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Clearwater

ANDERSON, AUDREY K., 78, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2000) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Jersey City, N.J., and came here in 1962 from Bergenfield, N.J. She was a teacher and worked for 13 years as a reading specialist for Pinellas County Schools. She also was a licensed Realtor with Tranquil Bay Realty, Largo. She graduated from Boston University and earned a master's degree at the University of South Florida, Tampa. She was a docent at Heritage Village and a member of Christ Presbyterian Church of Largo, the Belleair Women's Republican Club and the Clearwater Board of Realtors. Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Howard C.; three sons, Walter, St. Petersburg, Richard "Rick," Seattle, and Gregg, Pinehurst, N.C.; a sister, Jeanne Schlesinger, Princeton, N.J.; and four grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

BECKER, CAROL M., 53, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2000) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. She came here in 1980 from her native Chicago. She graduated from the University of South Florida, Tampa. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Cypress Meadows Community Church, Clearwater. Survivors include her husband, William; two daughters, Yvonne Becker, Clearwater, and Laura Becker, Safety Harbor; her mother, Dorothy Pfeffer, Clearwater Beach; and a granddaughter, Tara Allen, Safety Harbor. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.

ENCK, LUCILLE MARGARET, 95, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Jan. 30, 2000) at Clearwater Center nursing home. She was born in Evansville, Ind., and came here in 1970 from Dearborn Heights, Mich. She worked as a business manager for Revere Copper & Brass Credit Union, Detroit. She was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater, and the church's Women's Guild, the Pi Omicron national sorority and a past officer for Imperial Park Home Owners Association. Survivors include a sister, Irene Soloman, Clearwater; a brother, William H. Crooks, Sterling Heights, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

HENNIGER, WILMA W., 88, of Clearwater, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2000) at Drew Village Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Clearwater. She was born in Alexandria, Ind., and came here in 1955 from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. She was a volunteer Pink Lady for Mound Park Hospital (now Bayfront Medical Center), St. Petersburg. She was Methodist. Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Herman; two sons, Gordon and David, both of St. Petersburg; two brothers, James Weeks, Bidwell, Ohio, and Jack Weeks, Los Angeles; five sisters, Jewell Hamm, Louisville, Ky., Cleo Paige, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Charlotte Skeans, Charlottesville, Va., Carol Weeks of California, and Winifred Soos, Youngstown, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

LEWIS, DONALD F., 77, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2000) at Largo Medical Center. He came here in 1987 from Alliance, Ohio, where he worked as an administrator for American Steel Foundries. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member and an usher of Friendship United Methodist Church of Clearwater and a member of the board of UPARC. Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Nadina R. "Dee;" a daughter, Jan E. Lewis, Clearwater; a son, Larry W., Canfield, Ohio; and three grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

MACDONALD, FINLAY, 97, of Ripon, Calif., formerly of Clearwater, died Monday (Jan. 31, 2000) in Ripon. He moved to Ripon in 1997 from Clearwater. He worked as a marine engineer for 10 years, owned and operated a grocery store for 10 years and owned and operated a nursing home in New York for 10 years. He was a member of Christian Church of Clearwater. Survivors include a daughter, Ann Horg, Ripon; a son, Donald Macdonald, Schodack Landing, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Deegan Ripon Memorial Chapel, Ripon, Calif., and Rhodes Funeral Directors, Druid Chapel, Clearwater.

MIGHT, DONALD G., 78, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Jan. 30, 2000) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Clarksburg, W.Va., and came here in 1976 from West Virginia. He retired after 36 years as a conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad in Columbus, Ohio. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of High Point United Methodist Church of Clearwater and the church choir, a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the church Food Pantry, and a member of the VFW in Clearwater. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; three sons, David, Melbourne, and James and Allen, both of Columbus; a daughter, Carol McVeigh, Lawrenceburg, Ind.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

OSDOBA, HEINZ, 62, of Clearwater died Monday (Jan. 31, 2000) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Germany and came here in 1995 from New York City. He co-founded HE-OS Optical Co. Survivors include his companion, Peggy Kane, Clearwater; and a sister, Brigitta Hardtke, Berlin. Gulf Breeze Cremation & Burial Society, Largo.

RENCH, ADELINE O., 88, of Clearwater, died Monday (Jan. 31, 2000) of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on US 19 at State Road 590. She was born in Trego, Wis., and came here in 1967 from St. Paul, Minn., where she worked 10 years as an administrative assistant at the Midway Club. She was a member of Anona United Methodist Church of Largo, a past president and treasurer of the church and a volunteer assistant teacher for Largo schools. Survivors include two sisters, Norma G. Johnston and Joyce Schwichtenberg, both of Oldsmar; and several nieces and nephews. National Cremation Society, Largo.

THOMAS, EDWARD J., 79, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2000) at St. Mark Village continuing care community, Palm Harbor, under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He came here in 1992 from his native Chicago, where he retired after 25 years as a police detective in the burglary division of the Chicago Police Department. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the On Top of the World Golf and Bridge Clubs, Clearwater. Survivors include his caregiver, Kay A. Malinowski, Clearwater. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

Largo

AYRES, ALINE, 93, of Largo, died Monday (Jan. 31, 2000) at Sabal Palms Health Care Center, Largo. She was born in Linden, Mich., and came here in 1996 from Leesburg. She worked for General Motors, Pontiac, Mich., and she was Protestant. Survivors include a son, Gerald Hosner, Largo; a daughter, Dorothy France; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

HALL, BARBARA G., 67, of Largo, formerly of Tampa, died Friday (Jan. 28, 2000) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She came to Tampa in 1970 from her native Manchester, N.H., and moved later to Largo. She was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church of Largo, Elks Lodge 708, Tampa, the Moose Lodge and the American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Kiernan, Clearwater, and Linda K. Dick, Pine Level, Ala.; a son, Gerald Hall, Largo; six grandchildren, Donnie and Kristen Kiernan, both of Clearwater, Sean Heath of California, Aarian Lee Hall of Texas, Edwin Dick, Pine Level, and Kenneth Ryan Heath, Montgomery, Ala.; and two great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

KETELTAS, PETER M., 72, of Largo, died Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2000) at home. He was born in Port Washington, N.Y., and came here in 1958 from Bethpage, N.Y. He retired in 1992 as a quality control inspector for Honeywell, Largo. He was an Army veteran and former member of the American Legion. He was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Dorothy; three sons, Stephen C., Largo, and John J. and Peter M. Jr., both of New Port Richey; a daughter, Catherine Jean Rose, Pinellas Park; a brother, John S., Bethpage; a half-brother, Gilbert, Staten Island, N.Y.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

MASK, FLORENCE H., 98, of Indiana, Pa., formerly of Largo, died Monday (Jan. 31, 2000) at Indiana Hospital. She was born in Lewisburg, Pa., came to Largo in 1970 and moved last summer to Pennsylvania. She graduated from Bucknell University and was a teacher. She was a member of Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, Clearwater. Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis M. Patchin, Indiana; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Robinson-Lytle Funeral Chapels, Indiana, Pa.

PORTOLANO, ANTHONY MICHAEL, 66, of Largo, died Monday (Jan. 31, 2000) at home. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here in 1995 from Walnut Creek, Calif. He was an investment consultant on Wall Street, New York City, and locally he worked for Special Data Processing in Largo. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He attended Espiritu Santo Catholic Church, Safety Harbor, and was a member of the Italian Club of Clearwater and the Downtown Athletic Club of New York City. Survivors include a son, Michael J., Safety Harbor; a sister, Rosemarie Stabile, Dunedin; his stepmother, Carmella Portolano, Palm Harbor; three brothers, Barney, Clearwater, John C., Palm Harbor, and Joseph, Tacoma Park, Md.; and two grandchildren, Marissa Nicole and Tyler Anthony Portolano, both of Safety Harbor. David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.

ROTH, CARL J., 97, of Largo, died Monday (Jan. 31, 2000) at Harborside Healthcare, New Port Richey. He was born in Scottsburg, Ind., and came here in 1960 from Lakewood, Ohio. He was a baker and retired from National Biscuit Co., Cleveland. Survivors include a brother, Earnest, Scottsburg; five grandchildren; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, New Port Richey.

Redington Shores

SWARTZ, KENNETH, 74, of Redington Shores, died Tuesday (Jan. 25, 2000) at Sun Coast Hospital. He was born in Hoboken, N.J., and came here in 1979 from Ridgefield Park, N.J. He was a retired certified public accountant for the city of Redington Shores. He was an Army and Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include a brother, Quentin, Eugene, Ore.; and a nephew, Bradley Gray, Redington Shores. Gulf Breeze Cremation & Burial Society, Largo.

St. Petersburg

AYOTTE, CHARLOTTE P., 72, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 30, 2000) at Bayfront Medical Center. She came here in 1977 from her native Wilmington, Mass. She was a member of Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. Survivors include two daughters, Beverly Griffin, Plymouth, Mass., and Jean Shulenburg, Kennebunk, Maine. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

FOX, BUD J., 79, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 30, 2000) at Suncoast Manor Health Center. Born in Croswell, Mich., he came here in 1996 from Marysville, Mich. He was a salesman for Kraft Foods in Detroit for 36 years. He was a member of Marysville United Methodist Church and was a Little League coach for the city of Marysville. He was an antique auto restorer and enthusiast and was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Winifred; two daughters, S. Cheryl Greenfield and Michele J. Fox, both of Tierra Verde; a sister, Eleanor Pearson, Hendersonville, N.C.; and a grandchild. American Heritage Cremation Society, Clearwater.

HALL, JAMES H., 75, of St. Paris, Ohio, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 31, 2000) at home. He was born in Irvine, Ky. He retired after 35 years as a foreman at Delco Products, Dayton, Ohio, and was a member of the company's Foreman's Club. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a 50-year member of Minerva F&AM, Miamisburg, Ohio, and was a member of the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, Tampa. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Louise; two daughters, Shirley Keller, Dayton, and Donna Williams, St. Paris; a son, James D., St. Paris; four grandchildren, Robin Williams, Steve Williams, Austin Hall and Brittany Bowsher; and two sisters, Virginia Micci, Redondo Beach, Calif., and Freda Boden, Las Vegas. Baker-Hazel Funeral Home, Dayton, Ohio.

HALSTROM, HELEN T., 86, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2000) at Crystal Oaks of Pinellas, Pinellas Park. She came here in 1943 from her native Philadelphia. She was a cook in the public school system and was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. Survivors include two sons, Lester J., Largo, and Joseph A., Austin, Texas; a daughter, Delores Munez, Bonita Springs; a brother, Joey Katula, and a sister, Emily Katula, both of Pennsylvania; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.

HEATH, LESTER WARREN, 83, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2000). He was born in Somerville, Mass., and came here in 1976 from Falmouth, Mass. He retired in 1971 as an administrator for the U.S. Postal Service in Somerville. He served with the Army Air Forces in World War II and was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Paul G., Clearwater; a granddaughter, Jennifer Heath, St. Petersburg; and a grandson, Michael Heath, Largo. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

HICKS, F. DONALD, 79, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Jan. 25, 2000) in Largo as the result of an auto accident. Born in New York state, he came here in 1980 from Bradenton. He was a retired funeral director. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of Disabled American Veterans. Survivors include his wife, Mary. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

IRAOLA, MARGRET S., 82, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2000) at home. She came here in 1995 from her native Puerto Rico. She was a homemaker and was Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Felix; a son, Carlos Ortiz, St. Petersburg; and three grandchildren. John S. Rhodes, East Chapel, St. Petersburg.

McCALLUM, NEAL JR., 71, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 30, 2000) at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he came here in 1989 from Boston. He was an insurance agent and a graduate of Princeton University. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include an aunt, Mrs. Russell C. Pease, and a cousin, Sally Ann Pease, both of Glenside, Pa. International Mortuary Services, Pinellas Park.

McKEEKIN, GERALDINE, 74, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2000) at Vencor Hospital _ St. Petersburg. There are no known survivors. Abbey Parklawn Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

McMANN, ALICE LOUISE, 95, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Jan. 29, 2000) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Born in Jackson County, Ind., she came here in 1957 from Chicago. Survivors include her husband of 71 years, Everett; a daughter, Barbara Endlich, Los Altos, Calif.; three grandchildren, Brian Endlich, Cleveland, Diane Sherrill, Los Altos, and Sharon Hildebrand, Sunnyvale, Calif.; and three great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.

SMITH, MAYBELLE HARRIS, 96, of St. Louis, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 31, 2000) in St. Louis. She was born in Perry, Ark. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a daughter, Patsy K. Ely, St. Louis; three grandchildren, Karen Ely and Janet Ely Borreson, both of St. Louis, and Joseph K. Ely Jr., Detroit; three great-grandchildren; and a nephew, A.W. Dickinson, Little Rock, Ark. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

SNYDER, BERTHA E. "BETTY," 91, of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2000) in Charlotte. Born in Landover, Md., she came here in 1973 from District Heights, Md. She was a telephone clerk for C&P Telephone Co., Suitland, Md. Survivors include her twin sister, Minnie "Kay" Shearer, Charlotte; three nieces, Linda E. DesChamps, Matthews, N.C., Susan L. Shearer, St. Petersburg, and Kathleen G. Shearer, Alpharetta, Ga.; three grandnieces, Michelle Gardner, Las Vegas, Jennifer Roche, Matthews, and Mackenzie Williams, Alpharetta; and a grandnephew, Dustin Williams, Alpharetta. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-McLeod Chapel, St. Petersburg.

SYLVIN, LUCILLE EDITH, 94, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Feb. 2, 2000) at Edward White Hospital. She came here in 1940 from her native Burlington, Vt. She retired as a registered nurse at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines in 1965 after 20 years. She was Catholic. Survivors include a son, Allan E. Hazen, and a daughter, Margaret Gifford, both of St. Petersburg; two brothers, Francis Joachin, St. Petersburg, and Rollin Sutton, Burlington; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.

WALLACE, JOSEPH B. "DEKE," 82, of New Port Richey, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 31, 2000) at National Health Care Center in Hudson. Born in Grove City, Pa., he moved to New Port Richey two years ago from St. Petersburg. He was an engineer and draftsman for Babcock and Wilcox Boilermakers and was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. Mark's Presbyterian Church and its Men's Club, Hudson, and was an elder at Lakeview Presbyterian Church, St. Petersburg. He was a former scoutmaster. Survivors include his wife, Eloise; a son, Lewis M. Wallace, Kenneth City; a sister, Jean Myers, Pittsburgh; and two grandchildren. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.

WATERS, ZONALD R., 34, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2000) at home. A St. Petersburg native, he was a 1983 graduate of Dixie Hollins High School. He was a member of New Faith Free Methodist Church. Survivors include his mother, Vivian Archer, his father and stepmother, Zonald E. and Geneva Waters, his maternal grandmother, Mattie Archer Williams, two sisters, Vixen Archer Wilson and Yura Balden, and two brothers, Lenier Waters and Brent Archer, all of St. Petersburg. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Seminole

COLLER, BETTY LOU, 41, of Seminole, died Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2000) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, St. Petersburg. She was born in Cadiz, Ky., and came here in 1992 from Hopkinsville, Ky. She worked as an office administrator for Balimoy Manufacuring Co., ammunitions manufacturers in Tampa. She was Baptist. Survivors include a son, Timothy James, Seminole; three sisters, Frances Tolsma, Seminole, Nancy Yates, Smith Grove, Ky., and Martha Zubia, El Paso, Texas; four brothers, John King Sills, Fort Lauderdale, James R. Sills, Sanford, Andrew M. Sills, Kansas City, Kan., and William F. Sills, Mountain City, Tenn. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.

CORMIER, MAE E., 89, of Seminole, formerly of Largo, died Wednesday (Feb. 2, 2000) at Largo Medical Center. She came here in 1972 from her native New Bedford, Mass. She worked as an assembler of condensers for IBM. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Curch, Seminole. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Seminole.

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