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OBITUARIES

Clearwater

GRIFFIN, HAROLD, 74, a winter visitor to Clearwater, died Tuesday (March 19, 2002) at Wright's Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, Largo, under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Momence, Ill., and was a seasonal resident since 1991. He was a retired truck driver and an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include two sons and five daughters and nine grandchildren. Gulf Breeze Cremation & Burial Society, Largo.

LINZMAIER, JOHN R., 38, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (March 19, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He came here in 1984 from his native Kenosha, Wis. He worked as a manager for Target and was an Army veteran. He was Catholic and a teachers aide for special needs children. Survivors include his mother, Joan Nelson, Oldsmar; his father, Joseph Linzmaier, Kenosha; two brothers, Joseph T., Clearwater, and Jeff, Tacoma, Wash.; a sister, JoAnn Linzmaier, Milwaukee; and his companion, Norman Tolbertt, Clearwater. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.

PAOLETTI, PASQUALE, 86, of Clearwater, died Sunday (March 17, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He came here in 1921 from his native Buenos Aries and worked with a sister who owned and operated the Little Big Market, Clearwater. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include two brothers, Dominic Morelli, Clearwater, and Vincent Morelli, Inverness; three sisters, Edith Ceraolo, Virginia Morelli and Victoria Falzoni, all of Clearwater; a granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Fort Harrison Chapel, Clearwater.

SHOSTAK, IRVIN D., 79, of Clearwater, died Monday (March 18, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in St. Louis and came here in 1984 from Chicago, where he retired as a credit manager. He was a member of Kent Jewish Center, Clearwater. Survivors include his wife, Iris; a daughter, Debra Shostak, Wooster, Ohio; three stepsons, Mark Newburger and Ronnie Newburger, both of Chicago, and David Brown, Randleman, N.C.; two stepdaughters, Randi Rom, Tampa, and Susan Edelman, Chicago; and several grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

SISE, THE REV. JOHN R., 81, a winter resident of Clearwater, died Tuesday (March 19, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Watervliet, N.Y., and was a winter resident since 1998 from Amsterdam, N.Y. He was a Roman Catholic priest ordained in 1945 and an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II who served in the Pacific. He was director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Albany, N.Y., and retired from St. Mary's Catholic Church, Cooperstown, N.Y., after 27 years. Survivors include several cousins. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Fort Harrison Chapel, Clearwater.

TORRES, ILDEFONSA, 74, of Clearwater and Tampa, died Wednesday (March 13, 2002). She came to this area last year from her native Puerto Rico. She was a homemaker. Survivors include three daughters, Luz, Lilliam and Oneida Soto; six sons, Radames, Juan, Elmy, Edgardo, Axel and Hector Soto;; 38 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.

Largo

FAILS, ANNIE PEARL, 52, of Largo, died Monday (March 18, 2002) at Kindred Hospital Bay Area-Tampa. She came here in 1962 from her native Attapulgus, Ga. She retired in 1996 after 27 years as dietitian for Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. She was a member of St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church, Largo, where she was a teacher of the Discovery Youth Group and member of the Missionary Society and the Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Clarence; two sons, Clarence Lee Jr. and Anthony Lorenzo, both of Largo; three daughters, Felicia Demetria Swann, Angela Reeshema Battle and Shaunteya Fails, all of Largo; her mother, Amanda Riley, Largo; her father and stepmother, Hope and Rotha Harrold, and three brothers, Frank Harrold, Jimmy Cooper and Bruce Harrold, all of Attapulgus; eight sisters, Inez Evans and Lashell Riley, both of Largo, Brenda Gail Johnson, Miami, Brenda Youmas, Macon, Ga., Deborah Copeland, Valdosta, Ga., Loretta Williams, Laurel, Md., Annemarie Frivorich, New Rochelle, N.Y., and Verda Baldwin, Decatur, Ga.; and five grandchildren. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

KOHLER, ALEXANDER P., 81, of Largo, died Monday (March 18, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here in 1985 from Long Island, N.Y., where he retired as an engineer after 45 years with Fairchild Camera & Instrument. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was an avid bowler and member of Suncoast Wood Carvers. Survivors include a son, Alan, Fayettevile, N.Y.; four daughters, Judith Dunlop, Plant City, Lynn Johnstone, Watertown, N.Y., Mary Kohler Weiss, Richfield Springs, N.Y., and Catherine Larrabee, Yorkville, N.Y.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

MOORE, DERWIN VANISTER, 93, of Largo, died Tuesday (March 19, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Quaker City, Ohio, and came here in 1987 from Akron, Ohio. He worked 43 years as an accountant for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., where he was honored for holding a patent in his name. He was a member of High Point United Methodist Church, Largo. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Helen; a daughter, Betsy Tokich, Largo; a brother, Harold, Akron; four grandchildren, Dean Moore and Marce McCurry, both of Largo, and Becky Tokich and Debbie Tokich, both of Atlanta; and four great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

MORGAN, JAMES R., 72, of Largo, died Wednesday (March 20, 2002) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. He came here in 1974 from his native Joliet, Ill., and retired after 20 years in the Army with the rank of staff sergeant. Survivors include his wife, Margarete W.; a daughter, Mary Cloos, Marburg, Germany; two sisters, Barbara Creevy, Largo, and Lois Meyer, Conyers, Ga.; six brothers, Herbert, Diamondale, Mich., Bill and Tom, both of Minooka, Ill., David, Morris, Ill., Kenneth, Joliet, and Dwight, Sunrise Beach, Mo.; a grandson; and several nieces and nephews. National Cremation Society, Largo.

Pinellas Park

GOLDSMITH, CHARLES W., 84, of Pinellas Park, died Tuesday (March 5, 2002) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. He came here in 1970 from his native Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a manufacturing foreman. He was a U.S. Army rifleman in World War II, serving from 1943 to 1945, and was a POW from 1944 to 1945. He received the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Ribbon with three bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart Medal and Distinguished Unit Badge. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Loretta Sue; a son, William, Newburgh, N.Y.; a brother, Harold, Boca Raton; and three grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

GUISTI, GEORGE A., 68, of Pinellas Park, died Saturday (March 16, 2002) at home. He came here in 1968 from his native Schenectady, N.Y. He was an investor and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include two cousins, Robert Pugliese and John Pugliese, both of Schenectady. Taylor Family Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.

KOERNER, ALFRED, 84, of Pinellas Park, died Monday (March 18, 2002) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. He came here in 1980 from his native Park Ridge, Ill. He was a meat cutter in Niles, Ill. He was a U.S. Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Betty; three daughters, Diane Campbell, Centerville, Va., Nancy Sullivan, Houston, and Karen Shields, Niles; a sister, Lorraine Long, Granger, Ind.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Clearwater.

St. Petersburg

CHABOT, LEON J., 90, of Winter Park, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (March 10, 2002) Born in Newark, N.J., he came here in 1960 and moved to Winter Park in 2000. He was a retired salesman for Singer Corp. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen C.; two sons, Paul J., Orlando, and Robert J., San Antonio, Texas; a daughter, Marianne Strauss, Chuluota; and six grandchildren. Carey Hand Cox-Parker Funeral Home, Winter Park.

CROFTON, DOROTHY LUELLA, 72, of Sebring, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (March 18, 2002). Born in Sterling, Ill., she came to Florida in 1975 and moved to Sebring in 1994 from St. Petersburg. She was a licensed practical nurse and had worked in a doctor's office in St. Petersburg. She was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Stephen-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring.

DAVIS, CLYDE, 69, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (March 18, 2002) at St. Anthony's Hospital. He came here in 1953 from his native Apalachicola. He was a retired welder. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Eva L.; three sons, Christopher, Kelvin and Wilbert, two daughters, Stiffi Davis and Cynthia McCall, four brothers, Hezekiah, Robert, Charles and Thomas, and two sisters, Vernell Edwards and Dorothy Davis, all of St. Petersburg; and 18 grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

DAVIS, NORMAN W., 80, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (March 17, 2002) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Born in New York City, he came here in 1983 from Pittsburgh, where he retired after 25 years as a mine safety engineer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Survivors include three nephews, Arthur G. Hanvey, Delanson, N.Y., William J. Hanvey, Lansdale, Pa., and Matthew T. Hanvey, Columbia, Conn. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

HOWARD, RYAN EMMANUEL, infant son of Henry and Cynthia Howard, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (March 18, 2002) at All Children's Hospital. He was a St. Petersburg native. Survivors include two sisters, Okoiya Howard and Yabina Howard, both of San Diego; his maternal grandmother, Vera Hodge, and his paternal grandmother, Irene Jeffers, both of St. Petersburg; his paternal grandfather and stepgrandmother, Henry Sr. and Dorothy Howard, Albany, Ga.; and his maternal great-grandmother, Arlivia Hodge, Fort White. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

JANOSKO, ANNA M., 90, of Palm Beach Gardens, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (March 19, 2002). Born in Soldier, Pa., she came to St. Petersburg in 1972 from Englishtown, N.J. She retired from her dress shop in New Jersey. She was Catholic. Survivors include three sons, Stephen L. Janosko, Sayerville, N.J., Eugene S. Janosko, West Palm Beach, and Paul F. Janosko, Largo; two daughters, Marie Mitchell, Palm Beach Gardens, and Barbara A. Linane, Oklahoma City; two brothers, Joseph Vargo, Dunellen, N.J., and Steve Vargo, Toms River, N.J.; three sisters, Pauline Baranko, Dorothy Stack and Martha Ciparik, all of St. Petersburg; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Veterans Cremation & Burial Society, Clearwater.

JELLISON, AMANDA, 23, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (March 19, 2002) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South Pasadena. Born in Danvers, Mass., she came here in 1995 from Peabody, Mass. She was a food server in local restaurants. She attended Northeast and St. Petersburg high schools. Survivors include her father, Fred W. Jellison, St. Petersburg; and her mother, Lisa Noyes, Newburyport, Mass. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.

LOOMIS, RONALD KENNETH "RON," 54, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (March 16, 2002) at home. Born in New Berlin, N.Y., he came here in 1981 from Guilford, N.Y. He was a construction manager for Ranon & Jimenez in Tampa for two years. He served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Jane A.; three sons, Joshua A. and Zachary K., and Clint A., Greene, N.Y.; a daughter, Lynn I. Loomis, Binghamton, N.Y.; and three grandchildren. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.

MAGGIO, CHARLES JR., 65, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (March 19, 2002) at Hospice House Woodside. Born in Englewood, N.J., he moved to St. Petersburg in 1976 from Fort Lee, N.J. He owned the Brown Derby Lounge and Mayflower Moving Co. and Florida Plant Transport. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. Survivors include three daughters, Christine Maggio and Laura Maggio, both of Garfield, N.J., and Debra Ann Maggio Chapman, St. Petersburg; a brother, Russell Maggio, Paramus, N.J.; and four sisters, Connie Gallitano, South Hackensack, N.J., Virginia DiMeglio, Fort Lee, N.J., E. Rose Maggio, Hamington, N.J., and Frances Zarro, Park Ridge, N.J. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-McLeod Chapel, St. Petersburg.

OVERSTREET, SYDONIE, 96, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (March 18, 2002) at Good Samaritan Nursing Home. She was born in Florida and was a homemaker. There are no known survivors. International Mortuary Services, Pinellas Park.

REIS, MABEL G., 97, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (March 19, 2002) at the Masonic Home of Florida. Born in Paris, Ill., she came here in 1996 from Titusville. She was a homemaker and a Presbyterian. Survivors include a son, Frank Grisham, Titusville; and three grandsons, Jonathan Grisham, Atlanta, David Grisham, Ramona, Calif., and Fred Grisham, Ladson, S.C. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

ROBINER, GRACE, 95, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (March 19, 2002) at Edward White Hospital, St. Petersburg. Born in New York City, she came here in 1946 from Elmsford, N.Y. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a son, Melvin Robiner, Middlebury, Vt.; a granddaughter, Emma Robiner, Vermont; a niece; and a nephew. Beth David South Chapel of David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg.

SEBACHER, HART D., 79, of Lakeland, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (March 18, 2002) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Born in Weldon, N.C., she came here in 1965 from Panama City, Fla., and moved to Lakeland in 1993. Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Cornelius "Tony"; three sons, Neil, Orlando, and Mark and Tim, both of St. Petersburg; two sisters, Marybell Brown, Panama City, and Florence Mears, North Carolina. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

VALUNAS, JOHN B. JR., 68, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (March 18, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. Born in Scranton, Pa., he came here in 1990 from Baltimore, where he retired after 29 years with Baltimore Gas and Electric. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, serving aboard the destroyer USS Amen. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, May; a son, John M. Sr., Baltimore; a daughter, Victoria J. Habersack, Sacramento, Calif.; two brothers, Charles and Joseph, both of Baltimore; and six grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

Seminole

WEBB, LEATHA P., 84, of Seminole, died Tuesday (March 19, 2002) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Born in Arkansas, she came here in 1990 from Hot Springs, Ark. She was a homemaker and a Catholic. She was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include a nephew, Carl Floyd, Little Rock; and two nieces, Janie Andrews, Perry, Ark., and Lala Wyllia, Morrilton, Ark. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

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