COFFEY, HARRY L., 85, of Inverness, died Wednesday (Feb. 15, 2006) at Hospice of Citrus County. Born in Medcaff County, Ky., he came here 27 years ago from Glasgow, Ky. He was a farmer, diesel mechanic and was a member of Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Myrtle; a son, Phillip W., Inverness; three brothers, Joe, Cave City, Ky., Ordell, Glasgow, Ky., and Malcolm, Sheperdsville, Ky.; and two grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness.
OTEY, JAMES C., 62, of Inverness, died Wednesday (Feb. 15, 2006) at home under the care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. He was born in Pulaski, Va., and came here in 1971 from Hollywood, Fla. He was a Navy veteran serving during the Vietnam War and was a retired carpet installer. Survivors include his brother, Thomas, and two nephews, William Biscardi and Richard Howell, all of Inverness; three nieces, Terry Forster and Kathy Morris, both of Inverness, and Mary Corne, Lakeland; 16 grandnieces and nephews; and 17 great-grandnieces and nephews. Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness.
STRAFER, MURIEL ANN, 80, of Homosassa, died Wednesday (Feb. 15, 2006) in Homosassa. Born in Manhattan, N.Y., she came here 20 years ago from Hicksville, N.Y. She was a labor organization liaison for the New York State Department of Labor appointed by Gov. Mario Cuomo and at retirement was honored by the state and governor. She was a member of countless Citrus County community agencies and groups. She was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, West Citrus Community Center and Elks Lodge. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Frank; three sons, Col. Kenneth J. Strafer, Fairfax, Va., Raymond, St. James, N.Y., and William P., Smithtown, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
WILLS, WENDY L., 48, of Beverly Hills, formerly of Indian Rocks Beach, died Thursday (Feb. 16, 2006) at home under the care of Hospice of Citrus County. She was born in Boston and came here in 2004 from Indian Rocks Beach. She was a graduate of Johnson and Wales College with a bachelor's degree in computer science. She was a senior systems analyst with IBM Tampa with 28 years of service. Survivors include her husband, Steven; her mother, Ruth Wilson, Dunedin; two brothers, Kevin Wilson, Flower Mound, Texas, and David Wilson, Dunedin; three nephews and a niece. Fero Funeral Home With Crematory, Beverly Hills.
ZELLER, THOMAS A., 69, of Beverly Hills, died Wednesday (Feb. 15, 2006) in the Citrus Memorial Health System Inverness. He came to this area in 1996 from his native Bridgeport, Conn. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from Southern Connecticut State University and his master's degree in education from the University of Bridgeport. He taught for 36 years at Jefferson, Roosevelt and READ Elementary Schools, all of Bridgeport. He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church of Inverness. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Katherine; two daughters, Elizabeth Zeller-Riel, Ocala, and Jeanne Zeller, Shelton, Conn.; and a granddaughter. Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness.