BROWNING, SONJA M., 58, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005) at Oak Manor Nursing Center, Largo. She was born in Angola, Ind., and came here in 1970 from Holland, Ohio. She was a homemaker and a member of Pinellas Park Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, William A. Sr.; a son, William A. Jr., Pinellas Park; four daughters, Tonia Chandler, Homosassa, Belinda Jones, Pinellas Park, Rebecca Jeffers, Treasure Island, and Deborah Browning, Marshall, Mich.; four brothers, Alan Dirr, Riverview, David Dirr, Angola, and Richard and Carry Dirr, both of Toledo, Ohio; three sisters, Karen Smith, Albion, Mich., Brenda Nowak, Toledo, and Trudy McElroy, Carthage, Texas; 23 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
CHILDERS, JAMES F., 84, of Clearwater, died Friday (Dec. 31, 2004) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Springfield, Ill. He retired after many years with Reller and Sons Construction Co., in Beardstown, Ill. An Army veteran of World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater, was a Pearl Harbor survivor and trainer for war dogs in Honolulu. He was a member of Augustus Ruser Jr. American Legion Post 273, Madeira Beach, Elks Lodge 1007 and Cass Masonic Lodge 23 AF&AM, both of Beardstown, and Scottish Rite and the Ansar Temple, both in Springfield. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Grace L. (DeWitt); two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Asher and Susan Little, both of Clearwater; a son, James Eugene, Beardstown; a sister, Vera Witaker, Peoria, Ill.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown, Ill.
MOSLEY, MICHAEL, 45, of Clearwater, died Friday (Dec. 31, 2004) in Clearwater when he was hit by an automobile on U.S. 19. There are no known survivors. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
TEAL, WILLIAM C., 82, of Clearwater, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Dec. 28, 2004). He was born in Dover, Ark., moved to St. Petersburg in 1990 from Ivoryton, Conn., and moved in 1999 to Clearwater. A Navy veteran of World War II, he served as an electrician second class and received a Silver Star. Survivors include two daughters, Neena Swain, Clearwater, and Lynda VanJeune, Harmony, N.C.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
YOUNGWERTH, FRANK, 95, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005) at Sylvan Health Center, Clearwater. He was born in Garfield, N.J., and came here in 1972 from Minneapolis. He retired as superintendent of communications and signals after 35 years with Erie Lackawanna Railroad. He was Episcopalian and a Mason. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor; a daughter, Marge Johnson, Tucson, Ariz.; four sons, Frank M. Hudson, Ohio, Melvin C., Fairfax, Va., Peter W., Redlands, Calif., and Albert J., Shingle Springs, Calif.; a brother, Martin Youngworth, Washington Crossing, Pa.; three sisters, Ella Hagedorn, Weeki Wachee, Annie Brandt, Howell, N.J., and Irma Roberts, Corryton, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
DOUGLAS, MARGARET M., 99, of Dunedin, a descendant of the pioneer Douglas family, died Friday (Dec. 31, 2004) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. She was a lifelong resident and member of First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin. Survivors include two sons, Russell, Boca Raton, and Gavin Lee Douglas, Allen, Texas; a daughter, Joan Demer, Stone Mountain, Ga.; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.
ECKERT, BARBARA OWEN, 79, of Dunedin, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Carson City, Mich., and came here in 1968 from Romulus, Mich. She taught in the Pinellas County School District. She founded Granny's House Preschool in Dunedin and operated it from 1979-1989. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University. She was a member of Dunedin Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Survivors include two sons, Brad, Dunedin, and Fred, Dade City; three daughters, Brenda Kuhn, Fort Myers, Deanna Segur, Romulus, and Debara McGee, Onstead, Mich.; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.
JEHS, MATTHEW "MATT," 16, of Largo, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005). He was born in Lima, Peru, and came here in 1989 from Peru. He was a student at Largo High School, where as part of an on-the-job training program he worked as a server for two years at Royal Palms Independent Living Center. He also worked as a steamer at Firehouse Subs in Largo. He was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Clearwater. He formerly played soccer with the city of Largo and the church. He was an artist. Survivors include his mother, Marlene Jehs, and his maternal grandmother, June Jehs, both of Largo. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
McDONALD, JEAN, 82, of Largo, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. She was born in Dayton, Ohio, and came here in 1993 from Ohio, where she retired as a registered nurse. She was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Largo, and the American Legion. Survivors include five daughters, Barbara Vance and Joanne Reed, both of Florida, Nancy Kenworthy, Margaret Brinkman and Judy Downard, all of Ohio; three sons, Thomas, Missouri, James, California, and William, Ohio; 21 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.
MORGAN, ETHEL A., 89, of Largo, died Monday (Jan. 3, 2005) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. She was born in Anchorville, Mich., and came here in 1972 from Mount Clemens, Mich. She was a homemaker. She was Catholic and a volunteer and active contributor to her residential community. Survivors include two daughters, Donna Mitchell, Gaylord, Mich., and Jean Burton, Center Valley, Pa.; a stepson, Dr. Lee Morgan, Ocala; two sisters, Marcella Nye and Evelyn Kraft, both of Largo; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.
SOPER, ELIZABETH J. "LIZ," 74, of Largo, formerly of Tampa, died Friday (Dec. 31, 2004) at Bon Secours Maria Manor, St. Petersburg. She was born in Tampa and came here in 1972 from Southern California. She graduated from Gordon Keller School of Nursing in Tampa and was a registered nurse at Suncoast Internal Medicine Consultants and for Dr. Richard Holtz. She was a member of St. Anne of Grace Episcopal Church, Seminole, and enjoyed sewing and crafts. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Paul; three daughters, Cynthia McNeave and Mary F. Foster, both of St. Petersburg, and Paula Dixon, Tampa; two brothers, Bill Isom, Seffner, and Richard Campbell, Meridian, Miss.; two sisters, Pat Wilson, Spring Hill, and Joyce Lee, Petal, Miss.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
WHEELER, FLORENCE M., 90, of Largo, died Wednesday (Dec. 29, 2004) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. She was born in Galway, N.Y., and came here in 1971 from Scotia, N.Y. She was a volunteer at Sun Coast Hospital. Survivors include two sons, Ronald R. Jones, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Robert Jones, California; a daughter, Faith Andrus, Gastonia, N.C.; two stepsons, Bruce, Largo, and Barry, Paxton, Ill.; a stepdaughter, Judy Conrad, Clearwater; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Hubbell Funeral Home and Crematory, Belleair Bluffs.
FISHER, HARRISON CHANDLER, 81, of Oldsmar, died Wednesday (Dec. 29, 2004) at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor. He was born in Cleveland and came here in 1981 from Connecticut. He worked as a film editor for the federal government and was a veteran. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and enjoyed photography and travel. Survivors include two sisters, Irene Saunders, Lawrenceville, Ga., and Sherrill Cintron, Miami; and a brother, Earl, Opa-Locka. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
ARAKAS, NICHOLAS, 64, of Palm Harbor, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. He was born in Chios, Greece, and came here in 1983 from Long Island, N.Y. He was a sea captain for more than 18 years. He was Greek Orthodox, a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and a past commander of Clearwater Power Squadron. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Brunhilde; a son, A. Nicholas, Tampa; a daughter, Rina Arakas Psomas, Palm Harbor; three brothers, Elefthevios, Psychiko, Greece, Giorgos, Chalandri, Greece, and Dimitris, Kifissia, Greece; a sister, Maria Aloxopoulos, Psychiko; and two granddaughters. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Palm Harbor Chapel.
LA BAR, DAVID LAMONT "DAVE," 49, of Palm Harbor, died Friday (Dec. 17, 2004) at home. He was born in East Stroudsburg, Pa., and came here in 1985 from Kenosha, Wis. He worked 19 years as a financial adviser for Wachovia Securities in Clearwater. He was a member of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Palm Harbor. He was a certified singing judge and traveled the United States and Europe as a staff member of the Barbershop Harmony Society at its international headquarters located in Kenosha. Survivors include a sister, Lyn La Bar, Lansing, N.Y.; and a brother, Woody, Myrtle Beach, S.C. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, St. Petersburg.
MASIN, CHARLES B., 90, of Palm Harbor, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005) at Marriott Stratford Court, Palm Harbor. He was born in Queens, N.Y., and came here in 1990 from Eckert, Colo. He retired as a chemical engineer for the federal government and worked for the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Reclamation. Among his projects were Shasta Dam in California and Big Thompson Dam, Estes Park, Colo. He also assisted the Indian government in building the Bhakra Nangal Dam in the northern India foothills of the Himalayas. He graduated from Cooper Union Institute of Technology, Manhattan, N.Y. He was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Dunedin, Tau Beta Phi engineering honor society and received numerous awards while working for the government. He was an avid big game hunter and fisherman. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Betty B.; a sister, Mildred Klima, Palm Harbor; two nephews; and a niece. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
SERRILL, THEODORE ANDREW "TED," 93, of Palm Harbor, formerly of Seminole, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. He was born in Philadelphia, came to Seminole in the 1980s from Edgewater, Md., and later moved to Palm Harbor. He graduated from Penn State University in 1932 with a degree in journalism and was a newspaper publisher. He retired as the executive vice president of the National Newspaper Association in Washington, D.C., and served as deputy director of war loans for the 3rd Federal Reserve District in Philadelphia. He worked for the Easton Express, a newspaper in Easton, Pa., and the Pennsylvania Publishers Association, where he served 13 years as executive director, and received two presidential appointments during his 15 years with the national association in D.C. Locally he published the Pinellas County Review. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and the Rotary Club, both of Seminole, a former member of the Tides Bath Club on North Redington Beach, and a member and fellow of the Presidents Club at Penn State. Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Patricia W.; two sons, Ted M., Edison, N.J., and James A., Las Vegas; two stepsons, Marc Schaffer, Newnan, Ga., and Eric P. Schaffer, Spokane, Wash.; a stepdaughter, Jill S. Smith, Clearwater; a brother, John, Warminster, Pa.; and five grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.
BLASH, MARY C., 92, of Seminole, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005). Born in St. Davids, Canada, she came here in 1950 from Niagra Falls, N.Y. She was a homemaker and a member of Starkey Road Baptist Church, Largo. Survivors include a daughter, Mary Jo Blash, Largo; three sisters, Lena Manarina, Niagra Falls, N.Y., and Josephine Miatello, Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada, and Angie Krawszuk, Thorold, Ontario, Canada; and a brother, Harry Pelose, Niagara Falls, N.Y. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Cremation Center, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.
BROPHY, THOMAS CHARLES SR., 64, of Seminole, formerly of Largo, died Thursday (Dec. 23, 2004) at home. He was born in White Plains, N.Y., and came here in 1972 from Westchester, N.Y. He was a plumber and owned Brophy's Plumbing, Largo. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include a son, Thomas Jr., and two daughters, Mary Brophy-Lee, and Tammy Wenzel, all of St. Petersburg; a brother, John, Clearwater; two sisters, Irene Brundage, Largo, and Michele Conetta, Port Chester, N.Y.; his companion, Sharon Spohn; and eight grandchildren. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Seminole.
DORDELL, FREEMAN W. SR., 64, of Seminole, died Thursday (Dec. 30, 2004) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. He was born May 16, 1940 in Shamokin, Pa., and came here in 2002 from Claymont, Del. He was a steel worker for Citisteel and a member of the Knights of Columbus, both in Claymont. He was Protestant. Survivors include his wife, Ann; two sons, Freeman Jr., and Kevin, both of Pennsylvania; three daughters, Kathryn Tuttle, Largo, Janet Marks, Pennsylvania, and Angela Cartwright, Camden, Del.; a brother, Kenneth Dordell, Pennsylvania; three sisters, Joyce Bruce, Tennessee, Darlene Adams, Pennsylvania, and Libby Bornos, Australia; and nine grandchildren. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Seminole.
HARE, KATHARINE B., 98, of Seminole, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005) at Wright's Health Care and Rehab Center, Largo. Born in Lewisburg, Ala., she came here in 1982 from Wilmington, Del. She was a homemaker and a member of Faith Presbyterian Church and Friends of Seminole Library. Survivors include two sons, Michael Hare, Seminole, and John Hare, Bradenton; five grandchildren, Brooke Schwartz, Clearwater, Kristen Hare, Lauderhill, Michael Hare, Sarasota, and Page Howard and Holly Hare, both of Titusville; and four great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.