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ABBOTT, Shirley 71, of St. Petersburg, born Jan. 1, 1937, died Feb. 6, 2008. She was retired after 25 years from the Pinellas County school system. She is survived by 2 sons, Michael and Kenneth; 2 daughters, Theresa, and Lynne and their spouses; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and 1 sister and 1 brother. She was preceded in death by her 2 infant sons, 1 granddaughter, 1 great-grandson, and 1 brother, Leeroy Bullis.

ABRAMSON, Robert R. 73, of Clearwater, FL, formerly of New Paltz, NY, died on Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Clearwater. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, on Aug. 31, 1934, and moved with his family to New Paltz, NY, as a teen. He attended New Paltz schools and raised his family there as well. He was a Civil Engineer with the NY State Department of Transportation in Poughkeepsie, NY, until his retirement in 1990, after which he moved to Florida. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was also a life member of the New Paltz Fire Department and a life member of the New York State Association of Transportation Engineers. He was active in the New Paltz Baseball Association and played softball in the New Paltz Mens Softball League and recently as a member of the Top of The World Softball Team. He is survived by a daughter, Kim Alessi, of Ghent, NY; and a son, Robert, of Long Beach Island, NJ, a son, Henry, of Forney, TX; a sister, Mildred Sokol, of Highland, NY; companion, Kim Porter; a brother, Kenneth, of Decatur, GA. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Kristin, Jared, Elizabeth and Henry; 2 step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A Memorial gathering will take place in Clearwater at a later date. Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation at:

ARISTIZABAL, Antonio Jose "Tony" 50, of Marianna, FL, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, at his residence. A native of Columbia, SA, Tony resided in Marianna since 1997, and was owner of Tony's Auto Interiors. Survivors include wife, Eileen Aristizabal; parents, Gustavo and Clara Aristizabal, of Marianna; 3 sisters, Maria Victoria Roe, of Wyoming, Ana Maria McMillan, of Marianna, and Clara Maria McCrary, of Alabama; biological mother, Clara Inez Aristizabal; 3 sisters, Carmen Elisa, Luz Elena and Ana Maria; 2 brothers, Gustavo Alfonso and Luis Fernando, all of Columbia, SA. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 am Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 5800 15th Ave. S., Gulfport, FL 33707. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

ARSENAULT, Anthony J. Jr. 75, of Pinellas Park, passed away Feb. 7, 2008, at his residence. He retired from Scottie's Home Improvement Center after 10 years. He was a Navy veteran. Survived by a son, Anthony J. III; grandsons, Domenick, Joseph, Michael and Daniel; brother, Robert Arsenault; and sister, Anne O'Connell. Funeral Services conducted 11:30 am, Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, at the funeral home, where friends will be received from 10:30 am to service time. R. Lee Williams & Sons 49th St. N/727-527-1177

BAKER, Virginia C. "Ginny" 83, died Thursday, Feb. 7. Visitation on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 280 Mariner Blvd., from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, with Service at 12:30 pm. Brewer & Sons/352-688-4991

BALSIS, Marion E. passed away on Feb. 6, 2008, at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, MO. She was born on Oct. 14, 1915, in Orwigsburg, PA, to Edward L. Kepner and Sally Scharadin, and was married to Daniel Balsis for over 55 years until his passing in 1993. They lived in Newington, CT, where she worked in the School District Food Services as a cook. In 1976, she and her husband moved to Clearwater, where they were both heavily involved with their church and community. As a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Clearwater, Marion belonged to Young at Hearts, Grace Lutheran Church Women, Newcomers Club, and Deborah of Grace. She was also a member of the Edgewater Drive Association and very involved with the Good Samaritan Mission in Balm, FL. In 2004, Marion and her daughter moved to Raytown, MO, to be closer to family. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Mac Arthur, of Raytown, MO; her sister, Vivian Clark, of Orwigsburg, PA; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Balsis, of Florida; and many nieces and nephews who loved and cared about her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Good Samaritan Mission, 14920 Balm-Wimauma Rd., Balm, FL 33503. Services will be Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, at Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater, FL, with visitation from 10-11 am, and service to follow. Veterans Funeral Care/524-9202

BASS, Joseph Keith infant son of Joseph Lee Bass and Renee Ludera Burney, of Tarpon Springs, died Feb. 5. Also survived by 3 brothers, & 1 sister. Dobies Funeral Home/Tarpon

BOAL, Myrtle L. 88, of Hudson, died Feb. 6, 2008. She is survived by her son, Charles F. Boal Jr. Curlew Hills Funeral Home

BOYD, Helen passed away Jan. 30, at Boca Ciega Center in Gulfport. She was 89; preceded in death by husband, Jack R. Boyd in 1988. Survived by daughters, Jean Hilfinger, S. Pasadena, Patte Herman, Lewisville, TX; son, Jack T. Boyd, Blissfield, MI; 6 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Donations to Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.

BOYNTON, Martha born in Ellaville, GA, Oct. 2, 1924, to John Asa Murray and Annie Belle Turner Murray. Martha later relocated to Atlanta, GA. She lived with her 3 sisters in Atlanta and worked for General Electric Company for many years as a secretary. She met her husband, John Boynton (deceased), at General Electric Company. Once her children were born, Martha stayed home as a homemaker and mother. Martha is survived by her 2 children, Gary Boynton, a lawyer, who lives with his wife, Amy and their 3 children, Michael, David and John Curtis, in Winter Park, FL; a daughter, Barbara Boynton McCue, of St. Petersburg, is a law firm administrator with her husband, Leonard McCue's law firm. Martha also has 2 sisters living in the Atlanta area, Ruth Dickson and Henrie Brooks, Henrie's husband, E. M. Brooks, and many nieces and nephews. For over 25 years, Martha was a dedicated volunteer for the women's hospital auxiliary and a hospital pharmacy courier at the Winter Park Hospital. She was recognized frequently for her service and devotion to her work and was loved by all her co-workers and fellow volunteers. Martha was a life long member of the First Baptist Church of Winter Park. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to: Winter Park Memorial Hospital (WPMH) Auxiliary Scholarship Fund, 200 North Lakemont Ave., Winter Park FL 32792. Memorial Park Funeral Home 5750 49th Street North St Petersburg, FL 33709

CONNOR, Lucille "Lou" 96, of Safety Harbor, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at Palm Garden of Clearwater. Lou moved to the bay area in the mid-1980s from Lexington, KY, where she worked as a Fraternity House Mother at the University of Kentucky. She is survived by her son-in-law, David Beaulieu, Safety Harbor; niece, Jacki Hahn, of Dedham, MA; and nephew, Henry Boudreau, of Grants Pass, OR. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Lou, in 2006. Memorial Mass is on Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at 11 am, at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church in Safety Harbor. Funeral arrangements by: Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar, FL. 813-855-2439.

COUMANS, Lyndell C. "Linnie" 101, died on January 25. Service at 11:00 am, Thursday, Feb. 14 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Brooksville. Brewer & Sons/352-796-4991

COX, Owen R. 58, died Feb. 2, 2008. Services will be at DeSoto Masonic Lodge, 10801 DeSoto Road, Riverview on March 2 at 2 pm. Visit online obit at

Coyle, Garry B, of Seminole, FL, died Feb 4, 2008. Garry was preceded in death by his parents Harry Jr. and Mary B. Coyle and his brother, Patrick K. Coyle. Survivors include his daughter, Miranda B. Coyle; and grandchildren, Maleque B. Coyle and Miratia B. Coyle, of Seminole; brothers, Harry J. Coyle and his wife, Mary Coyle, St. Petersburg, Michael C. Coyle (Adaline), of Stamford, CT, and Christopher M. Coyle of Seminole; nieces and nephews include, Cathy and Amy Coyle, Melanie Coyle Nelson, And James and Kevin Coyle. Also survived by aunts and uncles, Mr. & Mrs. C.K. (Jack) Bellairs, Mr. & Mrs. J (Jack) Stobie, Mrs.Henrietta Thomas, & Mrs. Barbara Thomas. A Memorial of Life will be held at Reese Funeral Home, 6767 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772, 1-3 pm, Saturday, Feb. 16. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Creative Clay.

CUERVO, Angels "Cucha" 101, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008. Graveside Services Monday, Feb. 11, 11 am at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park. Boza & Roel Funeral Home 813-877-7676

CURRAN, LeRoy J. "Roy" 72, of St. Petersburg, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, under hospice care. Born in St. Louis, MO, he moved to Florida in 1972. He served in the Army for 3 years, 2 years in Germany. He worked for McDonnell Douglas Space Center for 16 years and the Tempest Computer Co., retiring in 1997. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary; 3 children; 4 step children; 11 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the American Legion Post 252, Five Towns Men's Club, Holy Cross Catholic Church, and was vice president of Five Towns Social Club. Memorial Service to be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Feb. 15, 2008, at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760.

DeSHANO, Betty Lee 79, of Port Richey, died Feb. 3, 2008, in Michigan. Devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Loved by all she touched and will be missed by many. Wife of 62 years to Lou; mother of Bruce (Jenna Adamek); grandmother of Nicholas (Renee); mother-in-law of Marilyn; sister to 8 brothers, and 8 sisters. No services will be held. A very special thank you to Heartland Hospice for all of their compassionate care in Betty's last weeks. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Heartland Hospice of Bad Axe, 1171 S Van Dyke, Bad Axe, MI 48413. Champagne Funeral Chapel

DVORACSEK, Joseph "Capt. Joe"77, died Feb 8. Survived by his loving family. Gathering 2-4 Tues. with 4pm Service at: David C. Gross Funeral Home/6366 Central Ave/381-4911/

ELMENDORF, Betty 78, died Feb. 8. She is survived by her family. There will be a Gathering on Monday, Feb. 11, from 6-8 pm at 280 Mariner Blvd. Brewer & Sons/352-688-4991

FIERRO, Marie 88, of St. Petersburg passed away Feb. 2, 2008. She is survived by her children, Paul, Linda and Louis. Brett Funeral Home 727-321-3321

GALLAGHER, Eleanor D. 96, of St. Petersburg, died Feb. 7, 2008. Survived by children, David Gallagher & Patricia DeVenuta; 5 grandchildren; & 6 great-grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home

GORSKI, Donald 76, born Oct. 20, 1931, in Chicago, IL, died Feb. 7, 2008, in Park Ridge, IL. He was a resident of Clearwater, FL. He was a retired Lieutenant, serving 32 years with the Chicago Fire Department, Truck #119. He is survived by his wife, Helen (nee Hopp); children, Don (fiancé, Ruby) Gorski, Cindy (Gary) Gerritsen, Bob (Terry) Gorski, Dan (Nuala) Gorski; grandchildren, Kris (Laura) Bowers, Eric, and Michael Gorski, Bryce and Braydon Gerritsen, Andrew, Elizabeth, and Rebecca Gorski, Ashley and Jacob Gorski; great-grandchildren, Rachel and William Bowers; sister, Anna (and the late Greg), and the late Anthony. Visitation will be Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, from 2-8 pm at Knollcrest Funeral Home. Memorial Mass on Tuesday, Feb. 12, will be said at 10 am, at the Christ the King Catholic Church, Lombard, IL, with Father John Guiney and Father Peter Jarosz officiating. Memorial donations to Easter Seals of DuPage County, 830 South Addison Ave., Villas Park, IL 60181. Knollcrest Funeral Home 630-932-1500

HARDIN, Marvin L. "Bucky" 81, of New Port Richey, passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, 2008. He was retired from a career in retail management with Sears and Montgomery Ward in 1982. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sybil B. Hardin, of the home; daughter, Sherry Grant; son, Phillip Hardin; grandchildren, Matthew Giachetti, Michael Giachetti and Anna Giachetti; and a great-grandchild, Ainsley Giachetti. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 pm, at the Seven Springs Presbyterian Church in New Port Richey. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home Seven Springs 727-372-2550

HARDIN, Marvin, L. "Bucky" 81, of New Port Richey, died Feb. 8. Survived by wife, Sybil; son, Philip; daughter, Sherry, sisters and grandchildren. Dobies Funeral Home Seven Springs 727-372-2550

HERRIN, Judith C. 63 of Weeki Wachee died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008. A memorial service for Mrs. Herrin will be conducted 1 pm, Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 at Northcliffe Baptist Church. A reception will follow at Glen Lakes Country Club. Arrangements By: Merritt Funeral Home Spring Hill Chapel

HOOVER, Ruth 87, of Pinellas Park, died Feb. 5, 2008, in Largo. She was born in Phillipsburg, NJ, and lived in Pinellas County since 1950. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Sr. She is survived by her son, Richard Jr.; daughter, Robinn Prater; 5 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren. Services private for the family. R. Lee Williams & Son St. Petersburg, FL

JONES, James M. 84, a resident of St. Petersburg, and formerly of Lake County, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008. James retired from Libertyville International Harvester; was a member and past president of the Round Lake Area Men's Club; and a member of the Calvary Presbyterian Church. James is survived by his sons, Ron (Sandy) Arneson, Jack (Elvira) Arneson, Mike (Betty) Arneson; and his sister, Ollie Buffton. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sons, Robert Arneson and John Jones; his daughter, Diane Jones; and his brothers, Bill Jones, George Jones, and Jay Jones. Friends of the family may visit on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, from 10 am until the time of the Funeral Service at 1 pm, at: Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be held immediately following the services at Avon Centre Cemetery in Grayslake. For imformation, please call 847-223-8122.

JUANETTE, Cynthia 70, of Spring Hill, passed away Feb. 8, 2008, surrounded by her loving family. Downing Funeral Home & Cremation Services Spring Hill 352-684-5334

KEENER, Dorothy Morgan of Largo, died Jan. 30, 2008, at Sabal Palms Health Care Center of congestive heart failure. She was born in Chillicothe, OH, and moved to Forestbrook Condos in 1977 from Brookville, near Dayton. She was the office manager to Keener-Delinger Olds in Brookville. She was dedicated to keeping things on track, and served many years as secretary of the Forestbook condominiums. Dorothy was very active in her golden years, participating in many activities at St. Paul Methodist Church of Largo, and many other groups, especially enjoying Mah-Jongg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Keener, after a marriage of 68 years. She is survived by her daughter, Jeanine K. Mingos and son-in-law, John Mingos, of Potomac, MD. A Memorial Service will be held at Regal Palms in Largo at 2 pm on Feb. 12, 2008. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children Burn Unit, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229. Curlew Hills Funeral Home 727-789-2000

KEETON, Neda S. 55, of Pinellas Park, died on Feb. 6, 2008, at Northside Hospital. She is survived by her family and friends. Memorial Park Funeral Home

KENNEDY, H.G. Jr. "Skip" 69, of Palm Harbor, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, at home. He was born in Indianapolis, IN, and moved here from Carmel, IN, in 1984. He worked as a sales engineer for Rubatex Corp. in Bedford, VA, and was a major supplier for General Motors Corp. He was an Army veteran. He was a member of the Palm Harbor United Methodist Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Beverly J. Kennedy, Palm Harbor; a son, Kurt, and wife, Briana Kennedy, Palm Harbor; a daughter, Kristina, and husband, Gary Craig, Lutz; grandchildren, Michelle & Danny Craig, Luke & Lindsay Kennedy & Barkley Kennedy; and special family friends, Kris "Ten" & Clay Calvert. A visitation will be Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, from 1-3 pm, and Funeral Service at 3 pm, at Curlew Hills Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. Curlew Hills Funeral Home Palm Harbor, FL/789-2000

KENNEDY, Mary E. 53, of Seminole, passed away Feb. 8, 2008, at home surrounded by family and friends. She worked at Morgan Stanley for 25 years. Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Ronald Jr.; 2 sons, Andrew and Matthew; 3 stepdaughters, Sharon, Tonia, and Jamie; 2 brothers, Michael and Carmen; a sister, Christine; and a granddaughter, Cassie. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday, from 1 pm until service time at 3 pm. Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home Seminole/ 727-391-0121

KIM, Lester Alvin A memorial service, celebrating the life of Lester Alvin Kim, 87, of Thomasville, GA will be at 11 am, Saturday, Feb 16, 2008 at First Baptist Church in Thomasville, GA, with the Rev. Dr. Dan Spencer officiating. Mr. Kim died Feb. 7, 2008 at his home after a long illness. Born Sept. 10, 1920 in McKeesport, PA, he was the son of the late Henry and Florence Kim. He was married to Doris Jean McGarney Kim who preceded him in death in 2002. He graduated from Nyack Missionary College in Nyack, NY. He ministered 4 years in Indonesia, pastored churches in Western, PA, Minneapolis, MN and Seattle, WA. He also was a very successful businessman with Best Lock Corp. His main desire in life was to serve his Lord, family and others. He loved people and "never met a stranger" and "everyone loved Lester". He is survived by his loving wife, Faye Seymour Kim, of Thomasville; and combined loving family, son Ron Kim of Birmingham, AL; daughters, Pat Kim Rupinski of San Francisco, CA, Beth Kim Baker of Birdsboro, PA, Kathy Seymour Veltman of Thomasville; 9 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and 3 great- great grandchildren. Friends may sign the online guest register at

KNORR, Jon Wayne 69, passed away Jan. 31, 2008, in Easley, SC. He lived in St. Petersburg, FL, from 1983 until 2005. Survived by his sons, Randy. of Lancaster, OH, Jon Allen, of Easley, SC; his sister, Debra Merrill, of San Antonio, TX; and 5 grandchildren. He will be missed by his family and friends.

KOLNER, Beatrice J. The angels took Beatrice J. Kolner by her hand and led her home on Jan. 30, 2008. Beatrice is survived by her husband of 58 years, Bryant "Bob"; her son, Bryant & future daughter-in-law, Wendy; her daughter, Janet; her brother, Ernest; 3 grand-daughters, Samantha, Virginia & Jessica; nieces, nephews and many lifelong friends. The Kolner Family would like to express our sincere appreciation to Dr. Kerry Ricker & staff, Dr. Timothy McElrath & staff, Joyce Crawford RN, Joyce Baker & the entire Hospice staff for their caring hearts, constant support & endless compassion. The family requests expressions of sympathy be made in Beatrice's Memory to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Beatrice will be laid to rest at their summer home in Cooperstown at a later date.

KOVACS, Daniel Paul passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Feb. 7, 2008. He would have made it to age 99 on June 19th. Danny's vibrant spirit and humor was enjoyed by all who knew him. Danny is survived by his wife, Irma; and step children, Cecilia Coleman, of Yuma, AZ, and Monika and Chuck Collins, of Hudson, OH. Danny also leaves behind Margaret Vasas, sister of his beloved first wife, Julianna Kovacs (1916-1995); 4 brothers-in-law, and many other family and friends here and in Europe. Danny was a proud member of the United Auto Workers and a Ford Motor Company retiree. He was a life long member of the Hungarian Social Club and Hungarian Christian Church in Southgate, MI, and Safety Harbor, FL. Services will be held at the Church at 303 8th Ave. North in Safety Harbor, tomorrow at 11 am, with calling hours beginning at 10 am. Grace Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home - Hudson

LOFASO, Helen A. 87, of Holiday, died Feb. 8. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, and moved here from Queens, NY, in 1981. She was a homemaker and a member of Holiday Lake West Civic Activity Association. Survived by son, John (Carole) Lofaso, Bethpage, NY; daughters, Camille (Louis) Gennusa, Westbury, NY, and Rose Marino, Holiday; brother, Aldo (Maureen) Fico, Holiday; sisters, Claire (Ralph) Capapano, Syracuse, NY, Gloria Nielsen, Holiday, and Rita Justi, Ovida, FL; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Monday, Feb. 11, 2-4 & 6-8 pm. The Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12, 10 am at St. Ignatius, of Antioch Catholic Church, Tarpon Spring, with burial to follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Dobies Funeral Home, Holiday 727-937-7555

LYNCH, James Paul 88, of Belleair, FL, and Cincinnati, OH, passed away with his loving family at his side on Friday, Feb. 8, 2008. Jim was born in Holyoke, MA. Jim was employed by DuBois Chemicals in Cincinnatie for over 40 years, retiring as president of the DuBois Institutional Group. Jim was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater, FL, and St. Gertrude's Catholic Church, Cincinnati. Jim is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary (Nov. 11, 2007). Jim is a loving father to Maureen Lynch (Edward J.) Tedesco, of Torrington, CT, Rosemary Lynch (John M.) Mount, of West Palm Beach, FL. Jim is the loving grandfather of Sharon Campbell (Peter) Tukus, Melissa Campbell (Scott) Reid, Kyle James (Kendra) Campbell, John Meredith (Kimberlee) Mount Jr., and Mary Elizabeth Mount (Benjamin)Leahy; beloved great-grandfather of Rachel, Lauren and Nicholas Tutkus, Alexander, Heather and Emily Reid, Ainslee Campbell, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary Katherine, Grace and Jack Mount, also Olivia and Caitlin Leahy. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 1 pm, Monday at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, 820 Jasmine Way, Clearwater. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Emily Mary Reid Medical Fund, c/o Bank of America, 191 Merrimack St., Haverhill, MA 01830, 978-374-6333.

MacNEIL, Edwin 80, of Clearwater, at Woodside Hospice. There are no known survivors. ALifeTribute FuneralCare Largo Chapel 727-559-7793

MATTSON, Peter S. 41, of St. Petersburg, passed away, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, in Gatlinburg, TN. He is survived by his wife, Melissa; son, Scott; brother; Dan; and parents, Lorraine and Fredrick "Kip". Visitation will be held at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg from 5-7 pm, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008. Visit the family's online Guestbook at:

MAURICETTE, Evelyn Kemble of Palm Harbor, passed away Feb. 7, 2008, surrounded by family and loving friends. Evelyn was the daughter of the late Ruth and John Elmer Kembel, of Clarks Summit, PA, and the widow of her beloved husband, Robert Mauricette, who passed away in 1995. Evelyn graduated from Drexel Institute of Technology and was a member of the American Dietric Association. In previous years, she was the food director of Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA; the men's dorm in Indiana University and the YMCA in Wilmington, DE. Later, she received her master's degree in Education from the University of Delaware and taught elementary school for 14 years in public schools in Wilmington, DE. Evelyn's greatest joy was her family and friends. She was known for her wonderful sense of humor and loved to tell jokes. In previous years she was active with her husband, Robert. They loved to hike, having climbed Mount Washington in New Hampshire, on their honeymoon. They traveled and loved to square dance. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Root, and son-in-law, Jody Root, of Alpine, CA; daughter, Gail Mauricette, and son-in-law, Martin Cummings, of North Bennington, VT; 4 grandchildren, Jenny Alonso, of San Diego, CA, Daniel Root, of Alpine, CA, Stephanie Mulligan, of Bennington, VT, Jason Dolmetsch, of White Creek, NY; 1 great-grandchild, Delaney Alonso, of San Diego, CA; and her sister, Barbara Jenkins, and husband, Charles, of Newark, DE. She was predeceased by her sister, Jean Schuyler. Her family will hold a memorial gathering in the summer at the top of Mount Washington. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760. Eternal Rest Funeral Home

McBRIDE, Rosa Dianne 61, of Brooksville, died Feb. 8, 2008. She is survived by her three loving children and four grandchildren. Turner FH/352-796-9661

McCRORY, Ruth Anna 92, passed away on Feb. 6, 2008, at home under the care of her daughter and grandson. She was born in 1915, in DeKalb County, IN. Mrs. McCrory was seriously crippled with polio as an infant at a time when there were no accommodations for the handicapped. Still she graduated first in her class at both Butler High School and Indianapolis University with a degree in education. Mrs. McCrory began teaching in a one room school in Indiana before moving on to teach elementary school for 20 years in Fairfax. VA. She ended her career in education as the media specialist for her school where she combined 2 classrooms to create a modern media center. Mrs. McCrory resided in Tarpon Springs for 30 years and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church. She was a master quilter and quilted 2 days a week for her church to earn money for missions. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Lysne; grandson, John Lysne; sister in law, Virginia Campbell; and numerous nieces and nephews in Florida and Indiana. Services will be held at Curlew Hills Memory Garden, Monday, at 11 am. The Memorial Service will be at a later date. Donations can be made to Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. North Meadowlawn Funeral Home New Port Richey/727-849-9281

McROBERTS, Raymond of Gulfport, Feb. 16, 1961- Jan. 23, 2008. Memorial Feb. 16, 2008, 3 pm, at the Peninsula Inn, 2937 Beach Blvd, Gulfport. Donations to Hospice accepted at Memorial.

MILLER, Martin 96, of St. Petersburg, died Feb. 7, 2008. He moved to Florida in 1949, from Cochran, GA. Martin was a Christian, an avid fisherman who loved bicycle riding. He worked and retired as a security guard from St. Petersburg Printing, now Verizon. He is survived by his wife, Juanita; 1 sister in law, Lillie Baker; nieces and nephews. Funeral Service Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, 11 am at: Creal Funeral Home 727-896-2603

MURPHY, Ralph O. Jr. 88 years old, of Largo, passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, in Largo. He was formerly of New Jersey, where he was vice president and general manager of Plymouth Printing. He has spent the last 22 years in retirement in Florida. He served as a Major in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of the Rotary Club. He is survived by his wife, Alice; his 3 children, Bette O'Malley, Ralph (Mary) and James (Roma); 7 grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at the Church of the Isles at a later date. National Cremation Society Clearwater 727-536-0494

NETTE, Paul John Sr. 89, of Largo, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008. He was born in Stamford, CT, and owned and operated the Bridge Garage in Westport, CT, for many years before moving to Florida in 1971. He is survived by son, Paul John "PJ" Nette Jr. (wife, Sue), of Seminole; daughters, Jacquelyn Bossone (husband, John), of Fairfield, CT, Jill Manaly (husband, Don), of Denver, CO, and Laurie Krygier (husband, Paul), of Redington Shores, FL; sister, Babe Smith (husband, Walt), of Georgia; grandchildren, Amy Kelly, Krisitin Boyle (husband, Justin), Joe Nette and Amanda Nette; great-grandchildren, Patrick, Alison and Haley. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Ellen in 2003 after 57 years of marriage. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, at 3 pm, in the Clubhouse at Paradise Island MHP, 1001 Starkey Rd., Largo, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. Taylor Family Funeral Home 5300 Park Blvd. Pinellas Park, FL 33781 727-545-9858

NICKERSON, Colleen (Deitrich) 78, of Holiday, formerly of Bradenton, died Feb. 8. Survived by a brother, Charles R. Deitrich; 2 nephews; and 6 nieces. Dobies Funeral Home - Holiday

OWEN, Datus B. passed away Feb. 7, 2008, at home. Born in Milwaukee, WI, on April 30, 1951. He was employed by Essilor of America, Inc. as a Facilities and Engineering Manager. He is survived by his loving wife, Ana Owen, his father, Robert Bierman; and 2 nephews, Justen & Joshua Owen. Friends and family are invited to meet at R. Lee Williams Funeral Home on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 12 noon, with a Service to follow at 1:30 pm. Interment will follow in Sylvan Abbey Cemetery. R. Lee Williams & Sons 3530 49th St. N/727-527-1177

PETTIS, W.T. 69, of Tampa, died Feb. 4. Family will receive friends Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 -4, followed by a service at 4 pm at Florida Mortuary, 4601 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa.

PRIDEMORE, John 79, Spring Hill, died Feb. 9. Visitation 2-4 & 6-8 pm, Monday. Services 1 pm, Tuesday, Pinecrest Funeral Chapels, Mariner Blvd. Chapel, Spring Hill.

ROGUZ, Chester Adam 79, of Dunedin, died on Jan. 29, while under the care of the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, on April 19, 1928. A Graveside Service will be held at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park on Feb. 11, 11 am. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home

ROSENQUIST, Dave 71, died Feb. 7,2008. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marjorie. Dave is survived by 3 sons, Rick (LeAnn), Danny (Lisa), and Rusty, and his devoted daughter who cared for him the last fifteen years of his life, Shelly (Neal) Emmons. Dave had 3 grandchildren, Autumn Rosenquist and Nick and David Emmons. He also had a stepson, George McCann and 2 step-granddaughters, Georgina Slayton and Sadie Mason. Chrissy and Amy Weir were privileged to have Dave as a "surrogate" grandpa for the past eight years. Dave will be sadly missed.

SCHMEIDER, John "Jack" David 66, of Treasure Island, FL, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008. Jack was Born in Staten Island, NY, and moved to Florida in 1992. Jack served his country in The U.S. Air Force and worked for Lucent Technologies. Jack was a Volunteer EMT in Clark, NJ. Also in Rahway Hospital in New Jersey and a volunteer EMT on Staten Island, NY. Jack was a donor for the Florida Blood Services and has given over 30 Gallons of blood in his life time, he was a Catholic and a member of the Sunset Beach Civic Association. Jack is survived by his wife, Gloria; his son, John Jr. (Belinda); his daughter, Sandra (Bobby) Dafolos; and his 5 grandchildren, Robert, Joseph, Michael, Autumn and John III. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor, Mass will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 10 am at St. Michael's the ArchAngel Catholic Church in Clearwater. Curlew Hills Funeral Home 727-789-2000

SCHWEBEL, Helen R. 86, of Kenneth City, passed away on Wednesday, Feb, 6, at Lexington Health and Rehab. She was born in Hopeland, PA, and moved here in 2004 from Georgia. She worked as a LPN for over 20 years. She was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her son, Jerry Schwebel; and her brother, George Ruth. Helen is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Clarence, Kenneth City; her son, Larry Schwebel, St. Petersburg; her sister, Ester Bear, PA; her aunt, Anna Loose, PA; 8 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 14, 12 pm at Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers, Tyrone Chapel, 7820 38th Ave. North. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home Tyrone Chapel/727-347-6636

SHERIDAN, John F. 84, of St. Petersburg, died Feb. 7, 2008. Father of William, Thomas and Robert; brother of Kathleen and Ann; grandfather of 4. R. Lee Williams & Son

SIMAT, Jinx Hetherington 82, of Largo, died Feb. 5. She was an artist and designer. Survived by 2 sons, Mark & Lee; and 1 granddaughter. National Cremation Society Clearwater/536-0494

SOVEY, Keith W. 37, died at home Feb. 6, 2008. Survived by parents Dean Sovey & Mary Macdonald & brother, Michael Sovey. Reese Funeral Home & Crematory Seminole, FL 727-391-9954

STEPHENSON, Vera 92, formerly of Holiday, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Spartanburg, SC. Born in Toronto, she came here in 1975, from Columbus, OH, and recently resided in Roebuck, SC, since 2005. She is survived by her son, the Rev. Jim Stephenson, his wife, Christine, of Roebuck SC; granddaughters, Kristy Dalbec, New Port Richey, and Kirsten Coleman, Palm Harbor; grandson, Adam Stephenson, Tarpon Springs; and 2 great-grandchildren, Megan and Madison Dalbec. Memorial Service to be held at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 1121 US Hwy 19 in Holiday, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 11 am. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home 727-849-9281

SWEGER, John B. "Jack" 88, of Belleair, passed away Feb. 5, 2008. He was born in Quincy, FL. He was an Eagle Scout and his parents owned the local newspaper. He was a graduate of the University of Florida with honors in 1941, a member of Blue Key, Kappa Alpha and editor of the University of Florida newspaper. He was in the Army, 10th Mountain Division, achieved the rank of Major and served in northern Italy during WWII. After the war he worked at the Clearwater News and was the Commander of the local National Guard Reserve Unit. He married Gloria B. in 1948, and formed Smith-Sweger Construction Co. in 1948, sold the company and retired in 1977. Jack served as Chairman of the Board at Morton Plant Hospital from 1973-77, also the Board of Fortune Federal Savings and Loan from 1973-1982, where he became the Chairman of the Board in 1982 and retired in 1990. Also, he was a longtime Board Member of First National Bank. He was a member of Belleair Country Club and Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Clearwater. His hobbies included golf, hunting, fishing, roque and tennis. He also enjoyed raising pure bred Red Angus cattle on his ranch, Hidden Valley Ranch in Brooksville, from 1971-1992. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; children, John, Terry, Linda and Robert; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, 11 am, at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. Moss Feaster Funeral Home Belcher Road Chapel Clearwater/562-2070

TAYLOR, Olivette F. 88, of Zephyrhills, passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, in Dade City. She is survived by her loving family. Hodges Funeral Home 352-567-6100

THOMAS, Edward A. Passed on to his eternal heavenly home with Jesus on January 24, 2008. He is survived by his wife Jane, daughters Sherry Ferriell, husband Jim, Carole Mannering, husband Henry, son Jim, granddaughter Kristin Cohen, husband Courtney, and 2 great grandchildren Kiersten and Caleb Cohen. Services with military funeral honors and internment were held at Ligonier Valley Cemetery Ligonier, PA. January 28, 2008. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, February 16th at 4:00 pm, at Leslie Hale Ministry on Alt 19 at the 1st blinking light north of the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs.

TOSELLO, Frances A. 91, of Holiday, died Feb. 7. Survived by husband, John; nephew, William Konvicka. Dobies Funeral Home Holiday, FL 727-937-7555

VANNERSON, Mr. Walter Norman "Norm" 73, of Lake Lindsey, passed away Feb. 2, 2008m in Carmel, IN. He was born in Eustis, FL, to Howard and Edythe Vannerson, and became the son of L.W. and Marian Jacobus, of Brooksville, FL. He served his country honorably in the Navy for 11 years, and retired from UPS after 25 years. He is survived by his beloved wife, Lilyan Vannerson; children, Nancy D'Surney, Joseph Lhotka, David Lhotka, and Julie Vannerson; 5 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at 1 pm, Saturday, Feb 16, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Brooksville, FL, with visitation one hour prior to service. He will be laid to rest with military honors at Brooksville Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Friends may sign his online guestbook at

VANNERSON, Mr. Walter Norman "Norm" 73, of Lake Lindsey, passed away Feb. 2, 2008m in Carmel, IN. He was born in Eustis, FL, to Howard and Edythe Vannerson, and became the son of L.W. and Marian Jacobus, of Brooksville, FL. He served his country honorably in the Navy for 11 years, and retired from UPS after 25 years. He is survived by his beloved wife, Lilyan Vannerson; children, Nancy D'Surney, Joseph Lhotka, David Lhotka, and Julie Vannerson; 5 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at 1 pm, Saturday, Feb 16, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Brooksville, FL, with visitation one hour prior to service. He will be laid to rest with military honors at Brooksville Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Friends may sign his online guestbook at

WALKER, Annie Lou of Tampa, passed away peacefully on Feb. 8, 2008. She was born on June 25, 1914, in Lakeland , FL. A native Floridian, she was a member of Seminole Heights Baptist Church since 1955. Her family was her life, her joy, and her proudest achievement. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd W. Walker and her great-grandson, Clint Myers. She will be forever missed by her sister, Iola Cannon; daughters, Marie Myers and husband, Barney, and Lorraine Martino; grandchildren, Barney Myers Jr. & wife, Julie, Steven Myers & wife, Kay, Terry Myers & wife, Anne, and Tina Martino; great-grandchildren, Kate Hunt & husband, James, Charles Myers, Anne Myers, Kimberly Myers, Alison Myers, Terry Myers Jr. & wife, Jen, and Kelly Myers; great-great- grandchildren, James and Harrison Hunt; caregiver and friend, Tracy Easterling; and many extended family and friends. Family will receive friends from 1-2 pm on Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Blount & Curry Carrollwood Chapel, 3207 W Bearss Ave., Tampa, immediately followed by a service at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope's Children Home. Words of comfort may be expressed at:

WEBB, Caroline of Largo, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7. She was the loving mother of Michael, Christine, and Joseph; grand-mother of Michael (Barbara); great-grandmother of Lucas; sister of Sam (Mary), Arlene, Dorothy; and aunt to many. There will be a Memorial Service held Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6 pm at the funeral home. Moss Feaster Funeral Home Belcher Road Chapel Clearwater 727-562-2070

WORDSWORTH, Winston Robert 92, of Clearwater, died on Feb. 6, 2008. Win was born on Jan. 10, 1916, in Easthampton, MA, to the Rev. Watson and Grace Currier Wordsworth. Win loved being active and loved sports, being senior class treasurer and baseball manager in high school, and making the varsity basketball squad while attending Prep School in Monson, MA. At Middlebury College, he was on the cross country and track teams and played in the band. Win's love of music permeated his entire life. He started a dance orchestra with his brother called, "the Wordy Brothers" that performed throughout New England in the years before WWII. Win, who played the clarinet and sax and also did vocals, scored arrangements from Sammy Kaye Orchestra recordings. In 1985, Win toured Florida with the Sammy Kaye Orchestra playing in nine cities. Sammy used one of Win's arrangements, and Win did the vocal on 3 of Sammy's top tunes. Win stated after this tour that he could now die a happy man. To play with Sammy Kaye was simply the ultimate. Win also was active in the church choirs in Massachusetts, Penfield, NY, and Williamsville, NY. The Wordy Brothers stopped playing at the start of WWII. Win and his brother volunteered for Service. Win was accepted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Cadet program in February, 1942. Win was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. and rose to the rank of Captain, as a Squadron Commander of an 11-man crew flying the B-29 Super Bomber, the largest combat aircraft at that time. Win received orders sending him to the Pacific area. Those orders were cancelled when a B-29, the Enola Gay, dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. In 1942, Win married Mary Mellody Wordsworth, who gave him a wonderful daughter before cancer took Mary's life. The couple's daughter is Melody Wordsworth Figurski, also a resident of Clearwater, with her husband, Gerald A. Figurski, Esq. In 1957, Win married Jane Baringer Wordsworth, who brought him 3 more children, Barry Price, of California, David Stewart Price, now residing in Brazil, and Dana Wordsworth Osborn, a resident of Atlanta, with her husband Dr. Keith Osborn. In addition, Win leaves 9 grandchildren, Tracy, David, Graham, Emily, Duncan, Lindsay, Riley, Rise, and Aimee; 3 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lucy Wordsworth Wilcox; a brother-in-law, Charles Baringer; and many nieces and nephews. Win had a long career with the Todd Company. In 1965, he followed his dream of living in Florida, and the family moved to Clearwater. Win and Jane, hand-in-hand, started 2 successful businesses here, the first, a professional placement agency in Tampa, and the second, a business that is still operating in Clearwater and New Port Richey, "The Rain Thatch" furniture store. Win's love of sports followed him throughout his life. He was an original season ticket holder with the Buccaneers, and was thrilled to live to see the first kick-off return for a touchdown, as well as, the Bucs' Super Bowl win. He put his love of football into community service, when he spent many years doing the statistics for Earl Brown and his Clearwater High Tornados. Win, throughout his life, has been an active golfer, having a hole-in-one and twice shooting his age at 88 and 91. Win also enjoyed tennis and bridge, and the couple has been members of Countryside Country Club since 1980. The Wordsworths have summered for years in Brewster, MA, on Cape Cod, where they have a home in Brewster Park Club, for which Win served as Treasurer and Secretary. He also served as president of the Brynwood Condo Association in Clearwater. A Memorial Service will be held at Curlew Hills Funeral Home on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1:30 pm. Visiting hours will be held from 11:30 am-1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens Foundation. Curlew Hills Funeral Home Palm Harbor, FL/727-789-2000

ZIMMERLY, Dorothy E. 91, of Sarasota, FL, died Feb. 7, 2008. She was born in North Bergan, NJ, and moved to Clearwater, FL, in 1981 from Fort Lee, NJ, and in 2002 to Forked River, NJ, and in 2006 to Sarasota, FL. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, Oldsmar Congregation. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Harry O. Sr., and a son, Harry O. Jr. Survivors are a daughter, Carol Arduini, of Forked River, NJ; a brother, Donald Knight, of Palasade Park, NJ; 5 grandchildren, Heather Tweed, Holly Zimmerly, Alan Arduini, Kathy Gallagher and Glenn Arduini; and 5 great-grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home 727-789-2000