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PINELLAS OBITUARIES

Clearwater

BABICZ, GEORGE P., 83, of Clearwater, died Saturday (June 24, 1995) at home. He was born in North Chicago, Ill., and came here in 1973 from Waukegan, Ill., where he worked as a machine operator. He was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Church and its Men's Association and Knights of Columbus Colreavy Council 3580, both in Clearwater. He was a 25-year and 3rd and 4th Degree member of Knights of Columbus. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Vera M.; a daughter, Jeanette Colburn, Columbus, Ind.; two brothers, Chester, Albuquerque, N.M., and Henry, North Chicago; three sisters, Adelaide Babicz, Sinsinawa, Wis., Margaret Babicz, Waukegan, and Eleanore Davis, Dearborn Heights, Mich.; and three grandchildren. Lakeview Chapel Funeral Home/Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park.

CARTER, MARIAN E., 69, of Clearwater, died Thursday (June 22, 1995) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Olean, N.Y., and came here in 1972 from New York, where she was a teacher for 12 years. She was a Catholic. Survivors include a niece; and two nephews. National Cremation Society, Largo.

GARVIS, DOREEN, 97, of Clearwater, died Thursday (June 22, 1995) at National Health Care Center of St. Petersburg. She was born in England. E. James Reese Funeral Home and Crematory, Seminole.

ISBAN, ANNE REINHARDT, 83, of Clearwater, died Friday (June 23, 1995) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in New York City and came here in 1983 from South Salem, N.Y. She worked as an administrative assistant for Raytheon Corp., Stamford, Conn. She was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include her husband, Charles; two sons, Gary E. Reinhardt, Morganville, N.J., and Richard A. Reinhardt, Patterson, N.Y.; a sister, Frances Weis Hall, Clearwater; and six grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

SCHLACHTER, ROBERT EUGENE, 67, of Clearwater, died Friday (June 23, 1995) at Mease Hospital Countryside, Safety Harbor. He was born in Yonkers, N.Y., and came here two years ago from Ardsley, N.Y. He worked 40 years as a mechanical engineer for A.M.S., Eastchester, N.Y. He was an Army veteran of World War II, a member of Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Dunedin, a lieutenantof Ardsley Police Department Auxiliary and a president of Ardsley Flag Committee. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Mildred L.; four sons, Robert A., Clearwater, Donald and Daniel, both of Shrub Oak, N.Y., and Douglas, New Paltz, N.Y.; a brother, Richard, Williamsburg, Va.; and five grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

Kenneth City

McKINLEY, DANIEL G., 80, of Kenneth City, died Saturday (June 24, 1995) at home. Born in Shawneetown, Ill., he came here in 1979 from Eureka, Mo., where he was a member of Meramec Masonic Lodge and was an assembler for Chrysler Corp., for 24 years. He retired in 1972. During World War II, he served in the Army. He was a member of Clearview Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Clara E.; a daughter, Gloria Klein, Kenneth City; three brothers, William R., Evansville, Ind., John R., Harrisburg, Ill., and Andrew J., Mount Airy, Md.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Richard E. Sorensen, Gee and Sorensen Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Largo

INGRAHAM, HAROLD STEVENS "STEVE," 67, of Largo, died Friday (June 23, 1995) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Punta Gorda and came here in 1983 from New Port Richey. He worked at Trico Electrical Supply Co., Largo. He was an Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, Wanda. Hubbell Funeral Home and Crematory, Belleair Bluffs.

LEPIRE, MARGARET A., 75, of Largo, died Thursday (June 22, 1995) at home. She was born in Princeton, W.Va., and came here this year from New Port Richey. She worked as an operator for GTE. She was a Catholic. Survivors include a daughter, Linda S. Noll, Albany, Ga.; four brothers, Stephen Kennedy, Largo, Ronald Kennedy, Fort Myers, Frank Kennedy Jr., Elkins, W.Va., and James Kennedy, Charleston, S.C.; four sisters, Barbara Armstrong, New Port Richey, Evelyn Hays, Palm Harbor, and Dorothy Evans and Jean Lovell, both of McComb, Miss.; a grandchild; and a great-grandchild. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Largo Chapel.

Palm Harbor

GUNTHER, MARY B., 78, of Palm Harbor, died Friday (June 23, 1995) at Manor Care, Palm Harbor. She was born in Birmingham, Ala., and came here in 1950 from New Orleans. She was a nurse and worked at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. She was a Methodist and an Army Nurse Corps veteran of World War II. Survivors include a daughter, M. Susan Marino, Palm Harbor; two brothers; two sisters; three granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

YORIE, NORMA M., 75, of Palm Harbor, died Saturday (June 24, 1995) at home. She was born in Ringtown, Pa., and came here in 1983 from North Syracuse, N.Y. She was a homemaker and a member of Espiritu Santo Catholic Church, Safety Harbor. Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Gigantelli, New Port Richey, Cynthia Newton, Palm Harbor, and Suzette Homme, Largo; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Palm Harbor Chapel.

Pinellas Park

THEW, ANO W., 91, of Pinellas Park, died Thursday (June 22, 1995) at home. Born in Moorhead, Iowa, she came here in 1975 from Silver Spring, Md., and was a homemaker. She was a former resident of Majestic Towers. Survivors include a daughter, Nancy T. Barnett, Pinellas Park; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three nieces and a nephew. National Cremation Society, Largo.

St. Pete Beach

STRUTHERS, KENNETH E., 35, of St. Pete Beach, died Friday (June 23, 1995) at home of AIDS. A native of St. Petersburg, he was a 1977 graduate of Boca Ciega High School and was a professional model for various agencies. He returned here from Miami eight months ago. Survivors include his parents, Ronald and Rebecca Struthers, St. Pete Beach; two brothers, Jeff, St. Pete Beach, and Steve, Madeira Beach; and his grandmother, Amelia Struthers, Tarpon Springs. Beach Memorial Chapel, St. Pete Beach.

St. Petersburg

BISNEY, BRYAN T. E., 86, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (June 12, 1995) at Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Md., of pneumonia. Born in Grimbsy, Ontario, he came here in 1965. He was a broadcasting expert, working locally for the former WLCY-Ch. 10 until his retirement in 1975 as the station's program and production manager. He worked previously for radio stations in Canada and served in the Canadian Propaganda Ministry. He also worked for radio and television stations in Longview, Texas, Hot Springs, Ark., and Springfield, Mo. He produced the Eddie Arnold Show in Nashville, Tenn., in 1951. From 1954 to 1960, he was producer and director of the country music show Jubilee, USA. Survivors include a son, John, Bethesda. Rapp Funeral Home, Silver Spring, Md.

DONOVAN, LILLIAN, 97, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (June 22, 1995) at the Abbey Nursing Center. Born in Chetek, Wis., she came here in 1952 from Flint, Mich., where she was a former inventory control clerk at General Motors. Locally, she was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church. Survivors include two nephews, Robert C. Swain, Davison, Mich., and Richard Wiltgen, Chicago; and a niece, Janet Pedersen, Rochester, Mich. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

GUENTHER, LELAND H., 72, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (June 23, 1995) at Northside Hospital. Born in Pittsburgh, he came here in 1971 from Columbus, Ohio. A pilot for the U.S. Air Force in Homestead and an aviation safety inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration, he served in World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a member of the Order of the Daedalians and Retired Officers Association, both of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. He was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Cross. Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Ellen D.; three daughters, Barbara Lee Griffin, Longmeadow, Mass., Beverly Ann Weil, St. Petersburg, and Patricia Kay Brown, Jacksonville; three stepdaughters, Kimberly Conover, Hyde Park, N.Y., Valerie Nedrow, Wellston, Okla., Lisa Conover, Chicopee, Mass.; a stepson, Master Sgt. Calvin Conover, Abilene, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

HOFFMAN, THE REV. LOUIS F., 89, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (June 17, 1995). Born in Baltimore, he came here in 1988 from Sarasota, where he had lived since 1955. A graduate of Wheaton (Ill.) College, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and University of Florida, he was an ordained Presbyterian minister since 1937. He served in Presbyterian churches in Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey and Virginia before ministering to Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church of Sarasota until 1959. He worked for the Tampa Presbytery and also taught in the Sarasota school system for six years before retiring in 1970. He was the first county chaplain for Civil Defense in Florida and was a member of the national seminar that prepared a Civil Defense manual for the clergy. He was a life honorary member of the Board of Foreign Missions, a past vice president of Sarasota Christian Ministers Association, a past president of Southgate Ridge Civic Association, and for five years, was chaplain of Sarasota Retired Teachers Association. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sarasota, where he taught a Bible class and was an associate editor of its former newsletter. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Ella H.; two sons, David, Titusville, and Paul, Baton Rouge, La.; a daughter, Sharon Hoffman, Rochester, N.Y.; and five grandsons. Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Sarasota.

KITCHENS, JAMES N. II, 52, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (June 23, 1995) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Born in Norwalk, Conn., he came here in 1988 from Lufkin, Texas, and was a truck driver. During the Vietnam War, he served in the Navy and was a member of Paralyzed Veterans Association. He was a Lutheran and a member of Tucker (Ga.) Lodge 42 F&AM. Survivors include his wife, Donna; four daughters, Cynthia Vennetti, Massachusetts, Tracey Costikyan, Redding, Conn., Nancy, Norwalk, Conn., Donna Jones, San Marcos, Texas; two sons, James III and Michael, both of Connecticut; two sisters, Jimmie LaBonte, Sarasota, and Margaret Skellington, Norwalk; two brothers, Jack, Norwalk, and Edward, Darien, Conn.; and six grandchildren. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.

QUINN, CATHERINE M., 81, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (June 23, 1995) at Shore Acres Nursing Home. Born in Stanford, Conn., she came here in 1983 from Brooklyn, N.Y. She was a member of St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Church. She was a clerk in an insurance office. John S. Rhodes, East Chapel, St. Petersburg.

SABO, ALBERT JR., 65, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (June 21, 1995) at Pinellas Community Hospital. Born in Pittsburgh, he came here in 1974 and was a draftsman for McGill Engineering and a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Northeast United Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg and Homestead United Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. Survivors include a son, John, St. Petersburg; his father, Albert Sr., Plant City; a brother, Edmund, Virginia; a sister, Helen Nagy, North Huntington, Pa.; and a companion, Opal Elkins, St. Petersburg. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.

WILLIAMS, BURTON P., 74, of Tampa, and formerly of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (June 18, 1995) at St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa. Born in Baldwinville, Mass., he came here in 1958 from Millis, Mass. Locally, he was a cook for Howard Johnson. During World War II, he served in the Navy. Survivors include a sister, Blanche Fontneau, DeLand; two brothers, Thomas, St. Petersburg, and Richard, Medway, Mass. Richard E. Sorensen, Gee and Sorensen Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Seminole

RAITANO, MADELAINE L., 49, of Seminole, died Wednesday (June 21, 1995) at home. She was born in Astoria, N.Y., and came here in 1978 from Franklin Square, N.Y. She was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include her husband, Harry W.; a son, Harry C., Miami; a daughter, Renee Linda Raitano, Seminole; a brother, Peter Meduri, Lake City; two sisters, Mary Ann Parmese, Wantagh, N.Y., and Angela Nici, Queens, N.Y.; and two grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home and Crematory, Seminole.

South Pasadena

COPELAND, MARTHA H., 100, of South Pasadena, died Saturday (June 24, 1995) at Majestic Towers Health Center. Born in Pittsburgh, she came here in 1956 from Atlanta, where she was a kindergarten teacher for 30 years. She was a member of Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church and the Ladies Club. Survivors include a niece, Janice Kane, Atlanta; and several grandnieces. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.

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