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Clearwater

BEDERIAN, HARRY C., 66, of Clearwater, died Thursday (March 20, 1997) at Columbia Largo Medical Center. He was born in Franklin, Mass., and came here last year from Woonsocket, R.I., where he worked for 18 years for ACS Industries. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Gail; three brothers, Leo, Wildwood, and Henry and Larry, both of Franklin; and three sisters, Barbara Myers, Norfolk, Mass., and Betty Ober and Priscilla Sheridan, both of Franklin. National Cremation Society, Largo.

BISSETT, JUANITA MAE, 80, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (March 19, 1997) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. She was born in Vale, Tenn., and came here in 1977 from Akron, Ohio. She was a retired teacher of English and French in Summit County, Ohio. She was a member of First Christian Church, Clearwater. Survivors include her husband, Joseph O.; a son, James W., St. Pete Beach; two daughters, Linda J. Ries, Palm Harbor, and Merrilee Anthe, Akron; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Moss-Feaster at Sylvan Abbey, Clearwater.

DROLL, ALFRED S., 93, of Clearwater, died Friday (March 21, 1997) at Regency Oaks Nursing Center, Clearwater. He was born in Kansas, and came here in 1967 from Detroit. He was a retired administrator for Cass Technical School, Detroit, and Annapolis Military Academy. Survivors include his wife, Helen; a sister, Helen Price, Emporia, Kan.; and a nephew, Philip Droll, Sarasota. Moss-Feaster at Sylvan Abbey, Clearwater.

FRANZONE, JOAN ANN, 63, of Clearwater, died Thursday (March 20, 1997) at home. She was born in Far Rockaway, N.Y., and came here in 1990 from North Babylon, N.Y. She was a secretary for Geico Insurance Co., New York, and was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include her husband of 12 years, John A.; a son, Kevin McGrane, Largo; a daughter, Kim Colleen McGrane, Clearwater; her mother, Agnes Weldon; two brothers, Raymond Weldon, Smithtown, N.Y., and Donald Weldon, Selden, N.Y.; and two sisters, Alice Cartledge, East Meadow, N.Y., and Doris Weldon, Phoenix. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

Bay Pines

VINSON, EDWARD H., 77, of Bay Pines, died Thursday (March 20, 1997) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. Born in Poplar Bluff, Mo., he came here several years ago and was a salesman for Cavers Weekly Papers. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the American Legion. He was a Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Rita; two sons, Edward C., Zolfo Springs, and Daniel A., Phoenix; a daughter, Sharon G. Jones, Marietta, Ga.; two sisters, Flavia Wilson and Nell Goff, both of Michigan; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home and Crematory, Seminole.

Largo

NATTIEL, ELIZA W., 81, of Largo, died Thursday (March 20, 1997) at Arbors at St. Petersburg, Seminole. She was born in Lamont and came here from Greenville. She was a homemaker and a member of St. James AME Church, Clearwater, and Order of the Eastern Star Golden Blossom Chapter 33. Survivors include her husband, Walter K.; a daughter, Tenesha L. Nattiel, Largo; a sister, Selena Johnson, Rochester, N.Y.; and three nephews and a niece. Young's Funeral Home, Clearwater.

THOMPSON, ROBERT WAYNE, 86, of Largo, died Friday (March 21, 1997) at Sabal Palms Health Care Center, Clearwater. He was born in Philadelphia and came here in 1989 from Fort Lauderdale. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Marcella Louise; two sons, David, Largo, and Robert, Harleysville, Pa.; a sister, Jean Turney, Louisville, Ky.; and two grandchildren, Janet Hathaway, Massachusetts, and Peter Thompson, Pennsylvania. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

ROEMER, EMILY, 95, of Largo, died Thursday (March 20, 1997) at Palm Garden of Pinellas, Largo. She was born in New York City and came here in 1956 from Long Island, N.Y. She was a retired bookkeeper. Survivors include a cousin, John B. Murphy, Fort Myers. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Largo Chapel.

St. Petersburg

ASHMAN, FLORENCE, 94, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (March 18, 1997) at Carrington Place. Born in McKeesport, Pa., she came here in 1970 from Miami. She was a Presbyterian and a member of the DAR. Survivors include four nephews, John S. Rhodes Jr., Dunedin, William J. Rhodes, St. Petersburg, Robert F. Rhodes, Hendersonville, N.C., and Dr. David Rhodes, Pittsburgh; and three nieces, Mary Jane Wilson, Beaver, Pa., Helen Hunt, West Lafayette, Ind., and Betty Ann Rhodes, St. Petersburg. John S. Rhodes, East Chapel, St. Petersburg.

BAKER, HANNAH MAE, 69, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 20, 1997) at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in Quincy, she came here in 1979 from Sarasota and was a licensed cosmetologist for 35 years and co-owner of the former Harper's Beauty Salon. She was a member of Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, where she served in the Prayer Band and was a Sunday school teacher. Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Joe; a daughter, Annette M. Baker-Simon, Salt Lake City; a son, Joe Jr., St. Petersburg; a sister, Cora Lee Moultrie, Daytona Beach; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

BRYANT, WALTER JR., 51, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (March 19, 1997) at Bayfront Medical Center. He came here in 1955 from his native Americus, Ga. Locally, he was an employee at GTE Directory. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Carolyn; six daughters, Bridgett, Twanette, Mesha, Tondra, Katasha and Stacy Bryant, his parents, Walter and Louvenia Bryant Sr., four brothers, Rohland, Robert Lee, Nathaniel and Joseph, and four sisters, Gladys McNeil, Barbara Tarver, Gloria Bryant and Beverly Skinner, all of St. Petersburg; and 18 grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

FRANCIS, JENNY A., 96, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (March 21, 1997) at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in Easton, Conn., she came here in 1940 from Westport, Conn., where she was a reporter for the Westport Herald for 15 years. A member of the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, she was a former Florida State Women's Open champion. Survivors include a daughter, Ann Hedrick, and two grandchildren, Connie Aldrich and Dr. Randall Hedrick, all of St. Petersburg; and three great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

HAMMOND, EVERETT E., 82, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (March 18, 1997) at home. Born in Belvedere, Ill., he came here in 1976 from Rockford, Ill., where he was an electrician for Commonwealth Edison for 20 years, a member of the Odd Fellows and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and past president of the Rockford United Laborers Union. He also was a member of Belvedere Moose Lodge. Locally, he attended the Temple of Love and Healing and was past president of the Commonwealth Edison Annuitant Club of St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife, Nancy; three daughters, Victoria Coombs, Salinas, Calif., Barbara Story, Hillsdale, Mich., and Meredith McClure, Pecatonica, Ill.; a sister, Ione Schwartz, Belvedere; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

HUDSON, C. FRED, 75, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 20, 1997) at Columbia Northside Medical Center. Born in Palatka, he came here several years ago and was a salesman for Southern Lock & Supply. He was a Baptist and an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Wilda; two sons, C. Fred Jr., Seminole, and Reginald A., Houston; three daughters, Nancy Sharon Holland, Coconut Creek, Linda Allor, Winter Haven, and Jewel Kleinmann, Longwood; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. C.

E. Prevatt Funeral Home, Tyrone Chapel, St. Petersburg.

LESTER, JESSIE W., 68, of Myakka City, formerly of St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach, died Wednesday (March 19, 1997) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Born in Camden, N.J., she came to St. Pete Beach in 1960 and moved to St. Petersburg in 1980 before moving to Myakka City in 1990. She was a homemaker and a member of Pass-a-Grille Community Church and St. Petersburg Garden Club. She was an 18-year volunteer with All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg. Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Charles; two sons, Bruce Thomas, Palmetto, and David Kent, Pine Island; a daughter, Kathryn Lester Sutch, Howey-in-the-Hills; and four grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Beach Memorial Chapel, St. Pete Beach.

MAURIN, MARIE, 92, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (March 18, 1997) at Concordia Manor. There are no known survivors. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

McKENZIE, ETHEL, 90, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 20, 1997) at Tyrone Medical Inn. Born in Flatwoods, Ky., she came here in 1963 from Ashland, Ky. She was a clerk at the former Webb's City in St. Petersburg from 1963 to 1973 and was Protestant. Survivors include a daughter, Helen Kouns, Kenneth City; and four grandchildren, Michael Kouns, Indianapolis, Philip Kouns, Riverdale, Ga., Randall Kouns, Pershing, Ind., and Keri Jo Rinke, Dacula, Ga.; and 10 great-grandchildren. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, St. Petersburg.

OLIVER, MARION L., 84, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (March 21, 1997) at Crest Mark at Huber Gardens. Born in Whitman, Mass., she came here in 1982 from Cranston, R.I. After 30 years, she retired as executive director of the Rhode Island Chapter of Multiple Sclerosis. Locally, she was a member of the Unitarian Church, former treasurer of the Roberts Park Recreation Association and was the Sunshine Lady of the General Electric Retired Employees Association of West Central Florida. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Gordon G.; a daughter, Phyllis E. Hatfield, Winchester, N.H.; two sisters, Gladys Levange and Ethel Kelly, both of Whitman; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

ORDESHOOK, MARY C., 83, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (March 19, 1997) at home. Born in Everett, Mass., she came here in 1983 from Pittsburgh and was an office manager for AT&T in Boston for 20 years. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Peter; a son, Peter C., La Canada, Calif.; a brother, John Romanowicz, Everett; and four sisters, Janet O'Connell, Milford, N.H., Helen Lovely, Beverly Hills, Estelle Bentley, Homosassa, and Frances Alongi, Hesperia, Calif. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

PATTERSON, MYRUTH, 59, 420 40th St. S, St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (March 19, 1997) at Columbia Northside Medical Center. Born in Newville, Ala., he came here in 1995 from Philadelphia and was a construction worker. Survivors include a son, Stevie, Newark, N.J.; a daughter, Patricia, Jacksonville; his mother, Mary Lou Patterson, St. Petersburg; two brothers, Robert, St. Petersburg, and Willie, Newark; six sisters, Cassie Walker, Stella Skipper and Mittie Cox, all of Newark, Pauline Barbery and Susie Patterson, both of St. Petersburg, and Willie Dawson, West Philadelphia; and three grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

RUSH, CHARLOTTE PUCKETTS, 74, of Las Vegas, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (March 12, 1997) at Desert Springs Hospital, Las Vegas. Born in Henderson, N.C., she came here in 1975 from Durham, N.C., and moved to Las Vegas in August from St. Petersburg. She was a member of the 1st Division of the Women's Air Force. Survivors include her husband, Walter; two sons, Randy David and Ronny Alan, both of St. Petersburg; and three grandchildren. Desert Memorial Cremation & Burial Society, Las Vegas.

SULLIVAN, EDWARD M., 82, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (March 21, 1997). Born in West Virginia, he came here in 1971 from Charleston, W.Va., and was a research chemist for Union Carbide in South Charleston, W.Va., for 29 years. Locally, he was plant operator at Sanders Exceptional Education Center, Pinellas Park, for 12 years. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Dixie A.; a son, Michael E., South Charleston; three daughters, Patricia Johns, Tate, Ga., Bridget Wright, Virginia Beach, Va., and Nora Sullivan, Koln, Germany; a sister, Frankie Gee, Aiken, S.C.; and three grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

WARREN, JOSEPH B., 85, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 20, 1997) at the Masonic Home of Florida. Born in Cordele, Ga., he came here in 1991 from Woodbridge, Va., and was an automobile mechanic. He was a member of Leesburg Masonic Lodge 58. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Dorothy; and a son, Joseph II, and a granddaughter, Tonia Warren, both of Croatia. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

Seminole

NICKELL, CAROLE B., 59, of Seminole, died Wednesday (March 19, 1997) at Columbia University General Hospital, Seminole. She was born in Richmond, Va., and moved here in 1970 from Champaign, Ill. She was a deputy clerk at the Pinellas County Courthouse and was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church, Largo. Survivors include a daughter, Dawn Rath, and a grandson, Devin Travis Rath, both of Largo. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, Palm Harbor.

PAPIN, MARY F., 94, of Seminole, died Friday (March 21, 1997) at Seminole Nursing Pavilion. She was born in Chisholm, Minn., and came here in 1967 from Milford, Mich. She was a manager of a shoe store and a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include two sons, Gerald and Alvin, both of Spring Hill; a daughter, Lorraine M. Wells, Seminole; two sisters, Molly Vizal, Wildwood, and Rose Kestner, Minneapolis; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home and Crematory, Seminole.

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