ADAMS, William H. III 80, of New Port Richey, died Oct. 24. Survived by children, Robert, William, Deborah and Dawn; stepdaughter; and grands. Dobies F.H. - 7 Springs 372-2550 dobiesfuneralhome.com
BALDRIDGE, Mark H. 67, of Hudson, died Oct. 23. Survived by wife, Suzanne; son, Ronald; daughter, Cathy; & 3 grandchildren. Visitation & services Monday. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home 845-1957
BARCLAY, Edward S. 87, of Largo, died Oct. 7, 2008. Born in Oak Park, IL on Aug. 15, 1921, he moved to Tampa in 1923, and graduated from the University of Florida in 1943 and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Following US Army service in WWII, he worked as a commercial artist, after 1957, in St. Petersburg. A devoted member of the Rotary Club, he was a Paul Harris Fellow and a longtime member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, the National Rifle Association, and a hunting safety instructor. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth and his son David. A memorial will be held Nov. 1, at 3 pm at E. James Reese Funeral Home, Seminole. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Oakhurst United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.
BERRY, Caroline E. 78, of Zephyrhills died Oct. 24, 2008. Survived by husband Jim; sons Freddy and Ronald; daughter Carol; 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
BORS, Frank Ernest 89, of Clearwater, died Oct. 22, 2008 at Consulate Health Care of Safety Harbor. He is survived by his loving family. Int'l Casket & Urn Gallery Funeral Home 727-723-3020
BOWHOLTZ, Dolores of Largo, died Oct. 21, 2008. Survived by loving husband, James; children, Debbie, Eddie, Larry and Garry Alcorn, Cheri Browne; stepchildren, Carol Cozad and Dan Bowholtz; 15 grandchildren. National Cremation Society; Clearwater. Service donations may be made to Hospice in lieu of flowers.
BRODIE, Babs Wife of Larry Brodie, passed away on Oct. 22,2008. Celebration of Life will be held Oct. 25th at 1:00 pm in Anclote Park, Holiday, FL
CALLENDER, Aileen F. 87, of Tarpon Springs, died Oct. 23, 2008. She is survived by her 3 children, Lynn Letzring, Janice Batson, and Jeff Callender; 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008 at Berea Baptist Church in Palm Harbor. Curlew Hills Funeral Home
CAMPBELL, Lorne P. of Palm Harbor, died Oct. 21, 2008. A funeral service will be held Monday, Oct. 27 at 10 am at Curlew Hills Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a charity of your choice. Curlew Hills Funeral Home
CARRO, Daniel 44, of Valrico, died Oct. 23, 2008 at home. Survivors include his parents, Frank and Blanca; brothers, Sergio, Stephen, and nephews, Alex, Tyler, Justin and Brandon.
COVINGTON, William Leslie "Bill" 59 of Tampa, born Oct. 10, 1949, went home to the Lord Oct. 20, 2008. Bill is survived by his wife of 25 years, Valentina Covington; mother Doris Elaine Boswell Covington; daughters Chelsea Covington, Summer Bigham, son-in-law Ronald Bigham; grandchildren Wade, Jarod, Bronte, Siblings Duke Covington (Jeannie), Robin McLeod (John), Terry Covington, Ginger Matthews and Cheri Pinner (Mac); predeceased by his father James Grady Covington. Bill was a member of the 1st graduation class of Leto High, he played baseball on the team JAM. He is a member of BOMA (Business Owners and Managers Association); he also was a member of the Tampa Industrial Golf League and sponsors his team, "TEAM MANTIS." Bill has developed his company "Mantis Pest Management" with hard work and perseverance. All of Bill's customers have great respect for his honesty and goodwill. Bill's love of life and his unconditional love for his family and friends will be celebrated at Tampa Bay Community Church, 3315 Fletcher Ave. W. Nov. 1, 2008, 3 pm, 813-963-2366, with a reception following. Directions will be given out at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Moffit Cancer Center in Bills name, Hospice, or to Tampa Bay Community Church.
CRAWFORD, James W. 86, of Brooksville, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; son, William; daughters, Jane & Patti; brother, Russell; and 7 grandchildren.
DEARING, Grace M. "Amazing Grace" 70, of Pinellas Park, passed away Oct. 22. She was a native of Lowell, MA and moved to Pinellas Park in 1972. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a homemaker. Her passions were her family and her work as Volunteer Chairwomen over the past 25 years for Sacred Heart's, St. Patrick's, United Cerebral Palsy and with the Deaf Service Center's bingo program. She was a past board member of the Pinellas Park Girl's Club. She is survived by her beloved husband of 53 years, Bill; 2 daughters, Sharon Price and Jane Bolton; 3 sons, Kevin, Scott and Michael; 15 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Friday Nov. 7th, at 10 am at Memorial Park Cemetery. The family asks that donations be made to Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. Memorial Park Funeral Home 5750 49th Street North St. Petersburg, FL 33709
DURANTE, Joseph F. age 86, died Oct. 24, 2008, at Marliere Hospice Care Center. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty (Meszaros) Durante; 2 daughters Denise Kastle and Dawn Kelly; a sister Connie Scenna and 5 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 27th at 3 pm at North/ Meadowlawn Funeral Home, New Port Richey. Visitation hours will be held Monday, from 1 to 3 pm. Interment services will be private.
EMERY, Norman H. Jr. 69, of Spring Hill, died Oct. 23, 2008 at Oak Hill Hospital. Survived by wife, Mary Anne; son Dave; daughter Tracy; 7 grandchildren. Downing Funeral Home
FERRY, Margaret H. 94, passed away Oct. 17, 2008. Survived by her loving family. Guestbook at www.davidcgross.com David C. Gross Funeral Homes 6366 Central Ave. 727-381-4911
FLAVIN, Timothy G. 68, died Oct. 18,2008 at home from cancer. Final resting place will be Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. Visit www.rlwilliams.com, click obituaries for condolences.
FOLEY, James A. Ret. Lt. Commander, United States Navy, of St. Petersburg passed away at the Woodside Hospice. Born Aug. 7, 1926, in Woodlynne, NJ, he served 27 years in the United States Navy. Upon retirement, he served as director of engineering for Humana Hospital of St. Petersburg. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Eckerd College at the age of 81. He was a charter member of the St. Petersburg Half Century Softball club, as well as the Kids and Cubs. He was also an active member of the US Submarine Veterans of World War II. He is survived by his 3 sons Dennis M. Foley of St. Petersburg, Kevin P. Foley of Atlanta, GA and Terry J. Foley of Weeki Wachee; 3 sisters, Mary Barklow, of St. Petersburg, Margie Ferraro of St. Petersburg, and Jeanie Parker of Mt. Laurel, NJ. He had 26 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at the Baypines Veterans Cemetery on Nov. 4, 2008, at 12:45.
FULMER, Merle 82 of Largo, passed away Oct. 23, 2008. He moved to Largo a year ago from Dunnellon. Merle was a honorably discharged Army veteran. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and is survived by his wife of over 61 years, Eugenia; son, Roger (Teresa) of Winter Garden, FL; daughters, Linda (Fred) Conant of St. Petersburg, Diana (Jeff) Culley of Cleveland, Darlene (Gary) Lanning of Indianapolis; 8 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Oct. 25 at Moss Feaster Funeral Home 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo at 5 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Kidney Foundation. Moss Feaster Funeral Home Serenity Gardens Chapel 727-562-2080
GARCIA, Alma L. 79, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008. Beloved mother of David. For complete obit please see www.rlwilliams.com R. Lee Williams & Son
GIAMPIETRO, Pasquale 51, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Yadira; and his daughter, Samantha. Turner FH 352-769-9661 turnerfuneralandcremation.com
GOOD, Charles Jr. 64, of Tampa, died Oct. 20. Family will receive friends Saturday, Oct. 25, from 1 pm until 3 pm, at Florida Mortuary, 4601 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa. 813 237-2900
GROGER, Bernard 79, of New Port Richey, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008. He is survived by his loving family. Holloway Funeral Home Inc. Oldsmar 813-855-2439
GROSS, Margaret E. "Peggy" Born in Bellefonte, PA, she came to St. Petersburg in 1948. She was a 1941 graduate of Bellefonte High School. Retired as a technical librarian with General Electric company, Largo. She was a member of Senior Citizens Services, Clearwater. Survivors include 2 half-brothers Donald R. Gross, Camarillo, CA and Thomas J. Gross, Scottsdale, AZ. Reese Funeral Home & Crematory 727-391-9954
GRYP, Earl 82, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008. He was at home under the care of Hospice and his loving family. He was born in Colona, IL in 1925. He was an Army veteran of WWII and served with General Patton in the Third Army. He was employed by Foremost Packing Co. until going on the East Moline Fire Department in 1953. He was on the Fire Department 22 years, then transferred to the Waste Treatment Plant for 6 years. After 28 years of service for the City of East Moline, he retired in 1981. That same year, he and his wife moved to St. Petersburg. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Virginia; two daughters, Joanne (Kurt) McDuffie of St. Petersburg and Janice (Larry) Cox of Rio Linda, CA; a sister, Clara Downing, of East Moline, IL; 4 grandchildren; and 5 great- grandchildren. Family will receive friends from 5 -7 pm on Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 at R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home, 3530 49th Street N, St. Petersburg. He will be interred at the Bay Pines National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Hospice Foundation of The Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd. Clearwater, FL 33760. R. Lee Williams & Son 49th St. N 727-527-1177 www.rlwilliams.com
HEINEN, Edward William 93, of Palm Harbor, died on Oct. 23, 2008 at his son's home under the care of Hospice. Edward was born in Kenosha, WI in 1915, and came to Florida in 1983 from Racine, WI. He worked as a machinist and a supervisor at George Gorton Machine Company before retiring, and he also volunteered at the Palm Harbor Library for 20 years. Edward is survived by his son & daughter-in-law, William & Denise Heinen; 7 grandchildren; & 6 great-grandchildren; and sister, Mary Zaricor. He is preceded in death by his wife, Helen & daughter, Mary Ann Dakins-Vanness, A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 10:30 am at St. Michael & The Archangel Catholic Church, 2281 S.R. 580, Clearwater. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to either Palm Harbor Library or to Hospice. Int'l Casket & Urn FH 727-723-3020
HENDRICK, Eileen A. 83, of Largo, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at Hospice House Woodside. Born Jan. 27, 1925, in Guttenberg, NJ. She moved to this area in 1953, from Westchester, NY. She is survived by a daughter Eileen Heishman of Largo; and 2 step daughters Jan Lewis of Knoxville, TN and Christie Woodring of St. Petersburg; 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Eileen was preceded in death by husbands William T. Ard and Herbert Hendrick and a son William T. Ard Jr. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1st, 2008, at 2 pm at Faith United Methodist Church of Largo, where she was a member. Arrangements are being handled by the Moss Feaster Funeral Home, Largo, 727-562-2080.
LAGOS, Gary George age 56, passed away Oct. 24, 2008, due to complications related to a recent injury. He was a drywall finisher by trade, coached little league, played golf and pool. Preceded in death by his wife and father. Leaves behind his sons Tony and Jeremy Lagos; his mother Dorothy Lagos; his 2 sisters Kathy Capitano and Karen Walker; also his 18 year companion Saundrah Mayhew and her daughter Stevie Mathias and many nieces and nephews. Gary made many friends in life, all knowing him as a "scrapper" and comedian. Memorial Gathering will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hand Up For Kids Foundation. R. Lee Williams & Son FH 3530 49th St. N. 527-1177 www.rlwilliams.com
LASHLEY, Carrie E. "Beth" 78, of Largo, went home to her lord on Oct. 23, 2008. Beth was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Lashley; a son, Gregory Lashley and a sister, Martha Marie Smart. She is survived by 2 sons, Richard Lashley and Russell Lashley; 1 daughter, Gail Carney; 2 grandsons, Patrick Carney and Matthew Lashley; 2 granddaughters, Carrie Reid and Kaylin Lashley; 3 great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Colin, and Lauren Reid; 2 brothers, Jennings and George Fisher; 3 sisters, Bonnie Ornduff, Lyndall Fisher and Hilda Gibson and many many nieces, nephews and cousins. As a registered nurse, Beth spent her working life caring for others and retired from VAMC, Bay Pines in 1990. Beth was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend was deeply loved by all. A memorial service will be held at Moss-Feaster Funeral Home on Oct. 25 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the American Lung Association.
LINDNER, Rudolph 86, of Spring Hill, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008. He is survived by his loving family. Arrangements are made by Grace Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home
LIZIO, Joseph Jude 55, of Spring Hill, died Oct. 21, 2008. Survivors include, mother, daughter; 3 sons; 3 bothers; 1 sister and 5 grandchildren. Pinecrest Funeral Chapels 352-684-0001
LLEO, Desire J. of Port Richey. Survived by wife, Ginette; son, John of NJ; daughter, Michelle Yate of MN; and 2 grandchildren. Dobies Funeral Home - Hudson 868-4441 dobiesfuneralhome.com
MABREY, Julia G. 88, of South Pasadena, died Wed-nesday, Oct. 22, 2008. She was born in Hartford, CT and came here in 2001 from East Hartford, CT where she retired from Aetna Insurance Co. She is survived by her son, Tom H. Jr. of St. Petersburg, daughter, Joyce Lantz of Dillsboro, NC; 3 grandsons; and 4 great-grandchildren. Graveside service will be on Wednesday at 12:45 pm at Bay Pines National Cemetery. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes View obit & guestbook @ www.andersonmcqueen.com
MATHIAS, Annabelle 94, of Dunedin, died Oct. 23, 2008. Survived by 4 children, Evelyn, Robert O., Paul E. Kenneth G.; 28 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren.
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
MEAD, Gladys E. (Miller) 69, beloved mother and grandmother of Dunedin passed away on Oct. 22nd at home. She is survived by her sons Rick (Maria) and Keith (Cindy) of Tallahassee; her sisters Carrie Edwards, Dorothy Meissner, Aggie Gramlich, Anna Opel and Elsa White-Hall; and her 4 grandchildren Brianna, Dakota, Chase and Kelsey. There will be a memorial service on Oct. 27th, 11:30 am at ALife Tribute Largo Chapel 559-7793. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Lupus Foundation of America 300 South Duncan Ave. Suite 235B Clearwater, FL 33755.
MEEKS, Elizabeth M. 87, of Tavares, formerly of Spring Hill, died on Oct. 22, 2008. She is survived by her loving family. Turner Funeral Home Spring Hill
MEINBERG, Lucille 90, of Clearwater died Oct. 23, 2008. Member of the St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Survived by a nephew and a niece. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home Clearwater 727-796-1992
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.
MILLER, James D. Aug. 15, 1917-Oct. 7, 2008. 91, of Seminole & Pinellas Park, died Oct. 7, 2008, James was born in Pittsburg, PA. Within days he and his mother returned to the family's dairy farm near Alliance, OH. James was the oldest of 3 brothers, attended the nearby one room Uniontown school and graduated from Sebring High School. James began a study of engineering at Kent State and later Ohio State, but World War II interrupted his studies. James was drafted into the U.S. Army on Feb. 11, 1941, 10 months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. 4 months after Pearl Harbor, James left for the South Pacific as a member of the Signal Company of the 37th Infantry Division. 2 years later, he returned to New Jersey to attend Officers Candidate School; and after graduation, James again went overseas as a Signal Officer with the 191st Signal Repair Company in the China-Burma-India region. James returned from the war and married Rosemary Scanlon in 1946. Rosemary and James had 8 children and a loving marriage of over 61 years. James worked for Ohio Bell Telephone Company for 38 years, holding numerous technical and leadership positions in Alliance, East Liverpool, and Cleveland. James was a member of the Knights of Columbus. James & Rosemary moved to Florida in 1978. James is survived by his brother Donald Miller of North Palm Beach; 7 children, Peggy, James, Robert, Brian, Mary Ellen, Kevin, & Tom; 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Pinellas Park, at 10 am on Friday, Dec. 5. There will also be a burial ceremony at Bay Pines National Cemetery in Seminole. Cars will be led to the gravesite at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to The Hospice Foundation of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760, or your local Hospice.
MOHLER, Gayle Mayfair 97, of Largo, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008 at the Harbour Wood Nursing Center, Clearwater. Gayle was born April 13, 1911 in Indianapolis, IN and moved to this area in 1970 from California. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of the Turner Brandon Post #7 of Clearwater. Gayle was preceded in death by her loving husband of 44 years, Frederick L. Mohler. She is survived by 2 cousins, Ronald Scott of Clearwater, and Marjorie Long of Houston, TX and 4 second cousins, Mark A. Scott, Bradley D. Scott and Wayne A. Scott all of Clearwater and Brett E. Scott of St. Petersburg. Memorial contributions may be given to The Hospice Foundation of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760. Memorial services will be held at Serenity Gardens Memorial Park, Largo, FL.
MOODY, Emily of Tampa, passed away on Oct. 22, 2008. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 28 at Blount & Curry Funeral Home 605 S. MacDill Avenue
MOSER, Kathryn Benfield "Kitty," was born March 28th, 1929, in North Carolina. She peacefully received her official angel wings Oct. 23rd surrounded by her friends & family. Born 3 months premature in a time of little technology, Kitty proved to be a strong individual from the start determined to make her mark on this world. After living in Georgia & Louisiana she moved to St. Petersburg in 1962, with her 2 children Timothy (deceased) & Cassandra. She was a devoted employee of Publix Supermarket, Joel & Jerry's & Eckerds Drug store, retiring at the age of 78. Kitty resided in the Azalea neighborhood for 30 years where she was extremely active in the homeowner's association & community development of the St. Petersburg area. She touched the hearts of all she came in contact with, particularly as a daughter, sister, mother, wife, an aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a friend to all. She made this world a better place & the stars in the sky will now shine a little brighter. A party will be held at her request to celebrate her life Saturday, Nov. 1st at 6551 Greenbrier Drive, Seminole. Open house style starting at 3pm, all are invited to join us.
MURPHY, Mark James May 19, 1941 - Oct. 24, 2008. Following a long and difficult battle with cancer, Mark passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side at his home in Clearwater. Beloved husband and constant companion of Francine for 43 years. Devoted father of Andrew (1968-1994), Mark, Jeffrey, and Erin. Treaured grandfather of Emma, Lauren and James Murphy and Patrick Barton; dear brother of Neil Murphy and Barbara Murphy. Born in Montreal, PQ to the late Walter and Rita (Robitaille) Murphy. Following his graduation of Loyola University, Mark obtained his masters degree in chemistry from Holy Cross University and begand a fulfilling career at Johnson and Johnson. Mark and his family lived in Montreal, Toronto, Clearwater and Princeton before his retirement. Above all else, Mark lived for his family. He enjoyed nothing more than having his children and grandchildren together at the family cottage in Muskoka, or at the beach in Clearwater. Ever generous and concerned with providing for others, Mark and Francine supported many charities, the most significant being Wilderness Inquiry, an organization which arranges outdoor experiences for both able-bodied and disabled people. Andrew gained so much from Wilderness, and Mark was dedicated to this organization in Andrew's name. In 2001, Mark and Francine established The Bliss House in Bala, ON, which welcomes disabled, non-verbal adults from all over the province and provides a "northern" experience for those who would otherwise never be able to set foot in a canoe, or witness the beauty of autumn leaves. We will remember Mark for his generosity, sound guidance, wisdom, beautiful prayers, kindness and strength. We know that our lives will go on without him, but they will not be quite as blessed. Flowers respectfully declined. If desired, donations would be most appreciated to Wilderness Inquiry: The Andrew Murphy Endowment Fund, 808 14th Ave. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414-1516, or www.wildernessinquiry.org/murphy. A Memorial service will be held Monday, Oct. 27, at 11 am, St. Brendan's Catholic Church, Island Estates. Moss Feaster Serenity Gardens Chapel 727-562-2080
NADOLSKI, Alphonse 86, of Port Richey, died Oct. 23, 2008. He is survived by his loving wife, Rita; sons, Paul and Peter; daughter, Susan; and 4 grandchildren, Nicole, Margaret, Daniel and Kelly. Visit www.prevattfuneralhome.com
NICHOLS, William Luther "Nick" 80, died Oct. 20, 2008, surrounded by loved ones after a brief and courageous fight against heart disease. He was a fourth generation Floridian who was born in Oxford, FL and graduated from SPHS in 1946. All who knew him can find solace that his spirit has been set free and he is "holding court" telling the many hunting, fishing and other stories he is famous for. His family is comforted and buoyed by the fact that he lived his life on his own terms and had no regrets. Nick was a founder and co owner of Ideal Publishing Co. and Lightning Print in St. Petersburg. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved being in the woods, on the water fishing and on his beloved farm in Quincy, FL. Nick was an extremely kind and generous husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who could always be counted on to help out when needed. He was very proud of his farm in Quincy and enjoyed playing host to many guests, often introducing them to the joys of the outdoors and the sport of hunting. We will fondly remember and cherish his tradition of having everyone sit around the dining room table at the farm telling and retelling tales at the days end. He is survived by Freda, his wife of 58 years; son Steven (Ana); son William (Dayna) and daughter Lisa, all of St. Petersburg; grandchildren Jeffrey, Mallory and Robbie; sisters Cleo Hatch (Charles), Delma Booth (Walter) and Marie Sonn (Roy); many nieces and nephews; and numerous special and close friends. Friends may call on Nov. 1, 2008, from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm at Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Center, 2201 Dr. M.L.King St. No., where a memorial service will follow at 12:30 pm. Visit the family's personalized online Guestbook @ www.AndersonMcQueen.com
ODERMATT, Sharon Lee 49, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, October 22, 2008. She was born on November 28, 1958 in Long Island, NY. She has resided in Largo for 18 years. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Dennis Odermatt; a daughter, Jennifer (Odermatt) Obstaculo & her husband, Michael. They are expecting her 1st grandchild next year. Sharon is also survived by her sister, Kim Radin & her husband, James; her mother, Joan; and many other family members and friends. She was always there when needed, was the kindest person to all and will never be forgotten.
QUINLAN, Rita A. 84, of Spring Hill, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 at Hernando-Pasco Hospice House in Brooksville. Born in New York City. Rita lived in the Bronx before moving to Plainview, NY in 1953, she later moved to West Palm Beach where she resided for 7 years. In 1991 she and Frank set up their home in Spring Hill. Rita was employed as a receptionist for Karey Kasco. She loved golf, reading, bowling, bocce and her Irish heritage. She was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church. She was predeceased by her son Robert Girola and is survived by her husband Frank; daughter, Barbara Gai and her husband Dennis; stepdaughter, Kathleen Zetterberg; stepsons, Robert & Richard; 9 grandchildren, Lauren Gai, Matthew & Jennifer Gai, Dawn & Michael Zipay, Craig & Deborah Winters, Sean & Nancy Quinlan, Caitlyn Quinlan, Lilly and Molly Zetterberg, Brian, Thomas and Matthew Quinlan; and great-grandchild Collin Zipay. Calling hours are 10 am to 12 pm Oct. 25th with a service at 11:30 am at Downing Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY. Arrangements by: Downing Funeral Home Spring Hill 352-684-5334
REIDEL, Ruth Helen 82, passed away Oct. 20, 2008. She is survived by her sister, Janet Moyer; her brother, Vernon Kline; her granddaughter, Julie Ann Consoli; and her son-in-law, Danny Prescott. A graveside service will be Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, at 10 am at Royal Palm North Cemetery, 2600 Gandy Blvd. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services 321-3321
ROWE, Gloria 62, of New Port Richey, died Oct. 19. She is survived by sisters, Sylvia Rovik and Marsha Duranceau. Morgan Funeral Home 727-847-3999
SHERBURNE, William H. "Bill" 87, passed on to his final resting place on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008. Born in Winchester, MA, Bill moved to Clearwater in 1949. An Army Air Force veteran, Bill devoted his professional career for 37 years at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park until he retired as VP of Marketing and Public Relations. He served as both Officer and Director for the Nat'l. Assn. of Cemeteries, Southern Cemetery Assn., and FL Assn. of Cemeteries. Bill was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Clearwater for more than 60 years and was a 32nd Degree Mason, Scottish Rite and Shrine. Known for his active involvement in civic affairs, he was a member of Kiwanis International and was Campaign Director for the March of Dimes. He is survived by his children, Frederick B. Sherburne, Dixie Haase, and Haven Sherburne; 3 grand-children, Holly Hiles, Jeffrey Haase, and Kyra Sherburne; his sister, Sally Finn; brother, Dale Sherburne and nephew Dr. Bradford Sherburne. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute to Wright's Healthcare, 11300 110th Ave. N, Seminole, FL 33778 or Hospice.
SPOONER, Frederick L. 73, of New Port Richey, died Oct. 22. Survived by wife, Violet; sons, Frederick, Jr & Edward; daughters, April & Sandra; siblings & grandchildren. Michels & Lundquist FH
STENNER, Walter H. 87, of Hudson, died Oct. 24, 2008. Survived by wife, Helen; son, Michael; daughters, Susan & Sandra; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren.
SWAN, Edmund, 83, died Oct. 22. Survived by 4 children, Victoria, Charles, Deborah, Kim; 6 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren. Mass celebrated Oct. 27 at 9:30 am at St. Francis Cabrini. Brewer & Sons 352-688-4991
TEIMER, Pauline 98, of Largo, died Oct. 23. Survived by son, Wilhelm; daughters, Julia Hamm & Tamira Beard; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren & great-great-grandchildren.
THOMAS, Elaine L. 85, of Bayonet Point, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008. She loved her family and was surrounded by her children when she passed. Please go to www.memorialwebsites. legacy.com/elaine-memorial to read more about her. Morgan Funeral Home and Cremation Services
TSARNAS, Vonda K. 52, of Hudson, died Oct. 23. Survived by husband Nick; son Xenophow; daughter Ruth; grandchildren, Vasili & Katherine. Dobies F.H. Hudson Chapel dobiesfuneralhome.com
TUCKER, Mrs. V. Annette "Nicky" 93, died on Oct. 15, 2008, at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, VT, of complications following a stroke. She was visiting family in Brookfield, VT, from her home in Hampton, VA. Born Vera Annette Philbrick on July 29, 1915 in Bridgeport, CT, and raised in Hartford, CT, she was the daughter of Halsey Raymond and Vera Douglas (Booth) Philbrick. She attended Oxford Country Day in Hartford, CT, graduated from Emma Willard School in Troy, NY in 1933, and received a degree in landscape architecture from Smith College in 1937. Last year she attended her 70th college reunion. She was a member of the Junior League, maintaining an active membership throughout the many cities in which she resided: Hartford, CT, Charlottesville, VA, Clearwater/Belleair, FL, New Orleans, LA, and Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. She gave of her time and energy in volunteer activities starting with the Children's Museum of Hartford which began in a small room at the Elizabeth Park Pond House which was located across Asylum Avenue from her home. The museum has since evolved into the Science Center of Connecticut. She transcribed a book a year for several years into Braille for the Hadley School for the Blind in Winnetka, IL. Additionally, she served as a volunteer at Bon Secours Hospital in Grosse Point and Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. During the 1950s, she and her sister owned and ran the original Sandy Bookstore in Clearwater. Upon her return to Clearwater in the late 1960s, she became involved with the development of the Cottingham School and served as an assistant principal for 2 years. Following that, she began a successful and rewarding 25 year career as a real estate agent for Belleair Realty. She played a great hand of bridge, enjoyed the theater and the symphony, and traveled extensively. Needlepoint and playing the piano were other passions, and she was an avid tennis player and fan throughout her adult life. She was preceded in death by her first husband, David N. Carvalho of Hartford, CT, with whom she had three children; her second husband, Stanley R. Tucker of Baltimore, MD; and her sister Constance Van Brunt of Clearwater. She is survived by her son David N. Tucker and wife Cornelia or Green Brook, NJ and their children: Alan and Cornelia (Tucker) Mazzan and daughter Anabel of Fairhaven, NJ; Annette Tucker and sons Bennett and Colin Wacaster and daughter Cornelia Wacaster of Berkley Heights, NJ; Michael and Rebecca (Tucker) Pruskowski and daughter Ella of Morristown, NJ; Fernando and Suzanne (Tucker) del Valle and daughters Carolina and Evangeline of Corning, NY; David N. Tucker, Jr. of Green Brook, NJ; and Mary Catherine Tucker of Morristown, NJ. Also by her daughter Constance and husband George Karalekas of Brookfield, VT. And by her daughter Linn and husband Peter Scott of Hampton, VA, and their children: Alexander Scott of Richmond, VA; Ashley Scott and his wife Alice of Richmond, VA; and Amanda Scott of San Francisco, CA. Additionally are two nephews, David Linke and wife Lynn of Lakewood, CO, and Douglas Pierson and wife Margaret of Ormand Beach, FL. Final plans for a private interment at her family plot in Hartford, CT, are in progress. A celebration of life will take place next summer around the time of her birthday at her family cottage in Brookfield, VT.
VALLES, Luis E. 87, of Spring Hill, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008. Survived by his wife, Delsa; sons, Luis Jr. & William; daughters, Ivy, Sheila, Lucinda, Aileen & Marisa.
WALKER, Ruth L. Ruth (Hamm) Walker was born in Covington, KY on Aug. 9, 1927. Ruth moved to Tampa, where she worked as a hostess at the Floridian Hotel. It was there that she met and eventually married Estill B. Walker, who was employed by Ford Motor Company. They moved to Treasure Island and opened Walker Ford in 1957. It was the first Ford dealership on the beaches of Pinellas County. After the passing of Estill B. Walker, Ruth became the president of Walker Ford, one of the very few female presidents to operate a Ford dealership. One of Ruth's greatest passions were her animals, especially dogs. Ruth was a large supporter and contributor to the SPCA. Ruth is survived by her two sons, Frank and Gary Walker, the late Clyde Walker; granddaughter, Miracole Walker Burns; two grandsons, Weston and Ryan Walker; two daughters-in-law, Karen and Carole Walker. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to SPCA Tampa Bay, Attn: Beth Lockwood, 9099 130th Ave. North, Largo, FL 33773. Private service only, family and close relatives to attend. Guestbook at www.davidcgross.com. David C. Gross Funeral Homes 6366 Central Ave. 727-381-4911
WASHINGTON, Bertha Lee Porter Age 86, of 1230 Upton Court South departed this life on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at the Westminster Suncoast Health Center. Preceded in death by husband Willie Washington, son David Washington Sr.; sister Rosa Lee Porter Wilson; brother Isaiah Porter. Survived by children Isaiah (Maureen) Copeland, Shirley Washington Allen, Willie (Dorothy) Washington Jr., Carolyn (Barton) Washington Harris, Ellis (Mildred) Washington; devoted niece Elizabeth (Patrick) Bernard; devoted nephew Alvin Porter and a host of grandchildren; great-grand-children and other relatives and friends. Viewing on Saturday, Oct. 25, 3-8 pm at Creal Funeral Home. Visitation with family on Saturday, 5-6pm. Funeral services on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2 pm at the 20th Street Church of Christ. Bro. Robert Smith officiating. Creal Funeral Home Funeral Service providers "Alleviators of Grief"
WEILENMANN, George Thomas 65, of New Port Richey, died Oct. 22. Survived by children, George, Michele, Denise, Jeanne; sister, Jeanne; grandchildren. Dobies 7Springs dobiesfuneralhome.com
WEIR, Marie C. 96, passed away peacefully at home on Oct. 22, under Hospice care. Marie was born in Utica, NY and moved to St. Petersburg with her parents in 1925, graduating from St. Pete High in 1930. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education at the University of Florida and a M.A. from Columbia University. Marie spent 28 wonderful years in the Panama Canal Zone where she taught biology and served as chairman of the guidance department at Balboa High School and then at the Canal Zone College. Marie returned to Gulfport in 1973, to begin a very active retirement which included world travel, volunteering at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, tutoring children and helping other community organizations. She was a long time member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. Marie was a generous and caring person with a wonderful sense of humor enjoyed by her many friends over the years. Her passion was education. She was an inspiration and mentor to her students, helping many in deciding on their college choices and future plans and staying in touch with them over the years. She was a vibrant resident of the Town Shores community. Marie will be greatly missed. A special thanks to her caregivers, Olivia Flemmings, Ethel Colvin, Advira Wallace and Melody Jones. Services will be private. Marie requested that any memorial contributions be made to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, 863 3rd Avenue N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. National Cremation Society
WHALEN, Thomas F. 89, of Spring Hill, died Oct. 22. Visitation Oct. 26, 3-6 pm, 4450 U.S. 19. Burial Oct. 28 Florida National Cemetery, 10 am with military honors. Brewer & Sons 352-596-4991
WILSON, Helen 89, of Holiday, died Oct. 24. Moved here from New Jersey. Survived by daughter, Teresa Biggs; grandson, Albert Davis. Dobies Funeral Home - Holiday dobiesfuneralhome.com
WOOTEN, Henry C. 74, of Spring Hill, died Oct. 23. Survivors include wife; son; 2 daughters; brother; sister; 6 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; nieces & nephews. Pinecrest Funeral Chapels
YODER, Russell H. III 34, of Tampa, formerly of Sarasota, passed away Oct. 22. Survived by his loving wife and soul mate, Loni; father, Russell, II; mother, Vivian (Michael) Vlahon-Synder and sister, Melinda Vlahon. Russ was preceded in death by his Dad, Steven Vlahon and his brother, David. Russ graduated from Riverview High School and Manatee Community College and attended USF. His life-long passion for sports led him to his employment at Bucs & Bulls Heaven in Tampa. Please join friends and family in a celebration of Russ' life, officiated by Pastor John Armstrong, 3 pm Sunday, Oct. 26 at Al Lopez Park, shelter #311, 4810 N. Himes Ave., Tampa. Russ was a gentle giant who held his family and friends dear to his heart. He will be forever missed. National Cremation Society Clearwater 727-536-0494