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Clearwater

FANTINO, JUNE McVAY, 75, of New Port Richey and formerly of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Jan. 11, 2005) in New Port Richey. She was born in Corbin, Ky., came to Clearwater in 1971 from Evansville, Ind., and in 1988 moved to New Port Richey. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Holiday and Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include her husband, Philip; two sons, Danny, Clearwater, and Donnie, Holiday; a daughter, Patricia Perkins, Holiday; two sisters, Geneva Derringer, Clearwater, and Billie Storms, Evansville; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Bartelt Road Chapel, Holiday.

HAMM, LILLIAN "LIBBY," 89, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Jan. 8, 2005) at home. She was born in London, Ky., and came here in 1975 from Cincinnati, where she worked as an office clerk for Gibson Greeting Cards. Locally, she formerly worked for Expo Restaurant on Drew Street in Clearwater. Survivors include a sister, Beulah Reesor, Louisville, Ky.; a cousin, Boyd Taylor, London; and several nieces and nephews. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

JOHNSTON, LOIS ANN, 82, of Glenview, Ill., and formerly of Clearwater, died Saturday (Jan. 8, 2005) at Glenview Terrace Nursing Center in Glenview. She came here in 1965 from Berwyn, Ill., and moved in 2000 to Glenview. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Johnston and Phyllis "Candi" Petersen, both of Glenview; a brother, Walter Wood, New Port Richey; five grandchildren, Richard Norberg, Safety Harbor, Robin Bechtold, Palm Beach Gardens, and Kimberly Petersen and Veronica Lipp, both of Glenview; and two great-grandchildren. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.

TORRENCE, CRAIG A., 52, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (Dec. 29, 2004) at Advanced Health and Rehabilitation Center, Clearwater. He was born in White Plains, N.Y., and came here in 2002 from Folsom, Pa. He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Morton, Pa. Survivors include a daughter, Colleen Torrence; his mother, Mary O., two brothers, William H. Jr. and Corey V.; and two sisters, Jan T. Dertzbaugh and Mary Kate Lennen. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo.

WAGNER, LYNN M., 47, of Brooksville and formerly of Clearwater, died Saturday (Jan. 8, 2005) at the Brooksville Regional Hospital. She was born in Newton, Mass., and moved to Brooksville in 2001 from Clearwater. She was a critical care nurse at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. Survivors include her husband, Erich, a son, Erich, and a daughter, Olivia Wagner, all of Brooksville; her father, Francis J. O'Hearn, Waltham, Mass.; a brother, Buddy O'Hearn, Hudson, N.H.; six sisters, Kathy, Janice and Lillis, all of Clearwater, and Eileen, Nancy and Beth, all of Massachusetts. Turner Funeral Homes, Spring Hill.

Indian Rocks Beach

STUTH, MARY A., 89, of Indian Rocks Beach, died Monday (Jan. 10, 2005) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. She came here in 1972 from ner native Chicago and was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church. She loved playing bingo. Survivors include a son, George W., Largo; a brother, John Wick, Woodridge, Ill.; two grandsons; and three great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

Largo

FRANKE, PATRICIA M., 70, a winter resident of Largo, died Monday (Jan. 10, 2005) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. She was born in Fort Wayne, Ind., and had been a winter visitor for five years from Angola, Ind. She was a homemaker and a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church of Angola. Survivors include her husband, William J.; four sons, Wesley, Wade, Wynn and Warren, all of Fort Wayne; a sister, Gloria Biddle, Angola; and two brothers, Jerome Biddle, Angola, and James Biddle, Fort Wayne. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

HUMPHREY, WILLIAM N. JR., 82, of Largo, died Monday (Jan. 10, 2005) under the care of family and Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Spafford, N.Y., and came here in 1974 from Weedsport, N.Y., where he co-owned and operated Humphrey Spingler Motors, a Chevrolet dealership, and was an appraiser for 20 years for General Motors. He also served as chief of police in Weedsport. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, where he served with the 6th Division. He was Baptist and a past commander of Clark Hecht American Legion 568, Weedsport. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Veronica A.; two sons, William N. III, Hudson, and Bruce H., Plant City; two daughters, Ronijean Herron, St. Petersburg, and Linda D. Crane, Anchorage, Alaska; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

McGEE, ROSE MARY, 67, of Largo, died Sunday (Jan. 9, 2005) at Largo Medical Center. She came here in 1967 from her native Cleveland and was a Realtor. She formerly owned and operated CBC Realty and was a member of the Florida Board of Realtors. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include four daughters, Rosemarie O'Callaghan and Theresa Koerner, both of Clearwater, Colleen Barbieri, North Richland Hills, Texas, and Laurie Villani, Linden, Va.; a son, Barry D. Jr., Gainesville; two brothers, Andrew S. Check III, Cleveland, and Edward A. Check, Georgia; a sister, Mary Ann B. Wozniak, New Port Richey; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

METTEE, ANNE MILLER, 90, of Largo and formerly of Belleair, died Friday (Jan. 7, 2005) at Pinecrest Place, Largo. She was born in Catonsville, Md., and came here in 1966 from Baltimore, where she was active at St. Martin's in the Fields and was treasurer of their Bargain Shop. Locally she was active in Calvary Episcopal Church, Indian Rocks Beach, where she was a volunteer driver for FISH and she volunteered for 26 years at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. Survivors include a son, Daniel Bradley Mettee, Largo; a daughter, Page McDonald, Fayetteville, Ga.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Hubbell Funeral Home and Crematory, Belleair Bluffs.

PURVIS, DONALD E., 84, of Largo, died Monday (Jan. 10, 2005) at East Bay Nursing Center, Clearwater. He came here in 1983 from his native Indianapolis, where he retired as a salesman for an oil company. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Patricia; a son, Michael E., St. Petersburg; three daughters, Rita Ridman, Carrie Stark and Cindy Wood, all of Indianapolis; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

SHULL, JOHN SR., 76, of Largo, died Saturday (Jan. 8, 2005) at home. He was born in Easton, Pa., and came here in 1980 from Monmouth, N.J. He was an Army veteran of World War II and Catholic. Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Patricia; a daughter, Katherine Shull, Largo; and three sons, Paul, Largo, and John Jr. and Barry. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo.

Pinellas Park

SAUTER, LOIS A., of Pinellas Park, died Friday (Jan. 7, 2005) at Kindred Hospital Bay Area-St. Petersburg. She was born in Altoona, Pa., and moved here in 1957 from Asbury Park, N.J. She was an accounting clerk for the city of St. Petersburg in the Department of Leisure Services for more than 19 years. She was a founding member of Transfiguration Catholic Church. Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Sauter, Pinellas Park; and a sister, Sonia Herbert, Clearwater. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg

BROWN, VEOLA L., 92, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 9, 2005) at Coquina Key Health and Rehabilitation Center. She came here in 1946 from her native Cuthbert, Ga. She was a retired employee of the former Softwater Laundry and a member of Mount Zion Progressive Baptist Church, where she served on the Hospitality Committee and sang in the choir. Survivors include a daughter, Levenia Hunter, St. Petersburg; and a granddaughter. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

BUSIEK, URBAN D. "BON," 87, of Marshfield, Mass., and St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 9, 2004) at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in Boston, he has been a winter resident since 2004. He was a teacher and a member of the Marshfield Yacht Club and the Massachusetts Audobon Society. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Dorothy W.; and two brothers, Robert and Don, both of Harvard, Mass. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.

CAMERON, JENNIE D., 98, of Jacksonville, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 9, 2004) at Baptist Hospital, Jacksonville. Born in Hinsons Crossroads, near Chipley, she moved to St. Petersburg many years ago. She was co-owner of Cameron Termite Control. She was a charter member, board member and Sunday school teacher at Child's Park United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Survivors include her daughter, Joyce Higginbotham, Jacksonville; a sister, Lola Counts, St. Petersburg; a brother, Robert Porter, Mims; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granchild. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

FERGUSON, PRESTON PALMER, 28, of Clearwater, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005) at Bayfront Medical Center. A St. Petersburg native, he graduated from St. Petersburg High School and worked with his father in an air conditioning and refrigeration business. He was a member of Northeast Park Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening, fishing and electronics. Survivors include his father, Bill, St. Petersburg; his mother and stepfather, Sheila and J.C. Meyer, Belleair Bluffs; a brother, Marcus, Sarasota; and his grandmother, Jean Brewster, La Fayette, Ga. Florida Direct Cremation & Burial Society, St. Petersburg.

FONTAINE, NATALIE RUSSOY, 86, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Jan. 8, 2005) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Born in Franklin, Mass., she came here 25 years ago from Bellingham, Mass. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara L. Viveiros, Stockbridge, Ga., and Dr. Janet Fontaine, Indiana, Pa.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-Tyrone Chapel, St. Petersburg.

GAY, DEWITT WALLACE, 91, of Tarpon Springs, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 9, 2005) at Peninsula Care & Rehabilitation Center, Tarpon Springs. He came to St. Petersburg in 1954 from his native Providence, and moved to Tarpon Springs in 1970. He was a captain in the Merchant Marines for 15 years and owned and operated Bryan Holton Hardware Store in Pinellas Park for many years. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Asheville, N.C. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Lorraine (Bryan); a son, Brian Holton, Tarpon Springs; two granddaughters, Janelle Lyons, St. Petersburg, and Tara Bryan, Live Oak; and five great-grandchildren. Vinson Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs.

HOGAN, WALTER, 85, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 9, 2004) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. He came here in 1926 from his native Newnan, Ga. He was a retired letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Battle of the Bulge. Survivors include a brother, Edwin, Texas; a niece, Linda Impellitteri, Lakemont, Ga.; and a nephew, Jim Hogan. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

KEARNS, ROBERT LEROY, 60, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Jan. 8, 2005) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. He came here in 1998 from New Orleans. He was a telemarketer for Elliott Diamond. Survivors include a nephew, Bryan McCormick, St. Petersburg. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Cremation Center, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.

KERSEY, RALPH M., 77, of St. Petersburg, died Monday ( Jan. 10, 2005) at Edward White Hospital. He was born in Emanuel County, Ga., and came here in 1989 from Savannah, Ga. He retired from Union Camp Paper Corp. after 35 years of service. He served as shop steward of Local 33 Machinist Union in Savannah. He was as an Air Force veteran and was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Frances Kersey, St. Petersburg; two daughters, Patricia E. Mack, Savannah, and Kathy Wiggins, St. Petersburg; a sister, Venecia Hayes, Hephzibah, Ga.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-N.E. St. Petersburg.

LAGARES, BARBARA J., 64, of St. Petersburg, did Monday (Jan. 10, 2004) at Laurellwood Nursing Home. She came here in 1972 from her native New York City. She was a homemaker and loved to cook and travel. She was Catholic. Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Frank Sr.; two sons, Frank Jr., St. Petersburg, and Dennis, Camdenton, Mo.; a sister, Emma Parkinson, St. Petersburg; and four grandchildren. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

MARKS, ARTHUR, 77, of Sarasota, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Jan. 7, 2005) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He was born in Atlanta and was the owner of a pest control company. Survivors include his wife, Sandra. David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Beth David Chapel, St. Petersburg.

NICKELS, MARY R., 81, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 9, 2005) at Woodside Hospice House, Pinellas Park. She moved here in 1955 from her native New York. She worked for Reader's Digest. There are no known survivors. National Cremation Society, Largo.

O'CONNOR, FRANCIS X. III, 78, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 10, 2004) at Freedom Square Nursing Center. Born in Bronx, N.Y., he moved to this area in 1989 from Columbia, Md. He was a senior executive for the federal government, working for the National Security Agency and retiring from there in 1989. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Jean W.; two sons, Peter F., Lawrenceville, Ga., and Christopher, Westminster, Md.; a daughter, Deborah A., Sykesville, Md.; and three grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole.

PHANAMATH, BOUNKONG, 70, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Jan. 8, 2005) at home. Born in Laos, he came here in 1982 from Laos. He was a farmer and was Buddhist. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Thavai; two sons, Bounthong and Phanom, and a daughter, Sonchai Phanamath, all of St. Petersburg; and two grandsons. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-Tyrone Chapel.

POTH, MARGUERITE, 78, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 9, 2004) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. Born in Bucyrus, Ohio, she came here in 1995 from Galion, Ohio. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Scott, Fostoria, Ohio, and Dian, St. Petersburg; a son, Gregory, Galion; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. International Gulf Breeze Chapel, Largo.

PUCCIO, LUIGI, 95, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Jan. 8, 2005) at Bayfront Medical Center. He came here in 1995 from his native New York City, where he was a custom tailor and union organizer. Survivors include a stepdaughter, Annamaria Guerra, St. Petersburg; and three stepgrandchildren, Dennis Guerra and David Guerra and Mara Fiscus. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Cremation Center, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.

ROWLAND, JULIA, 97, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Dade City, died Friday (Jan. 7, 2005) at Pinellas Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Bushnell, and came here in 1937 from Dade City. She was a homemaker and for 68 years she was a member of Bethel AME Church, where she served on the Stewardess Board. Survivors include two grandsons, Gary Dexter Rowland and Vincent G. James, both of St. Petersburg; and 11 great-grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

SMITH, GLENDA N., 65, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 9, 2005) at Dolphin View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Knoxville, Tenn., she came here 53 years ago. She was an avid bowler, pool player and animal rights advocate. Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Jack; two sons, Dennis, St. Petersburg, and Todd, Odessa; two daughters, Laura McGirr, Largo, and Cyndi Martin, St. Petersburg; a brother, Richard Noe, St. Petersburg; five sisters, Joann Kangus, Hiawassee, Ga., Carol Pease, Indianapolis, Elaine McMurray, Maynardville, Tenn., Teresa Helton, Arkansas, and Mary June Noe, Knoxville; and four grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation and Funeral Services, Largo.

STRALOW, HAROLD H., 85, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 10, 2005) at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in Morrison, Ill., he moved here in 1990 from Belvidere, Ill. He was a former farmer and a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a charter member of the Garden Club of America. Survivors include his wife, Jean; two daughters, Phyllis Teu, Byron, Ill., and Beth Griffin, Gulfport; two stepdaughters, Bonnie Koberlein and Cindy Olver, both of Beach Lake, Pa.; three sons, Martin, Springfield, Ill., Kermit, Waukesha, Wis., and Neale, Clearwater; a stepson, Fred Dexter, North Venice; three sisters, Elvira Stralow, and Esther Huizenga, both of Morrison, and Anita Allison, Flowery Branch, Ga.; four brothers, Arnold, Erwin and Charles, all of Morrison, and Cecil, Temecula, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

Seminole

KILLINGER, MARY ELIZABETH, 83, of Seminole, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Jan. 9, 2004) at home. Born in Phoenixville, Pa., she moved to Seminole from St. Petersburg in 1986. She was a member of Seminole First Baptist Church. She was a retired real estate agent, having worked for both Caldwell Banker and Selby Real Estate. Survivors include two sons, David E. Kempner, St. Petersburg, and Robert E. Kempner, Texas; a sister, Jane Lohr, Shingleton, Calif.; and a granddaughter. E. James Reese Funeral Home, Seminole.

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