A note to readers about obituaries
The St. Petersburg Times wishes to remind its readers that it continues to publish obituaries free as a public service. There often is confusion over this because the Tampa Tribune charges for obituaries.
Also, families who have lost loved ones should be aware that some Hillsborough funeral homes do not send obituaries to the Times unless the families request they do so. Families should make sure that the obituary sent to the Times contains all of the information they have provided about their loved one, as funeral homes often omit details to reduce the cost of the obituary in the Tribune.
In addition to the basic facts of an obituary, the Times publishes place of birth, date of relocation to the Tampa area, occupations held, military service and awards, memberships, religious affiliations and church memberships, immediate family survivors including spouses or significant others, children, parents, siblings, and number of grandchildren. Photographs are published free of charge.
BEAN, RHODA, 80, of Tampa, died Friday (Oct. 31, 2003). She was a retired switchboard operator for General Electric Co. Survivors include a son, Bill Myers; two daughters, Diana Bauer and Marilyn Myer; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.
FINLEY, JULIA AUGUSTA, 81, of Valrico, died Thursday (Oct. 30, 2003). She was born in Birmingham, Ala. Survivors include a son, Ulysses Grant Jr. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.
GONZALEZ, EULA MARGARET "BOBBIE," 73, of Temple Terrace, died Thursday (Oct. 30, 2003). She was a retired science teacher at Jefferson High School. Survivors include her husband, Roland; two sons, Roland and Gary; a daughter, Joyce; and eight grandchildren. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Tampa.
JENKINS, JEANINE O., 64, of Plant City, died Thursday (Oct. 30, 2003). Survivors include a son, Barney; two daughters, Tammy Reeves and Louella Kirk; and seven grandchildren. Wells Memorial Chapel, Plant City.
JONES, IVA LEE BUNTING, 90, of Tampa, died Friday (Oct. 31, 2003). Survivors include a son, Albert E.; a stepdaughter, Lisanne; and a brother, Dick Bunting. Brewer and Sons Funeral Home, Tampa.
OLSZOWY, JOSEPH, 91, of Valrico, died Thursday (Oct. 30, 2003). Survivors include his wife, Jean, and three children. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Tampa.
RIVERA, MERCEDES R., 83, of Plant City, died Wednesday (Oct. 29, 2003). She retired from Kraft Foods after 30 years. Survivors include her husband, Narsiso "Cecil"; two sons, Jose Silva and Jerry Silva; and four grandchildren. Wells Memorial Chapel, Plant City.