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Clearwater

BALL, JOHN, 70, of Clearwater, died Monday (Jan. 3, 2005) at Clearwater Center. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo.

BENOIT, MARY, 90, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005) at East Bay Nursing Center, Largo. She was born in North Adams, Mass., and came here in 1973 from Hartford, Conn. She worked as a machine operator for Pratt Whitney Aircraft in Hartford. Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Billings, Clearwater, and Mary Greene, St. Petersburg; three sisters, Marion Krawczwk, Hartford, Nellie Guido and Anna Balicki, both of Westfield, Mass.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

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 Larry 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.

LOGAN, ELIZABETH P. "BETTY," 93, of Clearwater, died Friday (Dec. 31, 2004) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Varnville, S.C., and came here in 1968 from Baltimore. She was a sales manager for Colonial China Co., Oakbridge, Md. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Brooksville, Springlake Community Center Quilting Bee and a volunteer with Springlake United Methodist Church women's group visiting area shut-ins. She was an avid gardener and quilter. Survivors include a son, Frank, Tampa; a daughter, Joan Logan, Tampa; two granddaughters, Karen Logan and Kathi Sanderson; and a great-grandson. Rhodes Funeral Directors, Druid Road Chapel, Clearwater.

SCHULLER, ETHEL TEREZ, 84, of Clearwater, died Thursday (Dec. 30, 2004) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Cranford, N.Y. She worked as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone. Survivors include a stepgranddaughter, Deborah Smith, St. Petersburg. National Cremation Society, Largo.

STROM, ROBERT "BOB," 56, of Clearwater, died Friday (Dec. 31, 2004) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South Pasadena. He was born in Flint, Mich., and came here in 1982 from Michigan. He worked four years as a shoe salesman for Peltz Shoes in Clearwater. He was Methodist. Survivors include his mother, Pauline Strom, Kalamazoo, Mich.; and three sisters, Patti Squires, Kalamazoo, Marilyn Kilgore, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Diane Templeton, Michigan. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo.

Largo

AVERA, GENE, 75, of Largo, died Monday (Jan. 3, 2005) at Sunset Point Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Clearwater. He was born in Moultrie, Ga., and came here in 1952 from Georgia. He worked in the construction industry. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Mary; a son, Ray Gene, Adel, Ga.; three daughters, Kathy Champlin, and Tammy Saleeba, both of Clearwater, and Janice Griffith, Dunedin; 23 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Clearwater Funeral Home at Belcher, Dunedin.

HIRSCHFELD, CAROL MONASH, 93, of Largo, died Sunday, (Jan. 2, 2005) at Pinecrest Retirement Center, Largo. She came here in 1975 from his native New York City. Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, Seminole.

MacDONALD, JOSEPHINE M., 85, of Largo, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She came here in 1978 from her native Baltimore. She was an artist and taught at the Friends School in Baltimore. She had a degree in fine arts from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. She was a member of many fine arts organizations, and exhibited at numerous group and individual shows. In 1950, she published a book of drawings of Clearwater entitled Jo Miller's Clearwater. Survivors include a son, George H., Largo. Hubbell Funeral Home, Belleair Bluffs.

OLDHAM, OLGA, 78, of Largo, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Waterville, Ohio, and came here in 1987 from Toledo, Ohio. She was an executive secretary for an insurance company and a member of Ohio May Elliot Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Richard; a son, Daniel, Willowick, Ohio; two daughters, Rebecca Eckhart and Michele Buck, both of Toledo; a sister, Gwen Champman, Fullerton, Calif.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Gulf Breeze Cremation & Burial Society, Largo.

PRATICO, MELO ANTONIO, 79, of Largo, died Monday (Jan. 3, 2005) at Sabal Palm Health Care Center, Largo. He was born in Sicily and came here six months ago from Fort Pierce. He was a tailor and before retirement owned Melo and Tony Custom Tailors in Wheaton, Md. Survivors include two daughters, Angie Barbaro, Indian Rocks Beach, and Nori Heuberger, Olney, Md.; and five grandchildren, Anthony Barbaro, Mike Barbaro, Christina Barbaro, Ann Heuberger and Christopher Heuberger, Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

SHAUGHNESSY, JOSEPH ALOYSIUS, 76, of Largo, died Monday (Jan. 3, 2005) at home. He was born in Rochester, Pa. He taught Latin and English for 32 years in Pinellas County. He was a graduate of Duquesne University and a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Largo, where he was a lecturer and eucharistic minister. He served on the board of St. Patrick Catholic School. Survivors include his wife, Sophie G.; seven sons, Joseph A., Mark K. and Bernard F., all of Largo, Patrick J., Belleair, Richard L., Scarborough, Maine, John P. and Brian, both of Seminole; five daughters, Christine M. Gibree, Largo, Maureen A. Borkowski, Clearwater, Melissa A. Sparks, Tampa, Melinda A. Cull;, Atlanta, and Paula J. Shaughnessy, Littleton, Colo.; three brothers, Paul, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the Rev. Angelus, Irondale, Ala., and Bernard, Pittsburgh; six sisters, Mary Elizabeth Roth, Wheeling W.Va., Irene Murray, Pittsburgh, Pauline Cucinelli and Josephine Laman, both of Rochester, Pa., Regina McVeigh, Fort Lauderdale, and Bernadette Higgins, Millbrook, N.Y.; and 13 grandchildren. Hubbell Funeral Home, Belleair Bluffs.

Pinellas Park

BAKER, RUSSELL E., 82, of Pinellas Park, died Monday (Jan. 3, 2005) at home. He came here in 1970 from his native Racine, Wis. He worked as an appliance technician and was a member of the American Legion Post 104, Pinellas Park. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include three daughters, Diann M., Pinellas Park, Wendy Dennis, Lady Lake and Laurie Newkirk, Largo; a son, Shawn, St. Petersburg; two sisters, Joyce Velzka, Prescott, Ariz., and Gladys Tolar, Racine; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-Tyrone Chapel, St. Petersburg.

BOND, ALMA L., 75, of Pinellas Park, formerly of Homosassa, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005) in Pinellas Park. Born in Climax, Ga., she came here 12 years ago from Homosassa. She was a homemaker and a member of American Legion Auxiliary 155, Crystal River. She was Baptist. Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Lake, Pinellas Park, and Joann Schneider, Crystal River; two sisters, Ann Ankers, Lake Placid, and Doris Savoy, Leesburg; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.

GETTY, ROBERT "MICHAEL," 55, of Pinellas Park, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005) at St. Anthony's Hospital. He was a St. Petersburg native. He was a maintenance engineer and Presbyterian. Survivors include his wife, Deborah; a son, Michael, St. Petersburg; and two grandchildren. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo.

HAUGH, WILLIAM REED JR., 78, of Pinellas Park, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. He was born in Carnegie, Pa., and came here in 1973 from Meadville, Pa. He was a retired automotive mechanic, a Mason and a member of the VFW. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include two sons, James, Zephyrhills and William Reed III, Pinellas Park; five daughters, Billi Lynn Barber, Warren, Ohio, Lisa Tacket, Kennesaw, Ga., Diane Delp, Pennsylvania, Vikki Howell, St. Petersburg and Tammy Simms, New Port Richey; a sister, Dorothy Gaunt, Summerville, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Cremation Center, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.

LEWIS, TANYA VAUGHN, 56, of Pinellas Park, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005) at Morton Plant Hospital after a long illness. She was born in St. Petersburg. Survivors include two daughters, Tracey L. Nix, Florida, and Joanna King, Spring Hill; a son, David Beck, New Port Richey; and four grandchildren. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

MADAMA, ROBERT R., 85, of Pinellas Park, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005) at Hospice House Woodside. Born in Hartford, Conn., he came here in 1972 from Latham, N.Y. He was a sales consultant for printing suppliers. He was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II. He was a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Old Roman Catholic Church, St. Petersburg. Survivors include two daughters, Joan Frederick, Niskayuna, N.Y., and Mary Ward, Sylva, N.C.; a son, Michael, Miller Place, N.Y.; two sisters, Lillian Aldinger and Mildred Giancarelli, both of Weathersfield, Conn.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg

ABRAMS, JOSEPH McKINLEY, 82, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005) at Bayfront Medical Center. A St. Petersburg native, he was a graduate of Gibbs High School and the Atlanta School of Mortuary Science. He was a retired orderly at Bay Pines VA Medical Center and served as an apprentice at McRae Funeral Home. He was Methodist. Survivors include two daughters, Janice Byrd and Larketia Mickens, both of St. Petersburg; two brothers, Willie Mitchell and Oliver C. Abrams, Wilmington, Del.; two sisters, Katherine Duncan, New Castle, Del., and Bessie Bell, St. Petersburg; a grandson, Corrie C. Byrd III, St. Petersburg; a grandchild; and two great-grandchildren. McRae Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

BARKER, PATRICIA TEANEY, 77, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 3, 2005) at home under hospice care. She was born in New York City and came here in 1989 from East Greenbush, N.Y. She was a graduate of Good Counsel College, White Plains, N.Y., and worked for 10 years in the student aid department of the New York State University. She moved with her husband in 1985 to train cathecists for the Diocese of Cota Bato, Philippines. She was a special assistant for Monsignor John McNulty and was a director of the Right to Life Movement for the Diocese of St. Petersburg for 10 years. She was a member and volunteer for St. Joseph's Catholic Church, St. Petersburg, Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Oscar D.; four daughters, Sally Dunford and Mariellen Giordano, both of the Bronx, N.Y., Jane Barker-Hunt, Upper Black Eddy, Pa., and Nora Haran, Castleton, N.Y.; three sons, Dr. Chris S., San Francisco, Timothy H., Brentwood, Tenn., and Matthew T., St. Petersburg; a brother, George B. Teaney, Lakeland; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

BARRETT, MERTON HUGHES, 86, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005) at Bay Pines VA Medical Center. He was born in Dallas and came to St. Petersburg in 1945 from Chicago. He was a retired manager of a St. Petersburg freight company. He was a 1937 music graduate of North Park Junior College, Chicago, and attended the University of Florida. In World War II, he was an Army master sergeant. At MacDill Field, Tampa, he was choir director and soloist for the MacDill Field Chapel. In France, he trained in codes and messages and delivered the message to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, near Paris, that the war was officially over. He played many roles in the St. Petersburg Little Theatre, designed and built stage sets, and raised funds. He was a member of the St. Petersburg Downtown Exchange Club and started the first speech contest for boys. In the 1950s, he led dances at the Coliseum to raise money for shoes for needy children. He was a barbershop harmony singer and a charter member and past president of the St. Petersburg (Sunshine City) Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. He was Baptist. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Nancye Thompson Barrett; three sons: Steve C., Clearwater; Allen M., St. Petersburg; and Mark E., Vista, Calif.; and seven grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-N.E. St. Petersburg.

BATMAN, NORA B., 81, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005) at Alhambra Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Robinson, Ill., and came here in 1999 from Lakeland. She and her husband operated the Solid Rock Foster Home in Marion, Ind., and they also founded the First Assembly of God Church, Robinson, and the Calvary Chapel, Wabash, Ind. She was a clerk for JC Penney's home furnishing department, Marion. She attended Seminole Church of God. Survivors include a daughter, Cindy Collins, Pinellas Park; a son, Timothy Batman, Lakeland; a sister, Dorsey Wheeler, Robinson; and seven grandchildren. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

BOHNSTEDT, BRYCE A., 79, of New Port Richey, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Dec. 31, 2004) at Hospice Care Center of New Port Richey. He was born in Flint, Mich., and came to St. Petersburg in 1973 before moving to New Port Richey in 1993. He was a retired Air Force sergeant and served in the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War. He worked for the Tennessee County Sheriff's Office and was a master carpenter. He built yachts, enjoyed Harley Davidson motorcycles and was a member of the Police Benevolent Association. Survivors include two sons, Stephen, Winter Haven, and Robert; and two grandsons. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

BOURBEAU, LORRAINE, 59, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 26, 2004) at Hospice House Woodside from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was born in Manchester, England, and came here in 1980 from Roseville, Mich. She was a restaurant server. Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Greg; a daughter, Tracy Boufferd, Michigan; three sisters, Yvonne Van Atten, Venice, Fla., and Patricia Rieger and Katheryn Williams, both of Michigan; her father, Frank Dinsdale, Michigan; a brother, Gary Dinsdale, Bradenton; and six grandchildren. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo.

CARDONELL, ROBERT RAYMOND, 86, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005) at Bayfront Medical Center. He was born in Milford, Conn., and came here from New Jersey where he was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member and usher of St. Raphael's Catholic Church and an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2105, both in St. Petersburg. He was a survivor of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include three sisters, Barbara Lyons, DeLand, Ruth Shaver, Brooksville, and Mildred Arno, Jamestown, N.Y.; two brothers, Albertus, Sussex, N.J., and Carlton, Pequannock, N.J.; and two nephews. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

CAREY, JOHN A. SR., 81, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. He was born in Harriman, N.Y., and came here in 1970 from Monroe, N.Y. He was a former chief of fire police and was a member of the American Legion and VFW Post 484, all in Monroe. He was a retired electrician and a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Elks Club and Holy Cross Catholic Church, all in St. Petersburg. He was an Army engineer on a landing craft during World War II. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Doris Reynolds Carey; three sons, John A. Jr., Seminole, David G., and James E., both of St. Petersburg; two daughters, Edna Fay Carey-Knigge, St. Petersburg, and Joy Meinecke, Seminole;, a sister, Margaret Heslin, Ortley Beach, N.J.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Veterans Cremation & Burial Society, Clearwater.

CORDELL, JOSEPH KEVIN SR., 48, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005) at home. He was born in Henderson, N.C., and came here last year from Keystone Heights. He was an E-5 in the Army and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the AMVETS Post 86, Keystone Heights, and the Masonic Lodge, Spartanburg, S.C. Survivors include a son, Joseph K. Jr., Keystone Heights; two daughters, Kimberly Lynn Cordell, Charleston, S.C., and Crystal Ann Cordell, St. Petersburg; his mother, Peggy Cordell, Spartanburg; a brother, Harold E., Moore, S.C.; and two sisters, Dona Sasko, Long Beach, N.Y., and Marcia Clarkson, Spartanburg. E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

EDWARDS, IRA JAMES SR., 69, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 3, 2005) at Bayfront Medical Center. He came here at an early age from his native Tallahassee. He worked for Pepper Contracting Service. Survivors include four sons, Frank, Ira Jr., Clem and Billy Jo Edward Edwards; three daughters, Willie Mae Edwards, Sharon Edwards and Jennifer Edwards, all of St. Petersburg; and six grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

FAISON, RUTH E., 98, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 3, 2005) at Apollo Health & Rehab Center. She was a native of Tampa and came to St. Petersburg at an early age. She was a licensed practical nurse and worked in New York City. She was a member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Survivors include a niece, Janice Lucas, New York City. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

GLEASON, AMY P., 95, of Lakeland, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 3, 2005) at Highlands Lake Center in Lakeland. Born in Nevada, Iowa, she came to St. Petersburg in 1949 and moved to Lakeland in 2001. She was an advertising representative for the St. Petersburg Evening Independent newspaper, retiring in the 1960s. She was Protestant. Survivors include three sons, Robert J. Gleason, Lakeland, James A. Evans, Framingham, Mass., and Richard L. Gleason, Glendale, Ariz; six grandchildren, Maryanne Bromberg, New York City, Yvonne Allen, Andover, Mass., Janet Parskey, Scituate, Mass., Diane Gleason, Phoenix City, Ala., Robert L. Gleason, Lakeland, and Richard Gleason, Goodyear, Ariz; and five great grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-N.E. St. Petersburg.

HAMILTON, SADIE R., 73, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 3, 2005) under hospice care. Born in Titusville, she came here in 1955 from Orlando. She was a homemaker and provided daycare for children. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Jack C.; two daughters, Shari Rutland, St. Petersburg and Lori H. Brown, Tampa; and a granddaughter. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-N.E. St. Petersburg.

HEPSON, CARL, 69, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Trinidad, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005) at Bayfront Medical Center. He was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1935 and moved to St. Petersburg in 1987. He retired from Times Publishing Co. in 1990 and served as an elder in the Bayway Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Janet; a son, Wendell, a daughter-in-law, Katrina, and a grandson, Kamron, all of St. Petersburg; a brother, Lloyd, New York; five sisters-in-law, Eileen, Monica, Jean, Lynette and Jacquline; two brothers-in-law, Fitzroy and Lennox; and several nieces and nephews. Zion Hill Mortuary, St. Petersburg.

JOHNSON, FRANCES LOUISE, 79, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 3, 2005) at Tandem Health Care of St. Petersburg. Born in Birds, Ill., she came here in 1969 from Wilmore, Ky. She was a longtime secretary and a member of First Church of God and Silver Saints at Suncoast Cathedral. Survivors include a sister, Billie Dugger, Newbury Park, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

KINNER, ROBERT BRUCE, 51, a St. Petersburg winter resident from Ashland, Ky., died Thursday (Dec. 30, 2004) in Kentucky after a stroke. He was born in Ashland and graduated from the University of Kentucky. He was Protestant. He was a former resident of Jacksonville, where he was a carpenter specialist in building sets for television. He also built a prop for the movie Edward Scissorhands. Survivors include his mother, Helen Jo Kinner, and a brother, Stephen, both of Ashland; and an uncle, James W. Patrick, St. Petersburg. John Steen Funeral Home, Ashland, Ky.

KIRKLAND, JOHN H., 52, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Dec. 28, 2004) at home. He was born in Washington, D.C., and came here in the early 1990s from Lakeland. He was Baptist. Survivors include a sister, Sherian Fennell, Lakeland; his stepfather, William W. Deagen, Winterville, Ga.; and a brother, Michael Deagen, Athens, Ga. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo.

MACKO, WILLIAM I. "BILL," 53, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 3, 2005) at home. He was born in Chicago and came here in 1988 from Los Angeles. He worked for eight years in the telecommunications department of Raymond James & Associates Inc., St. Petersburg, and owned Oakhurst Video, Seminole, for three years. He was a recording artist, songwriter, guitar player and a sports fan. Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Lou-Ann E.; a daughter, Chelsey E., St. Petersburg; his mother, Fern Petersen, Tucson, Ariz.; three brothers, his twin, John R., Tucson, David A., Austin, Texas, and Alexander G., St. Petersburg; two sisters, Rebecca L., Seattle, and Donna J. Miller, Austin. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-Tyrone Chapel, St. Petersburg.

MOUND, LAWRENCE A. SR., 75, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Dec. 30, 2004). He was born July 9, 1929 in Youngstown, Ohio, and came here in 1983 from Macungie, Pa., He was a 1947 graduate of Rayen High School and was an Army veteran where he served two years in the Honor Guard. He was a carpenter and a member of the Carpenters Union for over 50 years as well as an active member of the Barbershop Chorus, the VFW, the American Legion, the Moose Lodge and Sulgrave Masonic Lodge, all in Youngstown. For nine years, he was an engineering superintendent for Buckeye Pipeline, Macungie, and owned Charley Mac's Tavern, St. Petersburg. He enjoyed sports, fishing, gambling and time spent with family and friends. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Donna Rigney Mound; two sons, Lawrence A. Jr., and Gary Charles; a brother, Charles; a half brother, Ronald; and five grandchildren. Thompson Funeral Home, Youngstown, Ohio.

NIEMAN, ROBERT W., 90, of Tampa, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Dec. 21, 2004) in Tampa. He was born in Cleveland and came to Tampa in 1956 from Mountain Lakes and West Orange, N.J. He moved to St. Petersburg in 1970 before moving back to Tampa. He owned Accurate Bookkeeping Co., Tampa, and was Baptist. He received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Leukemia Society and served on the board of directors for Alafia Group Home. He was a former vice president of Habitat for Humanity-Pinellas and appeared in many Broadway plays and commercials in Tampa and St. Petersburg theaters. Survivors include two daughters, Diane Nieman Ayers, Tampa, and Carol Vecchio, Safety Harbor; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. National Cremation Society, Tampa.

PINKERTON-JACKSON, DEBRA JO, 50, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005) at St. Anthony's Hospital. She was born in Alliance, Ohio, and moved here from Menerva, Ohio, in 1959. She was a certified nursing assistant and worked for the Masonic Home and the Abbey. She formerly attended North East Park Baptist Church. She volunteered for cancer charitable walks. Survivors include four sons, Richard Steck, Pinellas Park, Ronald Steck I, Beaver Creek, Ohio, and Shawn Jackson and William Joel Steck, both of St. Petersburg; a daughter, Angela Nicole Jackson, St. Petersburg; her father, Clyde R. "Ron" Pinkerton Sr., and stepmother, Betty Jo Pinkerton, both of St. Petersburg; her mother, Elizabeth Haig, and stepfather, Dennis Haig Sr., both of Riverside, Calif.; a brother, Clyde R. "Ron" Pinkerton Jr., St. Petersburg; four sisters, Deanna Aldridge, Malven, Ohio, Tina Pinkerton and Darla Stellings, both of St. Petersburg, and Denise Schneider, Louisville, Ohio.; and five grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

PLOURDE, WILLIAM, 94, of Bristol, Conn., a seasonal resident of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005). He was born in St. Agatha, Maine. He was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Church, Plainville, Conn., and the Plainville Senior Center. He enjoyed playing cards, bingo and telling stories of life in 1930. Survivors include three stepchildren, Carolyn Roy, Ron Dubay and Ella Bard; a sister, Cecile Plourde, Plainville; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Bailey Funeral Home, Plainville, Conn.

PLYMAN, DENNIS F., 65, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Jan. 4, 2005) after a short illness. He was born in Reform, Ala., and came here in 1984 from New York City. He was a commercial artist, an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, a member of the SPCA and PETA. He enjoyed jazz, art and literature. Survivors include two sisters, Barbara Gray, Knoxville, Tenn., and Carolyn N. Kitchens, Kathleen, Ga.; a brother, James R., Knox, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-N.E. St. Petersburg.

SCHANZ, GERARD WILLIAM, 44, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Dec. 31, 2004) at home. He was born in Long Island, N.Y., and came here last year from Somerspoint, N.J. He worked at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Survivors include three brothers, Richard, Seminole, Kevin, St. Petersburg and Christopher, New Port Richey; and two sisters, Helene Derkevics, New Port Richey and Susan Campbell, Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

STONE, JOSEPH, 93, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 3, 2005) at home. He was born in Austria and came here in 1979 from Irvington, N.J. He was a retired tailor for Gruber's Department Store, Irvington and a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife, Anna; a son, Terry, Manchester, N.J.; three daughters: Lilly Kuebler, Old Bridge, N.J., Donna Shute, Lakewood, N.J., and Sonya Paik, Jacksonville; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-N.E. St. Petersburg.

WELLS, JESSIE TERRELL, 79, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Dec. 7, 2004) in Canton, N.C. She was a graduate of Lynchburg College. She was a homemaker and for 40 years was the office manager for her husband, Dr. Marion Wells, St. Petersburg. Survivors include seven children, Jessie Fleta Wells, Francis Terrell Wells, Mary Florence Wells, Sarah Wells Rolland, Marion Timothy Wells, Floyd Whitfield Wells and Laura Elizabeth Wells; and 10 grandchildren. Asheville Mortuary Services, Asheville, N.C.

Seminole

SHELTON, CAROLYN BOZICH, 60, of Seminole, died Friday (Dec. 31, 2004). She came here in 1949 from her native Chicago. She was an executive vice president for a savings and loan. Survivors include two brothers, Raymond C. Bozich, St. Petersburg, and Tom R. Bozich, Seminole; two nieces; and three nephews. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-N.E. St. Petersburg.

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