BYARS, WILLIAM C. "BILL," 79, of Clearwater, died Monday (Feb. 20, 2006) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Rome, Ga., and came here in 1975 from Atlanta. He graduated from the University of Georgia, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He attended St. Paul United Methodist Church, Largo, and was a member of Masonic Lodge 309, Toccoa, Ga. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Bonnie; a son, Richard "Rick," Largo; two daughters, Gina Byars, Clearwater, and Julie Byars, Largo; and two grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
GREGORY, KATHERINE, 90, of Brandon and formerly of Clearwater Beach, died Wednesday (Feb. 22, 2006) at Melech Hospice House, Temple Terrace. She was born in Tyler, Minn., came to Clearwater Beach in 1956 from St. Paul, Minn., and moved to Brandon in 2002. She retired after 42 years as the owner and operator of Marina Gifts on Clearwater Beach. She was a tennis fan. Survivors include a son, Pat, Brandon; a daughter, Mary Kay Carpenter, Valrico; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
HANSON, MARCELLE ALICE, 78, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Feb. 21, 2006) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South Pasadena. She was born in Long Island, N.Y., and came here in 2004 from Long Beach, Wash., where she worked as a real estate agent for Century 21. She was Catholic and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a collector of cows and enjoyed entertaining, playing bridge and Scrabble. Survivors include two daughters, Michelle Hanson, Clearwater, and Jeannette Curtis, Cheney, Wash.; and five grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.
TOP, DR. ABRAM, 74, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (Feb. 22, 2006) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Minsk in the republic of Belarus and came here in 2002 from Chicago. He was a dentist in both Russia and Israel and owned and operated a dental laboratory in Chicago. He was an accomplished musician. Survivors include his wife, Luda; a son, Leon, Belleair; a daughter, Luba George, and a stepdaughter, Anna Sichova, both of Chicago; and three grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Beth David Chapel, St. Petersburg.
MERCER, SARAH L., 81, of Dunedin, died Tuesday (Feb. 21, 2006) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. She came here in 1940 from her native Bainbridge, Ga. She worked for Tepro Electronics and was a member of First Baptist Church of Dunedin. Survivors include a son, Donald R., Dunedin; a brother, Phillip Aycock, Hudson; two sisters, Helen Phillips, Newberry, and Janice Robinson, Charleston, S.C.; and two grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.
GILLIAM, DANIEL JOSEPH, 39, of Largo, died Monday (Feb. 20, 2006) at home. He was born in Hartford, Conn., and came here in 1981 from Bath, Maine. He worked as a draftsman for Verizon and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Survivors include two daughters, Sarah and Jessica, both of Largo; his mother, Georgia Roy, Monmouth, Maine; two brothers, Dustin, Lewiston, Maine, and Bart, California; a sister, Shana Maddocks, Monmouth; and his companion, Elizabeth Black, Largo. Veterans Funeral Care, Clearwater.
MARDIS, DONALD, 43, of Largo, died Wednesday (Feb. 22, 2006) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. He came here in 1980 from his native Pontiac, Mich., and worked as a photo technician for Walgreens. He was Christian. Survivors include his wife, Karen A.; a daughter, Jennifer Mardis, Pontiac; three stepsons, Steven Goddard, Michael LaMacchia and Jude LaMacchia, all of Buffalo, N.Y.; two stepdaughters, Traci Blackwell, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Robyn Dorn, Buffalo.; four brothers, Gary Day, Dwayne Mardis, Glen Mardis and Michael Hassett, and two sisters, Kathy Hassett and Mickey Hassett, all of Pontiac; 15 grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
OWENS, DONALD W., 36, of Largo, died Thursday (Feb. 16, 2006) at home. He was born in Fort Lauderdale and came here in 1976. Survivors include three daughters, Kaylen Owens, Holiday, and Nicole and Haley Owens, both of Sarasota; his parents; a sister, Jenny Cornish, and a brother, Patrick Owens, both of Destin. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.
RIDOLFI, PETER J., 85, of Largo, died Thursday (Feb. 23, 2006) at East Bay Nursing Center, Clearwater. He was born in Pitcairn, Pa., and came here in 1997 from Canton, Ohio. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include three daughters, Robin Ridolfi and Shelley Ridolfi, both of Largo, and Randi Destefano, Atlanta; a sister, Mary Rose Impagliozza, Largo; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo.
VOKOUN, THOMAS "TOM," 51, of Largo, died Tuesday (Feb. 21, 2006) at Largo Medical Center. He came here in 2005 from his native Chicago. Survivors include a son, Nicholas, and a daughter, Noelle, both of Schaumburg, Ill.; his mother, Mary Ellen Vokoun, Largo; three brothers, Michael, Tampa, Robert, Lake Zurich, Ill., and James, Holland, Pa.; a sister, Carol Hargrave, Scottsdale, Ariz. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo.
WILSON, DORIS LEWIS, 79, of Indianapolis and formerly of Safety Harbor, died Thursday (Feb. 23, 2006) in Indianapolis. She was born in Gibsonton and lived in Safety Harbor for more than 50 years before moving recently to Indianapolis. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a son, Wayne B. Grace, Indianapolis; and two sisters, Elouise Connor and Joan Sheffield, both of Florida. Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center, Speedway, Ind.
HESSION, MICHAEL JOHN JR. "MIKE," 50, of Tarpon Springs and formerly of Pinellas Park and Madeira Beach, died Monday (Feb. 20, 2006) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Chicago, moved to Madeira Beach in 1968, moved in 1972 to Pinellas Park, and moved in 2000 to Tarpon Springs. He worked as a land surveyor for 10 years with Polaris Land Surveying, Clearwater, and was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include a son, Michael R., Tarpon Springs; two daughters, Kelly M. Hession, Largo, and Jennifer L. Le Clair, Holiday; his father, Jack, and his mother, Annette Bishop, both of St. Petersburg; two brothers, John-John and Kelly, both of Chicago; two sisters, Kelly Hession, St. Petersburg, and Patty Mayhone, Pinellas Park; and four grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon Avenue Chapel, Tarpon Springs.
HARRIS, ALBERTA JEAN, 77, of Clermont, formerly of Seminole, died Sunday (Feb. 19, 2006) at South Lake Hospital. She was born in Ohio and came here in 1953 from Erie, Pa. She retired from General Electric. Survivors include a son, Todd; three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and nine nieces and nephews. Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home and Cemetery, Seminole.
SETTLE, DONNA M., 69, of Seminole, died Monday (Feb. 20, 2006) at Largo Medical Center. Born in Hibbing, Minn., she came here in 1979 from Pittsburgh. She worked as a cashier at Circle K. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was Jewish. Survivors include a son, James, Germany; a brother, Dennis Sears, Hibbing; a sister, Patricia A. Sears, Pittsburgh; and three grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home and Crematory, Seminole.