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Belleair Bluffs

Sheahan, William "Bill," 83, of Seminole and formerly of Belleair Bluffs, died Monday (Dec. 4, 2006) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, St. Petersburg. He came here in 1990 from his native St. Louis, where he was a quality control inspector for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft. He was a World War II Army veteran and member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Largo. He enjoyed tennis and traveling. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Betty J.; three sons, Robert "Bob," Hampshire, United Kingdom, Donald Austin, Texas, and Gregory, Bradenton; four daughters, Jeanette Marquess, Palo Alto, Calif., Kay Gardner, Las Vegas, Dolores "Dee" Patterson, Belleair, and Sue Sheahan Boydstun, Ellenton; four sisters, Josephine Jacobi and Mary Ann Jenkins, St. Louis, Vita Connell, Amarillo, Texas, and Theresa Parker, Chester, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

Clearwater

Fogle, Earl C., 79, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at home. He was born in Cleveland and came here in 1981 from Chardon, Ohio. He retired after 32 years as a welder and had worked for Clark Control and GTE/Sylvania in Cleveland. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and served aboard the USS Wisconsin. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Irene B.; six sons, Earl C. Jr., Clearwater, Dan R., New Port Richey, Eric C., Cleveland, Leslie M., Euclid, Ohio, Kurt C., Painesville, Ohio, and Robbie A., Monroe, N.C.; a daughter, Carrie I. DeGlans, Rochester, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Clearwater.

Gillespie, George F. Jr., 79, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. He was a lifelong resident, born at Morton Plant Hospital in 1927. He lived in Belleair from 1940-1948, where his father, the late George F. Sr., was the mayor. His mother, Thelma Nall, was the first kindergarten teacher in Clearwater at Northward Elementary School. He graduated from Stuyvesant College in Virginia and the University of Florida. He was an engineer and traveled extensively worldwide in his career as a designer of equipment and systems for lumber industries. Survivors include his wife of five years, Janet Mayott; a son, George F. III, Alachua; three stepsons, Jeffrey Mayott, Albany, N.Y., Stewart Mayott, Fort Collins, Colo., and Brian Mayott, Glen Falls, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Sherilyn Van Woert, Hilton Head, S.C.; a brother, Jamie, Clearwater; and nine stepgrandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.

Carter, Brenda Helm, 54, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006) in Clearwater. She came here in 1981 from her native Roanoke, Va. Survivors include a son, Mark Helm, Clearwater; her parents, Mary and Walter Helm, Chester, N.Y.; two brothers, Sam and Carl Edward Helm, both of Roanoke; two sisters, Deborah Milton, Treasure Island, and Karen Snyder, Roanoke; a stepbrother, Glen Helm, Austin, Texas; and a grandchild. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo Chapel.

Wright, Edna S., 92, of Clearwater, died Monday (Dec. 4, 2006) at Manor Care of Dunedin. She was born in Mancelona, Mich., and came here in 1979 from Allen Park, Mich., where she retired as a teacher and an administrative secretary with the public school system. She was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church at Countryside, Clearwater, the United Methodist Women, the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel and coordinated the Parkinson Support Group of Upper Pinellas for more than 15 years. Survivors include two stepsons, Richard and Larry Wright, and a stepdaughter, Barbara Peg Wright, all of Detroit; two nieces, Diane Stevens Thompson, Beulah, Mich., and Eleanor A. Poe, Sun City, Ariz.; and a nephew, Elden Lazell, Oklahoma. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.

Largo

Gibas, Irene, 85, of Largo, died Tuesday (Dec. 5, 2006) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. She was born in Jewett, Ohio, and came here in 2001 from St. Clairsville (Lloydsville), Ohio. She was a seamstress for seven years with Bobbie Brooks in Brookside, Ohio. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Ohio, the church's ladies aide group, the Belmont Country Club, ASPCA, St. Clairsville Ladies Auxiliary, Jewett Bowling League and Modern Woodsman of Ohio. Her hobbies included bowling, softball, motorcycles, playing the accordion, being a lifeguard, traveling, poker, music and making clothes and baking cookies. Survivors include two sons, Michael A. Torchik, Cadiz, Ohio, and Michael P. Gibas, Hailey, Idaho; a daughter, Cheryl Statzer, Largo; a brother, Johnny Newell, Jewett; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. National Cremation Society, Clearwater.

Vu, Amy, 39, of Largo, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg. She was born in Vietnam and came here in 2004 from Houston. Survivors include her husband, Tony Thao Vu; a son, Brinson Vu, and a daughter, Theresa Vu Doan, both of Largo; her parents, Gia Van Doan and Hue Thi Vu, of Vietnam; six brothers, Toai Q. Doan and Du R. Doan, both of Largo, Phillip Doan, Houston, Harris H. Doan, New York City, and Toan Q. Doan and Sang V. Doan, both of Saigon, Vietnam; three sisters, Huang K. Doan, Houston, and Lien K. Doan and Chimai L. Doan, both of Saigon. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pinellas Park.

King, Robert G. "Bob," 78, of Largo, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at Morton Plant Hospital. He was born in Cambridge, Mass., and came here in 1956 from Massachusetts. He retired as a clerk for the Postal Service and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was Protestant and a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was an avid bowler. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Margaret Connolly; four sons, Edward J., Seminole, Robert N., Winter Springs, James A., Melbourne, and Thomas D., Anchorage, Alaska; a daughter, Marilyn C. Poor, Senoia, Ga.; and 10 grandchildren. Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, Cemetery & Cremation Services, Seminole.

Newman, Loretta "Retsy," 80, 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.

Czerin-Morzin, Franz, 71, of Largo, died Friday (Nov. 24, 2006) at Sun Coast Hospital. He was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and came here in 1988 from Bennington, Vt. He worked as a travel agent. Survivors include his companion, Alfred E. Leahy, Largo. Abbey Affordable Cremation and Funeral Service, Largo.

Peckerol, Sonny, 64, of Largo, died Tuesday (Nov. 28, 2006) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Augusta, Ga., and came here in 1966 from Washington, D.C. He was a musician and songwriter and played in the bands Street Life in Tampa Bay and Taxi. In 1969, he wrote a song which went gold, Color Him Father, recorded by the Winstons. Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Brenda, Largo; two sons, Sadi Pekerol III, Tampa, and Phil Monte, St. Charles, Mo.; a daughter, Debbie Pekerol Ramano, Virginia; a stepdaughter, Amber Franks, Iowa; a stepson, Zackery Franks, Largo; his mother, Catherine Goebel, Virginia; and four grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Clearwater.

Pinellas Park

Jacobson, Mahlon C. "Jake," 84, of Pinellas Park, died Friday (Dec. 1, 2006) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, St. Petersburg. He moved here in 1946 from his native Jamestown, N.Y. He owned Office & Bank Supply, which he opened in 1954. During World War II, he served in the Army in the Pacific Theater. Survivors include a daughter, Diane Irey, Pinellas Park; a sister, Mona Quist, California; a grandson, Thomas Dietrich; and a caregiver, Harriet Jacobson, Pinellas Park. Taylor Family Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.

O'Connor, Frances Mae Arey, 89, of Norwell, Mass., formerly of Pinellas Park, died Friday (Dec. 1, 2006) at home. A native of South Portland, Maine, she moved here in 1965. She worked as a waiter in south Boston for many years. Survivors include a daughter, Lauretta Martin, Norwell; three sisters, Katherine Somers, Mildred Bruce and Helen Perry, all of South Portland, Maine; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Quealy & Son Funeral Home, Abington, Mass.

St. Petersburg

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.

Coston, Mattie, 103, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Dec. 1, 2006) at Alpine Health and Rehabilitation Center. She came here in 1952 from her native Miller County, Ga. She was a domestic worker and member for 50 years of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, where she sang with the Joyette Singers. Survivors include a daughter, Minister Matty Lane, St. Petersburg; 33 grandchildren; 81 great-grandchildren; 128 great-great-grandchildren; and three great-great-great-grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Doles, Stephanie, 49, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Nov. 29, 2006) at Coquina Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She moved here in 1996 from her native Panama City, Fla. Survivors include her parents, Clay and Keturah Doles Sr., and two brothers, Clay Jr. and Victor, all of Panama City. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Dawson, Lamarr, 37, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006) at home. The cause of death is pending, the Medical Examiner's Office said. He was born in Queens, N.Y., and attended Queens County public schools. He was employed as a student loan officer for several years and he was a promoter for the FM radio station 95.7 The Beat. He was a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed sports and music. Survivors include his wife, Jolan, Brooklyn, N.Y.; a son, Milike, Seattle; four daughters, Shaquana, Daytona Beach, Alexis, Crystal, and Tamara, all of Brooklyn; his parents, Willie and Evelyn Dawson, and his companion, January Stutes, all of St. Petersburg. Zion Hill Mortuary, St. Petersburg.

Diez, Elizabeth, 84, of Bellmore, N.Y., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006) in Roslyn, N.Y. She was born in New York City and moved to St. Petersburg in 1984. She moved back to New York earlier this year. She was Catholic. Survivors include a son, Peter J., Madeira Beach; two daughters, Betty Aviles and Grace Penninipede, both of Long Island, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.

Dilworth, Larry D. Sr., 54, of St. Petersburg died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at Bayfront Medical Center. He moved here at an early age from Quincy. He attended Lakewood High School, where he played football and received various trophies. He worked as a general foreman for Professional Concrete Services. He was a former member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church and occasionally attended Genesis Worship Center. He was a Bucs fan and enjoyed playing pool and community football. Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Cathline; two sons, Antonio Davenport and Gabriel D. Dilworth, two daughters, LaQuonda and Venita J. Dilworth, his mother, Lillie Ruth Dilworth and stepmother, Ruth Dilworth, all of St. Petersburg; a brother, James S., Clearwater; and nine grandchildren. Zion Hill Mortuary, St. Petersburg.

Jaworski, Matthew D., 41, of New Port Richey, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Nov. 23, 2006) at home. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he came to New Port Richey 14 years ago from St. Petersburg. He was a metal fabricator. Survivors include four sons, Jacob, St. Petersburg, and Matthew, Harley and Robert, all of New Port Richey; a brother, Guy Jaworski; and a sister, Christine McHugh. Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey.

Dunkle, John Waldron "Jack," 84, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 4, 2006) at Lexington Health & Rehabilitation Center under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Lewisburg, Pa., and moved to St. Petersburg in 1968. He graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for Westinghouse Corp. during World War II, and was instrumental in the development of radar. He later owned a Pontiac dealership, restaurant and bowling alley. After moving to St. Petersburg, he worked in the marine field. He was an avid Florida Gators fan. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Evelyn; two sons, John H., St. Petersburg, and James S., Tierra Verde; and a granddaughter, Christine N. Dunkle, St. Petersburg. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-N.E. St. Petersburg.

Estes, Richard Franklin, 70, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at home. He was reared in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., and moved here in 2001. He worked for the state of New York and retired from Publix at Gateway Mall. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Cavallaro-Estes; a son, Scott, Framingham, Mass.; a stepson, Gus Cavallaro; a sister, Margaret Griffiths, Orrington, Maine; a brother, Gerald, New Jersey; and two grandchildren. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.

Guckian, Lucy Bell, 91, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at Apollo Heath & Rehabilitation Center. She was born in St. Paul, N.C., and moved here in the early 1950s. She retired as a case manager with Goodwill Industries, but her avocation was with AA. She worked with hundreds of people to achieve and maintain sobriety as she had in 1954. Survivors include her caregiver, Bill Wright, a sister-in-law, Peggy Coley, and a nephew, Richard Coley, all of St. Petersburg. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

Jamison, Dorothy, 84, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at St. Anthony's Hospital. She was born in Bronson and moved here from Philadelphia in 1974. She was a domestic worker and a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses Lake Maggiore Congregation. Survivors include two sisters, Flronie Starks, St. Petersburg, and Mary Johnson, Ocala. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Martin, Susan A. "Susie," 88, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Dec. 1, 2006) at home. She had Parkinson's disease. She was born in Greensburg, Pa., and moved here in 1980 after retiring with more than 30 years of service as a production line worker for the J.M. Smucker Co. in Orrville, Ohio. For two years, she and her son co-owned the Garden State Motel on St. Pete Beach. She enjoyed dining out, and trips to Las Vegas. Survivors include a son, Jerry, St. Petersburg; five brothers-in-law; three sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews. Auble Funeral Home, Orrville, Ohio.

Mells, Elijah Jr. "Shorty," 72, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at St. Anthony's Hospital. He moved here in 1956 from his native Waynesboro, Ga. He was a self employed block mason and former member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include four sons, Elijah III, Millington, Ga., James, Ernest, and Eric, two daughters, Angelina Mells and Octavia Brown; seven brothers, Roosevelt, Edd Willie, Johnny, Nathaniel, Joseph, Freddie and Alvester, and two sisters, Thelma Ferguson, and Willie Mae Davenport, all of St. Petersburg; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

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 Guantanamo 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 member of the 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; sister, Leta Herman, Hawaii; and five grandchildren. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.

Pomper, Donald C., 72, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006) at Edward White Hospital. He was born in North Hampton, Mass., and moved here from Southington, Conn., in 1985. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Gail; two sons, Gary, Jacksonville, and David, Raleigh, N.C.; two daughters, Renee Bryant, and Robin Pomper, both of Avon, Conn.; two brothers, Alan, Bronx, N.Y., and Eugene, Bristol, Conn.; a sister, Jacquelyn Wright, Plantsville, Conn.; and six grandchildren. Royal Palm North Funeral Chapel, St. Petersburg.

Santana, Eliseo Sr., 70, of Holiday, formerly of St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park, died Monday (Dec. 4, 2006) in Holiday. Born in Puerto Rico, he moved to St. Petersburg in 1979 from Worcester, Mass., to Pinellas Park in 1980, and in 2004 moved to Holiday. He was an Army veteran and for 10 years he was a corrections officer for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in Clearwater. In retirement, he was a missionary and a leader of the Christian Chaplains Association in Puerto Rico and Tampa. He was a member of Puerta de Salvacion Church of St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Josefa; two daughters, Sandra I. Torres, Arcadia, Calif., and Claribel Delgado, Worcester; four sons, Eliseo Jr., Pinellas Park, Harold, Puerto Rico, Wilfredo, Holiday, and Edwin, Thorndike, Maine; two sisters, Juana Herenia Castro, Largo, and Luz Maria Santana, Tampa; 25 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Holiday.

Smith, Patricia "Pat," 60, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at home. She was born in Easton, Pa., and moved here from Phillipsburg, N.J., in the early 1970s. She was a member of Volunteers in Service to America and the local chapter of the National Marfan Foundation, where she served as co-leader. She graduated from the University of South Florida. Survivors include two brothers, Philip Smith Jr., Binghamton, N.Y., and Jeffrey Smith, St. Petersburg; and two sisters, Lynn Carbone, Land O'Lakes, and Jeanne Hyatt, St. Petersburg. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo Chapel.

Thomas, John C. Sr. "Man," 43, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at St. Anthony's Hospital. A St. Petersburg native, he attended Oseola High School and Shiloh Fire Baptized Holiness Church. For many years, he worked as a truck driver. He enjoyed football and barbecue grilling. Survivors include his wife, Sharon; four sons, John C. Jr., Reggie, and Jakhaun Thomas, and Dantae Wynn, and two stepdaughters, Talana Manuel and Amber Thomas, and two stepsons, Roland Wynn and Devin Manuel, all of St. Petersburg; two brothers, Reggie Bristol, St. Petersburg, and Brian Thomas, Okeechobee; 11 sisters, Rosetta Davis, JoAnn Roquemore, Estell Washington, Lillie Thomas, and Felicia Bristol, all of St. Petersburg, Ossie Flemming, Stephanie Booker, Sherita Thomas, Takilya Roberts, Rina Thomas and Kitika Roberts, all of Okeechobee. Zion Hill Mortuary, St. Petersburg.

Seminole

Clark, Minnie O., 92, of Seminole, died Monday (Dec. 4, 2006) at home. She was born in Seaman, Ohio, and moved here in 2000 from Ocala. She was a licensed practical nurse and member of First Christian Church of Seminole. Survivors include a daughter, Ramona Brown, Seminole; a son, David Clark, Apopka; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Seminole.

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