BAKER, MERRILL HASTINGS JR., 80, of Clearwater, died Thursday (Feb. 23, 2006) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital under hospice care. He came here in 1980 from his native Martinsville, Ind., where he was a police desk sergeant. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include a brother, Bruce, Bloomington, Ind.; and a sister, Betty Eckler, Yonkers, N.Y. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.
BOLJESIC, EDUARD, 97, of Clearwater, died Thursday (Feb. 23, 2006) at home. He came here in 1967 from his native Zagreb, Croatia. He was an architect. He was Catholic. He enjoyed gourmet cooking. Survivors include a daughter, Dr. Dunja Boljesic, Clearwater; and a grandson, Alan Bilic, Clearwater. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
BROWN, KAREN ANNETTE, 68, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (Feb. 22, 2006) at Marliere Health Care Center, New Port Richey. She was born in Colfax, La., and came here in 1986 from Louisiana. She was a homemaker. Survivors include four sons, David, Clearwater, Scott, Hudson, and Todd and Patrick, both of West Monroe, La.; a daughter, Laurie Shipman, Searcy, Ark.; a brother, James "Buddy" Townsend, West Monroe; and five grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson Avenue Chapel, Hudson.
DESJARDINS, HERMAN, 79, of Clearwater, died Thursday (Feb. 23, 2006) at Sunset Point Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Clearwater. He was born in Collinsville, Conn., and came here in 1980 from Bristol, Conn. He was a cement truck driver and a member of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Winnie; a son, Allen, Bristol, Conn.; a daughter, Carline F. Sabatella, Oldsmar; a brother, Gerald, Dunedin; two sisters, Lorraine Desjardins, New Britain, Conn., and Theresa Fongine, Bristol; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.
GUINUP, FLOYD CHARLES SR., 94, of Clearwater, died Friday (Feb. 24, 2006) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, under hospice care. He came here in 1955 from his native Bay City, Mich. He worked many years for Clearwater Laundry. He was a 50-year member of First Lutheran Church, Clearwater. Survivors include two sons, Chuck, Largo, and Rodney, Lakeland; a daughter, Roxanne Berger, Clearwater; a sister, Mabel Taylor Veenstra, Bay City; four nephews; three nieces; a grandson, Ron Berger, Jacksonville; five granddaughters, Lori Guinup Gasper, Colorado Springs, Lana Guinup Harrison, DeBary, Lisa Guinup Helton, Memphis, Tracie Guinup Lucero, Oldsmar, and Cindy Berger Chapman, Lawrenceville, Ga.; and 17 great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
SCHROEDER, WILLARD A. "BILL," 88, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Feb. 18, 2006) at Sabal Palms Health Care Center, Largo. He came here in 1967 from his native Chicago, where he retired after 30 years in industrial sales. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving with the 145th Construction battalion at Guadalcanal and at Okinawa in the Pacific Theater. He was nondenominational and a member of the Lions, Rotary and Toastmasters International, all in Chicago. He enjoyed fishing, was an avid reader and writer and had several books of poetry published. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Helen; a son, Bob, and a caregiver, Barbara Schroeder, both of Indian Rocks Beach; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson. National Cremation Society, Largo.
SPERI, WILLIAM ARTHUR, 58, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Feb. 21, 2006) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. He was born in Elkhorn, Wis., and came here in 1991 from the United Arab Emirates. He was a private real estate investor and enjoyed computer networking as a hobby. Survivors include his parents, Ralph and Janet Speri, Sun City; two brothers, Bob, Panacea, and Jim, Chesapeake, Va.; and a sister, Enid Tierney, Henrietta, N.Y. Global Gulf Breeze Cremation & Burial Society, Largo.
FISHER, LAURA LOUISE, 89, of Dunedin, died Friday (Feb. 24, 2006) at Mease Continuing Care, Dunedin. She was born in Detroit and came here in 1997 from Garden City, Mich. She worked as a county clerk. Survivors include a daughter, Susan M. Robinson, Clearwater; two brothers, Thomas Blunden, Riverview, and Edward Blunden, Tacoma, Wash.; two sisters, Gladys Sorensen, Dunedin, and Ruth Woodruff, Rochester, Mich.; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Clearwater Funeral Homes, Dunedin.
BARE, JERRY LEE, 60, of New Port Richey, formerly of Largo, died Thursday (Feb. 23, 2006) at Hernando Pasco Hospice House, New Port Richey. He was born in Harvey, Ill., and came here in 1953 from Chicago. He worked for more than 20 years as a materials handler for Honeywell. He was an Air Force veteran, serving as a military policeman at Warner-Robins Air Force base. He was a troop leader for the Boy Scouts of America and enjoyed astrology and farming. Survivors include two sons, David, St. Petersburg, and Daniel, Largo; a brother, Ronni Sr., Largo; a sister, Sherry Cook, Largo; and a grandson, Jacob Bare. International Casket & Urn Gallery Funeral Home, Clearwater.
CHIARADIO, ROBERT J., 76, of Largo, died Thursday (Feb. 23, 2006) at a son's home in Orlando after a long illness. He was born in Tenafly, N.J., and came here in 1993 from New Jersey where he retired as a chef and restaurateur. Survivors include three sons, Robert, Richard and Raymond; two daughters, Jane and Lynn; two grandsons, Glenn and Brian; and a granddaughter, Lauren. Union Park Chapel, Orlando.
CHUPARKOFF, JERRY, 65, of Largo, died Thursday (Feb. 23, 2006) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. He was born in Campbell, Ohio, and came here in 1982 from Akron, Ohio. He was a Byzantine Catholic. Survivors include three sons, Dan, Northville, Mich., Joe, Orlando, and Tom, Largo; a daughter, Kathleen Hawkins, Longwood; a brother, Ted, Copley, Ohio; and five grandchildren. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo.
FEHR, MARGUERITE, 93, of Largo, died Wednesday (Feb. 22, 2006) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. She was born in Marion County, Ky., and came here in 1951 from Speedway City, Ind. She was a resident of Largo Health Care Center and enjoyed crafts and bingo. Survivors include a son, Robert E., Seminole; a brother, Harry "Woo-Woo" Stevens, Costa Mesa, Calif.; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
KRUMROY, WILLIAM C., 78, of Largo, formerly of Seminole, died Wednesday (Feb. 22, 2006) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. He was born in Akron, Ohio, and came here in 1997 from Leesburg. He was an engineer and worked for Travelers Insurance Co. He was a Navy veteran. He was Presbyterian. Survivors include a son, Kenneth, Straits, N.C.; two daughters, Kathy Ralphs, Palmetto, and Susan Boswell, Tampa; a sister, Janice Daum, Akron; and four grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home and Crematory, Seminole.
ACCIARDI, MARGUERITE, 76, of Tarpon Springs, died Sunday (Feb. 19, 2006) at Hospice House Woodside The Villa, Pinellas Park. She was born in New York City and came here in 1998 from New Jersey where she worked many years as a bookkeeper for Electrolux. She enjoyed cats, swimming and the ocean. Survivors include a son, Uwe Hain, Freeport, N.Y.; a daughter, Linda Hain, Freeport; a sister, Clara Terebessy, Middle Village, N.Y.; a granddaughter, Alexandra Juliana, Freeport; and a caregiver, Ron Fuld, Tampa. Global Gulf Breeze Cremation and Burial Society, Largo.
DELAPORTAS, PANOS, 76, of Tarpon Springs, died Friday (Feb. 24, 2006) at home. He was born in Ithaca, Greece, and came here in 1968 from Long Island, N.Y. He worked for many years as a boat builder for Stamas Yachts, Tarpon Springs. He was a member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Tarpon Springs, and the Ionian Society of Florida. Survivors include his wife, Susan; a son, Vissario "Rio," Tarpon Springs; a daughter, Louisa Delaportas-Artzner, Tarpon Springs; a sister, Tasia Akakios, Ithaca; many nieces and nephews; two grandsons, Nicholas Artzner and Pete Delaportas, both of Tarpon Springs; and a granddaughter, Alexandra Artzner, Tarpon Springs. Vinson Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs.
ECKENRODE, DOROTHY MARIE, 87, of Tarpon Springs, died Thursday (Feb. 23, 2006) at Bay Tree Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Palm Harbor. She came here in 1981 from her native Pittsburgh. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Tarpon Springs. Survivors include a son, Richard J., Buchanan, Tenn.; a daughter, Kathleen Wall, Pittsburgh; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Tarpon Avenue Chapel, Tarpon Springs.
PADAVANA, SALVATORE, 83, of Bayonet Point, formerly of Tarpon Springs, died Wednesday (Feb. 22, 2006) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Hudson. He came to Tarpon Springs in 1985 from his native Brooklyn, N.Y., and in 1990 moved from Tarpon Springs to Hudson. He was an Air Force master sergeant and served during World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was an insurance administrator for Allstate Insurance Co. He was a member of 89th Field Artillery Battalion, Lakeland, Air Force Sergeants Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Chester McKay Chapter 7987, New Port Richey, Minneola Lodge F&AM, Albertson, N.Y., Ancient Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine, New Hyde Park, N.Y. and Scottish Rite Bodies, Rockville Center, N.Y. Survivors include a brother, Peter, Appleton, Wis.; and two sisters, Madeline Parsons, Winston-Salem, N.C., and Sophie Cicchetti, Jackson, N.J. Vinson Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs.
BURTON, LARRY L., 66, of Seminole, died Thursday (Feb. 23, 2006) at Largo Medical Center. He came here in 1968 from his native Louisville, Ky. He graduated from the University of Louisville and was director of engineering at Jim Walters Corp. He was a Kentucky Colonel and active in the Boy Scouts, achieving Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow and serving as a scout master for Troop 346 in Seminole. He was a deacon and director of music at First Christian Church. He was a member of the Sun Coast Singers for many years. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Sadie; a son, Jeffrey, Belleair Bluffs; a twin sister, Linda Mize, and a sister, Sharron Till, both of St. Petersburg; four nephews; and a niece. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.
O'TOOLE, PETER J., 59, of Seminole, died Thursday (Feb. 23, 2006) at Palm Garden of Pinellas, Largo. He came here in 1984 from his native Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a retired New York City police officer. He was a Madeira Beach city commissioner from 1987 to 1989. He was a life member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 305, St. Pete Beach, and a member of Seminole Elks Lodge 2519, where he was 2000-2001 Elk of the Year. Survivors include a brother, Dennis, Dandridge, Tenn.; and two sisters, Veronica Manning, Seminole, and Karen Kent, Madeira Beach. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Seminole.
WAGENSEIL, ROBERT A., 78, of Venice, Fla., formerly of Seminole, died Friday (Feb. 17, 2006) at Village on the Isle Nursing Center. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here in 1989 from Long Island, N.Y. He worked on the engineering staff at Grumman Aircraft (later Aerospace) in Bethpage, N.Y. He was an accomplished yachtsman. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1949. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Marie Julian Berg Wagenseil; a daughter, Elise John, Englewood; two sons, the Rev. Robert A. Jr., Largo, and Chuck, Englewood; and six grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.