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OBITUARIES

 
Published Aug. 10, 2002|Updated Sept. 3, 2005

Belleair Bluffs

McKINNEY, DANIEL J., 85, of Belleair Bluffs, died Wednesday (Aug. 7, 2002) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here in 1975 from Columbus, Ohio. Before retiring, he worked 15 years as a purchasing agent for Anchor Hocking. He attended Drexel Institute, Philadelphia, and was involved in the Swathmore Naval Program while there. He was a member of Church of the Isles, Indian Rocks Beach. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Tides Golf and Country Club. Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Roberta Sunbury McKinney; a son, Daniel J. Jr., Morrisville, Pa.; a daughter, Dolly Donato, Hurst, Texas; two stepsons, Dr. James F. Sunbury, Lexington, Ohio, and Gerald T. Sunbury, Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Grace Faries of Bel Air, Md.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Hubbell Funeral Home and Crematory, Belleair Bluffs.

Clearwater

JONES, JAMES E. "RED," 82, of Clearwater and Lexington, Ky., died Thursday (Aug. 8, 2002) at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor. He was born in Mount Sterling, Ky., and had been a seasonal resident here since last year. He worked for a military supply depot and was an Army veteran of World War II. He attended West Gate Baptist Church of Tampa and was a member of Grace Baptist Church, Lexington. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth A.; a son, James Stephen "Steve," Tampa; a sister, Nancie Sutton, Lexington; and three grandchildren. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.

LEWIS, ERNEST A., 76, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (Aug. 7, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Williamston, N.C., and came here in 1970 from Arlington, Va., where he worked as a mechanic for Otis Elevator and Haughton Elevator. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and a member of the VFW in Clearwater. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Ethel; and two sons, Barry L., Salisbury, N.C., and John A., Clearwater. Veterans Cremation & Burial Society, Clearwater.

NOVAK, WANDA E., 84, of Clearwater, died Thursday (Aug. 8, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She came here in 1974 from her native Passaic, N.J. She was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Michael T.; a daughter, Patricia Dolecki, Barnegat, N.J.; a son, Michael T. Jr., Tampa; two sisters, Sally Shafer and Evelyn Dabal, both of Passaic; six grandsons; and six great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

RIDLEN, RICHARD A., 79, of Clearwater, died Monday (Aug. 5, 2002) at home. He was born in Auburn, Ind., and came here in 1969 from Gaylord, Mich. He was a career Air Force pilot and retired as a lieutenant colonel. His most significant assignment was as a group intelligence officer. He was a veteran of the Korean War and received numerous decorations and medals, including the Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, United Nations Medal and Korean Service Medal. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Dorothy J.; and a daughter, Ronna Shaffer, Clearwater. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

STOCKDALE, LOIS E., 84, of Clearwater, died Thursday (Aug. 8, 2002) at Integrated Health Service of Tarpon Springs. She was born in Emporium, Pa., and came here in 1951 from Pennsylvania. She worked as a secretary for lawyer John R. Todd in Clearwater. She attended Trinity Presbyterian Church. She was a member of OES and worked many years as a volunteer at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Purcell, Tarpon Springs; a brother, Ross Spence, Melbourne; a sister, Esther Bosnik, Emporium; two nephews; a niece; and three grandchildren. Moss-Fester Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

TOWNSEND, CHARLES LOUIS, 74, of Antioch, Tenn., formerly of Clearwater, died Sunday (July 28, 2002) at Southern Hills Hospital, Nashville, Tenn. He was born in Wauchula. He served 20 years in the Coast Guard and worked 20 years as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo; four daughters, Derri Davisson, St. Petersburg, Patricia Cooper, Crossville, Tenn., Cathy Gentry, Brentwood, Tenn., and Brenda Jones, Antioch; a son, Charles L. Jr., Chicago; two sisters, Pat Silvestro, Palm Harbor, and Jenny Elizabeth Bubar, Chattanooga, Tenn.; and eight grandchildren. Brentwood Funeral Home, Brentwood, Tenn.

ZIMMER, CAROL ANN, 66, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (Aug. 7, 2002) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. She came here in 1968 from her native Cleveland. She was co-owner of the Powderhorn Pub in Clearwater. Survivors include a son, Dale E., Lakeland; a daughter, Gayle A. Jett, Atlanta; her mother, Florence James, a brother, Allen James, and a sister, Janet Hiros, all of Cleveland; and six grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

Largo

CAPONE, FRANCIS J. JR., 52, of Largo, died Monday (Aug. 5, 2002) at home. He was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and came here in 1976 from Philadelphia. He worked in home health care. He was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include three sisters, Beth Mancini, Fort Lauderdale, Karen A. Capone, Dallas, Ga., and Trudy D. Capone, Belleair; a brother, Bruce E., Palm Harbor; nine nephews; and a niece. National Cremation Society, Largo.

COOPER, HESTER, 91, of Largo, died Tuesday (Aug. 6, 2002) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. She was born in Hettick, Ill., and came here in 1961 from Wood River, Ill. She was a professional musician. She was Protestant. Survivors include a sister, Imogene Smith, Bethalto, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home, Seminole.

MESKA, LUCY D., 89, of Largo, died Thursday (Aug. 8, 2002) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. She was born in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, and came here in 1952 from New Jersey. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include a daughter, Gwynne Nave, Largo; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

TOMOVICH, DOROTHY GALE, 80, of Largo, died Thursday (Aug. 8, 2002) at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis. She was born in Minnesota, and came here in 1977 from Deerwood, Minn. She worked as a secretary for a farmer's union. She was a member of OES and St. Sava Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, St. Petersburg, and sang in its choir. Survivors include a daughter, Merianne Dabreau, Tampa, a brother, Steve Blanich, Deerwood; and three grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center, Bobbitt Chapel, St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg

BEAN, JOAN G., 64, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Aug. 8, 2002) at Edward White Hospital. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she moved here in 1969 from Deer Park, N.Y. She was a clerk at Elite Dry Cleaners in St. Petersburg. She was Catholic. Survivors include her husband of 22 years, Sherman; a daughter, Kathleen; a sister, Mary Ramirez, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and two brothers, Anthony Barro, Arkansas, and Mike Barro, Pennsylvania. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes and Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

FitzPATRICK, DOROTHY A., 93, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Aug. 7, 2002) at home. Born in Dwight, Ill., she came here in 1943 from Leonidas, Mich. She was a homemaker and a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and its Women's Guild. Survivors include two sons, Richard E., St. Petersburg; and Terrence, Archer; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Bobbitt Chapel, St. Petersburg.

MOFFITT, ROBERT, 82, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Aug. 7, 2002) at Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Home. Born in Athol, Mass., he came here in 1986 from York, Maine. He was a metal inspector for the U.S. government. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Iva; a daughter, Deborah Falvey, St. Petersburg; and a son, David J., Romulus, N.Y. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-McLeod Chapel, St. Petersburg.

PENU, HERMANN, 77, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Aug. 7, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Estonia and came here in 2000 from Malverne, N.Y., where he was a commercial and residential builder. He was a Mason and a member of the German American Club in Pinellas Park. Survivors include three sons, Arno, Tarpon Springs, Andre, St. Petersburg, and Martin, Mastic, N.Y.; and 13 grandchildren, Michael, Ryan, Andre, Betty Lynn, Keith, Faith, John, Jesse, Mark, Erin, Jennifer, Deidre and Christopher. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.

STEWART, ROSLYN V., 91, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Aug. 9, 2002) at Bayfront Medical Center. She was born in Jamaica and came here in 1972 from Queens, N.Y. She was a member of All Nations Seventh-day Adventist Church, where she was a deaconess for many years. She was a sales person for many years in New York and locally was a housekeeper. Survivors include her caretakers, Everard James and Beryl Mitchell, both of St. Petersburg; and a stepson, Alexander Stewart, England. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Seminole

BROWN, WESLEY C., 79, of Seminole, died Wednesday (Aug. 7, 2002) at home. He came here in 1985 from his native Jersey City, N.J. He was an assistant treasurer in banking. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of American Legion 273 in Madeira Beach. Survivors include a son, Wesley C. Jr., Kearny, N.J.; two daughters, Diane Laszek, Dallas, Ga., and Margaret Ryan, Toms River, N.J.; and four grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

GEUDERT, DOROTHY A., 95, of Seminole, died Monday (Aug. 5, 2002) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. Born in Bronx, N.Y., she came here in 1960 from Cresskill, N.J. She was the head buyer and then secretary to the vice president at J.C. Penney Co. in New York City for more than 52 years. She was Protestant. She was a member of the Pinellas-Seminole Women's Club and OES and was the secretary for Bay Ridge Estates for many years. Survivors include several nieces; and several grandnieces and grandnephews. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Seminole.

MARX, WILLIAM D., 75, of Seminole, died Wednesday (Aug. 7, 2002) at Freedom Square under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Antigo, Wis., and came here from Kokomo, Ind., where he retired in 1989 after 30 years at General Motors. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor of science degree in economics. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Joyce; and a brother, Robert E., and a sister, Doris Lazewski, both of Antigo. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Seminole.