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ANDRE, Richard W. "Chief" 86, of St. Petersburg, passed away Oct. 24. He was a native of Saginaw, MI and moved to this area in 1965 from VA. He was a U.S. Navy retired Chief Petty Officer and a retired benefits counselor with the State of Florida. He attended Pathways Community Church. He was a member of American Legion Post 104, National Chief Petty Officer's and Florida Chief Petty Officer's. He was loved by all and will be sincerely missed. He was preceded in death by his son, Richard Thomas Andre. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; his daughter, Zita Andre; his daughter-in-law, Judy Andre; his grandson, Richard Earl Andre; his brother and sister-in-law, Charles J. (Jackie) Andre and a large extended family. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial Park Funeral Home 5750 49th Street North St. Petersburg, FL 33709

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.

CAMPOS, Leonor "Celita" 85, of Palm Harbor, died on Oct 25th. Visitation on Tuesday from 3-4 pm; graveside service to follow, at Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home.

DeFREITAS, Louise Wiley 83, passed away Oct. 24, 2008. Mrs. DeFreitas was born in Achille, OK. She formerly worked at the Lewis French Agency in Saratoga Spring, NY, where she was the past President of the Saratoga County Insurance Women's Association. She also worked for Don Jones Insurance and was an account manager at Wallace Welch & Willingham Insurance Co. where she retired after 16 years. Louise was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, a member for over 20 years of the Respect Life Committee. Mrs. DeFreitas was preceded in death by her son, David. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Howard A. DeFreitas; a nephew, Bruce (Fran) O'Connell; and a niece, Elaine (Mel) Pierce; all of Norfolk, VA; her friends and caregivers, Kathy & Russell Oathout of St. Petersburg; and dear friends, Cheryl, Kayla and Noah Lincoln of St. Petersburg. Friends will be received at the Brett Funeral Home, 4810 Central Ave., Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, from 6-8 pm with a Wake Service at 6:30 pm. Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, Oct. 29th at 11 am at Holy Family Catholic Church, 200 78th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in support of respect for all human life to St. Petersburg Catholic Diocese, Office for Mercy & Justice, P.O. Box 40200, St. Petersburg, FL 33743. On line memorial & guestbook @

DRISCOLL, Caryn S. Age 55, of Sarasota, died Oct. 24, 2008. Survived by: parents, James & Carol Driscoll and sister Denyse Gleason. Holloway Funeral Home Oldsmar 813-855-2439

FUSSELL, Margaret Baker 70, of Valrico, died Saturday, Oct. 25. Survivors: son, Mark Siddall; daughter, Lori Forkey & loving family. Family gathers Oct. 28, 10 -12 pm, with service 12 pm: Serenity Meadows FH

GEIST, Robert W. "Bob" of Belleair, passed away Friday evening, Oct. 24th. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam and finished his 20 years of service stationed at Patrick AFB in Satellite Beach, Florida as a Rescue and Recovery Pilot with NASA. After retiring, he worked at Morton Plant Mease Hospital for 15 years as an electronic engineer. He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Diane Hood Geist of Belleair, FL; a son, Gregory Todd Geist of Clearwater; and two daughters, Kristi Geist of Clearwater and Lori Geist of Tallahassee, FL. No Services are planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are with the Veterans Cremation & Burial Society 800-467-7850.

HARDIE, Willene "Butterfly" 15, of Hudson, died Oct. 24. Survivors: mother, Paula; father, Marlowe; brother, Mark; stepsister, Tai. Dobies Funeral Home - Hudson

HAURA, Bruce of Bridgewater, NJ, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008 at his home in Clearwater. He was 70. He was raised in Fort Lee, NJ and was a part-time resident of Clearwater. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the School of Engineering at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ and was a ceramic engineer in New Jersey before retirement. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Mrs. Dona Haura; his son, Dr. Eric Haura & wife Julie of Tampa; and his daughter, Dr. Gail Lisson & husband Scott of Rocky Mount, NC. He also leaves four grandchildren, Summer & Lucy Haura of Tampa and Paige & Jonas Lisson of Rocky Mount. Memorial services in New Jersey and Florida will be planned for a later date. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Thoracic Oncology Program Fund #33421, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, Mailstop: UTC Found, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612 or to the Hospice Foundation of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760.

HIGGINS, Helen V. 94, of St. Petersburg, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2008 at Westminster Suncoast. Online memorial and guest book at 727-528-2880

JABLONICKY, Michael P. of Clearwater, was born into Eternal Life on Oct. 5th, 2008. He moved to Florida in 1973 from his native Milwaukee, WI where he worked for the Jansen Co. for 14 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He also owned and operated Completion Consultants Inc. in Clearwater. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kathy; a daughter Karole (Donald); 3 granddaughters; a sister Helen (Rudy); a brother Joe; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Hospice of The Florida Suncoast or Holy Spirit Ecumenical Church. Please call the funeral home for service and donation information. ALifeTribute Largo Chapel 727-559-7793

KELLY, William R. Sr. Died Oct. 25, 2008. Visitation 6-8 pm today, Swilley Funeral Home, 1602 W. Waters Ave., 813-932-6157. Funeral 10 am Tuesday, Fellowship Baptist Church Hwy. 301, Thonotosassa.

LEWIS, Dr. Virginia F. Services Tuesday, Oct. 28; visitation 10-11 am; funeral 11:30 am, Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 1310 22nd Ave. S, St Petersburg, 822-0784

LUONGO, Catherine J. 73, of Seminole, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2008 at home. She is survived by her loving family. E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory Seminole 727-391-9954

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 @

MACK, Alexander J. Jr. 60, of New Port Richey, died Oct. 23rd. Survived by wife, MaryJo; mother, Daisy Mack; son, Quenton Clarke, Dobies Funeral Home-Tarpon

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.

ROGERS, John C. 55, of Pass-A-Grille Beach, FL, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, He was an avid fisherman. He was preceded in death by his wife Bettina. He is survived by his sons Matt and Paul Rogers; his daughters Nikki and Jessica Rogers; his mother Betty Worzel; brother Guy Worzel; sister Lisa Murphy, and 5 grandchildren. A viewing will be held Thursday, Oct. 30, from 3-4 pm with a service to follow at 4 pm at Pass-a-Grille Beach Community Church, 107 16 Ave., Pass-a-Grille Beach. Beach Memorial Chapel

SCHICKLING, Rita C. 87, of Largo, passed away Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at Hospice House Woodside. Arrangements are being handled by the Moss Feaster Funeral Home, Largo, FL 727-562-2080

SPOONER, Frederick L. Sr. 73, of New Port Richey, died Oct. 22nd. Survived by wife, Violet; 4 children, April, Sandra, Fred Jr. & Edward; 3 brothers and a sister; 3 grandchildren & a great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe & Lillian Spooner. Michels & Lundquist 727-845-1957

WRZESINSKI, Roman I. 88, of Bayonet Point, passed away Oct. 25, 2008. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Polish American Social Club in Hudson.