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Clearwater

REIDY, ELLEN J., 87, of Clearwater, died Thursday (March 15, 2001) at Clearwater Center Genesis Elder Care. She was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and came here in 1971 from Rockville, Md. She was a budget analyst for the federal government's Atomic Energy Commission. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Dunedin, where she served in the Altar Rosary Society. Survivors include two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.

Largo

AUBRY, LORRAINE, 78, of Largo, died Wednesday (March 14, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She came here in 1974 from her native Oconto, Wis. She worked as a sample shoemaker for Smitty's Shoe Manufacturing, Oconto. She was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include her husband, Norbert; two sons, Steven, Two Rivers, Wis., and Richard, Rock Hill, S.C.; a daughter, Rita Bostedt, Oconto; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Seminole.

CARLSON, WILLIAM E., 82, of Largo, died Thursday (March 15, 2001) at home. He came here in 1989 from his native Princeton, Ill., where he owned and operated Larson Furniture for 36 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II and served in the European Theater. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Largo. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Beatrice M.; two sons, David and Randy, both of Peoria,Ill.; a daughter, Christine Joslin, Mahomet, Ill; a sister, Virginia Olson, Rockford, Ill.; and five grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

DORIETY, JOCELYN, 86, of Largo, died Thursday (March 15, 2001) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. She was born in Souderton, Pa., and came here in 1981 from Perkasie, Pa. She was a homemaker and a member of First Christian Church of Largo. Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Edwin; three daughters, Yvonne Loughridge, Largo; Larue Hinkle, Perkasie, Debbie Burkhart, Green lane, Pa.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

SCHUMACHER, MARCUS R. JR., 85, of Largo, died Thursday (March 15, 2001) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. He was born in Philadelphia and came here in 1978 from Berwyn, Pa. He owned Schumacher Insurance Agency, Newtown Square, Pa., until he retired in 1978. He was a member of Church of the Isles Congregational, Indian Rocks Beach, where he served as deacon. He was an Army veteran of World War II and served in the C 33rd Regiment Brigade. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge with the Third Armor Spearhead Division of the First Army, which earned five battle stars. He earned the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He was active in the Third Armor Association and served as president in the national association and Florida chapter. Survivors include a sister, Carolyn Louise Warner, Waterville, Maine; a stepson, Reeve N. Williams, retired Army, Hawaii; a niece, Lenna Warner, Rockport, Mass.; a nephew, Lennard W. Warner III, Waterville; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Hubbell Funeral Home and Crematory, Belleair Bluffs.

WARNER, DELBERT, 88, of Largo, died Thursday (March 15, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Rock Springs, Mont., and came here in 1978 from Kalamazoo, Mich. He owned and operated Carleton Equipment Co., Kalamazoo, for 25 years. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Largo. Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Eleanor; a son, Jim, Port Huron, Mich; a daughter, Jane, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; and four grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

Madeira Beach

HAY, MARGARET P., 96, of Madeira Beach, died Thursday (March 15, 2001) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. Born in Fostoria, Ohio, she came here in 1970 from Columbus, Ohio. She was a homemaker and a member of Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter on Treasure Island. Survivors include a daughter, Margery J. O'Hara, Grove City, Ohio; a brother, William Paine, Fostoria; and two grandchildren, Kaylynn Kennedy, Galloway, Ohio, and Kevin K. O'Hara, Grove City. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.

Seminole

KALHAMMER, AGATHA A., 90, of Seminole, died Monday (March 12, 2001) at Bon Secours Maria Manor, St. Petersburg. She was born in Germany and came here in 1929 from New York City. She was a produce clerk. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Seminole. Survivors include a son, Frederick, Stateline, Nev., and two grandchildren, Alicia Kalhammer, Dania, and Max Kalhammer, McLean, Va. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

LUZNAR, GERTRUDE W., 88, of Seminole, died Thursday (March 15, 2001) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, St. Petersburg. She was born in Malden, Mass., moved to Samsula in 1925 and came to Seminole in 1991. She worked as a teacher for 13 years at Samsula School. She was a 1930 graduate of New Smyrna Beach High School. Survivors include a daughter, Mary Jean Luznar, Seminole; three brothers, Wilbur and William L. Wright, both of New Smyrna Beach, and Earl Wright, Easthampton, Mass; and several nieces and nephews. Settle-Wilder Funeral Home, New Smyrna Beach.

St. Petersburg

ADKINS, ALLEN, 78, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (March 16, 2001) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. He came here 12 years ago from his native Norwalk, Conn. He was a retired technical writer who worked on the development of the Blackhawk helicopter. He also did work for Walsh Construction in Norwalk. He was a member of Church by the Sea, where he also was a choir member. Survivors include his wife, Lucille C.; a son, Dr. James, Palm Harbor; two daughters, Lynn Weigel, Norwalk, and Lauren Chester, Arlington, Va.; a stepdaughter, Diane Pomponi, St. Petersburg; a stepson, Martin Stanton, Bradford, N.H.; a sister, Doris Gerstner, Hypoluxo; a brother, Roger Merrell, St. Petersburg; and eight grandchildren. E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

BENNETT, BOBBY LEE, 58, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 15, 2001) at St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg. He came here more than 35 years ago from his native Marion, S.C. He was a supervisor for Morgan Yacht Co., where he was employed for 23 years. He was a member of Bethel Community Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Maudestine; a daughter, Eugenie E. Safford, St. Petersburg; six sisters, Maeolda Calhoun, Lnetta Davis, Maeciel Shaw, Dorothy Frunace, Linda May Davis and Evelyn Akikes, all of Marion. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

BERNHARDT ASH, PAULINE, 99, of Fayetteville, N.C., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 15, 2001) at Carolina Health Care Center. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Finch, Fayetteville; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Rogers and Breece Funeral Home, Fayetteville, N.C.

BOMASH, MELBA JEAN, 87, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (March 13, 2001) at Mariner Health Care of Pinellas Point. She came here in 1992 from her native Denver and was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society. Survivors include a daughter, Loi Merritt, St. Petersburg; and a son, William Bomash, Minneapolis. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.

BUTLER, MARIE NELSON, 92, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (March 16, 2001) at Bay Pointe Nursing Pavilion. Born in Orange, N.J., she came here in 1976 from Mahwah, N.J. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church and a 16-year volunteer at the Pinellas County Health Department. Survivors include three daughters, Sara Potter, St. Petersburg, June Leahey, Lewiston, Maine, and Lora Jackomin, Port Charlotte; a brother, Roland Nelson, Auburn, Mass.; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 62nd Avenue S Chapel, St. Petersburg.

HARRIS, TARA, 29, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (March 6, 2001) at St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg of natural causes. Born in New York City, she came here this year from the Bronx, N.Y. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her mother, Janie Eason, Bronx. Ambassador Mortuary Service, Oldsmar.

COOPER, RUTH, 81, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (March 16, 2001) at Bayfront Medical Center. She came here more than 43 years ago from her native Girard, Ga. She was a retired housekeeper and a member of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Carl, St. Petersburg; three daughters, Maxie Butler, St. Petersburg, Alene Cooper, Waynesboro, Ga., and Beatrice Oliver, Savannah, Ga.; four brothers, John Henry Gordon and Samuel Gordon, both of Savannah, and Percell Gordon and Lewis Gordon, both of St. Petersburg; three sisters, Emmalene Ferguson, St. Petersburg, Dorothy Ellis, Augusta, Ga., and Loretta Griffin, Girard; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

MACK, JOHNNY, 95, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 15, 2001) at home. He came here in 1932 from his native Waynesboro, Ga. He was a self-employed gardener for many families. He was a member of Bethel Community Baptist Church for more than 65 years. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Pythias. Survivors include two sisters, Annie Mae Dukes and Amanda Walker, both of Waynesboro; and a brother, William Mack, Fort Lauderdale. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

RAWLS, LETTIE, 85, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 15, 2001) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. She came here in 1964 from her native Mount Olive, Miss. She was a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, where she was mother of the church and served as a deaconess and with the home mission. Survivors include four sons, John Holloway, Jimmie Rawls, Frank McNair and James Williams, and three daughters, Alma McGowan, Edna McNair and Linda James, all of St. Petersburg; 30 grandchildren; 81 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

TRULSEN, CARL JOHN, 48, of Henderson, Nev., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Feb. 15, 2001) in Henderson of natural causes. Born in Tokyo, he came here in 1963 from Germany and moved to Henderson about 15 years ago. He was a graduate of Northeast High School and was an Army veteran of Vietnam. He was a musician, performing in many local bands in the '70s and '80s, and was a photographer for the Bureau of Land Management for 15 years. Survivors include his stepmother, Ruth Trulsen, St. Petersburg; a sister, Trudy Mattingly, Pinellas Park; two stepbrothers, David Fliger and Kenneth Fliger, Pinellas Park; and a stepsister, Nicki Stewart, Lake Alfred. Taylor Family Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.

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