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Pinellas Park

PRIORE, ANNE, 81, of Pinellas Park, died Saturday (Jan. 8, 2005) at home. She came here in 1992 from her native Glassboro, N.J. She was a member of the Pinellas Park Wesleyan Church and the leader of the Focus Women's Bible Study Group for 12 years. Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Modesto Joseph; three sons, Gerald, Gilbert, Ariz., Stephen, Pitman, N.J., and the Rev. Paul, St. Petersburg; two daughters, Joanne Chiselko, Odessa, and Suzanne Capano, Pembroke Pines; a brother, Chris DiBenedetto, Alabama; a sister, Mary Ewart, Georgia; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.

WHITMAN, THOMAS JAMES, 46, of Pinellas Park, died Friday (Jan. 7, 2005) at home after a long illness. He came here in 1964 from his native Appleton, Wis. He was a boat captain. He was Protestant. Survivors include his mother, Marianne McCrary, Pinellas Park; his father, Wendal L. Whitman, Appleton; three sisters, Penny Fedorchak, Sarasota, Vicki Beck, Clearwater, and Wendy Whitman, Phoenix; a niece, Mary Alice Beck, Clearwater; and a nephew, Trevor Pyska, Phoenix. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

St. Petersburg

DAVIS, BEATRICE GLADYS, 90, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Jan. 7, 2005) at Bayfront Medical Center. She came here more than 50 years ago from her native Lake City. She was a domestic worker. She was a member and an ordained Elder of All nations Church of God By Faith and served as a traveling evangelist. Survivors include a daughter, Mary Fowler, a sister, Abbie Mae McAfee, and three grandchildren, Dante Fowler, Lawana Trotter and Ebony Fowler, all of St. Petersburg; and seven great-grandchildren. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

EDWARDS, LUCILLE, 89, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Jan. 7, 2005) at Westminister Suncoast Nursing Center. She was born in Demopolis, Ala., and came here in 1970 from Linden, Ala. She was a homemaker and a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing and baking cakes. Survivors include a son, Pross, Linden; seven daughters, Annie Fritts, Ellie Gaines, Savannah Witherspoon, Jacquelyn Edwards and Ruby Swanson, all of St. Petersburg, Lucinda Abrom, Jasper, Ala., and Thelma Gaines, Tallahassee; and a sister, Virginia Williams, St. Petersburg. Zion Hill Mortuary, St. Petersburg.

HENRY, SYLVIA S., of Sarasota, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Jan. 7, 2005) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. She was born in Minneapolis and came to the area in the 1970s from Northbrook, Ill. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Harry H.; two daughters, Patricia McCarthy and Deborah Morrison, both of Northbrook; a brother, J.J. Solomon, Minneapolis; and four grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Beth David Chapel, St. Petersburg.

MORGAN, JAMES F., 69, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 9, 2005) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Born in Pontiac, Ill., he came here in 1073 from Valparaiso, Ind. He retired in 1993 after 28 years as a technician for GTE. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Ham Radio League. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Linda D. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

DICK, MATHILDA MARTHA BARLOW "THILDA," 92, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 3, 2005). She was born in Paterson, N.J., where she worked as a legal secretary and later worked at New Standard Aircraft. She was a pianist, organist and choir director in Bridgeton, N.J., and in College Point, N.Y., at St. John's Lutheran Church. Survivors include a son, Herbert, Sacramento, Calif.; a daughter, Tilda Sosaya, Albuquerque, N.M.; five grandchildren, Robert, Alex, Sarah, Noelle and Ann-Marie; a great-grandson, Beker; and caregiver, Patricia Frick, St. Petersburg. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

MUNN, CORINE, 89, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Jan. 8, 2005) at Bayfront Medical Center. She came here in the early 1940s from Los Angeles. She was a funeral attendant at Creal Funeral Home in St. Petersburg for many years. She was a member of Faith Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, where she served with the Deaconess Ministry. Survivors include a son, Andrew, and a sister, Elizabeth Stephens, both of St. Petersburg; two brothers, Horace Baker, Philadelphia, and Jesse Baker, Brooklyn, N.Y.; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

NICKOL, ELEANOR MARY, 73, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Jan. 7, 2005) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. She was born in Nashua, N.H., and came here in 1958 from New York City. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed crafts. Survivors include her husband, Robert; a daughter, Deborah Alter, St. Petersburg; two stepsons, Preston Nickol, Seminole, and Bill Nickol, Spring Hill; two stepdaughters, Jodi Hollin and Debbie LeGault, both of Pinellas Park; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. International Gulf Breeze Chapel, Largo.

REYNOLDS, DORIS, 76, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Jan. 8, 2005) at home. Born in Parsons, W.Va., she came here in 1994 from Springfield, Pa. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Dell; a son, Jim, Newtown Square, Pa.; two daughters, Barbara Hamilton, Elkton, Md., and Suzanne Stashak, Springfield; a brother, Billy Eckard, Warren, Ohio; two sisters, Joann King and Lucille Eckard, both of Hagerstown, Md.; and six grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Cremation Center, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.

RODRIGUEZ, WALTER, 50, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Jan. 8, 2005) at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in Stuttgart, Germany, he came here in 1989 from Vineland, N.J. He was a medical courier for Bay Care Inc. and previously worked for the St. Petersburg Times for 10 years. He was a Marine Corps veteran. Survivors include a son, James, New Port Richey; and his parents, Gladys and Efrain Rodriguez, St. Petersburg. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

WERMUTH, BETHESDA "RUTH," 81, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Jan. 8, 2005) at North Rehabilitation Center, St. Petersburg. She moved here in 1950 from her native Rochester, N.Y. She served as a nurse in the Navy during World war II. She was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, St. Petersburg. She served on missions and traveled to Haiti. Survivors include two daughters, Birdie Durau and Rhonda Wermuth, both of St. Petersburg; a son, Terry Paul Wermuth, Tampa; five sisters, Eleanor, Idaline, Carol, Dorothy, and Sharon; four brothers, Frederick, Ralph, Robert, and Neil; her stepmother, Olga Wermuth, Youngstown, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

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