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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.

ANTHONY, Mary 78, of Port Richey, died Feb. 14, 2008. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gus; a daughter, Betty; son-in-law, Stelios; grandson, Costa; granddaughter, Fotini; brother, Gus; and sister, Amelia. Visitation at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, Tuesday, 2-4 & 7-9 pm. Funeral Service, 10 am, Wednesday, at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, with interment at Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to: Boston Children's Hospital, Hellenic Cardiac Fund, P.O. Box 415088, Boston, MA 02241-5088

ANTONELLO, Scott 44, of Palm Harbor, died Jan. 31, 2008 at Hospice Woodside. There are no known survivors. ALifeTribute Largo Chapel 727-559-7793

BENNETT, Francis G. "Frank" 75, of Hudson, died Feb. 14, 2008. A native of New York City, he had lived here for 21 years coming from Trumbull, CT. He was a veteran of the Korean Way and Vietnam, and after proudly serving in the Air Force and retiring as a Major, he continued his flying career as a Captain for United Airlines. During his retirement he pursued his love of boating and golf. He shared his love of reading by being a senior mentor at Hudson High School. He was a charter life member and past president of the Military Officers Association of America, and an active member in the Pasco County Senior Men's Golfers Organization. His proudest accomplishment was being the patriarch of a large extended family. Survivors include his wife, Judith; son, Robert; daughters, Jeanne Galantowicz, Susan Murphy and Dianne Lopresti; stepsons, Clement and Joseph Zammit; stepdaughters, Faye Bechler, Michele Muratori and Adeline Zammit; brother, Edward; and 18 grandchildren. The family will receive friends at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, 5228 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, 2-4 & 6-8 pm Monday, where Funeral Services will be conducted at 10 am Tuesday. Military honors and burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell.

BRUENING, Imogene Irene McCloskey, of Punta Gorda, FL, passed away on Feb. 6, 2008. Imogene was born on Feb. 16, 1919 in Akron, OH to Charles Leo McCloskey and Flora Leona Fogle. She attended Akron University where she majored in Latin and French. After graduating at the top her class, she started teaching French, Latin and English at Green High School in Green Township, OH. She retired in 1977 and moved to St. Petersburg, where her son, Michael Bruenig, and daughter, Sara Ott, lived. Imogene moved to Punta Gorda in 2005 to be near her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Richard Moll. She is survived by 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and her daughters, Sara Ott, Gretchen Stealey, Karen Moll and Stephanie Kindel.

BUNTING, Evelyn of Farmington, MI, & Bay Island, St. Petersburg, passed away peacefully on Feb. 11, 2008, after a short but brave battle with cancer. Loving companion to Joseph A. Schulte; adored by children James Jr. (Jan), Steve, Ellen (Ken Schwartz), Andy (Jennifer); and beloved grandmother to Lizzie Bunting, Andrew Schwartz, Jason Schwartz, Maddie-Rose and Alex Bunting. She is survived by her brothers Charles Young and Andrew (Ruth) Young; and her many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother Walter Young and husband James Bunting. Her special gift to smile and laugh in the face of adversity will be missed by friends and family members in every community she touched. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Gerald's Catholic Church, on Farmington Road, Feb. 27th. Please share your memories at; visit her page: Evelynathome.

BUSS, Herdis 80, of Madeira Beach, passed away Feb. 15, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Betty; his children; grandchildren; brothers and sisters. The family will receive friends Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 5-7 pm at Moss Feaster Funeral Home Serenity Gardens Chapel, 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. Funeral services will be at the funeral home on Wednesday at 1 pm. Entombment will be at Serenity Gardens Memorial Park. Moss Feaster Funeral Home-Serenity Gardens Chapel 727-562-2080

COHEN, Lawrence Samuel M.D. 72, died at home Feb. 15, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Betty and children Lawrence Jr. (children Jake and Lauren), Nancy Oderkirk (husband Robert), Alice Cohen, and Jeffrey Cohen (wife Pamela and their daughter, Hannah); a brother, Harold Cohen, of Nashville, TN; and several cousins, nieces and nephews, having been preceded in death by his brother Millard and sister Bernice. Born in Nashville, he attended West High School and Vanderbilt University's undergraduate and medical schools. After orthopedic residency in Cleveland, OH, at Case-Western Reserve University Hospitals, and two years service as a physician in the Air Force, the family moved to Tampa in 1967, where he practiced orthopedics since, in private practice for 33 years and at the James Haley V.A. Hospital for 6 years. The practice of medicine has been the focus of his life. He served as president of Hillsborough County Medical Association, a position of which he was especially proud. The family wishes to thank all his friends for their constant support: physicians, co-workers in his office and at the V.A., neighbors and LifePath Hospice. A Memorial Service will be held Monday at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, at 3:30 pm, Rabbi Richard Birnholz officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Nature Conservancy, Florida Chapter, 222 S. Westmonte Drive, Suite 300, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714; to Congregation Schaarai Zedek, or a charity of one's choice.

CRAFTS, William B. 80, of Largo, died on Feb. 11, 2008. Born in Boston, MA, he was a college administra- tor for 20 years at several universities and colleges. He moved to Florida in 1978, and worked as a counseling psychologist for Pinellas County for 15 years. After retirement, he pursued his many and varied interests and hobbies, most notably writing, gardening, stamp collecting, travel, baking, keeping physically fit and volunteer work for organizations such as "55 Alive" and Habitat for Humanity. He was a member of the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater. He is survived by his daughters; Marianne Crafts-Brandner, and Jennifer Crafts; and grandson, Ben Crafts-Brandner. A Memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater sanctuary on Saturday, March 8, at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the name of William Crafts to The Better World Fund, c/o Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, on Nursery Road. National Cremation Society

CUSHING, Rev. Emilia Cara passed 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

DEAL, James Wallace Sr. 70 of Brooksville, died Feb. 16. Graveside funeral services will be 2 pm, Feb. 22 at Brooksville Cemetery. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville

DEJOK, Martha M. The angels took Martha Maria Dejok by her hand and led her home on Feb. 10, 2008. She moved to Florida in 1978 from Friedberg, Germany. She is survived by her loving son, Karlheinz and his wife; and 3 grandchildren, Janine, Nadine, & Paul Simon, all of Germany. Martha will be missed by her loving family & many friends. National Cremation Society

DELLA PENNA, Ottavio 81, of St. Petersburg, passed away Dec. 10, 2007. Born in Abruzzo, Italy, he is survived by wife, Rita Della Penna; & sons, Michael and Christopher. A Memorial will be held 3 pm on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, at Bon Secours-Maria Manor's Chapel. 10300 4 St N, St. Petersburg.

ELLIS, Thomas W. 82, passed away on Feb. 14, 2008, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Indianapolis, IN, on March 6, 1925, and moved to Pinellas County as a child. He graduated from St. Petersburg High School and served in the U.S. Army in France during WWII. Upon his discharge from the Army, he enrolled at Georgia Institute of Technology, graduating in 1950 as a Mechanical Engineer. He returned to St. Petersburg and began his engineering career with Florida Power and Light. His engineering jobs took him and his family to many locations between Florida and Michigan before he returned permanently to Florida in 1962. He loved being on the water from the time he was a child. He was an accomplished sailor and sailed on vessels ranging in size from prams to SORC yachts. He participated in the historic St. Petersburg to Havana races, the Regatta Del Sol Al Sol from St. Petersburg to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, and a multitude of regattas at yacht clubs around Florida. He cruised the coast of Florida and the Bahamas Islands after retirement, both on a sailboat, and in later years, his trawler. He was an avid bridge player and continued participating in weekly bridge games up until his death. He was a long time member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Louis Stolba of Tallahassee; granddaughter, Cynthia Stolba of Columbus, OH; step-granddaughters, Catherine Remick (and husband Joe) of Lafayette, CA, and Christine Rosen (and husband Jeff) of Washington, DC, and 3 step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Helene and Newell Ellis, and sister, Jacquelin Ellis. He will be missed by a host of fellow boaters and bridge players. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions in his honor may be made to The Hospice of The Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33760, or SPAR (St. Petersburg Amateur Racing, c/o St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Visit the family's personalized guestbook @

FLISCH, Betty J. 80, of St. Petersburg, died Feb. 15, 2008. Survived by 1 niece, 3 nephews. Abbey Affordable Largo 727-517-2340

FLYNN, Robert F. 82, formerly of Cleveland, OH, moved to New Port Richey, FL, in 1978. He was a veteran of WWII. He was a Cleveland firefighter for 25 years. He was a founding member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church where he served on the Parish Council and was a Eucharistic Minister. He was a Chaplain for the Chester McKay VFW. Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Ruby; his 3 sons, Robert Jr., Cleveland, OH, Donald, Bradenton, FL, and James, New Port Richey; 9 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at 10:30 am, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home 727-849-9281

GILBERT, Robert N. Jr. 75, of Spring Hill, left this earth Monday, Feb. 11, 2008 under the care of Hernando-Pasco Hospice of Brooksville. Born in Atlanta, GA. He moved to Timber Pines 15 years ago. After graduation from the University of Florida, he joined the Navy and retired as a Captain from the Naval Reserve. Retiring from service he worked for the Burroughs/ Unisys Corporation for 32 years. He was a member of the Military Officers Association of America and served as a director for 2 years and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. An avid sports fan he played basketball and baseball in high school and college, and played lots of golf during his life. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Gloria; 2 daughters, Lynn Hamil and Leslie Hitchcock; 4 grandchildren, Scott and Brooke Hamil, Andrew and Erin Cummins, all of Brunswick, GA; 4 stepchildren, Jack G. (Linda Louise) Darby of Ocala, Linda Gay Darby of San Francisco, Douglas (Susan) Darby of China Grove, NC, Pamela (Richard) Marut of Huston, TX; sister, Patricia (Patrick) Fishe; 6 step-grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; 1 niece and 1 nephew. A Memorial Service will be conducted 1 pm Friday, Feb. 22, 2008 at Pinecrest Funeral Chapel with Father Robin Murray officiating. Inurnment to follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL with full military honors by Marine Corps League #708 of Spring Hill. Pinecrest Funeral Chapel Spring Hill, FL 684-0001

GRABELSKY, Dr. Isaac Memorial Service: 1 pm, Sunday, Feb. 24, Temple Beth David Jewish Center, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill, FL 34609, 352-686-7034.

HERSLOW, Ruth W. 89, died Thursday, Feb. 14, at Balmoral Senior Living Community, Palm Harbor. Ruth was born in Short Hills, NJ, and moved to Florida with her husband in 1985 from NJ. Ruth was a homemaker and a loving mother to her children. She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, James Herslow. She is survived by her son, John Herslow and wife, Carol, of Scotch Plains, NJ; son, Peter Herslow and wife, Nina, of Morris Township, NJ; daughter, Ann Scheffer and husband, Herb, of Clearwater; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. In Ruth's memory, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Assn., Gulfcoast Chapter, or Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home 727-796-1992

HEUSSER, Margaret 99, of New Port Richey, died Friday, Feb. 15. Survivors include her son, Homer Bois. Graveside service Mon., 11am North Meadowlawn Funeral Home/NPR 727-849-9281

HISE, Charles R. age 75, of Clearwater, passed on Feb. 13, 2008. He was an Episcopalian and retired from Westinghouse after 35 years of service. Charles is survived by his wife, Carolyn; daughter, Christa M. Hise; 2 step-children, Laura Clayton and Dr. J. Bradford Clark; and 3 grandchildren, Erin Clayton and Miranda and Tyler Clark. Funeral Services will be conducted on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, at 2:00 pm, at Trinity Memorial Gardens Funeral Home ( Family will receive friends from Noon until service time.

HOLBEN, Gordy 63, passed away Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, in Zephyrhills. He is survived by his loving family. Wells Memorial Funeral Home Lacey McClellan & Staff 813-752-1111

HOY, Paul "Sonny" 65, of Ft. McCoy, FL, died Friday, Feb. 15 at a local hospice. Born in Indianapolis, IN, he was an electronic repairman, as well as a US Air Force veteran. Survivors include daughter, Diana Da Hoy; sisters, Darleena Hockersmith, Greensburg, IN, Marlieta Lassiter, New Port Richey, Linda Hoy, Ft. McCoy; brothers, Darrell, Raiford, FL, Larry, Athens, OH and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation Monday, Feb. 18, 6-8:30 pm at 8825 Old CR 54, Dobies Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at Ft. McCoy Cemetery. Dobies Funeral Home 7 Springs 727-372-2250

HROMYAK, Diane Mary 66, of Tampa, died Feb. 12. Survivors: spouse, Juan Egus-quiza; mother, Dorothy Jacks; stepfather, Leonard Weiss-man; brother, Richard Jacks; 3 children; & 2 grandchildren.

JAMES, Janice C. 58, of Holiday, died Feb. 15, 2008. Survived by 3 daughters, 3 siblings and 9 grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Largo, 727-517-2340

JEFFER, John 92, of St. Petersburg, died Feb. 13, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Charlotte "Tootsie." He was a WWII Army veteran and a professional painter. He is survived by several nieces and nephews including Jeanne Bruggeman, Donna Blakeley, Judy Heinchon, Skip and Rick Messenger, all of Florida, and a sister, Jen Slaboden of NJ.

KNIGHT, M. G. 82, of Dover, FL, passed away Feb. 13, 2008. Visitation Sunday, Feb. 17, 2-4 pm, at Wells Memorial Chapel. Funeral services Monday, 10 am at Wells Memorial FH/813-752-1111

KOLB, Dorothy E. 83, of St. Petersburg, died Feb. 14, 2008. Inurnment will be at Bay Pines National Cemetery. National Cremation Society 727-536-0494

KOLLMAN, Lorraine 89, died Feb. 15, 2008. She is survived by her 3 children, Charles, Arthur, and Barbara, and her loving family. She will be missed by all.

KUCHARSKI, Arthur P. 79, of New Port Richey, died Feb. 15. Predeceased by wife, Phyllis. Survived by a son, Michael; 2 daughters, Pamela & Natalie; & 4 grandchildren. Faupel F.H. 727-849-9964

LAINO, Alice age 74, of Port Richey, died Feb. 16, 2008. She was born in New York City. Survivors include 1 son and 3 daughters. Faupel Funeral Home 727-849-9964

LE CONEY, Joseph C. "Joe" 80, of Floral City, died Feb. 13, 2008. He was a truck driver for Sears. Survived by wife, Nancy, stepchildren, Lynn, Constance, and Sandra. National Cremation Society

LETTERIE, Frank J. Sr. 85, died on Feb. 15, 2008. Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Clearwater, 727-796-1992.

LINK, Shirley 81, passed peacefully from this earth on Feb. 14, surrounded by family that loved and cherished her. She was born in Paola, KS, and moved to Palm Harbor 24 years ago, from Manassas, VA. She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her greatest legacy is the family she leaves behind. She is survived by her devoted husband, Bob, of 61 years; her 3 daughters, Laurel (Gary), Michele (Chris), and Renee; her 3 sons, Jeff (Patty), Stephen, and Rob (Sara); and 4 grandchildren, Rob, Ron, Samantha and Kelsey. She will continue her life's work in heaven with her grandson Baby Nick, who passed earlier. She will be greatly missed by the many that loved her. Viewing will be held at 10 am on Monday, Feb. 18, and service to follow at 11am at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in her memory. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home 727-796-1992

LLOYD, Tim 51, of Clearwater, died at home on Feb. 12, 2008. He is survived by a loving family. International Casket & Urn Gallery Funeral Home Clearwater 727-723-3020

MADDOCK, John "Jack" 63, of Tarpon Springs, died Feb. 14. Born in Phillipsburg, NJ, he moved here in 1979 from Beach Haven, NJ. He was the owner and operator of Mr. Tee's Family Fun Center, Beach Haven. He was a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and was Lutheran in faith. He is survived by his wife, Janice; sons, Travis Maddock, of Easton, PA, Kyle Maddock, of Sterling, VA, and Scott Pace of Hackettstown, NJ; daughter, Karen Rosania, of Kenilworth, NJ; brother, Joseph Maddock, of Myrtle Beach, SC; sisters, Beverly Oyer, of Nazareth, PA, and Linda Kane, of Forks Township, PA; and 5 grandchildren. A Memorial service will be held Tuesday, 11 am at Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. Dobies Funeral Home - Tarpon 727-942-0515

MAYNARD-MASSE, Ronita Joy "Roni" 62, of Gulfport, FL, passed away Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Bethlehem Chapter, past president for 3 times of the Gulfport Lions Womens Auxiliary, and Den Mother for Cub Scouts Den #315 for 18 years. She worked at the Pinellas County Department of Health for 28 years. Survivors include her loving husband of 22 years, John Masse; 3 sons, Peter, George and Charlie Maynard; stepson Steven Masse; stepdaughter, Sheila Ranger; and 15 grandchildren. Funeral Services will be at 10 am, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, at Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home, 3180 30th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713. The family will receive guests from 6-8 pm, Monday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760. We love you Mom, you're always in our hearts. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home 727-323-5111

McKINNEY, Bobby 70, of New Port Richey, passed away on Jan. 22, at home, preceded 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; sister, Sharon (Rob) Bennett; 6 stepchildren; 14 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

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.

MILLER, Peter G. 62, of Palm Harbor, died Feb. 14, 2008. He is survived by his wife Edith; son, Harper; and sister, Gail Borris. Curlew Hills Funeral Home 727-789-2000

MILLER, Thomas Jr. 79 of Brandon, died Feb. 15. Survived by his loving family. Service at noon, Feb. 20. Visitation Feb. 19, 6-8 pm. Both services will be held at: Serenity Meadows Funeral Home

MURPHY, Filomena affectionately called "Mina," 47, of St. Petersburg, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, at Tampa General Hospital. Mina was born in American Samoa on Aug. 11, 1960 and graduated in 1983 from Chaminade University in Honolulu, HI, receiving her bachelor's degree in education. She moved to St. Petersburg in 1986 and was employed with the Juvenile Justice System as a probation officer and later as an educator at John Hopkins Middle School. She was the First Lady of Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, where she also served as a deaconess, Sunday school teacher, Family Touch Team member, and leader of the Ministers Wives Prayer Group. She was devoted to her beloved husband, Rev. Louis Murphy Sr.; her daughter, Chiriga; and son, Louis Jr. "LJ"; and her adorable grandson, Jair. She is also survived by her mother, Seleni Bartley; five brothers, Papu Bartley, Seiuli Lauala (Sailau) Bartley, Tolumaanaue Sauili (Mele) Bartley Petelo (Suli) Barley, and Filipo (Matumaiuai) Bart-ley; four sisters, Sua` Lucia Bartley, Tiumalu Sesilia Bartley, Katalina Bartley Liliu` (Taatu) and Malia Bartley Durr; mother-in-law, Katie Mae Barkley (Rufus); and godson, Zion Roland; and a host of other loving relatives and friends. A wake service will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19th at 6 pm, at Mt. Zion Progressive MBC. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20th at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, please make donations "In Memory of Mina" to the Sistahs Surviving Breast Cancer Support Group, 955 20th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712. Zion Hill Mortuary

O'NEILL, Jean R. "Jeanie" passed away Feb. 11, 2008, at home in Clearwater after an extended battle with cancer. She was born in Du Quoin, IL, on April 15, 1941, the daughter of Eugene and Catherine Rodman. She was preceded in death by her father. Jeanie is survived by her husband, Donald; her sons, Jack and Jay McHale; step son, Shawn; stepdaughters, Barbara Wells and Kathleen Sickler; her mother, Catherine Rodman McDonald; 2 brothers, John and Charles Rodman; 3 sisters, Kaki Fedak, Patricia Ansley and Jo Beth Monteith; and numerous nieces and nephews, and friends. She moved to Clearwater in 1980 and was employed by Para-dyne corporation prior to her retirement. A Memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made in her memory to the Hospice Foundation of the Florida Suncoast.

PADILLA, Willy Arlequin 63, of Guanica, Puerto Rico, died Jan. 31, 2008 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He is survived by his children, Dixie Quinn, of Connecticut, Daisy Quinones, of Massachusetts, Nancy Winter, Karen Sanders, & Willie Arlequin Jr., of Florida; his ex-wife Norma Alvarez, of Florida; 16 grandchildren and 7 great- grandchildren. He will be put to rest on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, next to his daughter, Norma L. Arlequin, at Serenity Gardens Memorial Park, Largo, FL. Arrangements by: Yauco Baez Memorial, Inc. 787-856-1860

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

PEARSON, Nell Fern 93, of Dover, passed away Feb. 15, 2008. Visitation Monday, Feb. 18, 6-8 pm at Wells Memorial Chapel Funeral Services Tuesday, 11 am at Dover First Baptist Church.

PECORARO, Pauline M. 93, of Hudson, passed away on Jan. 31, 2008. Born in Carteret, NJ, she moved to Florida in 1980. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, a teacher for the Minneola, Long Island school district, a member of the NY State Teachers, a Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Ladies Guild, Legion of Mary prayer group, and the hospital and nursing home ministry. She is survived by her son, Joseph of Glendale, NY; sister, Violet Dee, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. A Mass will be held at St. Michael's Catholic Church on Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, at 10 am. Visit www.prevatt

PHILLIPS, Edwin K. 71, of New Port Richey, passed away Feb. 11,survived by his loving wife, Joan; son; daughter; grandson and loving family and friends. Memorial Service will be in Palm Bay.

PICERNO, Elfrieda 97, of Spring Hill, died Saturday, Feb. 16 at her home. Elfrieda was a Christian, born in Germany and moved to Florida in 1969, from East Northport, NY. She is survived by her son, Donald Picerno; her daughter Dolores Defeo; her brother Paul Penndorf; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren; also her extended family, Lorraine Vitale, Lothar Reissig & Manfred Herz. Curlew Hills Funeral Home 727-789-2000

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.

QUINONES-OCASIO, Jose 75, of Lakeland, died Feb. 15. Survived by wife, Nereida; children, Albin, Edguardo, Cathy, Milagros, Sandra; 13 grandchildren. Dobies Funeral Home - 7 Springs

RAPPE, Francis 59, passed away on Feb. 15, 2008. He is survived by cousins and friends. Graveside service Monday, 3 pm at Bethlehem Cemetery. Wells Memorial FH/813-752-1111

RECK, Gertrude "Trudy" 87, of Clearwater, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at National Health Care Center in Greenville, SC. Born in Annapolis, MD, Trudy move to Clearwater in 1976 and to Greenville in 2005. In Maryland she was an administrative secretary for Nationwide Insurance and a member of the Annapolis Elks Lodge. She was an avid bowler and golfer. Predeceased by her daughter, Adele Millen, and her beloved husband Ken, her survivors include stepdaughter Carolyn Prandi, of East Bridgewater, MA; nieces, Susan Duvall, of Stockbridge, GA, and Linda Heard, of Greenville; and cousin Lillian Atwell, of Annapolis. National Cremation Society Greenville, SC 864-241-5093

RICOTTELLI, June M. (Hopkinson) of Randolph, formerly of Hyde Park and St. Petersburg, died at the age of 73, Feb. 14, 2008. Wife of the late Daniel Ricottelli. Loving mother of Stephen R. Ricottelli of SD, James V. Ricottelli of NH, Debra A. Ricottelli of Randolph, and John M. Ricottelli of Newton. Devoted sister of Jillian Hooper of IN. Dear grandmother of Jacqueline Puopolo, Kathleen Ricottelli, Jason Puopolo, Mark Ricottelli, Daniel Ricotelli, Amanda Ricottelli and Nikolette Ricottelli. Also survived by her great-grandson Giovanni Anthony Puopolo. At the request of the family, visiting hours have been omitted. There will be a private Memorial Mass held at a later date. June died at her home in Randolph, where she lived for the past two years. She was born in Dundee, Scotland, and came to the U.S. in 1959. Prior to Randolph and FL, she lived in Hyde Park for many years. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Cartwright Funeral Home, 419 No. Main St. (Rte. 28), Randolph, MA. For additional information, directions or to leave a sympathy message visit our website:

SANTANA, Yolanda J. age 75, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2008. Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park & Funeral Home, 2853 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater, FL, 727 796-1992

SHIELDS, John 65, of Mainlands of Pinellas Park, passed away Feb. 15, 2098 at home under the care of hospice and family. He retired from the Parts Dept. of Autoway Pontiac after 15 years of service. John was a member and active volunteer at Faith United Church of Christ in Clearwater. He was an Air Force veteran of Vietnam, and enjoyed fishing, golfing, and rooting for Penn State. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Ardis; son, Jon Christian; daughter, Julie Anne Pappas and her husband, John; 3 brothers, William Wilkin, Richard Shields, and Jim Wilkin; 2 sisters, Barbara Brinsfield and Mary Hunter; 1 grandson, Colin Pappas; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at 6 pm, Tuesday at Faith United Church of Christ, 2401 Drew St. Clearwater. Memorials may be made to The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. Visit his online memorial at Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home Seminole 727-391-0121

STEWART, Larry E. 65 of Brooksville, died Feb. 15. Visitation will be 10-11 am, Feb. 19 at Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville Chapel, with funeral service at 11 am. Burial Lake Lindsey Cemetery.

STOWERS, Lillian May 96, of Clearwater died Tuesday Feb. 12, 2008. She was born Feb 1, 1912 in Rising Sun, IN. She and her husband, William, moved to Florida in 1958. She was a member of Eastern Star and First Unity Church for many years. She is survived by a stepson, Norman; stepdaughter, Christa; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of The Florida Suncoast. A Memorial Service will be at First Unity Church, in St. Petersburg at a later date. National Cremation Society

SUPPLE, Hon. Harry J. Retired judge and attorney, formerly of Riverside, NJ, died on Feb. 13, 2008, at the age of 90 at his home in Brooksville. At the time of his retirement in 1993, he was a judge in 13 municipalities in the state of New Jersey, including Beverly, Bordentown City, Chesterfield, Delran, Delanco, Easthampton, Mansfield, North Hanover, Palmyra, Springfield, Riverside, and Tabernacle in Burlington County. In addition, he also served as a judge in Plumstead in Ocean County. Judge Supple was born and raised in Brooklyn NY. He graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, in 1940, with a bachelor of arts degree. He then continued on to the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his law degree in 1943, and a Juris Doctorate. He was a member of the James Wilson Law Society while at the University of Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of the Burlington County Bar Association, the New Jersey Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Judges Association. He was also a member of Kiwanis, Elks, Masons and Rotary International. In his leisure time he enjoyed playing the piano, golfing and boating. Upon his retirement to Florida he was a member of the Glen Lakes Golf and Country Club, and a past president of the Glen Lakes Homeowners Association. He is sadly missed by his wife of 41 years, Fumiko; sons, Harry J. Supple Jr. and his wife, Ericka, of Westfield, NJ, Michael G. Supple and his wife, Gloria, of Elmira, NY, and Kenneth H. Supple and his wife, Renee, of Hernando Beach, FL; and grandchildren, Meghan, Courtney, Kenneth & David. Arrangements are by Grace Memorial Garden & Funeral Home, 16931 US Highway 19, Hudson, FLorida, 34667, 727-863-5471. The services will be held on Monday and will be private at the request of the family.

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.

THOMPSON, Beverly A. 84, Zephyrhills, Feb. 13. Survived by daughter, Stephanie; 4 granddaughters. Services 2 pm, Feb. 18, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Dade City. Hodges Funeral Home

WALLACE, Manuel C. "Curt" 85, of Tampa, died Feb. 15. Funeral Services at Garden of Memories Funeral Home, Tampa, at 3 pm Feb. 18. Interment with Military Honors at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park.

WILLIAMS, Robert Gary 75, of New Port Richey, died Feb. 15. Survived by companion, Janet Branvall. He was born in Pensacola and was a produce broker. Dobies Funeral Home - Holiday

WILLIAMSON, Joan Cathryne 77, of Tarpon Springs, died peacefully on Feb. 12, 2008 at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, Tarpon Springs. Born in Westmount, Quebec, Canada, Joan and Ian, her beloved husband of 53 years, moved to Tarpon Springs in 1984. She is survived by Ian; her beloved daughter and best friend, Sue Scolaro; granddaughter Jessica and son-in-law Michael Scolaro, of New-burgh, IN; and son John Williamson, of Nyack, NY, all originally from Montreal, Canada. A Memorial service is planned for early summer at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in her memory be made to Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital or The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park & Funeral Home Clearwater 727-796-1992

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.

WRIGHT, David and Sherrill of Spring Hill, Pasco, died Feb. 11. A Memorial Gathering will be held today at Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs Pavilion #7, at 10 am. Dobies F.H.-Holiday 727-937-7555