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AGNESS, Elizabeth "Betty" 77, of Largo, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, at Suncoast Hospital. She was born in Scottsville, NY, and was a geriatric nurse from 1963-1976 when she became owner and president of Monroe Extinguisher Co. in Rochester until 1985, when she moved to Florida. Betty was a member of Anona United Methodist Church and volunteered as an emergency room nurse at Suncoast Hospital from 1985 until December of 2007. She is survived by her loving family including her son, Richard (Hilda) Grantman; beloved granddaughter, Kristine Grantman, all of Rochester; brother, Herman (Shirley) Yahn and family, of Scottsville, NY; her stepchildren, Laura (Dennis) Morrison, of WA state, and Wil (Lynne) Clow Jr. and family, of Oregon. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2008, at 11 am, at Moss Feaster Funeral Home, 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Anona United Methodist Church. A special thanks to the staff of Suncoast Hospital and her many friends.

ARD, Frieda J. 78, of St. Petersburg, passed away Feb. 12, 2008, at Kindred Hospital in St. Petersburg. She is survived by her loving family.

BASEY, James F. 77, of New Port Richey, died Feb. 9, 2008. Basey was the only child of Paul & Marie Basey, who predeceased him. Originally from Indianapolis, Basey was a retired professional jazz musician. He is survived by 5 children, Skip, Dickie, Bobbie, Jimmy, and Jeane; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; his extended family, Pat, Reta, Quinn; and many other loved and loving friends.

BATTLES, Reginald born in Jacksonville, Feb. 18, 1958, to the late Louise Williams and Walter Battles passed away Feb. 11, 2008, at Bayfront Medical Center. He attended Bethune Cookman College, where he met his wife of 13 years, Desiree Britt Battles. He is also survived by 2 daughters, Iris Parker and Lucrecha Battles, of Jacksonville; mother-in-law, Catherine Britt, of St. Petersburg; 3 grandchildren, Markeisha Battles, St. Petersburg, Kiera Barrett and Deon, Jacksonville; a grandmother, Francis Dawson, Kingsland, GA; uncles, Bishop Arthur (Lucille), Sir Gene Dawson (Margie), Kingland, GA; aunts, Lois Frisson (Jessie), St. mary, GA, Mary McComb (Willie), Kingsland, GA; and a host of cousins and friends. Wake will be held on Friday, Feb. 15 from 6-7 pm at Creal Funeral Home, 1940 7th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Service will be held at Greater Mt. Zion AME Church, 919 20th St. South, St. Petersburg, FL, Saturday, Feb. 16, 1 pm. Service by: Creal Funeral Service Providers Alleviators of Grief

BAUGH, Robert Hargrett 76, of Heflin, AL, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, at Regional Medical Center. He was born on July 30, 1931, in Georgia. He was a flight instructor. Survivors include his wife, Rosa Chandler Baugh, Heflin, FL; daughter, Teresa Furman, Pinellas Park; 3 sons, Kenneth Baugh, Pinellas Park, James Baugh, Wellington, AL, and Eric Baugh, Berkekey, CA; 2 stepsons, Randy Chandler, Ellserry, MO, & Bryan Chandler, Troy, MO; 8 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Mr. Baugh was a resident of St. Petersburg for most of his life and was a resident of Cleburne County since 1991. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, at 1-2 pm, with service to follow at 2 pm, at Dryden Funeral Home Chapel. Dryden Funeral Home Chapel Heflin, AL 256-463-2287

BLAIR, Ayden J. 50, of St. Petersburg, died Feb. 7. Native of Winston Salem, NC, moved here in 1962. Survived by sister, Bonnie McLaughlin. Dobies Funeral Home-Congress St.

BOCK, Doris A. 82, died Feb. 7, 2008. Pre deceased by her husband, James. Survived by 5 children; & 6 great-grandchildren. Full obituary & guestbook

BROWN, Kevin died, Feb. 6, 2008. Survived by a loving family. Visitation 5 pm, Feb 15th. Funeral will be at 11 am, Feb. 16th, at: Aikens Funeral Home Chapel

BUTLER, Louise B. 84, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008. She was born in Penfield, IL, and came here with her husband in 1972 after he retired from the Air Force. She attended the Pinellas Park Church of Christ and she loved to play Golf and Bridge. She is survived by 2 brothers, Gordon Buck, of St. Petersburg and Bernie Buck, of Danville, IL; 7 nieces, Laurie (Buck) Barlik, Jan (Bohannon) Killi-brew, Susan (Bohannon) Johnson, Carolyn (Buck) Rodman, Marilyn (Buck) Kelly, Patty (Buck) Pinder and Julia Cribbs; and 4 nephews, Joe and Larry Buck, and Phil and Bill Thomas. She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, John B. Butler; her sister, Helen (Buck) Bohannon; and her nephew, Jacob Spicer. Visitation will be held from 10-11 am, Friday, at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Centers-Tyrone Chapel, 7820 38th Ave. N, where the funeral will be held at 11 am. Interment will be private at Florida National Cemetery where they will be forever joined on their 62nd wedding anniversary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to the Alzheimer's Association or the Food Pantry at Pinellas Park Church of Christ, 6045 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, FL 33781. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home Tyrone Chapel 727-347-6636

CONWAY, Donald 83 died Feb. 9, 2008. Survived by his loving family. Services in Middlesex, NJ. Guestbook at David C. Gross Funeral Homes 6366 Central Ave. 381-4911

CRAIG, Florence H. of St. Petersburg, passed away Feb. 11, 2008. She is survived by her loving family. R. Lee Williams & Son 49th St. 527-1177

CUSHING, Rev. Emilia Cara passes away peacefully and went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008. As the daughter of Anthony and Angela de Bernardo, she was born June 18, 1921, in New Jersey. She grew up living in Brooklyn, Jersey City, Staten Island and New York City. She moved to this area with her now predeceased parents and husband in 1969. She is now survived only by her brother, Edgardo de Bernardo. Emilia was an international concert pianist, composer and teacher. She studied at The Juilliard School and with Paul von Wittgenstein (for whom Ravel composed the Concerto for the Left Hand) and Claudio Arrau. She made her debut at Town Hall in 1947. She performed at Carnegie Hall and was on concert tours throughout France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Canada and the United States. Emilia also was a Pastor and felt very close to God's Holy Words and accepted Jesus Christ and her Savior. A Memorial Service will be held at 2616 Barksdale Ct. in Clearwater on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 2:30 pm. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home 727-796-1992/

DANIELS, George H. Sr. 75, of Clearwater, died Sunday, Feb. 10, at Morton Plant Hospital, following an extended illness. He was former owner of Daniels Pest Management of Clearwater. George was born in Louisa, KY, to the late Elon and Della Daniels. Immediate survivors include his wife, Rebecca; 2 sons, Paul (Dina) Daniels, Virginia, George Jr. (Jane) Daniels, Ohio; 4 daughters, Enola Latimer, Ohio, Mary (Tom) Grider, Indiana, Cherylene (John) Bails, Ohio, Lisa Pence, Ohio; step daughter, Maria (Jeffrey) Macyowsky, Florida; step son, Fritz (Maricar) Tallorin, Philippines; 18 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; 5 sisters, Marie Anderson, Ohio, Joanne Gibson, Kentucky, Betty Bartley, Kentucky, Draxie Dillon, Kentucky, Mary Bilotta, Ohio, and their families. He was predeceased by brothers, Wade, Elon Jr., and Larry. Visitation will be on Thursday, 11 am, at Rhodes Funeral Home in Clearwater, funeral at 1 pm. Rhodes Funeral Directors, Inc. Clearwater, FL

FILLEY, Errol Ramon 92, found eternal peace on Feb. 11, 2008. He was married for 61 years to his loving wife Margaret L., who passed away in 2003. He leaves behind to remember with eternal love and gratitude for a life well lived his daughter, Susan A. Tokarchick; cherished grandsons, Jason (Meredith), Justin (Beth) and Colin (Jayne) McNeeley; and his two beloved great-grandchildren, Kaia & Preston McNeeley. Errol and Margaret relocated to St. Petersburg in 1992 from their native, Cleveland, OH, where Errol was one of eight children, of Alfred and Alice Filley (nee Pejeau.) Sisters, Doris, Jeanne and Anita; and brothers, Alfred, Leo, and Eugene, all preceded him in death, with sister, Loretta G. Kovar, of Dunedin surviving. After serving in WWII as an aerial gunner in the Army Air Force, Errol returned home and began what was to become a 33-year long career at the Accurate Die Casting Co., from which he retired as president. He performed the duties of Eucharistic Minister at his church for nearly 25 years. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Mr. Filley's name to St. Jude Children's Hospital. A Memorial Service will be 2 pm Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at the Queen Anne's room of the Point Brittany Resident's Club. Online memorial & guestbook @ Brett Funeral Home

FISHER, Lori E. 85, of Bayonet Point, died Feb. 12. She is survived by sons, Jack & Leslie McEwan; and stepson, James O'Brien. Prevatt Funeral Home

FRISCH, James William 69, of Clearwater, passed on Feb. 11, 2008. He was born in Middletown, OH, on Oct. 14, 1938. He is survived by sister, Joan Forbes, of Clearwater; brother, Jerry Frisch, of Clearwater; 2 sons, James Frisch (Kristy), of Somerset, KY, David Frisch (Patricia), of Independence, KY; 2 daughters, Kimberly Fugate (Jerry), of Frenchburg, KY, Traci Hamilton (Curtis), of Hamilton, OH; 13 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 2 nieces; & 4 nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Doreen Frisch. International Casket & Urn Gallery Funeral Home Clearwater 727-723-3020

GLOVER, Jan Ray 57, of St. Petersburg, died Feb. 11, 2008. Survivors include his wife, son and a brother. Abbey Affordable Cremation Largo, FL 727-517-2340

GRIMES, "Big" Eldon 55, of Holiday, died in a local hospital. Born in Osceola, AR, he moved to Florida in 1983 from Haleyville, AL where he was a janitor at Haleyville Jr. High. Survivors include his wife, Linda; son, Randy (Debbi), Port Richey, "Little" Eldon (Erin), Holiday; daughter, Jesica, New Port Richey; 7 grandchildren; brothers, Ricky, Haleyville, AL, Floyd, Jasper, AL; sister, Laquetia Barbee, Tuscumbia, AL. Preceded in death by son, Andy. Dobies Funeral Home Holiday 727-937-7555

HART, John Oliver (Simmons) 79, died Jan. 16, 2008. He was born on July 29, 1929, in Suffolk, VA. He had been under the care of Suncoast Hospice and Bon Sec-ours in St. Petersburg, as well as under his children's care since August 2007. John Hart graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1950. He first came to Florida in 1957 with his young family and settled in Clearwater. In 1964, he & his wife & 7 children moved to St. Petersburg. He worked for Rutenburg Homes for 10 years as a salesman, sales manager, and general manager of the St. Petersburg Division. He then worked in Tampa in automobile sales until retirement. As a young man, he often imagined himself as "sitting at the head of the table with his large family around him." He had that. He was a genial and gentle father. His children and their families live around the country in Florida, California, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. May God bless his soul.

HASSE, Stanley F. Age 85, a native of Indianapolis, IN and a 39-year resident of St. Pete Beach. Mr. Hasse was a noted designer and decorator and is survived by his life partner of 53 years, Mr. Mel Hamilton, also of St. Pete Beach; and his loving niece, Mrs. Sandy McElrath and family of Panama City Beach, FL; as well as his many friends. David C. Gross Funeral Homes

HIGBEE, Robert William of Stones Throw, St. Petersburg, died of heart failure on Feb. 6, 2008. Robert, the son of Burnett Vanderkloot and Kenneth Higbee, was born on April 23, 1933, in Lake Forest, IL. He graduated from Lake Bluff High School in 1946 and Dartmouth College/Tuck School in 1954. Robert served in the U.S. Air Force as an instructor and fighter pilot during the Korean War. He owned and managed Higbee Associates in Rowayton, CT, and created Robert is survivided by his 3 children, William Higbee, of St. Petersburg, Annie Higbee, of Owls Head, ME, Thomas Higbee, of Owls Head, ME; and 4 grandchildren, Stephen, Alex, Mazlin and Cecile. There will be a Celebration of his Life at Fort De Soto Park Saturday, Feb. 16, 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of St. Petersburg.

HIGBEE, Robert William of Stones Throw, St. Petersburg, died of heart failure on Feb. 6, 2008. Robert, the son of Burnett Vanderkloot and Kenneth Higbee, was born on April 23, 1933, in Lake Forest, IL. He graduated from Lake Bluff High School in 1946 and Dartmouth College/Tuck School in 1954. Robert served in the U.S. Air Force as an instructor and fighter pilot during the Korean War. He owned and managed Higbee Associates in Rowayton, CT, and created Robert is survivided by his 3 children, William Higbee, of St. Petersburg, Annie Higbee, of Owls Head, ME, Thomas Higbee, of Owls Head, ME; and 4 grandchildren, Stephen, Alex, Mazlin and Cecile. There will be a Celebration of his Life at Fort De Soto Park Saturday, Feb. 16, 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of St. Petersburg.

HILLMAN, Dorothy L. 81, of St. Petersburg, died Feb. 6, 2008, in Largo. Formerly of Washington, DC, she moved to Florida 5 years ago. She was a dedicated piano teacher. She is survived by 2 brothers, William & David and his wife, Laura; 5 nieces, Trina, Krista, Mary Jane, Sandy & Lauren; 4 nephews, Tony, Gene, Dave Jr., and Richard; 10 great-nieces & nephews. She will be missed by her students and family. National Cremation Society

HUNT, John E. 69, of St. Petersburg, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008 surrounded by his family at home. He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Shirley Hunt; daughter, Amy Brinker; son, John A. Hunt; and 6 grandchildren. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2701 Maitland Center Pkwy., Suite 100, Maitland, FL 32751. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home

JOHNSON, Harold "Duke" age 56, of Largo, passed away suddenly on Feb. 10, 2008. Duke was born on April 18, 1951, in Chicago, IL, to Harold and Joan Johnson. He was a caring husband and a loving father. Duke enjoyed planning trips for his wife and him to take on their 2006 Ultra Classic Harley Davidson. He also enjoyed photography and the outdoors. Duke is survived by his wife, Denise; and his 2 children, Amanda and Jeremiah. Services will be held Friday at 11 am at St. Jerome's Catholic Church, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., Largo, FL 33774. In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to the American Heart Association.

KABLINGER, Joseph passed away Feb. 12, 2008. He is survived by his loving family. Please visit the website for more information. R. Lee Williams & Son 49th St. 527-1177

KAVAKOS, Becky longtime resident of St. Petersburg, passed away Feb. 12, 2008, at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved here with her family as a young child. She was a beautiful young woman who won many beauty titles. She was often used as a model by the Chamber of Commerce in advertisements to promote tourism. Becky was a designer of fine jewelry and co-owner of Gold and Diamond Finger Jewelers in Madeira Beach. Her parents, Anna and Sam Kavakos owned Sam's Restaurant at Central and 9th St. for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents as well as her sister Helen and brother Peter. She is survived by her longtime companion Kristofor Peters; her sister Mary; and nieces & nephews. Visitation will be Friday evening, Feb. 15th from 5-8 pm at David C. Gross Funeral Home in St. Petersburg, where services will be 10 am Saturday. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Online guestbook at David C. Gross Funeral Homes 6366 Central Ave. 381-4911

LUCKI, Pauline 97, of Clearwater, formerly of New Port Richey, passed away Feb. 9; Funeral Service Thursday, 12 noon, at North Meadowlawn Funeral Home, New Port Richey, 727-849-9281.

MACON, Mattie C. "Sue" 76, of St. Petersburg, died on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, at Bayfront Medical Center. She was born Nov. 25, 1931, in Camilla, GA, and moved to St. Petersburg in 1952. She was a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church for over 52 years where she served as a Deaconess, sang in the choir and was an active member of the Missionary Society until her illness. She leaves to mourn 1 daughter, Shirley King Mobley (Roman); 2 sons, Willie L. King (Jacalyn) and Bobby Macon; 1 sister, Mary L. Hill; 15 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral Service Saturday, Feb. 16, 1 pm, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation Friday from 4-8 pm, at the Mortuary. Zion Hill Mortuary

MARANVILLE, Carol 88, died Feb. 12. Visitation Feb. 14 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm, 4450 Commercial Way. Services Feb. 15 at 10 am. Burial Florida National Cemetery. Brewer & Sons 352-596-4991

MARCIN, Edward John 92, died Feb. 11, 2008. He retired from the NYFD and Tyrone Middle School. He was a mineralogist and volunteered for 20 years at USF, for which the Marcin Museum was named. He is survived by son, Jon Charles Marcin (Carol); granddaughter, Judith L. Light, MD (PL); and great-grand-sons, Jonathan & Benjamin; grandson, Edward J. Marcin II (Rebecca); great-grand-daughter, Kara; and nephews, Arthur Rachunas and Thomas Marcin.

MARSHALL, T. Glenn 53, passed Feb. 9, 2008. Survived by his loving wife, Janice and family & friends, who enjoyed his gentleness & great sense of humor. A Celebration of Glenn's Life at Brew City Grill, 5711 US 19 S, New Port Richey, Friday, Feb. 15, 1-4 pm. All friends are welcome.

McDONALD, Curtis 75, of Clearwater, died Feb. 13, 2008. Survived by wife, Carolyn; 1 son; 2 daughters; 1 brother; 3 sisters; and 4 grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home

McLAUGHLIN, Richard H. 65, of Treasure Island, died Feb. 9, 2008. He is survived by longtime companion, Sheila "Zookie" Blake; daughter, Lori Turner, Gulfport; son, Mark, New York, NY; sister, Pat Cegann, Punta Gorda; brother, Larry Frank, Chicago; and 3 grandchildren, Nina and Kelli Turner and Rachel McLaughlin, Gulfport. Memorial to be held at R-Bar, Treasure Island, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6-8 pm.

MELKET, Anne M. 92, of Largo, passed away Feb. 12, 2008, at Palms Garden of Largo. Surviving is a sister, Viola Murphy, of Largo; 2 brothers, Adolph, of Boston, MA, and Francis, of Hawaii; along with nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held Friday, Feb. 15, 2008 at 10:30 am at St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be given to the church. Arrangements are being handled by the Moss Feaster Funeral Home, 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, FL 727-562-2080.

MESSINGER, Maynard Allen 75, of Lake Alfred, Florida died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008. at Kindred Hospital in Tampa. Born May 14, 1932, to Frank E. Messinger and Hilda Sterner in Easton, Pa., he came here from Easton in 2007. He worked as a licensed electrician for Binney & Smith in Easton, was of the Protestant faith and was a veteran of the United States Navy. He is survived by his ex-wife, Evelyn Tomaino Messinger of St. Petersburg, four sons, David, Az. Joseph, Pa. Ronald, Lake Alfred, and Kevin, St. Petersburg; three brothers, and one sister.; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.

MICHEL, Jean C. 83, of Jacksonville, FL, died on Feb. 9, 2008. She is survived by 2 sisters; her 6 children; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. She resided in Palm Harbor for many years.

MINOR, Donald Jene 81, of St. Petersburg, passed away on Monday, Feb. 11, at Bay Pines Veteran's Hospital. Born Henry Eugene Baugh in Ellettsville, IN, on April 2, 1927. He was a WWII Army veteran. He was a member of Pinellas Daylight Lodge. Scottish Rite, and a 33rd degree Mason. He was also a member of the Eastern Star, Selama Grotto, St. Petersburg, American Legion-Madeira Beach Post 273. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Ester Minor. Donald is survived by his two daughters, Sheryl (Robert) Hickle, Brandon, FL, and Sandra L. Minor, Pinellas Park, FL; two grandchildren, James and Colleen Hickle, Brandon, FL; a brother, Michael (Carol) Rae, Benton-ville, AK; a sister, Shirley Loftin, Dallas, TX; and several nieces and nephews. A gathering will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 1 pm until service time at 2 pm, at Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers, 2201 Dr. MLK St. N. Burial will follow at Royal Palm Cemetery-South. In lieu of flowers, donations made in Donald's name to Selama Grotto Cerebral Palsy Endowment Fund, 3000 16th St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704, would be greatly appreciated. Visit the family's personalized guestbook @

NEWMAN, Barbara P. Mangold 63, of Crystal River, died Feb. 10, 2008, at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center. After many years spent in Saudi Arabia, she came here 10 years ago. She was born in April 17, 1944, the daughter of James and Elfrieda Papachriston. She enjoyed raising Scottish Terriers; crocheting and needle point, traveling, and cooking for family and friends. She was predeceased by her first husband, James Mangold, and mother, Elfrieda Papachriston. Survived by husband, Ken Newman; son, Kurt Mangold, and wife, Jill gentile, Baltimore, MD; daughter, Melissa Lewman, and husband Randy Culbertson, Easton, KS; father, James Papachriston, Valrico; sister, Mari Muri, and husband, Dan Dolan, Cromwell, CT; 2 grandsons, Joseph Scholz, and Cullen Lewman; 2 nieces; 4 grandnieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be held at Wilder Funeral Home on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, at 11 am.

OLAYOS, Mary Lou 70, died Feb. 11, 2008, in St. Petersburg. She lived in Philip Benjamin Towers retirement center for 2½years. She was a previous resident of Bridgeport, CT. Beloved mother of Edward Olayos and wife, Carolyn, Colleen Olayos, Mindy Trujillo and husband, Orlando. Beloved grandmother of Frank Nieves and wife, Kim; Edward Nieves, Jenna Olayos, Steven Trujillo and Stephanie Trujillo. Her companion, Charles Melemed, 92, also passed, both will be missed. Funeral arrangements will include 5 pm viewing and 6 pm services at Moss Feaster Funeral Home, 693 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL, 562-2070, on Friday, Feb. 15, 2008. Relatives and friends are welcome to attend. Church Mass and burial will be held in Bridgeport, CT.

OVADENKO, Drora 69 died Feb. 12, 2008. Survived by her loving family. Services Friday in Paramus, New Jersey. David C. Gross Funeral Homes 6366 Central Ave. 381-4911

PENA, Andres Leonardo 56, of Pinellas Park, died Feb. 10, 2008, at St. Petersburg General. He was born in Cuba and is survived by his companion of 20 years, Ana; 5 brothers; and 2 sisters.

PHAM, Yvette Mang Tran of St. Petersburg, died Feb. 9, 2008. Survivors include 2 daughters, Yvonne Phong Phan, and Hoang Minh Pham, both of St. Petersburg. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home

PLOURDE, Charles Joseph 83, Zephyrhills, FL, passed away Jan. 10, 2008. He was born Feb. 8, 1925, in Lowell, MA. He formerly resided at Bay Drive, Springhill, FL. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII, became a disabled veteran, was a lifetime member of the VFW #8681 and past president of the American Legion post #247 in Tyngsboro, MA; he was a long term member of the Tyngsboro Sportsman's Club and the Order of The Elks. After working for the federal government at Hansom AFB, Bedford, MA, for 25 years and serving as a police officer for the town of Tyngsboro, MA, Charlie and his wife, Bernie retired to Florida. Charles was predeceased by his beloved wife of 61 years, Bernadette (Halligan); a son, Michael Plourde; his parents, Laura (Patnaude) and Alfred Joseph Plourde; and 3 brothers, Robert, Maurice and Rodger Plourde. He is survived by his loving family including 5 children, Kathleen Hatfield, of NH, Daniel Plourde, of MA, Steven Plourde, Mary Reid & Charles Plourde Jr., all of Zephyrhills; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a brother, Norman Plourde; 2 sisters, Gloria Hamel and Theresa Sawyer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 37441 Clinton Avenue, Dade City, FL 33535. Hodges Family Funeral Home Hwy. 54 W, Zephyrhills, FL 813-788-6100

PONKEY, Joseph L. Sr. 97, of Spring Hill (formerly of Royal Oak, MI), passed away Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008 at his home. He was preceded in death by his son Joseph L. Jr. Loving husband of Dolores E. for 62 years. Dear father of Joyce Gabler, Joanne Campbell and her husband Don, Michael Ponkey and his wife Joanne, Lawrence & Ronald, William G. Ponkey, and Gary Ponkey; also survived by 27 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren. Joe retired from Ford Motor Co. in 1973, where he worked in Plant Layout, Product Design and Material Handling. He was instrumental in development of cleaning and coating operations, flume design and installation. Long active in many organizations, Joe worked with Junior Achievement as past president of Ispans Club of Royal Oak, member of Spring Hill Moose #521, and Charter member of Brooksville Elks #2582. Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16th at 2:30 pm at the Seven Hills Chapel of Brewer & Sons, 280 Mariner Blvd. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to: Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. Brewer & Sons 352-596-4991

RISTINE, Alice E. 85, of St. Petersburg, passed Feb. 11, 2008, at Hospice Woodside. Born in Massachusetts, she moved here in 1960 from Virginia. A Christian Scientist, she is survived by her sons, Albert, of Largo, David and Thomas, both of St. Petersburg; and a brother, Bill Tilly. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, at 1 pm, at Mohn Funeral Home, 9700 Seminole Blvd. Mohn Funeral Home & Cremations Seminole 727-393-3481

RONZO, Theresa L. 95, of Spring Hill, died Feb. 12. Gathering 2-4 pm Feb. 17. Chapel Service 10 am Feb. 18, 4450 Commercial Way. Burial at Grace Memorial Gardens. Brewer & Sons 352-596-4991

RUDLOFF, William 83, of New Port Richey, died Feb. 12. Survived by loving family. Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Morgan Funeral Home 847-3999

RUGA, John A. "Jack" 69, died Feb. 11, 2008. Born in Pittsburgh, PA; moved here in 1945. Attended St. Paul's School and SPJC. Retired from Pinellas County School System. Enjoyed volunteering at his church and the Christmas Toy Shop. He was a woodcrafter and expert marksman. Member of Pilgrim UCC. Survived by his loving family. Memorial service 1pm Monday, Feb 18th at Pilgrim UCC, 6315 Central Ave., where family will receive friends from 12:30 pm thru service time. Online memorial and guestbook at David C. Gross Funeral Homes 6366 Central Ave. 381-4911

SEALS, Helen A. 88, of Palm Harbor, passed away on Feb. 12, 2008, in Clearwater. Services will be held on Saturday at 2 pm at: Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home.

SELK, Shirley J. 82, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, in Crossville, TN, where she went to live with her son in November of last year. She moved to Seminole in 1967, from her native Rockford, IL. She was Roman Catholic and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Survivors include two sons, Steven (Marie), of Crossville, and Daniel (Nancy), of Cashiers, NC; 6 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. Graveside Services will be held at 2 pm Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, at Garden Sanctuary Cemetery. Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home Seminole 727-391-0121

SPRAGINS, Donny 37, of Brandon died Feb.11. Survived by mother, Dolores; and sister, Kimberly. Service 10 am Feb. 15, 2008 at: Stowers Funeral Home 813-689-1211

STYRON III, Edwin S. Passed away on 12/24/07. A Memorial Service will be held at Fort De Soto Park, Shelter 1 Sunday 2/24/08 at 1PM. He is survived by his wife, Martha and a sister, Fredrica.

SWERDLOW, Annalea Loud died on Feb. 9, 2008, at age 94, surrounded by her loving family at the home of her daughter Susan Gilbert in Houston, TX. She was born in Dayton, OH, in 1913 and lived in Weymouth, MA for 40 years and later for 32 years in Clearwater, FL, before moving to Houston to be near her daughter, Susan Gilbert. She was predeceased by her husbands, Colonel Jerome Swerdlow in 2006 and Dr. Norman Loud in 1989. She leaves a caring family that includes her 3 daughters, Dory Louden, of Marblehead, MA, Dr. Susan Gilbert, of Houston, TX, and Patricia Rash, of Hampton, VA; 11 grandchildren and their spouses, Norman and Diane Gilbert, of Houston, TX, Charles Louden, of San Francisco, CA, Charles Gilbert, of Houston, TX, Margaret Ferrell, of Tulsa, OK, Lisa Louden and Cyndi Wilkins, of Marblehead, MA, Annalea and Gary Flam, of Houston, TX, Kelly and Rick Pickering, of Marblehead, MA, Margaret and Michael Gilbert, of Houston, TX, Kevin and Meg Power, of Richmond, VA, Katie and Shannon Derr, of Hampton, VA, and Dawn Bennett of Alfred, NY; and 15 great-grandchildren. MiMi, as she was affectionately called, was the matriarch of this large and extended family. She followed the activities of her family and always was there for them through the travails of life. She will be remembered for trips to the family cabin in Maine, to Ireland, Nantucket Island and many European travels. Her joy of life and love of family and friends will be one of her many legacies. She was a communicant of Light of Christ Church in Clearwater and a member of the Clearwater Country Club. A Mass will be celebrated at the Light of Christ Church on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at 1 pm, and followed by burial at the Sylvan Abbey Cemetery at 2860 Sunset Point Road. Friends and family are invited to attend. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home/Clearwater/727-796-1992

TALACZYNSKI, June B. 77, of New Port Richey, died Feb. 12. Survived by husband, Raymond; daughter, Janice Sutter; sons, Raymond and Steven. Dobies Funeral Home-Congress St.

THOMAS, Edward A. Passed on to his eternal heavenly home with Jesus on Jan. 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-grand-children Kiersten and Caleb Cohen. Services with military funeral honors and internment were held at Ligonier Valley Cemetery Ligonier, PA, Jan. 28. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Feb. 16th at 4 pm, at Leslie Hale Ministry, on Alt. 19 at the first blinking light north of the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs.

TRAVIS, Julian L.V. Sr. of St. Petersburg, died Jan. 6, in Olivebridge, NY. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Club, 43rd Street Senior Citizen's Club of St. Petersburg. Services were in New York.

TROWSSE, Ronald E. passed away Feb. 11, 2008, at the age of age 75. Born Feb. 9, 1933, in Highland Park, MI; he lived in Pinellas County for 38 years. Survivors include his wife, Betty Trowsse; 1 brother, Barry Trowsse; 4 daughters and 1 son, Mary Ann Newell, Connie Casto, Debbie Neveitt, Mike Trowsse and Tammy Trowsse; 7 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

TRUNK, Jean was born May, 20, 1906 in Rimouski, Canada and died Feb. 8, 2008 in Carmel, CA at the age of 101. She came to Chicago, IL at age 6 months with her family. She was 10th of 11 children born to Eleda & Albert du Pont. She lived in Chicago until her retirement at age 65 and then moved to Clearwater with her husband, John who died in 1976 at age 70. At the age of 92 she moved to Carmel, CA to be near her daughter Marilyn Borucki, who survives her. Jean is also survived by 3 granddaughters; 8 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Private burial held at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater. Rhodes Funeral Directors, Inc. Clearwater, FL

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

VIRASACK, David 73, of Clearwater, died Feb. 9, 2008. He is survived by a loving family. Services by: International Casket & Urn Gallery Funeral Home Clearwater/727-723-3020

WALKER, Marian L. 83, of Clearwater, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, at Manor Care of Palm Harbor. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 pm, on Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. Matthias Lutheran Church, 2751 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater, FL 33759. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to St. Matthias in Marian's memory. Please view the full obituary and sign the online registry at: Veterans Funeral Care 524-9202

WATSON, Ross 25, of St. Petersburg, died Feb. 11. Survived by mother, Marty Jo Poole; sister, Carissa Watson; partner Neil Vicino. ALifeTribute FuneralCare Gulfport Chapel

WHITLOCK, Rev. Elinos Alton Jr. 72, Presbyterian minister, died Feb. 11. Survived by: wife, Stella Lois Ward Whitlock; sister-in-law, Clotilda Ward Malloy; 4 children; and 7 grandchildren.

WIEZYCKI, Raymond, "Ray" 68, Tampa, died Feb. 12. Mass 10:30 am, Feb. 15, St. Paul's Catholic Church, 12708 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. Visitation one hour prior. Adams & Jennings F.H.

WILDS, Billie Anderson 65, of St. Petersburg, died Monday morning, Feb. 11, 2008. The Memorial Service is at 11:30 am, Friday, Feb. 15, at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Hospice of Florida Suncoast. See Billie's profile & obituary:

WILLIAMS, Lee Andrew 76, passed away Feb. 10, 2008. Survived by wife of 59 years, Gloria "Honeybunch"; 4 sons, Rickey, Clarence Sr., Reginald, Eric; 2 daughters, Joyce Robinson and Annette Long; 1 brother, Frank Williams. Funeral services Saturday, Feb. 16, 12 noon, at Prayer Tower Church, Wake service Friday, Feb. 15, 5:30-6:30 pm, Rev. Don Gaskin officiating. Cortege: 2042 62nd Place South. Service By Creal Funeral Service Providers Alleviators of Grief

WILLIAMSON, Lloyd G. 82, of New Port Richey, died Feb. 11, 2008. Survived by wife, Dolores; 1 son, Patrick; 3 daughters, Maude, Debbie and Pamela; 1 brother, Bill.

WINT, George A. Jr. 27, of Madeira Beach, passed away Feb. 10, 2008, at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Florida in 1992. Survived by his parents, Linda Wint, of Madeira Beach & George A. Wint, of Pennsylvania; his sisters, Crystal Wint, of Hawaii & Melanie Rodgers and her husband, Kenny, of Pennsylvania; nieces, Brianna & Kylie Rodgers; & nephew, Kenny Jr.; maternal grandparents, Chester & Leona Sokolowski, of Pennsylvania; an uncle; several aunts; and many cousins. Services to be held in Pennsylvania.

WISEMAN, Walter G. Jr. "Bub" 47, died Feb 12, 2008. Survived by his loving family. Private services planned. Guestbook at David C. Gross Funeral Homes 6366 Central Ave. 381-4911

WRIGHT, Woodrow Wilson July 28, 1919 - Feb. 11, 2008 Our wonderful loving father passed away on Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, under the care of Hernando-Pasco Hospice after a long illness. Woodrow was much loved by his family. His loving wife of 67 years, Sarah Wright (nee Webb), passed away three years ago. They had six children. Three are deceased. They are David and his wife, Sherrill Wright, Stevie Wright and Marvin Wright. Surviving are daughter Betty (David) Spears (nee Wright), of Holiday; sons, Danny Wright, of Holiday, & Woodrow Wright Jr., of New Port Richey; and sister, Lucille McCoy, Tobaccoville, NC. There are four living grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces & nephews. Woodrow was of the Baptist faith. He was a proud lifelong member of the VFW and UMWA (United Mine Workers Association). Woodrow proudly served his country in World War II and was in the Battle of the Bulge under General Patton. He rarely talked about the war but talked more about it than he ever did during his last days on this earth. Woodrow was born and grew up in Kentucky and later lived in West Virginia, where he was a coal miner until he became disabled. He and Sarah lived in Florida since 1963. Visitation will be on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 6-8 pm with funeral services to follow on Feb. 15 at 10:30 am at Dobies Funeral Services at Holiday on Bartelt Road. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Woodrow's name to Hernando-Pasco Hospice Center. They are an awesome group of caring and loving employees and volunteers to whom we will always be deeply grateful. Dobies Funeral Home