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Published Aug. 25, 2007

Clearwater

Gugel, David M., 41, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Nov. 18, 2006) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park.

He came here in 2003 from Rochester, N.Y. He was a technical support representative for Verizon Business in Clearwater. He was Catholic. He enjoyed fishing and golf. Survivors include his mother, Helen Gugel, Rochester; two brothers, Paul, Jordan, N.Y., and Peter, Rochester; five sisters, Ellen Gugel, Westborough, Mass., Mary Oliver, Millwood, N.Y., Anne Gugel, Fulton, Md., Monica Barnett, Houston, and Katie O'Neil, Seminole; three nieces; and four nephews. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.

Griswold, Dorothy L., 69, of Holiday, formerly of Clearwater, died Monday (Dec. 4, 2006) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She came to Clearwater in 1969 from her native Hartford, Conn., moved to Roanoke Rapids, N.C., in 1984 from Clearwater, then to Holiday in 2003 from Roanoke Rapids. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Immanuel Chapel Worship Center and a counselor with Salt & Light Ministry, both of Largo. Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Lawrence; two sons, David, Holiday, and Daniel, Atlanta; a daughter, Debra Albert, Clearwater; her mother, Jane Worlund, Windsor, Conn.; a brother, Arne Worlund, Jr., Windsor; and four grandchildren, Jessica, Heather, Ayden and Austin. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.

Hopper, William R., "Bill," 77, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater.

He was born in Bridgeville, Pa., and came here in 1984 from Aliquippa, Pa. He was a certified industrial engineer and worked for the American Bridge Division at U.S. Steel. He was an Army veteran. He was Presbyterian. He was an avid golfer. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Etta; two daughters, Linda Roberts, Pittsburgh, and Rebecca Wright, Gainesville; four grandchildren, Jason, David, Shelley and Katie; and a great-granddaughter. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Moncrief, Louis, 39, of Clearwater, died Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006) He came here in the late 1990s from his native Grand Rapids, Mich. He was Muslim. Survivors, all of Grand Rapids, include a son, Brandon Woods; his mother, Dorothy Graves; his father, Louis Henderson; two brothers, La Marquis Graves and Le Sean Moncrief;, and his grandparents, George and Mary Shaw. Woody's Funeral Home, Clearwater.

Ray, Robert Cameron "Bobby Ray," 48, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Dec. 5, 2006) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute.

A native of Clearwater, he moved to St. Petersburg in 1971 from Las Vegas. He was a 1976 graduate of Northeast High School and attended Florida State University. He was an industrial technician for the St. Petersburg Times for 12 years and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for eight years. He was a NASCAR fan and fisherman and enjoyed his reef tanks and saltwater aquariums. Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Dawn Rene; a son, Johnny Tremaine, St. Petersburg; a daughter, Jessica Ray, California; his mother, Frances Elaine Whitten Stewart; two brothers, Bryan A., Clearwater, and Douglas J., Ochopee; and a niece, Sara Ray, Clearwater. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-N.E. St. Petersburg.

Valenty, Michael Vincent, 80, of Clearwater, died Monday (Dec. 4, 2006) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Green Island, N.Y., and came here in 1986 from Watervliet, N.Y., and Saratoga, N.Y., where he had a summer home. He worked 34 years as a superintendant plumber steam fitter with John V. Warren. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Clearwater, and a former member of St. Brigid's Catholic Church in New York. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Mary Ellen; three sons, Robert, Nassau, N.Y., Michael, Palm Harbor, and John, Saratoga; three daughters, Ann Marie Bell, Watervliet, Mary Ellen Valenty, Chatham, N.Y., and JoAnne Hopkins, Clearwater; three brothers, Anthony, California, Albert, Watervliet, and John, Largo; a sister, Mary Philbrook, Fultonville, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

Largo

Beard, Ricky Lee, 44, of Largo, died Monday (Dec. 4, 2006) at Tampa General Hospital. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, and came here in 1980 from Houston. He was a retired computer programmer. He was a graduate of St. Petersburg College and a member of Harvest Temple Church, Largo. He enjoyed computers and traveling. Survivors include his parents, James and Tamira Beard, Largo; two brothers, David, Texas, and Jonathon, Largo; and a sister, Tammy Spencer, St. Petersburg. Taylor family Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Pinellas Park.

Bermudez, Frank, 96, of Duluth, Ga., formerly of Largo, died Monday (Dec. 4, 2006) at home. He came here in 1968 from his native New York City and moved to Duluth in 1994. He was a brassiere designer for Bali Brassieres. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a folk artist in the Largo area specializing in miniature art. Survivors include two sons, Frank, Long Beach, N.Y., and Robert, Dacula, Ga.; a daughter, Irene Hokenbury, Utica, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

Boyd-Williams, Tori L., 33, of Largo, died Tuesday (Dec. 5, 2006) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Largo and worked in the construction industry. He was Baptist. His hobbies included boxing and designing tattoos. Survivors include three brothers, John Boyd and Ephrine Pride, both of Largo, and Daryl Johnson, Jacksonville; eight sisters, Beverly Stewart, Clearwater, Robin White, Palm Harbor, Jesteen "Jackie," Stewart, Sheila Haynes and Delisha Pride, all of Largo, Naicka Pride, St. Petersburg, and Marcia Williams and Ronda Bradley, both of Jacksonville; his mother and stepfather, Edith and James "Jay" Golden, Largo; his father and stepmother, Fred and Bernice Williams, Largo; and his maternal grandmother, Mazie Boyd, Largo. Zion Hill Mortuary, St. Petersburg.

Dickerson, Jeanette I., 76, of Largo, died Tuesday (Dec. 5, 2006) at Largo Medical Center. She was born in Cherrydale, Va., and came here in 1994 from Stafford, Va. She was Methodist. Survivors include three sons, Daniel, Woodbridge, Va., David, King George, Va., and John; a daughter, Judy Feldman, Boyds, Md.; two sisters, Betty Dickerson and DeLana Thibeaull, both of Clearwater; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Largo.

Santiago, Juan G., 74, of Largo, died Tuesday (Dec. 5, 2006) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, St. Petersburg.

He was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and came here in 2005 from Palm Beach Gardens. He was a chemist in the paint industry. He was a member of New Birth Fellowship Church, St. Petersburg. He enjoyed playing his guitar. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Alice; four sons, John, Houston, Antonio, St. Petersburg, Richard, Merritt Island, and Daniel, Port St. Lucie; a daughter, Alicia Shields, Seminole; his mother, Sophia Arvelo, Largo; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. E. James Reese Funeral Home, and Crematory, Seminole.

Tedesco, Anna, 89, of Largo, died Wednesday (Dec. 6, 2006) at her daughter's home in Mahwah, N.J.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here in 1978 from Massapequa Park, N.Y. She was a seamstress and a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church, Largo. She was a 20-year volunteer at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System and was also a Hospice volunteer. She enjoyed cooking and and gardening and tending her roses. Survivors include a son, Frank, Largo; a daughter, Paula Tedesco-Carreras, Mahwah; and two granddaughters, Serenity Tedesco, Largo, and Annalisa Carreras, Mahwah. E. James Reese Funeral Home and Crematory, Seminole.

St. Petersburg

Lane, Georgia Louise, 89, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Dec. 1, 2006) at her daughter's home in St. Petersburg.

She was born in Washington, D.C., and came here in 1967 from Barnesville, Md. She was an artist and a teacher. She attended Corcoran College of Art and the University of Maryland. She was an Episcopalian. Survivors include three sons, George Lane, Fairfax, Va., William Bobb, Satellite Beach, and Brian Bobb, Melbourne; a daughter, Linda Lane, St. Petersburg; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

Dilworth, Larry D., 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, and his stepmother, Ruth Dilworth, all of St. Petersburg; a brother, James S., Clearwater; and nine grandchildren. Zion Hill Mortuary, St. Petersburg.

Goddard, Annette Bryant, 86, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Dec. 5, 2006) at home.

She was born in Hampton Springs and came here in 1935. She graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 1938 and St. Petersburg Junior College in 1940. She was active in the Junior League of St. Petersburg and was a past president. She was a wedding consultant and assistant manager of the Colonial Hotel in the late 1980s. She enjoyed playing bridge and golf and was an avid reader and gardener. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, St. Petersburg Museum of History, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Taylor County Historical Society, Dade City Garden Club and National Wildlife Association. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Dunbar, Richmond, Va.; two stepdaughters, Priscilla Goddard Wilson, Montrose, Ala., and Elizabeth Goddard Selkey, Highlands, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-N.E., St. Petersburg.

Goodin, Frank, 76, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Dec. 5, 2006) at Bay Pines VA Health Care System. He was born in Ella, Ky., and came here in 1963 from Indianapolis. He was an accountant. He was an Air Force veteran and participated in the Berlin Airlift. He was a Protestant. Survivors include three daughters, Jeanie Runkle and Linda Manning, both of St. Petersburg, and Tammy Phillips, Tennessee; a brother, Darrell, St. Petersburg; four sisters, Jean Muchmore, Clearwater, Sally "Wilma" Barbara, Palm Harbor, Lucille Allor, Upper Marlboro, Md., and Faye Shepherd, Columbia, Ky.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Veterans Funeral Care, Clearwater.

Gresham, Olaf I., 85, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he came here in 1987 from St. Leonard, Md. He retired as a coordinator for the Bethlehem Steel Corp. He was a Presbyterian. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Evelyn; a son, Neil, Jacksonville; three daughters, Nancy Charlow and Barbara Leventhal, both of Baltimore, and Kathleen Neely, St. Leonard; a brother, Clifford, Lavonia, Ga.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. David C. Gross Funeral Homes and Cremation Center, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg.

Staniford, Lynette Marie, 51, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 4. 2006) at St. Petersburg General Hospital.

Born in East St. Louis, Ill., she came here in 1990 from Atlanta. She was a nurse and a member of the Awed Fellows Fraternity of the Robonia Parade. She enjoyed cooking and was a potter, painter and sculptor. Survivors include her husband, Paul; a son, Eric; her mother, Marian Rhude; a sister, Michelle; and two brothers, Ken Rhude and Howard Rhude. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-Tyrone Chapel, St. Petersburg.

Isaacson, Jeanice E., 89, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 4, 2006) at Menorah Manor. Born in Muncie, Ind., she moved to Fort Meade in 1994 from Toledo, Ohio, and came here in 2002. She was a bookkeeper and a credit manager and worked for Pappas Meats, Highland Meadows Country Club, Mellocraft Co. and Erickson's Business Supplies. She was a former member of the American Business Women's Association. Survivors include a daughter, Toby Isaacson, St. Petersburg; a brother, Thirl Parker, Eaton, Ind.; nine grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Parson Mortuary, Muncie, Ind.

DeMarco, Gina, 71, of St. Petersburg, died Nov. 19, 2006, at Bayfront Medical Center. There are no known survivors. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo Chapel.

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

A St. Petersburg native, he graduated from Northeast High School and worked as a boat builder. He was a member of Lealman United Methodist Church and the Harley-Davidson Motor Cycle Club. For five years, he was coach for Pinellas Park Little League. In April 2004, he received an award for heroic action from the Lealman Special Fire District for saving a fellow citizen. Survivors include five sons, Ryan William Kindel and Bryan Michael Kindel, both of Lake Panasoffkee, and 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 three nephews. National Cremation Society, Clearwater.

Neeley, Charles Dean "Dean-O," 26, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) from injuries suffered in a motor scooter accident while on the Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run.

He was born in Kansas City, Mo., and moved here in 1998 from Kansas City, Kan. He worked in the dietary department of St. Petersburg General Hospital. He enjoyed spending time at Biff Burger. Survivors include his father, Larry D., Cameron, Mo.; three brothers, Kenneth L. Neely and J.L. Rupard, both of Pecullar, Mo., and Michael Passler, Tonganoxie, Kan.; a sister, Dawn Swartz, Kansas City, Kan.; his stepfather, Joe Passler, Tonganoxie; and a caregiver, Janice Adair, St. Petersburg. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersbur

Winters, John R. "Jack," 82, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 4, 2006) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute.

He came here in 1939 from Morristown, N.J. He was a handyman and enjoyed tinkering with electronics and working on his computer. Survivors include his wife, Irene; a son, John R. Jr., Alabama; a daughter, Marjorie Bennett, Pembroke Pines; five grandchildren, Stacy, Sarah, Suzanne, Amy and Michael; and a niece and two nephews. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Risley, Gregory O., 59, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at home.

He was born in Pinewald, N.J., and came here in 1959 from Tuckerton, N.J. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and was an English and special needs teacher at Morgan Fitzgerald and Seminole middle schools. Survivors include three sons, Adam S., St. Petersburg, and Matthew J. and Noah M., both of Largo; a sister, Dee A. Risley, Salem, Mass.; and a grandson, Owen Risley, St. Petersburg. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

Pleckas, Stan, 74, of Tampa, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006) at St. Joseph's Hospital.

He came here from his native Chicago and moved to Tampa in 1972. He retired as a major after 22 years in the Air Force. He served as a B-52 radar navigator during the Vietnam War. He served with the Strategic Air Command at MacDill Air Force Base and in Air Force Intelligence. He worked as a budget analyst for the city of Tampa, a cartographer in St. Petersburg and on offshore oil rigs in Louisiana. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Matilla Booth Pleckas, and two sons, Mark and Stephen F., both of Tampa. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

Roy, Velma Sheridan, 82, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 4, 2006). She was born in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., and came here in 1964 from Titusville. She earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and an associate's degree in nursing and was a registered nurse at St. Anthony's Hospital. She was a eucharistic minister and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and a volunteer at the Free Clinic. Survivors include her husband of 18 years, Robert L.; three sons, Stephen Sheridan, Houston, Michael Sheridan, Williamsburg, Va., and Philip Sheridan, Raleigh, N.C.; two daughters, Barbara Pinto, Nokomis, and Kathleen Sheridan, St. Petersburg; three sisters, Margot Vaccaro, East Hanover, N.J., Carol Tubbs, Andes, N.Y., and Gail Russell, Arlington, Va.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

Strom, Russell, 71, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2006) at home. There are no known survivors. 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 Osceola 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. Thomas Jr., Reggie Thomas, Jakhaun Thomas and Dantae Wynn, 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, and Ossie Flemming, Stephanie Booker, Sherita Thomas, Takilya Roberts, Rina Thomas and Kitika Roberts, all of Okeechobee; and a companion, Deborah Manuel, St. Petersburg. Zion Hill Mortuary, St. Petersburg.

Zettel, Shirley, 70, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Dec. 5, 2006) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park.

Born in Hackensack, N.J., she came here in 1970 from New Jersey. She was a homemaker and worked as a cosmetologist at Eckerd Drugs and as a cashier at Scotty's. She was a Jehovah's Witness. Survivors include three daughters, Sharon Kosharsky, St. Petersburg, Patricia "Patty" Couch, Davie, and Samantha Zettel, Largo; a son, Gary Buono, Ocala; a sister: Pauline Diliberto, Oak Ridge, N.J.; three brothers, Thomas Ciuppa and Donald Cuippa, both of Oakridge, and Sal Ciuppa, Phoenix; and five grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-N.E., St. Petersburg.

Seminole

Owen, Jean, 59, of Seminole, died Friday (Dec. 1, 2006) at home. There are no known survivors. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo Chapel.

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