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PINELLAS OBITUARIES

Clearwater

COBURN, ROBERT D., 70, of Clearwater, died Friday (March 4, 1994) at home. He was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, and came here in 1968 from Troy, Ohio. He was a music instructor for Pinellas County schools for 17 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the St. Petersburg City Band, the Clearwater Community Band, and was a director of the Sclama Grotto Band, St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife, Winona M.; two sons, David, Pinellas Park, and Tim, Miami; a daughter, Jan Fumosa, Boynton Beach; a stepdaughter, Mary Collins, Pinellas Park; a brother, Paul, Yorktown, Pa.; and a grandchild. National Cremation Society, Largo.

DUNN, RUTH K., 77, of Clearwater, died Friday (March 4, 1994) at Clearwater Community Hospital. She was born in Newark, N.J., and came here in 1974 from Paramus, N.J. She was a sales clerk for L. Bamberger Co., Paramus. She was a Presbyterian. Survivors include her husband, William; five sons, Thomas W., Mahwah, N.J., Robert J., Rockville, Md., Lawrence H., Paramus, Andrew P., Hillsdale, N.J., and Michael J., Oradell, N.J.; a brother, Henry Klein, Largo; a sister, Marion Hageman, Caldwell, N.J.; and 13 grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

GARDNER, JAMES DILLON, 73, of Clearwater, died Saturday (March 5, 1994) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Indianapolis and came here in 1982 from Martinsville, Ind. He was a member of First Christian Church of Martinsville, and a member of the Elks, Moose and the American Legion. He was mayor of Martinsville from 1964 to 1980. Survivors include a son, Charles, Chesterfield, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. Neptune Society, St. Petersburg.

GARVIN, RUTH D., 91, of Clearwater, died Friday (March 4, 1994) at home. She was born in Keokuk, Iowa, and came here in 1963 from Lockport, N.J. She was a Presbyterian. Survivors include her husband of 72 years, Stanley L.; two grandsons, Peter and Scott Garvin, Denver; and four great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

HERRINGTON, JANICE C., 45, of Clearwater, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at home. She came here in 1968 from her native Lake Wales. She was a registered nurse for Paragon Home Care and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Clearwater. She was a graduate of Polk County Community College of Nursing. Survivors include her husband, Richard T.; two sons, Richard T. II, Palm Harbor, and Bradley D., Clearwater; a daughter, Dawn Sander, Clearwater; her mother, Christine Carter, Clearwater; two sisters, Donna K. Craig, Clearwater, and Martha Bosley, Lake Wales; and two grandsons. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

MIELE, RALPH A., 79, of Clearwater, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at Largo Medical Center Hospital. He came here in 1979 from his native Lawrence, Mass. He was a carpenter for Process Engineering, Plaistow, N.H., for 25 years. He was a member of Left Allemanders Square Dance Club, O.K. Square Dance Club and Shady Lane Village Association. Survivors include a wife, Una F.; two sons, Ralph, Salem, N.H., and Anthony, Washington, D.C.; a daughter, Elaine Vogler, Atkinson, N.H.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. National Cremation Society, Largo.

SISKO, JOSEPH W., 86, of Clearwater, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at home. He was born in Bridgeport, Conn., and came here in 1971 from Alexandria, Va. He was an agent for the Central Intelligence Agency, a Catholic, and an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; a brother, Charles Sisko, Bridgeport; a sister, Felicia Sisko, Bridgeport; and two nieces, Alexandra Farrell, Fairfax, Va., and Joanne Kemmerer, Cincinnati. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Fort Harrison Chapel, Clearwater.

YOUNGS, EARLE W., 86, of Clearwater, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at home. He was born in Walden, N.Y., and came here in 1957 from Stratford, Conn. He was a district manager for Associate Discount Corp. He was a Protestant and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Clearwater Lodge 127 F&AM, Pyramid Temple Shrine, Milford, Conn., Scottish Rite Valley of Bridgeport, Stratford, Conn., American Legion Post 7, Clearwater, and Rainbow Division Veterans Association. Survivors include his wife, Lillian; a brother, Jack, Clearwater; and a sister, Marian Nichols, Binghamton, N.Y. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Fort Harrison Chapel, Clearwater.

Gulfport

MURA, MARJORIE M., 71, of Gulfport, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at Convalescent Care & Rehabilitation Center. She came here in 1980 from her native Rochester, N.Y., where she worked for Bausch & Lomb Optical Co. She was a member of Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church and American Legion Post 125 Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband, James; a son, David, Rochester; a sister, Dorothy Scambati, California; and four grandsons. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home, Gulfport.

Kenneth City

GARWOOD, WILLIAM C. JR., 72, of Kenneth City, died Saturday (March 5, 1994) at home. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, and came here in 1970 from Woodbridge, Va. He was a contracting engineer and draftsman in the defense industry and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a Methodist. Survivors include his wife, Cheryl; a daughter, Gail A. Drury, Inglis; a stepdaughter, Amy Flinchum, St. Petersburg; a son, Terry A., Moravian Falls, N.C.; a stepson, Christopher Wood, Anchorage, Alaska; a brother, Walter, San Diego; and five grandchildren. Memorial Park Funeral Home-Cemetery, St. Petersburg.

Largo

ELWERTOWSKI, HENRY JOHN, 71, of Largo, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at Largo Medical Center Hospital. He was born in Maspeth, N.Y., and spent winters here for many years before moving here permanently this year from Calverton, N.Y. He was a mason tender and a Navy veteran of World War II. He attended St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Carmella; a daughter, Laurajane Schade, Largo; a brother, Charles, Ridge, N.Y.; and a sister, Helen Welk, Maspeth. E. James Reese Funeral Home and Crematory, Seminole.

HARAKAS, SHIRLEY J., 60, of Largo, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at home. She was born in Nashville, Tenn., and came here in 1986 from Indianapolis, where she worked for Western Electric Co. She was a member and officer of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1504, Indianapolis. Survivors include her husband, Michael L.; a son, Joseph W. Schmitt, Goodlettsville, Tenn.; a stepson, Scott Harakas, Indianapolis; a stepdaughter, Lisa Harakas, Indianapolis; her mother, Ruby Lane Howard, Goodlettsville; a brother, Hillary W. Lane, Goodlettsville; and three grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

KAYSER, JEANNE S., 86, of Largo, died Saturday (March 5, 1994) at Sabal Palms Nursing Home, Largo. She was born in Berlin, Wis., and came here in 1983 from Madison, Wis. She was a homemaker and a Catholic. Survivors include her daughter, Dr. Lani Havens, New York; a sister, Joan Murphy, Wisconsin; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

McCULLA, WILLIAM L., of Largo, died Saturday (March 5, 1994) at Largo Medical Center Hospital. He was born in Cherokee, Iowa, and came here in 1968 from Cape Cod, Mass. He was a 27-year Air Force veteran and was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church, Largo. He was a 1929 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and earned a graduate degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a member of the West Point Society, Florida West Coast, Association Graduates, National Defense Preparedness Association, the Air Force Association, the American Arbitration Association and the Rotary Club of Belleair Bluffs. Survivors include a son, William L., Alexandria, Va.; a daughter, Jean Riggs, Belleville, Ill.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Hubbell Funeral Home, Belleair Bluffs.

Pinellas Park

EDWARDS, THERESA A., 62, of Pinellas Park, died Friday (March 4, 1994) at Metropolitan General Hospital. She came here in 1990 from her native Manchester, N.H., and was a homemaker. Survivors include a son, Terry Karanikas, Lake George, N.Y.; two daughters, Anna Kelly and Paula Karanikas, both of Golfstown, N.H.; her mother, Anna Lemire, Pinellas Park; a brother, William Hayes, St. Petersburg; three sisters, Catherine Herron, Pinellas Park, Clara DeSilvio, Exeter, N.H., and Helen Earnshaw, Manchester; and seven grandchildren. International Chapels Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.

MERKIEL, MARTHA J., 64, of Pinellas Park, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at home. She came here in 1982 from her native Pittsburgh, where she was a grocery store manager. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pinellas Park. Survivors include three daughters, Marie Tomnay, Pittsburgh, Theresa Dawson, St. Petersburg, and Lynn Novakovic, Oakmont, Pa.; three sons, John D. III, North Plainfield, N.J., Timothy J., Bethel Park, Pa., and Harry, Pittsburgh; two sisters, Anna Marie Lewis, McKees Rocks, Pa., and Betty Flamm, Carnegie, Pa.; a brother, Ted Truver, Texas; a stepbrother, Edwin McDonald, Pittsburgh; a stepsister, Saundra Williams, Virginia; and 12 grandchildren. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.

Safety Harbor

PAYNTER, FRANCIS "BOB," 77, of Safety Harbor, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at Arbors at Safety Harbor nursing home. He was born in Slatington, Pa., and came here in 1950 from Allentown, Pa. He was chief plant electrician at the Florida Power Higgins Plant. He was a member of Countryside Baptist Church. He was past master of Masonic Lodge 192 F&AM, Dunedin, Egypt Temple Shrine, Clearwater Commandry, and the Florida Power Pioneer Club. Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances; a son, Dennis, Cairo; a daughter, Sandra Cocca, Allentown; a stepdaughter, Glend Giddens, Fort Lauderdale; a sister, Gloria Lennon, Dennehotso, Ariz.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater.

St. Petersburg

BERNSTEIN, IRVING J., 72, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (March 7, 1994) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he came here in 1966 from Syracuse, N.Y., where he was owner of a pharmaceutical company. A member and past president of Congregation B'nai Israel, he belonged to its Mitzvah Men's Club and Hevra Kadisha and served on its ritual committee. He was a Mason and a past president of the Jewish Community Center of Pinellas County. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include two sons, David Bernstein, Toronto, and Jay Kauffman, Seminole; a daughter, Reva Magid, Blue Bell, Pa.; a brother, Rubin Kulick, Hallandale; and six grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Beth David Chapel, St. Petersburg.

CARMEN, EDNA, 85, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (March 5, 1994) at Convalescent Care & Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Hazelhurst, Pa., and came here in 1971 from Niagara Falls, N.Y. Locally, she was a former supervisor at Business Forms Printing and a member of Christ United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Leonard; a daughter, Shirley Polkowski, St. Petersburg; and a sister, Olive Hunt, and niece, Jean Wolfe, both of Treasure Island. Woodlawn Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

CIRIOLI, JOSEPHINE, 77, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at William & Mary Nursing Center. Born in New Haven, Conn., she came here in 1945 from Scotch Plains, N.J., and retired from the maintenance department of the city of St. Petersburg after many years. She was a member of First Church of God. Survivors include a sister, Emilia R. Cirioli, Cranford, N.J.; and a brother, Oreste Cirioli, Sandwood, N.J. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

COLACCOI, ETHEL, 79, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at Swanholm Rehabilitation Center. Bay Pines Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

DENT, SHIRLEY M., 74, of 2635 Second Ave. S, St. Petersburg, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at St. Anthony's Hospital. She came here in 1958 from her native Clayton, Ala. She was a former employee of Softwater Laundry. A member of Triumph Holiness Church, she was church mother and missionary and was a member of Order of the Eastern Star Bertha B. Chapter 45, Clayton. Survivors include her husband, Arthur; a son, Willie Reese, Ozark, Ala.; a daughter, Mary Davis, St. Petersburg; six sisters, Carol Price, Loraine Williams, Ruby Bolder, Aline Hall and Mary Hollmon, all of Buffalo, N.Y., and Mary B. Thompson, Miami; four brothers, Benny Lee, Rochester, N.Y., and Willie James Lee, Thomas R. Lee and Charles Rhyan, all of Buffalo; her stepmother, Annie Rhyan, Buffalo; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

DUGAN, MICHAEL A. "MIKEY," 18, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (March 5, 1994). He was born in St. Petersburg and was a student at Northeast High School. Survivors include his mother, Ellen M. Luciano, his father and stepmother, Bill Sr. and Betsey Dugan; a brother, Billy Ray Dugan; four sisters, Heidi, JoAnne, Christina and LeeAnn Dugan; and his grandmother, Doris McLoughlin, all of St. Petersburg. Thomas J. Brett Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

FORD, CHARLES GRADY, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (March 4, 1994) at home. He was born in Petros, Tenn., and came here in 1961 from Knoxville, Tenn. From 1961 to 1981, he was a salesman/sales manager at Ross Chevrolet, then was a real estate agent until 1986. Since 1986, he was owner and general agent for Senior Care Associates. A member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, he was an usher there and past president of its men's club. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Elks Lodge in St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Audrey C.; a daughter, Starling C. Bigman, St. Petersburg; three sisters, Mozelle Duncan, Petros, and Willene Russell and Peggy Langley, both of Oliver Springs, Tenn.; two brothers, Earl, Nashville, and Dean A., Oliver Springs; and a granddaughter, Stephanie M. Bigman, St. Petersburg. Thomas J. Brett Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

GORDON, CLARENCE, 60, of St. Petersburg, died of kidney failure Sunday (March 6, 1994) at St. Anthony's Hospital. He was born in Roanoke, Va., and came here in 1990 from Tampa. He worked in maintenance at Pasadena Community Church and was an active member of group 2250 of Alcoholics Anonymous. Bay Pines Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

KRAMER, ARTHUR GEORGE, 93, of Club Chalet Mobile Home Park, St. Petersburg, died Saturday (March 5, 1994) at Swanholm Rehabilitation Center. Born in Forest Park, Ill., he came here in 1951 from Maywood, Ill. He served in France during World War I. Locally, he was a deacon at Friendship Baptist Church. Survivors include many nieces and nephews, including Dorothy Ransom and Sharon Mendlovitz of St. Petersburg. Memorial Park Funeral Home-Cemetery, St. Petersburg.

KURUS, PAUL R., 73, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at Northside Hospital. He was born in Newark, N.J., and came here in 1984 from Parlan, N.J. He retired as a pipe fitter from National Lead. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and a volunteer for the First Aid Squadron in Madison Park, N.J. He was active with Troop 61 of Boy Scouts of America and Little League softball and baseball teams in New Jersey. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a life member of Disabled American Veterans 9, St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife, Jean V.; three sons, Paul J. and Ronald M., both of St. Petersburg, and Alan P., Jackson, N.J.; a daughter, Debra Aucoin, St. Petersburg; three brothers, John, Sanford, N.C., Samuel, Hillside, N.J., and William, Vallejo, Calif.; three sisters, Mary Zawaysky, St. Petersburg, Kay Galuk, Union, N.J., and Anne Pettus, Old Bridge, N.J.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial Park Funeral Home-Cemetery, St. Petersburg.

MERCKEL, FLORENCE M., 90, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at Suncoast Manor. Born in Wabash, Ind., she came here in 1962 from Montclair, N.J., and was a homemaker. Survivors include two daughters, Jean M. Reynolds, Clearwater, and Nancy K. Merckel, Doylestown, Pa.; and six granddaughters. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

MULLINS, GLADYS B. SMITH, 91, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at Westminster Shores Health Center. She was born in Manassas, Va., and came here in 1920 from Woodstock, Va. From 1935 to 1941, she was owner of the beauty salon Modernistic Beauty Box. Active with First United Methodist Church, she was a past president of United Methodist Women, chairwoman of several circles and an organizer of the Sam Bussey Sewing Circle. She was a member of the church's official board, a counselor for the youth groups and was a past president of church's Sunshine Mothers Club and Interlock Club. She was a past president of Demolay and a member of Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include a daughter, Betty Lamb, Gulfport; two sons, the Rev. James Smith, Kenneth City, and retired Col. Edwin Smith, Texas; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home, Gulfport.

PAINE, MARION I., 99, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at Westminster Shores Health Center. She was born in Hankinson, N.D., and came here in 1941 from Fargo, N.D. A public school teacher from 1945 to 1964, she taught at the former Glen Oak Elementary School, St. Petersburg. She was a Protestant. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia P. Evans, St. Petersburg; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

PRICE, RALPH C., 88, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at Convalescent Care & Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and came in 1973 from Palo Alto, Calif., where he was a business administrator at Stanford University. He was a graduate of the University of Iowa and a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He was a Navy lieutenant during World War II. In St. Petersburg, he was volunteer of the year at the Dali Museum in 1984 and 1985. He was a Protestant. Survivors include two nephews, Robert Price, Gulfport, and Ben Price, Sanibel. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

SACHS, HELEN E., 72, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at William & Mary Nursing Center. She was born in Wilcox, Ariz., and came here in 1945 from Gary, Ind. She was a bookkeeper and did extensive volunteer work with the elderly. She was a Protestant. Survivors include two sons, Willis Burke Hise, St. Petersburg, and Robert Steven Hise, Tarpon Springs; and two grandchildren. North American Cremation, St. Petersburg.

TURNER, FRANK L. SR., 61, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at Leesburg Regional Medical Center. He came here in 1955 from his native Vienna, Ga. He was a truck driver in the sanitation and maintenance department for the city of St. Petersburg for 23 years. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Ruby; two sons, James R., Montgomery, Ala., and Frank L. Jr., St. Petersburg; four daughters, Lavorian Hutson and Deirdre Colon of New York, and Terri and Lisa Turner of St. Petersburg; five sisters, Liza Coleman, Ann Dixon, and Mary Whaley, all of St. Petersburg, Martha Harris and Mary King of Vienna; and 10 grandchildren. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

WALKER, HARRIET W., 69, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at home. She was born in Springfield, Mass. and came here in 1954 from Massachusetts. Survivors include two sons, Donald, Spring, Texas., and Wayne M., St. Petersburg; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Bay Pines Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg Beach

HOLL, ROGER CARL, 72, of Cleveland, Ga., formerly of St. Petersburg Beach, died Monday (March 7, 1994). He was born in Worcester, Mass., and lived in St. Petersburg Beach before moving to Cleveland in 1987. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. A 32nd degree Mason, he was a member of Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge 291, Madeira Beach, and the Scottish Rite. Survivors include his wife, Florence A.; a son, Joseph R., St. Petersburg; a daughter, Carol B. Belair, Covington, Ga.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland, Ga.

Seminole

THOMAS, GENE ALLAN, 52, of Seminole, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at University General Hospital, Seminole. He came here in 1965 from his native Lewistown, Pa. He was a computer program analyst for E Systems, St. Petersburg. He was a Protestant and a coach for Cross Bayou Little League Softball for more than 20 years. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; a daughter, Lori A. Williams, Largo; his mother, Francis Thomas, Lewistown; two brothers, William and James, both of Lewistown; two sisters, Alta Nickle, Rock Hall, Md., and Francis Pennepacker, Lewistown; and two grandchildren. Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, St. Petersburg.

Tarpon Springs

FISHSTROM, HELEN M., 85, of Tarpon Springs, died Sunday (March 6, 1994) at Tarpon Convalescent Center. She was born in Pittsburgh. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Ahrens, Tarpon Springs. Dobies Funeral Home, Holiday.

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