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Clearwater

Cushing, Larry Riley, 54, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Nov. 25, 2006) at home.

He was born in Asheville, Ala., and came here in 1968 from Gadsden, Ala. He worked 13 years as a truck driver for C.I. Larson Land Developing Co., St. Petersburg, four years for J.R. Fenton Land Development Co., Largo, and for ABC Towing, Largo, Transit Trucking Co., St. Petersburg, and Janie Beane Florist, Clearwater. He was an Army veteran and a member of Crossroads Christian Church, Largo. Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Lu; two sons, Jeremy Hancock and Roy Joseph Cushing, and a daughter, Sharon Nicole Cushing, all of Clearwater; two brothers, David, Pinellas Park, and Johnny C., Gaffney, S.C.; a sister, Jeanne Nelson, Clearwater; and four grandsons, Zachary, Blake and Connor Gabriel Cushing, and Nicholas Hancock, all of Clearwater. Eternal Rest Memories Park & Funeral Home, Dunedin.

Gennuso, Victor L., 87, of Clearwater, died Monday (Nov. 27, 2006) at Sunset Point Rehabilitation Center, Clearwater. He came here in 1975 from his native Buffalo, N.Y., where he attended the University of Buffalo. He retired as a research analyst for the city of Buffalo and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He served in the Pacific aboard an aircraft carrier. He was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Mae; a daughter, Victoria L. Thompson, Clearwater; a son, Frank L., Las Vegas; three stepsons, Salvatore A. Ventura, Clearwater, Charles N. Ventura, Tonawanda, N.Y., and Norman A. Ventura, Kenmore, N.Y.; three brothers, Richard, Buffalo, Robert, Suffolk, Va., and Joseph, North Port; two sisters, Carol Restivo, Williamsville, N.Y., and Elaine Klee, Kenmore; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Eternal Rest Memories Park & Funeral Home, Dunedin.

Hassel, Neale L., 90, of Clearwater, died Monday (Nov. 27, 2006) at Highland Pines Nursing Manor, Clearwater. He came here in 1959 from his native Sharon, Pa. He retired as a teacher in the Pinellas County school system, having taught at Largo and Dunedin high schools and for the Pinellas Juvenile Detention Center. He was an Army sergeant in World War II and served 20 years in the Army Reserve. He was a 32nd degree member of Masonic Lodge 127, Clearwater. An avid tennis player, he taught tennis until the age of 80. He enjoyed gardening and bird-watching. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Nancy; a daughter, Lesley Hassel-Cox, Carrabelle; a son, Richard, a sister, Dorothy Slagle, and a granddaughter, Erin Parson, all of Massillon, Ohio; and two great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

Leonhardt, Helen L., 46, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Nov. 25, 2006) at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor.

She came here in 1975 from her native Saginaw, Mich., and worked as a pharmacy technician at the Walgreens on Tampa Road, Oldsmar. She was a member of Harvest Temple Church of God, Largo. Survivors include her husband, Bill; a son, James R. Jr., Clearwater; three daughters, Crystal Tomlinson, Clearwater, Amy L. Beard, Dunedin, and Christi Oney, Marion, Ohio; her parents, Mary Blackowicz, Clearwater, and Carl E. Levy, Fort Myers; a brother, Stephen Levy, Bokeelia; and three grandchildren. Veterans Funeral Care, Clearwater.

Zoda, Rose M., 93, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (Nov. 22, 2006) at Sunset Point Rehabilitation Center, Clearwater. She was born in Walston, Pa., and came here in 2002 from Niagara Falls, N.Y. She was a homemaker and Catholic. Survivors include two daughters, Eileen Di Camilo, Largo, and Kathy Previte, Niagara Falls; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, Cemetery & Cremation Services, Seminole.

Circosta, Josephine, 88, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Nov. 26, 2006) at Edinborough Health Care, Dunedin. She was born in Bellaire, Ohio, and came here in 1978 from Shadyside, Ohio. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater, and the Clearwater Country Club. She was an avid bowler and singer. Survivors include her husband, Louis, and a niece, Carmela Foreit, Dunedin. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

Martin, Joe A., 90, of Pinellas Park and formerly of Clearwater, died Sunday (Nov. 26, 2006) at Pinellas Park Care and Rehab Center.

He was born in Chicago, came to Clearwater in 1956 from Michigan where he owned and operated a largo multifruit farm, and moved in 2003 to Pinellas Park. He owned and operated Martin Trailer Park for 35 years in St. Petersburg. He was a musician, played violin for 84 years and also played piano and organ. He was a member of the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra for many years and played in bands throughout the county. He was a member of Pinellas Park Senior Center and played several years in its band. His hobbies were music, woodcraft, crafts and dancing. Survivors include two sons, Jim, Aripeka, and Joe C., Highland, Mich.; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Rubenstein, Ann, of Clearwater died Friday (Nov. 24, 2006) at Sunrise Senior Living Stratford Court, Palm Harbor. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here in 1979 from Miami. She was a homemaker and a member of TOPS Club at Stratford Court. Survivors include a daughter, Karen Beveridge, and a son, Frederick, both of Greensboro, N.C.; and four grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation and Funeral Service, Largo.

Sien, Howard E., 83, of Clearwater, died Monday (Nov. 20, 2006) at East Lake Manor, Tarpon Springs.

He was born in Sacramento, Calif., moved to Port St. Lucie in 1987 from Southgate, Mich., and in 1989 moved to Clearwater. He retired as a tool and die maker after more than 20 years with Republic Tool and Die Co. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Shrine Temple of Detroit, where he served as advancer in the Oriental Band, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Lincoln Park, Mich. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed playing golf. Survivors include a son, Harold LaBeau, Onsted, Mich.; a daughter, Diane E. Lorton, Southgate, Mich.; a sister, Idell Landrum, Orange County, Calif.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a nephew, Richard Sien, Dearborn, Mich. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon Avenue Chapel, Tarpon Springs.

Largo

Haynes, Shawn M., 41, of Largo, died Thursday (Nov. 23, 2006) at home. He came here as a youngster from his native Ilion, N.Y. He was a landscaper and Catholic. Survivors include his mother, Joann Haynes, and two sisters, Tracy Bolton and Dawn Drain, all of Largo; three brothers, Dennis and Rick, both of Mulberry, and Frank, Canton, Ga.; and seven nieces. Abbey Affordable Cremation and Funeral Service, Largo.

Montgomery, James T. Jr., 53, of Largo and formerly of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Nov. 25, 2006) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Queens, N.Y. and came here in 2000 from St. .Petersburg. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and Catholic. Survivors include his companion, Sheila Young; and a brother, Neil Sr., Avon Park. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo Chapel.

Willett, James R. "Ralph," 82, of Largo, died Sunday (Nov. 26, 2006) at Oak Manor Nursing Center, Largo. He was born in Fancy Farm, Ky., and came here in 1959 from Ohio. He was a self-employed well driller and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was Catholic. Survivors include three sons, John, Safety Harbor, and Mike and Ken, both of Largo; four daughters, Debbie Hammar and Chris Rivera, both of Seminole, Diana Willett, Largo, and Patricia Moore, Tallahassee; three brothers, Jack, Ken and Dick, all of Ohio; two sisters, Sylvia Jones, Virginia, and Hattie Berry, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, Cemetery & Cremation Services, Seminole.

Porter, Joan A., 68, of Largo, died Wednesday (Nov. 22, 2006) at Oak Manor Nursing Center, Largo. She was born in Clinton, Mass., and came here in 1978 from Webster, Mass. She was a homemaker and Baptist. Survivors include a son, David J. Valerio, Largo; two daughters, Ruth Pantle, Riverview, and Linda Downey, Homosassa; her mother, Ruth Place, and a brother, Robert Place, both of Pensacola; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation and Funeral Service, Largo.

Tracy, Betty Tanner, 89, of Largo and formerly of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, died Sunday (Nov. 26, 2006) at Palm Garden of Pinellas, Largo.

She was born in Dacusville, S.C., lived in St. Petersburg and Clearwater briefly as a child and returned to Largo in 1968 from Houston. She lived many years in New Orleans. With her five sisters and a brother, she appeared in vaudeville acts locally and nationwide and in the 1930s, with two of her sisters, Mickey and Martha, she was a part of the Tanner Sisters. The singing trio performed nationally with the George Olsen Orchestra, the Wayne King Orchestra, the Jack Tracy Orchestra and other big band-era groups. They were on numerous radio stations nationwide, appeared in the Broadway musical with Al Jolson on Hold on to Your Hats, and with Frances Langford and Alan Hale Jr. in the movie All American Coed. They also were entertainers on various USO tours and performed in Mexico City with that country's leading actor and entertainer, Cantinflas. She was a member of Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church of Clearwater and enjoyed cooking. Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Tracy Kip, Palm Harbor; a son, Jack F. Jr., Winter Springs; a sister, Mary Tanner Smith, Largo; and three granddaughters, Hollie Marshall Steele, Tarpon Springs, Kari Tracy O'Brien, Fernandina Beach, and Dawne Eveland Franklin, Winston Salem, N.C. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

Powers, Ernest Carroll, 90, of Winter Springs and formerly of Largo, died Saturday (Nov. 11, 2006) at Tuskawilla Rehab & Nursing Center, Winter Springs. He came to Largo in 1989 from What Cheer, Iowa, and moved later to Winter Springs. He retired in 1982 after 36 years as an industrial engineer with John Deere in Moline, Ill. He was a Boy Scout leader since 1945 and received the Silver Beaver Award in 1969 from the Boy Scouts of America. He was active in the Quad Cities Music Guild and a member of First Methodist Church of Moline. Survivors include three daughters, Sherry Galbavy, Winter Springs, Kathleen Ann Brown, Laconia, N.H., and Susan Wood, Fredrick, Md.; a son, Kevin, Leonore, Ill.; four sisters, Margaret Stought, Wisconsin, Marilyn Chambers, Bettendorf, Iowa, Evelyn Stephen, Sioux City, Iowa, and Patricia Cleland, Oskaloosa, Iowa. Bates Funeral Chapel, Oskaloosa, Ill.

Pariseau, Lurette M. (Martel), 83, of Largo, died Saturday (Nov. 25, 2006) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She moved to Winter Haven in 1985 from her native Burlington, Vt., and moved in 1995 to Largo. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include three sons, Robert A., Largo, Donald E., Grand Isle, Vt., and David M., South Burlington, Vt.; a daughter, Susan Giroux, Largo; a sister, Germaine Milizia, Michigan; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

Zimmerman, George J., 84, of Largo, died Thursday (Nov. 16, 2006) at Bay Pines VA Health Care System.

He came here in 2002 from his native Buffalo, N.Y., where he retired as a claims clerk for the New York Central Railroad. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church, Largo, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Schuhplatter Vereine, Buffalo. Survivors include his wife, Verna, Largo; a son, Mark, East Brunswick, N.J.; and a daughter, Pamela Browdy, Lockport, N.Y. Veterans Funeral Care, Clearwater.

Pinellas Park

Nieman, Daniel L., 69, of Pinellas Park, died Sunday (Nov. 26, 2006) at home. He was born in Aurora, Ind., and moved here from Lawrenceburg, Ind., in 1986. He worked as a machinist and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Survivors include his wife, Karen M. Nieman, Pinellas Park; two sons, Eric K., Marysville, Calif., and David L., Oklahoma City; a daughter, Kimberlee K. Bloebaum, Morris Hill, Ind.; a brother, Robert, Lawrenceburg; and five grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.

Bechtler, Charles Monroe "Charlie," 81, of Spring Hill, formerly of Pinellas Park, died Wednesday (Nov. 22, 2006) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Hudson. He was born in Rock Hill, S. C., and moved here in 1970 and to Spring Hill in 2000. He was a vice president of the Palmer Paper Co. in Virginia for more than 20 years. He also worked in Wal-Mart's hardware department for more than 15 years in Brooksville. He was an Air Force veteran and a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Spring Hill. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Betty; three sons, Dennis McCuiston, Spring Hill, Richard McCuiston, Hudson, and Charles Bechtler Jr., Richmond, Va.; three daughters, Sandy McCance, Spring Hill, Charmaine Mazzone, New Jersey, and Noel Stienle, Augusta, Ga.; and several grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson Avenue Chapel, Hudson.

Cohee, Nancy J., 71, of Pinellas Park, died Saturday (Nov. 25, 2006) at Hospice House Woodside.

A native of Wheeling, W.Va., she moved here in 1951. She worked as an electronics engineer for ECI for 35 years until retirement in 1994. She was a graduate of St. Petersburg High School and a member of Conerstone Community Church, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Fraternal Order of Police. Survivors include three sons, Harold, St. Petersburg, Mark, Tallahassee, and Patrick, Ocala; five daughters, Ruth Craig, Bushnell, Pamela Cohee, Colorado, Melissa Cummings, Bradenton, Laura Wilkinson, Starke, and Elizabeth Darby, Clearwater; 20 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.

Merriewether Sr., Thomas H., 86, of Pinellas Park, died Saturday (Nov. 25, 2006) at home.

He was born in Wayside, Ga., and moved here from Storgis, Mich., in 1994. He retired as district supervisor of parks and recreation for the city of Detroit after 31 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was Baptist. Survivors include a son, Thomas H. Jr., Largo; a daughter, Tujuana Merriewether, Jersey City, N.J.; and a granddaughter, Jessica Merriewether, Detroit. McRae Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

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