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PINELLAS OBITUARIES

Clearwater

COVISH, JOSEPHINE A., 69, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (June 16, 1993) at St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa. She was born in Chicago and came here in 1972 from Bloomington, Ill. She attended St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include her husband, Paul; two sons, Tony S. Ragusa, Treasure Island, and Thomas A. Ragusa, Bloomington, Ill.; a stepson, Bob Covish, Austin, Texas; a daughter, Camellia Powell, Normal, Ill.; a brother, Angelo Cappitelli, Chicago; a sister, Vita Armato, Clearwater; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Hubbell Funeral Home, Belleair Bluffs.

COWIE, ALEXANDER, 81, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (June 16, 1993) at home. He was born in Buckie, Scotland, and came here in 1979 from Yonkers, N.Y. He retired in 1975 as a credit manager for Consolidated Edison, New York City. He was a member of Masonic Diamond Thistle Lodge 555 F&AM, Yonkers, and St. John's Episcopal Church, Clearwater, where he was an assistant treasurer and a member of its gardening club. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Evelyn A.; a son, Alexander Jr., New Fairfield, Conn.; a daughter, Kathlyn A. Duncan, Clearwater; and five grandchildren. Rhodes Funeral Directors, Belcher Chapel, Clearwater.

ECKER, LEO E., 71, of Clearwater, died Saturday (June 12, 1993) at Metropolitan General Hospital, Pinellas Park. He was born in Swampscott, Mass., and came here in 1960 from Pittsfield, Mass. He worked 20 years for Honeywell Corp., Largo. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a Catholic. His memberships included Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and American Legion Post 119 and Elks Lodge 2159, both in Largo. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Evelyn; two sons, George Nardin and Paul Nardin, both of Pittsfield; two daughters, Marlin Absher, Clearwater, and Evelyn LeClaire, Pittsfield; a brother, Thomas, Bradenton; a sister, Elizabeth M. Chadderdon, Kalamazoo, Mich.; 14 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

GUMAS, GEORGE P., 91, of Fairport, N.Y., formerly of Clearwater, died Monday (June 14, 1993) in Buffalo, N.Y. He was born in Sparta, Greece, and had lived in Clearwater for more than 20 years before moving to Fairport in 1990. He was an executive chef for the Hotel Thayer, Westport, N.Y., and an artist. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. His memberships include Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 11 and Masonic Lodge Queen Ester Chapter 4, all in Clearwater. He was a charter member of Order of American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, Freeport, N.Y. Survivors include his wife, Irene L.; two daughters, Bessie Fletcher, Fairport, and Estelle Kokinelis, Long Island, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews; five grandsons; and five great-grandchildren. Richard H. Keenan Funeral Home, Fairport N.Y.

HALL, JAMES R., 39, of Clearwater, died Thursday (June 17, 1993) at home. He was born in Mountain Home, Idaho, and came here in 1973 from Idaho. Survivors include his mother, Helen Hall, Clearwater; and three brothers, David, Safety Harbor, Steve, Atlanta, and Larry, Houston. Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater.

HINDS, MARGARET MORELAND, 86, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (June 15, 1993) at Country Place of Clearwater. She was born in Slanesville, W.

Va., and came here in 1959 from Lorain, Ohio. She worked as a secretary for the Clearwater Police Department. She was a Protestant. Survivors include a son, Duane, Gardena, Calif.; two daughters, Margaret McArdle, Clearwater, and Loretta Nori, Middletown, Ohio; a stepdaughter, Rhea Alkire, Canton, Ohio; and four grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

Gulfport

MULLER, JOSEPH M., of Gulfport, died Wednesday (June 16, 1993) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. He came here in 1961 from his native Philadelphia, where he was production manager in a garment factory. Survivors include his wife, Mary; a son, Frank, Georgia; a daughter, Joann Busfield, Philadelphia; four stepsons, Frank, Bob and Joe Culbert, all of St. Petersburg, and William Culbert, Blairsville, Ga.; a stepdaughter, Rae Goode, St. Petersburg; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. David C. Gross, Easter & Gross Funeral Home, Gulfport.

Kenneth City

O'NEIL, EDWARD J. "JAKE," 65, of Kenneth City, died Tuesday (June 15, 1993) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He was born in Cambridge, Mass., and came here in 1982 from Somerville, Mass. He worked in the Circulation Department of St. Petersburg Times and was a Navy veteran. In Massachusetts, he was a supervisor at Alpine Tree Service. Survivors include three sons, Patrick, Somerville, Dennis, Cleveland, and Edward J., Leominster, Mass.; a daughter, Karen Carbone, Monrovia, Calif.; three brothers, Don LaCrosse, Charlotte, N.C., Marty O'Neil, Oakland, Calif, and Henry O'Neil, Maryland Heights, Mo.; two sisters, Dot Hedley, Reno, Nev., and Kate Gagnor, Onyx, Calif.; a companion, Frances Hurst, Kenneth City; and five grandchildren. North American Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

Largo

COLTON, GEORGE RALPH, 82, of Largo, died Tuesday (June 15, 1993) at Largo Medical Center Hospital. He was born in Fulton, N.Y., and came here in 1974 from Brooklyn, N.Y. He worked as a commissary clerk for a railroad company and was a poet and author of Satan's Highway, a book of poems on World War II. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pinellas Park. Survivors include his wife, Catherine; a son, Allan, Clearwater; two daughters, Linda Perrone, Gibsonia, Pa., and Sheila Hazelwood, Camden, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren. International Chapels Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.

GUE, WILLIAM H., 80, of Largo, died Thursday (June 17, 1993) at home. He came here in 1973 from his native Chesapeake, Ohio. He worked for Allied Chemical, South Point, Ohio. He was a member of Missouri Avenue Baptist Church, Clearwater. Survivors include a brother, Alfred, Chesapeake; and two sisters, Dorothy Melton and Ethel Voelker, both of Clearwater. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Largo Chapel.

KUMLIN, HELEN E., 84, of Largo, died Thursday (June 17, 1993) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Easton, Pa., and came here in 1973 from Rosemont, Ill. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Clearwater. Survivors include her husband, Carl F.; a son, Carl A., Bartlett, Ill.; six daughters, Katherine Flores and Charlotte Schnell, both of Carpentersville, Ill., Donna Kutta, South Chicago Heights, Ill., Sherrell Jerzak, Northlake, Ill., Sally Cullen, South International Falls, Minn., and Mary Yaukovitz, Tipton, Iowa; 22 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater.

WICKS, PHILIP M., 83, of Largo, died Wednesday (June 16, 1993) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. He was born in St. Albans, England, and came here in 1962 from Montreal. He was a member of Centre Ice at Countryside Club. Survivors include his wife, Genevieve; two sons, Pierre Boulianne and Richard Boulianne, both of Quebec; three daughters, Yolaine Boulianne, Danielle Boulianne and Marcelle Boulianne, all of Quebec; a sister, England; and six grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

Palm Harbor

HOUSER, BETTY C., 48, of Palm Harbor, died Wednesday (June 16, 1993) at home. She was born in Wichita, Kan., and came here in 1990 from Germany. She worked as an elementary school counselor for the U.S. Defense Department in Germany. She was a Baptist. She received an undergraduate degree from Wichita State University and a graduate degree from the University of Southern California. Survivors include her husband, Lewis M. Jr.; her father, Joseph C. Collins, Whitney, Texas; a brother, Charles Collins, Hutchinson, Kan.; and a sister, Peggy Shaw, Emporia, Kan. E. James Reese Funeral Home, Seminole.

VOLZ, ESMOND K., 84, of Palm Harbor, died Wednesday (June 16, 1993) at Manor Care Dunedin. He came here in 1962 from his native St. Louis. He worked as a radio operator for the Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis. Survivors include his wife, Norma R.; and a brother, Earl, Ferguson, Mo. Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater.

Pinellas Park

BALL, FRANK A. SR., 62, of Pinellas Park, died Thursday (June 17, 1993) of cancer at St. Anthony's Hospital. A native of St. Petersburg, he lived here until moving to Pinellas Park in 1991. He was owner/operator of Frank Ball Mobile Homes for 17 years. He was a 1949 graduate of St. Petersburg High School and a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1949 to 1952. He was a member of St. Petersburg Yacht Club and was a Presbyterian. Survivors include his wife, Lucretia K.; a daughter, Susan E. Ball, and three sons, Frank A. Jr., David S. and George A., all of St. Petersburg; a brother, Roger, Tampa; four grandsons; and several nieces and nephews. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg

BONO, SAMUEL, 90, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (June 17, 1993) at Shore Acres Nursing Home. He was born in Sicily and came here in 1991 from Frankfort, N.Y. He was a former machinist. He attended Holy Family Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Carrie; a son, James, St. Petersburg; a brother, Joseph, Utica, N.Y.; a sister, Rose Nardi, Clayton, N.Y.; and two grandchildren. All Faiths Funeral Home & Cemetery, St. Petersburg.

CARTER, ELVA S., 91, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (June 16, 1993) at Deluxe Care Inn. She was born in Scott County, Va., and came here in 1985 from Kingsport, Tenn. She was a Presbyterian. Survivors include a son, Jack L. Horton, Rochester, N.Y.; a daughter, Mildred H. Street, St. Petersburg; five stepdaughters, Frances Malone, Bluff City, Tenn., Ruby Zimmerman, Edith Adams and Betty Paul, all of Kingsport, and Mary Graham, Chattanooga, Tenn.; a stepson, Argus Carter, Kingsport; and a granddaughter, Sister Jamis Townsend, Cincinnati. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

COYNE, ELEANOR M., 73, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (June 15, 1993) at Gulf Coast Hospital & Orthopaedic Institute. She was born in Springfield, Mass., and came here in 1985 from Malden, Mass., where she was an assembler at Armitron for several years. She was a Catholic and a member of AMVETS 5. Survivors include three sons, John, Marquette, Mich., Patrick, Woburn, Mass., and Philip, Malden; three daughters, Mary Lauzon, Bedford, Mass., Katherine Hanelt, Plymouth, Mass., and Margaret Hoffman, Newburyport, Mass.; a sister, Evelyn DeVino, Gulfport; a niece; and a nephew. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

DAVIS, MARY F., 85, of Naples and formerly of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (June 16, 1993). She was born in Gray, Maine, and was a 1925 graduate of St. Petersburg High School. She was organizer/former chairwoman of Volunteer Services of Pinellas County Chapter of the American Red Cross and was on the board of directors of Girl Scouts of America. She was a member of St. Petersburg Woman's Club, the Exchangettes, Women's Service League, the Little Theater group, St. Petersburg Yacht Club and the Bath Club at Redington Beach. She belonged to St. Peter's Episcopal Church and its women's auxiliary. In 1955, she moved to Naples, where she was a past president of Trinity-by-the Cove Ladies Auxiliary, a member of Naples Players and the Naples Chapter of Zonta International and was a past executive secretary of Collier County Humane Society. Survivors include a daughter, Caroline Finn, Naples; and six grandchildren, William and Steven Finn, Naples, Michael Finn, Mentone, Calif., Mary Elizabeth Durante, North Providence, R.I., Julie Patnode, South Dartmouth, Mass., and Christiana Sarbia, Newport, R.I.; and 12 great-grandchildren. David K. Johnson-Pittman Funeral Homes, Naples.

DEW-BRITTAIN, RONALD, 86, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (June 17, 1993) at home. He was born in London and came here in 1971 from Davenport, Iowa. He retired as an architectural designer and technical writer from John Deere Farm Equipment, Moline, Ill., and was a member of American Institute of Architecture and Construction Specifications Institute. He belonged to St. Paul's Reformed Episcopal Church, St. Petersburg, and was an avid roller skater. Survivors include a brother, Mervyn, Dubuque, Iowa; and two nieces, Mary Ann Vandermiller, Dubuque, and Alice Pellegrino, Los Angeles. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

GARY, OPHELIA, 61, of 4811 12th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, died Thursday (June 17, 1993) at home. A native of St. Petersburg, she was a member of Bethel Community Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, John; five sons, Charles and Ventura Gipson, John Gary Jr., and Joseph and Keith Gary, and two daughters, Ivey Jean Porter and Falanda Flornoy, all of St. Petersburg; two brothers, James Range, St. Petersburg, and William Range, Rochester, N.Y., five sisters, Elouise Gillam, Rochester, Susie Gipson, Detroit, Arlear Dexter, Tampa, Margaret Towns, Akron, Ohio, and Betty Stubbs, St. Petersburg; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

GRIFFIN, ANDREW F., 63, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (June 17, 1993). He was born in Pittsburgh and came here in 1991 from Jersey City, N.J. He retired as a lab technician after 33 years at DuPont and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He attended Holy Family Catholic Church. Survivors include three sisters, Betty Jane O'Keefe, Morris Plains, N.J., Charlene Johannsen, Flanders, N.J., and Margaret Rose Agostino, Freehold, N.J.; and a companion, Michael Tremper, St. Petersburg. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

HAUPERT, MICHAEL RONALD, 46, of Los Angeles and formerly of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (June 16, 1993). He died of complications of AIDS in a hospice in Los Angeles. He came here in 1960 from his native Long Island, N.Y., and was a graduate of Seminole High School, where he was on the track team. He was a furniture salesman with various local stores. He was founder of the St. Petersburg chapter of Adult Incest Survivors and was a Catholic. Survivors include a son, Michael Jr., Denver; his mother, Ruth Haupert, Los Angeles; and three sisters, Eileen Reid, St. Petersburg, Pat King, California, and Kathleen Loguercio, Los Angeles. Abbott & Hast Funeral Home, Los Angeles.

HICKEY, WALTER J. JR., 69, of Hernando and formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (June 15, 1993). Born in Malden, Mass., he moved to Hernando in 1972 from St. Petersburg, where he retired as a supervisor of the housekeeping department at VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of Leroy Rooks Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4252, Hernando, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 70, Inverness. He was a Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Benoit; four sons, Walter J. Jr. II, Largo, Richard, Inverness, Robert, Somerville, Mass., and Frank W., Bushnell; two daughters, Merillee Shoemaker, Burton, S.C., and Jean Murphy, Houston; a sister, Thelma Perry, Hernando; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Home, Inverness.

JOINER, JAMES, 72, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (June 16, 1993) at Swanholm Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. He came in 1988 from his native Taylor County, Ga. He was an attorney. Survivors include a brother, Tom, Tucker, Ga. David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.

KANKI, ESTELLE, 88, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (June 16, 1993) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. She was born in Poland and came here in 1962 from the Bronx, N.Y. She was a saleswoman for 50 years for various dress shops in New York and Florida. She was Jewish. Survivors include her husband, Louis; two sisters, Rose Golden, New York City, and Ruth Bershling; and a niece. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

LEATHERMAN, DANIEL C., 80, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (June 11, 1993) at Northside Hospital. Born in Seattle, he came here in 1967 from Miami and was a machinist. Locally, he was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. Survivors include two sons, Daniel LaMantain Leatherman, Perris, Calif., and John LaMantain, Diamond Bar, Calif.; two daughters, Patricia Dornan, Fort Lauderdale, and Margaret Moore, Tustin, Calif.; a brother, John Best, Richmond, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. All Faiths Funeral Home & Cemetery, St. Petersburg.

PAGE, MARY ELLEN, 83, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (June 16, 1993) at Westminster Shores Health Center. She was born in Topeka, Kan., and came here in 1973 from Washington, D.C. She was a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, its women's club and Catholic Daughters of America. Survivors include two sons, Paul D. Page, Cary, N.C., and Joseph T., Savannah, Ga.; a daughter, Patricia A. McNulty, Rockville, Md.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Thomas J. Brett Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

SHULSE, ARTHUR A., 77, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (June 16, 1993) at Bay Pointe Nursing Pavillion. He came here in 1945 from his native Indianapolis. In St. Petersburg, he was former owner of A&B Drapery Co. He was a member of Lakewood United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Betty; a daughter, Susan Gay, Nashville, Tenn.; two sons, John, Richmond, Va., and James B., Boulder, Colo.; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Mathews-Palms Memorial Funeral Directors, St. Petersburg.

SIESS, MATILDA A., 86, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (June 1, 1993) at Northside Hospital. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here in 1950 from New York City, where she was a telephone operator. She also worked as an operator in a hotel on St. Petersburg Beach. A member of Grace Lutheran Church, she belonged to its altar guild, Valparaiso University Guild, and was active in visiting shut-ins. Survivors include a son, Alfred A. Jr., Coopersburg, Pa.; a daughter, Audrey S. Erbes, Mountain View, Calif.; a brother, Peter Suttmeier, South Cairo, N.Y.; and three grandsons, Jonathan H. Wells and Matthew and Daniel Siess. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg Beach

KELLEY, MARY ELIZABETH VanKLEECK, 68, of St. Petersburg Beach, died Friday (May 28, 1993) at home. She was born in Hartford, Conn., and came here in 1970 from Birmingham, Mich. She was a 1946 honors graduate of Wellesley (Mass.) College and a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and the St. Petersburg Symphony Guild. Active with All Children's Hospital Guild, she was past chairman/co-chairman of Branch 1 and served as treasurer/evaluation co-chairman of Branch 2, where she produced the guild guide. In 1982, she was selected as Mrs. Santa for her volunteer work. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church. Survivors include two sons, James and Timothy Fairchild, St. Petersburg; a sister, Margaret Van Kleeck, Hartford; and three grandchildren, Lindsay, Kelley and Sarah Fairchild, all of St. Petersburg. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

South Pasadena

FLAUTT, JOHN R., 76, of South Pasadena, died Wednesday (June 16, 1993) at Pasadena Manor. He was born in Sydney, Ohio, and came here two months ago from Hallandale. He was a concierge in a hotel. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was a Catholic. Survivors include two sons, John R. Jr., Jacksonville, and James D., Fort Lauderdale; and three grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home, Seminole.

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