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Clearwater

Baker, Sabina A., 88, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006) at Morton Plant Hospital.

She was born in Newark, N.J., came here in 1954, moved in 1968 to Lawrenceville, Ga., and in 2004 she retired and returned to Clearwater. She was a nurse at Morton Plant Hospital and then in Lawrenceville until 1975, when she opened a Montessori school there. Survivors include two sons, David Kaucher and Frederick W. Kaucher, both of Clearwater; three daughters, Victoria Martin, Bocas Del Toro, Panama, Sabina Brock, Watkinsville, Ga., and Christina Murphy, Loganville, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Eternal Rest Memories Park & Funeral Home, Dunedin.

Mac Leod, Patricia W., 87, a winter resident of Clearwater, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in New York City and came here annually since 1948 from New Hampshire, where she owned and operated Lanes End Resort. Survivors include a son, David C. Ladd, a daughter, Judy S. Ryan, both of Leesburg; a sister, Kay Willard, Stockton, Calif.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation and Funeral Service, Largo.

Van Pelt, Margaret M. "Momma," 92, of Clearwater, died Friday (Dec. 1, 2006) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She came here in 1983 from her native Staten Island, N.Y., where she retired as president of Staten Island Children of Mary, secretary for the Archdiocesan of Children of Mary and an officer in the Rosary Altar for Sacred Heart Church. She was active in the Ladies Division of the JFK Ancient Order of Hibernians, and a past president of the Democratic Ladies Division of Staten Island (1967-1969) and the Democratic Committee Women of Randall Manor, all in Staten Island. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Cloughsey, Clearwater; a granddaughter, Stacy McCabe, West Palm Beach; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

Williams, James "Shorty," 94, of Clearwater and formerly of Largo, Tampa, Brooksville, Weeki Wachee and Homosassa, died Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006) at Manor Care of Dunedin.

He was born in Jennings and lived and worked in Largo, Tampa, Homosassa and Brooksville. He worked 27 years with the John S. Taylor Packing House and owned and operated the East Point Grocery Store on Highway 92 in Tampa, until a fire destroyed the store. He then moved to Homosassa where he worked at the Kwik Way until he retired and moved to Weeki Wachee and later returned to Clearwater. He was an honorary member of the Largo Historical Society, He was Christian and enjoyed fishing. Survivors include three daughters, June Nelson, Clearwater, Reecie Tucker, Brooksville, Betty Ann Swafford, Crystal River; a brother, J.E., Quincy; two sisters, Marie Sutton, Norfolk, Va., Marian Sullivan, Fayetteville, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Veterans Funeral Care, Clearwater.

Pinellas Park

Albright, Evelyn B., 81, of Pinellas Park, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Dec. 1, 2006) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, St. Petersburg.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., she moved here in 1940. She was a homemaker and was Baptist. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, crocheting, and word and board games. Survivors include a son, Ronald Burt, St. Petersburg; three daughters, Linda Montgomery, Pinellas Park, and Lisa Linkous and Deborah Sala, both of St. Petersburg; and five grandchildren. Gee & Sorenson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

Butler, Jeanne, 78, of Pinellas Park, died Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, St. Petersburg.

A native of Plant City, she moved here in 1940. She was a homemaker and a member of Five Oaks Community Church. Survivors include a son, Kenneth, Pinellas Park; a daughter, Mitzi Sullivan, Pinellas Park; two sisters, Osie Bailey, Pinellas Park, and Martha Bartol, Marietta, Pa.; two brothers, Lawrence Overman, Tampa, and Elbert Overman, Sanford; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Lemois, Anita M., 65, of Pinellas Park, died Sunday, (Dec. 3, 2006) at St. Anthony's Hospital.

Born in Warwick, R.I., she came here in October from West Warwick, R.I. She was a sewer in the textile industry for more than 25 years and retired in 1984. She was Catholic and a member of the West Warwick Manor Association. She enjoyed playing cards. Survivors include two daughters, Clair M. Bugbee, Clearwater, and Geralyn A. "Jerry" Williamson, Oldsmar; a son, Roland J., Clermont; four brothers, Gerald Tremblay, Fall River, Mass., Albert Tremblay, Petersburg, Va., Maurice Tremblay, Temple Hill, Md., and Robert Tremblay, Zanesville, Ohio; two sisters, Janice Avery, West Warwick, and Janet Walker, Milton, Vt.; and four grandchildren. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.

Meyer, Esta A., 90, of Palm Harbor, formerly of Pinellas Park, died Friday (Dec. 1, 2006) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.

A native of Cincinnati, she moved here in 1972. She worked for General Electric Co. for 10 years until retirement. She worked as a candlemaker for Wicks and Sticks in St. Petersburg. She was a member of Crystal Beach Community Church. Survivors include a daughter, Jane Hughes, Palm Harbor; a son, Burton, Cincinnati; four grandchildren, Wells, Kristen, Ryan and Tiffany; and five great-grandsons. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

Owens, Lucille, 85, of Pinellas Park, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg.

She was born in Liberty, Ky., and came here in 1980 from Hamilton, Ohio. She was a homemaker and a member of the Vendome Village Sewing Club. She enjoyed sewing and quilting. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Louie H. Owens, Fairfield, Ohio; three daughters, Trudy J. Dresden and Dezra Owens, both of Clearwater, and Linda S. Burke, Perryville, Ky.; a sister, Sarah E. Murphy, Mooresville, Ind.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great- great-grandson. E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

Largo

Craft, Robert C., 77, of Largo, died Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. He came here in 1968 from his native Washington, D.C. He worked as a supervisor for the city of Clearwater and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Lillian; three sons, Robert Thomas, Clearwater, Robin Carl, Palm Harbor, and Robert Paul, Holiday; a daughter, Leilani Caudell, Palm Harbor; a brother, James, New Port Richey; and four grandchildren. Eternal Rest Memories Park & Funeral Home, Dunedin.

Eisemann, Paul, 54, of Largo, died Friday (Dec. 1, 2006) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.

He was born in Washington, D.C., and came here in 1979 from Fort Lauderdale. He was an entrepreneur and enjoyed playing sports. He attended St. John's Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife of nine years, Linzi; a daughter, Karli Eisemann, Clearwater; his parents, Doris M. and William E. Eisemann, Venice, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Samantha Watson and Camilla Watson, both of London; four brothers, Bill, Silver Spring, Md., Rich, Maryland, Doug, Venice, and Tim, Sarasota; a sister, Mary Ellen Seage, Chesapeake Bay, Va. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-N.E. St. Petersburg.

Lelak, Theresa S., 90, of Largo, died Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006) at Oak Manor Nursing Center under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.

She came here in 1971 from her native Pittsburgh, where she retired as a trust officer for the Pittsburgh National Bank. She was Catholic and a volunteer at Largo Medical Center. Survivors include two sons, John and F. Michael, both of Largo; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

Newman, Loretta "Retsy," 89, of Largo, died Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006) at Palm Gardens of Largo.

She was born in Petersburg, Ky., and came here in 1988 from Florence, Ky. She worked for many years as a jewelry buyer for Coppins Department Store in Covington, Ky. She was a member of Starkey Road Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Charles; three daughters, Charletta Mink, Largo, Tammi Busby, Pinellas Park, and Ginny Mullins, Florence; a son, J.R., Largo; a brother, Lou Surface, Elizabeth City, N.C.; two sisters, Stella Ryle, Dunedin, and Deedie Snider, Mount Orab, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park

Sanfelippo, Alfonzo, 74, of Largo, died Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006) at home. He was born in Johnson City, Ill., and came here in 1980 from Illinois. He worked as a deli worker for Publix and a driver for BFI. Survivors include his wife, Christine T.; two daughters, Christine Accardo, Largo, and Rose Borgais, St. Petersburg; four sons, Vincent, Joseph, Anthony and Thomas Accardo, all of Chicago; a sister, Theresa Delia, Florida; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Global Mortuary, Largo.

St. Petersburg

Alexander, John, 79, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006).

He was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and came here in 1981 from Chicago. He was a journalist and was involved in politics. He enjoyed camping, fishing, bike riding and the outdoors. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Christine; two daughters, Laurie Alexander, St. Petersburg, and Yvette Harp, Norwalk, Ohio; a sister, Vicky Karagiozoff, Norwalk; a brother, Boris Karagiozoff, Plovdiv, Bulgaria; and two nephews, Alexander Karagiozoff, Plovdiv, and Ivan Karagiozoff, St. Petersburg. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-N.E. St. Petersburg.

Akerson, R. Bruce, 83, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park.

He was born in Vasa, Minn., and moved here in 1969 from Red Wing, Minn., where he owned and operated the Farm Service Store in the Red Wing Music Hall. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He graduated from Stetson Law School in 1972. He owned and operated a law practice in South Pasadena, where he specialized in business law, estates, wills and trusts. He was president of the United Way and the Red Wing Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the city of Red Wing Charter Commission and the Goodhue County Republican Party, and director of First National Bank, all in Minnesota. He was also a member of First Lutheran Church in Red Wing, where he served on the church board. He enjoyed restoring antique cars, building furniture and gardening. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Marilyn J.; two sons, Randy, Gainesville, and David, Denver; two daughters, Nancy Gilson and Kim Brett, both of St. Petersburg; a sister, Margaret Johnson, Maplewood, Minn.; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

Brainerd, Marie, 78, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Nov. 27, 2006) at home. She moved here in the late 1950s. She worked as a cook for Pinellas County schools until retirement. Survivors include two sons, William, and John Brainerd, Navarre. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo Chapel.

Bruton, Lawrence "Larry," 77, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Nov. 25, 2006) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. He was born in Marianna and moved here from Syracuse, N.Y., in 1988. He worked for Stokes Battery Factory in Syracuse for more than 20 years until retirement. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include a son, Laurel Bruton, Fort Pierce; two daughters, Barbara B. Adams, Vero Beach, and Danyel McPhall, and a sister, Thelma Williams, both of Fort Pierce; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. ALifetribute FuneralCare, Largo Chapel.

Fahning, Donald A. "Don," 84, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Dec. 1, 2006) at Bay Pines Hospice. He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and moved here from Grand Island, N.Y., in 1990. He worked as an insurance broker for the Keller Insurance Group in Niagara Falls, N.Y., for 35 years until retirement. He was an Army veteran of World War II and took part in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Gulfport, American Legion Post 125 and its color guard, the VFW and the Elks Club. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Margaret; a son, Robert S., Grand Island, N.Y., a daughter, Christina A., St. Petersburg; and a sister, Marilyn Lea, Williamsville, N.Y.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Gulfport Chapel.

Hardwick, Bessie D., 91, of Monticello, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Nov. 30, 2006) at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. She was born in Trenton, Tenn., and moved here from Memphis in 1957 and moved to Monticello in 2001. She was a homemaker and a member of United Pentecostal Church. Survivors include two sons, Gerald Ray and James Hardwick, both of Pinellas Park; and two daughters, Delinda Rickards, Pinellas Park, and Martha Rhea, Monticello; 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. Royal Palm Funeral Chapel, St. Petersburg.

Strow, Richard, 71, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at home. There are no known survivors. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo Chapel.

Fletcher, Winter Jennings, 75, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Dec. 1, 2006) at home.

He was born in Washington, D.C., and moved here from Indianapolis in 1990. He was vice president of sales and marketing for Mayflower Transit Co. in Indianapolis. He also worked for St. Pete Moving & Storage. He was a Navy veteran and Episcopalian. He was a member of American Legion Post 119 and enjoyed golf. Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Muriel Fletcher; four sons, Michael, Mark and Max, all of Indianapolis, and Matthew, Tampa; a daughter, Mary McClung, Lovell, Wyo.; a stepdaughter, Gretchen Brown, Ruskin; a brother, Frank, Washington, D.C.; a stepsister, Margie Reed, Florida; and six grandchildren. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Gulfport Chapel.

Kindel, Jeffrey William, 52, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at Pasadena Manor.

He was a Florida native. He graduated from Northeast High School and worked as a boat builder in St. Petersburg. He was a member of Lealman United Methodist Church and the Harley-Davidson Club. Survivors include five sons, Ryan William and Bryan Michael Kindel, both of Lake Panasoffkee, Travis Edward Kindel, Bryan Joseph Kindel and Michael James Tirey, all of St. Petersburg; his mother, Edith M. Kindel, Spring Hill; three sisters, Bonnie K. English, Mars Hill, N.C., Marjorie A. McCollum, Merritt Island, and Sandra E. Helton, Melbourne; three grandchildren; a niece; and a nephew. National Cremation Society, Clearwater.

Kisebach, Eleanor, 83, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Dec. 1, 2006) at Menorah Manor.

She was born in New York City and moved here in 1987 from Atlanta, where for 10 years she was an addiction rehabilitation counselor at Peachford Hospital. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church. She also was a secretary for the International Chamber of Commerce and worked for the Hurdman & Cranston accounting firm, both in New York City. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Theodore; two sons, Eugene, Burlington, Vt., and Theodore Jr., Spokane, Wash.; two daughters, Nora Mangrum, Austell, Ga., and Ginny Bodkin, St. Petersburg; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Beach Memorial Chapel, St. Pete Beach.

McMillen, Paul, 90, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006). He moved here in the 1960s. He worked at Bay Pines Healthcare System for more than 30 years and enjoyed tracking the stock markets. There are no known survivors. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Roberts, Rose Marie, 44, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006) at St. Anthony's Hospital. She was born in Goshen, Ind., and came here three months ago from Jacksonville. She was a homemaker and enjoyed candlemaking. She was Baptist. Survivors include her husband of 10 years, Donald; two sons, Michael Powell, Fort Myers, and Delbert Strickland, Jacksonville; six daughters, Tamara Powell, Daniella Roberts and Jessica Roberts, all of Jacksonville, Leanna Svell, Georgia, and Katrina Gullett and Melissa Strickland, both of St. Petersburg; a brother, Rex Powell; and four grandchildren. Taylor Family Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.

Ryan, Thomas Edward, 54, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006) at home.

A native of Quantico, Va., he moved here in 1987. Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Beverly Ann; a son, Sean Ryan, St. Petersburg; five sisters, Patty Ryan, Cathy Ryan, Terri Schenck, Susie Dow, and Julie March; five brothers, Tim Ryan, Vince Ryan, David Ryan, John Ryan and Dan Ryan; and 13 nephews and nieces. Anderson McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-N.E Chapel, St. Petersburg.

Schneider, Edmund W., 60, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Dec. 1, 2006) at home.

He was born in Elizabeth, N.J., and moved here from Beach Haven, N.J., in 1986. He worked as a security guard at Excelsior Defense in St. Petersburg. He was a Navy veteran of Vietnam. He enjoyed boating and fishing and was a dock master at Terra Verde and Mariner's Cove. Survivors include his mother, Josephine Schneider, his companion of seven years, Carol Olmsted, and a brother, Gregory James, all of St. Petersburg. Beach Memorial Chapel, St. Pete Beach.

Walradt, Jon C., 63, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at home. He was born in Oneida, N.Y., and moved here from Arlington, Texas, in 1982. He worked as a dock master for Imperial Yacht in Tampa. He was Methodist and a member of the Community Associated Club in Sherrill, N.Y., and the National Classic Bowling Association. Survivors include a son, Christian Jon Wood, Smyrna, Ga.; a daughter, Caroline Wood, Latham, N.Y.; his mother, Viola Walradt, Seminole; and a granddaughter. E. James Reese Funeral Home and Crematory, Seminole.

Seminole

Martin, Kathleen, 42, of Seminole, died Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006) at home. A native of Philadelphia, she moved here in 1998. She worked as a nurse for a private medical practice. Survivors include two daughters, Jessica Doerr and Ashley Martin, both of Seminole; her parents, Helen and Gerald Martin, Philadelphia; and three sisters, Debra Simone, Lancaster, Janice Martin, Seminole, and Maureen Martin, Philadelphia. Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, Seminole.

Weldon, John B., 73, of Seminole, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at Sun Coast Hospital in Largo.

A native of Philadelphia, he moved here in 1996. He worked as a forklift operator for Mitchell Specialties in Philadelphia. He was an Army veteran and enjoyed traveling. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Margaret E.; a stepson, Edward J. Cunningham, Philadelphia; a brother, Raymond, Philadelphia; three sisters, Catherine Healy, Harper Woods, Mich., Mary Rosanova, Norriton, Pa., and Teresa Adair, Land O' Lakes. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Serenity Garden Chapel, Largo.

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