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Largo

Laughlen, Patricia E., "Pat," 76, of Largo, died Wednesday (Nov. 29, 2006) at Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center, Belleair. She was born in Toronto, and came here in 1971 from Minneapolis. She co-owned and operated Laughlin Electric in Largo, where she worked as secretary and treasurer. She was Protestant and participated in the Pocahontas Golf League at Indian Rocks Golf Course. She enjoyed playing bridge and gardening. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Donald "Don;" two sons, Kenneth, Durango, Colo., and Glen, Brooksville; a daughter, Susan Soprano, Cortland, N.Y.; and two grandchildren, Scott and Dana Soprano. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.

Lorimer, George, 91, of Largo, died Wednesday (Nov. 29, 2006) at home.

He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and came here in 1981 from Toronto. He owned Canterbury Grenadier Foods in Canada. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Largo, and Seminole Lakes Golf and Country Club. Survivors include his wife, Doris; three sons, Murray Steven, Horseshoe Valley, Ontario, Brian Charles, Tottenham, Ontario, and Arnold Grant, Newmarket, Ontario; a sister, Betty McDonald, Vancouver, British Columbia; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Global Mortuary, Largo.

Griffith, Marvin Jr., 79, of Largo, died Wednesday (Nov. 29, 2006) at Bay Pines VA Health Care System in Bay Pines. He was born in Callaway, Ky., and came here in 1970 from Chicago. He was a painter and traveled across the United States. He was an Air Force veteran. Survivors include five sisters, Eve and Zella Hembree, both of Largo, Betty Sue Odom, Gardendale, Ala., Jean Barber, Drakesboro, Ky., and Viola Mulke, Ash Flat, Ark. Veterans Funeral Care, Clearwater.

Hanlon, Jane B., 73, of Largo, died Tuesday (Nov. 28, 2006) at Northside Hospital, St. Petersburg. She was born in Easthampton, Mass., and came here in 1991 from Northhampton, Mass. She worked as a cashier for Caribbean Car Wash and was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, both in Largo. Survivors include her husband of 18 years, Eugene; two sons, Henry Sanocki, Easthampton, and John Sanocki, Pinellas Park; three daughters, Julie Kowalski and Marie Sanocki, both of Largo, and Sandra Sanocki, Fort Myers; and a brother, Edward Chlosta, Easthampton. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

Kulik, John P., 90, of Largo, died Wednesday (Nov. 29, 2006) at Bay Pines VA Health Care System in Bay Pines. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here in 1979 from New York City. He was an insurance company broker. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, and served on submarines. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve and VFW Post 10094. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Gloria; and two sisters, Blanche Darboys, South Pasadena, and Helen Paholek, Staten Island, N.Y. E. James Reese Funeral Home and Crematory, Seminole.

Pelfrey, Pansy P., 94, of Largo, formerly of Pinellas Park, died Tuesday (Nov. 28, 2006) at Palm Garden of Largo.

She was born in Holden, W.Va., and came here in 2002 from Logan, W.Va. She was Baptist. Survivors include two brothers, Con Means, Mitchell Heights, W.Va., and James Means, Sebastian; two sisters, Lehonia Anderson, Barboursville, W.Va., and Donna Jean Herbert, North Ridgeville, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.

Ray, Christopher Joseph, 20, of Largo, died Saturday (Nov. 25, 2006) at home.

He was born in Conyers, Ga., and came here in 2003 from Cleveland, Tenn. He was a student at Nina Harris School for Exceptional Children in Pinellas Park. He was Baptist. He was a Special Olympics participant in bowling, basketball and soccer. Survivors include his parents, Jeffrey and Traci Wright; two brothers, Matthew Ray and Justin Sorrells, and a sister, Katlin Wright, all of Largo; and his maternal grandfather, Kenneth Fry, Clearwater. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.

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. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was Roman 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, Seminole.

Williams, Bertha L., 73, of Largo, died Monday (Nov. 27, 2006) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo.

She came here in 1968 from her native Albany, Ga. She worked 25 years as a certified nursing assistant and retired from Wright's Health and Rehabilitation Center, Seminole. She was a member of St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church Largo. Survivors include four sons, Colis McKellar, Pinellas Park, Willie McKellar and Larry Hall, both of Largo, and Charles Williams, Detroit; three daughters, Louvanya Mongo, Clearwater, Helen Williams, Largo, and Cleola Newton, St. Petersburg; a sister, Lena Frazier, Albany; 23 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Young's Funeral Home, Clearwater.

Wilson, William J. Sr. "Bill," 76, of Largo, died Wednesday (Nov. 29, 2006) at Largo Medical Center. He came here in 1991 from his native Baltimore, where he worked 25 years as a crane operator. He was a two-year member of the National Guard. He was Catholic. He was a member of Operating Engineers Union, Local 37, Elks, Moose and American Legion. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Anna S.; two sons, William Jr., Pinellas Park, and Robert John, Baltimore; four daughters, Diane Bielhart, Sandra Buckler and Shirley McFadden, all of Baltimore, and Carol Lyne Wilson, Largo; two brothers, Francis, West Virginia, and Albert, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a sister, Theresa Fatute, Mainesville, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo Chapel.

Madeira Beach

Jensen, Sally M. (McPeak), 75, of Madeira Beach, died Thursday (Nov. 30, 2006) at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Ill. She was born in Manawa, Wis., and retired to St. Petersburg from Libertyville, where she and her husband owned and operated Lake Shore Stair Co. Survivors include her husband, Peter; three sons, Jim, Chris and Pete; a daughter, Sue Vanderleest; a brother, Terry McPeak; four sisters, Vivian Motto, Pat Moriarity, Deedee Raschke and Sharon Petersen; and seven grandchildren. Kristan Funeral Home P.C., Mundelein, Ill.

Pinellas Park

Hallock, Irene, 57, of Pinellas Park, died Wednesday (Nov. 22, 2006) at home. She came here in 1991 from her native Germany. She was a certified nurse's assistant. Survivors include her husband, Edward; and two daughters and a brother, all of Germany. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo Chapel.

St. Petersburg

Blocker, James J. "J.J.," 64, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Nov. 27, 2006) at St. Anthony's Hospital.

He was a St. Petersburg native. He was a Navy chief petty officer veteran of the Vietnam War and served as a heavy equipment operator for 18 years with the Seabees. Locally he was a heavy equipment operator for highway construction. He was a member of the Seabee Veterans of America and Northside Lodge 283. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans of St. Petersburg and member of the Scottish Rite of Gulfport, Miss. Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Sandra L. "Sandi"; and a stepson, Darren L. Reside, St. Petersburg. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-N.E. St. Petersburg.

Godfrey, William J. Jr., 89, of Homosassa, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Nov. 29, 2006).

He was born in Bridgeport, Conn., and came here in 1946 from North Brunswick, N.J., moving to Homosassa in 1987. He was a 1940 graduate of Rutgers University. He was a veteran of World War II and served in the submarine service aboard the USS Pogy, Kraken and Lamprey participating in eight patrols in the Pacific. He was awarded the Silver Star and the Submarine Combat Insignia. He was active in the Ready Reserve program at Bayboro Harbor in St. Petersburg, serving as commanding officer for destroyer escorts Coolbaugh and Greenwood. He retired as captain after 31 years in the Navy Reserve and was also the commander of the Naval Reserve DD Division 6th Naval District. He was a project manager for various mechanical contractors in the St. Petersburg-Tampa area, including 11 years with Daniel & Jones Sheetmetal Co. of Pinellas County. He was a member of Rutgers Alumni Association, the U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II, the U.S. Naval Institute, the Admiral Nimitz Foundation and the U.S. Naval Memorial. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Karen; a daughter, Anne Stern, Seminole; two sons, W.J. Godfrey III, South Florida, and Eric, Bluff City, Tenn.; a sister, Edythe Kirk, St. Petersburg; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.

Green, Areather Mae (Varner), 53, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Nov. 26, 2006) at St. Anthony's Hospital.

She was a native of St. Petersburg and was a certified nurses assistant at Majestic Towers Assisted Living Facility. She was Baptist. Survivors include two sons, Lorenza S. Jackson Sr., St. Petersburg, and Taff H. Green Jr., Tallahassee; her father, Grant "Mickey" Varner, St. Petersburg; three sisters, Cereather Monroe, Winston-Salem, N.C., and Kernell Oliver and Karen Hughes, both of St. Petersburg; and nine grandchildren. McRae Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Jackson, Vernon Carl "Man," 44, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Nov. 30, 2006) in the emergency room at Bayfront Medical Center.

He was a lifelong native of St. Petersburg and attended Dixie Hollins High School. He worked as a food server for GA Foods and was Baptist. Survivors include his mother, Katie Mae Jackson, three brothers, Oliver Jr., Darryl and Roderick, and four sisters, Annie, Catherine and Verna Jackson, and Louella Reynolds, all of St. Petersburg. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Kelly, Kevin Hale, 45, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Nov. 23, 2006) at home. He moved here in 1973 from his native Hollywood, Fla. He was an electronics engineer and an Army veteran. Survivors include his mother, Peggy Ann Kelly, St. Petersburg. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo Chapel.

LePage, Norman Frederick, 85, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Dec. 1, 2006) at home.

He was born in Van Buren, Maine, and came to the area in 1978 from Nashua, N.H. He was an engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers at the New England Division Headquarters. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II and member of Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. There are no known survivors. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

McGinty, Emmajean Worshek "Emmy," 74, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Nov. 30, 2006) at a daughter's home under her daughter's care.

She was born and raised in Jackson, Minn., and came here in 1959 from Virginia. She was a retired nurse. She was a long standing member of the St. Petersburg Country Club and a volunteer. She was an avid bridge player and golfer and enjoyed traveling, socializing and good wine. Survivors include two daughters, Julia McGinty, St. Petersburg, and Catherine Adams, Plant City; a son, James, Madeira Beach; two sisters, Norine Reusch, Fort Myers, and Marion Nelson, Punta Gorda; three grandchildren, Taylor, Reid and Clay Adams; and her companion, Riley. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-N.E. St. Petersburg.

Middlebrooks, Freddie Sr., 76, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Nov. 30, 2006) at Kindred Hospital Bay Area.

He came here in the early 1950s from his native Camilla, Ga. He worked as a block mason for many years in the construction industry. He enjoyed gardening and fishing. He was Baptist. Survivors include four sons, Freddie Jr., Grady, Eddie and Marlo, and two daughters, Melody Jones and Lawanda Middlebrooks-Miley, all of St. Petersburg; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Zion Hill Mortuary, St. Petersburg.

Renner, Martha J., 84, of Brooksville, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Nov. 30, 2006) in Bayfront Medical Center. Born in LaGrange, Ill., she came here in 1956 from Cincinnati, then moved to Brooksville in 1989. She was a Navy veteran and retired office manager for a radiologist. She attended Community Bible Church of Brooksville. Survivors include a son, Robert Young, Inglis; two daughters, Mary Jane Rogers and Elaine Aljasir, both of St. Petersburg; a sister, Ruth A. Turek, Pittsboro, N.C.; three grandsons; and two great-granddaughters. Taylor Family Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Pinellas Park.

Stamper, Janet A., of St. Petersburg, formerly of Brooksville, died Wednesday (Nov. 29, 2006) at St. Anthony's Hospital.

She came here in 1942 from her native Brooksville. She graduated with education degrees from Florida A&M University and Columbia University and was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha. She retired as a teacher in 1984 from Pinellas County schools and was a member of the Retired Teachers Association. She was also a member of the Lay Organization and the Harrisites at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, stewardess and class leader. Survivors include two sons, Ronald A., Salt Lake City, and Issac C. Newton, St. Petersburg; four sisters, Beatrice Newton, Tampa, Missouri Crump, Jamaica, N.Y., and Bernice Fletcher and Alice Darby, both of Brooksville; three grandchildren, Chelne, Cappi and Pete "Dog" Stamper, all of Salt Lake City; her caregivers, Bertha James and Dorothy Moore; and numerous nieces and nephews. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Vega, Carlos J., 36, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Nov. 27, 2006) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

He was born in Puerto Rico and came here in 1986 from Paterson, N.J. He was a fiberglass fabricator at Hydrophilic Design in Tampa. He was Catholic. Survivors include a daughter, Samantha, and two sons, Connor and Jonathan, all of St. Petersburg; his wife, Melissa, Lutz; his mother, Luisa Yambo, St. Petersburg; a brother, Robert, Lodi, N.J.; two sisters, Carmen Vega, St. Petersburg, and Ana Vega, New Britain, Conn.; his companion, Jennifer White, and a stepson, Michael White, both of St. Petersburg. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.

Widner, Mildred Lindsay, 90, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Nov. 20, 2006) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. She came here in 1977 from Butler, N.J. She was retired and Protestant. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Craft, St. Petersburg; a son, Ray Widner, Harmony, N.C.; two sisters, Alma Erb, Cornwall, N.Y., and Harriet Decker, Ringwood, N.J.; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. International Cremation Society of Clearwater.

Seminole

Neuman, Barbara L. 84, of Seminole, died Wednesday (Nov. 29, 2006) at the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here in 1989 from Long Island, N.Y. She was a homemaker and member of Blessed Sacrament Church. She enjoyed riding horses and traveling. Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Raymond; a son, Raymond Serva, Montauk, N.Y.; two stepsons, Raymond Neuman, Burkley, Calif., and Robert Neuman, Noank, Conn.; a granddaughter, Jessica Serva, Long Beach, N.Y.; and four stepgrandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

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