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Obituaries

Anderson, Katherine R., 83, of Inverness, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) in Inverness. Born in Fairfield, Idaho, she moved to Inverness four years ago from St. Petersburg. She was a homemaker and attended the First United Methodist Church of Inverness. Survivors include three daughters, Dawn Chepren, Monson, Maine, Diane Clark, Quincy, and Carol Pfeiffer, Inverness; a brother, Harvey Otto, Orlando; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.

Bien, William L., 78, of Crystal River, died Thursday (Nov. 30, 2006) at Hospice of Citrus County, Lecanto. Born in Roanoke, Va., he moved here in 1981 from Arlington, Va. He worked for the Fish &Wildlife Service in the Interior Department as a program analyst. He was an Army and Air Force veteran. He was a member of the Blue Devil 88th Infantry Association. He and his wife owned the Framemakers in Arlington and Glen Haven II in Crystal River. Survivors include his wife, Renee M.; a sister, Louise Carroll, Seal Beach, Calif.; a nephew, James Carroll, Long Beach, Calif.; and a niece, Marilyn Carroll, Knoxville, Tenn. Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness.

Oblinger, Daniel H., 72, of Homosassa, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at home. Born in New Hope, Pa., he moved to Homosassa 31 years ago from St. Petersburg. He was a retired Marine Corps captain. He served in the Korean War, served two tours in Vietnam and was stationed at Guantanomo Bay during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 70, Marine Corps League and Military Officers Association of America of Citrus County. He was a 50-year Mason and a member of Springs Masonic Lodge 378. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Homosassa. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Ruth C. (Currier); three daughters, Carrie Staton, Homosassa, Kellie Ann Dreger, Clearwater, and Dana L. Smith, Jacksonville; a sister, Leta Herman, Hawaii; several nieces and nephews; and five grandchildren. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.

Bruce, Walter Lesley Jr., 63, of Hernando, died Friday (Dec. 1, 2006) in Hernando. He came here in 1982 from Hamburg, N.Y. He was a Marine Corps veteran. He was a salesman for Sears for many years and a truck driver for Citrus County Road Maintenance with 10 years of service, retiring in 2003. Survivors include two daughters, Yvonne Sciolino, Hamburg, and Colleen Wiedemann, Arcade, N.Y.; a sister, Louise Stannish, Hamburg; many nieces and nephews, including Terry Sponholz, Hernando; and several grandchildren. Fero Funeral Home With Crematory, Beverly Hills.

Carrigan, Julia McKinney Roseman, 95, of Lecanto, formerly of Dade City and Floral City, died Monday (Dec. 4, 2006) at Nature Coast Lodge of Lecanto under the care of Hernando Pasco Hospice and her family. She was born in Spender, N.C. She attended Greensboro College and Catawba College and was a graduate of Florida Southern College. She moved to Dade City in 1947 and taught elementary school for 20 years in Dade City and also taught at the Inverness Middle School and in Floral City. She retired from teaching in 1976. She was a member of the Crystal River and Floral City United Methodist churches. She was an avid bridge player. She was a member of Point O'Woods Country Club, the 24 Club and Duplicate Dozen Club. Survivors include a son, D. Brooks Roseman, Clarkesville, Ga.; a daughter, LauRee Spiller, Crystal River; a stepdaughter, Teresa Simmons, Texas; a sister, Elizabeth Burke, Page, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory, Inverness.

Herb, Kenneth Holmes, 60, of Hernando, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at home under the care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Born in Columbus, Ohio, he moved to this area 30 years ago from Pasadena, Texas. He was a retired construction worker and Protestant. Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Zola; three sons, Elmer Ray Sommers, Bedford, Ind., Charles R. Hawkins, Hernando, and Harold Roy Hawkins, Florida; a daughter, Sheila Ann Fannon, Hernando; his father, John W. Herb, Ocala; and six grandchildren. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

Reilly, Elaine Marie LaPorte, 64, of Inverness, died Friday (Dec. 1, 2006) at home. She was born in Chicago. She retired from Sears with 26 years of service and was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Emmett; four daughters, Debbie Reilly and Mary Tesar, both of Inverness, Linda Rocco, Chicago, and Denise Konstantelos, McHenry, Ill.; three brothers, Michael LaPorte, Georgia, Eugene LaPorte, Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Richard LaPorte, Franklin Park, Ill.; a sister, Mary Jean Sanderford, Arlington Heights, Ill.; and nine grandchildren. Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness.

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 and worked at the Kwik Way. He retired 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, and Betty Ann Swafford, Crystal River; a brother, J.E., Quincy; two sisters, Marie Sutton, Norfolk, Va., and Marian Sullivan, Fayetteville, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Veterans Funeral Care, Clearwater.

Zelaya, Jose Santos, 65, of Homosassa, died Monday (Dec. 4, 2006) at Hospice of Citrus, Lecanto. Born in San Diego, he came to this area 17 years ago from Alexandria, Va. He was a retired electrician who worked in many different states. He was a member of the Local 26, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Washington, D.C. He was Greek Orthodox. He enjoyed playing chess, cards and the computer. Survivors include a daughter, Donna Lynn Zelaya, Wildwood, N.J.; a brother, George R., Homosassa; a sister, Maria Papanicolas, LaPlata, Md.; and four nieces and four nephews. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

Schmaltz, Stevie D., 80, of Crystal River, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center Crystal River. Born in Delaware, Ind., he came here 24 years ago from Fairfield, Ohio. He retired from General Motors with 32 years of service and was an Army veteran of World War II. He enjoyed square dancing, Contra dancing and playing cards. He was a former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Methodist. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Dorothy; two daughters, Faye A. Flynn, Port Richey, and Deborah S. Hess, Riverside, R.I.; a sister, Helen Jenike, Columbus, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

Welsh, Harold B. Sr., 87, of Lecanto, died Friday (Nov. 24, 2006) in Tampa. Born in Jersey City, N.J., he came here in 1998 from Kearny, N.J. He was the proprietor of a restaurant in Kearny and a motor vehicle inspector with Essex County with more than 25 years of service. He was an Army veteran and Catholic. He enjoyed living in Florida, watching baseball and QVC television shopping. He was a member of the Eagles Aerie, Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge. Survivors include three sons, Harold B. Jr., Nutley, N.J., James C., Hillside, N.J., and George W., Lecanto; a daughter, Sara Ellen Armitt, Scotland; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Fero Funeral Home With Crematory, Beverly Hills.

Whitcomb, John Gilbert, 85, of Inverness, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at Hospice of Citrus County Inverness. He was born in Gloucester Heights, N.J. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II and the recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a retired carpenter. Survivors include his wife, Lydia; five daughters, Renee Clark, Glassboro, N.J., Evelyn Garron, Milmay, N.J., Lorraine Cheeseman, Fayetteville, Ark., Paula Price, Gentry, Ark., and Beth Spencer, Milan, Pa.; a stepson, Thomas Reid, Marlton, N.J.; three stepdaughters, Lorraine Reid and Nancy Reid, both of Inverness, and Donna Roberts, Voorhees, N.J.; eight grandchildren; a stepgrandchild; and six great-grandchildren. Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness.

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