St. Pete Beach
KOCHEY, JOSEPH S. JR., 61, of St. Pete Beach, died Sunday (March 23, 1997) at Columbia University General Hospital, Seminole. He came here in 1957 from his native Abington, Pa. He was co-owner and instructor at Leo's Driving School from 1957 to 1973 and was owner and operator of Gator Surf and Beach Wear from 1980 to 1995. He attended St. Petersburg Junior College. He was president of St. Petersburg Jaycees from 1969 to 1970 and St. Petersburg Young Republicans from 1968 to 1970. He was selected to Outstanding Young Men of America in 1965 and Personalities of the South in 1971. He was a Junior Chamber International senator in 1971 and was ranked No. 1 in the top 10 of Florida Federation of Young Republicans in 1970. He served in the Army military police from 1954 to 1957 at Fort Hood and Killeen, Texas. Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Margie J.; a son, Joseph N., St. Petersburg; two daughters, Kimberly A. Corry, Pinellas Park, and Kristina L. Kochey, South Pasadena; and three grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Beach Chapel, St. Pete Beach.
TOPLIN, JANET BELSINGER, 81, of South Pasadena, died Wednesday (March 26, 1997) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Born in Harrisburg, Pa., she came here in 1980 from Philadelphia. She was a professional artist and a member of B'Nai B'rith, Philadelphia. Locally, she was a member of ORT and Hadassah. She received her degree in art from Museum College of the Arts, Philadelphia. Survivors include a son, Robert B., Wilmington, N.C.; a brother, Jack Belsinger, Lancaster, Pa.; a sister, Elaine Belsinger Blumenthal, South Pasadena; and three grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Beth David Chapel, St. Petersburg.