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Clearwater

COOK, MARY KELLY, 98, of Clearwater, died Thursday (March 3, 1994) at Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center, Clearwater. She was born in New York City and came here in 1957 from Stamford, Conn. She worked as an elementary school teacher in New York City and as a substitute teacher for the Pinellas County schools. She was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church and the League of Women Voters, both in Clearwater. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Honeycutt, Clearwater; two brothers, John Kelly, Flushing, N.Y., and James Kelly, Huntington, N.Y.; a sister, Agnes Connolly, Fort Lauderdale; several cousins, including Jean Saenger, Delray Beach; and several nieces and nephews. Rhodes Funeral Directors, Druid Chapel, Clearwater.

COLLINS, ANNIE, 90, of Palm Harbor, died Wednesday (March 2, 1994) at Bay Tree Nursing Center, Palm Harbor. She was born in Bedfordshire, England, and came here in 1922 from Cleveland. She worked 45 years as a secretary for Ohio Bell. She was a member of St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, Largo. National Cremation Society, Holiday.

CROWLEY, EVELYN C., 85, of Clearwater, died Thursday (March 3, 1994) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Kingston, N.Y., and came here in 1922 from Sanford. She worked in real estate sales in Clearwater. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Clearwater. Survivors include a daughter, Evelyn A. Henderson, Clearwater; a sister, Ellen A. Combee, Clearwater; several nieces and nephews; and three grandchildren, Anne Crowley, Cleveland, April Crowley, Tallahassee, and Charles Crowley Jr., Bradenton. Rhodes Funeral Directors, Druid Chapel, Clearwater.

ELWOOD, ELLA E. "BETTY," 56, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (March 2, 1994) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. She was born in Montgomery, Ala., and came here in 1962 from Philadelphia. She worked as a clerk for Kmart, Clearwater. She was a Protestant. Survivors include three daughters, Lisa L. Raymond, Dunedin, Shelley K. Elwood, Tampa, and Christine A. Elwood, St. Petersburg; a brother, Ogle Gene Glanden, Longview, Texas; and two sisters, Sylvia June Stevers, Clearwater, and Barbara Haywood, Talladega, Ala. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Fort Harrison Chapel, Clearwater.

GATE, HENRY, 87, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (March 1, 1994) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. He was born in Maryport, England, and came here in 1978 from Columbus, Ohio. He worked as a construction estimator. He was a member of St. Alfred's Episcopal Church, Palm Harbor. Survivors include a son, Harry, Columbus. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Dunedin Chapel.

HICKEY, JOSEPH L., 85, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (March 2, 1994) at Mease Hospital Dunedin. He was born in Boston and came here in 1970 from the Panama Canal Zone. He was a marine engineer and worked 31 years in the Panama Canal Zone for the U.S. government. His memberships included Light of Christ Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, both in Clearwater, and the Panama Canal Society of Florida. He was a life member of the Panama Canal Zone Elks Club 1542. Survivors include wife, Mildred; two daughters, Barbara Grinnell, Tampa, and Diane Irvine, Tewksbury, Mass.; two sons, Thomas John, Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Joseph L. Jr., Oslo; a sister, Anne Bell, Jamaica Plain, Mass.; many nieces and nephews; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Christian Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

HUFFMAN, JAMES, 67, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (March 2, 1994) at home. He was born in Roanoke, Va., and came here in 1959 from New Philadelphia, Pa. He worked as a supervisor for General Telephone, Clearwater. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. His memberships included Church of Christ, Telephone Pioneers of America, American Legion of Safety Harbor, Moose Lodge of Trenton, Fla., Veterans of Foreign Wars of New Castle, Va., and Lions Club of Clearwater. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Margaret; a daughter, Linda N. Huffman, Clearwater; a brother, Richard, Waterbury, Conn.; and two sisters, Helen Garbeh, Salem, Va., and Beaulah Hodges, Roanoke. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Belcher Chapel, Clearwater.

SPEISER, MILDRED M., 87, of Clearwater, died Monday (Feb. 28, 1994) at East Bay Nursing Center, Clearwater. She was born in Chester, Ill., and came here in 1965 from Hammond, Ind. She was a member of First Christian Church, Largo. Survivors include a son, Howard M., Naperville, Ill.; a daughter, Evelyn Jurecky, El Paso, Texas; a sister, Virginia Wagener, St. Louis; and three grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

THOMMES, CAROL J., 53, of Clearwater, died Monday (Feb. 28, 1994) at Mease Hospital Dunedin. She was born in Chicago and came here in 1987 from Miami. Survivors include two sons, William, Miami, and John, Clearwater, and her parents, Florian and Eva Dwiel, Clearwater. Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater.

Gulfport

HECKERSDORF, CLARA, 89, of Gulfport, died Tuesday (March 1, 1994) at home. She was born in Germany and came here in 1950 from Chicago. She was a homemaker and member of Church of God. Survivors include five nieces and nephews in Germany. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

Dunedin

WICK, DONNA LOU, 58, of Dunedin, died Tuesday (March 1, 1994) at home. She was born in St. Paul, Minn., and came here in 1978 from Worthington, Minn. She worked in the home health care field. Survivors include her husband, Allan; three daughters, Linda Haken, California, and Deborah Osterkamp and Pamela Becker, both of Minnesota; a brother, Darrell Breier, Minnesota; and four grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater.

Largo

COATES, G. ROBERT, 65, of Largo, died Tuesday (March 1, 1994) at Largo Medical Center Hospital. He was born in Chicago and was a winter resident from South Elgin, Ill. He was a retired plumber. Survivors include his wife, Patricia; two sons, David, Genoa, Ill., and Donald, Elgin; a daughter, Jeanne Sarro, Naperville, Ill.; and three grandchildren. Gulf Breeze Cremation Society, Largo.

MEISLER, ETHEL, 74, of Largo, died Tuesday (March 1, 1994) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Lithuania and came here in 1990 from Levittown, Pa., where she worked as a cook. She was a member of Congregation B'nai Israel of St. Petersburg and Congregation Beth El of Levittown. Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Irving; two daughters, Marsha Hick and Sherry Hawk, both of Levittown; a sister, Edith Rubin, Camden, N.J.; and four grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Beth David Chapel, St. Petersburg.

Palm Harbor

HOLADAY, BEN G., 75, of Palm Harbor, died Wednesday (March 2, 1994) at Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center, Clearwater. He was born in Louise, Miss., and came here in 1948 from Yazoo City, Miss. He was a former president and partner in Charles T. Loney and Associates, Clearwater. He was an Army veteran of the 101st Airborne in World War II. He was an Episcopalian and a member of The Retired Officers Association, Clearwater. Survivors include his wife, Julia; a son, Ben G. Jr., Fort Myers; a daughter, Elise Miller, Tampa; a brother, Charles E., Albany, Ga.; and two granddaughters, Nicole Holaday and Lisa Eisler. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Dunedin Chapel.

SORENSEN, LOUIS HAURITZ, 73, of Palm Harbor, died Tuesday (March 1, 1994) at home. He was born in Chicago and came here in 1986 from Niles, Ill. He worked 44 years for Motorola in Schaumburg, Ill. He also worked for Easy Camping, Maywood, Ill. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II and a member of Lutheran Church of the Palms, Palm Harbor. Survivors include his wife, Genevieve; a son, Robert, Mill Valley, Calif.; and a sister, Anna Hansen, Palm Harbor. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

Pinellas Park

LANCASTER, ROY E., 74, of Pinellas Park, died Tuesday (March 1, 1994) at Rosedale Manor. He was born in Springfield, Mass., and came here in 1992 from Bridgeport, Conn., where he was a self-employed sign painter for 50 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Moose Lodge, both in Bridgeport. Survivors include two sons, Roy E. III, Palm Bay, and Gary T., Largo; a daughter, Marie Kuhajda, St. Petersburg; a brother, Robert, North Branford, Conn.; two sisters, Vivian Vasterilli, Branford, and Barbara Stillwell, Arizona; four grandchildren; and three great-grandsons. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

WELKE, CARL CHRISTOPHER, 75, of Pinellas Park, died of cancer Saturday (Feb. 19, 1994) at home. He was born in Chicago and retired there as an assistant vice president from the Federal Reserve System after 47 years. He came here in 1983 from Oak Forest, Ill. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Locally, he was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife, Bette R.; a son, Keith, Country Club Hills, Ill.; two daughters, Carol Olander, Arlington, Va., and Barbara Olander, Riverdale, Ill.; two brothers, William H., Matteson, Ill., and Harold L., Little Rock, Ark.; and five grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg

HORN, ELIZABETH, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (March 2, 1994). She was born in New York City and retired there as a first aid attendant at the Music Box Theater. She came here in 1970 from Waterford, Conn. She was a member of Veterans of World War I Auxiliary 155 and was a Catholic. Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth Kinsey, St. Petersburg; two grandchildren, Richard C. Kinsey, St. Petersburg, and Eileen E. Goostree, Pinellas Park; and two great-grandsons. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Alan R. McLeod Chapel, St. Petersburg.

HUTCHINSON, BESSIE H., 96, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 3, 1994) of Heartland of St. Petersburg. She was born in East Brady, Pa., and came here in 1946 from Pittsburgh. Locally, she owned and operated a rooming house on Sixth Street S. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. Survivors include a brother, W. O. Rankin, Pittsburgh, and a nephew, Fred Hufnagel, Carnegie, Pa., Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home, Gulfport.

MOSS, JAMES, 81, of 555 31st St. S, St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 3, 1994) at Bayfront Medical Center. He came here in 1993 from his native Archer, where he was a member of Bank's United Methodist Church. He retired as a custodian from Maas Brothers stores in Gainesville. Survivors include a son, Samuel, St. Petersburg; two sisters; three brothers; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

MURILLO, LEON D., 53, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Feb. 28, 1994). He was born in Long Beach, Calif., and came here in 1970 from Victorville, Calif. He was repair technician at GTE, St. Petersburg, and an Air Force veteran. He was a member of South County Sertoma and was active with Boy Scouts of America Troops 116 and 294 and Order of the Arrow. He belonged to Pinellas Park Wesleyan Church. Survivors include his wife, Linda; a daughter, Linda Denett DelTedesco, a son, Leon D. II, a brother, Gary, and his mother, Nina C. Murillo, all of St. Petersburg; and three grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Alan R. McLeod Chapel, St. Petersburg.

WHITE, MARGARET P., 84, of Lutz and formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (March 1, 1994) at Brian Center, Tampa. She was born in Philadelphia and lived here from 1911 to 1929. She attended Saint Leo (Fla.) High School and College and was a member of the old St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, St. Petersburg. Survivors include two sons, George M., Cape Cod, Mass., and Walter H., Tampa; two daughters, Anne L. Douglas, Warrenton, Va., and Peggy Rushford, Lutz; two sisters, Rosalie Seeber, California, and Veronica Trexler, Reading, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home, Gulfport.

Tarpon Springs

GEORGIOU, ENGLEZA, 84, of Tarpon Springs, died Wednesday (March 2, 1994) at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, Tarpon Springs. She came here in 1935 from her native Halki, Greece. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Tarpon Springs, and the Halki Society. Survivors include two daughters, Stella Megaloudis and Mary Moutsatsos, both of Tarpon Springs; a brother, Phillipo Phillipou, Rhodes, Greece; a sister, Anna Pipinos, Tarpon Springs; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Vinson Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs.

Treasure Island

GASKINS, GLADYS M., 77, of Treasure Island, died Tuesday (March 1, 1994) at home. She came here in 1965 from her native St. Paul, Minn. Locally, she was an underwriter for an insurance company for many years. Survivors include a niece, Betty Whitley, Pinellas Park. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

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