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Hillsborough Obituaries

Asmussen, Robert "Bobby" M. Jr., 26, of Riverview, formerly of Brandon, died Monday (Nov. 20, 2006). He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Brandon. He was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church. He served in the Florida National Guard, 53rd Infantry Brigade and served a tour in Afghanistan. Survivors include his father, Robert Sr.; his mother, Lynn; two sisters, Nicole Asmussen and Hailey Asmussen; and his maternal grandparents, Charles and Joan DeCoursey. Stowers Funeral Homes, Brandon Chapel.

Crews, Marie, 90, of Plant City, died Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006). She was born in Bradley Junction and moved to the area 80 years ago. She was an active member of Church of Christ until her confinement to the Community Care Center. She spent many hours volunteering for Plant City Senior Center and was a member of the Red Hat Society. Survivors include a son, Kenneth, Plant City; a daughter, Joann Derr, South Carolina; a sister, Addie Bowers; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.

Flynn, Marlene Francis, 60, of Valrico, died Wednesday (Nov. 29, 2006). Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Dan; a son, Ryan; two daughters, Shannon Brannagan and Kelly Wheeler; a sister, Colleen Sue Jordan; and four grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Homes, Brandon Chapel.

Forsberg, Ruth W. "Walker," 86, of Valrico, died Friday (Dec. 1, 2006). During World War II, she was an airplane and pontoon riveter. She later worked in banking before and after raising her children. Survivors include two sons, Robert and Richard; a daughter, Carol Forsberg; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Stowers Funeral homes, Brandon Chapel.

Gramlich, Edna Mabel Lubcker, 87, of Tampa, died Friday (Dec. 1, 2006). She came here from the Bronx, N.Y., and was a South Tampa resident for more than 50 years. She retired in 1984 as a medical transcriber for Children's Medical Services. After her retirement, she learned to swim at the Bobby Hicks Pool and earned her 500-mile shirt. She won many state fair prizes for her knitting and crocheting. She knitted hats for newborn babies and blankets to give to hospitals, friends and the Alpha House of Tampa. She was a member of Prosperity Eastern Star and Episcopalian. Survivors include a daughter, Susan Gramlich Kryos, Alexandria, Va.; a son, Andrew, Lander, Wyo.; and three grandchildren. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, Carrollwood Chapel, Tampa.

Hahn, Larry "Buddy," 58, of Thonotosassa, died Wednesday (Nov. 29, 2006). He was a Vietnam Army veteran and owner and operator of Hahn Tire Service of Plant City. Survivors include his wife, Patricia; a son, Timothy, Thonotosassa; a daughter, Lorie Hahn-Cotton, Seffner; his father, Donald, Tampa; and two brothers, Terry, Seffner, and Randy, Tampa. Terrace Oaks Funeral Home, Tampa.

McDowell, Marion William "Mannie" Jr., 50, of Tampa, died Monday (Nov. 27, 2006) at Memorial Hospital, Tampa. He was born in Orlando and moved to Tampa three days later, where he was raised. He graduated from Plant High School and later attended Northland College, Ashland, Wis. He played the drums for several garage bands while in high school and college. While working for Nelson Construction Co., he was project manager for the Bayshore Boulevard refurbishment, which included the balusters and the Marion Street transit system. He was Presbyterian. Survivors include a son, Ryan; a daughter, Erin McDowell; and his father, Mannie Sr., all of Tampa. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, MacDill Avenue Chapel, Tampa.

McGinnes, Willard Dean, 95, of Plant City, died Thursday (Nov. 30, 2006). Born in Ocala, he grew up in Lakeland. He graduated from Lakeland High School, attended the University of Florida and moved to Plant City in 1936 where he founded McGinnes Lumber Co. In the late 1940s and early '50s, he worked to create South Florida Baptist Hospital. After the hospital opened, he was chairman of the board from 1954 until 1966 and served on the board of directors and board of trustees until his death. In 1954 he helped establish First Federal Savings and Loan, now Sunshine State Federal Savings and Loan. He was elected the first chairman of the board and served on the board since then. He was the first president of the East Hillsborough United Fund. During World War II, he was appointed East Hillsborough chairman of the War Bond Committee and served as a school trustee from Plant City. He served as president and later director of the East Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club. He received the Ralph Davis Fellow and the George Y. Hixon Fellow awards honoring him for his 70 years of service. In 1964 he was named Plant City's Citizen of the Year,. For 70 years, he was an active member of First Baptist Church of Plant City, where he was a deacon and served in many capacities over the years. Survivors include a daughter, Mary Jane Hoffman, Sarasota; a son, Dub, Plant City; a sister, Libbye Thompson; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Hopewell Funeral Home, Plant City.

Sykes, Elizabeth R., 83, of Sun City Center, died Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006). Survivors include three daughters, Susan, Mary and Patricia; two brothers, John and Charles; and several grandchildren. Zipperer's Funeral Home, Ruskin.

Thom, Victor Louis, 92, of Tampa, died Friday (Nov. 24, 2006). He was born in Janesville, Wis. Survivors include a son, Richard, Idaho Falls, Idaho; a daughter, Ann Thom, Universal City, Texas; a stepson, Julian Crane, Everett, Mass.; a sister, Viola Quade, Tampa; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, Carrollwood Chapel, Tampa.

Vila, Dora De Diego, 82, of Tampa, died Thursday (Nov. 30, 2006). She was a Tampa native and a Jefferson High School graduate. Survivors include her husband of nearly 60 years, Willie; two daughters, Nancy Vila Harper, Seminole, and Denise Vila, La Jolla, Calif.; and three grandchildren. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, Carrollwood Chapel, Tampa.

Westerhoff, Paul H., 64, of Tampa, died Thursday (Nov. 30, 2006). He moved to the area six years ago from Aurora, Colo. He spent 22 years in the Army and was a member of the American Legion in Riverview. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Louise C.; a son, Donald Anthony; two brothers, Ron Dodd and Jerry Dodd; two sisters, Karen Freeman and Jean Horvath; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Stowers Funeral Homes, Brandon Chapel.

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