ADMIRE, Shirley J. 71, of Clearwater, died Feb. 9. Survived by husband, Wallace; children, Terry Lynn, Cindy, Tina, and Jeff; 4 siblings; many grandchildren. Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon
AGUINO, Ralph J. 80, of Treasure Island, FL, Dumont, NJ, and Bayville Long Island, NY, passed peacefully on Feb. 8 2008. He was born on Dec. 17 1927 in Mendicino, Calabria, Italy. He grew up on W 139th St., Manhattan, NY. He saw action in the Pacific Theater of WW II. His wife, Dorothy Alphonsina Sarro and his entire family were his greatest joy. He was preceded in death by his sister, Gilda. He will be forever missed by his beloved wife, Dorothy; his siblings, Mary, Michele and Anthony; his children, Frances, Michelle, Jeanne, Raama, Michele George and his grandchildren; Danielle, Nicholas, Michele J., Matthew and Zeke. He was a successful entrepreneur in NYC and for 45 years, created weddings and parties for the countries rich and famous as a florist in the best hotels in New York including the St. Regis, The Plaza, and the Waldorf Astoria. He decorated Saks and Tiffanys amoung others. He loved boating, water skiing, barbequing and dabbled in fishing. He also was proud of this vegetable garden as well as his signature dish of his home grown tomatoes basil and mozzarella. The viewing will be held at Brett Funeral Home on Tuesday Feb. 12 from 9:30 to 11:30 followed by the funeral procession past Mansions by the Sea to St. John's Catholic Church for 1 pm mass. Brett Funeral Home and Cremation Services 321-3321
AMARI, Josephine 93, of Clearwater, died Feb. 8, 2008. She is survived by a niece, Frances Amari. Holloway Funeral Home Oldsmar 813-855-2439
BOBOLA, Cheryl 54, of Hudson, died Feb. 7, 2008. Survived by daughters, Melissa and Jessica; brothers Johnnie and Jimmie; sisters, Bonnie, Karen and Bridgett.
BRAY, Louise H. 94, Zephyrhills, Feb. 9. Survived by neice, Judy Gibbs. Service 11 am Tuesday at Skyway Memorial Gardens, Palmetto. Hodges Funeral Home 567-6100
CONLEY, Lawrence E. 78, of Port Richey, died Feb. 7, 2008. Survived by sons, Joseph & Larry; granddaughter, Cayla. National Cremation Society Hudson/727-847-4745
DAILEY, Kenneth 81, of Pinellas Park, died Feb. 9, 2008 at Hospice Woodside. He is survived by his wife Pauline; 3 sons; 2 daughters; 1 sister; 21 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
FAGAN, Joan Marie 59, of Seminole, born Sept. 23, 1948, and died Feb. 8, 2008, surrounded by her loving family. She was a Catholic and a nurse for 35 years in St. Petersburg. Survived by her 3 children, Jennifier Ritchie, Palm Beach; Michele Barrios and Jonathan Fagan, both of St. Petersburg; her brother, James Pirie, of St. Petersburg; and her 3 grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, 6-8 pm at Rhodes Funeral Home, 800 Druid Road, Clearwater, FL. A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, at 1 pm at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, 820 Jasmine Way, Clearwater, FL.
FASHANO, Rose C. 101, of Tampa, passed away Feb. 8, 2008. She is survived by a niece, Mary Scoresone. Holloway Funeral Home Oldsmar 813-855-2439
GONZALEZ de Jimenez Ana Celia 70 of Sun City Center passed away on Feb. 9, 2008. She is survived by her loving family and friends. Serenity Meadows Funeral Home 813-677-9494
GRANGER, Betsy J. passed away Friday, Feb. 8, surrounded by her loving family. Mother of 9 children; 14 grandchildren; and 3 great- grandchildren. She loved billards, music and was an avid bird watcher. She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Hospice of Florida. Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12 7 pm at the National Cremation Society in Clearwater.
HARPER, Evelyn Gertrude Bates, of Gainsville, passed away Feb. 8, 2008. She was preceded in death by her son, Stanley Bates, of Gainesville, FL. She is survived by her children, Ginger Moore, of Gainesville, GA, and Betty Morris, of Seminole. A Service will be held at a later date in Clearwater. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sardis Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, 2724 Sardis Church Road, Gainesville, GA, 30506, Attn: Rev. Marler Thomas. The family received friends Sunday, Feb. 10 from 4-6 pm at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy. Lawrenceville, GA 30045 770-277-4550
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
HILL, Ralph B. Jr. "Buddy" passed away Feb. 6, 2008. He moved to this area from his native Portland, ME. He was a WWII Army Veteran and a former P.O.W. in the Italian campaign. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart and many other awards. He was also a lifetime member and active in the V.F.W. Locally he owned and operative several automobile and recreational vehicle dealerships. he is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Barbara; 3 daughters, Allison, Tina, and Sherida, 3 granddaughters, Ashley, Olivia and Kelly and 6 stepchildren. A loving grandson F. Tyler Schweinle predeceased him. Known for his sense of humor and his zest for life whenever asked how he was , his response was always "Great, I'm on this side of the ground and world is still round". Buddy will be greatly missed by his family and his friends. A Memorial Service will be conducted at Bay Pines National Cemetery on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 12:45 pm. R. Lee Williams & Son 49th St. N 727-527-1177
JACKSON, Robert Dale 46 of Bradenton, died on Feb. 6, 2008 at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center surrounded his family and loved ones. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; and son Bob Jr.; brothers Richard (Tracy) and Keith (Dawn) Jackson. He was a life long resident of Florida. He loved working with computers, getting dirty in the garden, and cooking good food for his friends and family. A private ceremony was held by the family over the weekend. Zipperers Funeral Home 813-312-3417
JANSEN, Herbert F. Jr. 95, died on Feb. 8. Survived by his son, Herbert Jansen, III; his daughter, Gail Lasser; many grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Brewer & Son /352-596-4991
JOHNSON, Joan 102, of Palm Harbor, died Feb. 18, 2008. Survived by her daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Holloway Funeral Home Oldsmar 813-855-2439
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.
JONES, Milton Davis 82, of Clearwater, passed away Feb. 8, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 15, 1925, in Clearwater. He served the U.S. Army during WWII, Battery C., 670th Field Artillery Battalion in France, Germany, Austria, Holland, and Czechoslovakia. After serving he earned his law degree at the University of Florida and master's degree in taxation at New York University. Milton practiced law in Clearwater for his entire 58-year career, and was a member of the Florida Bar and the Clearwater Bar Association. He served as president, director, and legal counsel to the Florida Historical Society and was also a past board member of the Clearwater Historical Society, Clearwater Historical Commission, Pinellas County Historical Society, and Pinellas County Historical Commission. He was a 50-year member of the Carlouel Yacht Club and First United Methodist Church. Milton was well known for his fine woodworking skills, producing beautiful, intricate, and ornate furniture and restoring antiquties. He transformed these skills into precise, fine ship models and served as president of the Tampa Bay Ship Model Society. Milton is survived by his wife of 45 years, Alva, of Clearwater; son, Richard, and his wife, Elizabeth, of Arvada, CO; daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband, Cliff, of Clearwater; daughter, Mary Margaret, of Clearwater; brother, Howard, of Troy, VA; brother, Homer, and his wife, Rosita, of Orlando; and grandchildren, Ryan Jones, Sarah Jones, and Conrad Childress. Milton's kind nature, patience and keen sense of humor will be greatly missed. He will always live in our hearts. A Memorial reception will be held at Carlouel Yacht Club on Tuesday, Feb. 12, noon to 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Morton Plant Mease Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, 300 Pinellas St. MS #10, Clearwater 33756, or First United Methodist Church, 411 Turner St. Clearwater 33756. We love you, Milton/Dad! Moss Feaster Funeral Home Belcher Road Chapel Clearwater, FL/562-2070
KAVOURIAS, Nick 90, of Clearwater, died Feb. 9. Born in Icaria, Greece. Nick was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Clara Kavourias. He is survived by his daughter, Elaine, and her husband, Paul Vassiliadis; grandchildren, Kim, Demetri, and his wife, Monica; sisters, Irene Achidafty, and Sally Collaros. He was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and Pan-Icarian Brotherhood. Viewing to be held on Monday 6-8 pm, at Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater, with Funeral Services to be held on Tuesday, at Holy trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Clearwater at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pan-Icarian Foundation, P.O.Box 79037, Pittsburgh, PA 15216-0037, or a charity of your choice. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home 727-796-1992/SylvanAbbey.com
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 www.allenfh.com
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.
LACK, John G. 50, died Feb. 7, 2008 at his New Port Richey residence. Survived by a son, John; daughter, Sandra, brother, Richard; and 1 grandchild. North Meadowlawn Funeral Home
LOPEZ, Gulliermina 74, of Baltimore, MD, died Friday, Feb. 8. Friends may call Monday 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Mass Tuesday, St. Cecelia, Clearwater, 10 am. Hubbell Funeral Home 584-7671
MYERS, Joseph 84, od Seminole, died Feb. 8, 2008. Survived by brother, Stan Myers of Tennessee; nephew, Ray; niece, Christine. Abbey Affordable Largo 727-517-2340
NEHER, Gilbert W. 85, of Mainlands, Pinellas Park, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, at home. He came here in 1977, from Hampstead, NH. He was a WWII Navy veteran. He was preceeded in death by his wife, Mary I. Murphy, and wife, Rosan M. Brown. Survivors include a son, Richard R. Neher; and 3 grandchildren. National Cremation Society Clearwater, FL/536-0494
SCHMEIDER, John David "Jack" 66 of Treasure Island, died Wednesday Feb. 6. Jack was born in Staten Island, NY, and moved to Florida in 1992. Jack served his country in the U.S. Air Force, as a technical Sgt. Top-secret Crypto clearance. He attended the NY Institute of Technology, and the Military communication and Crypto schools. Jack's civic duties included 15 years certified emergency medical tech., for a local volunteer squad in Staten Island, NY and in NJ. He was a volunteer for Special Olympics; a member of the mega gallon club (31 gal); Florida blood services; and a member of the Sunset Beach Civic Association. Jack's achievements include: Lucent Technology net care professional services award 1999; Abilities of Florida Employer of the Year award for Pinellas County 1995, for hiring and training the physically challenged; also inducted as a member of the circle of honor for Pinellas County 1995; mini Malcolm Baldrige award for quality excellence 1992; regional customer satisfaction award 1991; sales award for partnering in 1990; the National Eagle achievement award 1987; and founder of Secure On-Site Shredding. Jack is survived by his wife, Gloria; his son, John Jr. (Belinda); his daughter, Sandra (Bobby) Daflos; and his 5 grandchildren, Robert, Joseph, Michael, Autumn and John III. A visitation will be held on Tuesday Feb. 12 from 6-8 pm, at the Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor, and a Mass will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 10 am at St. Michael's the ArchAngel Catholic Church in Clearwater. Curlew Hills Funeral Home www.curlewhills.com 727-789-2000
SCOTT, Mary D. 68 of Oak Park, Michigan and Spring Hill, died Feb. 9, 2008 in Michigan. Beloved wife of William. Loving mother of Cynthia (Stephen) Saylor, William Jr., Greg (Joan) and Jeff (Maria). Dearest grandmother of Megan, Andrew, Jonathan, Matthew, Ryan, Luke and Ty. Sister of Charles Patreka. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at Spaulding & Curtin Funeral Directors in Ferndale, MI. Memorial donations may be made to PanCAN, 2141 Rosecrans Ave. Ste 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245. www.spauldingcurtin.com
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.
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 www.veteransfuneralcare.com
VIRASACK, David 73, Clearwater, died Feb. 9 at Advanced Health and Rehab Center, Clearwater. Service details may be found at Sylvanabbey.com 727-796-1992
WALL, John Edwin 78, Zephyrhills died Feb. 6. Survived by wife, Barbara, children Laurie, John, Sharon and Susan, 7 grandchilren Hodges Family Funeral Home 813-788-6100
WENTZEL, Mildred M. 93, of Seminole, passed away Feb. 9, 2008, at Morton Plant Hospital. Retired to Florida in 1972 from Reading, PA. Pre deceased in death by husband, Arlan L. Survived by 2 children, son, Fred M. (Suzan), of York, PA; daughter, Marilyn J., of Seminole; 4 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Burial at the convenience of the family. Memorials to the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760, or the American Heart Association, 9900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33716. National Cremation Society Clearwater, FL/536-0494
WILCOXSON, Carl S. Sr. originally from Easton, IL, died Feb. 9, 2008, at the Havana Health Care in Havana, IL. He was 85 years old. Carl was born, Nov. 15, 1922, in Green County, KY, a son of Ora and Ida (Judd) Wilcoxson. He married Carol Oller on June 10, 1946, in Mt. Pulaski, IL, and died May 13, 2005. Carl was a WWII veteran and was a life member of both the Mason City American Legion, Post 496 and the Havana VFW Post 6408. He was a member of the Mason City Farm Bureau for more than 50 years. He was a salesman for Mason County Farm Supply, and a farmer for almost 38 years, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Magnolia Valley Golf and Civic Association in New Port Richey, FL. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Topeka, IL, and was Scout Cub Master for Troop #177 in Mason City. Carl was proceeded in death by three brothers, Garnett, Luther "Tom," Lester, and one sister, Kathleen (Louis) Riddell. Surviving are four sons, Carl Jr. (Carolyn), of Knoxville, IL, Bruce (Eva), of Havana, IL, Aaron (Patricia) and David (Lynn), both of Easton, IL; one brother Haskell "Hack," of Mason City, IL; nine grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, from 6-8 pm at Hurley Funeral Home in Mason City. Services will be 11 am, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, at Hurley Funeral Home and Military Honors will be accorded. Memorials may be left to St. John's Lutheran Church. Online memorials for the family may be left at: www.hurleyfh.com
WOOD, Kathleen G. 57 of Valrico passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2008. She is survived by her loving family and friends. Serenity Meadows Funeral Home 813-677-9494