. LELAND GROVER, 82, of Dunedin, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001) at home. He was born in East Braintree, Vt., and came here in 1981 from Springfield, Vt. He was a retired optometrist. He was a member of St. Alfred's Episcopal Church, Palm Harbor. He was past president of the Vermont Optometric Association and New England Council of Optometrists. He was a life member of the American Optometric Association, Fellow Emeritus of the American Academy of Optometry and Fellow of the New England Academy of Optometry. He was a Mason, and Odd Fellow and an Elk. Survivors include two sons, Leland G. III, Charlestown, N.H., and Douglas M., Springfield; a daughter, Martha A. Jackson, Claremont, N.H.; a brother, Richard J., Athol, Mass.; and two grandchildren, Gregory A. Jackson and Heather Ann Chase. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • GREENWALD, RICHARD ALAN, 55, of Dunedin, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) at home. He was born in Chicago Heights, Ill., and came here in 1979 from Glenwood, Ill. He was a security specialist. Survivors include two daughters, Jennifer Parent, Palm Harbor, and Julia Greenwald, Clearwater; two sisters, Carol Wojtczak, Dunedin, and Susan Glavin, Madison, Va.; his father, Richard, Palm Harbor; and two grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • ZABROSKE, JERRY A., 54, of Dunedin, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Oak Park, Ill., and came here in 1975 from Mount Prospect, Ill. He was a tool and die maker for Hoffstetter, Clearwater. He worked for and apprenticed for Stewart-Warner, Chicago. He attended Triton College, River Grove, Ill., and enjoyed sailing and bowling. Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Frances, Dunedin; his mother, Alice, Norwood Park, Ill.; two sons, Tony, Dunedin, and Ben, Clearwater; two stepdaughters, Melinda Barreiro, Largo, and Michelle Phillips, Seminole; a stepson, Donny Phillips, Port Charlotte; a sister, Toni Lee Klweppel, Norwood Park; a brother, Bill, Glenview, Ill.; and five grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

    Largo

    • ALLEN, LOWIE "GENE," 60, of Largo, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. He was born in Houston, and came here in 1970 from Cocoa Beach. He was a retired mechanical engineer for Florida Power for 25 years. He was Protestant. He was a member of the Association of Mechanical Engineers and was a 1966 graduate of the University of Houston School of Engineering. Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Barbara "Juoi," a son, Jack, Dallas; a stepson, Scott Seifried, Palm Harbor; a daughter, Julie Allen, Houston; three stepdaughters, Laura Archer, Plant City, Robin Yates, Saulte Ste. Marie, Mich., and Sharon Owens, Diamond Bar, Calif.; three sisters, Jeanette Allen, Houston, Edith Dann, Austin, Texas, and Shirley Adcock, Houston; and 12 grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • BLENDINGER, LORETTA H., 97, of Largo, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001). She came here in 1970 from her native Rochester, N.Y., where she owned and operated Engrav-o-Type Press. She was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include a sister, Ruth Holland, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • CRITOPH, ALAN LEE, 32, of Largo, died Sunday (Dec. 23, 2001) at Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg. He was born in Largo and was a lifetime resident. He was a computer technical engineer and a Catholic. Survivors include a companion, Krisitina Margiasso, Largo; a daughter, Kira Katherine Critoph, Clearwater; his mother, Arlene Critoph, Clearwater; father, Barry, Largo; a sister, Linda Critoph, Clearwater; a brother, Shawn Critoph, Clearwater; an aunt; an uncle; two cousins; and two nephews. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
    • KOLLER, VIOLA M., 93, of Largo, died Thursday (Dec. 27, 2001) at Largo Medical Center. She came here in 1979 from her native Pittsburgh. She was a homemaker and Catholic. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara J. Kraynick, Largo, and Carol L. Ferraro, Munster, Ind.; a son, John F. Koller, Perry; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Largo Chapel.
    • PARTIGIANONI, ANTONIO, 81, of Largo, died, Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. He was born in Mount St. John, Italy, and came here in 1962 from Cortland, N.Y. He retired as owner of Tony's Fuel Oil, Largo. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the 45th Infantry Division. He was Christian. He was a former volunteer firefighter for Indian Rocks Beach and was a member of the Sunshine City Radio Club, Syracuse, N.Y. Survivors include four sons, Antonio F., DeRidder, La., Loran F., Lubbock, Texas, Robert H., Leesville, La., and Thomas A., St. Pete Beach; two daughters, Lois A. Partigianoni, St. Petersburg, and Lisa A. Dorreman, Largo.; five brothers, Angelo, Dominick, John and Jim, all of Cortland; and Sam, Freeville, N.Y.; a sister, Lena Warren, Cortland; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
    • SIMMONS, JIMMY M. "JYM SYMS," 67, of Largo, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at Largo Medical Center. He came here several years ago from Tallahassee. He was a band leader, guitarist, singer and recording artist for ATCO and MGM and recorded the song Too Hot to Handle. He performed at local Elks clubs, American Legion posts and the Pass-A-Grille Yacht Club. He had also performed in Toronto, New York City, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Wildwood, N.J., Palm Springs, Calif., and Boston. He sang in the movie Calypso Heat Wave and NBC's Eleven Men Against the Ice. Survivors include a son, Travis Simmons, Sarasota; a stepson, Mark, Sarasota; two stepdaughters, Melanie Reagan, Sarasota, and Samantha Smith, Largo; his companion, Debra Smith; a brother, Lacy Simmons, Marietta, Ga.; a sister, Zemma Slournoy, Tallahassee; and two grandchildren. International Mortuary Services, Pinellas Park.

    Palm Harbor

    • KIRK, RHONDA LEE, 37, of Palm Harbor, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) at Tampa General Hospital. She was born in Burlington, Wis., and came here in 1984 from Fort Lauderdale. She was a real estate agent with Cahill Realty, New Port Richey. She was Protestant. Survivors include her husband, Scott A.; two sons, Michael and Nicholas, Palm Harbor; and parents, Robert and Carol Helton, New Port Richey. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
    • SHINNERLING, ADELE LORETTA, 89, of Palm Harbor, died Saturday (Dec. 22, 2001) at Palm Garden of Clearwater. She was born in Passaic, N.J., and came here in 1977 from New Jersey. She was a retired legal secretary and member of Palm Harbor United Methodist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Carol Shinnerling, Wharton, N.J.; a granddaughter, Karen Nast; and a niece, Sarah Getz. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

    Tarpon Springs

    • FRIEDRICH, WILLIAM H., 78, of Tarpon Springs, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at home. He was born in Bristol, Pa., and came here in 1958 from Philadelphia. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis E.; two sons, William, Safety Harbor, and Robert, Bethlehem, Pa.; two daughters Phyllis A. Coney, Largo;, and Barbara L. Friedrich, Spring Hill; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Dunedin.
    • SYBOR, JOHN T. SR., 63, of Tarpon Springs, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) at home. He was born in Chicago and moved here in 1995 from McHenry, Ill. He worked as a source inspector for FMC Corp., San Jose, Calif. Survivors include his wife, Marlene; two sons, John T. Jr., Twin Lakes, Wis., and Todd A. Fox Lake, Ill.; a daughter, Karin Zoula, Antioch, Ill.; two stepdaughters, Marla Travers and Debra Hendrixson, both of McHenry; his mother, Victoria Szczybor, Dunedin; a sister, Siylvia Rubino, Dunedin; and seven grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.
    • BURNEY, ALMA CHRISTINE, 86, of New Port Richey, formerly of Tarpon Springs, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) at Hospice of Pasco, New Port Richey. She was born in LaGrange, N.C., and moved to New Port Richey in 1931 from Tarpon Springs. She was retired, with 14 years of service, as a sales clerk for Neisner's department store, New Port Richey. She was a 50-year member of the Southern Baptist Convention and a member of First Church of Nazarene. Survivors include a son, James Robert "Butch," Spring Hill; two daughters, Wynona D. "Noni" Paul, New Port Richey, and Naomi L. Valverde, Tampa; a brother Gerald Porter, Cocoa; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, New Port Richey.

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    Gulfport

    • CORNELL, LEVI B. JR., 72, of Gulfport, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) in St. Petersburg. He was born in Northport, Maine. He was a Connecticut state trooper from 1960 until his retirement in 1981. After retirement, he owned and operated Ben's Fix-it Shop in Mansfield, Conn. He was a Merchant Marine veteran and was a heavy-equipment operator with the Operating Engineers Union. He was a pilot, a member of AOPA and served as a volunteer for the Civil Air Patrol for many years. He was a member of the Irish Club, the Moose Lodge and was a past volunteer for the Coventry (Conn.) Volunteer Fire Association. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Pauline; and six sons, Delbert, Robert, Donn, Craig, Ben and Willard. Potter Funeral Home, Willimantic, Conn.

    Pinellas Park

    • HEIMANN, LEONARD C., 87, of Clearwater, formerly of Pinellas Park, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor. He was born in Lorain, Ohio, and moved to Pinellas Park in 1984 from Vermilion, Ohio. He moved to Clearwater in July. He was an assistant postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service and retired in 1978 after 38 years of service. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was Protestant. He was a member of the Moose, the social club, the bowling club and the men's club, all of Mainlands, Pinellas Park. He was a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Sheffield Lake, Ohio. Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Winifred E.; a daughter, Wendy Langer, Dayton, Ohio; and four grandchildren, Brian Konopka, Laurel Konopka, Greg Konopka and Elizabeth Konopka, all of Columbus, Ohio. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.
    • MARTIN, AUBREY W., 84, of Pinellas Park, died Saturday (Dec. 22, 2001) at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in Lawrence, Kan., he came here in 1984 from Hammond, Ind., where he was a supervisor for the city of Hammond. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Survivors include a daughter, Sue Ayers, Cambridge, Ohio; a sister, Dorothy Bigsby, Lawrence; three grandchildren, Mark Ayers, Charlotte, N.C., Julie Ayers, Sagamore Hills, Ohio, and Scott Ayers, Cambridge; and four great-grandchildren. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.
    • RUPE, DR. BILLY DEAN, 70, of Pinellas Park, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at home under the care of hospice. He was a native of Fountain City, Ind., and came here in 1995 from Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. He received a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy in 1960, a master of science degree in 1962 and a doctorate of philosophy in 1964, all from Purdue University in Indiana. In 1961, he was licensed by the Indiana Board of Pharmacy, and in 1965 he received his pharmacy license from the state of New York. He was the director of research for Cooper's Animal Health Research in Kansas City, Kan., and he worked as a researcher for Boehringer Ingelheim Vet Media Inc. in St. Joseph, Mo., from 1990 to 1997. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and was a member of Sunset Palms Community Church. Survivors include his wife, Dorthy J.; two sons, Jon, Overland Park, Kan., and Matthew, San Francisco; a daughter, Towanna Donnelson, Overland Park; a stepdaughter, Lisa Dutton, Olathe, Kan.; two sisters, Norma Thomas, Fountain City, and Nancy Harrison, Centerville, Ind.; and five grandchildren. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.
    • SCOON, ELIZABETH, 76, of Pinellas Park, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) at IHS of Pinellas Park. A Washington, D.C., native, she came here in 1976 from Kent County, Md. She was a caregiver and was Methodist. Survivors include two sons, John W. Scoon III, Dover, Del., and Charles E. Scoon, Pinellas Park; three daughters, Brenda J. Scoon, Fredericksburg, Va., Victoria E. McCloud, Clearwater, and Lillian L. Scoon, St. Petersburg; a sister, Jean Walbert, Chestertown, Md.; and five grandchildren. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.
    • SWARTZLE, FRANCIS ALBERT, 79, of Pinellas Park, died Friday (Dec. 21, 2001) while on a cruise. Born in Drafting, Pa., he came here in 1998. He was a lifetime member of Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf, Lycoming Valley Association for the Deaf in Williamsport, Pa., the St. Petersburg Association for the Deaf, the Happy 55 Club and Bay Area Senior Citizens. He graduated from the Philadelphia School of the Deaf high school. He retired after 35 years of service with Litton Inc. in Wiliamsport as a machinist and lathe operator. Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Betty Lou; a daughter, Sheryl Swartzle, New York; a son, Terry, New Jersey; a sister, Jean Fisher, Cogan Station, Pa.; two brothers, Paul, Lawrenceville, Pa., and Simon, Battle Creek, Mich.; and a granddaughter. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

    St. Pete Beach

    • MIKELL, JONATHAN A., 20, of St. Pete Beach, died Friday (Dec. 21, 2001) at home. A native of St. Petersburg, he was a construction laborer. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Connie Hess and Bernie Bierdemann, St. Petersburg; his father, Harry J. Wilcox, Clearwater; a daughter, Alexis Mikell, St. Petersburg; a son, William Latham, Clearwater; a brother, Wayne Wiggins, and a sister, Lawanna Burgess, both of St. Petersburg; his paternal grandfather, Harry W. Wilcox, Pinellas Park; two nieces; and a nephew. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Bobbitt Chapel, St. Petersburg.

    St. Petersburg

    • BARRETT, PHILIP RICHARD, 58, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001). He was born in Cumberland, Md., and came here in 1976 from Washington, D.C. He was a tram driver in the laundry department at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and served for 12 years. Survivors include a daughter, Dawn A. Bloom, St. Petersburg; four sons, Philip R., St. Petersburg, Daniel J., Fort Benning, Ga., Martin P., Clearwater, and Douglas, Maine; his mother, Leona Yancey, Kenneth City; and 11 grandchildren. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • BAUER, LISTER T., 85, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. He came here 50 years ago from his native Chicago. He was a maintenance worker for the Pinellas County School Board. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include a daughter, Michelle Betts, New Port Richey; and three grandchildren. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.
    • BRICK, JAMES K., 40, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 23, 2001) in Palmetto. He came here 20 years ago from his native Huntsville, Ala. He was a machinist for Aaron Tools in Bradenton. Survivors include his companion, Cindy Batson, and a daughter, Makayla Batson, both of St. Petersburg; a sister, Roberta Ramey, Hawkinsville, Ga.; five brothers, William Brick, St. Thomas, Pa., and Steven Brick, Warren Brick, Michael Brick and Timothy Brick, all of Huntsville. Ellenton Funeral Home, Ellenton, Fla.
    • IMMONEN, RAYMOND J., 55, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast of pancreatic cancer. A native of Lynn, Mass., he came here 32 years ago from Boston. He was a graduate of Quincy High School and Bryant and Stratton Business College in Boston. He retired in January 2000 after 30 years of service as a project manager for financial systems with the Hillsborough County Clerk of the Circuit Court. He was an avid boater and golfer and was a member of AARP. Survivors include his companion and wife of 19 years, Nancy Skirchak-Immonen; a son, Raymond, Plympton, Mass.; two sisters, Linda Erickson, Melbourne Beach, and Karen Hangartner, Tampa; his father, Robert, Largo; and three grandchildren, Bryce, Ashley and Erin. Abbey Affordable Cremation and Funeral Services, Largo.
    • LEUPOLD, JANET SPENCER, 83, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001) at Bayfront Medical Center. She came here in 1960 from her native New Bedford, Mass. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a son, Michael W. Leupold, Toronto; a daughter, Heather Taber, Bristol, Conn.; a sister, Marian Whalley, New Bedford; and several grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • MacKEEMAN, ROSAMOND LENA, 74, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001) at Colonial Care Center. Born in Princeton, Mass., she came here in 1958 from Worcester, Mass. She was a homemaker and was Presbyterian. Survivors include a brother, Penrose Leadbetter, Hubbardston, Mass.; a sister, Sterline Eaton, Belchertown, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • MEYER, JOSEPH, 78, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South Pasadena. A native of Germany, he came here in 1967 from Tacoma, Wash. He was a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and pilot, and he served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Viola; two sons, Dr. Joseph J., St. Petersburg, and Kurt W., Fort Myers; two daughters, Patricia Aleshire, Seminole, and Joan Woods, Davie; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.
    • RUNYON, GUY W., 27, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 23, 2001). He was born in Euclid, Ohio, and came here two months ago from Cleveland. He was a landscaper for Pro-Lawn Landscaping in St. Petersburg. Survivors include his parents, Bonnie and William, Cleveland; three brothers, Eddie Brown, Euclid, Ted Brown, St. Petersburg, and Bill Runyon Jr., Cleveland; four sisters, Theresa Cockran, Mentor, Ohio, Flo Ann Overstreet, Eastlake, Ohio, Sherry Pavella, Chardon, Ohio, and Robin Baburk, Ohio. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • SHETTER, RAYMOND H., 93, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Dec. 22, 2001) at Edward White Hospital. He came here in 1970 from his native Philadelphia, where he was a real estate broker. Locally, he was a broker with Tourtelot Brothers Inc. Realtors. Survivors include a niece, Clare Shetter, Pennsylvania; and a nephew, William Shetter. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.
    • SMILEY, LULU MIA, 52, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Dade City, died Sunday (Dec. 23, 2001) at Bayfront Medical Center. She came here in 1956 from her native Dade City. She was a 1967 graduate of Gibbs High School, and she attended St. Petersburg Vocational and Technical School, where she studied nursing. She was a licensed practical nurse for Gulfport Convalescent Center for more than 10 years. She was a member of New Faith Free Methodist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Gabrielle Davis, three sons, Reginald Smiley, Roginald Smiley and Roderick Davis, and her mother, Lessie M. Smiley, all of St. Petersburg; three sisters, Bettye Anderson, Carlisle, Pa., Malinda Smith, Marietta, Ga., and Mozell Bryant, St. Petersburg; six brothers, Moses Smiley, Houston, Jimmie Smiley, Eugene Smiley and Horace Smiley, all of St. Petersburg, Johnnie Smiley, Lake Wales, and Clarence Smiley, Donalsonville, Ga.; and seven grandchildren. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
    • STEWARD, JACK H., 78, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001) at Greystone Greenbrook Nursing Home. A native of Columbus, Ohio, he came here in 1960 from Ohio. He retired in 1984 as a mechanic for the main post office in St. Petersburg and was Christian. An Army veteran of World War II, he helped build the Burma Road through India and Burma as a member of the 780th Pipeline Division. Survivors include two sons, Rod, Largo, and Tim, St. Petersburg; two great-granddaughters, Rhonda Steward, St. Petersburg, and La Donna O'Brien, Dunedin; and three great-grandsons, Paul O'Brien and Patrick O'Brien, both of Dunedin, and Michael Steward, St. Petersburg. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Seminole.
    • STRAIT, ERVIN G., 65, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Dec. 22, 2001) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. He was born in Corning, N.Y., and came here in the 1970s from Hammondsport, N.Y. He was a laborer and a truck driver for A&E Oil Co. He was a member of Central Christian Church and donated to the Sheriff's Youth Ranch. An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a member of AMVETS. Survivors include two sons, Joel R. Strait, Bremerton, Wash., and Ervin Carlton Grant Strait, Leesburg; three daughters, Sandra Cook, Tioga, Pa., Suzette Strait, Springhill, and Sherry Bonhomme, Bel Air, Md.; two brothers, Walter, Avon Park, and Ronald, Pulteney, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren. Royal Palm Funeral Chapel & Cemetery North, St. Petersburg.
    • STROUD, LeROY E., 72, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Dec. 19, 2001) at home. There are no known survivors. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
    • WITT, RAY C., 75, of Irvine, Ky., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2001) at home after a long illness. He was born in Estill County, Ky. He retired from Square D. He attended Ravenna Nazarene Church. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Duluth Mansfield Witt; a son, Arnold R., Dallas; and a brother, Clyde, Miamisburg, Ohio. Warren F. Toler Funeral Home, Irvine, Ky.
    • WOLFE, RICHARD L. "LARRY," 55, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Dec. 20, 2001) at Bayfront Medical Center. A St. Petersburg native, he was the construction superintendent of Blair Construction Co. in Oldsmar. He was a member of Praise Cathedral Church of God in Pinellas Park. Survivors include his wife, Sherry; two sons, Richard L. Jr., Pinellas Park, and Theodore, St. Petersburg; a daughter, Jennica Morder, St. Petersburg; his father, Theodore "Ted", Tampa; his mother and stepfather, Pauline and William Asbury, St. Petersburg; a stepson, Terry Helton, Seminole; two stepdaughters, Malissa Harling, Seminole, and Heidi Swope, Lees Summit, Mo.; a sister, Geraldine Rouse, Gulfport; a brother, Michael Asbury, Orlando; two stepbrothers, Ronald Asbury, Goodland, Kan., and Kevin Power, Texas; three stepsisters, Donna Linville, Mount Vernon, Ohio, Maryellen Ziefinski, Spring Hill, and Rozann Jalfen, Louisiana; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Seminole.

    Seminole

    • MARTIN, BEULAH I., 86, of Seminole, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. Born in Windsor, Ontario, she came here in 1986 from North Versailles, Pa. She was a homemaker and was a member of Seminole United Methodist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Lois Martin and Gail Martin, both of North Versailles. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Seminole.

    Treasure Island

    • JOY, SHARON L., 69, of Treasure Island, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001) at Hospice House Woodside. A Detroit native, she came here in 1970 from Elkhart, Ind. She was a 1954 graduate of Radcliffe University with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. She was a Realtor. Survivors include three sons, Oliver Joy and Clayton Joy, both of St. Petersburg, and Prescott Joy, Treasure Island; two grandchildren; and her companion, Malvin E. "Sonny" Howlett, Treasure Island. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Beach Chapel, St. Pete Beach.
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