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PINELLAS OBITUARIES

Clearwater

ALABASTER, FRANCIS T., 90, of Wilmington, Del., formerly of Clearwater, died Thursday (Feb. 24, 1994) at St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington. He was born in Lincoln, Neb., and came to Florida in 1954 from Wilmington. He moved to Wilmington last year. He worked 20 years for DuPont, as a chemist in the Chamber Works plant, Deepwater, N.J., and as a plant manager in the New Brunswick, N.J., plant. He was a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, where he was a president of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and a member of the all-state football and basketball teams. He also was a graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Ellen R.; two daughters, Patricia Phares, Doylestown, Pa., and Barbara Hoover, Wilmington; a sister, Ruth Weatherhogg, St. Louis; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Chandler Funeral Home, Wilmington, Del.

HODGES, KATHY J., 43, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (Feb. 23, 1994) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Hollis, N.Y., and came here in 1969 from New Jersey. She worked 22 years as a dental office supervisor. She was a Roman Catholic and a graduate of Temple University, Philadelphia. Survivors include her mother, Aldona Von Stein, Clearwater, and two sons, Timothy K. Loughlin, Dunedin, and Paul C. Von Stein II, Westlake, La. National Cremation Society, Largo.

WIGFALL, RETTA, 96, of Clearwater, died Thursday (Feb. 24, 1994) at Sunset Point Nursing Center, Clearwater. She was born in Eufaula, Ala., and came here in 1935 from Orange Park. She was a member of St. Matthew's First Baptist Church, Clearwater, and Lilly White Lodge 43. Survivors include four nieces, Christine Morris, Louise Ward, Ernestine Smith and Betty Page, all of Clearwater; a grandson; and a companion, Elizabeth Simmons, Clearwater. Sanchez and Son Funeral Directors, Clearwater.

Dunedin

MURPHY, ARTHUR V., 81, of Dunedin, died Friday (Feb. 25, 1994) at Mease Hospital Dunedin. He was born in Detroit and came here in 1975 from East Detroit, Mich. He worked as a salesman for Ludington News Co., Detroit. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Dunedin, and an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Eunice Wilson Murphy; two sons, Dennis, Charleston, S.C., and Michael, Houston; and a granddaughter, Shannon Murphy, Houston. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

MURRAY, JOHN C., 22, of Dunedin, died Wednesday (Feb. 23, 1994) at Mease Hospital Dunedin. He was a native of Dunedin. He attended Countryside Christian Center, Clearwater. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Wes and Linda Campbell, Dunedin; his father, John J., Spring Hill; a brother, Timothy, Okinawa, Japan; a stepbrother, Shawn Campbell, New Port Richey; a sister, Tara Murray, Dunedin; a stepsister, Melissa Ashby, Dunedin; a great-grandmother, Sarah Sarnago, Dunedin; his maternal grandparents, Ethel and Louis Sarnago, Dunedin; his paternal grandparents, Ann and Richard Murray, Spring Hill; a stepgrandmother, Mary Campbell, Trenton; several aunts and uncles; and several cousins. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Dunedin Chapel.

RACKSTEIN, RAPHAEL, 83, of Dunedin, died Saturday (Feb. 26, 1994) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here in 1974 from Long Island, N.Y. He owned retail clothing stores in Brooklyn. Survivors include his wife, Lilie; two sons, Dr. Andrew, Belleair Bluffs, and Matthew, Atlanta; a sister, Jenny Steinberg, Bayside, N.Y.; and four grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Fort Harrison Chapel, Clearwater.

Indian Rocks Beach

HABERMAN, MERYL A., 89, of Indian Rocks Beach, died Tuesday (Feb. 22, 1994) at Westchester Gardens, Clearwater. She was born in Harvey, Ill., and came here in 1953 from Downers Grove, Ill. She worked 27 years as a teacher. She was a Protestant, a graduate of the University of Illinois and a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Survivors include a son, Charles, Colorado, and a granddaughter, Suzan Hutchinson, Berthoud, Colo. National Cremation Society, Largo.

Largo

BUNDA, HILLARD GEORGE "SAM," 71, of Largo, died Friday (Feb. 25, 1994) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. He was born in Chicago and came here in 1985 from Oak Lawn, Ill. He worked 30 years as a pressman for American Banknote, Chicago. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. His memberships included St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Largo, the Moose Lodge, St. Petersburg, and American Legion Turner Brandon Post 7, Clearwater. Survivors include his wife, Joyce; two sons, Hillard G. Jr., Addison, Ill., and Ronald B., Oak Brook, Ill.; and four granddaughters, Roslyn Bunda and Beth Bunda, both of Oak Brook, and Heather Bunda and Tiffany Bunda, both of Brookfield, Ill. Rhodes Funeral Directors, Belcher Chapel, Clearwater.

DIECKMAN, LENA, 77, of Largo, died Wednesday (Feb. 23, 1994) at Largo Medical Center Hospital. She was born in Whitinsville, Mass., and came here in 1980 from Paterson, N.J. She owned a deli in Pompton Plains, N.J. She was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses. Survivors include her husband, Samuel; a son, Charles, Clearwater; two sisters, Mari Ferko, Michigan, and Flora Hagelhout, New Jersey; and a grandson, Jim Dieckman, Clearwater. Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater.

SEIFERT, PAUL E., 78, of Largo and Fort Wayne, Ind., died Wednesday (Feb. 23, 1994) at Largo Medical Center Hospital. He had been a seasonal resident several years from his native Fort Wayne. He was a milkman. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Marguerite M. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.

VESTAL, JOAN M., 80, of Largo, died Friday (Feb. 25, 1994) at Palm Garden of Largo. She was born in Scotland and moved to Seminole in 1971 from Grosse Pointe, Mich., where she worked as a store manager for Best and Co. clothing store. She was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church, Seminole. Survivors include three sons, Stuart, Seminole, Robert Lee, San Jose, Calif., and Hugh Y., Rochester, Mich.; two daughters, Kathleen B. Logan, Pensacola, and Carol Joan Allen, Fresno, Calif.; two brothers, John Marshall, Leesburg, and Alex Marshall, Laguna Hills, Calif.; a sister, Jessie Lindsay, Clearwater; and nine grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home and Crematory, Seminole.

Palm Harbor

FRANCIOSE, SAMUEL C., 79, of Palm Harbor, died Friday (Feb. 25, 1994) at home. He was born in Montclair, N.J., and came here a year and a half ago from West Caldwell, N.J. He worked as a concessionaire. He was a member of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, Palm Harbor. Survivors include his wife, Ethel; two sons, Ronald T., Tampa, and Robert A., Roswell, Ga.; two brothers, Anthony and Louis, both of New Jersey; three sisters, Rita Petronaci, Mary DeRosa and Christina Galasso, all of New Jersey; and four granddaughters, Stephanie Franciose and Shea Franciose, both of Tampa, and Kimberly Franciose and Melissa Franciose, both of Roswell. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

Pinellas Park

QUIST, ANNICE, 88, of Pinellas Park, died Wednesday (Feb. 23, 1994) at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in Oran, Mo., she came here in 1984 from Inverness, and was a homemaker. Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Kathryn Horn, and two grandchildren, Connie Nachman and Bonnie Deal, all of St. Petersburg; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.

St. Petersburg

BAILEY, VERA JANE, 94, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Feb. 25, 1994) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Born in Venango County, Pa., she came to St. Petersburg in 1976 from Adrian, Mich., where she was a member of the Adrian Woman's Club and Adrian Senior Citizens, a former member of the First United Methodist Church and its Get Acquainted Class, and a board member of the Salvation Army for 10 years. Locally, she was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. Survivors include two sons, Don, Hudson, and Elwyn Bailey Jr., Tampa; a brother, Robert Shaffer, Adrian; two sisters, Thelma Thomas, Adrian, and Elizabeth Monroe, Fruitland Park; three grandsons; and six great grandchildren. Braun Funeral Home, Adrian, Mich.

CHIAROTTINO, BONNIE A., 65, of Tampa and formerly of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Feb. 25, 1994) at Memorial Hospital, Tampa. Born in Rock Island, Ill., she came to Florida in 1979 from St. Louis. She was a member of St. Louis Shell Club and St. Petersburg Shell Club. Survivors include a daughter, Julia Theresa Ramsey, a son, Michael William Chiarottino, and a brother, William J. Pannel, all of St. Louis; and six grandchildren. Woodlawn Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

DICK, DOROTHY "DOTTIE" NELSON, 43, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Feb. 23, 1994) at Bayfront Medical Center. A native of St. Petersburg, she was a graduate of Gibbs High School in 1968 and was a certified nurse's assistant at Swanholm Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for the past 21 years. She was a Baptist. Survivors include her husband, Lenox; a daughter, Carla Ferguson, Atlanta; her mother, Doris Nelson, St. Petersburg; two sisters, Wanda Nelson, Decatur, Ga., and Kim Nelson, St. Petersburg; a brother, James Nelson, Atlanta; and a stepson, Randy Diggs, and a nephew, Keeron Conyers, both of St. Petersburg. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

HUBBARD, ADNA CLAIRE, 84, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Feb. 24, 1994) at home. A native of Ozark, Ala., she taught school for 40 years in Alabama, Georgia and Florida before retiring in 1973. She attended Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Ala., and graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., where she received her teaching degree in French and history. Survivors include a daughter, Claire Skipper, St. Petersburg; a brother, William A. Whaley, Ozark; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Holman Funeral Home, Ozark.

KING, CHRISTOPHER WAYNE, infant son of Christine and Wayne King, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 20, 1994) at Bayfront Medical Center. Other survivors include a brother, Scott A. King, St. Petersburg; his maternal grandmother, Debra Sue McGowan, Holiday; his maternal grandfather, Tom McGowan, Spring Hill; his paternal grandmother, Joyce Jeffers, Indian Rocks; and his paternal grandfather, Wilbur King, Chester, Va. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

MACKIN, ROSEMARY G., 77, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Feb. 25, 1994) at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in Boyertown, Pa., she came here in 1972 from Philadelphia, where she was a printing company estimator. She was a graduate of East Stroudsburg (Pa.) Business College. Survivors include two sons, Arthur S., Gwynedd Valley, Pa., and John J., Westfield, N.J.; a sister, Charlotte Kent, St. Petersburg; and four grandchildren. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

SIMMONS, ROBERT HOWARD, 67, of 2450 Quebec Ave. S., St. Petersburg, died Friday (Feb. 25, 1994) at St. Anthony's Hospital. He came here in 1960 from his native Thomasville, Ga., and was a graduate of Fort Valley State College, Fort Valley, Ga. He was a teacher in the Pinellas County school system and was a member of St. Augustine Episcopal Church. Survivors include a sister, Inez Simmons, St. Petersburg. Creal Funeral Home, Dr. M.

L. King (Ninth) Street chapel, St. Petersburg.

SMITH, JAMES H., 35, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Feb. 24, 1994) at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa. Born in Springfield, Mass., he came here in 1967 from West Springfield, Mass., and was a truck driver for Pullen Brothers. Survivors include his wife, Denise, a son, Shawn, a daughter, Sharon, and his father, Carleton Jr., all of St. Petersburg; a brother, Carleton III, Virginia Beach, Va.; three sisters, Sherill Areo, Plainsville, Conn., Carol Jarvis, St. Petersburg, and Kim Bradbury, Pinellas Park; and several nieces and nephews. Bay Pines Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

STYHR, EUNICE L., 97, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Feb. 24, 1994) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. She came here in 1970 from her native Hamilton, Ohio, where she was owner of a beauty shop. Survivors include a sister-in-law, Helen Avey, Hamilton; four nieces, Ethel Rupp, Hamilton, Mary Pickering, Milan, Ind., Betty Porter, Cincinnati, and Phyllis Bowen, Paris, Ky.; and two nephews, Ralph Keller, Hamilton, and Eugene Demsey, Warren, Mich. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

VERDON, GERALD OWEN, 76, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Feb. 24, 1994) at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in Michigan, he came here in 1974 from Virginia Beach, Va., and was a Real Estate broker. A Navy veteran, he served during World War II and the Korean War and was a member of the VFW and American Legion and past exalted ruler of the Holiday Isles Elks Lodge. Survivors include a nephew, Gene Verdon, St. Petersburg; three grandchildren, Kimberly, Michylin and Mariah; and a great-grandchild. All Faiths Funeral Home and Cemetery, St. Petersburg.

WHITE, ROBERT, 70, of Sun City Center, and formerly of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Feb. 24, 1994) at South Bay Hospital. Born in Clarksburg, W.Va., he lived in St. Petersburg from 1976-91 before moving to Sun City Center. He was a retired firefighter and a member of United Community Church and Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Association. During World War II, he served in the Army. Survivors include his wife, Ethel; a son James R., Lansing, Mich.; a sister, Marybelle Walsh, St. Petersburg; and two grandchildren. Lewers Funeral Home, Ruskin.

South Pasadena

JASINSKAS, GRAZINA, 82, of South Pasadena, died Thursday (Feb. 24, 1994). Born in Lithuania, she came here in 1974 from New York City, where she was a secretary for Pan American World Airways. She was a Catholic. Survivors include two sisters, Ona Bertasius, Worth, Ill., and Elena Tulabiene, Lithuania; and several nieces and nephews. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Tarpon Springs

DIERICKX, RAYMOND J., 75, of Holiday, formerly of Tarpon Springs, died Thursday (Feb. 24, 1994) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Detroit and came here in 1964 from Grosse Pointe, Mich., where he worked 50 years as a real estate broker. He was a member of St. Ambrose Church, Grosse Pointe, and St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Tarpon Springs. He was a member of the Lions Club, the Elks and Good Fellows. Survivors include a daughter, Jane Dierickx Stevens, Grosse Pointe; a son, Lawrence, a brother, Thomas C., and two sisters, Helen Russell and Marian Peters, all of Michigan; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. National Cremation Society, Holiday.

SMITH, ELIZABETH MAE "LIZZIE," 89, of Tarpon Springs, died Tuesday (Feb. 22, 1994) at Tarpon Springs Convalescent Center. She was born in Pasco County and came here in 1933 from Wauchula. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. Survivors include two sons, Herman Riggs and Emmanuel Mahalis, both of Tarpon Springs; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Vinson Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs.

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