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Clearwater

Bell, G. Richard "Dick," 85, of Clearwater, died Monday (June 25, 2007) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He was born in Rockford, Ill., and came here in 1967 from Fort Myers. He was executive vice president and general manager of Great Bay Distributors in Largo, a company which he helped establish.

He was a graduate of Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Ill. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, serving as a first lieutenant in the South Pacific. He served on the boards of many local organizations, including the Suncoast Safety Council, Personal Enrichment Through Mental Health Services, Rotary Camp Florida and St. Petersburg College. He was involved with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, graduating from its Citizens Academy, and supported youth programs such as the Police Athletic League and Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches. He was an active Rotary Club member. He was a Master Mason, Royal Arch Mason and a Knight Templar, and a member of Sunshine Lodge 288 F&AM/Northside. Other memberships included the National Rifle Association and the Republican Party of Pinellas County. He enjoyed flying, traveling, photography and fishing. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Audrey L.; three daughters, Elizabeth "Beth" Bell, Largo, Salle V. Bell and Kathleen E. Sanford, both of Clearwater; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

Loan, Carl E., 72, of Clearwater, died Monday (June 25, 2007) at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. He was born in Canonsburg, Pa., and came here in 1995 from Albuquerque, N.M. He worked 12 years as an assembler with Mercury Metal Co. He was an Army veteran, served in Germany, and retired after 12 years as a warrant officer. He was Protestant. He enjoyed reading and building remote controlled planes. Survivors include two sons, Donald and Robert, both of Las Vegas; a daughter, Linda Back, Bear Creek, Ohio; a sister, Nellie Martin, Clearwater; and three grandchildren. National Cremation Service, Clearwater.

Pierson, Robert L., 65, of Clearwater, died Monday (June 25, 2007) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park.

He was born in Englewood, N.J., and came here 1979 from New York City. He was a metal lather. He was a member of the Florida Sportsman Fishing Forum. Survivors include a daughter, Lesley Pierson; and two brothers, Douglas, Wellington, and Donald, Trenton. Abbey Affordable Cremation and Funeral Services, Largo.

Whiteman, Viola, 95, of Clearwater, died Sunday (June 24, 2007) at East Bay Nursing Center. She was born in Hackensack, N.J., and came here in 1971 from Trenton, N.J. She was a factory worker and Baptist. Survivors include a daughter, Jacqueline Andre, Clearwater; three grandchildren, Maureen Perrin and Earl Lynch, both of Webster, and Paul Lynch, Largo; four great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Clearwater.

Armellino, Anthony, of Clearwater, died Monday (June 25, 2007) at home. He was born in New York City and came here in 1976 from Long Island, N.Y. He was a courier for an insurance company on Wall Street. He was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include a sister, Ann M. Tye, Tampa. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

Schocklin, William F., 87, of Clearwater, died Monday (June 25, 2007) at Sabal Palms Healthcare Center, Largo.

He was born in West Paterson, N.J., and came here in 1985 from Hawthorne, N.J. He worked for United Jersey Banks, Hackensack, N.J. A Navy veteran of World War II, he was a chief machinist's mate aboard USS Hornet CV-8 and USS Card CVE-11. He received a Presidential Unit Citation. He was a member of the USS Card Association and National Chief Petty Officer's Association. Survivors include his wife, Geneva "Genny;" and a sister, Jean Moyer, Cedar Grove, N.J. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.

Merson, Calvin L., 80, of Clearwater, died Monday (June 25, 2007) at East Bay Nursing Center, Clearwater. He was born in Lansdowne, Md., and came here in 1983 from Missouri, where he worked for the Bendix Co. He was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War, and served more than 20 years as a communications technician. Survivors include three sons, Calvin L. II, Oklahoma City, Charles E., Seoul, South Korea, and Timothy R., Holt, Mo.; two daughters, Bonnie Wagner, Beebe, Ark., and Linda Smith, Holt, Mo.; a sister, Dorothy Germuth, Largo; 18 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Veterans Funeral Care, Clearwater.

Largo

Dieffenbach, Marilyn, 84, of Largo, died Monday (June 25, 2007) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Roosevelt, N.J., and came here in 1982 from Long Island, N.Y. She was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church, the Greater Largo Republican Club, Pocahontas Women's Golf Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Gerard; and a sister, Bertha Hisky, Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

Erling, Gerd J., 84, of Largo, died Saturday (June 23, 2007) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo.

He was born in Berlin, Germany, and came here in 1988 from Frankfurt, Germany. He worked 40 years as an engineer for an automobile company in Germany. He enjoyed ice hockey, working on cars and traveling. He was an avid reader and took pride in his gardening. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Katharina; a son, Johnny, and a granddaughter, Anita Erling, both of China. National Cremation Society, Clearwater.

LaPierre, Karin Ingrid, 66, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (June 26, 2007) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.

She was born in Konigsberg, Germany, and came here in 1978 from Oklahoma. She was a homemaker and former owner of the Stagecraft Dance Studio, Clearwater. She was Catholic and a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the Officer's Club of MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa. She enjoyed gardening and being a hostess. Survivors include a son, Gerard T.; Longwood; two daughters, Deborah Ann Springs, Seffner, and Christine Marie-Theresa Casarez, New Port Richey; two sisters, Marianna and Margit, both of Germany; five grandchildren, Ryan, Alexis, McKenzie, Zachary and Jonathan; and a caregiver, Tony Casarez. Global Mortuary, Largo.

Lott, David Thomas, 24, of Anchorage, Alaska, formerly of Largo, died Sunday (June 24, 2007) in a plane crash in Wacilla, Alaska.

He was born in Clearwater and was a 2001 graduate of Clearwater High School. He was a licensed pilot and flight instructor. He was a member of Anona United Methodist Church, Largo. Survivors include his wife, Alisha; his parents, David and Sherry Lott, Largo; two brothers, Sam and Aaron, both of Largo; and maternal grandmother, Genevieve Johnson, Karlstad, Minn. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

Penders, Robert, 50, of Largo, died Saturday (June 23, 2007) at home. He was born in Woodbury, N.J., and came here in 1984 from Cape May, N.J. He was a bus driver for the Pinellas County Transit Authority. Survivors include his wife, Pamela Simon; and three brothers, Patrick, Gloucester, N.J., Thomas, Philadelphia, and Joseph, Florida. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

Stanhope, Sara, 80, of Largo, died Saturday (June 23, 2007) at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. There are no known survivors. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo Chapel.

Miller, Grace E., 90, of Largo, died Thursday (June 21, 2007) at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. She came here in 1972 from her native Toledo, Ohio. She was a homemaker and was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks. She was known as the "Candy Lady." Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Jayme, Safety Harbor, and Joyce Barteck, Toledo; two sisters, Fola Lee, Largo, and Mildred Lemorand, Toledo; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Clearwater.

Rinehart, Naomi E., 84, of Largo, died Monday (June 25, 2007) at Palm Gardens of Largo. She was born in Elida, Ohio, and came here in 1951. She worked 30 years for the city of Largo, starting as a vacation relief cashier and retiring as assistant finance director. She was a charter member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Clearwater. Survivors include three sons, James A., Pottstown, Pa., Richard J., Clearwater, and William R., Ocala; a daughter, Candace L. Bartello, Largo; and two grandchildren, Tyler Rinehart and Nicolette Bartello. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

Indian Shores

Keyak, Joseph, 93, of Indian Shores, died Monday (June 25, 2007). He came here in 1967 from his native Gary, Ind., where he was a supervisor for U.S. Steel for 25 years and later owned and operated the Triangle Steel Industries for 25 years. Survivors include two daughters, Judith E. Keyak, South Pasadena, and Barbara Livingston, Clearwater; two sons, Michael A., Hobart, Ind., and Joseph Jr., Cape Coral; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Brett Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

Pinellas Park

Schumacher, Barbara Ellen, 64, of Pinellas Park, died Tuesday (June 26, 2007) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, St. Petersburg.

Born in Uniontown, Pa., she came here in 1980 from Euclid, Ohio. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed doing puzzles and word searches and watching soap operas and Walker, Texas Ranger. Survivors include her husband, Walter; two sons, Bud and Jimmy; a brother, Tommy Knott; and four grandsons, Buddy, Tyler, Justin and Jonathan. International Casket and Urn Gallery, Clearwater.

St. Petersburg

Allison, Mary Johnson, 66, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (June 10, 2007) at Edward White Hospital. She was born in South Carolina. She worked as a cook at a local child care center. She was Baptist. Survivors include her mother, Margaret Johnson, two nieces, Jacquelyn Johnson and Ida Johnson, and two nephews, Jackie Johnson and Gregory Drayton, all of St. Petersburg. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Coleman, Lillian R., 67, of Port Richey, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (June 26, 2007) at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Hudson. She moved to Port Richey several years ago from her native St. Petersburg. She was a homemaker and Catholic. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Marvin E.; a daughter, Robin Dick, New Port Richey; a sister, Dorothy Pyle, St. Petersburg; and three grandchildren. Michels and Lundquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey.

Daly, Florence L., 79, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (June 26, 2007). She was born in New York City. She was a registered nurse. Survivors include two daughters, Denise Tinsley, Manhattan, N.Y., and Teresa Allen, St. Petersburg; a sister, Edith Kinnon, Birmingham, England; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Duffy, Donald V., 74, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Largo, died Wednesday (June 13, 2007) in Fairfax, Va.

He was born in Somerville, Mass., and came here in 1990 from Franklin, Mass. He retired after 34 years with AT&T. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He received the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He worked as a custodian for St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church and was a member and usher at St. Catherine Catholic Church, both in Largo, and attended Holy Family Catholic Church, St. Petersburg. He volunteered at the Paradise Island Mobil Home Park clubhouse and kitchen, Largo, and was a member of two bowling leagues, a horseshoe league and the men's club and card league. Survivors include a son, Alan, Columbia, Tenn.; two daughters, Jeanette Ustaszewski, St. Petersburg, and Laura Rinier, Leesburg, Va.; two brothers, David, Largo, and Jerry, San Diego; a sister, Helen Lowry, Arizona City, Ariz.; and seven grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

Ellis, Mary Josephine, 85, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (June 25, 2007) at Bayfront Medical Center.

Born in Coahoma, Miss., she moved to St. Petersburg in the 1950s from Drew, Miss. She was a graduate of Mississippi State College for Women and worked for the government in several different capacities. She enjoyed gardening and growing orchids, reading, fishing and traveling. She was a member of Woodlawn Presbyterian Church and volunteered for Meals on Wheels and other organizations. Survivors include a sister, Carolyn Ellis Franklin, Melbourne; and a brother, Dr. Robert Ellis, Niceville. Anderson-McQueen Funeral and Cremation Centers-N.E. St. Petersburg.

Holt, Mary Y., 81 of St. Petersburg, died Monday (June 25, 2007) at Lexington Health and Rehabilitation Center, Kenneth City.

She was born in Warren, Ohio, and lived here for many years. She was a cafeteria manager for Kmart on 66th Street and Sears on Tyrone Boulevard. She was a member of Northwest Presbyterian Church. Survivors include two grandchildren, Tim Hagan Jr., St. Petersburg, and Michelle Pate, Clearwater; and two great-grandchildren, Deven Pate and Estella Pate, both of Clearwater. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Marion, Leon O., 82, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (June 26, 2007) at Westminster Suncoast of prostate cancer. He was born in Huntington Park, Calif., and came here in 2001 from Airmont, N.Y.

He was a graduate of Occidental College in Redlands, Calif., and attended graduate school at Columbia University. A Navy veteran, he served in the submarine service during World War II. He was on the first American relief plane to land in Berlin after the USSR initiated the Berlin Blockade in 1948. He retired as chief executive officer of the Tolstoy Foundation and was CEO of the American Council of Voluntary Agencies for Foreign Service. He was a longtime adviser to the State Department and the White House during the Carter administration. At First United Methodist Church, he was a member, lay leader, Sunday school teacher and a delegate to the Florida United Methodist annual conference in Lakeland. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Ann B.; two daughters, Marianne L. Berkovits, Rocky Point, N.Y.; and Linda G. Marion, New Paltz, N.Y.; and a son, Richard B., and a grandson, Richard James Marion, both of Atlanta. Anderson-McQueen Funeral and Cremation Centers-N.E. St. Petersburg.

Phillip, Virginia L. "Ginger," 73, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (June 24, 2007).

She was born in Joliet, Ill., and came here in 1995 from Alexandria, Va., where she was a 51-year member of athe Order of the Eastern Star, Martha Washington Chapter 42. She was a homemaker. Survivors include three sons, Ralph III, Donald and Tee, and a daughter, Lori Hughes, all of Virginia; a sister, Sally Wagner, Astor; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Seminole.

Harley, James P., 79, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (June 24, 2007) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here in 1988 from Clifton, N.J. He was a brigadier general in the Army. He served for 39 years, on active duty and in the Army Reserve and Army National Guard, and twice received the Legion of Merit. He commanded the 353rd Civil Affairs Command from 1977 to 1981, worked with the Army staff and the staff of the Joint Chiefs and was a foreign area officer specializing in the Middle East. He graduated from the Army War College and the Command and General Staff College and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Fordham University and New York University. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Miriam; a daughter, Catherine Harley-Ryan, New York; three brothers, William, New York City, Joseph, Fayetteville, Pa., and Thomas, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and a sister, Eileen, West Palm Beach. Taylor Family Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.

Reeves, James, 49, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (June 19, 2007) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital under the care of hospice. There are no known survivors. ALifeTribute FuneralCare, Largo Chapel.

Sakkis, Marie A., 85, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (June 21, 2007) at Apollo Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born in Williamsburg, Ky., and came here in 1948 from Kentucky. She was a secretary for several years during World War II at Oak Ridge Atomic Plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn. She was an active member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church and enjoyed art and painting. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Dr. Gus, former Pinellas County school superintendent; and a brother, Max Adams, Rydal, Ga. National Cremation Society, Clearwater.

Surette, Mark A., 51, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (June 26, 2007) at St. Petersburg General Hospital.

He was born in Winthrop, Mass., and came here 17 years ago from Waldorf, Md. He was a computer assistant for Bay Pines VA Hospital for 17 years. He was a sports fan. He was Christian. Survivors include two daughters, Erica F. Bailey, Minot, N.D., and Heather L. Surette, St. Petersburg; his parents, Cal and Flo Surette, Lakeland; and a granddaughter, Elora F. Bailey, Minot. R. Lee Williams and Son Funeral Home and Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.

Taranto, Diane M., 58, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (June 26, 2007) at St. Anthony's Hospital. She came here in 1976 from her native Pittsburgh.

She was a retired senior mortgage loan officer for First Federal Bank of Largo. She was a past president of the Ladies of the Elks Association, Lodge 1224, and a member of the Seminole Eagles 4740 Ladies Auxiliary and VFW Post 6827 Ladies Auxiliary. She was Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Phil; two daughters, Denise and Kim, and a stepson, Jim, all of St. Petersburg; her father, Mike, and a brother, Mike Jr., both of Pittsburgh; and a sister, Becky, Oklahoma. R. Lee Williams and Son Funeral Home and Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.

Taylor, Sylvia C., 89, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (June 25, 2007) at Edward White Hospital. Born in Milwaukee, she came here in 1971 from Wisconsin, where she retired as a teacher after many years with the city of Milwaukee. She was a photographer who enjoyed reading and arts and crafts. She was Catholic. Survivors include a daughter, Naomi Szajnowski, Palmetto; and a brother, Sylvester Schultz, Milwaukee. National Cremation Society, Clearwater.

Zarik, Harry, 89, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (June 23, 2007) at Bon Secours Maria Manor.

Born in Rockaway, N.J., he came here in 1960 from Scranton, Pa. He owned a grocery store. He served as a first lieutenant in the Army during World War II. He was president of the Meadowlawn Gateway Civic Association and the Council of Neighborhood Associations and ran for the St. Petersburg City Council in 1985. Survivors include a sister, Kay Yewtuck, St. Petersburg; and a nephew, Dr. Alex Yewtuck. National Cremation Society, Clearwater.

Seminole

Huber, Genevieve E., 82, of Seminole, died Monday (June 25, 2007) at home. Born in Boulder, Colo., she came here in 1977 from Lima, Peru. She was a high school teacher and taught at the Taipei American School in Taiwan. She was a member of the Officers Wives Club and the Officers Wives Bridge Club. She was Presbyterian. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Steve; two sons, Geof, Pensacola, and David, San Marcos, Texas; a daughter, Barbara (Huber) Beckner, Bloomentgon, Ill.; and six grandchildren. E. James Reese Funeral Home and Crematory, Seminole.

Wilson, Vivian C., 86, of Seminole, died Sunday (June 24, 2007) at home.

She was born in Boone, N.C., and came here in 1962 from Thomasville, Ga. She worked for Canteen Corp. as a head cashier at Bay Pines. She was a member of American Legion Post 273 Ladies Auxiliary, Madeira Beach. She enjoyed reading. Survivors include a daughter, Leigh (Wilson) Short, Seminole; a sister, Kathleen Small, Mount Holly, N.C.; and a granddaughter, Victoria Leigh Acred, Gaston, Ind. E. James Reese Funeral Home and Crematory, Seminole.

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