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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.

ALTNER, Martin "Marty" passed peacefully from this Earth on Feb. 13, at the age of 61; A Brooklyn, NY, native, he graduated Suma Cum Laude from Columbia University with a BA in Political Science. His passion for political causes never wavered, even through his years working in New York's garment district, and more recently, managing his rental properties in Pinellas. He was often seen and heard at city commission meetings, and was involved in many organizations, including PRIMER, Jewish Federation of Pinellas, ECSH little league as both coach and board member, Safety Harbor zoning board, City of Clearwater Budget Committee, former chairman of SAC at Countryside High School. For many years he taught Sunday school at Temple Ahavat Shalom, and chaperoned young film makers to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Marty was a loving and devoted husband of 28 years to his wife Janis and proud father of Cole and Shannon, brother of Diana Young and Mickey Liebowitz, and brother in Heart of Dr. Michael Newman and Michael Matluck, and son-in-law of Daniel and Oilda Cuebas. His wit, activism, friendship and love will be sorely missed by many. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, Feb. 15th, 1:30 pm, at Temple Ahavat Shalom on Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, with interment to follow at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marty's name to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245. Curlew Hills Funeral Home 727-789-2000

BARTKUS, Anna Misevich 96, Largo, passed away Feb. 13, 2008, at Cypress Palms of Largo. Previously of Chicago, she was a 55 year resident of Florida. She was predeceased by 6 brothers, her husband, Van Bartkus; daughter, Dagmar Martens; and son, Van Bartkus, Jr. She is survived by her son, Chris Bartkus, of Largo; grandson, Christopher Bartkus, of Largo; granddaughters, Chelsea Bartkus, of Tampa, Ashleigh Merchant, of Marietta, GA; and great-granddaughter, Elle Merchant of Marietta. She was a long time member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church and Womens' Guild. She awoke briefly right before the end to say in a loud firm voice with an accompanying arm gesture "Open that door". I'm sure they did! Memorial Mass at St. Ceceilia, Monday, Feb. 18 at 1 am. Rhodes FH/727-446-3055

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.

BOCK, Doris A. 82, passed Feb. 7, 2008. Predeceased by her husband, James. Survived by 5 children; and 6 grandchildren. Full obituary & guestbook:

BRIGGS, Michael David 49, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, at Oak Hill Hospital. He was born in Massachusetts and came to this area 22 years ago. He was a carpenter and an avid golfer and fisherman. He was preceded in death by son, Shawn Briggs, and brother, Brian Briggs. Survivors include wife, Shawneee Briggs and daughter, Savanna Briggs, both of Spring Hill; parents, Ellen and Richard Briggs, of Lemster, NH; 3 brothers, Keith Briggs, of Pepperell, MA, Dino Briggs, of Townsend, MA, and Mark Briggs, of MA. Arrangements made by: Turner Funeral Home Spring Hill Chapel/352-796-9661

BROWN, Dorothy of Palm Harbor, passed away on Jan. 29, 2008. Donations may be made to the American Heart Assn., Diabetes Foundation, or Humane Society of Pinellas.

BRUCE, Alexander J. 92, of Palm Harbor, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, at Hospice House Woodside. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mildred Maria Bruce; daughters, Sharon Lee Espinosa and Deeon Maria DeVore; 6 grandchildren, Kimberly Beamer, Julie Holifield, Robert Barnette, Jim DeVore, Tom DeVore and Deanna Lucas; 10 great-grandchildren; of 1 great-great-grandchild. He worked for Pen Central Railroad for 44 years retiring as an engineer. He did volunteer work at Helen Ellis Hospital and contributed many hours to his church, Countryside Baptist. He will be sadly missed by family, friends and neighbors. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at 10:30 am, at the Countryside Baptist Church 2525 N McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice House Woodside in his memory. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home 727-796-1992 /

BRYAN, Elsie 87, died Feb. 13, 2008. Visitation 2-3 pm, Feb. 15, Service at 3 pm; burial at Grace Memorial Gardens. Brewer & Sons 352-796-4991

CHRISTENSEN, Knud H. "Chris" passed away on Feb. 13, 2008, near his home in St. Pete Beach, FL, at the age of 88. He also had a residence in Rome, NY. Knud was born in Kvearndrup, Denmark in 1919 to his parents, Valdemar and Anna Sofie. He immigrated with his family to America in 1923. In 1969, he retired as an officer in the U.S. Navy, having served 30 years, and was decorated for his service during the attack of Pearl Harbor, the Korean War, and the Vietnam Conflict. His most notable duty was in 1950-1952 as the 45th Commanding Officer of the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides), as well as the USS Constellation. In 1978, he earned his BS degree from the State University of New York, Institute of Technology. A devoted husband of 58 years to Mary Hayes Christensen, and loving father of daughters, Barbara (Eric) Schroeder and Jeanne (Kevin) Buckley, of Pittsburgh, PA, Mary (Olaf) Omenson, of Waco, TX; and sons, John (Mary), of Reston, VA, Douglas (Susan), of Syracuse, NY, Barry (Vicki), of Fredricksburg, VA, and David (Glen) Christensen, of Seattle, WA; 3 brothers, Svenn Christensen, of St. Pete Beach, Ted Christensen, of Laguna Hills, CA, and Charley Christensen, of Austin, TX; 17 grandchildren; and 21 nieces and nephews. Knud was predeceased by a sister, Ellen Willyoung and brothers, Albert and Raymond. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm, Friday, Feb. 15, at Beach Memorial Chapel, St. Pete Beach. A Funeral Mass will be at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in St. Pete Beach, 11:30 am, Saturday, Feb. 16. Burial with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on April 16, 2008. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760. Beach Memorial Chapel

CLEMENT, Denney J. W. 60, of Port Richey, passed away at home Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008. He was born March 16, 1947, in Princeton, WV. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Sharon Quass; daughter, Denise Biddinger, Frederick, MD; son, Damian Clement, Washington, DC; granddaughter, Sabrina Biddinger, Frederick, MD; sister, Brenda Duvall, Port Richey; nephews, Richard Stearns with his wife, Joanne, their children, Andrew and Elizabeth, New Port Richey, and Ryan Stearns with wife, Kim, and their children, Christopher, Brittney and Thomas, New Port Richey; cousin, Trent Compton, Lauderdale By the Sea, FL; and "his" two kitties, Guy and Whipshnay. He owned a construction company in Maryland for many years. He moved to Florida in 1980, where he and his wife own Roosterfish Wholesale Bait Company. He was president of the Pasco Dart League for several years. He enjoyed hunting but was "much more gooder" at fishing. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2 pm, at 7809 Clark Moody Blvd., (off of Leo Kidd), better known as Denney's shop. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Honor Flight Network (1-877-FLY-VETS), an organization that provides transportation to veterans wishing to visit the WWII Memorial in DC. Faupel Funeral Home 727-849-9964

CLINE, Jerry Eugene Sr. 67, of Zephyrhills, died Feb. 10, 2008. Survived by brother, Steve Cline, of Xenia, OH. Holloway Funeral Home Oldsmar, FL 813-855-2439

CONWAY, Helen F. 87, of Clearwater, passed away on Feb. 8, 2008. Helen moved to Florida in 1981 from Old Saybrook, CT. She was an educator and administrator while in Connecticut. She was the past president of the Mease Auxiliary and was a very active participant in the House of Prayer of Clearwater, where she was a Marian Servant. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Dubs, of Palm Harbor; nieces, Margaret Schreiber, of Nutley, NJ, Kathleen Dispenza, of Palm Harbor; nephew, Charles F. Dubs, of Sarasota. Visitation will be held at Moss Feaster, Dunedin Chapel, on Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, from 2-4 pm, with Wake Service at 3:30 pm. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Michael the Archangel, Clearwater, on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, at 10:30 am. Moss Feaster Funeral Home Dunedin Chapel

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/

DAY, Helen W. 88, passed away on Feb. 11, 2008, at Hospice. She was a native of New Jersey, a member of the Community Congregational Church of New Port Richey, a Hospice volunteer and a member of the Beacon Woods Shuffleboard Club. She was an avid gardener, card player and bingo player. She is survived by sons, Arthur and Wes; daughters, Dorothy (Bill) and Beth; brother-in-law, Lloyd; sister-in-law, Barbara; 4 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. She was a very loving mother and wife and will be missed dearly. Prevatt Funeral Home - Hudson

DICK, Lucy M. 95, of Clearwater, died Feb. 13, 2008, under the care of hospice. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dorwin W.; and her daughter, Norma Ostler. Lucy is survived by her son, Dorwin L. (Marilyn), of Dunedin, and David (Kay), of Indianapolis, IN; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grand children. A private Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Curlew Hills Funeral Home

DISS, Wendy Louise 47, of New Port Richey, died Feb. 12. Survived by sisters, Kim, of New Port Richey, and Robin, of Minneapolis, MN. Dobies Funeral Home - Hudson 727-868-4441

FEIGENBAUM, Rita Velma 89, died Wednesday, Feb. 13. Rita was born in Brooklyn, NY, and moved to Florida in 1976 from Cherry Hill, NJ. Rita was a homemaker and a Catholic. She is survived by her son, Paul Feigenbaum; her 3 daughters, Marilyn (Don) Duggan, Patricia (Jorge) Morales, and Barbara (Chuck) Zerbe; 8 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 3 pm at the Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Blayden's Buddies/Great Strides walk C/O Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Delaware Valley Chapter, 2004 Sproul Road, Suite 208, Broomall, PA 79008. Curlew Hills Funeral Home 727-789-2000

FORD, Raymond 59, of St. Petersburg, died Feb. 13, 2008, at Jacaranda Manor. There are no known immediate survivors. ALifeTribute FuneralCare-Largo

GARY, John D. Sr. "J.D." passed Feb. 12, 2008, at Bayfront Medical Center. He is survived by 3 sons, John "Poppa," Joseph and Keith Gary; 5 daughters, Loretta and Doris Gary, Falanda Newsome, Phyllis and Lashaun Evans; 2 stepsons, Charles and Venturas Gipson; a stepdaughter, Ivey Porter; 22 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. Viewing 3-8 pm and Wake 7-8 pm today (Feb. 15) at Creal Funeral Home. Service will be at 11 am, Saturday, Feb. 16, Bethel Community Baptist Church. Creal Funeral Home

GOODWIN, Gladys M. Died Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, at age 85. She was a registered nurse. Born in Wise, VA. She is survived by a daughter, Anita V. Goodwin, of Van Nuys, CA.

GRIGGS, Shirley Marie 78, died Feb. 13, 2008. Survived by her loving family. Guestbook at Service 11 am Feb. 23 at David C. Gross Funeral Homes 6366 Central Ave. 381-4911

GRILL, Agatha R. 96, of Hudson, died Feb. 13. Survived by son, John; 2 grandchildren; 5 great-grand- children; and numerous nieces and nephews. Dobies Funeral Home - Hudson

HIGBEE, Robert W. 75, of St. Petersburg, died on Feb 6, 2008. He is survived by his children, William, Annie, Thomas Higbee; 4 grandchildren. A Celebration of Life at Fort DeSoto Park, Shelter #15, on Saturday, Feb. 16, 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of St. Petersburg are appreciated.

HOFFMAN, George J. Jr. 86, died of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Feb. 13, 2008. He was born in Elyria, OH, to the late George and Martha (Auxer-Moss) Hoffman. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Lucille B. (Baron) Hoffman. Mr. Hoffman, a recent resident of Aiken, relocated to South Carolina from St. Petersburg, where he had resided since his retirement in 1981. George, a plant manager for Joy Global, retired after 40 years of service in Claremont, NH, Franklin, PA, Indiana, PA, Mt. Vernon, IL, and Grand Junction, CO. He was a member of the Elks, the VFW, the American Legion and the Panama Canal Society. A WWII veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific with the SeaBee's on Guam. Survivors include: his daughter, Barbara J. Deal, of Richmond, VA, two sons, G. James Hoffman, of Bow, NH, and William P. Hoffman, of Aiken, SC; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Betty Schmittgen, of Elyria, OH; Marion Hammett, of Deland, and Arlene Reider, of Scotch Plains, NJ, as well as a brother, Edward Hoffman, of Oxnard, CA. Mr. Hoffman was preceded in death by his sister, Maxine Cawl; and brother, Donald Hoffman. A hunter in New Hampshire, a golfer in Colorado, and always partial to the Latin rhythms of the rumba and the samba, George Hoffman had a zest for life throughout his years. The family will receive friends from 3-5 pm on Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, at George Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 211 Park Ave, SW, Aiken. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local Alzheimer's Chapter. Visit to view the obituary and sign the online condolence register.

HOOK, Effie D. 91, of Safety Harbor, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Jo Hunt. Holloway Funeral Home, Inc. 813-855-2439

KEARLEY, Sharon Joyce 59, of Oldsmar, died Feb. 13. Survived by son; daughter; 3 brothers; 2 sisters; 3 grandchildren. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home 727-845-1957

LABOITEAUX, Roger C. 43, of Dunedin, died Feb. 9, 2008. He is survived by his companion Vincent J. Papaleo of Dunedin. Abbey Affordable Funeral Home Largo, FL/727-517-2340

LaBRANCHE, Carolyn C. 82, of Largo, died Thursday, Feb. 14 at Morton Plant Hospital. Born in Sapulpa, OK, she came here in 1959 from Laconia, NH. She was a retired secretary on the Pinellas County School Board. She was a member of St. Mathew Catholic Church, and the Red Hat Society. Survived by 3 sons, John A., of Largo, Roger, of Clearwater, Leo, of Auburn dale, FL; a brother, Bill Arnett, Carrollton, GA; 5 grandchildren. Graveside Service, Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Saturday, Feb. 16, 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Hubbell Funeral Home 584-7671

MANNING, Deborah Elaine Mills born Dec. 3, 1973, passed away on Feb. 3, 2008. She leaves her precious memories to her father, Jesse Pennywell; sisters, Tonya (Rick) Adam, L. Victoria Dunbar, Kimberly and Cherlynn Drayton, & Quinda Leggett; brothers, Richard Drayton, Oreco Mills & Marvin Leggett. Service 10 am Saturday, Feb. 16, St. Mark AME Church, 2401 5th St. S, Rev. Earl Mills, officiating. Visitation 3-8 pm today at Creal Funeral Home. Interment: Royal Palm North. Service by Creal Funeral Service Providers Alleviators of Grief

MATCHETT, Marian 81, of South Pasadena, died Feb. 12, 2008. She was born in Cosochton, OH. She a long-time volunteer in activities at the Causeway Village; and was active in the St. Petersburg Mobile Home Park League. Survivors include husband, Karl. Global Mortuary/530-3600

McKINNEY, Bobby 70, of New Port Richey, passed away on Jan. 22, at home, proceeded in death by Brent & Milton, survived by Patsy, 2 sons, Bobby, Dwayne (Debbie) McKinney, daughters, Darlene (Bud), Cayse, Leisa McKinney, 2 brothers, Bill (Rolean), Ronnie (Frances) McKinney, Sharon (Rob) Bennett, 6 step children, 14 grandchildren, & 6 great-grandchildren.

MENDEZ-PEREZ, Luis 56, of Tampa, passed away Feb. 11, 2008. He is survived by his son, Marcus Perez, of Jacksonville, FL. Holloway Funeral Home, Inc. 813-855-2439

MESSINGER, Maynard Allen 75, of Lake Alfred, FL, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008. at Kindred Hospital in Tampa. Born May 14, 1932, to Frank E. Messin-ger 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; a 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.

NEWTOWN, Phillip 45, of Plant City, died Feb. 7, 2008. Survived by fiancee, Tina Edwards; & brother, Jesse Newton, both of Plant City. Ambassador Mortuary Service 813-854-2014

PAWLUS, Peter J. 85, formerly of North Syracuse, NY, died Wednesday in St. Petersburg. He was a born in Eureka, CA and had lived most of his life in North Syracuse. He was a communicant of St. Margaret's Church, Mattydale. He was a WWII Navy veteran who served in the Pacific Theater and was a member of the American Legion Post 3146 of Mattydale and the VFW Post #7290 of North Syracuse. In 1984, he retired after 32 years with AT&T in East Syracuse. He served as the club pro at Arrowhead Golf Club and was the 1st club champion in 1969. He enjoyed fishing, boating and playing horseshoes. He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Rita C. Cotter on Aug. 30, 1999. Surviving are his wife of nine years, Joyce M. Pawlus; two daughters, Linda A. (Michael) Bon-czek and Sheila M. Duguid both of North Syracuse; two stepdaughters, Michelle S. Jans, of Treasure Island, and Robin K. Horn, of Tampa; two sisters, Helen J. Bartarm, of Watertown, NY and Julia M. Carson of Black River, NY; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19th at 9:15 am at Bay Pines National Cemetery. Please gather at the cemetery's office and chapel at 9 am to meet family members prior to the processional to the memorial site. Donations may be made to St. Margaret's Church, 203 Roxboro Road, Mattydale, NY 13211. Arrangements are by: Fergerson Funeral Home North Syracuse, NY

PEREZ, E. A. "Evelio", MD 86, of Lutz, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008. He is survived by his loving family and friends. Garden of Memories Funeral Home 813-626-3161

PERINO, Philip A. "Phil" 60, of Mt. Washington, PA, died Jan. 16, 2008. A retired carpenter, he is survived by 1 son; 2 brothers; 3 sisters; 2 grandchildren. Condolences at

POLLINGER, Zelda of St. Petersburg, died Feb. 9, 2008. Born Zelda Erman in 1906, she grew up in Detroit, MI, and taught high school English there for many years. She moved here in 1970 with her husband Sol Pollinger, who died several years later. She was a member of Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg, and of many Jewish women's organizations. Survivors include her son, Richard Pollinger, of Tampa; and 10 nieces and nephews.

PUCCINELLI, Robert Joseph 72, of Largo, passed away Feb. 13, 2008, after a courageous 2½year battle with cancer. He was born March 16, 1935, in Chicago, IL, and moved his family to Largo in 1971. He retired from the G.E. Plant in Largo. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Largo. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and a loyal friend. He was an avid fisherman and sea captain who had a special love for animals. He is survived by his wife of close to 50 years, Barbara; son, Robert M. (Marla), Largo; daughters, Laura Shives (David) and Kimberly Geary (Bill), both of Tampa; and grandchildren, Amanda, Nicole, D.J. and Ryan. He is also survived by his sisters, Jean Pappas, Palm Harbor and Carol Garasic, Dunedin; and brother, Roland, Riverside, IL; and many nieces and nephews. The family has asked that donations be made in Robert's name to The Gulfcoast Oncology Foundation, 1201 N Fifth Ave., Suite 505, St. Petersburg, FL 33705, or The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760. Moss-Feaster Funeral Home Serenity Gardens Chapel

RHOADS, Geraldine Nancy 71, of Hudson, died Feb. 12. Survived by children, Dora, Peggy, Michael, Harold; 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Dobies Funeral Home - Hudson

ROSENQUIST, Dave 71, of Hudson, died Feb. 7. Survived by 4 sons, George, Rick, Dan & Rusty; daughter, Shelley; 5 grandchildren; & 6 great-grandchildren. Affinity Direction Cremation

SANDERS, Iziah Sr. 62, of St. Petersburg, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2008. He is survived by his loving family and friends. For funeral info: Bradenton Funeral Home 941-792-0288

SCANELLA, EllenAnn passed away on Feb. 10, 2008, her 54th Birthday. She was a native of New York, and a talented artist. She is survived by her daughter, Danielle; son-in-law, Nick; grandson; her brothers, father, Lee Smith; Dr. Kenneth Smith and his wife, Lenne; 4 nephews; 1 niece; 4 great-nieces; 3 great-nephews; her long-time companion, Steve Hood, his children and grandchildren. She is now joined with her mother, father, sister, MaryLoretta, 2 brothers, Robert and Owen in Heaven. Funeral Services will be held at a later date. Post a condolence @

SELLE-CASE, Rosalind M. 66, of Holiday, died Feb. 13. Born in Lexington, KY, she moved to Holiday 18 years ago from Ventura, CA. She was an elderly caregiver and lifelong member of the Lutheran Church. She was a dog lover, loved the beach, and loved all kinds of people. She is survived by her husband of 4 years, Carl; daughters, Jill (Doug) Smith, Jan Dzurik, and Suzanne (Ray) Hatchman, all of Tallahassee; sister, Judi Selle, of Eureka Springs, AR; and 2 grandchildren, Andrea and Wilson Smith, of Tallahassee. A Memorial Service will be held today at 7 pm at Dobies Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the donor's favorite charities. Dobies Funeral Home Holiday 727-937-7555

SHARRETT, Ricky Eugene 54, of Ridge Manor, died Feb. 12. Survived by son & daughter, Michael Lee and Amanda Lynn; brother, Roger W. Nicholson; 1 grandchild. Merritt Funeral Home - Brooksville

STEVENS, Anna F. 92, formerly of Port Richey, died Feb. 10, 2008, in New Jersey. Survivors include sister; Ronnie Ferro; & brother, Frank Winchatz. Faupel F.H. 727-849-9964

SWEETLAND, Robert Moody Dunedin, died Feb. 13. Age 92, Survived by wife, Betty P. & many loving family members. Service Feb. 20, 10 am St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 727-734-5493.

TIBBETTS, Carmela "Connie" 78, passed away on Feb, 13, 2008. Born in New York City, moved to St. Petersburg in 1956, she worked for the government and retired from the V.A. Dedicated wife, loving mother and grandmother, she will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Lynn; and her daughters, Kathryn and Lori. Also missing her is her brother, Frank Bongiorno; 5 grandchildren, Billy, Kyle, Holly, Scott, Jordan; and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10 am until the service time at 11 am. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CASA. R. Lee Williams & Son 49th St. N 727-527-1177

TURKAL, Virginia 86, of Hudson, died Feb. 11, 2008. Survived by husband; a son; a daughter; 4 grandchildren; & 1 greatgrandchild. Arrangements by: Grace Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, Hudson

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

WASHBURN, Wayne 49, formerly of St. Petersburg, passed away Feb. 1, 2008, in Live Oak, FL. Survived by companion, Ann Maurer; and 1 brother, Greg Bourbeau. Harris Funeral Home, Inc.

WEBER, Bernice R. Allen "Bee" passed away on Feb. 12, 2008 at the Murphy Nursing Home in NC. She was born in Chicago, IL on Oct. 8, 1915. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin C. and Emma Allen; sister, Evelyn; husband, Oliver G. Weber; daughter, Patricia G. Norman; grandson, Jason L. Aunspaugh. She lived in Elmhurst and Villa Park, IL and worked at Olswangs and as a local telephone operator. She moved with her family to Dunedin, FL in 1957. While living in Dunedin and Holiday, FL she worked at several retail stores including, Daniels, Colony Shop, Maas Bros., Slimmers and Lauras. Mrs. Weber was a dorm mother at Young Harris College in GA from 1979-1981. She moved back to Young Harris, GA from Dunedin in 2002 to live with her daughter and son-in-law. She loved to dance, play cards, shuffleboard and a good party. She cherished her many friends, deeply loved her family. She is survived by a brother, Walter "Bud" Allen; special niece, Evelyn Means; daughter and son-in-law, Marcia and Dick Aunspaugh; granddaughter, Dawn Curls; grandson, David Curls; great-granddaughters, Danielle & Jasmine, great-grandson, Mason; great-great-granddaughter, Juliet; three sisters-in-law; numerous nieces and nephews and their families; and special life-long friend, Florence Mueller. She was a member of Sharp Memorial United Methodist Church. Memorial gifts can be made to the Stephen's Ministry at Sharp Memorial UMC, P.O. Box 66, Young Harris, GA 30582. Very special thanks to the staff of Murphy Nursing Home, especially the nurses, certified nurses assistants and housekeeping staff in the Alzheimer's unit for their loving care and friendship. Mrs. Weber was cremated and a graveside service will be at a later date. Arrangements by: Banister Funeral Home of Hiawassee, GA

WHITE, Dennis E. of Sebastian, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Jan. 1, 2009 in Mexico. He is survived by his loving family. Seawinds Funeral Home 772-589-1933

WIEZYCKI, Raymond R. (aka "Ray Dog") passed away Feb. 12, 2008, in St. Petersburg. He was born on March 21, 1939, in Chicago, to Leona and Joseph Wiezycki. Ray was an accomplished athlete at Saginaw High School, where he met his wife, Donna Pries to whom he married on Feb. 14, 1959. They had been married for 46 years when Donna passed away suddenly in 2005. Ray was an avid golfer. His passion for golf came while serving in the Air Force. After leaving the USAF, his passion for golf continued. He worked hard to earn the designation as Class 'A' member of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA). Over his lengthy career he was the head professional at exclusive country clubs across the country. Ray was a true competitor and had a love for watching and participating in sports. From coaching his son's Pop Warner football team, to the annual family sports challenges, to playing in local PGA events, the fierce competitor always shined through. Ray particularly loved his hobby working as "red hat" on the sidelines of Tampa Bay Buccaneers' home games, where he directed the games for the network. Ray loved the camaraderie with the referees, conversations with some of the NFL's greatest players, and most of all, sharing this experience on the field with his son and daughters. Ray loved his parrots, riding his bike, taking long walks and getting in his car and driving to destination nowhere. His most pleasurable moments were spent with his family, especially during their many vacations. Ray is survived by his daughter, Wendi (Stevens) and her husband, Marshall of St. Petersburg; his son, Ryan, of Fresno, CA; his daughter, Terri, of New City, NY; his "un-son-in-law," Thomas Barbaria, of New City, NY; his daughter, Sandi, of St. Petersburg; grandson, Tyler Ray ("Tybong"), of New City, NY; and 2 step-grandsons, Nicholas and T.J. Barbaria, of New City, NY. A Funeral Mass to honor Ray's life will be conducted 10:30 am, today, Feb. 15, 2008, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 12708 N Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL. The family will receive friends one hour before the service time. Donations can be made to the Seacoast Bird Sanctuary in Ray's memory. Adams & Jennings Funeral Home 813-237-3345

WILSON, Hilda D. 71, Tampa native, passed away Feb. 13, 2008. She is survived by her loving family. Garden of Memories Funeral Home 4207 East Lake Avenue Tampa / 813-626-3161

WITZIG, Ingrid L. 63, of St. Petersburg, died Feb. 7, 2008. Moved to Florida in 1982 from Minneapolis, MN. Preceded in death by parents; sister; two infant children; a great-granddaughter; and husband, Robert. Survived by sons, Steven (Joan) and Dan, both of Minneapolis, MN, Tim (Linda), St. Petersburg, and Ogilvie, MN; brother, David Dixen; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; & many friends. Her service will be held at Bay Pines National Cemetery, 10 am, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008.

WOLLAM, Frances E. 89, passed away Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, at home. Originally from New Jersey, she had resided in Gulfport for 58 years. She is predeceased by Don, her beloved husband of 63 years, and survived by son Michael and his wife, Sheila, Brooksville; daughter, Kathleen Schiedel, and her husband, Mark, Gulfport; son Jeffrey his wife, Linda, Pinellas Park; 5 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.