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PINELLAS OBITUARIES

Belleair Beach

TOTARO, RALPH H., 65, of Belleair Beach, died Sunday (July 21, 1996) at home. He was born in Weehawken, N.J., and came here in 1980 from Denville, N.J., where he was an officer in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and an apprentice instructor. Locally, he restored antique furniture for Wealth Builders in Largo. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Pinellas County Democratic Club. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Rosemarie, a former New Jersey state legislator for two terms; two daughters, Denise Totaro, Belleair Beach and Denville, and Marianne Totaro, Denville; and two brothers, Robert, Clifton, N.J., and Joseph, Weehawken. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

Clearwater

ALBURY, RUTH A., 94, of Spring Hill, formerly of Clearwater, died Sunday (July 21, 1996) at Brooksville Nursing Manor. She came to Clearwater in 1978 from her native Millersburg, Ohio, and moved in 1994 to Spring Hill. She worked as a secretary for the Ohio Board of Education and was Presbyterian. Survivors include a son, Jack F., Spring Hill; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Lakeview Chapel Funeral Home/Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater.

EBERZ, ALBERT G., 81, of Clearwater, died Saturday (July 20, 1996) at Manor Care Dunedin nursing home. He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and came here in 1978 from Chenango Bridge, N.Y., where he worked as a claims adjuster for Aetna Insurance. He was an Army veteran of World War II and Catholic. Survivors include a daughter, Alison J. Cranson, Tampa; a son, Cal Cranson, Tampa; four brothers, George, Bradenton, and Andrew, Robert and Jack, all of Syracuse, N.Y.; and two grandchildren, Michele Cranson, Atlanta, and Marc Cranson, St. Louis. Lakeview Chapel Funeral Home/Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater.

EDMOND, THELMA O., 67, of Clearwater, died Sunday (July 21, 1996) at Manor Care Palm Harbor nursing home. She was born in Tifton, Ga., and came here in 1969 from Florence, Ky. She worked 55 years as a bookkeeper. She was a member of AA in Clearwater. Survivors include her husband, Peter J.; two sons, James, Fredericksburg, Va., and Philip, Union, Ky.; a daughter, Jo Ann, Cincinnati; a brother, Donald Hightower, Tifton; a sister, Norma Mooney, Donaldsville, Ga.; and a grandson. National Cremation Society, Largo.

JOHNSON, JAMES, 82, of Clearwater, died Thursday (July 18, 1996) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Bronson and came here in 1990 from Boston, where he had worked as an elevator operator. Survivors include two sisters, Verla Aytzh, Clearwater, and Victoria Walters. Larkins Funeral Home, Clearwater.

LANE, DANIEL F., 69, of Clearwater, died Sunday (July 21, 1996) at home. He was born in Philadelphia and came here in 1985 from Concord, N.H., where he was executive vice president of Chubb Life Insurance Co. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Eastlake Golf Club, Palm Harbor. Survivors include his wife, Bernice; two sons, Kenneth, Clearwater, and Daniel F. III, Largo; three daughters, Diane Lane, Clearwater, Linda Williams, Palm Harbor, and Christine Heldreth, Albany, Ga.; a brother, William, Lakeland; two sisters, Delores Croce, Ocean City, N.J., and Mary Jane Pacifico, Egg Harbor, N.J.; a stepsister, Sister Corinne Ritchie, Malvern, Pa.; and four grandchildren. Moss-Feaster at Sylvan Abbey, Clearwater.

RUSENKO, STEPHANIE H., 87, of Clearwater, died Saturday (July 20, 1996) at Oak Manor Nursing Center, Largo. She was born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, and came here in 1942 from Fairfield, Calif. She was a homemaker and Lutheran. Survivors include a son, James J., Largo; a daughter, Edith Walker, Fairfield, Calif.; a sister, Ella Ferries, Pembroke Pines; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Largo Chapel.

SIMONSON, RUSSELL J., 41, of Clearwater, died Saturday (July 13, 1996) as a result of injuries sustained in a Largo accident. He was born in Amityville, N.Y., and came here in 1971 from West Babylon, N.Y. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include a brother, Richard, Odessa; and a sister, Elaine Selover, St. Petersburg. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, Palm Harbor.

SPALDING, MARY "ALBERTA," of Clearwater, died Saturday (July 20, 1996) at home. She came here in 1956 from her native Marion, Ind. She worked as an assembler for a hospital supply company. Survivors include two sons, Larry, St. Petersburg, and Ron, New York City; three brothers, Paul Magers, Clearwater, Lou Magers, Diamondback, Miss., and Russell Magers, Paris, Ill.; three sisters, Margaret Tate, New Port Richey, Katherine Cecil, Orlando, and Sally Maiorca, Niles, Ohio; and two grandchildren. Gulf Breeze Cremation & Burial Society, Largo.

SPOTO, ANTHONY J. "PETE," 80, of Clearwater, died Saturday (July 20, 1996). He came here in 1978 from his native Rochester, N.Y., where he worked for 35 years as a typesetter for Rochester Mono-Type. He was Protestant. Survivors include two sons, Peter, Dunedin, and Sebastian, Rochester; a daughter, Clara Zimmer, Lompoc, Calif.; two sisters, Mary Stio, Boca Raton, and Angie Saluzzo, Tucson, Ariz.; three brothers, Paul, Albion, N.Y., Sam, Reno, Nev., and Frank, Rochester; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, Bobbitt Chapel, St. Petersburg.

Largo

ATKINS, ELLA MARGARET, 92, of Largo, formerly of Clearwater, died Monday (July 22, 1996) at Cambridge Manor, Largo. She came to Clearwater in 1966 from her native Indiana, where she had been a supervisor with Indiana Bell Telephone Co. She moved in 1994 to Largo. She was a member of Church of Christ, Clearwater. Survivors include a sister, Jennie Moultan, Marine City, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

ELDERKIN, GERALDINE, 77, of Attleboro, Mass., formerly of Largo, died Sunday (June 16, 1996) at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro. She was born in Pawtucket, R.I., and lived in Largo from 1956 to 1986. She worked for 10 years as an estimator for Mason Box Co. and for 12 years as a licensed practical nurse at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She attended Bethany Congregational Church, South Attleboro, Mass., and was a member of the church's Women's Auxiliary. Survivors include three daughters, Barbara A. Holan, Clearwater, Beverly G. Chaloux, Dighton, Mass., and Bette Lou Street, Jonesboro, Tenn.; two brothers, Joseph Higginbotham, Florida, and Gerald Higginbotham, North Attleboro, Mass.; three sisters, Marion Mager, Cumberland, Mass., Hazel Griffin, Attleboro, and Olive Lowe, North Attleboro; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. William W. Tripp Funeral Home, Pawtucket.

WYNKOOP, PAUL A., 67, of Largo, died Thursday (July 18, 1996) at Columbia University General Hospital, Seminole. He came here in 1993 from his native Columbus, Ohio, and was a member of 60th Street Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Cathy O'Hara, Largo; and two sons, Larry and Gary, both of Columbus. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, Palm Harbor.

Redington Beach

RABBITT, GLADYS C., 91, of Redington Beach, died Friday (July 19, 1996) at Columbia Brandon Regional Medical Center. Born in Bowling Green, Ky., she came here in 1966 from Tampa and was a homemaker. An avid bridge player, she was a member of Life Masters and the American Contract Bridge League. She was a Baptist. Survivors include a son, James H. Boggs, a daughter, Marian B. Pearson, and a brother, A. Ross Cleman, all of Brandon; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Homes, Brandon.

Safety Harbor

PULLOM, HUBERT "CHUCK," 54, of Safety Harbor, died Saturday (July 20, 1996) at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor. He was born in Orrville, Ala., and came here in 1954 from Belle Glade. He worked as a carpenter for Jacobson Mobile Home Factory. He was a member of Booth Street Church of Christ, Safety Harbor. Survivors include his wife, Valeta; a son, Henry Goins, Avon Park; a daughter, Deborah Cole, California; three brothers, Charlie L. and Sylvester, both of Orrville, and Harvey, California; eight sisters, Mattie Pullom, Selma, Ala., Mary Richardson, Juanita Blevin and Ella M. Pullom, all of Orrville, Earline Gloss, Saginaw, Mich., and Willie Lee Power, Idella Morgan and Artelida Pullom, all of Detroit; and three grandchildren. Young's Funeral Home, Clearwater.

SCHULDT, MICHAEL G., 51, of Safety Harbor, died Wednesday (July 17, 1996) in the crash of TWA Flight 800 in East Moriches, N.Y. He was a flight attendant aboard the aircraft. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and came here in 1983 from Chicago. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and Protestant. Survivors include his wife, Judith; his parents, William Schuldt, Detroit, and Beverly Schuldt, West Palm Beach; and a brother, Steve, South Lyon, Mich. Moss-Feaster at Sylvan Abbey, Clearwater.

St. Petersburg

CHOY-SHAN, PEARL, 68, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (July 20, 1996) at Bayfront Medical Center. She was born in Trinidad and came here in 1994 from Brooklyn, N.Y. Locally, she was a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church and its prayer group. Survivors include five daughters, Alana G. Ramdial, Brooklyn, Maureen C. Rahaman, Las Vegas, Sammoy G. Chang-Leung, Jersey City, N.J., Anne Taylor, Henderson, Nev., and Margaret G. Choy-Shan, St. Petersburg; three sons, Everard T., St. Petersburg, Lee, Brooklyn, and Gary S., Cranford, N.J.; a sister, Anna Gocking, Trinidad; and 16 grandchildren. Thomas J. Brett Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

ELLIS, SHIRLEY ANN, 60, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (July 22, 1996) at Hospice House Woodside. She was born in Kansas City, Mo., and came here in 1986 from Jacksonville. She was a loan processor at the regional office of the Department of Veterans Affairs. She was a member of Garden Crest Presbyterian Church. Survivors include a brother, Bill Berrey, St. Petersburg. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

GAGE, BRIAN KEITH, 37, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (July 22, 1996) at Integrated Health Services, St. Petersburg. Born in Granite City, Ill., he came here in 1990 from Houston and was a reservationist for Continental Airlines. Survivors include his mother, Mildred Whitaker Gage, Brandon; and three brothers, Jerry, Garland, Texas, and John B. Jr. and Robert W., both of Valrico. Southern Funeral & Memorial Services, St. Petersburg.

JOHNSON, ALBERT, 66, of 1035 Arlington Ave. N, St. Petersburg, died Sunday (July 21, 1996) at St. Anthony's Hospital emergency room. He was born in Atlanta and came here in 1965 from Miami. He was a Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Erma; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Barnes, Roanoke, Va.; a brother, Lucious, and a sister, Roberta Johnson, both of Atlanta; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, Dr. M.

L. King Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

JONES, ALBERTHA M., 95, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (July 21, 1996) at Life Care Center, Lecanto. She was born in Crystal River and came here in 1932 from Daytona Beach. She was a member of Bethel Metropolitan Baptist Church, where she had taught Sunday school and was a member of the usher board and the missionary and YW guilds. Survivors include two brothers, Samuel Kirby, Baxter, Ga., and Richard Smith, St. Petersburg; and a sister, Hazel D. Smith, St. Petersburg. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

LOWE, JESSIE GERALD JR., 42, of 1403 Tifton St. S, St. Petersburg, was found Tuesday (July 16, 1996) after he apparently drowned at North Shore Park. Born in Geneva, Ala., he came here 1976 from Hempstead, N.Y., and formerly worked in the maintenance department of the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. He was a Marine Corps veteran. He was a member of Elim Seventh-day Adventist Church, where he was on the board of elders. Survivors include two sons, Cleon, New York City, and Jessie G. III, St. Petersburg; a daughter, Tameka Lowe, New York City; his mother, Morlene Brown, St. Petersburg; two brothers, J. Earl, St. Petersburg, and James L., New York City; a sister, Mary C. Edwards, and his maternal grandmother, Lessie Mae Lowe, both of St. Petersburg; and two grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

MICHAEL, MARY B., 87, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (July 21, 1996) at Carrington Place. She came here in 1980 from her native Greensboro, N.C., where she worked at Meyer's Department Store. She was a member of West Market Street United Methodist Church and its women's club, Greensboro, and was active with First Presbyterian Church and its women's circle in St. Petersburg. Survivors include two sons, Robert F., St. Petersburg, and William T., Greensboro; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. John S. Rhodes, East Chapel, St. Petersburg.

MONTAGNE, MARY E., 84, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (July 22, 1996) at Columbia Northside Medical Center. Born in Italy, she came here in 1981 from Greenbelt, Md., and was a copy machine operator for a reproduction company. Locally, she was a member of Church of the Transfiguration. Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Earl P.; a son, Samuel "Ben" Lopez, Manassas Park, Va.; three daughters, Clara M. Kirby, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Mary Minni Nelson, Lewes, Del., and Rosalind Cross, Oklahoma City; a brother, Joseph Cerenze, Dundalk, Md.; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

MORGAN, IRVING R. "PETE," 90, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (July 19, 1996) at Egret Cove Center. He was born in Moultrie, Ga., and came here in 1942 from Plant City. He was a freight cashier for the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad from 1942 to 1965 and was a member of Brotherhood of Railway Clerks. Locally, he worked for Drew Realty and Hotz Realty, both of St. Petersburg. He was a 54-year member of First Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Blossym F.; two daughters, Sandra A. Hotz and Dianne Zuercher, both of St. Petersburg; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

OATHOUT, WALTER G., 93, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (July 21, 1996) at Alpine Health & Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Watervliet, N.Y., and came here in 1969 from Newtonville, N.Y. He was a printer for the state of New York and Eastern Tablet, Albany, N.Y. He was a member of the Industrial Club, Troy, N.Y., and Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Survivors include a son, Russell H., St. Petersburg. C. E. Prevatt Funeral Home, Tyrone Chapel, St. Petersburg.

REESE, ESTELLA, 80, of 2331 26th St. S, St. Petersburg, died Sunday (July 21, 1996) at the Abbey Nursing Center. She was born in Camilla, Ga., and came here in 1945 from Moultrie, Ga. She was a member of Traveler's Rest Baptist Church, where she served on Usher Board 1 and in the Ministers' Wives Auxiliary. Survivors include a son, Roscoe Jr., Detroit; four daughters, Johnnie Pearl Adams, Asheville, N.C., and Mattie Adams, Barbara Lanier and Yvonne Woodberry, all of St. Petersburg; 29 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

RONEY, SERENA, 96, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (July 21, 1996) at College Harbor Health Center. Born in Hungary, she came here in 1986 from New York and was an accountant and importer of giftware. She was a member of Temple Beth-El and the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College. Survivors include a daughter, Marianne Mantell, New Hope, Pa. David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Beth David Chapel, St. Petersburg.

RUTHERFORD, MARGARET L., 85, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (July 19, 1996) at Columbia St. Petersburg Medical Center. Born in Scotland, she came here in 1969 from Long Island, N.Y., and was a homemaker. She was a Methodist. Survivors include a son, Leslie C., St. Petersburg. Memorial Park Funeral Home-Cemetery, St. Petersburg.

TREGLIA, HELEN, 97, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (July 19, 1996) at Bayfront Medical Center. There are no known survivors. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

WEDDLE, WILLIAM SAMUEL JR. "GATOR," 59, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (July 20, 1996) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. Born in Tampa, he was a master electrician in construction and a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 915, Tampa. An Army veteran of the Korean War, he was a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne and was a member of VFW Meuse-Argonne Post 573, Clarksburg, W.Va., American Legion Post 0179, Sulphur, La., and Moose Lodge 1378, Lake Charles, La. He was a Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Peggy; a stepson, James R. O'Quinn, and a stepdaughter, Cheryl Ann Rogers, both of Sulphur; a brother, Alan, Ocala; a sister, Gayle Parker, Miami; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. International Chapels Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.

Tierra Verde

MIZWA, MARY A., 74, of Tierra Verde, died Sunday (July 21, 1996) at home. Born in western New York state, she came here in 1963 from Fredonia, N.Y., and was a homemaker. She was a member of Lealman Church of the Nazarene. Survivors include two sons, Ronald E., Tierra Verde, and Charles D., St. Petersburg; a daughter, Judith Schauman, Cassadaga, N.Y.; a brother, Clark Tyler, Forestville, N.Y.; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

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