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Clearwater

BARBER, LUCY, 95, Clearwater, died Saturday (March 1, 2003) at HarbourWood Nursing Center, Clearwater. She was born in Marianna and came here in 2002 from Greenwood. She was a retired factory worker for Pender Peanut Co., Marianna. She was a member of Hoskie Missionary Baptist Church, Greenwood, and Home Mission Lodge Order of the Eastern Star, Marianna. Survivors include two sons, George Barber, Clearwater, and Mack Gammon, Aurora, Colo.; a daughter, Marie Crawford, Greenwood; six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Youngs Funeral Home, Clearwater.

PACKARD, PRESTON D., 87, of Clearwater, formerly of Palm Harbor, died Thursday (March 6, 2003) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Brockton, Mass., and came here in 1977 from Norwell, Mass. He was president and treasurer of Preston D. Packard Insurance Agency Inc. of Avon, Mass., and was an Army veteran of World War II. He was 60-year member of Porter United Church of Christ and member of Baalis Sanford Masonic Lodge, both of Brockton. He was past monarch of Shedad Grotto, Brockton, past president of New England Grotto Association, two-term president of AARP Chapter 110, Clearwater, vice chairman of the Republic City Committee and Brockton Housing Authority and a trustee for the United Fund. He did volunteer work for WUSF Radio Reading Service, worked on membership development for the Greater Clearwater Chamber of Commerce and was executive director of the Business Assistance Council of Clearwater. Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Phyllis I.; two daughters, Sandra Jean Terry and Linda VandeVisse, both of Prescott; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

PIFFER, CLARA, 95, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (March 4, 2003) at home. She came here in 1951 from her native Cincinnati and co-owned a trailer park. Survivors include a niece, Rose Brandenburg, Berea, Ky.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. National Cremation Society, Largo.

WALLACE, PETER W., 62, of Spring Hill, formerly of Clearwater, died Tuesday (March 4, 2003) at home. Born in Quantico, Va., he moved to Spring Hill three years ago from Clearwater and was self-employed in the hospitality business. He was Episcopal. He was a member of the Gulf Harbors Sail Club. Survivors include his wife, Janet; a son, Robert Cooper, Pickerington, Ohio; a daughter, Sheila Wallace-Morgan, Spring Hill; and six grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill.

Largo

CHIODO, JOSEPH F., 62, of Cordova, Tenn., formerly of Largo, died Sunday (March 2, 2003) at home. He was born in Baltimore. He was a retired fleet supervisor for Northwest Airlines and was an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Cecilia, two daughters, Julie Tague, Seattle, and Alicia Brown, Cordova; a sister Ida Ramsey, Largo; and a granddaughter. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

CRAFTS, ELINOR R., 77, of Largo, died Thursday (March 6, 2003) at home. She was born in San Rafael, Calif., and came here in 1978 from Decatur, Ill. She was a registered nurse and worked in nursing education in Champaign, Ill., and Decatur. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, and the Tampa Bay Symphony, where she was a violinist. Survivors include her husband of 49 years, William B.; two daughters, Marianne Crafts-Brandner, Phoenix, and Jennifer Crafts, Herndon, Va.; a brother, John Olson, Eureka, Calif.; a sister, Martha Barber, Vallejo, Calif.; and a grandson, National Cremation Society, Largo.

GILDEA, DAVID MICHAEL, 26, of Atlantic Beach, formerly of Largo, died Thursday (March 6, 2003) in Atlantic Beach. He was born in Clearwater and was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include a daughter, Elexis Renee, Orange Park; his father, Donald J., Seminole; his mother Sharyn T., Dunedin; a brother, John P., Atlantic Beach; a sister, Catherine G. Fuhs, Palm Harbor; his paternal grandmother, Catherine C., Largo, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

HOWARD, RICHARD JAMES JR., 38, of Largo, died Thursday (March 6, 2003) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Rochester, N.Y., and came here in 1984. He was a hair designer for Salon Volo, St. Petersburg, and an educator at Redken 5th Avenue. Survivors include his companion of 15 years, Rob Godfrey; his parents, Richard and Donna, Rochester, N.Y; a brother, Brent, Rochester; two sisters, Danielle Carson and Laura Reyes, both of Rochester; maternal grandparents, Tom and Nina Ferris, Largo; paternal grandparents, Richard Howard, Tiger, Ga., and Virginia Munkus, Rochester; and four nieces. Memorial Park funeral Home and Cemetery, St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg

ASHAM, JEANETTE, 94, of St. Petersburg, died on Wednesday (March 5, 2003). Born in Manitoba, she came here 1972 from Detroit, where she retired as a sales manager at J.L. Hudson. She was a member of North East Park Baptist Church. Survivors include a niece, Katherine M. LaBar, St. Johns, Mich.; and a nephew, Jerry Stersic, New Port Richey. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-McLeod Chapel, St. Petersburg.

BAKER, CHARLES, 86, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (March 7, 2003) at Lexington Health & Rehabilitation Center. Born in Wilkinsburg, Pa., he came here in 1973 from Pittsburgh. He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church. He worked for a Westinghouse team in Pittsburgh that built the Nautilus, the first atomic powered submarine, and was a machinist for General Electric in Largo. He is survived by his brother, John Paul Baker, Berlin, Pa.; and two sisters, Mary Bolland, Pittsburgh, and Margurite Lester, Cabot, Pa. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-McLeod Chapel. St. Petersburg.

BARBER, HAROLD S., 83, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 6, 2003) at Lexington Health and Rehabilitation nursing home. Born in New Brunswick, N.J., he came here from Schuylerville, N.Y. He was a painter contractor and a World War II Army veteran. He was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with arrowhead device, the Good Conduct Medal and the Purple Heart. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Lucille; two sons, Randall, Rhinelander, Wis., and Bruce, St. Petersburg; two daughters, Connie Benedict and Gail Blesie, both of St. Petersburg; and 15 grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Bobbitt Chapel, St. Petersburg.

BONSEY, NADIA A., 85, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (March 7, 2003), at Palms of Pasadena Hospital from complications of a stroke. She was born in Philadelphia. She came here in 1958 from Barrington, N.J. She was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Louis Sr.; three daughters, Joan Guenthner, North Redington Beach, Barbara Mink, Crystal Beach, and Theresa Ann Duval, St. Petersburg; two sons, Joseph and Louis Jr., both of Treasure Island; a sister, Anne Schloendorn, St. Petersburg; and nine grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

CRENSHAW, RUBY R., 88, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 6, 2003) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South Pasadena. Born in Leesville, Texas, she came here in 1945 from Gonzales, Texas. She was a homemaker and a volunteer for the American Heart Association. She was Baptist. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Jonathan H.; a daughter, Maxine Marie Cosgrove, St. Petersburg; a brother, Calvin Stewart, California; a sister, Annie Florence, Los Angeles; and two grandchildren. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

KASKO, JERRY, 89, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (March 7, 2003) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. Born in Radow, Poland, he came here in 1982 from Arkansas. He was a civil engineer and retired from the New York Housing Authority. He was Roman Catholic. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Ava. C.E. Prevatt Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

MARTIN, RUBY, 75, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (March 5, 2003) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Born in Robstown, Texas, she came here in 1979 from San Pierre, Ind. she was a retired business owner. Survivors include three daughters, Sondra Rizzo and Clarinda Koceja, both of St. Petersburg, and Jennifer "Pinky" Virden, Pinellas Park; two sisters, Annie Marie Alvarado and Margaret Shultz, both of Portage, Ind.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.

MYERS, BERNADETTE D., 53, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (March 4, 2003). She came here in 1957 from her native Columbus, Ohio, She was a production inspector in the space division of Honeywell International, where she worked for 23 years. She was a also a licensed practical nurse. She attended Holy Family Catholic Church and Unity Church. Survivors include a son, Christopher, St. Petersburg; her mother, Betty Cole, Oklawaha; and her sister, Barbara Fox, Belleview. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-McLeod Chapel, St. Petersburg.

PENNYWELL, CLIFFORD JAMES SR. "SMOOTH," 57, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 6, 2003) at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in Troy, Ala., he came here in 1962 from Quincy. He was a welder for the Florida Department of Transportation for 22 years. He was Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Mollie; five sons, Dedrick, Tampa, and Clifford Jr., Marquise, Devon and Deven, all of St. Petersburg; three daughters, Latocha Gaston, Patrina Pennywell and Marissa Pennywell, two stepdaughters, Bridgett Sanders and Angela Sweat, and a stepson, Eric Sweat, all of St. Petersburg; five brothers, Jessie and Willie, both of St. Petersburg, Otis, Blountstown, and Arthur and Roy L., both of Quincy; five sisters, Arthur Mae Sweet and Deborah Jean Howard, both of Quincy, Hazel Griffin, St. Petersburg, Emma Pearl Thomas, Rubonia, and Annie Grace Fifer, Bainbridge, Ga.; and eight grandchildren. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

SWANSON, DOROTHY L., 79, a seasonal resident of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (March 4, 2003) at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa, following a long illness. Born in Mason City, Iowa, she was a winter resident here from Okoboji, Iowa. Survivors include two daughters, Judy Swanson and Ruth Henry, both of Iowa City; a son, Patrick Swanson, Palm Harbor; a brother, Donald Shinn, Mason City; two granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren. Gay & Ciha Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City, Iowa.

VALENTINE, ROBERT J., 47, of Zephyrhills, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 6, 2003). He came here in 1960 from his native Chicago and moved to Zephyrhills in 2002. He was a door assembler for Leeds Building Products. He was Lutheran. Survivors include three brothers, Joseph Valentine, Palm Harbor, William Valentine, St. Petersburg; and John Valentine, Mandeville, La. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

WEBB, GEORGE T. JR., 78, of Gainesville, Va., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Feb. 26, 2003) in Fairfax, Va. Born in Helenwood, Tenn., he moved to Gainesville, Va., in 2002. He retired from the Air Force and was a bomber pilot in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He received 19 medals and commendations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Nelda Crabtree Webb; two daughters, Nancy Stickles, McLean, Va., and Rebecca Hofstetter, Nashville; a son, George T. III, Reston, Va.; a stepson, Brent David Stickles; a stepdaughter, Kristin Sue Stickels; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Jones & Son Funeral Home, Oneida, Tenn.

YONKE, ROY THOMAS, 46, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 6, 2003) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. Born in North Babylon, N.Y., he came here in 1971 from Long Island, N.Y. He was a clerical administrator at the James Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa for five years. He was a Navy veteran and was Catholic. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed camping. Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Joan; his father, Ferdinand, and a sister, Elaine Dalton, both of Tampa; four brothers, Rick, Lutz, Paul, St. Petersburg, David, Toledo, Ohio, and John, Tampa; and a stepdaughter, Allison Kepford, Lake Worth. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.

Seminole

JOHNSON, LUCILLE M., 90, of Seminole, died Thursday (March 6, 2003) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. She was born in Chicago. She was secretary to the public school superintendent in Barrington, Ill. She was Protestant. Survivors include two nieces, Edwina Campbell and MaryLou Houston, both of Paxton, Ill.; and a caregiver, Sue Swichtenberg, Largo. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

O'BRIEN, CLAIRE E., 100, of Seminole, died Saturday (March 8, 2003) at the Oaks of Clearwater. Born in Boston, she came here in 1989 from Plainfield, N.J. She was a docent at a museum in New Jersey. She was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Clearwater. Survivors include a niece, Elizabeth D'Andrea, Seminole. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

PELISSIER, ANN "BETSY," 45, of Seminole, died Saturday (Feb. 15, 2003). Born in Minneapolis, she came here in 1965 from Chicago. She was a restaurant server. Survivors include her mother, Charlotte Hartwell, and a son, Matthew Pelissier, both of St. Petersburg; and a sister, Robin Florez, Tampa. The Good Earth Crematory, Bradenton.

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