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OBITUARIES

Belleair Bluffs

LESYSHYN, BASIL C., 85, of Belleair Bluffs, died Friday (July 19, 2002) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. He was born in Bath, N.Y., and lived in Honolulu and Long Beach, Calif., before he came here in 1969 from Endicott, N.Y. He was in Hawaii repairing machinery on U.S. Navy ships anchored in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked in 1941. He later worked as a millwright and carpenter. He was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Ukranian Catholic Church. Survivors include three sons, Paul, Belleair Bluffs, Basil S., Clearwater, and Michael, Virginia Beach; a daughter, Cathryn, Geneva, Ohio; three brothers, Louis, George and Alex, and a sister, Mary, all of New York state; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Largo Chapel.

Clearwater

BENGELE, CHARLES M. JR., 70, of Clearwater, died Thursday (July 18, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Pittsburgh and came here in 1971 from Quantico, Va., where he retired from the Marine Corps as a lieutenant colonel. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a member and local detachment adjutant and comptroller of the Marine Corps League and was a former Department of Florida commandant and former Department of Florida judge advocate. He was a member of the Marine Mustang Association, the American Legion, the Vietnam Veterans Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors include his wife, Mary Thorpe; two sons, Charles M. III and Curtis M.; two daughters, Linda M. McKee and Diane E. Bengele; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, Cemetery & Cremation Services, Seminole.

BROWN, ELSIE P., 90, of Hopkinsville, Ky., formerly of Clearwater, died Friday (July 19, 2002) at Christian Church Home nursing home, Hopkinsville. She was born in Cerulean, Ky., came here in the 1940s from Hopkinsville and returned there in 1990. She was a public school teacher here for three decades and taught first at Tarpon Springs High School and later at North Ward Elementary School, Clearwater. She was a member of First Christian Church of Clearwater and its women's organization, and Delta Kappa Gamma honorary educational society and the Business and Professional Woman's Club. Survivors include two cousins, Don Atwood and Clifton Atwood, both of Hopkinsville. Hughart and Beard Funeral Home, Hopkinsville, Ky.

CUTLER, ANTOINETTE L., 85, of Clearwater, died Sunday (July 21, 2002) at Sunset Point Rehabilitation Center, Clearwater. She came here in 1954 from her native Marlboro, Mass. She worked as a buyer for Rutland's Department Stores in Clearwater and St. Petersburg and she attended St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include a son, Dwight "Tex," Clearwater. Veterans Cremation & Burial Society, Clearwater.

DAVIS, RUTH P., 78, of Clearwater, died Saturday (July 20, 2002) at Palm Garden of Largo nursing home. She was born in Germany and came here in 1982 from Cherry Hill, N.J. She retired as a bank examiner after 15 years with East Chester National Bank, Westchester, N.Y. She was a member of Church of the Isles Congregational, Indian Rocks Beach. Survivors include a daughter, Tine R. Cook, Clearwater; a sister, Clara J. Bradshaw, Largo; a grandson, Erik J. Cook, Palm Harbor; and four great-grandchildren. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.

GORMAN, LEONARD H., 82, of Clearwater, died Sunday (July 21, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He came to Tampa in 1959 from Syracuse, N.Y., and in 1988 he moved to Clearwater. He retired in 1990 from Morton Plant Hospital, where he pioneered the hospital's Risk Management Program. He was an Army veteran of World War II, where he served in the European theater, and was active in the Army Reserves until 1969. He was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater, the American Hospital Association, Florida Hospital Association, and American Legion. He was a skilled carpenter and craftsman of country furniture and folk art. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary; three daughters, Susan Hewitt, Kathleen Rumrill and Judy Ballard, and a son, Christopher, all of Tampa; a sister, Mae Glynn, Lyncourt, N.Y.; a brother, Howard, Atlanta; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.

MANZOLI, THERESA ZIOLA, 75, of Clearwater, died Saturday (July 20, 2002) at Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation and Care Center, Clearwater. She came here in 1963 from her native Yonkers, N.Y., and retired after 12 years as an interviewer with A.C. Nielsen Media Research, Dunedin. She was a Radio City Rockettes dancer and during World War II she performed with the USO throughout Europe. She was an organist for many years at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater, and a member of Espiritu Santo Catholic Church, Safety Harbor. Survivors include a son, Michael, Crystal River; two daughters, Felicia Graff, Safety Harbor, and Gina Carr, Centerville, Ohio; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

MARTINEZ, LEO, 83, of Clearwater, died Sunday (July 21, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and came here in 1998 from Palmas Del Mar, Puerto Rico. He was a teacher and worked as an assistant professor of Spanish at Hamilton College in New York and as chairman of Foreign Languages at Half Hollow Hills School District, Dix Hills, N.Y. He graduated from City College of New York and New York University. He was an Army veteran of World War II and served in the Asia-Pacific theater. He was a member of St. Brendan Catholic Church, Clearwater, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Peachtree City, Ga., and the Retired Teachers Association. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Carmen Q.; three sons, Leo A., St. Petersburg, Michael, Huntersville, N.C., and Richard, West Hartford, Conn.; a daughter, Elizabeth M. Jlones, Peachtree City; and seven grandchildren. Clearwater Funeral Home & Cremation Options.

SADOWSKI, EVA FIGURA, 74, of Clearwater, died Sunday (July 21, 2002) at her home. She came here in 1985 from her native Chicago, where she retired as a production worker for ITT Continental (Hostess) Bakery. Survivors include her husband, Witold; two sons, Jeffrey Figura, Clearwater, and Warren Figura, Chicago; a daughter, Judith Nocerino, Setauket, N.Y.; four sisters, Anna Franciskovich, Minneapolis, Olga Masnjak, Belvidere, Ill., Helen Ringswald, Ottawa, Ill., and Evelyn Almberg, Colorado; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. International Mortuary Services, Pinellas Park.

SARACENO, PAMELA TRIZIS, 35, of Clearwater, died Saturday (July 20, 2002) in Clearwater. She came here in 1972 from her native Palatine, Ill., and worked in a family business, Country Harvest Restaurant, Clearwater. Survivors include two sons, Dean Mitchell Caldwell, New Port Richey, and Jerico Ringley, Largo; a daughter, Tiffany Cominos, St. Petersburg; her parents, Angeline and Gus Trizis, and two sisters, Rita Woolums and Beth Formby, all of Clearwater; and five brothers, Pat, Steve, George Trizis, all of Clearwater, Jim Trizis, Oldsmar, and John Trizis, New Berlin, Wis. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

WEEKS, PHYLLIS A., 84, of Clearwater, died Friday (July 19, 2002) at the Oaks of Clearwater. She was born in MacDonald, W.Va., and came here in 1957 from Logan, W.Va. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Largo. Survivors include two daughters, Susan Weeks Christman, Lorida, and Elizabeth Weeks Reed, Brooksville; a son, William H., Alpharetta, Ga.; a sister, Elizabeth Ehlis, Lakeland; a brother, Joseph Davis, Kenneth Square, Pa.; and eight grandchildren. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.

Largo

IZZOLO, JAMES F. "JIM," of Largo, died Saturday (July 20, 2002) at home. He was born in Queens, N.Y., and came here in 1986 from Long Island, N.Y., where he retired as an officer with the New York Police Department. He was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Largo. He was an avid Yankees fan, sports enthusiast and collector of Corvettes and sports memorabilia. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Ellie; three sons, John and Jim, both of Indian Rocks Beach, and Joe, Belleair Bluffs; and a brother, John N., Whitestone, N.Y. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

KAMRADA, JOSEPH, 88, of Largo, died Saturday (July 20, 2002) at Palm Garden of Pinellas, Largo nursing home. He was born in High House, Pa., and came here in 1959 from Youngstown, Ohio. He was an aerospace technician and retired in 1979 after 18 years with Honeywell, Largo. He was an Army veteran of World War II and received a Purple Heart while serving with the 4th Infantry, Ivy Division, Battery B of the 44th Field Artillery Battalion. He was a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, St. Petersburg. Survivors include a daughter, Laura Kamrada Hopkins, Largo; a son, Marty, Orlando; and three grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.

LA VECCHIA, PASQUALE "PAT," 77, of Largo, died Friday (July 19, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Paterson, N.J., and came here in 1988 from Totowa, N.J. He was a butcher and a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Ann; a son, David, and two daughters, Nancy Bassora and Patti Gerosky, all of Largo; three sisters, Louise La Vecchia, Gulfport, Rose Broich, Port St. Orange, and Mae DeMairv, North Carolina; two brothers, Sal, Atlantic City, N.J., and Mike, Wayne, N.J.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.

PARLEE, HAROLD R., of Largo, died Saturday (July 20, 2002) at Palm Garden of Pinellas, Largo nursing home. He was born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, and came here in 1989 from Brooklyn, N.Y., where he retired as a stock processor for Sherson Leman Bros. of New York City. He was an Army veteran of World War II veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was Baptist and a member of Disabled American Veterans, Brooklyn. Survivors include a son, Howard, Asheville, N.C.; a brother, Keith, California; a sister, Kathleen Bard, Houston; and two grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

ZAMMINER, RUTH A., 79, of Largo, died Sunday (July 21, 2002) at Belle Vista Retirement Homes Assisted Living Facility, Clearwater, under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in Richmond Hill, N.Y., and came here in 1969 from Queens, N.Y. Survivors include three sons, Tym and Terry, both of Largo, and Walter D., Mineola, N.Y.; a daughter, Joy Turner, Clearwater; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

Pinellas Park

FEX, EDWIN J. "TED," 64, of Pinellas Park, died Saturday (July 20, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was a native of Rockville Centre, N.Y., and came here in 1958 from New York state. He was a driver with BFI Sanitation Co., formerly Wells Brothers, for 40 years. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge. He was a NASCAR fan and classic car enthusiast. Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline; two sons, Edwin Jr., St. Petersburg, and Randy, North Carolina; his mother, Kathleen Fex, and a brother, Kenneth, both of Pinellas Park; and a granddaughter, Misty Fex, St. Petersburg. International Mortuary Services, Pinellas Park.

St. Petersburg

GATTARELLO, JOSEPH JOHN SR., 87, of Cleveland, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (July 22, 2002) at Lakewood (Ohio) Hospital. He came here in 1979 from his native Cleveland and returned there a year ago. He was a commercial painter and a member of the International Brotherhood of Painters Local 763, Cleveland. He was Catholic. Survivors include five sons, Leonard R., Barker, Texas, Joseph Jr. and John, both of Lakewood, Michael, St. Petersburg, Salvatore, Sheffield Lake, Ohio; a brother, Anthony, and two sisters, Rose DeScenzo and Millie Downey, all of Cleveland; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. International Mortuary Services, Pinellas Park.

GRAHAM, HOSEA UTLEY, 77, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (July 20, 2002) at Bayfront Medical Center. She was a St. Petersburg native and a 1944 graduate of Gibbs High School. She was a graduate of the Gibbs Junior College business education program. She was a domestic worker in private homes. She was a member of Bethel Metropolitan Baptist Church, where she served with Usher Board 1, Circle 1, served as chairperson of Tribe Issachar and as a Sunday school teacher. Survivors include a son, Kent Graham, and a daughter, Roslyn Graham Haynes, both of St. Petersburg; three sisters, Erma Perkins and Hattie Utley, both of St. Petersburg, and Ora Oliver, Philadelphia; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. McRae Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

La FOLLETTE, SHEILA ROSE, 69, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (July 20, 2002) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Born in Cincinnati, she came here in 1974 from Pass Christian, Miss. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Robert M. "Bob"; two sons, Mike Cummins and Tom La Follette, both of Brooklyn, Conn.; her mother, Geneva DeMoss, Woodlawn, Ohio; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

LaRUE, ANN LUCILLE, 96, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (July 21, 2002) at Colonial Care Center. She came here in 1967 from her native Summit, N.J. She was a special education elementary school teacher. She attended Wheelock College and was a graduate of Columbia University. Survivors include her husband, Holmes Erwin LaRue; a son, Richard Baker Weber, Brunswick, Maine; and three granddaughters, Julia Lee Garbowski, Brussels, Wis., Karin MacPhail Weber, Mississauga, Ontario, and Laurie Weber Taft, Georgetown, Maine. Brett Funeral Home and Cremation Service, St. Petersburg.

MARCOTTE, LINDA KAY, 46, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (July 20, 2002) at Edward White Hospital. Born in Massillon, Ohio, she came here in 1969 from Canton, Ohio. She was a bank teller with Home Federal in St. Petersburg and a member of Gateway Christian Center. Survivors include her mother, Katherine R. Weber, St. Petersburg. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Bobbitt Chapel, St. Petersburg.

NEGELE, ANTHONY C. "TONY," 53, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (July 20, 2002) at home. Born in Hammond, Ind., he came here in 1979 from Highland, Ind. He was a sergeant in the Army and served as a medic in Vietnam. He retired after 25 years as a co-owner and operator of Hart Upholstery in St. Petersburg. He enjoyed making pottery. He was Catholic. Survivors include his mother, Violet Negele, Hammond; a sister, Linda Pouge, DeMott, Ind.; a brother, Terry Wells, St. Petersburg; and his companion and caretaker, Richard Safro. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

SIMPSON, NEIL S., 42, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (July 21, 2002) at home. Born in Atlantic City, N.J., he came here in 1978 from Brigantine, N.J. He was a self-employed store owner. Survivors include his mother, Joyce Katz Simpson, Largo; a brother, Mark, Clearwater; and a sister, Linda VanDyke, North Redington Beach. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

STICKNEY, MICHELE M. SCOTT, 41, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (July 21, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in Amityville, N.Y., and came here in 1982 from Oakdale, N.Y., where she was a volunteer for Bayshore Ambulance Service. She was a 1992 graduate of St. Petersburg College with a degree in nursing, and was a registered nurse at Bayfront Medical Center for 10 years. She attended Calvary Chapel. Survivors include her husband, George; three sons, Christopher Reiff and Matthew Stickney, both of St. Petersburg, and Charles Stickney, Pendleton, S.C.; her parents, Michael and Grace Scott, a brother, Michael Scott, and a sister, Karen Mitchell, all of St. Petersburg. E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

TOMLINSON, THOMAS J., 76, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (July 18, 2002) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines of natural causes. He was born in Dunkirk, N.Y., and came here in 1966 from Buffalo, N.Y. He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was Catholic. He was an avid coin and stamp collector, fisherman and bingo player. Survivors include two daughters, Linda Tomlinson, St. Petersburg, and Paula Baird, Clearwater; a brother, Donald, Buffalo; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Clearwater Funeral Home at Belcher, Dunedin.

ZIMMERMAN, WAYNE EDWARD, 78, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (July 18, 2002) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Born in Kenosha, Wis., he came here in 1968 from Dayton, Ohio. He was a computer systems analyst and worked for NCR Computer Division in Dayton and St. Petersburg. He was the vice president of St. Petersburg Bank and Trust. He attended the University of Chicago. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II and served in Guam. He worked for Chloride Battery Company, the Exchange Bank EDP in Sarasota, Rutland Central, First Florida, Nations Bank and he retired from Bank of America. He attended St. John's Catholic Church and was an avid reader. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Mary Eisenhauer Zimmerman; three sons, Dennis, St. Petersburg, Harold, Kenneth City, and Kevin, St. Petersburg; two daughters, Kathy Brown, Pinellas Park, and Geri Zimmerman, St. Petersburg; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. International Mortuary Services, Pinellas Park.

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