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ANDERSON, Atholyn B. 101, of Largo, passed away Oct. 16, 2008. Atholyn was born in Kalamazoo, MI and moved to Largo in 1969 from Detroit. Atholyn was a homemaker, stenographer, member of First Baptist Church of Largo and enjoyed sewing and gardening. Atholyn is survived by her son, Richard, Largo; 6 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Moss-Feaster Funeral Home Largo 562-2080

BARGDILL, Blanche 'Honey' 83, passed Oct. 10, 2008. Born in Lakewood, OH, she is survived by husband Bill; sisters, Ethel Tomlin, Avon Lake, OH; Grace Kelly, Pinellas Park; and many loving nieces and nephews. A resident of Florida since 1955, she worked for Florida Power 27 years. Memorial service 10 am, Saturday, Oct. 25, Church By the Sea, Gulf Blvd. at 137th Ave., Madeira Beach. Donations may be made to Church By the Sea Growth Fund, Hospice, or charity of your choice.

BARKER, Jay N. 72, of Webster, Oct. 19, 2008. Survived by fiancee, Fern Sell, brother, James Barker and many other family. Services 2 pm Tuesday, Hodges Funeral Home, 301 Chapel, Dade City.

BAUSTICKER, William Edward 82, born May 18th, 1926, of York, PA, passed away on Oct. 12, 2008. He is survived by wife Gae Brooks Bausticker; 3 daughters and their husbands Deborah and Nolan Spirlock; Beverly and Rob Smith; and Linda and Ricky James; 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; his sister Patricia Inners; as well as lots of other loved family. He served in the Navy during WWII on the Bonhomme Richard. He worked for over 40 years in telecommunications. He was president of The Colony AARP and held several state AARP positions, and volunteered for The Colony Chamber of Commerce rising to Diplomat position. He was also active in the First Methodist Churches in both Texas and Florida. He will be missed.

BOULAY, Rene A. 84, of Clearwater, died Oct. 6, 2008. He worked for 34 years as an Intelligence Analyst. Later he worked several years at the Clear-water Beach Bank and later ran a branch Post Office in Clearwater. He was a combat Veteran who earned 5 battle stars for action against the enemy at Normandy, in Northern France, for pushing the Germans back over the Rhine, in Central Europe and at the Battle of the Bulge. He earned a Bronze Arrowhead for his participation in the initial assault at Utah Beach. Survivors include his wife, Mary; his daughter, "Peg" Boulay; and a son, David. Please sign his guestbook or share a memory at Veterans Funeral Care Tampa Bay 800-467-7850

BUNTROCK, John H. 78, of South Pasadena, died Wednesday Oct. 15, 2008, at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Born in Waukon, IA, he received his BA from the University of Iowa and worked as an electrical engineer for Lockheed California. He was an Army veteran of Korea. Survivors include his wife, Katherine; 3 daughters, Diane DiBiccari, Bonnie Chisholm, and Sheila Haut; a son, Ross Buntrock; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be 12:45 pm Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at Bay Pines National Cemetery. On line guestbook @ Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services 727-321-3321

CARR, Edward 81, of Holiday, died Oct. 17. Survived by companion, Marlene; son, Edward; 2 grandchildren; and 3 sisters of Ireland. Dobies F.H. - Holiday 937-7555

CHOLAK, Ronald 59, of St. Petersburg, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008 at home. There are no known survivors. ALife Tribute FuneralCare Largo Chapel 77-559-7793

CROSS, Tara Whitney 21, of Newnan, GA died Oct. 8, 2008 in St. Petersburg. She was born in England on May 28, 1987 to Richard and Sherma Horne Cross. She graduated from East Coweta High School in Newnan, GA, class of 2005 and attended Destiny Worship Center International in Newnan. Tara was a fun-loving person who loved to make people smile and her laughter was contagious to her family and friends whom she loved. Surviving are her father, Richard H. Cross III of St. Petersburg; mother and stepfather, Sherma and Tony Nardone of Newnan; brothers, Perry Cross of St. Petersburg and Anthony Nardone III of Newnan; aunts, uncles, and cousins. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008 at 11 am at the Higgins Hillcrest Chapel Funeral Home in Newnan. GA with Pastor Christopher Evans, Sr. officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Those who wish may send an online condolence at Higgins Hillcrest Chapel Funeral Home Newnan, GA, 770-253-4723

CUTTING, Colleen Wife of Howard Cutting, passed away on April 6, 2008. Memorial services will be held Oct. 25th at 2 pm in the Ranchero Chapel, Ranchero Village, 7100 Ulmerton Rd., Largo FL.

DeLUCA, Lucille 90, of South Pasadena, died at her home Oct. 16, 2008 under the care of Hospice. She moved here in 1964 from her native Chicago, IL and was a member of St. John's Catholic Church. She was active in many Bay Island Clubs and enjoyed swimming, bridge and traveling. Survivors include sons, Thomas M. DeLuca and Joseph D. DeLuca Jr. and his wife Susan; brother, Jack Spatafora; grandchildren, Robert M., Christine L. and Kelly A. DeLuca. The family will receive friends 6-8 pm Monday, Oct. 20, 2008 at the funeral home where services will be 10 am Tuesday. Entombment following in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family requests memorials to The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760. Memorial Park Funeral Home St. Petersburg 727-527-1196

DERDIARIN, Harold 79, of Spring Hill, died Oct. 17, 2008. He is survived by his wife Maria, son, Andrew, and wife Roseann. Grace Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home - Hudson

DIEFES, Olga M. 80, of Seffner, died Oct. 17, 2008. Survived by husband, Charles; son, Robert Diefes; daughter, Linda Baio; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Stowers-Brandon 813-689-1211

DYCE, Mildred Frances 98, of Palm Harbor, passed away on Friday at Manor Care of Palm Harbor. She is preceded in death by her husband Wm. H. Dyce, son-in-law Dennis Dasher, and her great-grandson, Austin Dixon. She was born in Franklin, TN and moved to Palm Harbor in 1974 from Nashville, TN. She was a member of the Ozona Palm Harbor Baptist Church. She is survived by daughter, Marcella (Specs) Johnson, Jane (Henry) Fox, and Linda Dasher; grandchildren, Susan (Bill) Weinfurter, Ricky (Trish) Johnson, Ginger Johnson, Carrie (Robert) Dixon, Chad Dasher, and Christa Dasher; great-grandchildren, Heidi Hulbert, Bill Weinfurter, Lauren Johnson, Jennifer Johnson, Kaitlyn Johnson-Burke, Dalton Dasher, McKenna Dasher, Kylie Dasher, Sara Dixon and Davin Dasher. Great-great-grandchildren are Allison Hulbert, Ashley Hulbert, and Trenton Johnson. She also has many nieces and nephews living in TX, TN, and KY. The family would like to thank the staff at Manor Care for the excellent care shown while she was a resident. Additionally, to her angel, Mary Ann Fullman, we will be forever grateful for the love, compassion, and devotion. A visitation will be held today from 4-6 pm at the funeral home, followed by a service at the funeral home on Monday beginning at 11 am. Moss Feaster Palm Harbor 727-562-2090

EGAN, Helen A. 78, of New Port Richey, passed away Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008. She was born in Queens, NY and came to this area 32 years ago from E. Northport, NY. She was a real estate agent for Central Harbor Homes of Spring Hill. Her husband Edward preceded her in death. Survivors include sons, Michael Egan (Janis), Kevin Egan (Sharman); daughters, Christine LeBrun (Donald), Patricia Eckert (Edward); 2 brothers; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. Viewing Sunday; Mass will be held 1 pm Monday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Turner Funeral Homes & Crematory Spring Hill Chapel 352-796-9661

EVANS, Corey Lynn, 21, of Spring Hill, died Oct. 16. Survived by his parents, Terry and Donna; 3 brothers, Buddy, Casey and Kyle; 3 sisters, Tasha, Charlene and Darlene; and grandparents, Doyle and Carol Young. Corey had a large family and lots of friends who love and will miss him very much. Angel has gone to Heaven. Donations to D.A.R.E. Dobies Funeral Home - Hudson 868-4441

FORBES, Genevieve Wood 94, of Palm Harbor, passed on Oct. 7, 2008. Predeceased by husband John L. Forbes. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega and a woman of great courage, compassion, generosity, strength & beauty, and was loved by all who knew her. Survived by daughter Lyn and granddaughters, Laura & Meredith. Memorial service at St. Alfred's in November.

FRAIZ, Elizabeth K. Formerly of St. Petersburg, passed away in Oct. in Long Island, NY. Survivors include her loving family and many friends.

GANNON, Esther Aldean 92, of Clearwater, died Oct. 16. Survived by son, sister & 2 grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services, Inc. Largo, FL 727-517-2340

GELL, M. Gene Died Wednesday, Oct. 15th under the care of Hospice at the Bay Pines VA. Mr. Gell was born on Nov. 11th, 1930, in Detroit, MI and would spend his youth growing up in Lansing, MI. At the age of 21, he enlisted in the United States Army and went off to serve his country during the Korean War. Serving honorably till 1953, he returned home and moved his family to St. Petersburg. Mr. Gell took on many challenges throughout the years, including owning an outboard marine repair shop, serving 13 years on the St. Petersburg Fire Department as a Lieutenant and building a successful Allstate Insurance agency for over a decade. Although he accomplished quite a lot and financial success was important to him, his true pride was his family. An avid outdoorsman, Gell spent the majority of his free time in and on the water with his wife, 2 sons, and later on grandchildren. An accomplished angler and spear-fisherman, he loved everything the Gulf of Mexico had to offer. Whether it was treasure hunting in the Florida Keys or Grouper fishing off Cedar Key, he never missed a chance for an offshore adventure. During the 80s and 90s Gell was a mainstay in the Tampa Bay tarpon community and competed successfully for almost 2 decades. Survivors include his wife Shar; son Kurt; brother Lee; daughters-in-law Debra and Pat; 4 grandchildren Jason, Randy, Brian and Kurt-Allen and 4 great-grandchildren. We love you Gene,our husband, our father, our grandfather and friend. Keep Ralph company till we all meet again and we will keep you evermore in our hearts and minds.

HATFIELD, Eloise C. 82, died Oct. 16. Survived by husband, John; 4 children; 8 grand & 6 great-grand- children. Service 4 pm Oct. 21, at Bayshore UMC.

HEMBREE, Fred E. 80, of Largo, died Oct. 17. Survived by wife, Zella; 5 children, Peggy, Michelle, Fred, Victor & David, brothers, Harry & Clayton, 8 grand & 4 great-grandchildren. NCS-Clearwater

JENNINGS, Richard A. 77, Zephyhrhills, died Oct. 11, 2008. Survived by wife; 4 siblings; nieces and nephews and many friends. Graveside services 1 pm Oct. 21st at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell.

JOHNSON, Elaine C. 87, of Largo, passed away Oct. 12, 2008. She leaves behind a son, Robert, and two grandchildren, Tarina and Chad. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and best friend. She will be missed. NCS - Clearwater

JOHNSON, Margaret W. 92, passed away Oct. 17, 2008. She is survived by her 2 daughters, Stephanie Adair (Jim) of Fanning Springs, FL, and Sherry Dunson of St. Petersburg; her sister, Barbara Nehrbass of St. Paul, MN; 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. A funeral mass will be Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008 at 11 am at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 1600 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Burial to follow at Royal Palm Cemetery South. In lieu of flowers, donations to Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. Online memorial & guestbook @ Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services 321-3321

JONSON, Patricia 68, of New Port Richey, died Oct. 15. She is survived by her daughters, Varla & Grace; son, Reed. Dobies Funeral Home - Hudson Chapel

KALISH, Eugene M. 73, of Spring Hill, died Oct. 16, 2008. Survivors include his wife Shirley and son Michael Kalish. Merritt Funeral Home Spring Hill Chapel

KEYES, Russell R. Sr. 55, of St. Petersburg, passed away Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 at Bayfront Medical Center with his family at his side. He came here in 1970 from his native Columbus, OH and was a Produce Assistant Manager at Publix Super markets. He is survived by his wife, Petra; two daughters, Tricia L. Kern, Maegon M. (Wayne) Wright, two sons, Russell R. Keyes Jr., David M. (Christine) Johnson all of St. Petersburg; his mother, Helen Neal; two brothers, Michael and Thomas Neal; one sister, Pamela Neal; and eight grandchildren. Friends may call 5-7 pm, Friday, Oct. 24, 2008 at E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home, 4100 16th St. N. Funeral services will be 11 am Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 at Cornerstone Community Church, 6745 38th Ave. N. Interment will follow at Sunnyside Cemetery. Online me- morial and guest book at E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home St. Petersburg 727-528-2880

LENCHNER, Harold F. "Shadow" father of Lori Beth & Paula Michelle, NYC; Norma Lenchner Ross; Brenda Harvey, Dade City, FL. Burial was at Tampa's Beth Israel Cemetery, Friday, Sept. 5, 2008.

MARLIN, Joseph 89, of Largo, passed away Aug. 30. He is survived by his wife, Betty; sister, Muriel; children; daughters-in-law and son-in-law; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. The son of immigrants, Joe started and finished his professional life as a school teacher, a life interspersed with service to country, entrepreneurial success, world travel, beautiful gardens and never enough time on the back of a horse. Joe was an Eagle Scout, expert marksman, swimmer, cross country runner and gymnast who graduated from New York University with plans to teach high school science. Those plans were interrupted by WWII, during which he served as a Naval Aviator, stationed in the Aleutian Islands. Following the war, Joe moved his growing family from New York City to the Connecticut countryside where this city boy began a successful decade rebuilding and operating a chicken farm. Remaining true to his earlier interests, once the farm was placed on a sound footing, he returned to the classroom and earned a MS in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University while teaching at a local high school. In 1960, he decided against New England winters and moved his family to Largo, where he taught full time, first at Largo High School, then on Educational TV and finally at SPJC. Florida brought out Joe's green thumb and in time he built a home and created a 2.5 acre garden that he named "Bit-O-Woods." The garden became a refuge for friends and family. It was also a source of income as he was soon growing oak trees from acorns, which he subsequently sold to local nurseries. He, his wife Betty, and other family members could often be seen on horseback at local stables as well as on horse-treks to points around the globe. Before hanging up his spurs, Joe and Betty rode the Transvaal in Kenya, cantered the coasts of Spain and the green hills of New Zealand, followed the Snowy River in Australia, crossed the Gobi Desert on Mongolian ponies, galloped on the beaches of Central America, and herded cattle throughout the Rockies with his sons and grandson. He rode on six continents (if you count Central America as being part of South America), and would have made it seven, if they had horses in Antarctica. He was raised in the city and loved the pursuit of knowledge, but above all, he should have been a cowboy. The family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be sent to St. Petersburg College Foundation, P.O. Box 13489, St. Petersburg, FL 33733. A memorial service will be held at National Cremation Society, 4945 East Bay Drive, Clearwater, FL 33764, on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 at 11 am.

MATRISIAN, Ann K. 92 of Holiday, died Oct. 16 in St. Petersburg. Survived by a son and four daughters. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home 727-849-9281

MAURER, Amy Louise 38, died Oct. 16. Survived by mom, Nancy; brothers, Michael, Andrew; and loving family. Graveside at Oaklawn Cemetery, Jacksonville, Oct. 20 at 12 noon. Stowers-Brandon

MEXICOTTE, Ethel McKendree 87, of Dade City, Oct. 17. Survived by children, Lucy Musser, Warren McKen-dree & Mary Lee Capparelli. Services 2 pm Monday, Hodges Family Funeral Home, Dade City.

MINTER, Roland 71, passed Oct. 15. Survived by wife, Beverly; sons, Mark & Luke; daughter, Vicky; 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Brewer & Sons 352-688-4991

MOBLEY, Fred Junior 60, passed Oct. 10, 2008. Celebration of Life at 11 am, Oct. 24, at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Serenity Meadows Funeral Home 813-677-9494

MORENA, Hilda M. of Largo, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at Largo Medical Center. Hilda was born in New York City and came here in 1978 from the Bronx, NY. Before retirement Hilda was a secretary and is a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Largo. Hilda is survived by her sisters, Anna Moffatt and Dorothy Ciriani; nieces, Cathy, Laura, Linda, Christa, Donna, Gina and Ann; and nephews, Thomas, Richard and Larry. Arrangements by: Moss-Feaster Funeral Home Largo 727-562-2080

NANN, John F. 91, of Largo, formerly of Syracuse, NY passed away on Oct. 16 at Largo Medical Center. He retired from Strempel's Locksmith. An avid bowler and fisherman he enjoyed many friends and a good joke. He was a comunicant of St. Justin Martyr and long time member of Pirate's Cove Yacht Club and Four Seasons. Preceding him in death, wife Jean; son John; sisters Marion Sherwood and Jane Strempel; and brother Herb. He is survived by his daughter Kathy LaDuke (Rick); brother Frank; sister Eve Harrison; grandchildren Ben Nann, Rob & Dona LaDuke; great-grandson Riley LaDuke; several nieces & nephews. Memorial services will be private.

NAPIER, Dorothy 54, of Tampa, passed Oct. 12, 2008. Memorial service 5 pm Oct. 26th, American Legion, Post 152, 11211 Sheldon Road Tampa, FL 33626. Brewer & Sons 813-887-4991

PALIN, Michael M. of New Port Richey, born in Pittston, PA, came to Tarpon Springs from Jersey City, NJ in 1984. A veteran of the Korean War, he is survived by his loving wife, Dolores; two sons, Michael and Mark; daughters-in-law, Donnamarie and Lisa; grandchildren, Michael, Michelle, Victoria and Nicole; and brother, John. Dobies Funeral Home - Seven Springs Chapel 372-2550

PETERSON, Victor 71, of New Port Richey, died Oct. 15, 2008. He is survived by brothers, Gil (Rose) Peterson and Wayne Peterson. Curlew Hills Funeral Home 727-789-2000

PHILLIPS, Doy Hill 94, of Dade City, died Oct. 17, 2008. Visitation 2-4 pm today and funeral 10 am Monday, Oct. 20th at Hodges Family Funeral Home, 11441 U.S. Hwy. 301, Dade City.

PONIEWIERSKI, Jan 86, of Dunedin, died Oct. 17, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Krystyna and many friends. Curlew Hills Funeral Home 727-789-2000

RYNIKER, Dorothy 82, of Spring Hill, died Oct. 17. Funeral, St. Frances Cabrini, Oct. 21, 9:30. Visitation Oct. 20, 2-4, 6-8 pm. Pinecrest Funeral Chapel 352-584-0001

SMITH, Harold R. 81, of St. Petersburg, died October 16, 2008. Beloved husband, father, brother, grand and great-grandfather. R. Lee Williams & Son

SMITH, Peter M. "Skipper" 79, of Palm Harbor, passed away Oct. 12, 2008, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in 1929, in Dulwich, England, and received his education at Eltham College in London. Peter became an electrical engineer, and emigrated to the United States in 1958. He had been married to his wife and best friend, Virginia since 1968. Skipper had a passion for sailing and always maintained a beautiful garden. His intellect, wit, and sense of humor will live on in the hearts in all of those blessed to know him. Skipper is survived by his loving wife Virgina; 6 children; 12 grandchildren; and 2 feline furrapists. A private memorial will be held by the family at a later date. NCS Clearwater

SMITH, William Roy 29, of Dunedin, died Oct. 16, at Mease Countryside Hospital. He is survived by his loving family. International Casket & Urn Gallery Funeral Home 723-3020

VASKO, John J. 90, of Palm Harbor, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2008. He was a WWII veteran selected to serve in the Ultra Intelligence Communication. Survived by wife, Marion; 4 children; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home Clearwater 727-796-1992

WHITNEY, Loretta C. "Honey" 74, of St. Petersburg, died Oct. 17 at home. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she moved to St. Petersburg in 1979 from Staten Island, NY. She was a graduate of St. Alphonse Catholic High School in Manhattan, NY. She was an accountant for the City of St. Petersburg. She was an active member of Holy Cross Church. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, Holy Cross Women's Club, Past President of the Irish American Club of St. Petersburg, and an Eucharistic Minister at Holy Cross. She loved playing cards, family genealogy, watching baseball, attending mass daily, and enjoyed going on cruises. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Loretta Fulton; sister, Edna Francis; first husband, William Martyn; and her son, Billy. Survivors include her husband, Emery; daughters, Holly Fleming, Patricia Hyde, Susan Martyn-Carter, Carol Eastman, and Kimberly Fleming; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and 6 step-daughters. Friends may visit on Monday, Oct. 20, 2008 from 1-3 pm and 6-8 pm at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, 7820 38th Ave. N. A funeral mass will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008. Burial will follow at Bay Pines National Cemetery. Visit the family's personalized online Guestbook @ Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home 727-347-6636

WIESE, Sandra Lee 62, of New Port Richey, died October 16, 2008. Survived by daughters, a sister and 3 grandchildren. North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home 727-849-9281