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ALTMAN, Charles Thurman 83, of South Pasadena, passed away Friday, Oct. 17. He was a native of Dunn, NC. While serving in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946 he met and married Ethel Frost in 1945. They moved from Michigan to this area in 1959, and established Charlie's Transmission Service on St. Pete Beach. Charlie most treasured his loving wife of 63 years, their vacations to Las Vegas, family gatherings, the successful business that he handed down to his children, and working in his yard. He is survived by his sister, Nellie in North Carolina; 2 daughters, Linda Swanson and Cheryl Altman; 2 sons, Charles R. and John Altman; 7 grandchildren, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Chad, Kari, Kristi, Amy, and Robby; 2 great-grandchildren, Emma Kate and Joshua Charles, and was expecting three more. Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 24 at 2 pm at Memorial Park Funeral Home, where the family will also receive friends Thursday Oct. 23 from 5-7. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make contributions to the American Cancer Society.

CHANDLER, James B. Sr. 74, of Tampa, died Oct. 20. Survived by his loving family. Celebration of Jim's Life Friday, Oct. 24., 2 pm at Serenity Meadows Funeral Home 813-677-9494

CHEJAK, Edward 84, of St. Petersburg, died Oct. 21. Predeceased by wife Lagona. Will be missed By family. National Cremation Society Clearwater 727-536-0494

CLEMENS, Tina L. 60, of Floral City, FL, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, at Hernando-Pasco Hospice Care Center. Arrangements by Eternal Rest Memories Park & Funeral Home/727-733-2300

COOK, Donald "Donnie" 57, of Lutz, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Bernice; son, Justin; 4 sisters, Lyndia (Dale) Black, Rheda (Glen) Rowell, Kathy (Jimmy) Elrod, and Darlene (Derek) Kirkland; and brother, Ronald Cook. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, Oct. 24 at 2:30 pm at Trinity Memorial Gardens Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 1:30-2:30 pm.

COX, Edward F. 65, of Pinellas Park, died Oct. 19, 2008. He is survived by his daughter, Georgina Cox; grandsons, Christopher and Jamie. He was loved by all. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home

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 Road, Largo FL.

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 Road, Largo FL.

DIRKSCHNEIDER, Pearl K. 65, of Spring Hill, died Oct. 20, 2008. She is survived by her loving husband and family. Turner FH 352-796-9661

EVERIDGE, Rachel 64, of Plant City, died Oct. 21. Survived by daughters, Shenna, Shirley, Sharon; son, Steven. Service 2 pm, Oct. 24 at Stowers Funeral Home, 813-689-1211.

HARRIS Michael A., Sr. 28, was taken from us Oct 18, 2008. He is survived by his mother, Linda Young (Van Young, father) of Clearwater. His son, Michael A. Harris, Jr. of New Port Richey; two sisters, Edna Young & Michelle Smith; Two brothers-in-law, Frank Smith and Robert Galli; Grand-mother, Josephine Ludwig, aunts, Tammey & Donna; four nieces and nephews, Jessamyn, Jae, Breanna & Brandi, all of Clearwater. He was a loving ather & a devoted friend & he loved his family. He will be deeply missed. We love you. Woody's Funeral Home, Inc.

HARRIS, Donna J. 86, of Sarasota, formerly of Anna Maria Island, passed away peacefully Oct. 13, 2008, at her home surrounded by loving friends. Celebration of her Life announced later.

HUNZEKER, Dorothea H. 91, of St. Petersburg, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at her son's residence. Mrs. Hunzeker came to this area during WWII from North Bend Nebraska and moved to Florida with her husband when he retired in 1974. She is of Catholic Faith. Survivors include her daughter, Marilyn Hunzeker and her son Thomas Hunzeker both of Annandale. She is also survived by a sister in North Bend, NE. A graveside service will be held on Oct. 24, 2008, 10:30 am at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

IGO, Leroy Earl 75, of Palm Harbor, died Oct. 21. Native of California. Survived by son, Daniel of Tampa; grandson, Xavier of Tampa. Dobies Funeral Home Tarpon

JOHNSON, Clara Owens of St. Petersburg, formerly of Gainesville, FL, died Oct. 18 at Kindred Hospital. Survived by a devoted son, R. Chad Johnson (Fiancee, Gwen); daughters, Tracey Hickmon, Sherry Johnson; 5 grandchildren; 2 brothers; and 3 sisters.

KIDWELL, Bernice 63, of New Port Richey, died Oct. 21. Survived by daughters, Annettie and Rose; brother, Richard; sister, Valerie; 2 nieces, Denise & Regina. Faupel Funeral Home 849-9964

KILE, Richard 72, of Seminole, died Sunday, Oct. 19 at Bay Pines V.A. Hospital. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, receiving the Bronze Star. He is survived by his wife, Lilly; 3 sons, Eric (Becky), Kevin (ChaeSuk), & Neil; 4 grandchildren; and family in Norway. Graveside services 12:45pm, Bay Pines Cemetery, Monday, Oct. 27. E. James Reese Funeral Home 727-391-9954

KOCEMBA, Beatrice L. 80, of Tampa, died Oct. 19. Survived by her loving family. Celebration of Beatrice's Life Oct. 26, at 1 pm at the family's home, 10642 Shady Preserve Drive, Riverview.

LACKENBAUER, John F. 84, of New Port Richey, died Oct. 18, 2008. Survived by wife, Margery; daughters, Barbara & Nancy; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter.

LOVETT, William 59, of St. Petersburg, died on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008 at Long Term Care. There are no known survivors. ALife Tribute FuneralCare Largo Chapel 727-559-7793

McVEY, Raymond A. Oct. 28, 1934 - June 7, 2008. Memorial Service to be held at Bay Pines Cemetery Tues. Oct 28, 2008 at 1:30 pm

MELLEN, Mildred Ann 85, a former longtime resident of Gulfport, died Feb. 2, 2008, in Napa, CA. Mildred was born Oct. 22, 1922, in Rocky Bay, Nova Scotia, the daughter of John and Margaret Doyle. She was a member of Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church and spent more than 27 years serving as an LPN at convalescent centers throughout the region. Her life was dedicated to Elder Care and even in later years she enjoyed visiting local care homes entertaining residents as part of her harmonica club. Mildred was preceded in death by her beloved husband Lawrence Joseph Mellen in 1987. She is survived by her sons Lawrence Wayne Mellen of Napa and Robert Francis Mellen of Punta Gorda. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 am, Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, at the Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Gulfport. Private Committal will follow in the Bay Pines National Cemetery, Bay Pines.

MEREDITH, Wendy L. 52, of St. Petersburg, died Oct. 21, 2008. Survived by husband; 2 daughters; 1 brother; 1 sister; & a grandson. Abbey Affordable Cremation Largo 727-517-2340

MOCK, Bernard J. Sr. "Bernie" 82, of Clearwater, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008 at Sunset Point Rehab & Nursing Center under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. He moved here in 1955 from his native Milwaukee, WI and proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Bernie never met a stranger and had a very "sweet" smile for everyone. He was an insurance salesman, owned an Oreck Vacuum store in Sebring and operated the stores in Clearwater and Largo. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Claire; 3 sons, Bernie Jr., Robert, and Richard; 2 daughters, Sharon Davids and Therese Banning; a stepdaughter, Jeri Lynn Maler; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. A memorial will be held at 2:30 pm, Sunday, Oct. 26 Sunset Point Rehab. & Nursing with interment at Bay Pines National Cemetery later. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Hospice Foundation of the Florida Suncoast. Please sign the family registry at

MOORE, Madeline M. 94, of Belleair Bluffs, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008. Born in Pittsfield, MA and moved to Florida from Totowa, NJ in 1974. Survived by daughter, Carol and husband, Mike Barker, of Satellite Beach; daughter, Janet Cristello of Largo; sister, Marion Gaynor, of Clearwater; 4 grandchildren, Connie (Stephen) Weekly, Ed Cristello, Clinton (Christine) Barker and Dawn (Chris) Forlizzo; 5 great-grandchildren, Denver Cristello, Taylor Weekly, Braedon Barker, Dominic Forlizzo, Kira Barker and Dear Friend, Karla Nestoff. A memorial service will be held 2 pm Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, at Hubbell Funeral Home, Belleair Bluffs. Hubbell Funeral Home 727-584-7671

RYERSON, Edith 101, of Palm Harbor, passed away Oct. 22, 2008. Survived by Julie Annicchiarico, great-niece, of South Dakota. Holloway Funeral Home, Inc. Oldsmar 813-855-2439

SAAVEDRA-CLARK, Rogelia 83, of Largo, passed away at Tierra Pines Nursing Center under Hospice Care surrounded by loving family. She was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia in 1925. She lived in NYC for 50 years. She moved to Largo in 1979. She was Catholic and a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church. She is survived by her loving husband, of 35 years Mr. John J. Clark; daughter, Mirta (Mitzi) Saavedra; stepchildren, Susan Clark Myers, Elizabeth LaBlance and proceeded in death by stepson, John W. Clark; granddaughter, Lisa Alvarez and greatgrandson, Joseph Alvarez; she also leaves behind a sister, Nina Moncayo and loving family members and friends. She will be greatly missed by all. Contact funeral home for details. E. James Reese Funeral Home 727-391-9954

SIERRA, Virginia "Della" 77, of Hudson, passed away on Oct. 18, 2008. Della was born in Plant City on March 13, 1931 and grew up in Moultrie, GA. She is preceded in death by her parents, Huey Lee Vaughn and Amanda Childree Vaughn; her loving husband, Miguel Angel Sierra; her brothers, Huey Vaughn and Roy Vaughn; her sisters, Lucy Molenaar and Eathel Hernandez. She is survived by her caring and loving sisters, Dora (Alex) Edwards, Dottie Howells, Ruth Newlands, Juanita (Scott) Daddis; and brother, Foy (Marilyn) Vaughn; her adoring children, V. Joyce (Tony) Zilinsky, C. Rejene (Steve) Holt, J. Conrad (Anna) Cook, S. Gary Cook, Michael T. Sierra, Judy-Lynn (Gene) Galbreth and Pamela K. (Mark) Phelps; her 15 precious grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, and many dear friends. Della devoted her life to caring for her family, who always came first. Her passions were embracing love and life, her beautiful flowers and nature. She will be eternally missed "until we meet again." Della would love to know that a plant or tree was planted in her honor. She will watch it grow with you. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Judy Galbreth, 13140 Lucille Drive, Hudson, FL 34669. Arrangements by North/ Meadowlawn Funeral Home New Port Richey

VASQUEZ, Bernaldo 23, Dade City, died Oct. 19. Survived by parents, Mario & Bernabe; siblings, Mario Jr., Myra & Luis. Visitation 5-7 pm Thursday at Hodges Family Funeral Home 352-567-6100

WINKLER, Maria C. 90, of Bayonet Point, died Oct. 19, 2008 in Hudson. Survived by a niece, Margaret Gallagher. Call North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home for information, 727-849-9281.

YONKO, Mary Rossi 63, of Port Richey died Oct. 20. Survived by children, Larry, Joey, Sam, Sally, Nancy Yonko; 25 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Dobies Funeral Home-Hudson

ZUCK, Merle J. Sr. 82, of Clearwater, died Oct. 21, 2008. Survived by 6 sons; 2 daughters; a brother; numerous grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation Largo 727-517-2340