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HILLSBOROUGH OBITUARIES

ALVAREZ, THELMA MACHADO, 83, of Tampa, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005). Born in Santa Clara, Cuba, she moved here 12 years ago. She was a retired professor at Habana University and a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Spanish Branch, Tampa. Survivors include three daughters, Lou Peecher, Land O'Lakes, Gisela Ruiz-Toranzo, Cuba, and Susan Ward, Summerfield, N.C.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa

ARMSTRONG, MICHAEL, 46, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Dec. 22, 2004). Born in Tampa, he graduated from Chamberlain High School and worked in construction most of his life. Survivors include his mother, Elizabeth Maguire; a sister, Annette Meier, Salt Lake City, Utah; a brother, Jeff, Tampa. Swilley Funeral Home, Tampa.

BEICHEK, BORIS, 85, of Tampa, died Saturday (Dec. 25, 2004) at his home in Tampa. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Ginny; a son, Larry; a daughter, Ginger Anderson; a caregiver, Jim Anderson; and two grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.

GRAHAM, VANESSA O. LANCE, of Tampa, died Monday (Dec. 27, 2004) at Tampa General Hospital. Born in Georgetown, S.C., she moved here in 1957. She graduated from Middleton High School in 1969 and was a licensed nurse practitioner at Tampa General Hospital since 1975. Survivors include her husband, Dean Sr.; a son, Joseph Green; three daughters, Anita Green-Spain, Twanda Graham-Jonesia and Deanna; a step son, Keith; two granddaughters; three stepgrandchildren; and a stepgreat-grandson, all of Tampa. Everett-Derr & Anderson, Tampa.

JOHNSON, ROBERT OLIVER, 79, of Plant City, died Friday (Dec. 31, 2004) in Plant City. Born in Lake Lindon, Mich., he moved to the area in 1989. He was an Army veteran and a member of St. Clement Catholic Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors include a wife, Charlotte, a son, Ronald; two brothers, Clyde and Russell, Michigan; a sister, Grace; and two grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Tampa.

LUCKEY, SAMUEL A., 82, of Seffner, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005) in Seffner. Born in Camilla, Ga., he was a driver for American Can Co. for more than 30 years. He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church, Plant City and Tampa Masonic Lodge 240 F&AM. Survivors include two daughters, Judy Rodriguez, Riverview, and Sharon Welsh, Seffner; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Serenity Meadowz Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Riverview.

PABON, MARCIANO, 87, of Brandon, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005). Born in Morovis, Puerto Rico, he was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Catalina Cano; a son, Ramon A.; a daughter, Carmen M. Englebright; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.

SILVERLING, LUCILLE A., 77, of Plant City, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005) in Plant City. She managed a chiropractic office with her husband and was a member of the Chiropractic Association. Survivors include her husband, Dr. Roy; two sons, David and Gerald; two sisters, Ruby Davidson and Mary Glaros; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren, all of Plant City. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.

SOPER, ELIZABETH J. "LIZ," 74, of Largo, formerly of Tampa, died Friday (Dec. 31, 2004) at Bon Secours Maria Manor in St. Petersburg. Born in Tampa, she moved to Largo in 1972 from southern California. She graduated from Gordon Keller School of Nursing in Tampa and was a registered nurse for Suncoast Internal Medicine Consultants and for Dr. Richard Holtz. She was a member of St. Anne of Grace Episcopal Church, Seminole. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Paul, Largo; three daughters, Cynthia McNeave and Mary F. Foster, both of St. Petersburg and Paula Dixon, Tampa; two brothers, Bill Ison, Seffner, and Richard Campbell, Meridian, Miss.; two sisters, Joyce Lee, Petal, Miss. and Pat Wilson, Spring Hill; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Home, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

SUAREZ, ZERAIDA T. "CHERRY," 88, of Tampa, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005). She was a lifelong resident of Tampa. Survivors include two sons, Alfonso Jr. and Mickey; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.

WENZOL, LEONARD B., of Lithia, died Thursday (Dec. 30, 2004). Born in Trenton, N.J., he was a longtime resident and a machinist for IMC Phosphate Mines. He served in the Army during Korean War. Survivors include his wife, Decar Wenzel, Lithia; a daughter, Debra Van, Holiday; two sisters, Arlene Donnely, Greenville, S.C., and Dottie Rakestraw, Starr, S.C.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Hopewell Funeral Home, Plant City.

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